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ISSG: 'No-fly days will go down by 66%'


The chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has said he expects days when the helicopter or Skybus cannot fly to fall by two thirds in the next few months.

Andrew May told This is Scilly that the company is "putting its money where its mouth is" to prove that Land's End will be as resilient as Penzance.

He said: "We have evidence, we have data, and it's immensely complex. It's about many, many issues and not just humidity and three types of fog. We're confident that the resilience, the reliability from Land's End will be equal to Penzance.

"Now that's a fairly bold statement but that's what our evidence points to and we can be measured by that. Part of the reason we've launched Island Helicopters is to put our money where our mouth is and demonstrate that that is the case."

He added: "The evidence points to however many flying days are lost - and that number varies from year to year - will be reduced by two thirds with a combination of the helicopter and the new GPS (GNSS), which we are now trialling. Our pilots are flying with that, training with that. The results are being checked against the data in the system. So in a few months’ time, the limits to which fixed wing - and helicopters - can fly will reduce.

"We anticipate the number of no-fly days will be reduced by 66%. Penzance has no-fly days, it always has. It’s a very complex set of criteria but in essence our message is that we believe Land’s End will be equally resilient to Penzance. But crucially Land’s End exists, it’s a modern airport and we don’t have to replicate all those costs."

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