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VISITING US

 

VISITING BY AIR

INTRODUCTION


Shenington Airfield is an unlicensed private farm strip where gliding operations take precedence at all times. Tarmac and grass runway surfaces are not maintained to licensed airfield standards and may present hidden obstacles especially at changes of surface.

Our planning permission restricts power arrivals to between 09:00 hrs and sunset or 21:00 hrs if later. Take offs are only permitted between 09:00 and sunset or 19:00 hrs if later.

Beware of Intense Gliding Activity in the vicinity of the airfield and always keep a good lookout for gliders. Gliders can approach at high speed and at low level from any direction and may land on any part of the airfield.

Winch and aerotow launching must be assumed to be in progress at all times with winch cables up to 3200′ AMSL. Therefore, no power flying in the overhead should take place below 3,200’ AMSL. Overhead joins are prohibited due to the risk of collision with a cable.

Winch cables are a particular hazard even when laid on the ground. Winch cables can snag undercarriage wheels and skids. Powered aircraft shall not take off or land across the glider winch cables and, if possible, should avoid taxiing over them. Any intention to taxi across a winch cable should be announced on 129.980 kHz and prior to take-off, the pilot should confirm that the cable has not snagged on the aircraft.  


Note that runway 05 has an earth bank across the threshold.

PPR is required for all flights and can be obtained by emailing enquiries@edgehillgliding.com or calling the launchpoint when EGC is operating on 07548 069341. Please note that only an EGC-approved, BGA-rated instructor or EGC Tug Pilot can give PPR.

ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FOR ORIENTATION AND GUIDANCE ONLY AND ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A SITE BRIEFING!

ARRIVING BY AIR


Runway directions and noise abatement routes are shown in the accompanying pictures. Please avoid overflying the villages circled in orange. Suggested circuits are shown in blue.

If landing on 35 grass, land after the concrete cross runway. You could also land (accurately) on the narrow peritrack.

If landing on runways 28 or 10, land after the concrete cross runway.

If landing on the runway 23 or 05, known as the 'short hard,' the grass alongside the hard runway is also landable. 

PLEASE REFER TO THE 'SHENINGTON AIRFIELD OPERATIONS MANUAL' FOR MORE DETAIL.

Make Traffic calls on 129.980. Note this is a shared gliding frequency, so more than one club can be using it in the vicinity at any time. Therefore, please begin and end your transmission with “Shenington”. e.g. “Shenington Traffic, G-ABCD, Downwind 28, Shenington.” 


NO OVERHEAD JOINS – there could be a winch launch in progress.

Observe the launch direction and plan to land in the same direction if possible. Landing is at your discretion; be prepared to go-around. Keep a good lookout, as gliders can land in any direction. As you will know, powered aircraft give way to gliders. Be aware of the location of the winch and therefore where the cables are lying on the ground.

When taxying clear of the runway, check behind for landing gliders. If in  doubt, taxy straight ahead to the next intersection before turning. 

Please book in at the Clubhouse, which is located in the SW corner of the airfield. The power movements log is just inside the clubhouse door. The landing fee is £5, and can be paid into the blue box just inside the door of the portacabin containing the office, on the left side. An envelope is provided near the box. Just write the date and your A/C registration on the envelope.

DEPARTING BY AIR


Planning restricts power departures to between 9:00 hours and sunset or 19:00 hours if later.

Keep a good lookout at all times when taxying, as gliders can land in any  direction at any time.

It is possible to take off alongside winch operations on runways 28/10 and 17/35, but ONLY with specific permission from the Duty Instructor on the day first. The winch cables will always be retracted if necessary for flight safety.

IF YOU PICK UP A CABLE WHILE TAKING OFF, YOU WILL CRASH.

If there is a glider launch commencing, you should see the glider’s wings  horizontal, there will be someone holding a wingtip, and usually waving a signal. There will also be lights flashing on the winch. Once the glider  gets airborne, don’t be tempted to start your take off run until you see the cable and its parachute back on the ground – it could fall on you as you take off.

If you see a wire and parachute float down, there may have been a cable break, so there could be stray cable on the ground. If a club member thinks you should stop, they will make a hand signal to you.  Don’t take off until you are sure the runway is safe.

And finally, remember the noise abatement areas again when you depart. See you again soon!

 
 
 

VISITING BY ROAD OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

BY ROAD

Edgehill Gliding Centre is located at Shenington Airfield, just to the west of Shenington village and can be accessed from Rattlecombe Road (see the map below). For those travelling from further airfield, EGC is not far from junctions 11 (Banbury) and 12 (Gaydon) on the M40.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT


Local bus routes 6 and 7, from Stratford-upon-Avon to Banbury, operated by Johnsons Excelbus, pass the airfield gate on Rattlecombe Road.

The nearest railway station is located in Banbury.