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Important Information for Visiting Pilots

Please click the image below for a detailed A4 printable Airfield Chart containing all the information required for planning your flight to Redlands including runway, arrival, departure and circuit information, telephone numbers, opening times, etc. More detailed runway and circuit information is also described below.

Visitors are always welcome at Redlands, but as we operate very close to residential and rural noise sensitive areas, we rely on co-operation from both Redlands and visiting pilots in observing the arrival/departure routes and circuit procedures explained below. Please follow them and you will receive a warm welcome.

Please avoid over-flying Lotmead farm strip and the clusters of properties in close proximity to the Airfield circled in red and in particular avoid Wanborough village.

Please check-out the Anti Conflict Procedure to ensure that you know how to arrive and depart without meeting a parachute in the air!

Parachuting is active every week end and some week days. PPR is therefore essential. 

N5133.65 W00142.27          322ft AMSL             1nm East of Swindon

A/G Redlands radio/DZ on parachute days.
129.825 (microlight frequency)

Microlights only due to planning constraints

Operating hours: Monday – Saturday Sunrise to sunset
                               Sundays 1000 to 2000hrs

PPR essential on 07703 182756 or 01793 791014

No landing fees. Please log your arrival/departure in the airfield log located in the Clubhouse (portacabin)

Parachuting Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – click here for Anti Conflict procedures

Cafe open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays



Tailwind Cafe is open on parachuting days (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays March to December), Fuel (Mogas) is available on request and there are Ladies & Gents toilets near both ends of the hangar. For visiting pilots, camping is available with hot water, kettle and microwave in the Club House. There are six pubs in the village, all within a ten minute walk from the Airfield.

Runways, Arrival, Departure and Circuit Procedures


06/24 NORTH: This is the longest runway (700m) at Redlands. The jump plane ALWAYS uses this runway. The microlight school may use this runway. All procedures, circuits and departure / arrival routing are based around this runway.

06/24 SOUTH: This is a shorter (320m) parallel runway and is used simultaneously with runway 06/24 NORTH. This is the preferred runway for microlight pilots. The choice of runway used is at the pilot’s discretion.

17/35: This is a “crosswind” runway and should only be used when the wind direction makes its use advantageous. Traffic on runways 06/24 will have priority (subject to the normal rules of the air). If a pilot elects to use runway 17/35, it is his/her responsibility to ensure by visually checking (backed up by radio if possible) that there is no conflicting traffic using the other runways.


06/24 NORTH: There will be only one circuit in use at any one time, being defined by runway 06/24 NORTH. Aircraft in this circuit will always have right of way. Circuits are to the north of the airfield, and the circuit height is 500’.

06/24 SOUTH: Traffic using runway 06/24 SOUTH will fly a circuit for runway 06/24 NORTH, and extend the base leg (or crosswind leg) of the circuit as required.

17/35: Traffic using the “crosswind” runway 17/35 will arrive and depart via the circuit for runway 06/24 NORTH. The circuit direction is dictated by aircraft already using runways 06/24, or in their absence by the windsock. Once it can be confirmed visually that there is no conflicting traffic (in the air or on the ground) then the arriving pilot will break off to join the circuit for runway 17/35. Circuits on runway17/35 are to the west. When performing this break-off manoeuvre, ensure that all turns are in the same direction as the main circuit wherever possible.


It is essential to check the status of the airfield (regarding parachute operations) before starting engines, and before approaching the airfield. All microlight operations are suspended during parachute drops.

Radio is air/ground (Redlands DZ) on parachuting days, and blind calls (Redlands traffic) at other times. The frequency is 129.825Mhz (UK microlight frequency).

All traffic will arrive and depart to/from the north, passing to the right of the “twin barns” approximately ½ nm to the north of Redlands. Circuit height is 500’, with a minimum en-route height of 1500’. There are no overhead joins and there is no signal square, however three windsocks can be seen from the “twin barns”. Please avoid all local habitation for noise reasons.


Redlands Airfield Ltd.
Redlands Farm, Wanborough, Swindon SN4 0AA

01793 791014

© Redlands Airfield Ltd. 2010 Registered in England Number 4842907 
Registered Office: Redlands Airfield Redlands Farm Wanborough Swindon Wiltshire SN4 0AA