Shoreham Airport has been adopted as the Club's main training location. This is because of the absence of Controlled Airspace locally, and
the availability of VATSIM ATC services several nights a week. Members can start their online flying experience here in the company of other
beginners and, via the Club TeamSpeak server, obtain help from experienced members also flying from this pretty seaside location.
Real World Shoreham Airport is the oldest licensed airfield in the UK, and has a beautiful Grade II listed art deco building which is not
only a Control Tower but also a full scale Passenger Terminal.
Opened in 1931 as Staverton Aerodrome, Gloucestershire Airport has been progressively developed during the last 85 years into the UK's busiest
General Aviation aerodrome. It lies just four miles from Cheltenham, home of prestigious horse-racing, literature and music festivals and only
six miles from the cathedral city of Gloucester. It has a full Air Traffic Control service within its ATZ and Approach control facilities as well.
On VATSIM, it caters for the needs of virtual GA pilots with procedures that closely replicate the real aerodrome. There are 3 runways in the
traditional ex RAF 'A' layout, plus a short grass runway. The main runway has instrument procedures including a CAT 1 ILS on runway 27.
The Club established its base at Gloucestershire in December 2004 and adopted one of the hangars for its use. Regular Club evenings have been
held on Tuesdays at the airfield ever since.
In April 2018, the Club decided to open this small airfield in Yorkshire as a new northern base. It is located in an area of outstanding
natural beauty 11 nautical miles south west of York. During the Second World War it was used as a Royal Air Force station and Blackburn Aircraft
built almost 1700 Fairey Swordfish naval torpedo aircraft at their Sherburn factory. Today it is home to a busy real-world
Aero Club who have kindly rented us one of their hangars and allowed us to build
our own small Clubhouse next to theirs. As an uncontrolled airfield (Air/Ground Operated), with one hard runway and three grass runways and
mandatory overhead joins, members will enjoy a new experience and new challenges at this friendly airfield.
Information for Fife Airfield is in course of preparation (January 2022)
In the summer of 2021, the Club decided to open a new base
even further north than Sherburn - the far side of Edinburgh
to be precise! Fife is an unlicnsed airfield on the northern
side of the Firth of Forth, 2 nautical miles west of the town
of Glenrothes. In 1998, it was voted the best airfield in the
United Kingdom by Flyer magazine. Today it is home to several
busy real-world Aero Clubs, and now CIX VFR Club.
It has one hard runway 06/24 with challenging arrival and departure
procedures. It is also home to an active skydiving club, so
watch out for those virtual canopies! The old restaurant sported
the delightful name of the Tipsy Nipper, but this was closed
in late 2020 and re-opened as the Skyview café.
Roving Base Locations
In order to explore the UK's regional airports, the Club
has designates one of them as a temporary "Roving" Base.
This Roving Base changes every three months. Roving bases are
added to the list below as they are selected. The currently
active Roving Base is marked by red pointers below. Club members
visiting that airport in each of the three months shown in
the table below, will be awarded a star. The list below shows
the Roving Bases selected in the last two complete years as
well as the current year. Members are encouraged to visit them
as well, however, only the marked airport will earn a star.
In addition to the above Base Locations, each month our Events
Manager selects some other airfields for members to visit.
These may be defined as Guest Airfields or Farm Strips. Briefings
will not be provided by the Club, and members must choose their
own route and do their own flight planning. The idea is to
encourage members to explore Britain flying VFR in their flight
simulator and to provide at least some challenging flights.
Star Awards process is used to analyse each member's Pilot
Reports and to allocate Stars for recording visits to these
Guest Airfields 2024
There are two designated "Guest Airfields" each
month. These may be large regional airports, small general
aviation aerodromes, or grass farm strips. Some will be close
to a Base Airfield, allowing short simple flights to suit new
members with limited experience, and others will be designed
to present different challenges, be it navigation, short landing
strips or complex controlled airspace. A star is awarded for
flying in to these airfields on any day in the month shown
in the table below.
These two pie charts compare the Club's relative flying activity across
our base and guest locations, for the last two months as reported
by our members using the Club's PIREP facility.