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By Wendy Lenden
#102119
Hoping to visit on Tuesday if we can get permission. Has anyone landed there? All Pooleys says is it's military, some gliding, no defined runways as such, just a field, and contact Salisbury ops. Before I do, anyone know how big a field it is, any other info would be appreciated.
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By harry remmington
#102126
Its a bit more than just a Field - major parachute training and drop zone for army and civveys at weekends. Numerous Para dropping twins, singles and rotories operate. I think it was a WW1 RFC field with good flat grass at any heading....
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By Rotorhead
#102135
Bit of an under statement that was Wendy... :shock:

Best of luck :wink:
By RV3er
#102137
It's not exactly flat, but it's smooth! It's on top of a hill and slopes away to the West I think. They take Hercs in there occasionally so you should be alright.
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By Wendy Lenden
#102152
That sounds just fine, thanks folks, all I need now is permission and some decent weather. :D
By Robert
#102163
According to the Wyvern (Army) Gliding Club web site the “field” covers an area of 130 acres. Look out for the red and white chequered double-decker bus!
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By Dave W
#102208
There's a lot of gliding going on there, usually. The Wyverns often have 2 x winches on the go, and the ATC also have 2 x winches as well., so the field and sky above is often littered with white plastic :wink:

The Wyvern lot particularly are v. friendly - not least Gerry Sturgess, who instructs with them and flew the excellent K21 display at Middle Wallop's Music in the Air last night. Magnificent show, as usual. :D
By Robert
#102214
I have been privileged to see this particular display “routine”, the only descriptive that glides readily to mind is “perfect aerial ballet”.

Robert
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By gaxor
#102288
Upavon was I believe the original RFC pilot training base
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By JodelDavo
#1670158
I've landed there a few times on business with the Gliding club. No issues, have to get clearance from Salisbury Plain ranges prior to departure and call them on their frequency.
By AndyP
#1844210
Hi all,

It's definitely PPR, and watch the curl over from the hangars if the wind's from the N/NW! - Also be aware of the almighty "grabbing hand" from "Gruneau Gulch" if you're coming in from the S/SE.

It's 575' amsl at the highest point, and almost 100' lower at the lowest!

There are three nominal runways, but only two are marked.

Oh, and beware 1) gliders/ winch cables and 2) D125 (-and also Netheravon!).

I hope this helps!

AndyP
By Dominie
#1844230
AndyP wrote:Hi all,

It's definitely PPR, and watch the curl over from the hangars if the wind's from the N/NW! - Also be aware of the almighty "grabbing hand" from "Gruneau Gulch" if you're coming in from the S/SE.

It's 575' amsl at the highest point, and almost 100' lower at the lowest!

There are three nominal runways, but only two are marked.

Oh, and beware 1) gliders/ winch cables and 2) D125 (-and also Netheravon!).

I hope this helps!

AndyP

Well, it's a bit late - it might have helped Wendy in 2004...