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    Supporting Aviation in Wales, United Kingdom


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    Header Picture: Bhutan Airlines A319-112 A5-BAC arriving at St Athan 24th July 2018 (James Thomas)

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    Around and About

    Below we will list all local aviation locations we know about

    The Byre, Hardwick
    NP7 9AB 51.79614, -2.99045
    Based here in 03/12 were Pioneer 400 G-CGVO, Ikarus C42 G-DTOY, RV-6A G-RVIA and Pioneer 200 G-WEFR  

    2475 Sqn ATC - Pen-y-Banc Road
    SA18 3DY 51.78736719, -4.00342893
    WH739 Canberra B.2 Nose
    f/n 02/86 l/n 11/16
    Scrapped 19MU St Athan; SOC 27/07/76
    Picture credit IanG

    Croes-carn-einion Farm, Pentrepoeth Road 51.571539, -3.073903
    Private strip, based was Robin R3000/120 G-PAVL until it suffered an accident and departed.

    Brecon Beacons
    Absolute Adventure, Near Craig-y-Nos and Penwyllt
    51.818475, -3.670742
    At adventure group Hostel
    XS735/R Dominie T.1 fuselage
    f/n 04/06 l/n 07/11, departed 
    ex DARA St.Athan, for sale 2011, reported Northbound on the A46 Stratford bypass on 15/08/13 on delivery to a private owner at Walcott, Lincolnshire
    Picture credit MF

    Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road,
    CF31 1RQ 51.51798, -3.56949
    HLS, rarely used

    Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road
    CF31 3SU 51.49855, -3.5671
    No dedicated HLS, but the Police helo occasionally lands here

    Celtic Energy Ltd
    CF83 2AX
    Agusta A109E G-TRNG is owned by this company. There appears to be no HLS at this location but it visits various sites in S.Wales. It is based at Gloucester.

    Blackweir Ambulance Station, North Road
    CF10 3DX 51.49215, -3.19153
    Sports Field nearby occasionally used by larger helos

    Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Road
    CF14 3YE 51.49873, -3.18687
    HLS, regular use

    University Hospital of Wales ("the Heath"), Heath Park
    CF14 4XW 51.50618, -3.19079
    Landing pad, regular use

    Cardiff City [formerly Tremorfa] Heliport - EGFC
    Foreshore Road, Eastmoors, Cardiff
    CF10 4LZ 51.467500, -3.137500
    Owned by Cardiff Council and previously operated by the Veritair Utilities Division of British International Helicopters, part of the Patriot Group. All based helicopters left by 08/14 and the heliport closed on 30/11/14 after BIH withdrew from its operating contract. 
    New 50-year lease signed 04/16 by Huw Evans and Roy Steptoe of Cardiff City Heliport Ltd. Heliport re-opened 01/07/16 as Cardiff City Heliport. 
    Company gave up the lease mid 2018 and running of the heliport taken over by new lessee, Wales Air Ambulance, on 01/07/18.

    G-WASC Eurocopter EC135T2+ Childrens Air Ambulance Wales ..transferred from Dafen base 04/12/17
    Picture credit Roger Winser 

    Carew Cheriton
    Carew Control Tower Group, Pembrokeshire
    SA70 8SX  51.6918, -4.8184
    VM325 Avro Anson C.19 
    arrived 08/05 l/n 12/15
    Picture credit Roger Winser taken 21/04/10

    Castlemartin Range
    Merrion, Pembrokeshire
    SA71 5EB  51.63228, -4.97854

    Cefn Mably
    Cefn Mably Farm Park
    Off the M4 Northeast of Cardiff
    CF3 6XL, 51.55238, -3.10948
    N5834N Rockwell Commander 114 c/n 14383
    f/n 06/12 but probably arrived in Autumn 2010
    Force landed in reed bed in Cardiff Flats area of the Severn Estuary at 17:21 on 23/10/98 after loss of engine power over the Bristol Channel. Pulled ashore after 40 hours in tidal zone and dumped at Peterstone until Autumn 2010.
    Pictured on 08/08/14 credit StuC

