Last updated 11 May 2016

Airport Rules and Procedures

The following rules are in effect at Blackbushe Airport, and must be adhered to.


The Aerodrome is licensed:

0800 local – 1800 local (Summer / Winter)

The Aerodrome is available for use by arrangement:

0700 local - 0800 local (Summer / Winter)

1800 local – 2200 local (Summer / Winter)

No flying is allowed between 2200L and 0700L with the exception of hospital, Police and organ transplant flights.

No flying is to take place prior to 0800L unless a runway inspection has been carried out. This will be carried out by designated Airport staff.

Flying outside licensed hours may take place at the discretion of the Airport Management - between 1800L-2200L daily by home based pilots.  If the Control Tower is unmanned, pilots are responsible for ensuring that a suitable person is informed of their intended flight.  All flights must be pre-booked.   Out of hours movement forms are provided in the black box next to the Bushe Café entrance.  These must be completed by the pilot before take off and after landing and posted through the letterbox in the Terminal Building.  No engine run-ups are to take place prior to 0700L or after 2200L.

Failure to comply with this rule will result in the curtailment of this privilege and all out of hours flying will be jeopardised.

All flights must be on the ground by sunset + 20 minutes at the latest and not later than 2200L.

All training flights must be complete and the aircraft closed down 15 minutes before the end of the licensed hours, whilst the RFFS are still on duty, (This is usually up to 1800L), unless prior permission has been obtained from the Airport Management.

No circuit flying is to take place outside licensed hours.  Any flight taking place outside licensed hours must make normal radio calls on the ground and in the air, on the Blackbushe frequency of 122.30, for the benefit of any other traffic in the area.  Radio calls will not be acknowledged.

Flights requiring a licensed airfield between 0700L-0800L and 1800L-2200L must be booked well in advance.  Every effort will be made to accommodate these flights. (See the Blackbushe Airport website for Terms and Conditions).

The Airport permits five commercially operated group aircraft to use the Airport.  Privately operated group aircraft will normally be accepted, with Airport Management approval, provided that the aircraft is on a private category Certificate of Airworthiness or with flying school agreement.  This is done to protect the flying school’s interests, thus ensuring that aircraft used by groups on the airfield cannot be used commercially in competition with the Airport based flying schools.  Group membership should not exceed 6 persons except with Airport Management agreement.


If you are planning to fly outside of the aerodrome licensed operating hours, Blackbushe Airport must have a signed “Out of Hours” Indemnity Form.  Arrivals and departures will be accepted, but “touch and go” circuits will not be permitted.  You should join the circuit using a standard overhead join.  Blind calls to “Blackbushe Traffic” should be made, after a courtesy call is made to “Blackbushe Information” to confirm that the Tower is unmanned.  You must also keep a good lookout for other traffic in the circuit.

You must also nominate a responsible person on the ground to initiate overdue action should you fail to arrive at your destination.

Make sure your nominated person has the Distress and Diversion telephone number.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1489 612406

Leave the details of your flight with the nominated person – ideally a copy of your flight plan.  Keep them informed of any changes.  Arrange to contact them no later than 30 minutes after you arrive at your destination.

If you fail to arrive, they must then contact the Swanwick Supervisor, telephone number +44 (0)1489 612420.  If they have not heard from you by your planned landing time plus 30 minutes, the Supervisor will then take overdue action.

It is the pilot’s responsibility to inform Blackbushe ATSU before and after any such movement takes place.

This information should be passed via e-mail, telephone, fax or a note put through the letterbox at the base of the Control Tower.

All aircraft must be on the ground by sunset plus 20 minutes.

Any pilot found to be flying out of hours but not informing the ATSU will have their “Out of Hours” indemnity revoked and will no longer be permitted to fly outside of the Airport’s licensed operating hours.


Landing fees can be debited to account holding customers.  All other landing fees are to be paid at the time of landing unless a landing card is being used for the aircraft or an account has been arranged with the Airport Management.


