Aerobility Moonlight Challenge

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Join Aerobility to celebrate 25 years of accessible disabled flying in a one-of-a-kind 25km moonlight challenge. Run, walk or wheel in your brightest neon colours!

We're looking for runners, walkers and wheelchair users to join us in a moonlight 25km challenge around Blackbushe Airfield. The theme for the run is to glow, so dress in your brightest neon gear to help us light up the airfield! 

Enjoy the pre-event action as there will be a barbecue, live music, aircraft display and a chance to meet fellow Aerobility friends and supporters. Then it's time to light up the night sky as you make your way around the airfield challenge route!

Highlights

  • 25km moonlight run, walk or wheel challenge
  • Soak up the atmosphere in your glow in the dark gear!
  • Take part as an individual or a team of 5 and share the distance
  • Enjoy pre-event food and entertainment
  • Raise funds for a unique charity, who for 25 years have provided disabled people with the opportunity to fly.

What's included

  • Fundraising advice and support
  • Dedicated webpage and fundraising portal
  • Barbecue, live music and aircraft visit

Age

The event open to people of all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Reg fees 

Individual: Registration fee £20 Suggested fundraising target: £100

Team: Registration fee £100 suggested fundraising target £500.

Participants can register via the following link:

 

http://moonlight-challenge.aerobility.com/

Half Price Landing Weekend

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To celebrate the arrival of British Summer Time, this weekend we are reducing our landing fees for General Aviation aircraft below 2,500kg.

Whether you are a resident, a regular visitor, or have never visited Blackbushe before, take advantage, take to the skies, and of course don't forget to visit the Bushe Cafe!

MTOW (kg)Normal PriceDiscounted Price
0 - 750£16 + VAT£8 + VAT
751 - 1500£24 + VAT£12 + VAT
1501 - 2500£40 + VAT£20 + VAT

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Applies to any landings on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018 only.  Not valid on any other days.
  • Applies to aircraft with a MTOW below 2,500 kg only.
  • Not to be used in conjunction with other offer including fuel pick up discount.
  • The offer does not apply to "Touch & Go" activities.
  • All aircraft must request PPR in advance via www.blackbusheairport.co.uk/ppr
  • All parking charges, fuel, and other services are not included in this offer.

 

Blackbushe welcomes Microlights back to the Airport!

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Blackbushe is pleased to announce that microlights are now able to operate at the airport.  Microlights were banned from Blackbushe in July 2017, but we are excited to announce that this decision has been reversed, effective immediately. 

 

Why were they banned in the first place?

Every airport is unique and has its own challenges.  At Blackbushe, we welcome a wide variety of aircraft types and sizes, as well as differing operation types, with GA enthusiasts, flying schools, private flights, and public transport flights.  Managing the mix of these aircraft, particularly during busy times can be challenging, and safety is of the utmost importance.  Managing the circuit can at times be demanding, and with noise abatement areas to the North, West, and East, the circuit pattern we have available to use is limited.  Following the Phenom Accident in 2015, a decision was taken by previous management to ban microlight aircraft from the aerodrome.  This was a fairly broad stroke and did not consider all of the factors at play; including the similarities that many microlight aircraft have with other aircraft that were still permitted to operate.

 

What's Changed?

With the new management team in place from late 2017, we undertook to review the previous decision, and put together a robust risk assessment for the re-introduction of microlights.  This analysis concluded that any risk associated with microlight aircraft over any other type was negligible.  It did highlight areas where we will be endeavouring to develop our circuit procedures. We will also improve information in order to provide better segregation of traffic, and clear processes for managing the introduction of a faster jet or turbo-prop aircraft to the circuit alongside slower GA aircraft.  We will be working through these with our resident flying schools and will communicate any changes when they have been finalised.

 

We are currently in the process of investigating how we can provide UL91 to our microlight customers.  We will update you once we have a suitable solution.

 

If you'd like to visit Blackbushe with your microlight, please use the online PPR form.

 

De-registration of active airfield from common land.

Last year, plans were submitted to Hart District Council for the future development of Blackbushe Airport. These plans outlined the proposal to build new hangars, offices and a replacement Terminal facility on the south side of the airfield, adjacent to the A30. When this development proposal was presented to both Hart District Council and later to the Blackbushe Airport Consultative Committee, it was met with a favourable response. However, one concern that was raised in both meetings was the need to also satisfy the requirements of the Commons Act 2006.

Since then, the Airport has being reviewing these requirements and has determined that the only satisfactory way of doing this, is to seek to de-register the land that the airfield occupies, (see the map at www.blackbusheairport.co.uk/vision, the airfield boundary is shown in as a dashed red line). De-registration of the land that the airfield occupies would allow the building works to proceed.

The area subject to the common land application, (the actual airfield), is the part of the land over which there is no free access to the public. It is an active airfield and safety concerns and requirements clearly prevent any uncontrolled access. The application area does not include the area to the north of the earth bank boundary. This is the area of the Common to which the public have enjoyed free access for many years, and includes the disused runways. There are no plans to apply to change this. In recent years, Blackbushe Airport has actively managed this area, in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust, for the good of the Common. This will continue.
 
In summary, the Airport only seeks to re-develop the airfield itself, to provide better facilities and to generate future employment for the area, without having a detrimental impact on the local community and its recreational activities.

For more information on the future plans for Blackbushe, please visit www.blackbusheairport.co.uk/vision