Alastair Mackinnon

Airport Operations Manager, Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport

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Airport Users Group – Private Owner Representatives

Many thanks to David Howell and Andy Richards for volunteering to act as Private Owners Representatives on the new format Airport Users Group. David flies a Cassutt Racer, G-CGSU and Andy flies a Skyranger, G-CFDN. Both will be happy to raise any points you have at the User Group meeting. The next meeting is on Wednesday 27th …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2013/03/airport-users-group-private-owner-representatives/

BMAA Icicle Meet 2013

We’re delighted to be hosting the BMAA Icicle meet again this year – at rather short notice as it’ll be held this Saturday and Sunday, 16th-17th February. A warm (or cold) welcome back! Participants be aware – the ground is, at the time of writing, rather soft and damp but there’s a good drying breeze …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2013/02/bmaa-icicle-meet-2013/

Airport Users Group

  At a recent meeting when I met with the CFIs of the flying schools it was agreed that such a meeting would be an effective replacement for the largely defunct Airport User Group meetings if the membership was widened slightly. You can see the minutes of that meeting here. Accordingly I am looking for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2013/02/airport-users-group/

Don’t get distracted!

>ThIe CAA have published Safety Notice 2013/003 aimed at all pilots, warning against in-flight distractions including the use of electronic devices. You can see the Safety Notice here.

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Pre-Flight Inspections

The CAA have published Safety Notice 2013/002 aimed at General Aviation pilots, reminding us all of the need to complete pre-flight inspections properly. They are specifically concerned about aircraft going flying with tie-downs still attached! You can see the Safety Notice here.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2013/01/pre-flight-inspections/

Tower Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the tower can be seen here. (3.5MB pdf)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2013/01/tower-newsletter/

Communications with Rescue and Fire Fighting Crews

The CAA have published Information Notice 2013/003 concerning the hand signals RFFS crews may use to communicate with aircraft operators during an incident. All pilots are encouraged to ensure they have read and understood this notice, which can be seen here.

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UL91 withdrawn

AVGAS UL91 has today been withdrawn from sale at Halfpenny Green. AVGAS 100LL and JET A1 are still available.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/12/ul91-withdrawn/

OPNOT: Winter Hours and Night Flying

OPNOT 2012-04 has been published giving details of Winter Hours, Night Flying and Christmas/New Year closures for 2012/2013.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/10/opnot-winter-hours-and-night-flying/

OPNOT: WIngs and Wheels

OPNOT 2012-03 has been published detailing aerodrome closure times for the Wings and Wheels event on 16th September 2012.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/09/opnot-wings-and-wheels/

Webcam

We’ve added an airport webcam to the site which can be found here.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/09/webcam/

Helicopter Training Returns

A new helicopter school, run by Alan Austin, has opened on the ground floor of the tower. Alan is a familiar face on the airfield and has many years of experience of training in helicopters here. We wish him every success with his new enterprise; you can see his website here.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/08/helicopter-training-returns/

Restricted Airspace – Temporary Airport Closures

Pilots’ attention is drawn to the Restricted Airspace (Temporary) over the airport this weekend to allow the EIIR Flypast for the RIAT at Fairford to form up in the area. The airspace above us will be closed from 1045Z – 1125Z (11:45 local to 12:25 local) on both Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July. No flying …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/07/restricted-airspace-temporary-airport-closures/

Get your C42s here!

Red-Air are now supplying new factory built C42s from Halfpenny Green as well as providing full support services. Flyer news item

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/07/get-your-c42s-here/

Competition Time!

[error]This event has been postponed. Keep an eye on our website for updates.[/error] Pete Allman is organising an Aerial Treasure Hunt in aid of charity on 4th August 2012. For further details see here.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/06/competition-time/

OPNOT 2012-02 – Halfpenny at War Weekend

OPNOT 2012-02 has been published detailing the effect on aerodrome users of the Halfpenny at War Weekend; operations will be affected from Friday 18th May until Monday 21st May inclusive.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/05/opnot-2012-02-halfpenny-at-war-weekend/

Out of Hours Operations

New conditions for using the airport outside normal operating hours have been introduced. Please see here for further information.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/05/out-of-hours-operations/

50 Years at the Green…

Congratulations to Bob Whitehouse who this month celebrates 50 years as a tenant at the airfield – the longest of anyone. The second tenant on the site, Bob remembers the early days when there was no door on his building, no water and no electricity. One might wonder why he came here! He’s certainly seen a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/04/50-years-at-the-green/

Hangar Dance Tickets update

Tickets for the Hangar Dance on 19th May have now sold out! We hope everyone has a good evening. Caroline is maintaining a waiting list for returned tickets and if you would like to be included on this list please e-mail her.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/04/hangar-dance-tickets-update/

OPNOT: Rotors, Wings and Wheels

OPNOT 2012-01 has been published detailing aerodrome closure times for the Rotors, Wings and Wheels event on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk/2012/04/opnot-rotors-wings-and-wheels/