Flying in to North Weald (EGSX)

For the Air-Britain Classic Fly-In

The airfield operating hours are 09.00-19.00. Airfield details are as published in good airfield guides e.g. Pooleys or Jeppesen. and a local guide can be found here

There are no landing fees for all aircraft attending the Air-Britain Fly-In, however for Saturday and Sunday arrivals the event is strictly PPR. If you are planning to fly in it is imperative that you telephone +44(0)1992-524510 (The Squadron/North Weald Flying Services) in advance to arrange your PPR slot timings and to obtain arrival instructions.

Every effort will be made to be as flexible as possible with the PPR slot system, as we recognise that weather, aircraft and aircrew serviceability can impact on the ability to meet slots. No PPR bookings are required for Friday arrivals, for which arrivals are particularly welcomed.

The main runway 02/20 (1920m x 45 m hard) will be in use throughout the event. There is also a grass runway (approx 750m) available, parallel to runway 02/20 at its northern end. If you wish to use the grass runway, on first call with North Weald Tower please check if the Grass runway is available.  Due to the location of the exhibition and the aircraft parking areas Runway 12/30 will not be in use during the Air-Britain Fly-In (Friday-Sunday).

Circuit height is 800ft QFE/1200ft QNH (approx), with all circuits to the west of the airfield. North Weald Tower will advise on joining instructions. Pilots are asked not to over-fly North Weald Bassett village and St. Margaret's Hospital, at the eastern end of Epping Town. Please be aware that many aircraft types from micro-lights to military jets operate from the airfield, so extra caution and adequate spacing is required in the circuit.

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Air-Britain Fly-in recommended operating procedures

Pilots are reminded of the following:

On SATURDAY 17 JUNE the HM Queen's birthday flypast will be passing  to the south of North Weald en-route towards LAM and Buckingham Palace. All aircraft planning to arrive at EGSX from the South or East must read the NOTAM (click for NOTAM link) and be aware of the airspace restrictions primarily between 11.45 and 12.15.

Recommended operating procedures

Arriving traffic

Transponder equipped aircraft with Mode C or S

Aircraft routing through the TMZ are recommended to squawk 0013 and monitor Essex Radar on 120.625Mhz, then when in contact with North Weald Information on 123.525Mhz squawk 7010.

Aircraft routing from the east or via Epping VRP(i.e. clear of the TMZ) are recommended to squawk 7010 when in contact with North Weald Information.

Non transponder equipped aircraft and transponder equipped aircraft with Mode A only

It is recommended that these aircraft avoid the TMZ and arrive through the North Weald Area of Operation, i.e. route inbound from the East or via the Epping VRP. ( This is to prevent Farnborough Radar being overwhelmed with transit requests!) Those aircraft with Mode A are recommended to squawk 7010 when in contact with North Weald Information.

NOTE: These aircraft MUST avoid the TMZ unless approval has been granted by Farnborough (or outside their hours of operation Essex Radar).

Departing Traffic

Transponder equipped aircraft with Mode C or S

Aircraft departing via the TMZ are recommended to squawk 7010 whilst in contact with North Weald

Information then when clear of their traffic squawk 0013 and monitor Essex Radar on 120.625Mhz

Aircraft departing via Epping VRP or to the East are recommended to squawk 7010 until leaving the North
Weald frequency.

Non transponder equipped aircraft and transponder equipped aircraft with Mode A only

It is recommended that these aircraft avoid the TMZ and depart through the North Weald Area of Operation, i.e. via Epping VRP or to the East. Transponder equipped aircraft are recommended to squawk 7010 until leaving the North Weald frequency.

NOTE: These aircraft MUST avoid the TMZ unless approval has been granted by Farnborough (or outside their hours of operation Essex Radar).

Non-Radio Aircraft

Non-radio aircraft are not accepted at North Weald (or within the TMZ) unless prior permission from the airfield operator is granted. Non-radio aircraft wishing to visit North Weald may be accepted if accompanied by a radio equipped aircraft.

On arrival

Upon arrival all pilots should report to Control Check-In Tent, which will be identified by a large yellow and black "C" Board. Departure instructions will be provided at the booking-in tent on arrival.

Fuel will not be dispensed in the aircraft parking area, refueling will undertaken at a fixed point located on (the closed) runway 31/13. If on arrival fuel is required, please advise North Weald Information after landing and clearly indicate to ground marshals you intentions.

Planning your route to North Weald

With the Stansted TMZ and other controlled airspace nearby pilots might like to view http://www.airspacesafety.com/guides/ which gives you some video and route planning advice and VRPs that you may find helpful in the North Weald area. Please note this site is not the responsibility of Air-Britain so its advice is purely advisory. Responsibility for route planning rests with the pilot.