Wadswick Airfield

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Location:
51°24’40″N. 2°13’15″W. 400′ AMSL (The location in the Jeppesen database is INCORRECT).
Wadswick farm strip is located 4 NM ENE of Bath and 3 NM on a bearing of 128° True from Colerne Airfield. Be aware of the proximity of Colerne’s ATZ.

Arrivals / Departures and Radio Calls
All departures and arrivals contact Colerne on 120.075. Outside Colerne operating hours blind calls are to be made to “Wadswick Traffic” on 120.075.
Make radio calls before backtracking or taking-off as aircraft at one end of the strip cannot see those at the other due to the slight “hump” in the runway.

Runways:
Grass 10/28. 630 x 25m (total length from fence to hedge).
The runway slopes 28 uphill / 10 downhill.

Cautions:

  • There is a tall hedge on the eastern threshold and a fenced access road to the farm and shop (used by lorries) on the western threshold so the usable distance is less than the measured 640m.
  • Aircraft landing on 10 should look out for traffic on the access road.
  • A footpath crosses the runway near its western end. Pheasants are often on the runway, especially from late autumn until after Christmas.
  • Pilots please be aware of the new fence at the end of the runway which now fences off the access road at the West end of the runway.

Windsocks:
One at western end of runway, as well as a flag near the farm buildings. A smoking chimney near the runway often provides an additional reference.

Circuits:
Circuits to the south. Avoid Hazelbury Manor (1km west), Neston Park (2 km east) and all local villages. Do not fly multiple circuits.

Landing fee and booking in:
Please book in and make a £10 donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance inside the shop.

Parking:
Visiting aircraft should park at the East end of the runway, opposite the hangars.

General:
Wadswick airfield is a “farm strip”. It is smooth and well drained. The runway is bordered on its north side by a crop of elephant grass and on its south side by a large oak tree, a wall, a fence and parked aircraft. Pilots used to flying only from licenced airfields may find the approaches intimidating. There is a large solar farm to the south east of the runway.