Fuel will normally be available between 0830L and half an hour prior to closedown.  If you require fuel outside these times, please advise the ground crew in good time of your requirements.  Fuel must always be paid for on delivery unless an account has been approved. 


Flights fall into three categories:

EEC Flights

Non EEC Flights

Common Travel Area Flights

5.1  EEC Flights

There is no restriction on flights to the EEC by UK registered aircraft which are VAT paid and with passengers holding UK or EEC passports.  It is however necessary to book flights inbound from the EEC by giving a minimum of 4 hours prior notification to the UK Border Force.  The Airport Authority will undertake to do this for you provided details are passed to us in advance – we suggest at the time of departure, if details are known.   The UK Border Force may attend flights at their discretion.  24 hours notice of an inbound flight from non EEC countries is required.  You should note that the Channel Islands are non EEC and that 12 hours notice is required.

5.2  Non EEC Flights

Full details of aircraft and persons on board including passport details are required for flights arriving from non EEC countries, at least 24 hours prior to the aircraft movement.  Details should be passed to the Airport Authority who will in turn pass details of the flight to the UK Border Force on your behalf.

5.3  Common Travel Area Flights

Private Aircraft Common Travel Area Flights/Terrorism Act 2000

If you are flying to/from the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland you must fly via a designated airport, under the Terrorism Act 2000 OR give 12hrs prior notice, in writing, to the Police area in which the Port is situated.  Please refer to the Police contact numbers printed on the rear of the GAR.  It is an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000 to willfully fail to comply with this legislation.

Blackbushe Control Tower telephone number is 01252 471300 (Option 2).

N.B. All flights to or from foreign destinations, EEC or others are subject to check by the UK Border Force who may attend at any time.  Flights from non-EU countries should give 24 hours notice of arrival. Flights from within the EU should give 4 hours notice.


Any aircraft coming on to the Airfield whether group owned or otherwise with a public use Certificate of Airworthiness will only be accepted provided that any commercial work undertaken does not conflict with the resident flying schools’ interests.  Any home based aircraft being used for hire and reward from the Airfield is accepted only at the Airport Management’s discretion. Group sizes should consist of no more than six members unless approved otherwise by the Airport Management.


All parking of single engined aircraft will be on the grass parking area, unless permission from the Airport Management is obtained to park on the apron or hard standing. Visiting aircraft with retractable undercarriages will normally be parked on hard standing, whenever possible, but as these areas become full, all single engined aircraft may be required to park on the grass.

Twin-engined aircraft will normally be parked on the hard-standing areas.  A signed Indemnity Form must be placed with the Airport Authority prior to any aircraft being accepted for parking.  Home-based and Club/Flying School aircraft will be parked on allocated areas, as indicated by the ATSU operators.


ircraft accepted for parking at Blackbushe Airport should be secured to picketing points by the responsible pilot concerned.

A radio call should be made prior to any aircraft movement on the ground except in an emergency.

On grassed parking areas, it is the pilot’s responsibility to ensure that the ground is suitable to taxi over.  Pilots should keep a good lookout when taxiing and aircraft on the grass should give way to aircraft on the hard-standing.


When Runway 25 is in use, run-ups should be done on the northern part of the main apron to the west of the taxiway.  The loop taxiway (Foxtrot) will be used when runway 07 is in use.


Pilots are responsible at all times for ensuring that the approach is clear prior to lining up.  This is especially important if the Airfield is unlicensed.

On take off, ensure that Hartley Wintney, Yateley, Hazeley Heath, Mattingley and Eversley are avoided due to noise abatement restrictions in these areas.  These areas should not be over-flown except in an emergency.  A map showing these areas is displayed in the Terminal Building briefing room, and the Airport website.

The correct circuit procedure must be complied with, (see later).

On leaving the circuit it is advised that first contact is to Farnborough Radar (125.25) 0800-2000L.


Diagrams of the circuit can be found in the Terminal Building Administration office and on the Airport website.  Keep all circuits close to the airfield – complaints are received when the circuit gets too wide.  The circuit is always to the south of the Airfield and is flown at 800’ AAL for singles and 1200’ AAL for twins unless advised otherwise by the Tower.

