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Y 054/2021

Effective 01 JUL 2021

  LAA RALLY 2021, 3 SEPTEMBER - 5 SEPTEMBER 2021

PART ONE – OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

1 — Introduction

  1. Although this is a lengthy document, all that is needed on the day are the appropriate Appendices.

  2. These procedures must be followed during the times as listed in para 2.

  3. Outside the times in para 2, standard joining procedures apply, this includes Thursday 2 September 0800-1300 (0900-1400) and Monday 6 September.

  4. The Aerodrome will not be available to aircraft requiring a Licensed AD during this event. (NOTAM issued).

  5. These procedures must be adhered to in order to create a safe and orderly flow of traffic.

  6. It is important that a single flow of traffic off the Pitsford assembly area is adhered to up until the split onto final for either Hard or Grass runway. Do not extend downwind outside the Temporary Restricted Area RA(T). If spacing cannot be maintained, do not overtake or orbit, return to the assembly area and try again. In the interests of flight safety, pilots must not continue an approach if an unsafe situation exists, a go around must be performed.

  7. Radio transmissions are cut to an absolute minimum, enabling pilots to concentrate on flying and lookout. Traffic information will not be routinely passed. If a definite risk of collision exists, or there is a situation where flight safety is concerned, the FISO or pilot may transmit relevant details.

  8. The pilot-in-command remains wholly responsible for terrain clearance and for collision avoidance in accordance with the Rules of the Air.

  9. A RA(T) will be in force for the event, including Thursday 2 September between 1300-1700 (1400-1800). Permission to enter the RA(T) is via a confirmed slot time for arrival at Pitsford assembly area, and by following these procedures. Pilots must read these procedures carefully and study in detail before departure from their home aerodrome. Pilots who have obviously not read these instructions will be refused entry into the RA(T) in the interests of flight safety. Any breaches of these instructions will be subject to the relevant reporting action. Fully briefed is fully prepared.

2 — Aerodrome Hours

  1. The AFISU will be manned providing an AFIS on 122.705 MHz as follows:

Thursday 2 September0800-1700 (0900-1800) * (See note 1)
Friday 3 September0700-1800 (0800-1900)
Saturday 4 September0700-1800 (0800-1900)
Sunday 5 September0700-1700 (0800-1800)
Monday 6 September0800-1700 (0900-1800) * (See note 2)

Note 1: Full Rally procedures including slot time arrivals will commence at 1300 (1400).

Note 2: Standard PPR and joining procedures apply.

3 — Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS)

  1. An AFIS, callsign 'Sywell Information', will be in operation on 122.705 MHz using the procedures detailed in this document. No Air Traffic Control Services will be provided.

4 — Out of Hours Movements

  1. Any aircraft movement when the AFIS Unit is unmanned must be logged at the Apron Fuel Kiosk in the external silver wall box to the right of the door. This is a legal requirement.

5 — Runways

  1. Runways available will be 03L/21R Hard (LDA: 1000 M) and 03R/21L Grass (LDA: 671 M).

  2. They are parallel runways and are 104 M from centreline to centreline.

  3. For this unlicensed event they may be used as parallel runways for landing but not departures.

  4. Dispensation has been granted, for this event only, to land with another aircraft on Runway 03L/21R Hard only, but not on the grass runway, see para 12 (b) for details.

  5. Departures will be treated as one runway, i.e. no parallel departures.

  6. From Thursday 2 September Runways 05/23 and 14/32 will be closed and used for aircraft parking and taxiways.

6 — Runway Changes

  1. Any runway change will be broadcast on 122.705 MHz.

  2. Aircraft that have already left Pitsford may continue to land as per these procedures.

  3. Other aircraft are to hold at Pitsford and wait the ‘Runway Change Complete’ call.

7 — IFR/VFR

  1. All arrivals should be conducted under VFR.

  2. IFR departures are permitted under VMC with Sywell AFISU obtaining a squawk code and London Control frequency prior to departure. Once airborne IFR departures should remain outside of controlled airspace until cleared to enter by London Control on the appropriate frequency.

8 — Booking In

  1. Sywell Aerodrome is PPR.

  2. All aircraft attending this event must book a slot time (times are local [BST]), this is your PPR. Slots can be booked on the Sywell Aerodrome website by following the LAA Rally slot booking link. Sywell Aerodrome slot bookings.

  3. The Slot Time is for arrival at Pitsford assembly area, not the landing time.

  4. Pilots must confirm they have read and understood the joining instructions by ticking the relevant box before a slot will be allocated.

  5. Do not book multiple slots as this restricts slots for others.

  6. If you are Non-Radio (NORDO), please telephone AFIS on the day to advise this on +44 (0)1604-499210.

  7. All exhibiting aircraft arrivals during the times listed in para 2 must also book arrival slots and follow the procedures.

  8. Please fill in all requested details correctly and in full when booking in as this is the official movements log. For example, do not state a “private site” without a name.

  9. Any changes or important information will be e-mailed or telephoned to all slot holders, so ensure your contact details, both e-mail and telephone number, are entered.

  10. Pilots are requested to adhere to their slots as closely as possible. If weather or unserviceability on the day affects that slot and a new one is required, telephone Sywell AFIS to re-arrange your slot. The booking in system closes at midnight for the following day.

  11. Aircraft experiencing delays to a booked slot whilst in flight should proceed to Pitsford and join the pattern with caution and then follow the procedures below.

9 — Flying Display

  1. There will be no flying display during this event.

10 — RFFS

  1. The aerodrome will not be available to aircraft requiring the use of a Licensed Aerodrome during the 3-day event although RFFS Cat 2 will be provided during the periods in Para 2.

11 — Initial Arrival Procedures - Fixed Wing, Microlight (ULM), & Autogyro (Appendices A1/A2)

  1. Aircraft arriving from Europe should avoid all controlled airspace, especially that of the major London Airports. Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) is available from the units displayed on the charts at Appendix A1/A2. London Flight Information is available on 124.600 MHz. Pilots in the vicinity of London Stansted should also note the proximity of the Stansted Transponder Mandatory Zone and also be cautious of CAS around Southend.

