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West Wales Airport
West Wales/Aberporth Airport
|Operator||West Wales Airport Ltd.|
|Elevation AMSL||428 ft / 130 m|
Aberporth Airport (ICAO: EGFA) is an airport southwest of Aberporth, Ceredigion, Wales. The site is being developed as West Wales Airport 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).
The following military units were posted here at some point:
- No. 1 AACU ‘B’ Flight.
- No. 1 Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit ‘L’ Flight.
- No. 1 Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit ‘Q’ Flight.
- No. 1 Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit ‘X’ Flight.
- No. 6 Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit.
- No. 6 Air Observer School RAF.
- No. 7 Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit.
- No. 7 Maintenance Unit RAF.
- No. 595 Squadron RAF.
- No. 636 Volunteer Gliding Squadron RAF.
- No. 1608 (AAC) Flight.
- No. 1609 (AAC) Flight.
- No. 1621 (AAC) Flight.
- Combined Services Projectile Development Establishment.
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.
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.
- West Wales/Aberporth - EGFA
- West Wales Airport
- "Aberporth (Blaenannerch) (West Wales)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences Archived 28 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Lewis, Mike (14 June 2018). "Fire crews called after drone crash near West Wales Airport". Cambrian News. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- 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.
- Aberporth Technology Park and West Wales Airport – An Overview of Proposals, Innovations and Benefits. (Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine)
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