Biggin woes, celebrating Ray Hanna, and the future of transponders?
It seems a bit disingenuous for the management of EGKB, with its great heritage in aviation and its good reputation for encouraging general aviation at all levels, to blow its own trumpet and then celebrate its centenary by: closing Runway 29/11 to allow Juliet taxiway to be used to park bizjets, thus depriving students and pilots of a safe runway should the crosswind on 21/03 exceed aircraft or pilot limits banning piston engine operations, even home based landings, after 7pm local time on weekends and bank holidays, ostensibly due to ‘ATC workload’, severely limiting the useful range for a day trip allowing only one training aircraft in the circuit at any one time wanting to ban training circuits at any time, suggesting that they should be flown at Redhill instead, thus making training much more costly in terms of financial and time commitment. Biggin Hill management is happy to benefit from the many pilots who have made great efforts and spent large sums to train and obtain their licences to fly the business jets, but not to continue affording the next generation of pilots the opportunity to train. It is clear that Biggin Hill has truly become Big Gin Hill! The roar of keroseneburning bizjets will soon be the only sound heard, and the fine heritage of Biggin Hill as a Ga-friendly airfield will be lost and forgotten. Biggin Hill will become another Farnborough, training and maintenance organisations will become unsustainable, and another nail will be hammered home in the coffin of GA.
The GA community at Biggin Hill has supported the airfield management over recent years in its development plans, and this centennial kick in the teeth is a deplorable betrayal of their loyalty. Perhaps BHAL would like to comment? A long-standing Biggin Hill pilot One source based at Biggin Hill has told us that the airport has also evicted the Boy Scouts who had a base at Biggin for something like fifty years, saying they were not in line with the ‘new image’. And only last year the airport’s management was forced to make a public statement denying persistent rumours that it was planning to demolish blast pens that once protected Spitfires at the historic RAF station — Ed