Visiting by Air
- ICAO: EGHF
- RWY: 05-23
- TWR: 118.925 'LEE RADIO'
- OPS TEL: +44 (0)1329 824748
- FLEETLANDS: 135.700
Solent Airport at Daedalus is a newly CAA licensed airfield with an Air to Ground Communications Service called 'Lee Radio'. Bordered with complex airspace, a Local Airspace Agreement (LOA) exists between the airport and Fleetlands Heliport (pilots must be aware of the content of the LOA by reading this briefing).
Traffic at Solent Airport is varied with powered and non-powered, flight training, military flight test and evaluation, 24 x 7 commercial rotary and SAR, model aircraft flying and even a motorcycle display team. It is therefore emphasised that pre-briefing is key to being prepared for your visit.
Prior Permission (PPR) is mandatory for all non-resident and visiting aircraft
Please see Airfield Technical Information for the Airfield's official AIP entry and details on flying in from abroad.
Solent Airport is situated 10NM SE of Southampton (SAM 151 RDL and 9.7 DME) outside of controlled airspace. However, the following controlled airspace is adjacent to the aerodrome:
- Class A: N514 Located 0.5NM (Base: 5500FT) north and northeast of the aerodrome.
- Solent Control Area (Class D) The Solent CTA6 (Base: 3000FT) is 2NM to the north and 3NM to the west (CTA2 - Base: 2000FT) of Lee-on-Solent.
- Southampton Control Zone (Class D) The Southampton CTR (Base: Surface) is located within 3NM to the west of Lee-on-Solent.
- Fleetlands Aerodrome Traffic Zone (Class G) Fleetlands Helicopter Repair Facility is located 1.5NM NW of Lee-on-Solent Aerodrome. Lee-on-Solent aerodrome lies partly within the Fleetlands ATZ.
A local agreement allows aircraft arriving/departing Solent Airport to fly within the part of the Fleetlands ATZ southwest of the disused Fareham-Gosport Railway line without contacting Fleetlands Information. The disused railway line is now a bus route but is easily recognised from the air.
Visual Reference Points (VRPs)
The following Visual Reference Points associated with the Solent Control Area may be used for aircraft operating at Solent Airport:
- Bishop's Waltham: SAM RDL 092 5 DME
- Butser Hill Mast: SAM RDL 086 13.8 DME
- Calshot: SAM RDL 177 8 DME
- Spinnaker Tower: SAM RDL 138 13.1 DME
A full briefing should be conducted by the pilot prior to operating to/from the airfield. Mandatory PPR is applicable for all visiting aircraft wishing to use the airfield. Mandatory Out of Hours Agreements are required by any aircraft that wishes to use the airfield our of the normal published operating hours (extensions are available on request through Ops - charges may apply).
Air Traffic Services
'Lee Radio' (118.925MHz)
'Lee Radio' provides an Air Ground Service to aircraft operating at Solent Airport.
Solent Radar (120.225MHz)
IFR traffic operating to/from Solent Airport at Daedalus are encouraged to call Solent Radar on 120.225MHz for a Basic, Traffic or De-confliction Service. Solent Radar is unable to provide a surveillance service to arriving aircraft and is not permitted to sequence traffic. Solent Radar co-ordinate flights with Southampton Radar.
Fleetlands Information (135.700MHz)
The hours of service of the Fleetlands ATZ are:
- Mon - Thurs: 0830 - 1730
- Fri: 0830 - 1530
Fleetlands Information is able to provide a Basic Service.
Additional Information is available: UK AIP ENR 2-2-3 PORTSMOUTH/FLEETLANDS ATZ
Solent Area Map
Solent Airport at Daedalus has one main runway (05/23). Information should be sought in advance from Ops as to the runway in use and circuit patterns and procedures.
From 24th June 2016 we are opening longer hours 09:00 - 18:00 local time
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- Solent CTA approx. 3nm West of Airfield
- Aircraft approaching Solent Airport are encouraged to contact Solent Radar (120.225MHz) for an air traffic service prior to contacting Lee Radio to reduce the risk of infringing adjacent controlled airspace.
- No Dead-side, Overhead or Crosswind Joins
- No Straight-in or long finals (except SAR ops)
- Glider circuit SOUTH of Powered Circuit (on 05/23)
- Glider cable launching up to 2100 AMSL
- SAR rotary operations take priority for departures and arrivals
- SAR & Rotary 24x7 ops, regular glider winch launch and aerotow operations at the Airfield
- Model Aircraft Flying operate on the Airfield around the grass infield area to the East of the Airfield
- If intending to fly within the part of the ATZ to the East of the disused railway line, pilot must contact Fleetlands prior to entry on 135.700 MHz
- Pilots whose track remains to the west of the disused railway line do not need to call Fleetlands but may choose to do so for information on local traffic
- When 'Fleetlands' information is operating, they may be contacted for information but it is not necessary if remaining clear of the Eastern Sector. Fleetlands monitor Lee Radio and vice versa and can advise of any traffic in the local area. Fleetlands traffic will not enter the Western Sector without coordinating with 'Lee Radio'.
- No additional or special published procedures exist for rotary traffic - all non-SAR rotary operations should use same arrival, departure, circuit and ground procedures
Flight Planning & Booking Out
Anyone submitting a flight-plan to operate at Daedalus is requested to include the additional AFTN addresses for Solent Radar: EGHIZTZX and Daedalus Control Tower EGHFZTZX.
