With the Aerodrome Drainage Project well underway, the contractors will temporarily be stockpiling top soil in the southern part of the VOR field. To separate the earthworks from any helicopter activity, we have set out a defined area for helicopter training in the northern end of the VOR field. This area is a 200 metre square, set out with white conical markers around the perimeter. To avoid contractors entering this area, signs will be placed at intervals around the edge, clearly stating HELICOPTER TRAINING AREA – DO NOT ENTER. A landing H laid in Perfo will be located just off centre of the designated training area.
Soil will also be temporarily stockpiled in banks along the northern and eastern edge of the helicopter training area, but these banks will be restricted in height to 1.5 metres. A permanent soil embankment will be built along the western boundary of the VOR field adjacent to the motor circuit.
During the works, no overflight of the contractor’s compound is permitted. All helicopters must reach a minimum safety height to air taxi over any work in progress. Pilots are expected to follow ATS instructions at all times for rotor start and taxiing. All arrivals, departures and circuits should be to/from the designated helicopter training area.
The rotary circuit is to the south of the Aerodrome and circuit height remains at 900 feet QFE.
The sloping ground is no longer available for helicopter training.
Once the Aerodrome Drainage Project is complete, this helicopter training area will be taken out of service and helicopter operations can resume across the whole VOR field. Please be aware whilst earthworks are taking place there is considerable bird activity on the Aerodrome. All ATS instructions must be followed on the ground.