For the third year in succession Merewether-based aviator Matt Hall will provide the pre-fireworks entertainment over Sydney Harbour for the City of Sydney’s world-renowned New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Hall will fly his MXS-R in formation with team newcomer Dan O’Donnell piloting the Matt Hall Racing Extra 300L for the evening’s first display at 6pm before returning to the sky overhead the pristine harbour for a dynamic low-level solo routine at 8pm before the night’s two fireworks displays.
It is the first time in his three years with the City of Sydney showpiece that Hall has included a formation routine and the former RAAF Fighter Combat Instructor is brimming with excitement about the night.
“It goes without saying that New Years Eve is my favourite event of the year because it’s not every day you fly right over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then get to perform low level aerobatics within a stone’s throw from the Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison and a million people,” Hall said.
“To be able to bring a second aircraft this year and have Dan there with me flying formation in the Extra just makes it even more special.
“We’ll simulate a few races, do some basic dog fighting routines and generally show off what both aircraft can do before I come back at 8pm and display in the MXS which is the fastest, most powerful and manoeuvrable aerobatic aircraft in the country.”
The New Year’s Eve displays will close a busy 2012 for Hall and provide the perfect segue to 2013 where he will be one of the headline acts at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon near Melbourne, release his biography and continue to grow his burgeoning Maitland based joy flight business.