Airfield Information

Airfield Information

Airfield operating Hours 08:30 – 17:00 (or 30 minutes before sunset whichever is the earliest).
Runway 26/08 is the usual choice.  Runway 21/03 is on farm land, is strictly NOT part of Popham, and therefore subject to the 28-day "change of use" planning rule (n.b. ONE movement = 1 of the 28 days!).  Circuits are all to the north at 800ft QFE, with 26/08 having offset approaches
Critical Information!
Noise  !!!   Our neighbours are very noise sensitive so all pilots are requested to be considerate. There is habitation very close to each end of all the runways and also some houses and farms in the middle of the circuit.  Even to the north in the relatively free airspace there are more stud farms and the like, so care is required.  The WEST end of runway 26 is especially noise sensitive and do not fly over the Garage at the EAST end.  Avoid the villages of Micheldever Station (SW), Popham (SE), Overton (N), or North Waltham (E).

Radio
Popham radio frequency 129.800 - Air Ground Communication Service.  Radio operating hours are from 08:00 until 17:00 in the summer and 08:30 until 16:30 in the winter (when the clocks change).  Flying is allowed (with prior permission) in the summer up until 20:00 (n.b. this is a planning deadline!) or sunset in the winter.
Common Sense!
Overhead joins should generally be used though it is common practice to use a dead side join over the woods when using 08/26 and approaching from the south.   N.B. On fly-in days we get VERY BUSY.  If the wind is favourable you can expect to join overhead and to find both runways in use at the same time, one for landing and one for departure to ease ground congestion.  On these occasions the signal square "T" will always display the landing runway and there will be a white ball above the "T" if both runways are in use.  Flying is allowed (with prior permission) in the summer up until 20:00 (n.b. this is a planning deadline!) or sunset in the winter.  After 17:00 other traffic may often pass you advisory arrival information.  If you intend to arrive when we are closed, we request that you advise us during working hours and leave a  landing fee (with your registration) in an envelope which can be posted through the Clubhouse door opposite the toilet block.  There is a signals square just next to the club house but this may not have been changed if we have gone home so check the windsocks as well!
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