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Yes We Are Open ! PPR

Bembridge Radio Frequency:  123.25




PPR (prior permission required) only

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. There is also a grass strip 230/050.

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. Landing will be both at the discretion and risk of the visiting pilot.

Bembridge Radio operating hours are between the hours of 0930 and 1530 local on Saturdays; Sundays and Public Holidays. Prior Permission to land during operating hours is no longer required.

 Overhead or dead side joins are  permitted.  Power traffic should use the North side of the airfield for circuits, these being 30  Right or 12 Left as appropriate.

Noise Abatement.

Visitors are requested to avoid over flying Bembridge village particularly when climbing out on 12

The VGC provides an Air/Ground radio service on 123.250 (call sign Bembridge Radio) between the hours of 0930 and 1630 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  down wind on the North side. 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.

If VGC are operating then Bembridge Radio will respond with airfield information.

If VGC are not operating then no response will be forthcoming; however, no response should NOT be taken as confirmation that no gliding is taking place, as motor gliders may be operating without ground support.

Visiting power pilots should park their aircraft on the North side of the field.

Fuel is not available at Bembridge.

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.

Tug and Glider combinations execute a left turn (to the South) on departure from 30 grass runway, prior to reaching the imaginary boundary line as  described above.

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 adjacent to the Propeller Public House. Care should be taken  when walking from the aircraft parking area “ please stick to the hedge  and keep a lookout for landing aircraft.  Please do not walk across the runway.!

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:  123.25






Microlight 8.00

2 seats       12.00

4 seats       18.00

6 seats and light twins    25.00

Overnight parking       5.00  per night max 30.00 per week

Heavy twins e.g Islander

  or more than 6 seats e.g. PC12   50.00

Overnight parking     10.00 per night max 60.00 per week


2 seats       12.00

4 seats       18.00

Overnight parking        5.00  per night max 30.00 per week

More than 4 seats     25.00

Overnight parking      10.00 per night max 60.00 per week

TOUCH & GO'S          5.00 each

as of 1st June 2017



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Please make cheques payable to Bembridge Airport Limited.


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