Denham Aerodrome

Denham Aerodrome (ICAO: EGLD) is an operational general aviation aerodrome located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) east of Gerrards Cross, near Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. It lies beneath London's Class D airspace. VFR entry/exit points are at Maple Cross (CHT) and St Giles Church. Entry lanes and circuit height are at 1,000 ft (300 m) MSL. It has one paved runway, aligned 06/24, a grass runway also aligned 06/24 which is referred to as the northside grass and one grass runway aligned 12/30. It also has substantial hangarage.

Denham Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P646) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Bickertons Aerodromes Limited).[2]

Operators - There are a number of charter and flight instruction and filming operators based at Denham Aerodrome as well as a helicopter maintenance facility. The Pilot Centre flying school,[3] HeliAir,[4] TAA UK,[5] Aerospace Design Facilities, AS Aerospace Ltd, FlyingTV Ltd, Helicopter Film Services, JetFly. A restaurant near the control tower is named Biggles, after the fictional airman of that name, there is also a small cafe called The Crew Room on the north side of the airfield.[6]

Denham Aerodrome
Denham Aerodrome
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Denham Aerodrome Control Tower
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorBickerton's Aerodromes Ltd
LocationGerrards Cross
Elevation AMSL249 ft / 76 m
Coordinates51°35′18″N 000°30′47″W / 51.58833°N 0.51306°WCoordinates: 51°35′18″N 000°30′47″W / 51.58833°N 0.51306°W
Websitewww.egld.com
Map
EGLD is located in Buckinghamshire
EGLD
EGLD
Location in Buckinghamshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 775 2,543 Asphalt
12/30 546 1,791 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS.[1]

History

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Light aircraft at the aerodrome

There are records that flying has been taking place at Denham Aerodrome since the 1900s. During the First World War in 1915, RAF Denham was established as a flying training school for Flight Cadets.[7]

The airfield was first licensed as a private use airfield to Squadron Leader J. M. Bickerton by the CAA on 19 May 1938. During the Second World War, the airfield was used again as a training school. The largest based aircraft was a Douglas DC-3 of Gregory Air Services and occasional airshows have been staged here. The airfield was the home to one of the earliest parachuting clubs in the UK, starting in 1955 the "British Parachute Club" was based here until May 1956 when they moved to Blackbushe Airport in Surrey/Hampshire. The club at Denham was run by instructor Dumbo Willans and also known as the "No. 1 Civil Parachute Training School".

Units

References

  1. ^ "Denham - EGLD". NATS AIS. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Denham" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Welcome to The Pilot Centre". The Pilot Centre. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Contact". Heli Air. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Contact Us". TAA UK Ltd. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Businesses based at Denham Aerodrome". Denham Aerodrome. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  7. ^ "History of Denham Aerodrome". Denham Aerodrome. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Denham (Hawksridge)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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