  2. Aircraft arriving from the northwest to southwest sector should avoid Birmingham's CAS. Aircraft operating outside Birmingham Airspace can monitor Birmingham Approach on 123.980 MHz squawking 0010 to indicate they are monitoring that frequency and Birmingham may contact you if they feel your track is close to infringing their airspace. Once clear of Birmingham's area revert to squawk Conspicuity (7000).

  3. Aircraft arriving from the south underneath the London TMA are encouraged to request a service from Farnborough LARS (See Appendix A2 for sectors and frequencies). This service is available 0700-1900 (0800-2000) daily. Pilots should beware of potential ILS traffic at Cranfield.

  4. Aircraft arriving from the north should avoid East Midlands controlled airspace and be aware of the many active military airfields in the area. East Midlands provide a LARS on 134.180 MHz and Waddington on 119.500 MHz.

  5. The Wittering MATZ can also be very active with potentially intense military training traffic, however no LARS service is available. Ideally the local area around Wittering is best avoided so as not to increase their workload. Should any traffic stray into the immediate vicinity of Wittering they can, as a last resort, call Wittering Zone on 119.675 MHz, but the area is best avoided.

  6. All radio equipped inbound Aircraft, Microlights ULM), and Autogyros proceed to the Assembly Area at Pitsford Reservoir N521906 W0005147 (4 NM WNW of Sywell). Aircraft should avoid joining the eastern (northbound) leg as this will conflict with the exit point off the hold. Only non-radio aircraft or go-arounds should approach the assembly area from the East. Other aircraft inbound from the East should route North or South of the Aerodrome to approach Pitsford from the North or West.

  7. Prior to reaching Pitsford monitor 'Sywell Information' on 122.705 MHz on which regular broadcasts will include the active runway, QFE/QNH and any relevant weather or flight safety information. No radio calls are necessary for joining.

  8. To assess the traffic situation, fly at least one anticlockwise holding pattern at 1000 FT QFE avoiding the villages of Holcot, Walgrave, Brixworth and Pitsford.

  9. Fly in a safe and sensible manner, do not baulk other aircraft by cutting up or overtaking.

  10. Do not descend through cloud into the Hold.

12 — Final Arrival Procedures - Fixed Wing, Microlight (ULM), & Autogyro (Appendices C1/D1)

  1. General

    1. This event is for VFR arrivals only. The RNP approaches are not to be used for arrivals.

    2. Maintain a safe distance from the aircraft in front with no overtaking or orbits permitted once off the assembly area. Overtaking messes up the spacing for others. Orbits are just dangerous.

    3. Slower types, i.e. Microlights, Autogyros etc maintain as high a speed as is safely possible bearing in mind the potential for a variety of following aircraft types and speeds.

    4. Faster types slow down and fit in with slower types ahead where possible.

    5. If there are too many aircraft leaving the Assembly Area to form a safe well spaced stream, break-off, head back to Pitsford and try again.

    6. It is important that a single flow of traffic off the Pitsford assembly area is adhered to up until the split onto final for either concrete or grass runway. Do not extend downwind outside the RA(T). If spacing cannot be maintained, do not overtake or orbit, return to the assembly area and try again. In the interests of flight safety, pilots must not continue an approach if an unsafe situation exists, a go around must be performed.

    7. When leaving Pitsford make a transmission “Callsign leaving Pitsford, Runway xx, QFE yyyy”. If necessary AFIS will respond and correct any errors.

    8. When turning onto final, transmit 'Aircraft Type, Full Registration, final Runway 03/21 Hard/Grass'.

    9. Traffic Information or a “Land at Your Discretion together with surface wind will be transmitted by AFIS. See Para b) below for landings on the Hard runway.

    10. No orbiting or swapping runways when on final, if spacing is incorrect, a go-around must be initiated.

    11. If the Duty FISO deems a situation unsafe, they may suggest a go-around with traffic information although ultimately it is the Pilot's responsibility under the terms of an AFIS.

    12. Aircraft landing on Runway 03R/21L (Grass) vacate expeditiously to the east side, angled if possible. Try and avoid coming to a stop and exiting at 90⁰.

  2. Landing With Another Aircraft on the Hard Runway (Runway 03L/21R only)

    An exemption to Rules of the Air 2015 10(1) has been granted enabling aircraft to land with another aircraft on the runway. The Hard runway will be split into Fast and Slow lanes. Aircraft landing on either Runway 03L or Runway 21R may land with another aircraft on the runway subject to the following;

    1. Weather conditions must be VMC i.a.w. SERA5001 and visibility 3000 M or greater;

    2. The runway must be dry and free of any contamination likely to affect aircraft braking. The Fast Lane must be clear of aircraft and/or other obstructions;

    3. Aircraft land on the fast lane (Runway 03L = left of centreline, Runway 21R = right of centreline);

    4. Once speed is controlled, move into the slow lane (Runway 03L = right of centreline, Runway 21R = left of centreline);

    5. Pilots must always keep the preceding aircraft in sight and maintain separation of 200 M or greater between aircraft;

    6. Aircraft must not overtake others on the runway using this lane procedure;

    7. Once in the slow lane, continue ahead to vacate the runway at B1 (Runway 03L) or A1 (Runway 21R). Do not vacate onto the grass unless advised by AFIS;

      Note: This procedure applies only to the Hard Runway 03L/21R;

    8. See Appendices E1/E2 for contingency West Area Parking.

    9. Runway 03 Inbound profile Follow the Procedures in Appendix C1.

    10. Runway 21 Inbound profile Follow the Procedures in Appendix D1.

13 — Runway Backtracking

  1. Those aircraft not capable of using the grass requiring a backtrack should advise AFIS as soon as possible for planning purposes. Delays may be experienced during such a manoeuvre either on arrival or departure. Aircraft may be required to hold at Pitsford for traffic backtracking.

