Does anyone remember the good old days when you used to be able to PPR (with all the compliance etc) And get PPR to an RAF airfield?
I'm afraid I would have been too young to know that.
I don't know what the policy is these days, but it makes sense for publicly-funded MOD aerodromes to allow reasonable access as routine to various forms of civilian traffic, if there isn't an overriding defense or operational need.
The main problem I suspect is that these needs can "suddenly happen", and so access could suddenly be refused for a time window.
Defense/operational needs aside, some places like RAF Northolt have been known to charge the earth for light aircraft to land and its not clear why they do so.
Even if the prices were reasonable, it could be uncomfortable to be landing at a place where, if someone accidentally misplaced your access/landing paperwork, to be greeted by a dozen armed officers strip searching you and your aircraft and interrogated over what you're carrying.
Perhaps it makes sense for the DfT/Grant Shapps to form a policy and have a chat with the MOD/Ben Wallace to see what can be done.
It would be nice to have a clear and consistent approach to this.
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.