Dunstable Downs Legal Requirements

Attention All Pilots

Warning! Dunstable Downs is in close proximity to Luton airport. The airspace over Dunstable Downs is categorized as Class D and pilots must adhere to the rules of the air.

Flying is allowed (in certain areas) under the terms of a legal agreement (the Letter of Agreement) with the CAA.

To fly at this site it is a legal requirement for all pilots to

1 – be a BHPA Member and have attained BHPA CP(Hill) qualification + 10 hours airtime (under 10 hours only allowed after discussing your flight plan with a club coach. The onus is on you to find a coach and discuss please.)

2 – be members of DHPC (see membership section it is only £20)

3 – to have been officially signed off by a DHPC club coach as having received the airspace briefing and passed the airspace test. (This does not take long). You will be issued with a lifetime Airspace helmet sticker

4 – carry a current airspace map (These are available at London Gliding Club)

5 – carry a calibrated altimeter (trig point is at the gateway centre)

6 – be familiar with, fly within the rules of, and fly only within the designated areas defined in the Letter of agreement
Breach of these rules could result in imprisonment and a £2000 fine

Our club has worked hard to ensure that flying is allowed to continue at Dunstable Downs, please do not do anything to jeopardize this.
Please see site guide and the LOA for more details.Airspace briefings can be arranged by appointment; please contact a club coach to arrange a mutually convenient time and date. Please do not simply turn up on a flyable day and expect a site briefing.
You can download the airspace briefing and test here

Freeflight on Dunstable Downs