14 — Non-Radio Aircraft (NORDO)

  1. Telephone Sywell AFIS prior to departure to ascertain the active runway and QFE and to advise you are NORDO. +44 (0)1604-499210.

  2. On arrival at Pitsford follow the stream of traffic inbound as in paragraph 12, following the same landing procedures as above but without the radio call.

  3. If there is doubt about the runway in use, non-radio aircraft may overfly the aerodrome not below 2500 FT QFE (3000 FT QNH) to check the signal square (southside in front of the Control Tower) before proceeding to Pitsford and then follow the procedure above.

  4. Without a “Land at your discretion” from AFIS, pilots should strictly adhere to the landing instructions in Para 12 regarding runway occupancy and landing with another aircraft on the hard runway (Runway 03L/21R only).

  5. Any go-arounds follow the procedure in Para 18.

15 — Runway Blocked

  1. If a runway becomes unusable AFIS will broadcast a closure message and will include details including anticipated closure times.

  2. If both runways become blocked all aircraft who have left Pitsford must then continue to the aerodrome and fly through at 1000 FT QFE before then returning to Pitsford and climbing as necessary once clear of the airfield. The signal square will display the yellow cross on a red background and the white landing direction 'T' will be closed.

  3. Aircraft may hold in the local area based on fuel state awaiting an 'aerodrome open' transmission.

  4. On re-opening the procedures in paragraph 12 will resume. If a diversion is necessary, the nearest aerodromes are the following;

    Conington (Peterborough) 066⁰ /22 NMLeicester 336⁰ /20 NM
    Coventry 281⁰ /25 NMSibson (Peterborough) 046⁰ /21 NM (Grass only)
    Cranfield 157⁰ /15 NMTurweston 218⁰/20 NM

16 — Radio Failure in Flight

  1. Aircraft suffering a radio failure before obtaining aerodrome details can follow the procedure in paragraph 14, i.e. flying over the signal square. If the radio fails after obtaining aerodrome details, follow the standard arrival procedure in paragraph 12 without the final radio call.

  2. Without a “Land at your discretion” from AFIS, pilots should strictly adhere to the landing instructions in Para 12 regarding runway occupancy and landing with another aircraft on the hard runway (Runway 03L/21R only)

17 — Emergencies

  1. If an emergency is experienced, make the standard PAN or MAYDAY calls. AFIS will stop arrivals (and departures if necessary) which can either remain in the Pitsford hold or in the local area. The emergency aircraft will be afforded priority and can either position for a straight in approach or overhead join at the pilot's discretion depending on the circumstances of the emergency.

  2. Any aircraft seen to approach during an emergency will be deemed non-radio and can expect a red lamp signal from the Tower. They must hold to the east of the aerodrome until they see aircraft joining again before following the joining procedure at paragraph 12. Once the emergency is terminated, an all station broadcast will be transmitted by AFIS and arrivals will resume.

18 — Go Arounds

  1. If a go around is necessary, turn initially away from both runways, i.e. on Runway 21L turn left, Runway 21R, turn right. Once clear of the runways turn back onto runway heading.

  2. Climb on runway heading to 2000 FT QFE (2500 FT QNH) before returning to Pitsford and then repeat the inbound procedure. Do not re-join downwind.

19 — Parking (Aircraft) (Appendices C2, D2, E1, E2 and F)

  1. Once aircraft vacate the runway, they should then follow marshaller's instructions to park whilst monitoring 122.705 MHz.

  2. The parking area will initially be to the East of the runways, Areas Alpha and Bravo with Charlie as an overflow. If these areas become full then the area to the west of the hard runway will be used. Should this west area be required AFIS will broadcast “West Parking” to aircraft on final. Please vacate as per the instructions in Appendices E1/E2.

  3. Pilots remain responsible for their own wing tip clearances and if any doubt exists, should shut down and man-handle into parking position.

  4. Display any requirements for services in the cockpit to the first marshaller (F = Fuel, D = Disabled person on board) Appendix K or L.

  5. Aircraft parking rows will allow sufficient clearance for taxiing.

  6. Marshallers will wear orange vests. Pilots are not required to wear hi-visibility clothing.

20 — Air/Ground Movements

  1. Maintain the best possible lookout in the air and on the ground at all times as both environments will be potentially very busy. Pilots are not in receipt of an Air Traffic Control Service.

  2. Start up and taxi with great care as there will be pedestrians walking airside.

  3. Autogyros must only run rotors when clear of the parking area.

  4. Sufficient Marshallers wearing orange vests will be airside to monitor and help provide a safe environment.

21 — Noise Abatement (Appendix B)

  1. Sywell is a very noise sensitive area, avoid overflight of local villages, particularly Draughton, Little and Great Harrowden, Hardwick, Hannington, Holcot, Walgrave, Mears Ashby and where possible avoid the noise impact on Overstone and Sywell.

22 — Lost Aircraft

  1. Any aircraft unsure of their position should call the Distress and Diversion Cell at 'London Centre' on 121.500 MHz as Sywell has no homing facilities.

  2. If D & D position a lost aircraft to the Sywell overhead, pilots must not descend below 3000 FT AGL. If the cloudbase does not make this possible, an alternative join will be agreed with D&D and traffic information given to other aircraft.

  3. Once the aerodrome is in sight position to Pitsford Reservoir and follow the inbound procedure at paragraph 12.

23 — Helicopter Arrivals (Excluding Sloane Helicopters) (Appendix H)

  1. Helicopters inbound should monitor 122.705 MHz and route in from “Heli East” to the eastern aerodrome boundary low level, not above 500 FT QFE inside the RA(T), avoiding overflight of Mears Ashby and Hardwick whilst keeping a lookout for possible departing rotary traffic.

  2. A call should be made to 'Sywell Information' on 122.705 MHz, 'Helicopter type, full registration Heli East inbound, QFE xxxx”'. AFIS will provide traffic information on departing helicopters, a “land at your discretion” and a wind check to this call.

  3. Land at the eastern boundary alongside the hedge south of the Northern Windsock to avoid the approach to and the grass Runway 03L/21R. Do not infringe the approach to Runway 21L or climbout of Runway 03R.

