The Sky's the Limit!
In the week leading up to one of the most poignant dates of the year, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has received confirmation from Maldon District Council that the site will be able to increase its aircraft movements to no more than 3,000 in any one calendar year.
A movement is defined as a take off or a landing, and the condition is also subject to a daily limit in any 24hr period, of 30 movements, 15 take offs and 15 landings. On special public flying days, the site will be allowed a maximum of 120 movements, 60 take offs and 60 landings.
After months of waiting, CEO Ian Flint, spoke of the success, and the future: “The Team at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome are overjoyed that the site has just been granted permission to increase the activity of its classic and traditional light aircraft. While we have not changed what sort of aircraft we fly, or when, being able to welcome members of the aviation community again is a brilliant achievement. I’m so proud that our neighbours have embraced us, like the regional and national historical and aviation community have.”
The long campaign has been supported by neighbours, politicians and Historians Dan Snow and Saul David, and the increase will bring a much needed boost to the much loved local treasure.
On hearing the news, award winning historian Dr Saul David, Patron of SMGWA said: “I’m really happy to hear of this decision, which will help to secure the future of this highly prized heritage site.”
Peter Martin, Chair of the Board of Trustees added: “We’re very clear on what we want to see at the Aerodrome, and the beating heart of the site is the aircraft that echo its original purpose. It’s great to have Maldon District Council show that they recognise this and support our work to breathe life into this wonderful local heritage resource. This will have a real impact on our funding to continue to fund our renovations.”
The Aerodrome will once again welcome ‘Single engine, fixed wing’ aircraft, but will still not host balloons, twin engine aircraft, helicopters, gliders or chartered passenger or cargo flights and has no intention to change this.