Holmbeck Farm Airfield

N 51º 54.6′  W 0º 43.7′ 420 ft amsl  Radio 135.475

Holmbeck Farm is a privately owned airfield situated between Wing disused aerodrome and Leighton Buzzard.

The owners Bob and Rita Perkins have kindly made the facility available to DHPC Members.

This is an active airfield and the usual precautions must be taken.

Pre requisites

You must be a DHPC member, helmet stickers are checked.

You must have a BHPA CP (Power) or above and appropriate 3rd party insurance.

Whenever you intend to fly, please do not just turn up but instead, call Bob first on one of the below numbers to ask if it is OK to fly. Nine times out of ten it will be OK but there may be the odd occasion when it is not OK. E.g. if there is a fly in happening that day then Bob will advise times to avoid. Bob also needs to make any other aircraft (via radio) that may request landing permission aware of our presence.

When finished Flying you must log your flights in the log book which is inside the tea room. You must also place your £3 fee in the honesty box.

Bob and Rita can be contacted on: 01296 681925 or 681816 or Mob 07748 557202

Fees

It is just £3 per day per pilot to use Holmbeck Farm. Please remember to pay Bob. Put your payment in the honesty book in the tea room and do not forget to sign the log book.

Radio

It is usual for aircraft to use a radio to request permission to land at Holmbeck, frequency is 135.475, however, Bob understands that not all SPHG pilots have a radio and he has made an exception for us. However, it is imperative that Bob knows you are intending to fly in advance so that other aircraft can be warned of your presence.

Altimeter:

420 ft AMSL

Wind Directions

All

Nearest Hospitals:

Stoke Mandeville Aylesbury, benefits from a specialist spinal unit. HP21 8AL. 10 miles, 23 mins drive

Milton Keynes General, MK6 5LD, 12 miles, 22 mins drive

Hazards

High Voltage Power Lines to the North

Site Description

There are two fields available to us. The Main Airfield and the Southern Field. It is preferred that we use the Southern Field.

Take off and landing is possible in all directions. However beware that there are large high voltage power lines to the North. Therefore, when launching into a wind with a Northerly element use the Southern field. You can access the Southern field via a gate in the south perimeter of the main airfield. This field is purely used by us. It may be overgrown.

For all other wind directions: East through South to West you can take off from the main airfield.

When using the main airfield park at the top near the hangers.

When using the southern field you can drive into the field (via the gate from the main airfield) and park more of less anywhere but be sensible and do not cause a hazard for any SPHGs landing or taking off. Be careful driving across the main airfield. There is a risk of grounding your car at the entrance to the Southern field. A 4×4 is advisable. Close the gate!

 

Circuits

Make yourself aware of the circuit/approach used by aircraft. You may fly through the circuit area if it is clear to do so but do not loiter in the circuits area. See map for details.

Rules

  • Always keep a good look out. Aircraft may come in to land at any time.
  • Do not launch from the runway. There is no need, there is plenty of land around the runway and SPHG launch time can be extended due to failed take offs. Flailing around on the run way is likely to inconvenience another aircraft coming in to land.
  • Make yourself aware of the no fly zones. There are houses nearby that do not appreciate our presence. Please do not jeopardise our use of this fantastic site by upsetting neighbours. The no fly zones are indicated on the site map.
  • Once airborne either vacate the area for a cross country flight or head for an un populated area (heading South West over the old disused airfield is a good bet).
  • Exercise extreme care when crossing the runway.
  • Do not park on or near the runway!
  • Close the gates behind you. We do not want animals or general public wandering into an active airfield.
  • Carry an up to date airspace map and be aware of surrounding airspace.
  • Carry a Holmbeck Farm airspace map.
  • Carry a QNE (1013.2) capable Altimeter and beware of the FL55 height limit.
  • Height Limit – Luton CTA starts at 3500 AMSL and is directly above
  • No animals

Airspace

The Airfield is underneath and right on the border of 2 Luton class D CTAs

Extending to the East; Luton Class D CTA Class D. Starts at 3500 AMSL to FL55

Extending to the West; Luton Class D CTA 4500 to FL55

Further to the West is Daventry Class A CTA FL55. You must know how to use QNE (1013.2) to avoid the FL55 height limit.

How to find it. – Post code: LU7 0JW

Holmbeck Farm Airfield is located on Soulbury Road just North of Burcott and Wing and to the South West of Leighton Buzzard.

Holmbeck Farm is accessed via a private road off of Soulbury Road just outside Burcott, near Wing. At the end of the drive are signs that say Home Field House and Burcott Lodge Farm. The entrance to Holm beck farm is about 300 yds down this drive on the left hand side. The field is easily identified due to the windsock and hangars

 

A google map of the airfield can be found here:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=211557476846971563627.00049b3faa5db84b1e94b

Also see Holmbeck Farm website:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dartdirx/holmbeck_farm_airfield.html

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