Tatenhill improves facilities for GA

A quiet revolution is taking place at Midlands airfield, Tatenhill, 5nm west of Burton on Trent. A disused runway is about to re-open and with activity building, a seven-day air/ground radio service is being considered for later in the year [edited 13 March 2018].

The extra activity is mainly down to two flying schools on site, as well as private flights.

Runway 04/22 has been closed for many years. The surface had deteriorated and become overgrown. Now, volunteers from East Staffordshire Flying Club and Tatenhill Aviation have cleared the runway and repaired the 1940s concrete beneath. The runway will be receiving a new tarmac top coating in early April allowing the runway to be reopened shortly after.

Also recently installed is a Pilotaware OGN antenna array to detect gliders in the area.

“The Hill is improving its facilities to face the challenges of the future,” said Neil Houghton, chair, East Staffordshire Flying Club.

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Tatenhill Airfield was built, like so many airfields, in the early part of WWII, and operated by the RAF, initially as RAF Crossplains and later as RAF Tatenhill. It was built using the standard RAF spec of three co-intersecting runways, but currently only 08/26 runway remains operational. A wartime Bellman hangar is located at the northeast corner and remains in use for aircraft servicing and repairs.


  1. HI ,
    Gordon here again , well am so happy about this and meany airfields coming back in operation,, as you all know am returning to flying after 20 years and when I lived near this airfield for some time I often would take my children for a nice Sunday drive and would end up at this airfield . We would sit for a bit and would look at the planes .. and then I would say,, Hay lets go and see something cool, we would go in the hanger and they would say woo Dad, a plane in bits ! and then ask the mechanic a million questions.

    I Just wanted to share this with you.

  2. Great to see expansion in GA. I’m based at EGBM and along with a good engineering/ Avionics operation the field improvments make for a good base to operate from. Visiting aircraft are assured of a good reception with tower operating 7 days a week, nice cafe and friendly atmosphere.

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