Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6BA, UK

+44 (0) 1285 771177



Here are a few topics and answers that may well provide a swift solution to your enquiry:



A-    Aviation Activities

1)     What does "Airport Status" mean

Cotswold Airport (or as it was at the time, Kemble Airfield) was granted on the 01 September 2008 “Airport status” from the Economic Regulation Group of the Civil Aviation Authority under Section 38 of the Airports Act 1986. The latter along with the Civil Aviation Authority (Economic Regulation of Airports) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986 No 1544) is the legislation which covers the economic regulation of airports and full details of which can be found on the internet.

Once approved as an Airport under these Regulations, Part V of the Act confers on the Airport the status of a statutory undertaker for the purposes of various pieces of legislation. One piece of legislation this applies to is the Town & Country Planning Acts and in particular the Town & Country (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) within which Airports are granted a number of permitted development rights (ie rights available to them for various development without the need for formal planning consents which would otherwise require planning permission). The principal rights available to private Airports under this Act include :

- The right to carry out on operational land development (including the erection or alteration of an operational building) in connection with the provision of services and facilities at the Airport.
- Development permitted would include :
- the construction of a passenger terminal less than 500 square metres in floorspace
- development in connection with the provision of air traffic control services
- development in connection with the navigation of aircraft using the airport or the monitoring of the movement of aircraft using the airport
- use of buildings within the airport for purposes connected with air transport or other flying activities at the airport
- the construction of an operational building which is a building required in connection with the movement or maintenance of aircraft or with the embarking, disembarking, loading, discharge or transport of passengers, livestock or goods 

Full details can be found within the Town & Country (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) Schedule 2 Part 18 under Aviation Development

The reason behind the introduction of this legislation was to protect and assist Airports in operating and developing efficiently and economically and encouraging them to invest in new facilities (duties which are also required of the Civil Aviation Authority under the Airport Acts) without the red tape and stringent conditions which may be applied by a local planning authority. 

2)         Who owns Cotswold Airport

Cotswold Airport is 100% owned by Ronan Harvey and he currently sits on the board as Chairman. It was purchased from the MOD in 2001

3)             What is the Airport boundary

Please refer to the link (Map) The airport site is highlighted in red and the black dash/dot line shows the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire county boundary.  The airport sits in both Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Airport Boundary Map

4)             How do I get to the airport

Please see our directions page /contact

5)             Can I visit the airport to view the aircraft

Yes, please come and see us! Please observe all health and safety signage and do NOT go airside. Airside areas are detailed in the following link Air Side Map. “Airside” refers to areas when aircraft operate from and this can be a hazardous area, especially to persons not familiar with airside safety regulations and particular hazards to be aware and vigilant of. There is a restaurant on site that has an ideal platform for dining and observing the aircraft. See

6)             How much are pleasure flights and trial lessons

Please contact the flying schools directly. Their details can be found at /flight-training-clubs

7)             Will you be planning to hold any Air Shows

There are currently no plans to hold any air shows. However we do hold regular fly-ins throughout the year.

8)             What is the local income generated by Cotswold Airport

It is estimated that Cotswold Airport creates 210 jobs and the entire site including the business park employs 550. In addition, there are another 150-350 individuals on site at any time, either working as contractors or participating in training programmes. It is estimated (conservatively) that the site brings in at least £5million annually to the local area and community.

9)             Future Development- Will Cotswold Airport become the next Ryanair or Easyjet hub

No. This is not our intention and the investment needed into the site to alleviate problems with “approaches” and “side slope incursions” (buildings too close to the runway) would be cost prohibitive.

10)            Car Testing

Cotswold Airport has been an FIA approved facility for nearly 20 years and has seen the likes of Jenson Button in his championship winning year, David Coulthard and many other famous names use the facility. We pride ourselves on being the test venue of choice for many teams including Williams, Force India, Team Lotus to name but a few.


We voluntarily:                

·       Limit F1 testing to 12 days per year, 3 hours per day and monitor straight line lap times and noise levels throughout the year.

·       Do not allow “Track Days” due to the disturbance to the local community because of tyre noise/screeching.


11)           What measures do Cotswold Airport take to minimise noise disturbance from aircraft to the local community

We try our best to brief pilots not to fly over any villages/hamlets etc, but a pilot is responsible for the aircraft rather than the airport, and if a pilot should transgress we brief the pilot on the error of his ways, and this normally resolves the issue for his/her next visit!

