Silverstone Heliport

Silverstone Heliport (ICAO: EGBV) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) north of Buckingham,[1] Buckinghamshire, England and within Silverstone Circuit, formerly RAF Silverstone.

Silverstone Northern Heliport has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P874) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Silverstone Circuits Limited). The aerodrome is not licensed for night use.[2]

The world record for the worlds busiest airport for one day, was the heliport at Silverstone during the 1999 British Grand Prix. There were 4,200 documented aircraft movements (1 movement being a landing or a takeoff) in one day from dawn till dusk. The airfield was fully licensed and used a sophisticated air traffic control service, using six full air traffic control radio frequencies and a continuous message broadcast (ATIS) service, operated by a team of 24 air traffic controllers. This achievement was even more remarkable as it was coordinated completely on a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) basis without the assistance of radar or any other electronic navigation aids.

This busy service continues to operate for the annual Grand Prix events at Silverstone but has yet to break or equal this existing record, due mainly to recently improved road access to the circuit.

Silverstone Heliport
Airport typePublic
OperatorHeli Air Ltd.
Elevation AMSL502 ft / 153 m
Coordinates52°04′14″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07056°N 1.01222°WCoordinates: 52°04′14″N 001°00′44″W / 52.07056°N 1.01222°W
EGBV is located in Buckinghamshire
Location in Buckinghamshire
Number Length Surface
m ft
06/24 235 × 32 771 × 105 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]


  1. ^ a b Silverstone - EGBV
  2. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
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