Skye Flying Club has landed a new two year agreement which will allow them to continue their activities at Broadford's Ashaig aerodrome.
Established to encourage more people to experience the thrill of flying over the region, in the longer term the club is looking to purchase another plane but in the meantime have been given the option to use a Bulldog, an aircraft type that has been used by the RAF for flight training.
Now, with the agreement of Highland Council, the local fliers are intending to construct a new taxiway from their hangar to the main apron which will allow the plane to be based full-time at Broadford.
This particular 2 seater trainer was previously used by Aerobility,a registered charity that offers disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane. It is the club's aim that, with Aerobility's agreement, they become a northern outpost of Aerobility, bringing flying to all and intend to hold promotional events in due course.
Anita Larson Skye Flying Club Press Officer said: "It's an exciting time for anyone wishing to spread their wings, and see our island, from a different perspective."
Councillor Drew Millar, Chair of Highland Council’s Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee said: "The two year agreement now in place with Skye Flying Club will allow club members the opportunity to gain valuable take-off and landing experience as well as essential flying hours.
"Highland Council is seeking to secure chartered flights to Skye and Council Officers and project partners HITRANS and HIE have met with HIAL to discuss all of the complex technical aspects concerned with new air services and licensing the Aerodrome. Over the next 2 years Skye Flying Club will be able to use the unlicensed Aerodrome with an opportunity to renew the agreement in 2019."