A Terraced Touchdown

Culturally-Rich Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali Testing Tourist Helipad

Bali’s picturesque Cultural Heritage Site of Jatiluwih, home to magnificent terraced rice fields, will soon also be home to a helipad to facilitate visits by well-heeled VVIP visitors to Bali. 

The helipad, built by Air Bali, will be in the middle of the rice fields at Subak Jatiluwih, Tempek Besi Kalung, the the Kecamatan of Penebel in Tabanan.

The helipad will consume only 100 square meters of land (1 are) and must undergo final test runs before becoming available for commercial operations. The Manager of the Jatiluwih Tourism Complex, I Nyoman Sutirtayasa, explained that before the helipad was built, careful coordination was undertaken with the local community (subak) and residents. All concerned parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) accepting the operation of the helipad.

The helipad will be tested in each cycle of the planting seasons to ensure there are no detrimental environmental effects from the proposed use. If the helicopter operation is determined to be damaging the UNESCO Heritage Site then, Sutirayasa confirms, operations will be halted.

Apparently, the helipad still lacks an official operating license that Sutriyasa said will be processed only following the successful trial period and test flights.

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