Visiting By Air
Shenington By Air- Strictly PPR by Telephone please
Shenington airfield is an unlicensed private farm strip where gliding operations take precedence at all times. Tarmac and grass runway surfaces are not maintained to licensed airfield standards and may present hidden obstacles especially at changes of surface.
Our planning permission restricts power arrivals to between 09:00 hrs and sunset or 21:00 hrs if later.
Beware of Intense Gliding Activity in the vicinity of the airfield and always keep a good lookout for gliders. Gliders can approach at high speed and at low level from any direction and may land on any part of the airfield.
Winch and aerotow launching must be assumed to be in progress at all times with winch cables up to 2,000′ AGL. Overhead joins are prohibited due to the risk of collision with a cable.
Winch cables are a particular hazard even when laid on the ground. Powered aircraft must not land, take-off or taxi across a cable run. Note that runway 05 has an earth bank across the threshold.
PPR is required for all flights and can be obtained from either the office phone mumber or the club house phone number. Please note that on the club house number only a rated instructor or a SGC Tug pilot can give PPR.
ILLUSTRATIONS ARE FOR ORIENTATION AND GUIDANCE ONLY AND ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A SITE BRIEFING!
Arriving By Air
Noise abate routes are shown in the accompaning pictures. Please avoid overflying the villages circled in yellow.
Make Traffic calls on 129.980. Note this is a shared gliding frequency, so more than one club can be using it in the vicinity at any time, so please begin and end your transmission with “Shenington”. Eg “Shenington traffic G-ABCD downwind 28 Shenington”
NO OVERHEAD JOINS – There could be a winch launch in progress.
Observe the launch direction and plan to land in the same direction if possible. Landing is at your discretion; be prepared to go-around.
Keep a good lookout, as gliders can land in any direction. As you will know, powered aircraft give way to gliders.
Be aware of the location of the winch and therefore where the cables are lying on the ground. You probably won’t see them, but try not to land on them.
When taxying clear of the runway, check behind for landing gliders. If in doubt, taxy straight ahead to the next intersection before turning. If you have to cross a cable when taxying, try to do so on a hard surface where you can see it, and always check behind you that you haven’t picked it up.
Please book in at the Clubhouse, which is located in the SW corner of the airfield. The power movements log is just inside the clubhouse door.
Landing fee is £5, and can be paid into the blue box in the clubroom, in an envelope provided near the box. Just write the date and your A/C registration on the envelope.
Planning restricts power departures to between 9:00 hours and sunset or 19:00 hours if later.
If your departure wasn’t covered by the PPR briefing, please find the duty instructor and discuss your intentions.
Keep a good lookout at all times when taxying, as gliders can land in any direction at any time.
It is possible to take off alongside winch operations on runway 28/10, but unless specifically agreed with the duty instructor, this is not the case on the other runways – it is usually necessary to wind the cables in first.
IF YOU PICK UP A CABLE WHILE TAKING OFF, YOU WILL CRASH
If there is a glider launch commencing, you should see the glider’s wings horizontal, there will be someone holding a wingtip, and usually waving a signal. There will also be lights flashing on the winch. Once the glider gets airborne, don’t be tempted to start your take off run until you see the cable and its parachute back on the ground – it could fall on you as you take off.
If you see a wire and parachute float down, there may have been a cable break, so there could be stray cable on the ground. If a club member thinks you should stop, they will make a hand signal to you. Don’t take off until you are sure the runway is safe.
And finally, remember the noise abate areas again when you depart. See you again soon!