West London Aero Club

Airfield Update 1st March 2021

After more than two long months it is looking very much like the end is in sight. Whilst no official guidance has yet been issued for General Aviation we are very much hoping that solo flying for pleasure, or with a member of your family/bubble will be allowed sometime in March. In line with the guidance for driving schools we are anticipating that flying lessons should be able to resume from 12th April. This is all speculative but we are working towards getting the clubhouse ready for a spring opening. Further information will be made available as soon as we have it. We are very much reliant on the guidance being published by the Dept for Transport which can be found here. Please try to check this link before ringing Ops as they have no further information than is provided by this website.

The airfield is open Monday to Friday for professional flight training to take place and the Operations office will be open between 9.30am and 5.30pm. The radio may or may not be manned. The airfield will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays until solo flying is permitted. Please contact Operations for further details.   

If you have a critical safety requirement to carry out an engine maintenance flight it would be best if it can be done during the week when the airfield is open and fuel is available.  If this is not possible please contact us to discuss alternatives.

Bar and Clubhouse

From the 12th April weather permitting we should be able to serve food and drinks outside on the lawn. From the 17th May subject to the rule of six we will be able to server food and drink in the Clubhouse and, fingers crossed, all restrictions will be lifted on the 21st June! We aim to open on the 12th and the tent will be up so we can take advantage of the sunsets in the possible April showers! Look forward to seeing you all then.

Trial Flying Lessons

Due to the Coronavirus crisis we are offering an extensions on all trial lessons purchased after the 23rd March 2019. Contact Ops to discuss making a booking.

Airfield Manager

Welcome to West London Aero Club

White Waltham Airfield is home of the West London Aero Club (WLAC) and is one of the oldest and best known airfields in the country. Set in 200 acres on the edge of a picturesque estate in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, it is also reputedly the largest grass airfield in Britain.

The airfield is situated just three miles from the M4 (J8/9) and six miles from the M40 (J4). Central London is only 35 miles away and easily accessible by train or taxi. Windsor, Ascot, Henley, Reading and Maidenhead are all within easy reach. Let West London Aero Club provide you with the means to take your first steps into the world of aviation.

If you are interested in learning to fly this is the place to start. Book an introductory flying lesson and let one of our Instructors talk you through the first steps into the world of flying. Click here to read an article about White Waltham published in Pilot magazine. With three long runways there is always one into wind. The Club has plenty of parking space and a wonderful easy going atmosphere. With its friendly and historic clubhouse, a wide choice of aircraft and enthusiastic Instructors, WLAC is a truly unique flying club.

Learning to Fly at the West London Aero Club

Take a flying lesson at the West London Aero Club

At White Waltham we train people for the EASA Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and additional ratings. Your PPL is your passport to a brand new exciting world! With our experienced instructors we provide expertise, professionalism and facilities to help you achieve your ambition and fulfil your dreams of becoming a pilot.

Your Introductory Flying Lesson

Flying experience gift vouchers allow you or your family and friends to take to the skies. The best place to start is with an introductory flying lesson where you take the controls and fly one of our Piper Warrior aircraft. Prior to the flight you will receive a free introductory flying lesson book, and on completion you will be presented with a certificate detailing your achievement. We also offer a variety of flight experiences and vouchers including flights in a Piper Supercub and aerobatic flights in a Pitts Special.

Interested, want to find out more?

Please contact Operations on 01628 823272 or send an email

Brief history of White Waltham Airfield

Fairey Rotodyne at Farnborough 1959

In 1928, the de Havilland family aquired the land and formed the de Havilland School of Flying which opened in 1935. The MOD requisitioned it for use during World War II and in 1940 it became the HQ for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) whose members were responsible for the delivery of all aircraft to and from RAF stations. During the war years the ATA achieved a remarkable 309,000 aircraft movements enabling the RAF to concentrate exclusively on operations.
White Waltham has also been home to Fairey Aviation, manufacturers of aircraft such as the Gannet and Rotodyne. It has been a civilian airfield and the home of the West London Aero Club since the early post-war years.

Contact Us

Contact Operations on 01628 823272 or email ops@wlac.co.uk