Wet Weather Operations

During periods of prolonged wet weather it may be necessary to restrict movements on any of the grass areas and implement temporary operating instructions:

Use of roadway (former perimeter-track) as a taxiway due to grass portions of manoeuvring area unusable.


Will be via the roadway between the fuel pumps and the peri’ track abeam HP ‘A’ passing in front of and adjacent to the clubhouse, fire house, east end (grey) hangars, and glider trailers.

Pilots are urged to use EXTREME CAUTION when taxiing due to:-

  • The close proximity and use of the roadway by mobile obstructions such as vehicles of all types, bikers, cyclists, pedestrians, etc.
  • Limited clearance between wing tips and glider trailers, parked vehicles and/or marker boards/toblerones, especially for low wing aircraft such as Eurostars, Zodiacs, R.Vs, etc.
  • Limited width of the peri-track at the eastern end.  Avoid dropping a main undercarriage wheel on to the grass, especially whilst avoiding HGC personnel and equipment in close proximity.  The edge of the tarmac is not graded to a slope and damage could occur.
  • Acute angle between peri-track and the narrow section of tarmac at the undershoot of R26.  Pilots are to taxi slowly whilst turning to transition between the two.

ATSU will endeavour, but will not always be able, to warn pilots of the proximity of obstructions.

Pre-flight checks – Engine run ups/power check.

Pilots intending to depart will be expected to utilise the apron fronting MBETS/Maitland hangar for aircraft power checks.  This will only occur for as long as access is not required to the hangar by M-BETS or other aircraft.

Alternatively, pilots can expect to be instructed to utilise the apron on the south end of Tiger Helicopter Ltd hangar for power checks. Ensure the aircraft is positioned to the north of the double yellow lines.

Please park to leave the roadway clear to ensure that access to/from the runway via the perimeter track is kept clear whilst aircraft perform run-up’s and pre-flight checks.  The road must be left clear for aircraft, vehicles, etc. to pass.

Pilots MUST always request permission for onward taxi after completion of power checks.

Main Runway departures/arrivals – General.

Fixed wing aircraft –

  • Entry to/egress from the runway via the peri’-track at the eastern end/undershoot of R26 threshold.


  • All fixed wing aircraft will be required to back-track, increasing the occupancy time on the Runway.  This may result in a significant increase in aircraft having to go-around, and the number of aircraft in the circuit.  Pilots should give due consideration to increasing the usual spacing with aircraft ahead to minimise the necessity to go-around.


  • Pilots are not to vacate the runway turning left or right on to the hard stubs at ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’, unless specifically instructed by ATSU to use as a short term holding position.


  • Pilots of departing/arriving aircraft are to be satisfied that gliders, buggy and HGC personnel are clear of the runway before taking off or landing.


  • Pilots of aircraft may be instructed to vacate the runway and hold on the stubs awaiting departure or to back-track the full length.  At ‘B’ space to turn 180° is limited, without dropping a wheel onto the grass.

Helicopters – Pilots will be expected to transition into the hover to facilitate air-taxying over the grass, both before departure and on arrival and therefore are able to continue to operate over the grass runways.  However, no skid arrivals will be permitted.

Gliding – As and when this takes place, the Tug and Gliders will utilise the main runway.

NB. Special care and consideration needs to be given to gliders landing and occupying the main runway, access and retrieves by the buggy, and tow’s back to the glider parking area, increasing significantly the time the runway is occupied and NOT available to departing/arriving aircraft.

Gliders recovering to the launch point/parking via the north side of the runway (overgrown disused section of the old 90m wide runway) will be asked to hold position to facilitate landing or departing aircraft as the runway is deemed occupied.  Pilots of landing/departing aircraft will be requested to confirm that they are willing to land or depart with the buggy/glider combination obstruction.
* Bear in mind that ‘obstructions’ in the runway strip area result in the RWY being unlicensed and should be used with extreme caution.

Duty Runway 26

Gliding – Gliders will be parked on the grass area to the east of the peri’-track, abeam HP ‘A’, nose out to the peri’-track, not on the manoeuvring area.
Gliders will make downwind calls at The Cot (approx’ 1nm West of Shobdon village) prior to the up-wind end of runway.  The duty AFISO, will ‘sterilise’ the runway for the landing glider.  Pilots of arriving fixed wing aircraft on final or base-leg can expect to go-around.

Duty Runway 08

Fixed wing aircraft – Entry/exit to the runway via the peri’-track at the eastern end of R26 threshold, necessitating a full length back-track before departure.

All arriving fixed wing aircraft will be required to vacate straight ahead at the eastern end of the Runway.

Gliding – Gliders will be parked on the hard section of former Taxiway ‘B’, north side.

Gliders will make downwind calls at Ledicot (approx’ 1nm East of Shobdon village) prior to the up-wind end of runway.  The duty AFISO, will ‘sterilise’ the runway for the landing glider.  Pilots of arriving fixed wing aircraft on final or base-leg can expect to go-around.

Back-tracking and vacating the runway.

To facilitate the landing of a following aircraft or departure, the hard stubs at ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ may be used, with caution, for an aircraft to vacate the runway to a position north of the runway as a  short term holding position, but bear in mind that the runway strip area is infringed.   The pilot of the landing/ departing aircraft needs to be sure that the aircraft holding is well clear of the runway.  Use with special care and only during TOI arrangements.

Parking of visiting aircraft.

Fixed wing aircraft – will utilise the apron fronting MBETS/Maitland hangar.  This will only continue for as long as M-BETS AC97 or other aircraft resident in the hangar do not need access to the hangar.  As an overflow parking area, the apron fronting the Maintenance hangar entrance.

The western apron is reserved for the movement and parking of HAC, SLF and owners hangared aircraft.  All such aircraft MUST be pulled by hand to and from the hangar apron, with no props turning.  This area is to be utilised as a pedestrian crossing, through SLF enclosure and crossing to the pedestrian gate adjacent to the Western hangar.

GA helicopters – Will utilise the apron fronting TIGER’s hanger, although aircraft with skids can park on the grass visitors parking area.

Commercial helicopters – for those shutting down, utilise the 2 vacant hard pans or roadway between M-BETS/Maitland and TIGER’s aprons i.e. retractable undercarriage helicopters.

Commercial helicopters for refuel – either Rotors Running Refuel or shutting down, those with skid’s will use the usual grass area between the toblerones, otherwise, the 2 vacant pans or roadway referred to above.  Alternatively, if empty of parked aircraft, utilise the apron fronting MBETS/Maitland hangar.

Visitors driving motor vehicles are asked not to park in front of the clubhouse or to block any areas being used by taxiing aircraft during this time. For vehicles wishing to access the eastern end of the airfield, please use the mobile gate and close it again behind yourself, DO NOT drive across the airfield grass parking area.