Winter Night Flying at Blackbushe 2019/20

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We’ve had a long glorious summer this year, and our residents have really enjoyed their out of hours flying late into the evening.

Extended Opening Hours

As winter comes around, so do the dark evenings, and the need for an aerodrome with lighting. From Sunday 27th October 2019 to Saturday 28th March 2020, we will be open for an extra hour (until 19:00 local) each day to accommodate those who wish to continue flying in the evenings.

This will be available 7 days a week, to residents and to visitors too. It will consist of an extension of the tower and AFIS, as well as our lighting (AGL). There will be no provision for Rescue Firefighting Service (RFFS) after 18:00 local.


Monday to Friday: £6 + VAT per Landing or Touch & Go

Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays: £12 + VAT per Landing or Touch & Go

These are in addition to the usual Landing / T&G fees. Please respect our neighbours, and avoid the noise abatement areas and the use of excessive power.

PPR In Advance

The airport will remain open past 18:00 local only if there have been movements booked in advance. Pilots must PPR by 12:00 local on the day of the flight. If there are no planned movements, then the airport will close, lights will be turned off, and staff will be sent home.

Tower Only Extensions for Aircraft <3,500 kg

Operations between 18:00 local and 22:00 local (summer time) or 19:00 local and 22:00 local (during Winter Night Flying season) are possible by prior arrangement. All Tower extensions to opening hours must be requested no later than 17:00 local on the calendar day prior to the planned operation, providing a minimum of 25 hours’ notice. A fee of £50 + VAT per hour or part thereof will apply to any operations outside of hours, applying cumulatively from 18:00 local in summer or 19:00 local in winter. This fee includes the provision of AFIS and aerodrome lighting. There will be no provision of RFFS service in this situation.

Aerodrome Extensions for Aircraft >3,500 kg

Operations between 18:00 local and 22:00 local are possible by prior arrangement. All extensions to opening hours must be requested no later than 17:00 local on the calendar day prior to the planned operation, providing a minimum of 25 hours’ notice. A fee of £120 + VAT per hour or part thereof will apply to any operations outside of hours, applying cumulatively from 18:00 local. This fee includes the provision of AFIS, and RFFS category 2 (3 on remission), as well as aerodrome lighting

Night Flying Procedure Reminders

  • Please remember to book your night flying before 12:00 local on the day of the flight.  This also applies if departing before 18:00 local, but returning after 18:00 local.  The airport will close, and staff will go home after the last planned movement.

  • The circuit height is 1,000 ft QFE during night operations.

  • Please remember Blackbushe has a mandatory Hi-Viz policy.  This is particularly important at night, as taxying aircraft cannot easily see pedestrians!

  • Please ensure radio calls give an accurate report of your location on the ground, or in the air, as it is very difficult for the ATSU to see aircraft if positions are vague.

Application for Judicial Review of Common Land Deregistration Decision

Blackbushe Airport Ltd are disappointed to have received notice that Hampshire County Council (HCC) “the claimant” as Commons Registration Authority have sought permission for the Judicial Review of the decision of Inspector Alan Beckett to allow our application to remove land comprising the operational airport known as Blackbushe Airport from the register of common land (as part of Yateley Common CL24). The decision was made in accordance with the Commons Act 2006. The full decision can be found here.

The defendant in this case will be the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Blackbushe Airport intend to participate fully as an interested party in any proceedings that may follow, and will defend robustly the arguments put forward by the claimant. We also understand that the Secretary of State intends to contest all of the claim and have already produced comprehensive and robust arguments to this effect.

These proceedings will cause inevitable delays to our plans to rejuvenate the airport, and we estimate will involve substantial six-figure legal costs to participate. We anticipate that other parties to the inquiry will likely have similar costs.

We remain committed to securing the aviation future for Blackbushe Airport, and will update our Common Land Deregistration page as further updates become available.

Noise Complaints - Please Help Us!

Noise Complaints & Avoidance Areas

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Please remember to pay proper care to avoid our noise areas.  If you are unsure, please ask the tower.

