David McNair look up in the air!

Gordonton School aerial


THE whooping could be heard paddocks away when a light plane buzzed over Gordonton Primary in a farewell salute to David McNair.

Around lunchtime last Thursday the fixed, single engine Cessna swooped over the school, to much cheering and waving from the entire school and staff.

The fly-over was organised by Deanna Hinde, whose three children went to Gordonton for five years. Now living in Tauranga, she is project manager for GPS-it, a farm mapping company.

Plane for Gordonton School
The plane as it flew over Number 8 Network’s headquarters. Pic: David Riddell

“I got wind that David was leaving and thought it would be cool to fly over the school with a plane. We organised it so all the kids were on the playing field and took an aerial photo.”

The company was flying in the area to catch aerial imagery of farms so it worked out perfectly, she said.

A framed aerial shot was presented to Mr McNair at his final assembly today.  An image on a whiteboard was also given to the school.

Deanna said it is an end of an era. “He was just brilliant and will be missed. We were happy to be able to make a special gift for him.”

plane team
Up in the plane were, left, Adam Spitz, GPS-it design manager and Rob Deeney, a pilot with Waikato Aviation.



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