Aberdeen Air operates from the historic Longside Airfield on the outskirts of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, and works closely with the Buchan Aero Club.
During the 2nd World War RAF Longside was one of the prominent bases for aircraft and personnel involved in the sinking of the famous German battleship the 'Tirpitz', and just as importantly, the strikes against the German rocket-fuel plants which were hidden deep in the mountains and fjords of Norway.
Longside airfield (formerly RAF Peterhead) is steeped in aviation history, and if you stand quietly on the airfield apron, not far from the original dispersal points, in the fading light of a quiet summer's evening, one can almost hear the eerie 'sound of the aircraft engines' and the 'hustle and bustle' that there must have been when Longside was a busy wartime 'operational' base with around 3000 personnel.
The airfield is a around 35 miles north of the City of Aberdeen. The drive is easy especially after the opening of the new by-pass road all the way from Stonehaven to Ellon.
Therefore we are confident that the advantages of flying from Longside far outweigh the delays and extra costs that pilots and students alike have to endure at an International Airport such as Aberdeen.
We are still developing Longside to accommodate the anticipated increase in air traffic during 2015 and have just recently installed a new AVGAS re-fuelling facility for the use of both resident and visiting aircraft.
Below are listed just some of the reasons why Aberdeen Air moved from Aberdeen Airport to Longside:
• There are no appreciable delays on the ground before take-off.
• There no long 'costly' airborne holding times prior to landing, as experienced at Aberdeen and other International Airports.
• No 'costly' landing fees....they are free to qualified Buchan Aero Club Pilot Members.
• We have the advantage of being just outside controlled airspace giving us airborne freedom, but we are still close enough to Aberdeen Airport to allow our students to gain the experience of operating in a controlled environment.
• Our fuel costs are very much less.
• We have a tarmac runway which in fact, is the only other one in the North-East of Scotland.
• Also, because of our shorter and narrower runway, we can develop more 'exacting' piloting skills in our students and experienced pilots alike.
• And last but not least, we are a friendly bunch, and will welcome anyone that is of the like mind, to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.
We operate seven days a week from 9am until dark when the weather is suitable, but at other times it is best to confirm.
After upgrading to become an RAF Flying Scholarship Instructor, Mr Bill Anderson moved to Aberdeen Airport as Chief Flying Instructor/Examiner for the Aberdeen Flying Club/School
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