1. Own a GA airfield (private ownership). Income from landing fees & any rent from businesses based there. Err, that's about it. Maybe some tax incentives? Pay CAA thousands each year to 'licence' it, pay staff to run it, pay to maintain it. Have expensive issues with local planning authority when you want to do anything vaguely sensible to improve things..Or.....
2. Sell the nice, flat land to a housing developer. Get £multimillions.... Spend 6 months in the South Pacific and lay on the beach.. Set up your own private strip in the garden of your massive house in the country.
I know what I'd do
The Farmer is 100% correct. Unless GOV.uk is committed to keeping GA flying alive in the UK (it isn't), by making it more difficult to do No. 2 above and easier to do No.1 above, then most owners will migrate to private strips or give up flying if airfields fall by the wayside. As an instructor, I see very few young pilots coming along who just want to fly GA aeroplanes for fun ; they are all waiting to be bus drivers. Sorry, airline pilots.
Despite what they want you to believe, there is absolutely no interest in GA flying from the UK Government as it isn't a vote winner, despite the Red Tape Challenge (remember that?) and the APPG talking forum. Maybe something to quiz your local Parliamentary liar about when they knock on your door canvassing?
Being a regular visitor I do feel the jump aircraft ( C208) are actually quieter than a lot of traditional GA types - so the noise issues for local wont be any issue
The locals will soon get fed up with it, especially as they are now 'unrestricted'.
Sounds a bit negative maybe..... But nothing has really changed in the 36 years I've been flying. Apart from less aerodromes and its more difficult to do anything, apart from navigation, with the advent of GPS. Even the CAA were fairly amenable in those early days.