We generally receive more complaints when using Runway 07.  It appears there are three key drivers:

  1. Pilots extending the downwind leg, and turning close to, or over, Hartley Wintney. This might be to preserve a gap to another aircraft elsewhere in the circuit, or following an aircraft already established in the circuit wider than you might usually. Please remember in these situations there is always the option to re-position to the dead side and rejoin the circuit. There are a number of complainants in Hartley Wintney who are affected by this.

  2. When arriving from the North-West, follow disused runway 14/32 when joining the circuit for runway 07. Please ensure you position to the west of this runway, as drifting over into Yateley can generate complaints from residents on the south west edge of Yateley.

  3. When departing runway 07, please make a 10 degree turn to the south as soon as is safe to do so. This avoids several houses on the climb-out.

We have an interactive map you can use to really understand the noise abatement areas.  These have been unchanged since the 1980s, and it is an important condition of our planning consents that we continue to comply with them.

Thank you for your cooperation.  The less time we can spend on the phone to noise complainants, the more time we can spend improving Blackbushe, maintaining the UK's best aerodrome!

Common Land Deregistration Decision


Blackbushe Airport are elated to receive the decision of the Planning Inspectorate with respect to Application COM/3206697, an application to deregister the active aerodrome from Yateley Common.

The decision in favour of Blackbushe Airport brings an end to five decades of uncertainty regarding the its future. The airport is in desperate need of substantial investment, and this outcome paves the way for an exciting Aviation development.

The application and inquiry process took two and a half years, and a great deal of hard work from many supporters, users, and former employees of the airport. We thank all of them for their outstanding contributions.

The current owners, who bought the airport in 2015, have a vision of Blackbushe as a General Aviation centre of excellence, supporting a wide range of activities. The full vision for the future is available at

We will now focus our attention to the rationalisation of the airport layout and the design. This will include plans for hangarage and other facilities the airport needs. We hope to be able to share more of these details with the Aviation Community in the coming months.

Read the Full Decision Here

Spin our Wheel of Fortune at AeroExpo 2019!

We are getting really excited for AeroExpo 2019. Starting Thursday 13th June through to Saturday 15th June at Wycombe Air Park, this event showcases the best in General Aviation.

Blackbushe Airport will be exhibiting on Stand B11. Here’s a sneak peek of what you might find:

There’s a prize for everyone, plus free entry to a Prize Draw to win an Apple iPad. Stop by and say hi to the team!

Win an Apple iPad with Blackbushe Airport at AeroExpo 2019

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Drop your business card in the bowl or complete a competition entry slip.

Spin our Wheel of Fortune to take home a small prize (everyone is a winner!)

A grand prize of an Apple iPad will be drawn at 14:00 on Saturday 15th June 2019.

By entering the Competition, you agree to be added to our email distribution list and to receive marketing communications from us.  You may unsubscribe at any time.  We do not sell your details to any third parties.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Promoter of the Competition is Blackbushe Airport Ltd, Terminal Building, Blackbushe Airport, Camberley, Surrey, GU17 9LQ.

  • The Competition is only open to attendees of AeroExpo, Wycombe Air Park, from 13th-15th June 2019.  No purchase is necessary.

  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.  To enter, Entrants must supply either a business card, or complete a Competition entry card which must include their Name, Email Address, and Telephone Number.

  • The Competition opens on 13th June 2018.  The Promoter has the right to withdraw this Competition at any point.

  • The Competition closes at 14:00 on Saturday 15th June 2019 and the Prize Draw will be held shortly thereafter.  The winner will be selected at random and will receive an Apple iPad (6th Generation) Wifi 32GB Space Grey.

  • The prize is as stated, no cash or alternatives will be offered. In the event of the prize being unavailable, the Promoter reserves the right to offer another prize of equal or greater value.

  • If the winner is not present at the Prize Draw, they will be contacted using the email address provided within 7 calendar days.

  • If the winner of the Prize Draw does not respond within 28 days, the Promoter reserves the right to hold another draw to select a new winner.

  • The Promoter reserves the right to publish the winner’s name and any photographs of the draw or prize presentation on social media and Blackbushe Airport Website.

  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.

  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you because of entering the Competition or accepting the prize.

