West London Aero Club

Airfield Update 2nd March 2021

After more than two long months the end is in sight and the Government has issued a Roadmap Out of Lockdown which includes guidance for General Aviation.

From the 29th March people will no longer be required to stay at home. This will allow the safe restart of GA flying for non-professional purposes for solo pilots, or individuals flying with a member of their household or bubble.

Training for professional pilots, or those in training to be professional pilots, will be able to continue. Training for leisure or recreational purposes should not take place.

GA activities should take place in line with the wider restrictions. Travel should be minimised as far as possible.

We understand that most pilots will want to resume flying as soon as possible but in order to maintain a safe airspace around the airfield we may have to implement an, as yet undecided, system to restrict the number of flights for the first few days. Further information will be circulated as soon as it is known.

No earlier that the 12th April flight training for all pilots, and flights with an instructor, can resume.

GA businesses will be able to open following COVID-secure guidance, for example commercial balloon operators. The rules on social contact will apply in these settings. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households, and no indoor mixing will be allowed.

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.

Until the 29th March the airfield will remain 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 can resume at the end of March. 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