Aberporth Airport

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West Wales Airport

West Wales/Aberporth Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorWest Wales Airport Ltd.
ServesCardigan
LocationAberporth
Elevation AMSL428 ft / 130 m
Coordinates52°06′53″N 004°33′34″W / 52.11472°N 4.55944°W / 52.11472; -4.55944Coordinates: 52°06′53″N 004°33′34″W / 52.11472°N 4.55944°W / 52.11472; -4.55944
Map
EGFA is located in Wales
EGFA
EGFA
Location in Wales
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,257 4,124 Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Aberporth Airport (ICAO: EGFA) is an airport southwest of Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales. The site is being developed as West Wales Airport[2] for domestic flights. The airport is also developing as a centre for the deployment of civil and military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as 'drones'. The airport underwent major improvements in 2008 which extended the length of the runway from 945 to 1,257 m (3,100 to 4,124 ft).

History[edit]

The following military units were posted here at some point:

Current use[edit]

The nearby M.o.D. range is used for testing rockets by the British military, as well as for launching civil rockets for atmospheric research.

Aberporth Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P859) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee. The aerodrome is not licensed for night use.[4]

The airfield is being used as a base for Thales Watchkeeper WK450 military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) trials over Cardigan Bay. On 13 June 2018 a Watchkeeper crashed into a lane near the airfield; there were no injuries.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Wales/Aberporth - EGFA
  2. ^ West Wales Airport
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Aberporth (Blaenannerch) (West Wales)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences Archived 28 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lewis, Mike (14 June 2018). "Fire crews called after drone crash near West Wales Airport". Cambrian News. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ Adam Lusher; Helen Hoddinott (21 June 2018). "A £1m military drone flew over a packed primary school sports day - then there was a crash". The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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