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FORMER flying instructor has called for an inquiry into what
he claims is the "constructive closure" of the airfield
at West Freugh.
man Douglas Beaumont kept his own light aircraft at the base
until he was forced to leave last week.
he is so fed up at the demise of once-thriving West Freugh
that he is now looking at setting up a flying club at the
currently disused airfield at nearby Castle Kennedy.
week Douglas (65) hit out at West Freugh operators QinetiQ
in the wake of their decision to cease full-time flying which
has gone on at the site since 1936.
have said that the number of aircraft movements at West Freugh
did not justify the continued investment in services like
fire fighters and air traffic control.
Douglas has hit back saying that management did not do enough
to attract private aircraft. In addition, he claims that existing
clients, such as the RAF, were scared away by high landing
all mounts up, says Douglas, to "constructive closure"
and he himself will suffer as a result of closure.
who now lives in Stranraer but is originally from Yorkshire,
berthed his 1952 Minicab aircraft at the airfield.
says he was given two months to leave when the announcement
came in March that full-time flying was to cease. West Freugh
has now been fully downgraded to a care-and-maintenance status.