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.

Departure

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!