Winter Night Flying at Blackbushe

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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 15th October 2018 to 30th March 2019, 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.

There will be a charge of £5 + VAT for each landing between 18:00 and 19:00 local, in addition to the usual landing fee. To respect our neighbours, for the purposes of noise abatement there will be no circuits or Touch & Go movements after 18:00 local.

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 17:00 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 17:00 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.

  • There are no Circuits or Touch & Go's after 18:00 local.  This is due to noise abatement for local residents.

  • 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.