Lack of Airfield services exposure – Readers Letter
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Its time the present Local and Gozo administration took Maltese General Aviation seriously, which is the foundation leading to a real aviation career in line with increase in demand for aircraft mechanics!! Lack of airfield services exposure!!
Short comings and progress in Maltese General Aviation based at MIA:
1. Lack of reliable timed services at MIA particularly when refuelling, as only one supplier on the field exists and is still charging excise duty tax on top of VAT, not withstanding an EU Directive since 2004 which abolished it completely, particularly for aerial work!
2. Airfield ramp Fixed Based Operator facilities are non existent for visiting General Aviation Aircraft, one has to wait on the park for a handler to drive them to the far away terminal. Gozo can specialise in this niche service!
3. Once upon a time a flight line Avgas type fuel pump that can hold 80,000 litres was installed, however it is still unusable after more then 6 years of completion? The only one in use is a 40 year old mobile tanker that is operated by 3 people!
4. A dramatic increase in flight training from the 3 locally based schools, local flights at MIA would naturally spill over to the Gozo airstrip, apart from the rapid air commuting it will provide, like the seaplane & helicopter which currently enjoy sole excess to the Island.
5. Gozo airstrip will help ease some of the strain from MIA scheduled air traffic, thus decreasing possibilities of runway incursions, airborne holding delays etc…
6. A secondary airstrip if added, would have an added safety margin for General Aviation operating within the islands or flying across the open sea, as the Gozo Heliport Civil protection are already based over there!
Proposed General Aviation Airstrip photograph produced by www.airphoto.com.mt