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AGCS - The important bit!

  • Popham Radio is frequency is 129.800 and is an Air Ground Communication Service (AGCS) and as such is NOT Air Traffic "Control". However, the generic term "ATC" is widely used as everyone seems to understand this abbreviation!  Even Solent Radar, Farnborough, Lasham, Boscombe, Odiham, etc., still call us on the phone and ask for "ATC"!  Perhaps we should just use "AT"!  We get numerous calls asking for us to correct the "C" part so before you write in again the answer is the same -  all we can do is repeat the above!

  • We do NOT have an ATZ (or a "Zone" as many people call it).  Many pilots call for "Zone Transit", "Basic Service", "What traffic do you have?", "Can I join downwind or finals?", etc.  We cannot legally answer any of these questions but will do our best to "advise" if the situation requires it.  

  • Our radio operators will transmit any information they deem relevant relevant to maintain the safety of the aircraft and the airfield.

  • Radio operating hours are from 08:30 until 17:00 (Winter 16:30 or Sunset if earlier). 

  • The standard Landing Fee for non- members is 6.00 for singles and 12 for twins (no exceptions but no landing fee for weather related diversions).  Glider retrieval will incur a combined charge of 12.00 for the glider and the tug aircraft landing.  We would appreciate it if you could please leave your 6.00 landing fee in an envelope (with registration) posted through the Clubhouse door (opposite the toilets) if you have permission to arrive after we are closed.

  • The standard Landing Fee will be charged to non-members irrespective of any fuel uplift.

  • Overnight parking fee is 5.00 / night (no charge for weather related diversion parking). 

  • Flying is allowed by prior permission in the summer up until 20:00 Local (n.b. this is a planning deadline!), or Sunset if earlier.  After this, other traffic may often pass you advisory arrival information. Remember there is a signals square just next to the club house but this may not have been changed if we have gone home!

  • We can advise on Flight Plans (AFPEX), Special Branch, and Customs clearances.  The standard forms to be used for all these are available from the desk.  See also, useful numbers below.

  • We hold up to date copies of the ANO and all AIC's
  • Click here for some useful information concerning crossing the English Channel

So who am I talking to on the radio?

Our radio operators all have CAA AGCS licences and some are retired CAA Controllers.  They generally have their "favorite" days to be on duty but as they are volunteers, they sometimes swap around according to their personal engagements.

Name E-mail

Chris Thompson crt@alternateair.co.uk

 

Stan Willis atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Bob Howard atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Ted Gardner atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Melvin Hiscock atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Malcolm Hemming atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Malcolm Frost atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Paul Rutherford atcpopham@btconnect.com

 

Chris Sellen atcpopham@btconnect.com

And our team of regular marshals (would you follow this lot?) . . .

Some other useful numbers are:

Unit Telephone Fax Notes
Flight Plans Swanwick Help Desk

0845 6010483

Fax service is no longer available for Flight Plans as Swanwick state Popham (EGHP) MUST use the AFPeX system.  If possible you must get yourself an AFPEx ID from NATS then use the main  system in future. File (1 hour notice prior to departure for VFR), Activate, and Close
Special Branch GAR     (Channel Islands, IOM, Northern Ireland, & Eire) 01252 517781 (Office)

07789 745410 (Mob)

Email - click here

01252 548078 N.B. 24 hours notice required inbound and outbound for non-EEC (12 hours for Channel Isles)
Customs GAR  01252 526128 01252 548078 No notice required outbound, but 4 hours required inbound
Customs (from abroad) +44 1702 294006 +44 208 929 0155 as above
Distress & Diversion 01489 612406    
Farnborough Tower

Farnborough Radar

01252 526017

01252 526015

   

IMPORTANT

PLEASE NOTE:

Le Touquet Customs

2 hours Prior Notice Required

EACH PILOT MUST SEND A FILE (2 HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT) WITH FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

 

'DEMANDE D'ATTERRISSAGE POUR LES DOUANES'        ("Landing request for Customs Services"). 
- AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION NUMBER
- NAME OF PILOT
- NAMES OF PASSENGERS WITH PASSPORT NUMBERS

THIS REQUEST CAN BE SENT BY E-MAIL to: CUSTOMS@AEROPORT-LETOUQUET.COM

or

AEROPORT-LE-TOUQUET@WANADOO.FR   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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