High fly­ers land in Tagh­mon to open new air­field

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

NINE LIGHT air­craft landed at a new air­field in Tagh­mon on Satur­day to cel­e­brate its first day in op­er­a­tion.

The Wex­ford Lake­view Air­field has been in the pipe­line for close to two years hav­ing ini­tially been granted plan­ning per­mis­sion by Wex­ford County Coun­cil, and sub­se­quently by An Bord Pleanala, fol­low­ing an ap­peal.

The air­field, which is owned by Anne But­ler, is the sec­ond air strip in the Tagh­mon area. The next step in the devel­op­ment is the build­ing of a hangar.

Ms But­ler said the open­ing on Satur­day had been very suc­cess­ful, point­ing out that nine planes had landed and taken off from the strip, many of whom were mem­bers of the Lime­tree Air Club in Laois.

Mark Br­ere­ton, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Mi­cro­light As­so­ci­a­tion was also in at­ten­dance along with some cu­ri­ous lo­cals.

The group en­joyed tea and sand­wiches be­fore the pi­lots, guided by Chief Pi­lot Peter McCleane, took the skies again.

The Mi­cro­light As­so­ci­a­tion, Ms But­ler said, had 250 small planes at­tached to it while they also main­tained a good re­la­tion­ship with the cor­re­spond­ing Welsh as­so­ci­a­tion, and it was hoped that the air­field would help in at­tract­ing tourists to the area and to Wex­ford.

Ms But­ler said: ‘We’ve al­ready had peo­ple say that they plan to come back to ex­plore Wex­ford by car.’

She added: ‘It was great plea­sure to watch the pi­lots fly in and out on Satur­day. Planes will be able to use the air­field all year round be­cause of the drainage sys­tem we’ve in­stalled. We met some great pi­lots on Satur­day and we hope to wel­come them back in the fu­ture.’

She added that it was her in­ten­tion to de­velop a fly­ing club at the site.

Pi­lots and the lo­cal wel­com­ing com­mit­tee on the first day of the new air strip in Tagh­mon.

Nine planes in to­tal landed on the airstrip on the first day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.