Please check our noise abatement map 

12)           I want to complain about an aircraft flying over my property

Cotswold Airport has an air traffic zone (protected airspace) in force around the airport which extends for 2 nautical miles centred on our main runway.  This airspace also extends from ground level to 2000ft above ground level. 
The following villages are within the allocated airspace: Kemble; Tarlton; Rodmarton; Culkerton; Chelworth and Kemble Wick.  An aircraft can legally fly around (or over) our airspace, without talking to us, and just because an aircraft has flown from/to the Kemble direction, it does not necessarily mean we have spoken to the aircraft or been its point of departure/destination. Flying schools from Colerne, Gloucester, Bristol, Wellesbourne and many smaller airfields all fly in this area.  The better the description of the aircraft, the better the chance of trying to identify the culprit. 
Under the Air Navigation Order (which is UK statute law), a pilot cannot fly over a dwelling below 500ft unless it is in the take-off/landing phase of the flight.  Some of the larger aircraft that operate into/out of Cotswold Airport have problems flying the voluntary noise abatement pattern we operate due to the shorter than normal final approach, so the occasional over-flight of Rodmarton/Kemble is inevitable but kept to the absolute minimum.
We always do our best to assist in noise complaints, but as has happened in the past, we have received a complaint on a day/time when nothing has been airborne from us, so we cannot promise to stop something we have no control over! We do not accept complaints by phone, as a full description is easier to interpret from written notes, and we can pass these on to any operator should it be needed!
Please try to identify the type of aircraft (high wing/low wing/helicopter/jet/microlight etc) as much as possible.  The aircrafts colour/s would also help us track down where possible the machine in question and ideally the registration which is painted underneath the aircraft.  A rule of thumb the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) uses for prosecutions for low flying is if you can read the registration with the naked eye, the aircraft is flying too low.

To make a noise complaint, please follow the following link:

Alternatively, speak to the CAA directly as per the information below, taken from the CAA website:

Aircraft Noise Complaints

Complaints about aircraft noise resulting from operations at a particular airport or aerodrome should be made direct to the operator concerned (see  This approach is consistent with the policy of successive governments that local problems concerning the environmental impact of aircraft operations should be resolved locally. 

However, more general complaints or enquiries related to the environmental impact of aviation should be made to Aviation Related Environmental Enquiries.  You can contact AREE by telephone on   020 7453 6524, by e-mailing or by sending a letter to the following address:

Aviation Related Environmental Enquiries

Directorate of Airspace Policy

K6 G7

CAA house

45-59 Kingsway




13)   What companies are based on site


Chevron                                Aircraft Maintenance and servicing

Fly2Help                               Charity helping disadvantaged and disabled children with the experience of flight

Cotswold Flying School          Flight training/experience (fixed wing)

Starspeed                             Flight training and provate charter (helicopters)

S&C Thermofluids                  Aerodynamic testing facility (aviation)

DFID                                    government organisation providing worldwide disaster relief support for earthquakes, tsunami and famine.

ASI                                      Aircraft storage, maintenance and recycling facility

Kemble Flying Club                Flight training school

AV8                                     Restaurant

Private individuals                  Aircraft operation, storage and maintenance

LRTT                                    Learning Resource Technical Training (formally Lufthansa) offers aviation, engineering and ground support training for the like of Easyjet and other worldwide government organisations

Retro                                   Spitfire and classic aircraft restorations

Cotswold/HH Helicopters        Helicopter pleasure flights and training

JB Global                              Oak furniture retailer (deep storage only)

Direct Aviation/Vintage          Classic aircraft maintenance and restoration

KAS Ltd                                The operational airport management company

KAE Ltd                                The commercial property management company


14)       Aircraft Recycling                 

Air Salvage International (ASI) operates with minimal environmental impact. In order to ensure that all work carried out is environmentally compliant, it works with, under permit and in association with the Local Authorities and the Environment Agency. The materials it removes from the aircraft is used in as many ways as possible. This ranges from supplying schools and colleges with cabin interior panels for training, to enthusiasts who would like a row of seats to have in their living room at home. This helps reduce the amount of waste we produce. The amount of waste from any one aircraft is also dependant on the aircraft type that is being dismantled. An aircraft that is far younger than others will have 99% recyclability because far more of the parts can be re-furbished and then re-used within the industry helping keep more aircraft flying. ASI occupies the two newest aircraft hangars at Cotswold Airport which are designed to blend in with the surrounding countryside in their colour. The aprons adjacent to the hangars are also built to incorporate modern interceptors which would help prevent and minimise any environmental damage to the surrounding area if an aircraft did suffer a problem.


15) What is the Role of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

The CAA is a unique resource of over 1,000 people with expertise which addresses every sector of aviation in this country – from safety and airspace management to economics and consumer protection, from Airbus A380 to microlights and air displays.

The CAA is divided into four Groups:

·       Safety Regulation Group

·       Regulatory Policy Group

·       Directorate of Airspace Policy

·       Consumer Protection Group

Full details can be found at :

Alternatively, contact the CAA on:

CAA House

45-59 Kingsway



Main Switchboard:  020 7379 7311        


15) Operational hours, movements (frequency and type) and night flying

The airport is generally Licensed (Open with fire/emergency support) from 9am to 5pm or day light hours so in the winter months we may close earlier.

People that want to use our facilities for flying outside of our licensed hours have to sign an “out of hours indemnity” form and can only operate in daylight hours (half an hour before sunrise or half an hour after sunset).

A “movement” generally refers to a take-off and or a landing.

Cotswold Airport is unrestricted with regards to the number and type of aircraft movements we can accommodate.

Night flying is generally not permitted unless there is extra special dispensation, for example, a military flight. Also our current runway lighting does not meet CAA regulations so cannot be used for navigational purposes.

We do not allow circuits or aerobatics outside of operational licensed hours within our jurisdiction (2 Nautical miles from the centre of the runway).


b-    Non Aviation


16) Cotswold Airport supports and provides a venue for a number of non-aviation events. These include, but are not limited to:

§  Car testing

§  Corporate events

§  Hospitality

§  Filming

§  Team building

§  Training

§  Catering

§  Product launches