West London Aero Club

Airfield Re-Opening

As many of you may have already seen the Government is now allowing recreational GA flying from English airfields as long as social distancing measures are strictly observed. In practice this means solo flights only or flights where everyone is from the same household. PPL Training flights are, unfortunately, excluded from the easing of this restriction for the moment as social distancing measures still require people not from the same household to maintain two metres of separation, not something easily done in a PA28.

The airfield will be re-opening for flights that meet the Government guidance from today Saturday 16th May, the opening hours will be from 0830hrs until 1830hrs. For the moment the bar will remain closed but the rest of the facilities in the club house will be available. All Booking In and Booking Out will be done in Flight Planning, please ensure you maintain social distancing at all times while in the clubhouse. The pumps are open and both account and credit cards are working. All hangared aircraft should be back on the ground by 1800hrs to ensure you get back into the hangar. If not, leave your aircraft outside and we will pack it away in the morning. Unfortunately the use and or hire of West London Aero Club aeroplanes will not be be available until next week. This will allow us time to ensure that a strict cleaning regime can be put in place.

The Government guidance can be found here. Please do take the time to read and understand this guidance especially the paragraph headed ‘Communications for English Airfields’. Our relations with our neighbours are extremely important to the future of the airfield so please do not overfly our noise abatement areas or other villages. Please contact the airfield prior to your flight as special departure or arrival procedures may be in place. Just a reminder that it would be good practice to read the CAA advice on returning to flight issued yesterday which can be found here.

As some staff are still on furlough there may be a delay in any requests for aircraft out of hangars and on some occasions we may not be able to meet your request. Please bear with us as we get back to normal operation as quickly as possible.

Trial Flying Lessons

Due to the Coronavirus crisis we are offering an extension of 6 months on all trial lessons purchased after the 23rd March 2019.

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.