Pilot Information

Airfield and Pilot Information

EVEN IF YOU ARE A REGULAR VISITOR PPR BY TELEPHONE IS ESSENTIAL 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE RELEVANT LINK TO DOWNLOAD DETAILS FOR JOINING INSTRUCTIONS, PROCEDURES, NOISE ABATEMENT, RUNWAY MAPS AND FURTHER PILOT INFORMATION.

Our runways have chalk centre lines, these are easily worn out and become damaged especially in wet conditions. Please avoid putting your wheels on the centre lines. Our runways are either 45 (25/07, 21/03) or 30 (29/11) metres wide please land to the left or right!

Reporting Points
Runway 03
Runway 07
Runway 11
Runway 21
Runway 25
Runway 29

Radio Frequency – 122.6Mhz    Call Sign –  Waltham Radio

White Waltham Airfield is situated in a very built up area.  Although the airfield has been here for nearly 80 years, it is now nearly totally surrounded by a myriad of roads, railways and houses.  At West London Aero Club we take the issue of aircraft noise very seriously and have drawn up strict circuit and aerobatic procedures.   All pilots, whether members of WLAC or visiting, must read, understand and comply with these.  Please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of the instructors if there is anything you are not completely clear about.  Be considerate especially if you have a constant speed propeller.  Think noise abatement!

Location –  Elevation 133ft/40m – 510 30′ 03″N – 000 46′ 28″W (Mid point Runway 07/25)
11.8 Nautical miles, bearing 2780 M from London VOR (113.6)
16 Nautical miles, bearing 2160 M from BNN VOR (113.75)
16.7 Nautical miles, bearing 0900 M from CPT VOR (114.35)
2 Nautical miles South West of Maidenhead

Landing Fees and Overnight Parking

Aircraft Type

Landing Fee

Overnight Parking

Fixed wing Single/Twin

£15.00/£18.00

£15.00/£18.00

Flexwing

£7.00

£15.00

Helicopters

£28.00

£20.00

Visitors uplifting 50 litres or more of fuel will be exempt from the landing fee.

Arrival Procedures and Operations

Operations are open from 08.00hrs local and closes just after last landings, typically at dusk.  In the summer we close at 20.00hrs local.  Arriving aircraft should report their positions in relation to, but not necessarily overhead, the appropriate visual reporting points:

Reporting points

November – Bend in the Thames, one mile north of Henley.

Whisky – Flooded ex gravel pits by Reading gasometers.

Sierra – Junction 10 of M4/A329M.

Aircraft should position to arrive in the overhead at 1,300ft QFE followed by a descent on the deadside to cross the upwind end of the runway at 800ft QFE to join the circuit pattern on the downwind leg. All fixed wing circuits are normally flown left hand except for runway 29 and 07, which are normally a right hand circuit. Non radio aircraft should check the signal square for runway direction before descending below 1,300 ft. When right hand circuits are in force a right angled red and yellow arrow will be displayed in the signal square.

Circuit Procedures

The circuit pattern, whether left or right hand, is flown at 800 ft QFE. Circuits must be kept reasonably tight and always within gliding distance of a suitable field, i.e. not over the centre of Maidenhead and not outside the ATZ (e.g. no further east than the M4 junction 8/9). THINK SAFETY FIRST. The Eastern half of the White Waltham ATZ is within the London Control Area Class A airspace. Flights may take place without compliance with IFR requirements subject to the following conditions:

1.   Aircraft remain below cloud and in sight of the ground.

2.   Maximum altitude 1500ft QNH provided aircraft remain at least 500ft below cloud otherwise 1000ft QNH.

3.   Minimum flight visibility 3km.

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Be very careful not to stray into the the London Control Area. Except for a very small portion of the downwind leg for RW 21 ALL circuits should stay North of the M4 and West of the A404M

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