West London Aero Club

Airfield Update 10th June 2021

After five long months the end is in sight as we slowly advance through the Government Roadmap Out of Lockdown. Restrictions on eating and drinking inside have been eased and we look forward to welcoming you all into the Clubhouse.

Flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, have resumed. We are now open and following COVID-secure guidance.

GA activities should take place in line with the wider restrictions. Travel should be minimised as far as possible. The full guidance from the Dept for Transport can be found here.

  • We are very happy to have everyone back flying at the airfield. In order to minimise the need to visit Operations please remember to book out online at CloudbaseGA.com. It is likely that Ops will ask you on the radio if you have booked out if they can’t see it on the webpage.
  • Drone testing has been taking place to the west of hangar 8. This area will be cordoned off by orange fencing so that no-one can inadvertently taxi through it.
  • The building of the extension is nearing completion. The good news is that the ladies and the gents toilets are now available for use and we have said goodbye to the portaloos! However, it is not yet all completely finished so there may still be dust and building detritus around.

Bar and Clubhouse

The bar is now open and serving food and drink inside and out! Inside is still currently subject to the rule of six but fingers crossed, all restrictions will be lifted on the 21st June!

Trial Flying Lessons

Due to the Coronavirus crisis we are offering an extensions on all trial lessons purchased after the 23rd October 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 UK FCL 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