  4. Helicopters will be parked in rows south of the windsock and landings can be made directly into parking position. Caution: there is a mound in this area used as sloping ground for helicopter training.

  5. Pilots must ensure their own adequate rotor clearance.

24 — Helicopter Departures (Excluding Sloane Helicopters) (Appendix H)

  1. Helicopter departures will be direct from the parking area and out via “Heli East”, climbing to 1000 FT QFE until clear of the ATZ, keeping a good look out other helicopters arriving at 500 FT QFE.

  2. A call 'Helicopter Type, full registration ready for departure Heli East, QNH xxxx' should be made to 'Sywell Information' on 122.705 MHz, who will respond to this call with traffic information on inbound helicopters and a wind check.

  3. Depart to the east avoiding the local villages of Hardwick and Mears Ashby, once clear of the ATZ continue en route.

25 — Helicopter Arrivals/Departures for Sloane Helicopters (Appendix I)

  1. Visitors to Sloane Helicopters are encouraged to arrive/depart outside the times of this event.

  2. For essential movements only, depending on the active runway the routes shown at Appendix I should be followed not above 500 FT AGL within the RA(T).

  3. A brief inbound RT call is to be made prior to entering the RA(T) “Helicopter Type, Registration North/West arrival QFE/QNH xxxx” then route to land and hold on the grass area adjacent to Skytech Helicopters, west side of Runway Hard 03L/21R. Report when on final to this area.

  4. Depending on the runway in use and/or traffic intensity helicopters may cross the active runways to Sloane Helicopters if the traffic situation allows. This will be based on traffic information given by the FISO. In an intense traffic environment, again advised by the FISO, helicopters may be required to park on the grass adjacent to Skytech Helicopters and moved over to Sloane Helicopters when traffic levels permit such a move.

26 — General Departure Procedures - Fixed Wing, Microlight (ULM), & Autogyro (Appendix G1/G2)

  1. Pilots of Non-Radio aircraft are to obtain a departure brief in person from AFIS.

  2. Prior to engine start, pilots should monitor 122.705 MHz to obtain aerodrome details which will be broadcast at regular intervals. Particular care should be taken when starting engines. There is no need for a request to start engines or to taxi.

  3. Due to the limited view from AFIS, individual taxiing instructions will not be passed.

  4. Monitor 122.705 MHz and taxi with care between the parked aircraft rows following Marshallers instructions, no radio call is necessary. Turn onto the temporary coned taxiway for the appropriate holding point (see below and Appendices G and H) taxi with caution as parked aircraft may impede the pilots view of approaching aircraft already on the taxiway.

  5. All aircraft must use the temporary taxiway, no cutting corners through the parking area to avoid a general free for all at the holding point.

  6. Taxiing to the holding point will be done with no RTF, but once number one at the holding point full r/t will be applied as per the instructions below.

  7. Caution: beware of obstructions i.e. taxiway cones and airfield marker boards.

27 — Runway 21 Departures (Appendix G2)

  1. East Parking departures in Areas Alpha and Bravo taxi initially to the holding point B2. All engine checks irrespective of departure runway (hard or grass) should be carried out at B2.

  2. For aircraft parked in area Charlie pre-departure checks should be carried out in your parking slot. Aircraft requesting the hard (Runway 21L) report ready for departure as below. For aircraft requesting the grass taxi and hold at Bravo 1 and report ready as below.

  3. West parking departures on Runway 21 should taxi to holding point D2 for Runway 21L (Grass) or D3 for Runway 21R (Hard).

  4. Once checks are complete and you are number one at the hold report ready with the chosen runway on 122.705 MHz i.e. “Sywell Information, Aircraft Type, Full Callsign, number one holding point B1/B2/D2/D3/Area Charlie, ready for departure Runway 21 Grass/Hard” QNH xxxx.

  5. Any landing traffic has priority.

  6. Traffic from B2 to depart from Runway 21R (Hard) will be given a crossing clearance of the Runway 21L (Grass) undershoot to B1 or asked to report lined on Runway 21R (Hard). Whilst doing this traffic may depart from Runway 21L (Grass) but no parallel departures are allowed.

  7. Traffic to depart from D2 on Runway 21L will be given a crossing clearance of Runway 21R (Hard)

  8. A “take off at your discretion” will be given by AFIS, do not depart without this.

  9. You must be ready for an immediate departure on receiving a “take off at your discretion”.

  10. If there is landing traffic on Runway 21L (Grass) only one aircraft may be held at B1 to protect the approach path.

28 — Runway 21 Departures Requiring Full Length Backtrack

  1. For those aircraft not capable of taxiing on grass full R/T procedures shall apply.

  2. A call to request taxiing via Alpha is to be made to AFIS.

  3. As this will affect arrivals on Runway 21R it may be necessary to close the runway to arrivals. Aircraft not capable of landing on grass may have to hold at Pitsford until the departure is rolling.

29 — Runway 03 Departures (Appendix G1)

  1. East parking departures in areas Alpha and Bravo on Runway 03L (Hard) or Runway 03R (Grass), taxi initially to holding point A2.

  2. Approaching A2 stream into the correct lane, the concrete taxiway for the hard runway or keep right on the grass for the grass runway.

  3. Aircraft in area Charlie, taxi via B1 and B2 crossing the overshoot of Runway 03R with caution giving way to departures. Continue to A2 via the coned taxiway Echo.

  4. All engine checks irrespective of departure runway should be carried out at A2.

  5. West parking departures on Runway 03 taxi to holding point D1. Departures from D1 on Runway 03R (Grass) will be given a crossing clearance of Runway 03L (Hard).

  6. Once checks are complete and you are number one at the hold, report ready with the chosen runway on 122.705 MHz i.e. “Sywell Information, Aircraft Type, Full Callsign, number one holding point A2/D1 ready for departure Runway 03 Grass/Hard QNH xxxx”.

