Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire

ICAO Code – None

Elevation – 47 ft amsl

AFIS – 119.625 – Call sign = York Radio (A/G)

Runways – 1  Asphalt (3018m)

Navigation Aids on aerodrome – N/A

Fuel – AVGAS 100LL and Jet A1

Telephone Number (For PPR) – 01759 305851 or 07971 299385

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

Elvington 3Elvington Airfield is a thriving venue to go and visit, feauturing magnificent 3018m tarmac runway. Adjacent to the airfield and completely independant of one another, being run by separate companies, is Yorkshire Air Museum, that is quite simply mind-blowing. Retained in its war time RAF splendour, with literally hours worth of exhibits to pore over, traditional NAAFI and immaculately preserved hangers and shelters, provide hours of enjoyment. Even the tannoy plays Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn, as would have happened all of those years ago. Standing still and closing your eyes, really puts you back to a time when the air raid siren would have sounded and pilots and crew scattered across the airfield, to protect our Island. Little imagination is required because this is as authentic as it gets!

Although separate entities, the airfield and the museum have a very good working relationship and discounted entry to the museum is offered with a paid landing fee.

Location and amenities

The former RAF Elvington was built as an Royal Air Force station in 1939 and operated until 1992. During wartime RAF Evlington was used extensively by allied bomber crews. Now referred to simply as Elvington Airfield, it is located 4 nm south east of York in North Yorkshire. The huge 3018m runway is in perfect condition and is utilised not only for aircraft, but is also one of the largest driving experiences venues in the UK. Any flying conducted in the North Yorkshire area is pleasant and surrounded by unspoilt scenery and Elvington is no different. With a runway of such length, expect to see some varied types.

IMG_2798Of particular note and unique in my experience, is the magnificent Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Memorial. Although managed separately from Elvington Airfield, the two attractions compliment each perfectly. Elvington Airfield is one you simply have to visit and Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Memorial has been the highlight of my flying experiences to date. Entry to the museum also provides a free return visit within 12 months!

A reasonably priced landing fee will admit pilots a discounted entry to Yorkshire Air Museum and this is where things begin to get very exciting. As you enter the grounds, you are presented with an immaculate wartime RAF working camp. It is literally like stepping back in time to many of the films and TV shows that feature such periods in British history. The old two story tower, complete with air raid siren, plays wartime music across the airfield from an authentic tannoy, interspersed with the crackle of recordings of pilots departing and arriving at RAF Elvington. Without exception, every building and hangar on the airfield is in pristine condition and houses aircraft, exhibits, displays and the incredible NAAFI, for refreshments and full meals. Time spent looking at the Yorkshire Air Museum website is time well spent, particulary the printable plan of the musIMG_2805eum. I enjoyed 2 hours on my stay. I saw a fraction of it, but have pencilled another trip in soon. Elvington will keep me going back again and again. Exhibits on display span the entire history of aviation from the 1853 Cayley Governable Parachute through to the current GR4 Panavia Tornado. Some of the more popular exhibits include a complete Halifax bomber, Nimrod, Handley Page Victor, Harrier, Zeppelin feature, Fire and Rescue and support vehicles. The list quite simply, goes on.

Looking back through history, Elvington holds some impressive world speed records and makes an interesting read on Wikipedia.

Pilot Information

Elvington Airfield maintains its own recently updated website website, containing everything for the visiting pilot.

There is also a helipad next to the control tower, so visiting helicopter pilots can set down and admire all that these two venues have to offer.

PPR is essential at this airfield, due to the number of other activities on offer, on-site. A track day does not mean that the airfield is closed, rather ensures that the runway is cleared for the visiting pilot, so again, make sure PPR is obtained on the numbers above before your visit.

Elvington 2Runway 08/26 is published as 3018m in length. Practising a spot landing with my passengers on the 08 numbers, my roll out and subsequent taxy was slightly longer than my journey from home to the airfield where my Warrior is based, but it was smooth nonetheless! You may want to consider a midway touchdown point, as you can enjoy the taxy again as you backtrack for departure!

There are no flying schools at Elvington Airfield presently, so circuit traffic is at a minimum and parking is ample. A web search will provide all the details of the companies offering track day events.

Flying in

Elvington Airfield is remarkably obvious from the air due to its enormous runway and Handley Page Victor casting its dominating shadow on the tarmac.

Located within Class G airspace, visiting pilots will usually be in contact with either Leeming or Linton Lars (as NOTAM’d) when approaching and departing.

If you want to make a flying day of it, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Leeds Airport East (formerly Church Fenton), Breighton, Full Sutton, Pocklington, Bagby and York (Rufforth) are all within 10 to 15 minutes flying time. This is a very GA friendly area of our skies, so I would strongly recommend the LARS service and Airbox RunwayHD plans and delivers flawlessly.

Going forward

Elvington Airfield thrives with aviation and non-aviation activities alike and Yorkshire Air Museum seems set to remain a fitting tribute to those brave allied airmen and women, for many decades to come.

No extensions to the existing runway are planned…..

In Summary

Set in stunning North Yorkshire, Elvington personifies everything that is aviation, from the past, present and hopefully for future generations.

IMG_2803Had I have known what was on offer, I would have been the first aircraft to depart City Airport Manchester Barton and the last to return, such is the quality and quantity of attractions available at Elvington Airfield and Yorkshire Air Museum. Active social media accounts are followed enthusiastically in respect of both airfield and museum and I would ask those of you reading this, to add them to your list.

I felt honoured and humbled as I walked around the Museum exhibits and I cannot wait to take my two boys back for a full day on site, before flying them home in our own Halifax Bomber, or as we call it, a PA28 Warrior.

Checklist

Before visiting

  1. Check the Airport website, NOTAM’s, plate and mark the VRP’s on your chart
  2. Arrange PPR
  3. Check museum opening times
  4. Enjoy your scenic flight and one of the most pleasurable days outs that Yorkshire has to offer.

For videos showing arrival and departure to and from Elvington Airfield Airport, along with a selection of other flights, please visit the author’s YouTube channel.