    7 miles West of Cardiff
    Based in the area was Enstrom 480B G-CUDY ..sold to a Shoreham owner 11/05/17 and replaced by Agusta A.109C 2-HELO c09/17

    Task Force Paintball - 1.3 miles WNW of village off A48
    CF71 7RQ 51.46965419, -3.47850975
    XG592 Whirlwind HAS.7
    f/n 11/95 l/n 12/14 not found 11/16
    Departed Wales Aircraft Museum, Rhoose by 08/91 where it had arrived in 1978 from Wroughton
    Picture credit IanG

    Dafen, Llanelli
    Opened June 2016 as the new HQ of the Wales Air Ambulance.

    G-GDAY Robinson R22 (0676)
    ex Aberglassney House & ICAT, Rhoose. Mounted on a trailer and used as a travelling fund raiser by the Wales Air Ambulance charity
    Picture credit Hugh Trainer

    G-HEMN Eurocopter EC135T2+

    G-WASC Eurocopter EC135T2+ Childrens Air Ambulance Wales ..transferred to Cardiff HP 04/12/17

    G-WASN Eurocopter EC135T2+ ..departed late 03/17
    G-WENU Eurocopter H145 ..arrived late 03/17
    Picture credit Roger Winser

    Also noted here in September was another promotional Robinson R-22 pod, no registration visible or known.


    Fishguard Road, SA62 4BN
    Reports from here are few and far between, the following are thought to be current:
    F-GFOR Robin ATL
    G-AVSD Piper PA-28-180
    G-AVSE Piper PA-28-180
    G-AYIG Piper PA-28-140
    G-AYPG Cessna F177RG
    G-BAYO Cessna 150L
    G-BGXT TB10 Tobago
    G-BHZR Bulldog 1210 ..poor state
    G-BJOE Jodel D.120A
    G-BLTT Slingsby T.67B ..dumped on airfield
    G-BNAI Wolf Boredom Fighter
    G-BPUA EAA Biplane
    G-BPWR Cessna R172K
    G-BRCV Aeronca 7AC
    G-BROO Luscombe 8E
    G-BVYF PA-31-350
    G-BXVO Vans RV-6A
    G-CCXR Mainair Blade
    G-CECV Vans RV-7
    G-CFKH CH601XL Zodiac
    G-CFSJ Jabiru J160
    G-CIPA Pegasus Quik
    G-DEWI RotorSport MTOSport
    G-FANL Cessna R172K
    G-FLYW Beech 200
    G-IANJ Cessna F150K
    G-JBTR Vans RV-8A
    G-JCIH Vans RV-7A
    G-JFRV Vans RV-7A
    G-LEEK Escapade ..damaged
    G-SENX Piper PA-34-200T ..poor state
    G-WARP Cessna 182F
    N1320S Cessna 182P
    N583CD Cirrus SR22

    Welsh Spitfire Museum
    7 Bridge St, Haverfordwest, SA61 2AL
    G-CFGA/JG668 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire VIII ..on rebuild to 2-seat version
    Picture credit Roger Winser

    Kenfig Hill
    2117 Sqn ATC - Pwll-y-Garth St
    CF33 6EF 51.5330836, -3.68144174
    WT569 Hunter F.1
    f/n 1964 l/n 11/17 Allotted 03/64, ex GIA 7491M (allocated 21/11/57) at 4 SoTT St Athan
    Picture credit Richard Peckham

    AirBorne Systems Europe (ex IrvinGQ) - 4 miles N of Bridgend
    CF32 8PL 51.57751383, -3.56906253
    35515/49 SAAB J-35F Draken
    f/n 06/04 l/n 02/18 in a silver colour scheme
    Ex GIA at Stockholm-Arlanda. Arrived 17/06/04 via Immingham docks
    Picture credit IanG

    Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynysmaerdy
    CF72 8XR 51.5464, -3.39425
    HLS, occasional use

    South Wales Fire & Rescue Service HQ
    Forest View Business Park
    CF72 8LX  51.55314, -3.39763
    HLS, occasional use

    Manmoel, Blackwood, Gwent
    NP12 0HY 51.7058, -3.1736
    Preserved on a farm is:
    (E-408/G-9-436) "WT720/B" Hunter F.51 ..arrived 12/15, ex North Scarle, Lincs

    Old Park Farm
    SA13 2TG 51.5499, -3.72043
    Farm strip, the following have been reported in the last year or two. Most, if not all, are kept in individual hangarettes and few, if any, can be seen unless active. The strip is on fenced off farm land and no unauthorised access is possible.
    G-AWVB Jodel D.117A ..badly damaged on runway over-run here
    G-BJOE Jodel D.120A Paris-Nice
    G-BSZB Stolp SA.300 Starduster Too - spends time at Swansea
    G-BXRF Scintex CP.1310-C3 Super Emeraude - spends time at Swansea
    G-BXYE Scintex CP.301-C1 Emeraude ..wings only
    G-BYLF Zenair CH.601HDS Zodiac
    G-BYSN Rans S6-ES Coyote II
    G-BZAK Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(9)
    G-BZDB Thruster T600T 450 JAB
    G-BZDK Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(2) c/n BMAA/HB/124 Hex 4042FF ..arrived 30/08/16
    G-BZIM Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Qauntum 15-912
    G-CCNF Raj Hamsa X'Air Falcon 133(1)
    G-CDAK Zenair CH.601UL Zodiac ..landing accident 12/13, canx as pwfu 22/01/15
    G-CDHU Best Off Skyranger 912(2) 
    G-CEZV Zenair CH.601HDS Zodiac
    G-CGOV Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(2)
    G-CHJJ Medway Microilights Clipper 80 ..arrived c09/15
    G-CWMT Dyn'Aero MCR-01 Ban'bi
    G-CXIP Thruster T600N Jab Sprint
    G-ENEE CFM Streak Shadow
    G-JAYS Skyranger 912S(1)
    G-JBUL Skyranger 912(2) ..badly damaged in a forced landing in a field next to Margam 29/06/15 after engine stopped soon after take-off, cancelled 23/07/15 as destroyed
    G-MGEC Rans S6-ESD-XL Coyote II
    G-MNXX CFM Shadow B
    G-MWAC Solar Wings Pegasus XL-Q
    G-MWUK Rans S6-ESD Coyote II
    G-MWMW Murphy Renegade Spirit UK 
    G-MYTH CFM Shadow Series CD
    G-MZDG Rans S6-ESD-XL Coyote II
    G-MZKA Solar Wings Pegasus Quantum 15
    G-OATZ Vans RV-12

    Merthyr Tydfil
    Prince Charles Hospital
    CF47 9DT 51.7635, -3.3869

    Mountain Ash
    1184 Sqn ATC - Miskin Road
    CF45 3UB 51.67895, -3.374333
    G-ATOL PA-28-140 Cherokee Cabin
    arrived c02/10 l/n 08/11
    In use as simulator
    Picture credit RichT

    National Museum of Wales Collection Centre
    CF15 7QT 51.56154, -3.26355
    XM300 Wessex HAS.1
    f/n 98 l/n 10/16
    Arrived Wales Aircraft Museum, Rhoose from Farnborough 01/07/84, to Welsh Industrial & Maritime Museum, Cardiff Docks 1991, to Nantgarw when the Museum closed in 1998

    New Inn
    Mark Gauntlet - near Pontypool
    QA-12 Hunter FGA.78 Cockpit
    f/n 01/02 l/n 07/11
    Ex Qatar AF. Scrapped Bournemouth 10/95, cockpit to Woking 96 and collected from there late 2001/early 2002
    XE985 Vampire T.11 pod
    f/n 07/11 l/n 07/11
    Moved from Exeter 2011

