I was thinking of going along to the 7pm meeting at Manston tomorrow evening to hear KCC leader, Paul Carter's view on the airport's future and of course, what arguments the small 'anti' airport lobby has to present in the public speaking opportunity.
I was over at Southend today doing training - see video clip - and to be honest, I would much rather see similar opportunities to support the local Thanet economy than of course pay my fees over to Southend, which offers excellent training facilities and is invariably busy with aircraft doing what I was doing today.
Clearly, as a pilot I'm bound to be considered biased but I firmly believe that Manston represents a resource that could bring more opportunity to our local economy and that we are much better off with it than without it. I fear that such a large open space would rapidly be filled by developer interests if there wasn't an airport present. However I understand and respect that not everyone shares my opinion on the existing and potential benefits of the aviation industry to our local economy.