Popham Airfield

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Popham Airfield
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Aerial view
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Charles Church (Spitfires) Ltd
Location Basingstoke, Hampshire
Elevation AMSL 550 ft / 168 m
Coordinates 51°11′40″N 001°14′10″W / 51.19444°N 1.23611°W / 51.19444; -1.23611Coordinates: 51°11′40″N 001°14′10″W / 51.19444°N 1.23611°W / 51.19444; -1.23611
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EGHP is located in Hampshire
EGHP
EGHP
Location in Hampshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 914 3,000 Grass
03/21 900 2,953 Grass

Popham Airfield (ICAO: EGHP) is an unlicensed airfield located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) south west of Basingstoke in Hampshire, UK. It lies alongside the A303 road.

The airfield has two grass runways, designated 08/26 and 03/21. The latter has restricted operational dates. Light aircraft maintenance facilities, aircraft hire and training on microlight aircraft are available.

Popham Airfield runs many different events over the year, including the Microlight trade fair in May, the annual Motorcycle Mega Meet & Vintage Aircraft Fly-in in August and the New Year's Day fly-in.

Popham airfield's radio frequency is 129.800 and is air-to-ground only. Radio operating hours are from 08:30 until 17:00 (winter 16:30 or sunset if earlier).[1]

The airfield is home to AirBourne Aviation,[2] a microlight flight training school that made international media headlines when in August 2014, one of its staff pilot-photographers Matthew Myatt,[3] discovered one of the secret filming location for Star Wars Ep7. at Greenham Common and photographed[4] a half constructed, full size Millennium Falcon spaceship.

Microlight flight simulation training also takes place at the airfield with the UK's only full size state of the art full motion Comco Ikarus C42 flight simulator, owned and operated by AirSim[5] (Popham), located onsite in the airfields main building.

On 7 April 2007, Neville Duke, an RAF fighter ace in the Second World War and a well-known test pilot, made an emergency landing here in a light aircraft when he felt unwell. He collapsed after landing, and died later that evening.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Pooley's Flight Guide, 2014, p 533-534

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