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The Ashaig Air Strip.

The Ashaig Air Strip.

There has been a news announcement, covering the £2.5 million investment that HIAL is making in Inverness – ensuring the facility will survive into the forceable future. This is great news for the Highlands of Scotland and will ensure that there is an air link to the outside world for many years into the future. There has not been any significant news linked to the Skye Air Strip for the past couple of months, but I’m sure that there will be some in the not to far off future. There are several people working on promoting the existing facilities, while trying to secure funding that will enable the required improvements.

The air strip like any other facility has to be promoted, as a keen aviation enthusiast I’ve had more than a passing interest in the Ashaig strip. But I do have to say that there does seem to be a certain lack of awareness about what’s on offer at the only runway on Skye, I’m aware that it’s only 770m in length, it hasn’t been that well maintained and there are almost no facilities. But in reality these shortcomings don’t matter as so few people are even aware that there is an airstrip, after all it is listed in Abandoned & Little Known Airfields

I do wonder how to put this facility back on the aviation charts, even to manage to increase the general aviation usage would be a start. Possibly there are people out there in the aviation fraternity that could contribute to this debate, or maybe not – perhaps we should just wait for someone to hand out the money to subsidise it.


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