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 built a full scale base here with an operational centre,
clubhouse and hangar, and had operated from Biggin Hill since
its 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 though, 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. To
realistically mimic the real world, therefore, the Club
said a fond farewell to Biggin Hill, and on 23rd of that month
had a nostalgic fly-out to its new northern base at Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Roving Base Locations
As a move towards exporing more UK airports, 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.
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. For June 2019 the selected guest airfields
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.