    RAF Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range
    SA16 0HZ 51.71292, -4.3102
    XR523 Wessex HC.2 (relatively intact) ..exercise trainer, f/n 07/16
    XV372 Sea King HAS.1 (unmarked stripped cabin section) ..exercise trainer, f/n 07/16
    XX962/P Jaguar GR.1B ..range target, f/n 02/09 l/n 3/12
    XX966/JJ Jaguar GR.1A ..range target, f/n 02/09 l/n 3/12

    Pembrey Airport
    SA16 0H2 51.7125, -4.3111
    Regularly used by military helicopters for fuel stops
    For residents see the "Swansea & Pembrey" page under the header picture

    Delta Force Paintball Cardiff
    Tyla-Morris Farm, Pentyrch, Cardiff, CF15 9QN
    ZD565/IR-404 Lynx HMA.8SRU ..arrived c01/18
    Picture credit John Bulpin

    AMSS Ground Support Equipment, Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF33 6NU
    51.52642, -3.68911
    EN398/JE-J Spitfire FSM
    f/n 12/13
    Gate guard 
    Picture credit Geoff Jones

    Apple Camping Site, Redberth, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8RX
    Fuselage in use as glamping accomodation.
    N25AG Lockheed Jetstar 2 (5202)
    arrived 2016 from Kemble
    Pictured at Kemble, credit StuC

    Sennybridge Range
    Active military range, Powys
    Aircraft is located at 52.036896, -3.608741 on Range F near the FIBUA area
    Viewable from 52.029313, -3.631934, looking over the "German Village"
    VZ568 Gloster Meteor F.8
    arrived 10/65 l/n 11/16


    SA2 7JU 51.602838, -4.068038
    For residents see the "Swansea & Pembrey" page under the header picture

    Morriston Hospital, Morriston
    The hospital has an elevated helipad that is used regularly by Wales Air Ambulance and Rescue helicopters. A lift takes the casualty down one level to ground level for the short journey to the A&E Department.

    The skoda dealership has on display WFU Robinson R22 Beta G-RVRS aloft a vehicle at the front of the premises
    Picture credit Roger Winser

    Sketty Lane Playing Fields, Sketty
    The playing fields are near opposite Singleton Hospital and are used by Wales Air Ambulance and Rescue helicopters mainly for urgent cases needing the hospital's baby care unit.

    Private site near Swansea Airport
    Based here is:
    G-EJOC Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil (1465)
    Picture credit Roger Winser

    Aircraft Maintenance Centre, University of Glamorgan - Treforest Campus
    CF37 1DL 51.588816,-3.328106
    G-JXTC/PH-KJG BAE Jetstream 3108 (690)
    f/n 12/09 l/n 11/15
    Arrived 08/12/09 by road from Eindhoven
    XN584/E BAC Jet Provost T.3A
    f/n 11/15
    Arrived by road from Bruntingthorpe

    Picture credit Ade Pitman  

    Industrial Estate, University of Glamorgan
    XX285 Hawk T.1 centre/rear fuselage section
    f/n 03/10 l/n 03/10  - redundant section from Hawk Mid-Life Update programme. 
    Picture credit Rob Gibbons 
    also located nearer to the road were a set of wings but both had disappeared from the positions by 3/13. Taken indoors?

    Upfield Farm, Whitson, Newport
    Farm strip
    NP18 2PG 51.55017,-2.93547
    G-CEUW Zenair CH.601XL Zodiac

    Ystrad Mynach
    The College
    CF82 7XR 51.634386, -3.241619
    unmarked Jetstream 41 EMU (based on Jetstream 200 G-ATXJ)
    Arrived 11/02 from Cardiff Airport, l/n 03/10, not seen 21/07/11 possibly inside.

    Now known to have been scrapped in 2014 
    Picture credit Rob Gibbons
    G-EFRY Light Aero Avid Flyer Aerobat
    f/n 11/16

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