Newtownards airport is the home of the Ulster Flying Club. The Ulster Flying Club (UFC) was founded in 1961 and over this period has grown to become Northern Ireland's largest flying school and one of the largest, non commercial training, flying organizations in Ireland. The club manages the airfield's facilities. The clubhouse is open to the public for snacks and for viewing activities at the airfield. Many private pilot owners and self-build constructors base their aircraft in the several hangars on the airfield.
Newtownards Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P659) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Ulster Flying Club (1961) Limited).
The Ulster Flying Club provides both leisure flights and flight training for those who wish to pursue a pilots license. The club operates a fleet of five fixed wing aircraft. It consists of three C-172 SP's, one Tecnam P2002 and a newly acquired C152.
The UFC operates the G-UFC tail registration with the following: G-UFCE, G-UFCG, G-UFCI - Cessna 172's G-UFCL - Tecnam P2002 G-UFCN - Cessna 152