  7. Any landing traffic has priority.

  8. Traffic to depart Runway 03L (Hard) from A2 will be given a crossing clearance of the Runway 03R (Grass) undershoot and asked to report lined on Runway 03L (Hard). Whilst doing this, traffic may depart from Runway 03R (Grass), no parallel departures are allowed.

  9. A “take off at your discretion” transmission will be given by AFIS, do not depart without this.

  10. You must be ready for an immediate departure on receiving a “take off at your discretion”.

  11. If there is landing traffic on Runway 03R (Grass) no aircraft are to be held between A1 and A2.

30 — Departure Tracks

  1. After departure climb straight ahead until clear of the aerodrome boundary.

  2. Beware of other departures before turning onto required track and where possible avoid flying over local villages.

  3. The area of Pitsford Assembly Area the downwind and base leg areas should be avoided to deconflict with potential inbounds.

  4. There is no need to report changing, thanks for attending and adhering to the procedures.

31 — Sywell Resident Units/Aircraft

  1. There will be no flying training during this event and circuits will not be permitted. The aerodrome will not be available to aircraft requiring the use of a Licensed Aerodrome on Thursday (PM), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Circuit flying will also be prohibited on Thursday PM.

  2. Given the potential for intense aerial activity local flying is to be discouraged, for those intent on doing so, the procedures in this document apply with no exceptions.

  3. Any arrivals by Sywell based aircraft must adhere to the slot booking system.

32 — Autogyros

  1. Autogyros are to fit in with procedures for fixed wings and Microlights (ULM) as the runway is used for landing.

  2. Rotors are not to be run when taxiing, i.e. stopped on vacating the runway after landing and started at the holding point when undertaking pre-departure checks.

33 — Aerodrome Plan (Appendix F)

  1. A plan of the aerodrome layout is at Appendix F.

34 — Restricted Area (Temporary), RA(T) Appendix A3

  1. A ”lozenge” shaped RA(T) will be established on Sywell Aerodrome ARP, from surface to 3500 FT AMSL as per the map at Appendix A3. This will apply from 1300 (1400) Thursday 2nd September to 1700 (1800) Sunday 5 September 2021.

35 — Transit Aircraft

  1. Due to traffic intensity, Sywell AFIS will be unable to provide a service to transit aircraft with the exception of Air Ambulance and Police helicopters.

36 — Terrain and Obstacle Clearance

  1. Pilots are reminded that terrain and obstacle clearance, when operating under VFR, remains the sole responsibility of the Pilot in Command. The known obstacles in the immediate vicinity of the Aerodrome are;

    Northampton City Express Lift TowerN521418 W0005519466 FT AGL (745 FT AMSL)
    Finedon Wind Farm N522147 W0003851 437 FT AGL (726 FT AMSL)
    Kelmarsh Wind turbine N522105 W0005605Under construction
    Kelmarsh Wind turbineN522114 W0004814300 FT AGL
    Mawsley Mast N522215 W0004911300 FT AGL
Operational Appendices
Appendix A1Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) Chart
Appendix A2Farnborough LARS Sectors
Appendix A3Restricted Area (Temporary) = RA(T)
Appendix BNoise Sensitive Areas
Appendix C1Runway 03 Arrivals
Appendix C2Runway 03 Arrivals Taxi Pattern
Appendix D1Runway 21 Arrivals
Appendix D2Runway 21 Arrivals Taxi Pattern
Appendix E1Runway 03 Arrivals West Parking
Appendix E2Runway 21 Arrivals West Parking
Appendix FAerodrome Plan
Appendix G1Runway 03 Departures Taxi Pattern
Appendix G2Runway 21 Departures Taxi Pattern
Appendix HHelicopter Visitors Arrivals/Departures (Excluding Sloane Helicopters)
Appendix IHelicopter Arrivals/Departures for Sloane Helicopters
PART TWO – GENERAL INFORMATION

37 — Fuel

  1. A refueller will be available to assist in the refuelling process.

  2. AVGAS/MOGAS (available H24) can be paid for by credit card on a self-help basis, or by cash/cheque during published HRS.

  3. JETA1 (available during published HRS only) is payable by any method.

  4. After landing display an 'F' to notify marshallers if fuel is required. (See Appendix M).

  5. No refuelling of aircraft by containers in the parking area is permitted.

  6. Current fuel prices can be found at Sywell Aerodrome charges

38 — Helicopter Fuel

  1. Helicopters in the parking area requiring AVGAS fuel should contact AFIS via landline or in person to obtain a briefing on how to proceed to the pumps.

  2. Those requiring JETA1 will be refuelled in the parking area by a mobile bowser if grass condition is fit.

39 — Helicopter Fuel

  1. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on General Aviation which may change between the publishing date of this AIC and the event taking place please refer to UK Government advice here Covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus.

  2. All aircraft arriving and/or departing from overseas will need to submit a General Aviation Report (GAR). This can be done either by on-line submission, by fax to Sywell AFISU on +44 (0)1604-499210 or by E-mail to sywellfis@btconnect.com.

  3. Inbound flights from the EU require 4 HRS notice, or from the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland/Eire 12 HRS notice.

  4. There will be UK Border Force and/or Police (Special Branch) representation at the event to handle all International flights based at the Control Tower.

  5. Aircraft arriving from overseas are to park on the grass area in front of the Control Tower to clear Customs.

40 — Camping

  1. Camping is permitted next to aircraft as parked, there is no designated camping area.

  2. Naked lights, cooking, and smoking are not permitted in the aircraft parking areas.

  3. A camp site for those not arriving by air is located in the car park to the east of the Wellingborough Road.

41 — Disabled Persons

  1. Disabled persons requiring special handling should display a large letter ‘D’ on a piece of paper to marshallers during taxiing in order to gain assistance after parking. They will be parked on the apron. (See Appendix L).

42 — Landing Fees

  1. Landing fees, payable each day, will be £10 for singles, £20 for twins and £50 for large corporate executive. ALL aircraft, including exhibitors, must pay a daily landing fee.