  • Blackbushe Airport Ltd shall use and take care of any personal information you supply in accordance with data protection legislation and as described in our privacy policy which can be found on our website.  By entering the Competition, you agree to the collection, retention and usage of your personal information to process and contact you about your Competition entry, and to send you marketing and promotional messages. Your data will not be passed to 3rd parties.  You may unsubscribe from any marketing campaigns at any time.

  • Employees of Blackbushe Airport Ltd or their families are not eligible to enter the Competition

  • Entrants into the Competition shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.

21st Century Flight Spider

Yesterday we had a question about the furthest destination ever reached to/from Blackbushe. We have electronic and searchable data back to 2000, so we had a look!

The furthest destination was an ARRIVAL from KIAD/IAD Washington Dulles International Airport at 3,184 nautical miles achieved in June 2014 on a Dassault Falcon 2000.

Coming in second was OMAD/AZI AbuDhabi International Airport at 2,988nm.

Rounding out the top three, and our furthest DEPARTURE destination was CYYT/YYT St. John's International Airport, Canada at 2001nm achieved in October 2009 on a Cessna Citation Sovereign.

#InternationalAirport #Avgeek #Airport #BusinessAviation #Pilot

Note: Our map omits UK destinations as there were too many for the map to show!

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Wingly Fly-In - Saturday 13th July 2019

Blackbushe is pleased to be welcoming the Wingly Fly-In on Saturday 13th July 2019

Hosted by Wingly, fly into Blackbushe (EGLK) on Saturday the 13th of July where we will warmly welcome you to an all-day BBQ! Make the most of free landing* and come along and enjoy a great day of flying. It is also the perfect opportunity to meet other members of the Wingly community.

*Free landings only to registered Wingly Pilots who register their attendance with Wingly.

For more information read here:

For any pilots visiting, please remember to PPR via our online form and write in the comments that you are attending the Wingly fly-in.

UL91 Now Available!

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Our new UL91 tank is now commissioned and fuel is available for sale.  It is available from the eastern end of the RFFS Building.  Initially we are offering this at the same price point as AVGAS 100LL, although the wholesale cost of the fuel is higher.

In the coming months we intend to lay permanent markings to indicate the appropriate stop point for refuelling, but in the interim, and while we refine these positions, we have produced the below diagram:

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For those aircraft who have been bringing MOGAS or UL91 from other sites, all refuelling using fuel cans brought from offsite is now prohibited.

Spring Newsletter

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We would usually like to hold a Resident's meeting around now, but we've been super busy with lots of exciting projects.

In the meantime, here is an update as we head into the Summer season.


The inquiry starts Tuesday 2nd April; 10:00 at the Elvetham Hotel.  Airport Management will obviously be occupied with this all week, but there should be no impact on usual aerodrome operations.

If any members of the public would like to attend they may do so.  The inquiry is estimated to run for 3-4 days.  If any members of the public wish to speak, they must attend on Day 1 and make this known to the Inspector.

Full details of the inquiry, and copies of the Blackbushe Airport submissions are available here.


Over the winter months we've been offering an extra hour of flying for those who want to complete their night ratings or remain current, and are pleased to have seen over 200 landings as a result!

As we move towards British Summer Time, on Sunday 31st March we will revert to closing at 18:00 local, and the airport will remain available to approved pilots during the light evenings. A reminder of the process:

  • Pilots must be approved for OOH operations.  You must have "OOH" on your ID Badge.  If you don't have it, or haven't gotten a badge yet, please come and get one from the admin office.

  • OOH Flights must be registered with us each day before we close.  Use this form to do so.

  • No takeoffs or landings before 0700 or after 2200 local.

  • Take your time to familiarise yourself with the policy here.

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Our UL91 tank arrived onsite yesterday! It holds 15,000 litres and was built to specification for us. We have a few more weeks whilst it is connected, commissioned, and tested, and hope to be able to offer UL91 fuel from mid-April - Watch this space!

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The Flyball Navex Competition will be held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and is organised by Popham Airfield, in association with the Airfields Operators Group.

  • Open to All Types of Single Engined Piston Aircraft

  • Classes for Fixed Wing, Microlight, Ultralight, and Rotorcraft

  • Starting at 10:00 from any participating airfield with up to 4 hours of flying fun!

