Ar­ran Brew­ery fly­ing high with new he­li­pad

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Ar­ran Brew­ery’s new he­li­pad was in ac­tion for the first time last week with the first vis­i­tors for a brew­ery tour ar­riv­ing by he­li­copter.

The brew­ery has plan­ning per­mis­sion to build a ter­mi­nal on the site above Kil­do­nan, which will con­sist of a pas­sen­ger lounge and crew room, as well as of­fer­ing a ra­dio ser­vice for ar­rivals and depar­tures.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ger­ald Michaluk, a he­li­copter pi­lot him­self, said: ‘It is great to see our first vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing by he­li­copter. We are hope­ful more will fol­low when it is known we have the fa­cil­ity avail­able. We plan to be­gin ground­works on the new ter­mi­nal this sum­mer.’

Once com­pleted, Mr Michaluk said the brew­ery hoped to be of­fer­ing sight­see­ing tours through its sis­ter com­pany, HJS he­li­copters, in the fu­ture.

He added: ‘The reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing fly­ing he­li­copters over wa­ter are quite re­strict­ing, but never say never.’

The brew­ery is al­low­ing free land­ings with prior no­ti­fi­ca­tion and fuel will be avail­able on site af­ter the ter­mi­nal is com­plete. Any­one wish­ing to use the he­li­pad should con­tact the brew­ery on 01770 302353 prior to ar­rival.

The Ar­ran Brew­ery he­li­pad above Kil­do­nan.

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