Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:58 am
As much as I'd like to defend aerodromes, Bruntingthorpe has, for as long as I have been flying, always belonged to a category of aerodrome that was on its way out. Visits by the public by air had never been that straightforward, its location is in the middle of rural farmland, and its primary purpose set on motor vehicle storage.
The nearest VFR aerodrome - Leicester isn't too far away by road: 20 mins. An IFR alternate at Sywell is just over 35 minutes away. Both make better hubs for onward connections.
It's unusual for me to say - but given the proximity of alternatives and ease of getting to those by road, the sparse local population density, and the lack of air transport demand into and out of Bruntingthorpe, this is one of the few aerodromes I won't miss.
If we don't take part in protecting GA access to infrastructure, the smaller aerodromes will be built over, the larger aerodromes will have exorbitant handling fees and awkward procedures, and airspace will be over-classified to Class A everywhere.