7 February 2024
Location. That’s the number one reason that airfields consider themselves to be important, according to the first results of a survey conducted by the new Strategic Airfield Network (SAN) at the end of January.
“Strategic location is the most frequently mentioned reason – either proximity to a major urban area or the function of the airfield in a rural area,” said a statement from SAN, which is run by Ann Bartaby of the Airfield Operators Group and Louise Southern of the UK VFR Guide.
“Most previous work to categorise airfields has focussed on the range of services, which are also frequently mentioned in our survey but geographic context is judged as being of equivalent importance.
“It is also important to note that many airfields have drawn attention to their community role – they are meeting more than a strict ‘aviation’ function in their locality.”
The airfields which are happy to be named are:
Other reasons given why airfields consider themselves important include:
If you operate an airfield and have yet to take part in the online survey, please email Louise Southern at [email protected]