IFR departures will be pre-noted to Solent Radar by Lee Radio approximately 5 minutes before departure. If Lee Radio is not available, the pilot is requested to contact Solent Radar prior to engine start. Telephone: 02380 625 875.
Booking out with the Control Tower / Ops team helps us to provide a better service for our pilots and operators, so please email or call prior to flying. This will allow us to ensure you have the latest information and to allow us to prepare for your flight.
All operators, out of published hours, are obliged to notify the Operations team of their flight details by the next working day (latest). This can be emailed to us or filled out on a movement form and deposited in our out of hours box at the ground floor of the Control Tower. We need the following information:
- ATA/ATD (date & time of arrival/departure)
- POB (Persons on board)
- Aircraft Registration
- MTOW (Max Take Off Weight)
- Name/Address of Pilot responsible for payment of bill
- Telephone/Email - to make it easy to contact you
Suggested arrival from North East or from the Solent, between Cowes and Calshot VRP, as shown in Solent Area Map, or from the South to join down wind for runway in use. Joins for individual runways are shown alongside the circuit diagrams. Base of Solent CTA2 immediately to the North of Daedalus is 3000 ft and to the South-West is 2000 ft. Base of airspace outlined and hatched as red is SFC.
Solent Airport at Daedalus is partly within MOD Fleetlands ATZ. Arriving/departing aircraft may fly within the part of the Fleetlands ATZ West of the disused Fareham - Gosport Railway line (not hatched on the Solent Area Map), without contacting Fleetlands. The disused railway line is shown as a black dotted line on the 1:250,000 chart.
Don't overfly the airport lower than the charted minimum of 2100 ft.
No straight -in approaches, overhead or dead-side joins due to glider winch launching and circuits.
Make normal radio calls, including 'final' to allow glider launching to be held while you land.
For departures through Fleetlands ATZ, East of the disused railway, during their published operational hours; you must contact Fleetlands Information (135.70MHz) before starting your take-off run. Switch back to 'Lee Radio' (118.925MHz) for departure, then call Fleetlands once airborne. If gliding is taking place, DO NOT apply take-off power until past all personnel at the glider launch point. Track the circuit patterns as drawn (no early turns) for noise abatement.
Visiting traffic to Solent Airport at Daedalus should be familiar with the layout and topography of the Airfield (see Airfield Layout page). There are some significant changes to the Airfield since the last published update and these will continue to be regular as major infrastructure changes come online.
- The grass strip parallel to the 05/23 runway may be used for landing at the pilot's own risk, however it is NOT INSPECTED by the Airfield Authority, who take no responsibility for damaged caused by use.
- Control Tower is now the location for all VISITOR PARKING and also is the collection point for all fees and charges.
- North East and South East aprons are not for visitor parking without pre-booking with the Airfield Management.
- Visiting rotary aircraft should also use the Control Tower visitor parking.
- Visiting rotary aircraft should follow circuit, arrival and departure procedures and should hover-taxy using the taxyways (where appropriate), to the designated visitor areas of the Airfield.
- Based rotary operators may follow pre-agreed taxying and routing procedures.
- There is no official helipad on the Airfield with the exception of the Coastguard helipad on their dispersal - not for visitor or public use.
- The Coastguard apron, helipad and dispersal is out of bounds and is not to be used by visiting aircraft.
- The Bravo, Charlie and Delta taxyways should be used by aircraft to avoid back-tracking of the runway wherever possible.
- There are two passing places on the new Echo taxiway - suitable for aircraft up to code 2B.
Visitors or transportation meeting you at the Control Tower can enter the estate via the newly created road 'Daedalus Drive'. This is accessible by the new traffic lights junction on Broom Way in front of CEMAST at the Eastern corner of the Airfield. The route is highlighted in aqua blue on the map located on the Airfield Layout page. The Control Tower is clearly signposted once on the estate.
Circuit Procedures - Main Runway 05/23
- Suggested join is left base for 05 or downwind for 23.
- A downwind join for 05 from the North is also possible if you know the local landmarks (see charts).
- Circuits at 1000 ft aal.
- Glider circuit to the South and power circuits to the North (right hand on 23, left hand on 05).
- Be aware that gliders approach from opposite direction on base leg. They will normall be lower than powered aircraft and have priority.
- Grass strips either side should not be used without local knowledge.
- Circuit patterns are drawn to avoid noise sensitive areas (avoid overflying Stubbington and Hill Head, which are inside the circuit).
- For a go-around, keep to the North side of the runway.
- When departing 23, track the extended centreline to avoid overflying housing near the threshold.
- Aircraft joining the circuit are to give way to traffic established in the circuit
- SAR aircraft have priority over other GA traffic.
- Powered aircraft give way to non-powered aircraft.
- Gliders remain to the South of the runway and are not to cross the extended centreline or conflict with powered aircraft circuit.
- The glider tug may fly a slightly tighter circuit to the west and will announce this when joining or when downwind. Please maintain a good lookout at all times and give way to traffic already in the circuit.
Circuit Charts reproduced with the kind permission of Pooleys Flight Equipment Ltd. Copyright Robert Pooley.