South Moor Farm,
2nd. Feb. 2013.
Re. Proposed Air Strip, South Moor Farm. Pre planning consultation.
Some of you may know that I, Bob Walker, hold a Private Pilot Licence. I fly a small single engine aircraft based at Wombleton airfield.
Since training at Full Sutton airfield 7 years ago I have been flying regularly and have flown for over 350 hours.
Our aircraft is owned by a group of 5 pilots and we each fly about 40 trips per year to various parts of the UK.
We regularly use grass runways at various air fields and it would be possible to land at South Moor Farm.
Last year we had to move the plane from our previous hangar and had some difficulty finding a new hangar.
There is a shortage of hangar space so some aircraft are stored outside, which reduces their useful life.
I would like to build a hangar at South Moor Farm and prepare a strip of grass to use as a runway.
To help other pilots I would like a hangar capable of storing up to 10 small aircraft so that they could use the air strip.
Summary of proposal:-
Use of the proposed facilities to be restricted to experienced pilots flying to and from the area.
No training flights, no practice circuits, and no aerobatics overhead by pilots based at South Moor Farm.
All flights to be during day light, no night flights.
Only to be used by small low powered light aircraft. Visiting aircraft would require prior permission.
All aircraft will be asked to avoid flying directly over houses within 1 mile of South Moor Farm.
With reference to attached image.
Propose a 600 metre grass strip aligned South West to North East as the main runway. (Prevailing wind is South Westerly).
Propose a 400 metre grass strip aligned West to East to allow aircraft to land if wind across main runway too strong.
Construct a hangar for up to 10 aircraft, shown as a green rectangle on attached image. The hangar may be a steel framed building, with metal cladding, similar to a farm building.
Provide a small wooden building or caravan, shown as a white rectangle on attached image. This would house the movement’s log, and pilot rest area with limited refreshments. (e.g. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, crisps and biscuits.)
Extend the existing access road from the farm buildings to the hangar.
Light air craft engines are nosier than some car engines but not as noisy as Lorries or tractors.
Aircraft produce most noise on take off so pilots will be required to avoid overflying houses on take off.
Once above 1000 feet very few people notice small aircraft.
The Flying Farmers Association operates farm air strips near horses, cattle and sheep.
Larger and noisier aircraft need much longer runways than the proposed 600 metre strip.
Farm strips are only used by experienced private pilots.
Pilots must keep more than 500 feet from any person or building except when taking off or landing.
All pilots using the air strip will be aware of the condition and limitations of the air strip.
They will be aware of the requirement not to overfly neighbouring properties at low height.
The proposed facility will only be suitable for recreational flying.
We will not be installing hard runways and have limited runway length.
It cannot meet the Civil Aviation Authorities requirements for a licensed air field or public commercial flights.