Nottingham City Airport, Tollerton, Nottinghamshire
ICAO Code – EGBN
Elevation – 138 ft AMSL
AFIS – 134.875 – Call sign – Nottingham Radio
Runways – 2 – Asphalt/concrete
Navigation Aids on aerodrome – None
Fuel – 100LL and Jet A1
Telephone Number (For PPR) – 0115 9815050
Operating hours, hangarage, parking, landing fees and landing cards – Please see website.
During the 1920’s the Air Ministry pursued a vigorous policy of encouraging local government to promote the growth of civil aviation in this country. Nottingham City Council was amongst the first to construct an airfield in response to this. The Council bought just over 140 acres of farmland from Alderman Sir Albert Ball (father of the famous First World war fighter pilot ace) for a price of £34 per acre.
The land was prepared; drains laid, land seeded with grass, and take-off and landing areas rolled level. The airfield was duly, and officially opened on 27th July 1930 by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. The Mayor had been flown to London on the morning of the opening specifically to obtain the official Airfield Licence. With this in his possession he was flown back to Tollerton and the airfield was declared officially open at 12.30pm. After that there was an air pageant and later the public could buy short pleasure flights. The proceedings were very well attended, flying was still a relatively new phenomenon and the prospect of an airport near Nottingham captured the imagination of the general public.
During the Second World War, the airport was known as RAF Tollerton and acted as a relief landing ground for the Polish Training School based at RAF Newton for the Polish Air Force. RAF Tollerton was also host to Field Aircraft Services, which repaired battle damaged heavy aircraft and later dismantled them. RAF Tollerton was designated a ‘scatter field’ for RAF Waddington and aircraft from that airfield used Tollerton as a location where aircrew could be stood down for periods of rest and relaxation. Tollerton was also used to disperse aircraft away from their parent airfields and thus make them less vulnerable to enemy attack. Thus, for the first three months of the war aircraft of 44 & 50 Squadrons occasionally used the airfield though never for operational duties.
After the war the airfield returned to civilian use including a short-lived period as a commercial airport, with Blue Line Airways operating from there until 1949, when its aircraft passed on to British Eagle. Since that time, Tollerton has serviced small private aircraft only, this has included hosting airshows and three King’s Cup Air Races 1967, 1968, and 1970.
The 227-acre airport was purchased in December 2006 from Nottingham City Council, by a consortium called Nottingham City Airport plc and a programme of improvement was promised and delivered.
Location and amenities
Nottingham Airport also known as Nottingham City Airport, is located in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire. It is situated 3 nautical miles (3.5 mi) south-east of Nottingham City Centre, which this makes it one of the closest airports to a city centre in the UK. The aerodrome is equipped for private aviation, business aviation and flight instruction.
Sherwood Flying Club provide relaxed and professional flight training from that first introductory flight, EASA PPL, LAPL IR(R) and night rating, along with ground school for the PPL and LAPL. Sherwood Flying Club maintain a comprehensive website that is well worth a perusal. Self hire is also available to club members.
Aeros also offer flight training at Nottingham Airport and have a diverse and well maintained, gleaming fleet of aircraft and extensive website. Training is offered from PPL, IR(R), Commercial, Night, Multi Engine Piston, Instrument Rating, MCC/JOC, Flight Instructor and ground school for the offered courses. Aeros state tat they are the leading UK modular flight training school and have some impressive airline partnerships and former students, who are now first officers and captains, flying across the globe.
Nottingham City Airport maintains an excellent website that will cater for any enquiry you may have. The airport is owned and operated by Truman Aviation, who offer a full management service, ranging from Air Traffic services, airport fire and rescue, aircraft fuel and hangarage.
Two runways are available at Nottingham Airport, both being Asphalt/concrete. Runway 09/27 is 1050m x 30m and Runway 03/21 is 821m x 23m. Both runways have displaced thresholds. Ample parking in front of the tower is available for visiting aircraft and hangarage and maintenance is currently available.
Circuit height is 800′ and noise abatement procedures are promulgated and can be found in detail within the airport website.
Fuel is available and easily accessible on the parking area.
The fantastic Chocs Away airport Cafe is a bustling facility located within the main building, with large outdoor seating area, both on the patio and grass. The diner is busy with both aviators and non-aviators alike, all of whom receive the very same warm welcome and great food and beverage.
Nottingham City Airport is located Close to East Midlands Airport is within 2500′ band of the north-eastern edge of the East Midlands CTA. 3 miles south of Nottingham Airport, is an area of Class D controlled airspace beginning at 1500′, so thorough planning is essential, as with all flights.
East Midlands are extremely friendly and accommodating if flying in from the surrounding area and can be contacted on 134.175 for traffic and transit information. If arriving and departing traffic permits, East Midlands will provide you with a service and transit, or advise you to remain clear of controlled airspace as is appropriate.
PPR is required at Nottingham City Airport and non-radio aircraft must obtain prior clearance and are strictly PPR. High visibility clothing is to be worm on the maneuvering area.
The Standard Overhead Join is also preferred for fixed wing aircraft and the circuit is flown at 800′ QFE.
Helicopters are to park on the grass at the south of the control tower.
Nottingham City Airport has all of the ingredients to ensure it will remain a busy and successful airfield.
An ongoing schedule of maintenance and improvement continues and with many movements and visitors, Nottingham Airport continues to set the standard.
Nottingham City Airport, is friendly, accommodating, warm and thriving in equal abundance. The staff are pleasant and helpful and there is a real feel of aviation community when visiting. Whether you are a student pilot, a visiting pilot, an enthusiast or wish to sample the cafe and soak up the atmosphere, there are not many places that will welcome you in the same fashion as the remarkable Nottingham City Airport. It is well worth a visit.
For videos showing arrival and departure to and from, a selection are available on the author’s YouTube channel.
The author would like to acknowledge keyworth-history.org.uk, who have assisted in filling the gaps in respect of the history of Nottingham Airport.