Shoreham Airport has been 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 85 years into the UK's busiest
General Aviation aerodrome. It lies just four miles from Cheltenham, home of prestigious horse-racing, literature and music festivals and only
six miles from the cathedral city of Gloucester. It has a full Air Traffic Control service within its ATZ and Approach control facilities as well.
On VATSIM, it caters for the needs of virtual GA pilots with procedures that closely replicate the real aerodrome. There are 3 runways in the
traditional ex RAF 'A' layout, plus a short grass runway. The main runway has instrument procedures including a CAT 1 ILS on runway 27.
The Club established its base at Gloucestershire in December 2004 and adopted one of the hangars for its use. Regular Club evenings have been
held on Tuesdays at the airfield ever since.
In April 2018, the Club decided to open this small airfield in Yorkshire as a new northern base. It is located in an area of outstanding
natural beauty 11 nautical miles south west of York. During the Second World War it was used as a Royal Air Force station and Blackburn Aircraft
built almost 1700 Fairey Swordfish naval torpedo aircraft at their Sherburn factory. Today it is home to a busy real-world
Aero Club who have kindly rented us one of their hangars and allowed us to build
our own small Clubhouse next to theirs. As an uncontrolled airfield (Air/Ground Operated), with one hard runway and three grass runways and
mandatory overhead joins, members will enjoy a new experience and new challenges at this friendly airfield.
"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".
Club has built a full scale base here with an operational centre,
clubhouse and hangar, and has operated from Biggin Hill since
the Club's formation in February 2004. Its long main runway
could accommodate even the largest of the Club's aircraft and
it once featured regular VATSIM ATC. In April 2018,
the real world Biggin Hill told the Flying Clubs based there
to move out as the airport needed to concentrate on the expanding
business aviation business. However one stubborn Flying Club
refused to move and after a year of uneasy silence, in January
2020 the CIX VFR Clubhouse again rang with the banter of virtual
pilots on TeamSpeak, and the Club recommenced flying operations. The Biggin Star was reborn!
Roving Base Locations
In order to explore the UK's regional airports, the Club
has designates one of them as a temporary "Roving" Base.
This Roving Base changes every three months. Roving bases are
added to the list below as they are selected. The currently
active Roving Base is marked by red pointers below. Club members
visiting that airport in each of the three months shown in
the table below, will be awarded a star. The list below shows
the Roving Bases selected in the last two complete years as
well as the current year. Members are encouraged to visit them
as well, however, only the marked airport will earn a star.
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 flying VFR in their flight
simulator and to provide at least some challenging flights.
Star Awards process is used to analyse each member's Pilot
Reports and to allocate Stars for recording visits to these
Guest Airfields 2021
There are two designated "Guest Airfilds" each month. 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 on any day in the month shown in the table below.
For the first three months of 2021, the selected guest airfields
Brize Norton RAF
These two pie 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.