Posted by: Darren on Apr 28, 2009
According to the latest issue of Loop it looks as though Microlight and General Aviation pilots may have a new airfield to fly to. I was interested to read that the old RAF Llanbedr Airfield (ICAO: EGOD) on the coast of Cardigan Bay, may once again open its doors to GA. Having recently flew passed this once splendid base on our trip from Barton to Shobdon to Caernarfon and back, I thought as we passed that it would be a great opportunity for someone.
The old RAF base at Llanbedr was decommissioned in 2004 by the Ministry of Defence and subsequently purchased by the welsh Assembly back in 2007 with the intention of it being used or developed in a way that would benefit the local economy and/or create job opportunities, which in today’s economic climate would be a real positive.
It seems that the operators of Kemble Airport were the preferred bidders according to the Welsh assembly and their team are currently working through the legal stuff before they can start any work on the site. At the moment it’s a case of ‘Watch This Space’ and guess we shouldn’t get too excited yet. As we all know local authorities and government have a good tendency to thwart the best made plans of our beloved sport. On top of that In May 2008, the Snowdonia Society, the Brecon Beacons Park Society and the Friends of Pembrokeshire National Park formed an alliance against the development of a new civilian airport at the site, so its anybody’s guess at the moment.
The good thing from what I can see of the details of Llanbedr is the fact that it has 3 asphalt runways, nearly 600 acres of space, plenty of hangers, fuel storage etc. A great place to spend some flying time. Have a look at the photographs of the area around Llanbedr Airfiled from our recent 7 flexwing microlight day out in early April.