At night, circuits are flown at 1000’ AAL for all traffic

(Helicopter circuits are flown not below 500’ AAL inside the fixed wing circuit).

When Runway 25 is in use, ensure that overflying the housing estate just to the north of the approach path is avoided and an early allowance made for drift.  Keeping the circuit tight and not extending finals on this runway also helps to keep the noise problem down in the area, as does avoiding low approaches and excessive use of power.  On climb-out, a normal 500’ crosswind turn should ensure that overflying Hartley Wintney is avoided.  Remain to the Airfield side of the M3 motorway and keep a good lookout for transiting helicopter traffic. 

When Runway 07 is in use, the base leg to finals turn should be made approximately over Star Hill (the easterly end of the dual carriageway to the west of the Airfield on the A30).   This will keep you well away from Hartley Wintney.  On climb-out on Runway 07, avoid the housing estate to the north of the climb-out path.  If, due to traffic, you are being forced to extend the downwind leg – overshoot avoiding Hartley Wintney.  In the event of a “go around” due to traffic, you should re-join the circuit via the dead side.

At all times, a good lookout should be maintained, remembering that there may be helicopter training circuits being flown.  Helicopters will normally use the grass to the south of the runway, for landing and take offs, when carrying out training circuits.  Be aware of wake vortex especially from the larger helicopters.

In the interests of safety, orbits in the circuit are not permitted, except in an emergency.


From Runway 07 – At no time should a left hand turn out be made.  Climb on the downwind leg to leave at the end of the downwind leg avoiding Hartley Wintney.

From Runway 25 – To avoid overflying Hartley Wintney turn either left or right on climb-out.  If turning out right hand, a turn to the North after the Auction Centre buildings, should be made to avoid Mattingley and Hazeley Heath as well as Yateley and Eversley.


Standard join is overhead the Airfield at 2000’. “Deadside” joins are also permitted, following initial contact with the Tower. Care should be exercised not to overfly Yateley except in an emergency.  Downwind, base leg and long finals joins may be given when the Tower is manned.  Outside licensed hours, a standard overhead join is requested.   If advised by the Tower that a long finals join for 07 is possible, do not forget that a “dog leg” will be required to avoid Hartley Wintney.

Visiting helicopters should join overhead the Airfield, not on to the northern side of the Airfield. 


No aerobatics are allowed in the ATZ unless specifically cleared by the Airport Management nor should there be any steep turns, except in an emergency, or low runs, etc.  Standard circuit procedure only.  Low over-flights of the Terminal Building are prohibited. Aerobatics by Blackbushe based aircraft should be carried out well away from local noise sensitive areas. 


When an overshoot becomes necessary on either Runway 07 or 25, the aircraft should turn on to the “dead side” of the Runway.  This will always be to the north of the Duty Runway and a slight right turn will help to avoid noise sensitive areas.  Always keep a good lookout for other traffic and do not climb to above 400,’ until you are past the runway numbers at the “Upwind End” of the Runway.  Once past the numbers, climb to circuit height before turning crosswind into the normal circuit.  Bear in mind that the traffic which caused the overshoot, could be climbing out and that other traffic might well be joining the circuit, cross-wind at 800’ AAL and 1200’AAL.  Always keep a good lookout.


Charges for home-based aircraft for parking and landing cards are payable in advance.  All other charges, including landing fees and fuel, are payable at the time of purchase.  A monthly account can be arranged in certain instances. 


All pilots please note, except in an emergency, runways 13/31 and 01/19 have been withdrawn from use.

You will notice from the above, the noise sensitive areas of Hartley Wintney, Yateley, Eversley, Mattingley and Hazeley Heath feature on numerous occasions.  In order to safeguard the future of the Airfield, it is vital that all pilots pay due regard to these Rules and Procedures at all times.


By using Blackbushe Airport you are deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures, which should be read in conjunction with the Airport Terms and Conditions.

Failing to follow these rules and procedures may result in the curtailment of your permission to fly from Blackbushe.