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Farmer spoils the fun for local aviators
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Farmer spoils the fun for local aviators

21.07.2015 From our online archive
A farmer near Larochette has put an end to ultralight aircraft using one of his fields for take-off and landing by ploughing it overnight.

(CS/TJ) A farmer near Larochette has put an end to ultralight aircraft using one of his fields for take-off and landing by ploughing it overnight.

Since 2007 Aeroplume Luxembourg has been renting the "Kitzebur" field for its sport. While they did not pay rent to the owner, an agreement saw the club help out with maintenance of the facilities in return for use of the site. 

In January, however, the owner cancelled the contract verbally, telling the club to find a new site by June 1. With suitable terrain hard to find, Aeroplume asked for a delay with little success. 

Over the weekend, the farmer finally put an end to the discussions by ploughing the field and thereby making it unfit for use for the club's 30 ultralight aircraft, which now remain grounded. 

However, Aeroplume in return filed charged with police. A lawyer representing the group has argued that the cancellation of the contract was not airtight since it was delivered to the wrong club – a Luxembourg sports aviation club, which previously rented the site, and not Aeroplume Luxembourg.

Aeroplume is demanding for the farmer to return the field to a useable condition, if only so they can use it for one last take-off and landing before relocating to a new site, the search for which is still ongoing.