  • You will be visiting participating airfields and concluding at Popham Airfield at 16:00 for a BBQ and prize giving.

  • Multi crew and solo awards to be won for the soon to be coveted Flyball Trophy



Remember you can keep in touch by following us on social media, links are on the bottom of this email.

From all the team at Blackbushe, we look forward to a summer filled with airborne antics!

Christmas Opening Hours

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The festive season is nearly upon us. Whilst this means many airports close their doors, Blackbushe Airport remains open throughout the festive period, only shutting for Christmas Day.

A Convenient London Option for Private Aircraft

We are just 45 minutes from central London, and just minutes from the M3 Junction 4A. We have a comfy passenger lounge and convenient car parking just steps from the aircraft. If you’re taking your pets with you over the break, remember you can arrive into Blackbushe with certain approved operators under the government’s Pet Travel Scheme.

Festive Flying for General Aviation

It is the season for family, and whether that be visiting those further afield, or simply introducing your loved ones to the freedom of flight, Blackbushe is open to you throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Opening Hours

The below table contains our opening hours. Please note the PPR requirements. We want to ensure our staff can enjoy as much time with their families as possible, therefore once pre-booked flights have been completed, the aerodrome will close and staff will go home. This information will be promulgated by NOTAM and Social Media at the time.

Christmas Opening Hours 2018/19
Mon 24 Dec 0700-1230 Aerodrome will close after last planned movement. Please PPR by 12:00 on 23/12/2018.
Wed 26 Dec 0900-1800 Aerodrome will remain closed if no planned movements. Please PPR by 12:00 on 23/12/2018.
Thu 27 Dec 0700-1800
Fri 28 Dec 0700-1800
Sat 29 Dec 0700-1800
Sun 30 Dec 0700-1800
Mon 31 Dec 0700-1800 Aerodrome will close after last planned movement. Please PPR by 12:00 on 30/12/2018.
Tue 1 Jan 2019 0900-1800 Aerodrome will close after last planned movement. Please PPR by 12:00 on 30/12/2018.

Out Of Hours Flights

There are strictly no flights when the aerodrome is closed, as usual safety processes will not be in place. We are closed on Christmas Day under our agreement to operate with local councils.

Winter Night Flying

The extended Winter Night Flying opening hours (until 19:00 daily) will be suspended from 24th Dec 2018 to 1st Jan 2019 inclusive and will resume on 2nd Jan 2019.

Evening Extensions

Evening Extensions are available on request as usual, however these are reliant on staff availability and may not always be possible.

The Role of Blackbushe in the Berlin Airlift

In the Fleet & Yateley News & Mail from Wednesday 10th October 2018, a letter by Peter Brown was published which paid tribute to the roles that Blackbushe and her based airlines played in the Berlin Airlift.

Reproduced here, you can read his informative letter and learn a little more about the varied history of Blackbushe.


Peter Brown runs the Blackbushe: One-Stop Forum which contains all sorts of historical accounts of Blackbushe, including his popular “Photo Of The Day” thread.

If you would like to learn more about Blackbushe and her History, why not buy a copy of Robert Belcher’s brilliant book?

With around 250 photographs of Blackbushe in the wartime, and under the control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, including during the Berlin Airlift period, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Celebrate with us this weekend!

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To celebrate the reduction of Visitor Landing Fees, we’re offering free bacon rolls to visiting pilots this weekend, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018 + Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September 2018

Please ensure you PPR HERE

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is available to visiting aircraft only

  • Voucher will be issued upon payment of landing fees at the Fire Station (Charlie point)

  • Maximum two vouchers per aircraft

  • One voucher per person to be redeemed in The Bushe Cafe

  • Voucher must be used on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th or 25th September 2018

  • Voucher is non-transferable

  • While stocks last

Reduced Visitor Landing Fees

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At Blackbushe we are continually working to improve the airport facilities, as well as to encourage and support General Aviation. We’ve had a busy summer and have been pleased to meet and talk to many GA pilots, both at AeroExpo, and also those who have taken advantage of our discounted landing fee vouchers in Flyer Magazine, Microlight Magazine, and the LAA Magazine. We’ve listened carefully to the feedback and have understood that cost is a big factor in deciding where to visit.

