Sherburn-In-Elmet Aerodrome, Leeds, North Yorkshire

ICAO Code – EGCJ

Elevation – 26ft amsl

AFIS – 122.600 A/G – Call sign – Sherburn Radio

Runways – 4 (3 Grass, 1 Tarmac)

Navigation Aids on aerodrome – NDB “SBL” 323.0 (on A/D)

Fuel – 100LL, Jet A1, UL91

Telephone Number (For PPR) – 01977 682674

Operating hours, hangarage, parking, landing fees and landing cards – Please see website.

History

Flying history at Sherburn can be traced back to the First World War, where a field to the east of the town was used by the RFC as an aircraft acceptance park.

The airfield was run down and vacated after the war but  in 1926 the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club brought flying back to the area on the original site. In 1931 the club moved to Yeadon, just outside Leeds.

Following the start of the Second World War, Sherburn-In-Elmet was taken over by RAF Fighter Command and was used by Church Fenton as a satellite airfield and was designated a Royal Air Force Station. The fighters eventually left the airfield in 1941 and because of ideal transportation facilities and access, the site was developed for aircraft production.

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Fairey Swordfish

Blackburn Aircraft were approached by the Ministry of Aircraft Production in 1941, to undertake the construction of Fairey Swordfish naval torpedo aircraft. By the end of production, in 1944, some 1699 complete Swordfish had been built at the site.

 

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Horsa Troop Gliders

 

The Armed Forces Experimental Establishment (AFEE) was moved from RAF Ringway to Sherburn on 17 June 1942. It was charged with the development of means of delivering allied armed forces to the war front by Military gliders and other means. The AFEE moved to RAF Beaulieu on 4 January 1945.

 

With the end of the war, the airfield returned to its civilian roots and today, only part of the site is used for flying by the Sherburn Aero Club. One of the original Blackburn factories has recently been demolished for development and the main factory site is now an industrial area.

Location and amenities

Sherburn-In-Elmet is a thriving airfield in North Yorkshire with a health flying club that maintains a comprehensive Sherburn Aero Club website and has an active social media following and engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It is located between Leeds and York with origins going back to Roman times. Both sightseeing and exploring the local countryside are available to any visitor. The website has links to many attractions and organisations that can point you in the right direction if you plan to go exploring.

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Overhead at 2000′

Sherburn-In-Elmet bustles with aviators, enthusiasts and families alike, all at the airfield to enjoy what is on offer. The fantastic Digby’s Restaurant and Bar is located on the airfield and serves breakfast lunch and dinner, along with a range of snacks and beverages. Digby’s is also licensed and is available for hire. Panoramic views of the airfield are afforded and there is also an outside patio area, great for bringing the family to watch the world go by.

Sherburn Aero Club provides flight training from Experience Flights to Private Pilot Licences and also operating on the airfield is Advanced Flight Training who offer Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Commercial Pilots Licence Multi (CPL/ME), Multi Engine Piston Rating (MEP), Instrument Rating (IR) and Flight Instructor Rating (FI) training.

If you are looking to indulge in rotary flying, then Hields Aviation can cater for all of your flying and training needs at Sherburn-In-Elmet.

Simulator training is also available and a link can be found on the website along with the opportunity to obtain or renew your LAPL and EASA Class 2 medical at the airfield, by prior appointment. Sherburn Engineering is also resident at the airfield and offers a wide range of aircraft engineering and maintenance services including pre buy inspections, Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC). Contact details are within the website.

Pilot Information

As mentioned, the comprehensive website maintained by Sherburn Aero Club contains a wealth of information for the visiting pilot.

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Departing Runway 24

PPR is preferred at Sherburn, but is essential for non-radio aircraft. Air traffic services and radio navigation aids are available during airfield operating hours. 4 runways are available, one tarmac and three grass. Circuit patterns are variable on some runways and your PPR brief will provide information on this. The airfield is open 7 days a week.

 

28 Tarmac – TORA 799m, LDA 616m | 10 Tarmac – TORA 616m, LDA 616m

28 Grass – TORA 616m, LDA 616m    | 10 Grass – TORA 616m, LDA 616m

24 Grass – TORA 696m, LDA 703m    | 06 Grass – TORA 723m, LDA 676m

19 Grass – TORA 553m, LDA 521m    | 01 Grass – TORA 553m, LDA 553m

Details of noise abatement procedures and fuel etc are all located within the website and should be studied as part of your flight planning.

The ever friendly staff at Sherburn will be happy to answer any other queries that you may have and encourage you to contact them.

Flying in

Sherburn-In-Elmet is located in Class G Airspace within the Area of Intense Aerial Activity (AIAA) managed by Linton Zone (LARS) on 118.550. Both Leeds Bradford Approach on 133.125 and Doncaster Approach on 126.225 will provide the requisite radar services for visiting pilots as you approach and depart Sherburn.

You should also note that the Sherburn-In-Elmet and Leeds Airport East ATZ’s overlap and both are busy GA airfields, so please ensure you are correctly briefed and maintain a good lookout for other aircraft.

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Landing on Runway 24

The standard Overhead Join is the preferred arrival method for fixed wing aircraft and contact with Sherburn A/G should be made at least 5nm prior to their ATZ. Helicopters should arrive at 700′ QFE and when it is necessary to cross an active runway, this should be done at 90 degrees to the midpoint and not below 200′. Departures are via the circuit at 1000 feet QNH.

 

Going forward

An immaculately maintained and well run airfield that is engaged in a continual program of maintenance and care, that is evident throughout the airfield.

Further projects are planned at Sherburn-In-Elmet for the future and their details will be released via the website in due course.

In Summary

Set amongst glorious Yorkshire scenery and with well maintained runways and buildings that house friendly and professional flying clubs, schools and engineering facilities, there is little room for improvement at this gen of a UK airfield.

It is fantastic to see that aviators, enthusiasts, families and the inquisitive, are all made equally welcome at Sherburn-In-Elmet, epitomising what General Aviation is all about.

If you have yet to visit Sherburn, then perhaps it is time. If you’ve already been, you could always go again!

Checklist

Before visiting:

  1. Check the website
  2. Careful consideration to NOTAM and arrival / departure / noise abatement procedures
  3. Arrange PPR

For videos showing  arrival and departure to and from Sherburn-In-Elmet, a selection are available on the author’s YouTube channel.