These charts compare the Club's relative flying activity across our base and guest locations, for the last two months as reported by our members using the Club's PIREP facility.
Shoreham Airport was adopted as the Club's main training location. This is because of the absence of Controlled Airspace locally, and the availability of VATSIM ATC services several nights a week. Members can start their online flying experience here in the company of other beginners and, via the Club TeamSpeak server, obtain help from experienced members also flying from this pretty seaside location. Real World Shoreham Airport is the oldest licensed airfield in the UK, and has a beautiful Grade II listed art deco building which is not only a Control Tower but also a full scale Passenger Terminal.
Opened in 1931 as Staverton Aerodrome, Gloucestershire Airport has been progressively developed during the last 75 years into one of the busiest airfields in the UK. Just four miles from Cheltenham, home of prestigious horse-racing, literature and music festivals and only six miles from the cathedral city of Gloucester. With VATSIM ATC on line every Tuesday evening for at least the past 5 years, it is also one of the busiest virtual airfields in the VATSIM system. The Club established its base at Gloucestershire in December 2004.
Biggin on the Bump" was an airfield which played a pivotal role in the 1940 Battle of Britain and still today has that feel of "something historic happened here". It's long main runway can accommodate even the largest of the Club's aircraft and it features regular VATSIM ATC. The Club has built a full scale base here with an operational centre, clubhouse and hangar, and has operated from Biggin Hill since its formation in February 2004.
As a move towards supporting more airports which have regular ATC coverage on VATSIM, the Club has decided to adopt one of them as a Roving Base. The plan is to change the base every three months. More bases will be added as they are selected. The currently active Roving Base is marked by red pointers below. Club members visiting that airport will be awarded a star. Information related to other past and future potential Roving Base selections is being made available below. Members are encouraged to visit them as well, however, only the marked airport will earn a star.
|October 2017||December 2017||Newcastle||EGNT|
|July 2017||September 2017||> Prestwick <||> EGPK <|
|April 2017||June 2017||Aberdeen Dyce||EGPD|
|January 2017||March 2017||Edinburgh||EGPH|
|October 2016||December 2016||East Midlands||EGNX|
|July 2016||September 2016||Bristol||EGGD|
|April 2016||June 2016||Manchester||EGCC|
|January 2016||March 2016||Glasgow||EGPF|
|October 2015||December 2015||Jersey||EGJJ|
|July 2015||September 2015||Liverpool||EGGP|
|April 2015||June 2015||Cardiff||EGFF|
|January 2015||March 2015||London City||EGLC|
|November 2014||December 2014||Dublin||EIDW|
|August 2014||October 2014||Stansted||EGSS|
|May 2014||July 2014||Birmingham||EGBB|
In addition to the above Base Locations, each month our Events Manager selects some other airfields for members to visit. These may be defined as Guest Airfields or Farm Strips. Briefings will not be provided by the Club, and members must choose their own route and do their own flight planning. The idea is to encourage members to explore Britain by Flight Simulator and provide at least some challenging flights. The Club Star Awards process is used to analyse each member's Pilot Reports and to allocate Stars for recording visits to these locations.
These may be large regional airports, small general aviation aerodromes, or grass farm strips. Some will be close to a Base Airfield, allowing short simple flights to suit new members with limited experience, and others will be designed to present different challenges, be it navigation, short landing strips or complex controlled airspace. A star is awarded for flying in to these airfields. This month the selected guest airfields are: