Bembridge Airfield is an unlicensed airfield managed by the Vectis Gliding Club Ltd (VGC). The main runway is orientated 300/120 degrees, and consists of some 827 x 12 metres of concrete. The grass strip oriented 230/050 is available for landing however Prior permission is essential.
VGC no longer conducts gliding operations from Bembridge however there are a number of resident power aircraft, and model flying at any time to the North side of the airfield up to 500 feet agl.
Visiting aircraft are welcome however Prior Permission is required (PPR) for any aircraft to land at Bembridge Mondays to Fridays, or at times outside of the operating hours of Bembridge Radio. This may be obtained by telephoning the number given below and leaving a message. Landing will be both at the discretion and risk of the visiting pilot. A confirmation call back will not be made unless asked for in the message. The quality of recording is variable, particularly when made by mobile phone, so please give your number slowly and clearly if a call back is required.
Bembridge Radio operating hours are between the hours of 0930 and 1600 local on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Prior Permission to land during operating hours is not required.
Circuit height is 1000 agl on QFE (which is QNH-2)
The circuits at Bembridge are always to be conducted on the North side of the airfield and will therefore be 30 right or 12 left as appropriate. Overhead joins may now be undertaken at the discretion of the pilot, with the descent being on the south (dead) side over the sea. Blind calls on the airfield frequency 123.250 should always be made for safety reasons.
Visitors are requested to avoid over flying Bembridge village particularly when climbing out on 12. The telephone glows red hot and melts when anyone does this.
The Vectis Gliding Club Ltd provides an Air/Ground radio service on 123.250 (call sign Bembridge Radio) between the hours of 0930 and 1600 local on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Winter hours of 10.00 to 1530 are operated whilst the clocks are on GMT. The service is not normally manned outside of these hours, or on weekdays unless a special arrangement has been made, at the request of the visitor when obtaining prior permission.
The Designated Operational Coverage (DOC) of this service is 10 Nautical Miles from the site and 3000 feet in height. Visitors are requested not to call Bembridge Radio until inside the Operational Coverage.
Visiting aircraft are advised to join either down wind on the North side or by executing a standard overhead join. On days when Bembridge Radio is not operational then blind radio calls should be made to Bembridge Traffic on frequency 123.250 for safety purposes.
Visiting power pilots should park their aircraft on the North side of the field, and cross to the south side to exit the airfield. Please keep to the hedge line, and do not walk across the runway.
Please do NOT park on the south side of the runway. This would obstruct the grass strip which runs parallel to the concrete, and equally importantly, would upset the owner of the airfield. If you are flying a tail dragger or want to use the grass strip to land, please ask for a call back when leaving your message for a briefing concerning it’s condition and serviceability. Having landed on it, please park on the North side with the other aircraft.
Fuel is not available at Bembridge.
Visiting pilots should visit the Bembridge Radio Control Point (Indicated by the large black letter C on a yellow background) on the south side of the main runway for payment of landing fees, or if the control is not available (out of hours) then please deposit landing fees in the VGC letter box to be found in the passage between the Propeller Inn and the back of the hangar on the south side. The staff in the pub will also take the landing fee when they are open. Care should be taken when walking from the aircraft parking area; please stick to the hedge and keep a lookout for other aircraft. Please do not walk across the runway!
Proximity of Sandown Airfield
Sandown airfield is an active unlicensed airfield with a grass runway orientated 23/05 situated 3 miles to the South West of Bembridge.
Historically when both fields were licensed the ATZ of both extended one and a half miles towards each other. The demarcation line roughly runs from the canoe lake on the coast North through the cross roads at Brading village. Although neither airfield now has an ATZ it is recommended that aircraft continue to observe the former boundaries for safety reasons.
In some weather conditions (primarily North winds) traffic departing Sandown on 05, and traffic departing 30 at Bembridge are on a converging course.
All pilots are therefore strongly advised to execute a turn to the North away from Sandown, when departing Bembridge to minimise any potential compromise or risk.
Telephone Number: 01983873051
Open all week with PPR
PPR by E-mail (24 hours or more in advance).Pilot name/Aircraft type plus registration and ETA
Bembridge Radio Frequency: 123.250