The era of ul­tra lights now in Pam­panga

Sun.Star Davao - - NETWORK NEWS -

AN­GE­LES CITY -- Good things are hap­pen­ing in Pam­panga tourism.

One such site of ac­tiv­ity is the Pradera Verde com­plex in Barangay Prado Songco where the vast po­ten­tial tourism site is sit­u­ated, fea­tur­ing, among oth­ers, a first class golf course, wake­board­ing, (fu­ture fly­ing site for ul­tra­light and light sport air­craft), a club­house and soon, a mo­tor rac­ing oval where lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional rac­ers will par­tic­i­pate.

In a busi­ness meet­ing con­vened by Eric Tan of Codeeric IT So­lu­tion on Novem­ber 8 at the Mar­got Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter (MAC) Barangay Mar­got, An­ge­les City, at­tended by Gen. Henry Sabarre, re­tired, and head of Ma­trix Cor­po­rate Se­cu­rity Ser­vices, Inc., Robert Aquilar and Benjie Pan­gan, a SunS­tar colum­nist, Eric dis­cussed the vi­sion and pro­gram of the en­ti­ties he set up, namely: Philippine Ex­per­i­men­tal Light Sports Air­craft Train­ing School, Inc., (Pel­stats) and Ex­per­i­men­tal Light Sport Air­craft and Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines, Inc. (El­sapap).

Prior to the meet­ing, he and the group, to­gether with Lubao Hot Air Bal­loon and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Chair­man Noel Cas­tro, made an oc­u­lar in­spec­tion of the site for the ul­tra­light air­craft.

Tan and Sabarre have made pre­lim­i­nary talks with Gov­er­nor Lilia Pineda re­gard­ing the project and the good gov­er­nor was agree­able to the same, know­ing it will boost tourism ac­tiv­i­ties not only in Lubao but also in the en­tire prov­ince.

The team of Tan along with a Bri­tish safety con­sul­tant car­ried out a pre­lim­i­nary val­i­da­tion as to the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of the site, the risks in­volved like the ex­ist­ing elec­tric posts and the struc­tures which could

pose dan­ger to air­craft op­er­a­tions (take-offs and touch­downs).

It was de­cided that the area was wide enough to ac­com­mo­date the ul­tra­light planes and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing equip­ment. Con­sid­er­a­tion was also given as to where other fu­ture de­vel­op­ments on the site were to be po­ten­tially lo­cated such as lux­ury golf homes. Both safety and noise is­sues were taken into ac­count, mod­ern ul­tra­light air­craft use 4 stroke en­gines which are ex­tremely re­li­able, safe, fuel ef­fi­cient and very quiet.

If plans will push through, Tan and his team will con­struct a 1,500-foot run­way, a hangar along with a pi­lot lounge/brief­ing room and train­ing cen­ter. The filipino pi­lots, led by Capt. Richard Ri­con and Mark Do­co­mos are qual­i­fied and cer­ti­fied by rel­e­vant fly­ing au­thor­i­ties and CAAP, with for­eign coun­ter­part Wolf Emonds, an FAA cer­ti­fied trainer and ex­am­iner.

More­over, Tan’s team will par­tic­i­pate as well on the com­ing Lubao Hot Air Bal­loon and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on March 2018 with two or three planes as a pre­cur­sor for per­ma­nent flight op­er­a­tions on the site.

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