Brimpton Airfield

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Brimpton (Wasing Lower Farm) Airfield
IATA: noneICAO: EGLP
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner Sylmar Aviation
Operator Brimpton Flying Club
Location Wasing
Elevation AMSL 210 ft / 64 m
Coordinates 51°23′02″N 001°10′09″W / 51.38389°N 1.16917°W / 51.38389; -1.16917Coordinates: 51°23′02″N 001°10′09″W / 51.38389°N 1.16917°W / 51.38389; -1.16917
Website www.brimpton-airfield.co.uk
Map
EGLP is located in Berkshire
EGLP
EGLP
Location in Berkshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 535 1,755 Grass

Brimpton (Wasing Lower Farm) Airfield is an unlicensed single-runway civilian airfield[1] in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Located close to RAF Greenham Common, the airfield was founded in the 1950s by Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet, a director at Miles Aircraft in nearby Woodley. In the 1970s, the airfield was used by crop spraying contractors for the local agriculture industry until 1979 when it was designated for public civilian use. Since 1983 there have been Percival Provost aircraft based at the strip.

Current use[edit]

The airfield is currently the home of Brimpton Flying Club which has over 50 members. The strip also has over 20 resident aircraft including two Percival Piston Provost T1 and a Saab 91 Safir. The strip has recently[when?] undergone expansion involving the addition of a taxiway and new aircraft hangars on the southern side of the runway.

The Flying Club holds three fly-ins each year raising money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. At the fly-ins there is a display, usually featuring the Provosts and Saab.

Location[edit]

Brimpton Airfield is located equidistant between the Berkshire towns of Reading and Newbury, close to the A4 road. Due to the airfield's close proximity to the Atomic Weapons Establishment in nearby Aldermaston, an R101(2.4) restriction is in place for the surrounding airspace, requiring all circuits to be completed to the north of the runway. Despite the fact that the entire runway is within the R101 catchment, the airfield has special exemption from the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom (CAA).

Incidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brimpton Airfield
  2. ^ "Pilot injured in airfield crash". BBC. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Captain John Fairey". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Police name pilot killed in Bishop Norton air crash". Market Rasen Mail. Johnston Press. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Captain John Fairey: airline captain". The Times. News Corporation. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Obituary: Captain John Fairey". Brimpton Airfield. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010.