  2. Landing fees to be paid at the exhibition site entrance Fri-Sun, other days at the Fuel Kiosk.

  3. The daily landing fee covers event access for all aircraft occupants on that specific day only.

  4. Those found to have not paid a landing fee will be sent an invoice at full rates plus a £5 admin fee.

43 — Weather

  1. There are no official Met observations at Sywell.

  2. Sywell Aerodrome status can be found online at https://www.sywellaerodrome.co.uk/aviation/airfield-status-and-weather/ which includes unofficial weather and aerodrome warnings.

  3. An indication of the active runway can be ascertained from the wind direction but should be confirmed as per the procedures herein.

  4. Sywell Information will regularly broadcast active runway, QFE, QNH and any relevant weather or flight safety information on 122.705 MHz.

  5. Nearest TAF's available on The Met Office website are Birmingham, Cranfield and Wittering.

  6. Pilots requiring Met information for departure can obtain this in the Control Tower via the Met Office website.

44 — Flight Planning

  1. Flight plans can be filed at the Control Tower via the NATS AFPEx system.

  2. Pilots filing a flight plan to Sywell should use the address EGBKZTZX.

45 — Public Access

  1. The Public car park will be east side of the Wellingborough Road. Public access will be as follows;

    Friday 3 September0900-1600 (1000-1700)
    Saturday 4 September0900-1600 (1000-1700)
    Sunday 5 September0900-1500 (1000-1600)
  2. Public access will be permitted airside for a nominal charge provided they are in receipt of an information and warning sheet which must be read and understood before proceeding airside. There will be no access to the private hangars, Sloane Helicopters, corporate, Flylight and main fuel apron and the customs area in front of the tower (see Appendix M).

46 — Parking (Vehicles)

  1. All vehicles will be parked in the two fields east of the Wellingborough Road accessible via a gate opposite the Sywell Aviation Museum.

47 — Ground Communications

  1. All Marshallers, AFIS and RFFS will be radio equipped. Two channels will be in operation, one for Marshallers and the other for AFIS/RFFS.

48 — Pedestrian Access Airside

  1. Pedestrian access airside is permitted subject to reading an Airside Safety Leaflet. Appendix M is the Airside Safety Leaflet, which also shows the areas of no pedestrian access. This includes the main fuel apron (unless on business to the Fuel Kiosk), the Corporate Apron, Taxyway Alpha, all hangars, and the Customs area in front of the Tower.

General Appendices
Appendix JIndex
Appendix KFuel Display Sheet
Appendix LDisabled person on board Display Sheet
Appendix MAirside Safety Leaflet and Public Access Restrictions
APPENDIX A1 – Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) Chart

APPENDIX A2 – Farnborough LARS Sectors

APPENDIX A3 – Restricted Area (Temporary)

APPENDIX B – Noise Sensitive Areas

With the intensity of air traffic, avoid overflight of, and unnecessary noise around the villages above.

APPENDIX C1 – Runway 03 Arrivals Fixed Wing / Microlights(ULM)/ Autogyros

Monitor 122.705 MHz for AD info. There is no need to make any radio calls inbound.

Avoid built up areas. Route to the assembly area at Pitsford Reservoir and join the LH holding pattern at 1000 FT QFE. Avoid joining the eastern (northbound leg) to avoid traffic leaving the hold. Complete at least one hold for traffic awareness.

Do not descend through the cloud into the hold. Maintain VFR at all times, keep a good lookout, with one arrival per minute expect intense aerial activity.

No Air Traffic Service is being provided.

Stream off the southern leg of the hold in a single file, suggested approximate heading 115⁰ at 1000 FT QFE onto a left base for Runway 03 remaining north of Moulton. Make a transmission “Callsign, leaving Pitsford, Runway xx, QFE yyyy”.

It is important that a single flow of traffic off the Pitsford assembly area is adhered to up until the split onto final for either Hard or Grass runway. Do not extend outside the RA(T). Do not overtake, do not orbit, do not cut others up. If spacing cannot be maintained return to the assembly area and try again.

From the single stream, turn onto final for either Runway 03L (Hard) or Runway 03R (Grass).

In the interests of flight safety, pilots must not continue an approach if an unsafe situation exists, a go around must be performed. No Swapping Runways once established on Final.

When turning final, transmit “Aircraft Type, Registration, Final Runway 03L Hard or Runway 03R Grass”.

Runway 03L Hard only, The runway will be divided into Fast (left of centreline) and Slow (right of centreline) lanes. All landings are to be made in the fast lane unless the runway is clear of all traffic. The FISO will pass relevant traffic information if the runway is occupied. A “Land at your discretion” will only be given when the fast lane is clear of traffic or obstructions. A separation distance of 200 M must be maintained against previous landing traffic which must be in the Slow Lane (the right of centreline). When speed is controlled move to the right of centreline. Continue expeditiously ahead and vacate right at Taxiway Bravo. For Areas Alpha & Bravo cross the Runway 03R overshoot with caution giving way to potential landing traffic, follow the Marshallers instructions to park. For Overflow Area Charlie, follow the Marshallers. (If Charlie is in use a Marshaller will be at B1).

Runway 03R Grass traffic vacate right as soon as possible, For expedition, angle the exit off the runway to keep rolling rather than stopping and then exiting at 90⁰. Landing with this runway occupied is not permitted. Follow the Marshallers instructions to park.

Go arounds, follow the profile in the diagram turning left (Runway 03L Hard) or right (Runway 03R Grass) to keep clear of the runway. Once clear turn back onto runway heading, climb to 2000 FT QFE and return to Pitsford.

Note: See Appendix E1 for West Parking instructions

APPENDIX C2 – Runway 03 Arrivals Taxi Pattern East Parking


Runway 03L – When speed-controlled move to right side of runway, vacate right at “B” between the two yellow marker boards. Parking Areas Alpha & Bravo cross Runway 03R overshoot with caution and turn right onto coned taxiway, follow Marshallers. Parking area Charlie turn left at Bravo one follow Marshallers.

If Charlie is in use a Marshaller will be at B1.

Runway 03R – When speed controlled vacate right as soon as possible onto coned taxiway, follow Marshallers.

