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Brymon begins detailed planning for 1987 London STOLport services. (Brymon Airways)

Plymouth, England--The decision by Margaret Thatcher's government in London to sanction the building and operation of a STOLport in the disused London docklands, some six miles from the heart of the English capital's business district, is opening dramatic new vistas for Brymon Airways, the de Havilland of Canada Dash 7 and Twin Otter operator based at the airport of this West Country city.

For Brymon is (at this writing) the only UK operator of the Dash 7, and the Dash 7 is the only airliner type that will be able to operate with economic success into the new airport's 2,500-ft. runway. Brymon has worked closely with the STOLport's developers--the old-established UK civil engineering company John Mowlem--and Charles Stuart, the airline's chairman and CEO, will be very disappointed if the inaugural scheduled services in the summer of 1987 are not flown in his colors.

But Stuart, a former British Airways senior executive who was instrumental while with BA in introducing UK domestic trunk route shuttle services, does not intend to adopt a "dog-in-the-manger" attitude toward other airlines over STOLport use. …

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