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Sywell Aerodrome is the local aerodrome serving Northamptonmarker, Wellingboroughmarker and Ketteringmarker as it is situated midway between these towns. The airport is located northeast of Northampton and was originally opened in 1928 on the edge of Sywellmarker village.

The aerodrome caters for private flying, flight training and corporate flights. There is one fixed-wing flying school, one microlight school and a helicopter school. In addition there is a 1930s Art Deco hotel with bar and restaurant facilities. Aviation related industries and businesses are also located at the aerodrome.

Northampton (Sywell) Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P496) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Sywell Aerodrome Limited).

A viewing area is also available for use by aircraft spotters.

World War II

The aerodrome opened in 1928 and during World War II the aerodrome was used as a training facility (Tiger Moth) and later an important base for the manufacture of Wellington bombers and extensive sheds from this time still remain on site.

Many aerial shots for the film Battle of Britain were taken over the airport.
Aviation Museum at Sywell
The aereodrome also houses a small museum dedicated to telling the war time history of the site and the airmen that used it which has recently been renovated, this was celebrated with a visit a flypast by three P-51 Mustangs.

Current plans

Since 1999, the aerodrome has sought planning permission for a hard runway, which is intended to allow operations to continue over the winter, when the grass runways often become waterlogged.

The organizations STARE (Stop The Aerodrome Runway Expansion) and CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) campaigned against this change, arguing that it would lead to more and larger aircraft flying over the area and disturb its "rural tranquility".Permission was granted for the runway on 22 November 2007 by the Department for Transportmarker, and though campaigners vowed to fight the decision they were unsuccessful and construction of the runway began in 2008. It is expected to open during summer 2009 and enable safe operations during the winter of 2009/2010 and onwards.

Sywell Aerodrome


Operations

Sywell has three all-grass operational runways, with a fourth hard runway due to be opened in Summer 2009. The aerodrome's operational hours are 0900-1700 during winter and 0800-1700 during summer. The aerodrome offers an Aerodrome Flight Information Service to pilots.

Brooklands Flying Club

Brooklands Flying Club are based at Sywell and fly the Aero AT-3 and Cessna 172 which are used as trainers for Private Pilot Licenses (PPL), Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR) and night rating training. In addition the Club also offers flight experiences in a de Havilland Tiger Moth

Brooklands Flying Club was the first UK flight school to operate an online booking system.

Sywell Airshow

The aerodrome now hosts a bi-annual charity airshow put on in aid of the local Air Ambulance where there are many classic aircraft flying and on display such as the Catalina, Mustang, North American Harvards and the British classic, the Lancaster bomber. The Blades aerobatic display team who are based at Sywell also do a performance where they fly stunts and displays with smoke.

Music in Flight

Music in Flight is an airshow held at Sywell, where an orchestra play classical music to accompany flying aircraft, hot air balloons, the Red Devils parachute display team and a fireworks display.

Business Park

There is also an industrial area in the complex which is home to some of the counties best SEO firms, graphic design agencies, and other commercial businesses.

References

  1. Brooklands Flying Club
  2. Sywell Airshow
  3. The Blades
  4. Search Engine Marketing in Sywell


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