Note: See Appendix E1 for West Parking instructions.

APPENDIX D1 – Runway 21 Arrivals Fixed Wing / Microlights(ULM) / Autogyros


MONITOR 122.705 MHz for AD info. There is no need to make any radio calls inbound.

Avoid built up areas. Route to the assembly area at Pitsford Reservoir and if necessary, join the LH holding pattern not below 1000 FT QFE. Avoid joining the eastern (northbound leg) to avoid traffic leaving the hold. Complete at least one hold for traffic awareness.

DO NOT DESCEND THROUGH CLOUD INTO THE HOLD. Maintain VFR at all times. Keep a good lookout, with one arrival per minute expect intense aerial activity.

No Air Traffic Control Service is being provided.

Make a transmission “Aircraft Type, Registration, leaving Pitsford, RWY xx, QFE xxxx”. Stream off the southern leg of the hold in a single file suggested approx. heading 080° at 1000 FT QFE to intercept the A43, then turn left onto a right-hand downwind.

It is important that a single flow of traffic off the Pitsford assembly area is adhered to up until the split onto final for either concrete or grass runway at which point parallel approaches will be utilised. Do not overtake, do not orbit, do not cut others up. If spacing cannot be maintained return to the assembly area and try again.

Do not extend downwind outside the RA(T). Turn onto a right base avoiding Hannington and then from the single stream turn onto final for either Runway 21R (Hard) or Runway 21L (Grass).

In the interests of flight safety, pilots must not continue an approach if an unsafe situation exists, a go around must be performed. No swapping runways once established on Final.

When turning final, transmit “Aircraft Type, Registration, Final Runway 21L or 21R”.

Runway 21R Hard only. The runway will be divided into Fast (right of centreline) and Slow (left of centreline) lanes. All landings are to be made in the fast lane unless the runway is clear of all traffic. The FISO will pass relevant traffic information if the runway is occupied. A “Land at your discretion” will only be given when the fast lane is clear of traffic or obstructions. A separation distance of 200 M must be maintained against previous landing traffic which must be in the Slow Lane (the left of centreline). When speed is controlled move to the left of centreline. Continue expeditiously ahead and vacate left at the end of the runway onto Taxiway Alpha and follow the Marshallers instructions to park.

Runway 21L Grass traffic, vacate left as soon as possible. For expedition, angle the exit off the runway to keep rolling rather than stopping and then exiting at 90°. Landing with this runway occupied is not permitted. Follow the Marshallers instructions to park.

See Appendix E2 for West Parking instructions.

APPENDIX D2 – Runway 21 Arrivals Taxi pattern East Parking


Runway 21R – When speed-controlled move to left side of runway, continue to the end of runway and vacate left at “A”. Cross Runway 21L overshoot with caution and turn left onto coned taxiway, follow Marshallers.

Runway 21L – When speed controlled vacate left as soon as possible onto coned taxiway, follow Marshallers.

Note: If overflow Parking Area Charlie is in use, Marshallers will direct aircraft via B2.

Note: See Appendix E2 for West Parking instructions.

APPENDIX E1 – Runway 03 Arrivals Taxi Pattern West Parking


West Parking will be advised by AFIS if East Parking becomes full.

Runway 03L – After landing move to the right of centreline and vacate right at Taxiway Bravo. Cross the Runway 03R overshoot with caution and turn right to follow Taxiway Echo to holding point A2. Give way to aircraft vacting Runway 03R. Await AFIS instructions to cross Runway 03R and 03L. Once past D1 follow marshallers instructions to park.

Runway 03R – After landing vacate right as soon as possible and turn right onto Taxiway Echo. Continue to holding points A2 and await AFIS instructions to cross Runway 03R and 03L. Once past D1 follow Marshallers instructions to park.

APPENDIX E2 – Runway 21 Arrivals Taxi Pattern West Parking


West Parking will be advised by AFIS if East Parking becomes full.

Runway 21R – Vacate left as soon as possible. Turn left onto Taxiway Echo and hold at B2. aswait AFIS instructions to cross D2, then follow Marshallers instructions to park.

Runway 21L – After landing move to the left of centreline. Vacate left at the end onto Taxiway Alpha and turn left again onto Taxiway Echo at A2. Continue to B2 giving way to aircraft vacting Runway 21L. Await AFIS instructions to cross from B2 to D2, then follow Marshallers instructions to park.

APPENDIX F – Aerodrome Plan


APPENDIX G1 - Runway 03 Departures Taxi Pattern


Monitor 122.705 MHz for Aerodrome details. Taxi with caution to holding point A2 (East Parking Areas A & B) or holding point D1 (West Parking Delta) for checks, there is no need to make any transmissions. At A2 filter onto either the concrete taxiway for a Runway 03L departure, or onto the grass for a Runway 03R departure.

From Area Charlie taxi to B1, give way to departures off Runway 03R, turn left and proceed to B2 then follow coned Taxiway E to holding point A2.

When number one at A2/D1 report ready for departure with aircraft type, full callsign, holding point, QNH xxxx and choice of either 03L or 03R Runways.

APPENDIX G2 – Runway 21 Departures Taxi Pattern


Monitor 122.705 MHz for Aerodrome details. From East Parking Areas A & B, taxi with caution to holding point B2, DO NOT CROSS to B1. From West Parking Area D taxi to holding point D2 (for Runway 21L) or D3 (for Runway 21R) for checks, there is no need to make any transmissions.

Area C, complete pre-departure checks in parking position. Departures on Runway 21R from C will line up straight ahead from parking slot. Departures on Runway 21L from C taxi to B1.

When number one at B1/B2/D2/D3 or Area C report ready for departure with aircraft type, full callsign, QNH xxxx, holding point and choice of either 21L or 21R Runways.

APPENDIX H – General Helicopter Arrivals/Departures


(Not for Sloane Helicopters – see Appendix I)

  1. Initially monitor Sywell Information on 122.705 MHz for AD details, no radio call required.

  2. All arrivals/departures to route in/out via Heli East towards the Eastern Aerodrome boundary avoiding all villages and fixed wing patterns.

