Could the Hertfordshire airfield rise from the ashes? Project Phoenix has raised £10k already but wants us to press the planners
Panshanger Community Airfield’s Project Phoenix campaign has reached its first crowd funding milestone of £10,000,
less than two months after the campaign’s launch on 19 September (see ‘Airfields’, Pilot, December 2017). Panshanger Aerodrome was closed three years ago and is in the draft Welwyn & Hatfield Local Plan for a housing development with a small mention of the possibility of re-establishing an aerodrome. The Local Plan is currently under scrutiny by the government planning inspector to test whether it is viable and sound.
In 2016 Welwyn Hatfield Council amended its Local Plan to include possible provision of an airfield at Panshanger with the following commitments: ‘the [plan] will allow the opportunity for a realigned grass runway on land to the north of the Green Belt boundary... development at the site will be configured in such a way that the opportunity remains for the relocation of the grass runway to be provided on Green Belt land to the north of SDS1 [Panshanger development site]’
However, as campaigners observe, the Green Belt area as it stands is too narrow at the centre of the site to support a runway compliant with CAA regulations.
Having reached the first phase goal of crowd funding, the emphasis is now on the signing of an online petition to the council, which can found at www.change.org/p/ chief-planning-officer “This will demonstrate how many people would like to have Panshanger Aerodrome reopened for the community,” says Sue Hart of Project Phoenix, “and highlight the need for more space allocation and a proper commitment from the Council to the reopening of the aerodrome”. For further info, visit www.project-phoenix.org.uk
London-biggin Hill Airport and charity fly2help
welcomed ten young aviation enthusiasts to its annual Aim High Scholarship programme during the October schools’ half-term break.
The week-long educational programme includes activities designed to give young people behind-the-scenes insights into the wide range of roles available in the aviation sector, aiming to encourage more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The programme also included a trial flight lesson with EFG Flying School.
Aged 15-18, those taking part in the scholarship week were from local schools and youth organisations who had successfully completed a comprehensive application process that included interviews.
Advertising for the 2018 Aim High Scholarship week will start in late May 2018. For more information visit the ‘Community’ pages at: bigginhillairport.com
Air BP has upgraded and enhanced the fuel system at Land’s End Airport.
Improvements include a 50,000-litre capacity Jet A-1 tank, a kerbside pump and associated filter units. The company currently offers two grades of fuel at the airport: Jet A-1 and 100LL. Air BP currently supplies fuel to 32 general aviation airports in the UK.
Ten aviation enthusiasts from local schools took part in an education programme organised by London-biggin Hill Airport and charity fly2help, aiming to encourage more young people into STEM subjects
Art at the airfield! Contemporary British artist Marc Quinn’s work is on display at TAG Farnborough Airport