West London Aero Club

Return to Flying Training – July 4th 2020

As we start to return to flying training, in order to comply with new regulations and Government advice, some things have had to change. Please bear with us as we all adapt to the ‘new normal’.

  • Before flying you will be asked to sign a Medical Declaration (download here) stating that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. We are required to record the time that people arrive and leave the premises for the purpose of Test and Trace and this will be on your Medical Declaration.
  • With regard to PPE we ask that you bring with you your own face covering and sanitiser. Masks will be available to buy from Operations and sanitiser will be placed around the Clubhouse.
  • All PPL Students will need their own headsets. There is a selection available in our shop.
  • Social distancing should be maintained wherever possible. A one-way system will be in operation, access to Ops and Flight Planning will be via the main doors into the Club and the exit will be via the door at the end of the Ops corridor. Please follow the signs.
  • Only Students and Instructors should need to come into Ops. Non-Club flights can be booked out either online via the website or in Flight Planning. The Airfield and weather information will be available on a board outside of Ops.
  • Before and after each flight the aircraft should be wiped down using the cleansing spray and cloth provided. Pay attention to shared areas such as the throttle quadrant, switches, door handles etc. Items such as pens and maps should not be shared.
  • For the time being passengers will not be allowed on training flights unless a Guardian is required for a minor.
  • Our neighbours have had a quiet time whilst we have been grounded, please act responsibly and avoid over-flying the Noise Abatement areas and local villages. Please also check with Ops before you fly any circuits.
  • • Be aware that some Air Traffic Services may not be available and ensure that you have read the NOTAM before flying.

This may all seem a little daunting at first but with the everyone’s cooperation we will soon be back to running a smooth operation that is keeping everyone as safe as possible.


Bar and Clubhouse

The bar is open and will be serving alcoholic drinks, teas coffees and light snacks. Due to the social distancing requirements we have fewer tables within the Clubhouse but there are many chairs and tables outside. Please be aware that at busy times it may not be possible to get a table.

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.