  3. Arrivals not above 500 FT QFE, beware of departures climbing to 100 FT QFE within the RA(T).

  4. At Heli East, make an RTF call “Helicopter type, full registration, Heli East QFE xxxx”.

  5. Arrivals make an approach to the Eastern boundary south of the northern windsock. Do not infringe the Runway 21L approach or Runway 03R climbout.

  6. Park in a row adjacent to the aerodrome boundary hedgerow, or if available follow Marshaller instructions. Ensure adequate rotor separation.

  7. Book in at The Ticket Booth situated at the entrance to the Exhibition Area.

  8. Departures start with caution monitoring Sywell Information on 122.705 MHz.

  9. When ready for departure, make an RTF call “Helicopter type, full callsign, ready for departure Heli East, QNH xxxx”

  10. Depart climbing to 1000 FT QFE with caution, beware of inbound helicopters not above 500 FT QFE.

  11. When clear of the RA(T) continue en-route.

APPENDIX I – Sloane Helicopter Arrival/Departure Procedures


For Sloane Helicopters Only

Essential Helicopter movements to/from Sloane Helicopters should follow the above profiles depending on active runway to avoid the fixed wing assembly point and arrival patterns. A good lookout should be maintained in a high traffic density environment. Avoid overflight of local villages.

Arrivals when Runway 21 is in use should approach from the west remaining south of Pitsford. For Runway 03, approach from the north remaining clear of Pitsford. Overflight of local villages should be avoided.

Make a brief inbound RTF call on 122.705 MHz prior to entering the RA(T) “Helicopter Type, Registration, North/West Arrival QFE/QNH xxxx”. Fly not above 500 FT QFE (900’ QNH) to approach via the Western AD boundary. Report Final. land and hold at the grass area in front of Skytech Helicopters.

Depending on the runway in use and/or traffic intensity helicopters may cross the active runways to Sloane Helicopters if the traffic situation allows based on traffic information given by the FISO. In an intense traffic environment, again advised by the FISO, helicopters will be required to park on the grass adjacent to Skytech Helicopters and will be moved over to Sloane Helicopters when traffic levels permit such a move.

Beware of rotor downwash and wake turbulence hazards to fixed wing aircraft.

Departures should start monitoring 122.705 MHz for airfield information. Giving way to traffic on taxiway Alpha report ready to depart when in the hover at Sloanes with readback of QNH. When given a “Take off at your discretion” follow the same profile as inbound traffic at 500 FT AGL climbing when clear of the Pitsford area.

APPENDIX J – Index

SUBJECTPARAGRAPH
Access Public 45
Aerodrome Flight Information Service 3
Aerodrome Hours 2
Aerodrome Plan 33 & App F
Aircraft Lost 22
Aircraft Parking 19
Arrival Procedure Runway 03 12 & App C1/C2
Arrival Procedure Runway 21 12 & App D1/D2
Arrival Procedures, Initial 11 & App A1/A2
Arrival Procedures, Final 12 & App C1/D1
Arrival Procedures, Helicopters 23 & App H
Arrival Procedures, Helicopters, Sloanes 25 & App I
Arrival Procedures, Non-Radio 14
Arrivals, Backtracking 13
Autogyros 32
Backtracking 13 & 28
Birmingham 11
Blocked Runway 15
Booking In 8
Camping 40
Changing Runways 6
Communications Air 2
Communications Ground 47
Cranfield 11
Customs 39
Departure Procedures Fixed Wing / Micros 26 & App G1/G2
Departure Procs Helicopters (Excl Sloane) 24 & App H
Departure Procs Helicopters Sloanes25 & App I
Departure Taxi Routes Runway 03 App G1
Departure Taxi Routes Runway 21 App G2
Departure Tracks 30
Departures Runway 03 29 & App G1
Departures Runway 21 27 & App G2
Departures, Backtracking 28
Disabled Persons 41 & App L
Display, Flying 9
East Midlands 11
Emergencies 18
Failure of Radio 16
Farnborough 11 & App A2
Fixed Wing Arrival Procedures 11-12
Flight Planning 44
Flying Display 9
Fuelling 37-38 & App K
Fuelling, Helicopters 38
Go Arounds 17
Ground Communications 47
Ground Movements 20
Helicopter Arrival Procedures 23-25 & App H/I
Helicopter Departure Procedures 23-25 & App H/I
Helicopter Arrival/Departures Sloanes25 & App I
Helicopters, Fuelling 38
Hours of Opening2
IFR 7
Immigration 39
Introduction 1
Land After12 (b)
Landing Fees 42
London TMA 11
Luton 11
Lost Aircraft 22
Movements, Ground 20
Movements, Out of Hours 4
Noise Abatement 21 & App B
Non-Radio Arrival Procedures 14
Opening Hours 2
Out of Hours Movements 4
Parking Aircraft 19 & App C/D/E/F
Parking Vehicles 46
Plan Aerodrome 33 & App F
Public Access 45 and App M
Radio Failure 16
Residents 31
Restricted Area, Temporary RA(T) 34 & App A3
RFFS 10
Runway 03 Arrival Procedure 12 & App C1/C2
Runway 21 Arrival Procedure 12 & App D1/D2
Runway Blocked 15
Runway Change 6
Runways 5
Sloane Helicopters Arr/Dep Procedures 25 & App I
Special Branch 39
Stansted 11
Sywell Residents 31
Taxiing 26-29 App G1/G2
Taxi Routes Runway 03 Arrivals 12 & App C2
Taxi Routes Runway 03 Departures 26, 29 & App G1
Taxi Routes Runway 21 Arrivals 12 & App D2
Taxi Routes Runway 21 Departures 26-28 & App G2
Temporary Restricted Area RA(T) 34 & Appendix A3
Transit Aircraft 35
Vehicle Parking 46
VFR 7
Weather 43

APPENDIX K – Fuel


APPENDIX L – Disabled person on board


APPENDIX M – Airside Safety Leaflet