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Bicester Airfield (disused)

N.B. this airfield is disused.
Submitted by: Stephen Slater
Bicester aerodrome (EGDD) now operated as a civilian gliding site by Windrushers Gliding Club. Visitors are welcome by Prior Permission - landing fee is a donation to the club!

Bicester Airfield is strictly PPR only

Contact Windrushers Gliding Club in the first instance on 07986 048826 but, if no reply, on

01869 252493 and finally on 01869 243030.

PLEASE DO NOT FLY IN WITHOUT PPR

Bicester Airfield is a grass airfield with 7 day-a-week intensive gliding operations including winch launching to 3,000 ft and Aerotow.

Arrivals

Main landing directions are 06/24, 13/31, 18/36. These are not marked runways but general landing directions.

Each run is approximately 1100 metres

Due to the nature of the flying operations the Airfield is strictly PPR, with absolutely no overhead joins

There is no ATC, but during gliding operations there is usually a duty instructor.

Gliding normally operates on the general gliding frequency of 129.97

The launch point for gliding operations will normally be set up on the take off/landing run which is the nearest to the into wind direction. The launch point will usually be recognised by a line of gliders and vehicles. Gliders and powered aircraft will operate on both left hand and right hand circuits. Once established in the circuit, aircraft must remain on the same side and land on that side of the launch point i.e. do not cross over to another landing run on final approach.

Visiting pilots must be vigilant and keep a good lookout for gliders, which are inherently difficult to spot. Powered aircraft must give way to gliders at all times.

After landing, pilots must ensure that the approach is clear, before back tracking to the launch point area.

Departures

Prior to departure all non-Bicester based aircraft must book out using the powered aircraft book.

Immediately prior to start up a verbal departure briefing must be obtained from the duty instructor.

Noise abatement procedures are shown on the Windrushers website www.windrushers.org.uk


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1 Oct 16 - Steven Bailey - London

Bicester is just one big field, uneven in parts, with no marked runways.

As with some other gliding sites, visiting powered aircraft are tolerated but we rather got the feeling that they are not really encouraged. If so, and perhaps we just got them at a bad time, it is a shame as the airfield could be a popular destination for suitable aircraft and generate good revenue (the landing fee was £15).

There is an excellent briefing at http://bicestergliding.com/pdf/Visiting-Pilots-Info.pdf

Blind calls will be answered from the ground with the runway in use and notice of imminent winch launches.

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