Phoenix like?

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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 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

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: big­gin­hillair­

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

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