We are therefore pleased to announce a reduction in our visitor landing fees effective immediately.

0-750 £19.20 £12.00 £9.60 £6.00
751-1500 £28.80 £18.00 £14.40 £10.80
1501-2500 £48.00 £30.00 £24.00 £16.80

All prices include VAT @ 20%

The price reductions represent a 38% reduction in the landing fee. A further 20% discount is offered when uplifting 30 litres of fuel. AVGAS 100LL is currently competitively priced at £1.80 including VAT.

Since under new ownership, Blackbushe Airport has taken steps to encourage General Aviation. This has included the introduction of a <750kg price band, as well as reductions for Landing and Parking cards. The new price list brings visitor landing fees down to a level not seen at Blackbushe in over 15 years. We hope these efforts encourage new aircraft and pilots to benefit from the excellent facilities and great service on offer.

Please remember to PPR in advance, by using our simple form, or by giving us a call.

For our full price list, please click here.

Renewed Air BP Fuel Contract

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has renewed its fuel supply contract at Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK) in the UK, effective immediately. Air BP will continue to supply Jet A-1 and Avgas 100LL. 

Left: Chris Gazzard, Blackbushe Airport manager. Right:&nbsp;Russell Halley, Air BP general aviation regional sales manager, UK

Left: Chris Gazzard, Blackbushe Airport manager. Right: Russell Halley, Air BP general aviation regional sales manager, UK

Customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling Card to purchase fuel, in addition to ordering and paying for fuel via the RocketRoute MarketPlace platform. Air BP has been supplying Blackbushe since 2012 and during this period has invested in the installation of a new fuel storage facility and two new fuel bowsers.

We are very pleased to continue to supply Blackbushe Airport demonstrating our continued commitment to our general aviation customers in the UK. We look forward to deepened co-operation between our team and that of the airport and to welcoming our customers this summer.

Russell Halley, Air BP general aviation regional sales manager, UK

Maintaining a robust and safe fuelling operation is critical for any aerodrome, and I am pleased that this will continue at Blackbushe in collaboration with Air BP.  Their service and equipment quality has been second-to-none.  We were supported in our previous contract, benefitting from the much-needed investment in the fuelling facilities.  We can continue to deliver an excellent quality product.  We are excited to continue to welcome Air BP Sterling Card holders.

Chris Gazzard, Blackbushe Airport manager

Conveniently, Air BP can provide Avgas from the airport’s fuel storage facility, or both Avgas and Jet A-1 on stand from Mercedes mobile bowsers. 

Introduced by Blackbushe in late 2017, Rotors Running Refuelling for helicopters is available by prior arrangement, enabling faster and more efficient refuelling.

Customers can refuel at Blackbushe Airport from 08:00 local time, 7 days per week, or at other times by prior arrangement. It offers convenient access to the capital being located just 40 miles from Central London on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire. Blackbushe handles over 20,000 movements each year comprising a mix of training aircraft, general aviation and business aviation traffic.

D-Day: Peter Brown helps us remember RAF Hartford Bridge in June 1944

The 6th June. D-Day.... At Royal Air Force Hartford Bridge the scene of frenetic activity.

"Gentlemen, from this moment Hartford Bridge is on standby. You are confined to quarters." These were the words from Group Captain MacDonald on calling the base together, the first indication that D-Day was under way. The invasion of Europe was about to begin. Contact with anyone off the airfield was not permitted. Overhead the columns of glider-towing aircraft were relentless, on the ground there was activity wherever you should look. On the evening of 5th June black and white stripes had rapidly been applied to fuselages and wings, smoke cylinders attached, all the messes were closed by 1800. Anticipation was at fever point.


342 Squadron, Free French Air Force..."nous sommes préparés".     

342 Squadron, Free French Air Force..."nous sommes préparés".


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June, 1944, RAF Hartford Bridge ready to strike back

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Thank you to Peter Brown for sharing and for ensuring the important history of Blackbushe is not forgotten.  Find out more about the history of Blackbushe on Peter's website 'Blackbushe Airport - The One Stop Forum'.  You will need to set up a free account to view the content.