Brimpton Airfield

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Brimpton (Wasing Lower Farm) Airfield
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner Brimpton Airfield LTD
Operator Robin Greatrex
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.

Flying club[edit]

The airfield is the home of Brimpton Airfield LTD which has over 60 members. The strip also has over 20 resident aircraft including one Percival Piston Provost. 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 Airfield holds three fly-ins each year raising money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

As from Feb 2017 we have outside tiedowns also open hanger space available.

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]

  • On 14 February 2009, a microlight crashed at Brimpton following a loss of altitude during flying within the airfield's perimeter.[2]
  • On 5 June 2016 a Tiger Moth crashed on takeoff and collided with 2 parked cars. A woman on the ground was injured.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brimpton Airfield
  2. ^ "Pilot injured in airfield crash". BBC. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Woman hurt after Tiger Moth crash at Brimpton Airfield". BBC. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.