Pilot Briefing (GA)
General Aviation (GA) Pilot Briefing is situated Exeter Corporate Aviation (08:00-17:00). At other times please attend Air Traffic Control adjacent to the Main Terminal Building.
Telphone: 01392 354 915
The NATS Aeronautical Information Service website posts notices relating to safety, navigation, technical, administrative and legal matters. eg:
- Exeter Aerodrome – Textual Data
- Aerodrome Chart
- Aircraft Parking/Docking Chart
- ATC Surveillance Minimum Altitude Chart
Private Pilot Opening Hours (local)
Summer (BST) Mon-Fri: 08.00-20.00 | Sat: 08.00-19.00 | Sun: 09.00-20.00
Winter (GMT) Mon-Fri: 08.00-19.00 | Sat: 08.00-17.00 | Sun: 09.00-17.00
Please see Managing the Impact of Aircraft Noise and other items on the Environmental page.
Private Pilot Refuelling Hours (local)
Mon-Fri: 08.00-19.00 | Sat: 08.00-18.00 | Sun: 09.00-19.00
Air Traffic Control
Radar provides primary and secondary movement data. Aircraft on the Approach & Departure paths and aircraft flying on Circuits are monitored. Lower Airspace Radar Services (LARS) are also provided to overflying aircraft on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority. The Visual Control Roomoversees airfield movements.
Aircraft marshalling, baggage handling, steps, ambulift, push-back services, aircraft cleaning, catering services and other apron activity is coordinated by Airfield Operations. Noise related incidents are monitored and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Environmental section.
2,076 metres (6811 ft) x 46 metres (150 ft) Asphalt
Approach bars and runway lighting
Aerodrome Elevation: 100 feet
Navigational Aids: ILS, Radar, DRDF, NDB, DME (36x)
Airport Fire Service
The fire department is CAA certified provides a service to Category 6 with upgrades of above on request.
The purpose of Aerodrome Safeguarding is to:
- take the measures necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft,
- and thereby the passengers and crews aboard them,
- while taking-off or landing,
- or while flying in the vicinity of an aerodrome
by controlling potentially hazardous development and activity around it.
There are three main types of aerodrome safeguarding;
- physical safeguarding which protects a set of flight safety surfaces up to a 30km radius around the airfield,
- technical safeguarding which protects aircraft navigational equipment from any interference or disruption, and
- wildlife management which prevents any development areas from creating an environment attractive to birds.
Areas of interest within 15km of Exeter Airport
- Tall structures
- Cranes or other construction equipment (within 6km)
- Landscaping schemes which could encourage wildlife (within 13km)
- Lighting and illuminated signage which could dazzle pilots or air traffic controllers
- Use of Chinese lanterns or balloon releases
- Firework displays
- Developments using highly reflective materials such as glazed roofs or photo voltaic cells
- Masts or antennas emitting signals which could interfere with airport navigation aids
Areas of interest within 60km of Exeter Airport
- Wind Turbines
A drone (also called UAV/UAS) flown in the UK is the responsibility of the owner who should be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe.
- Keep the drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
- Do not fly a drone higher than 400ft – (about 122 metres)
- Keep drone within sight at all times
- Drones with cameras must not be flown within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures, and must not be flown over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events
The CAA warns that people could be prosecuted under the Air Navigation Order and recklessly endangering an aircraft in flight is a criminal offence that carries a possible prison sentence.
Further information: www.caa.co.uk/droneaware
Cranes / Tall Equipment
The physical impact that cranage can have on aircraft flight safety surfaces can affect aircraft operations, and pilots need to be fully aware of the location and height of any cranes which could impact their flight path.
The British Standard Institute Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes, BS 7121, Part 1, Paragraph 9.3.3, “Crane Control in the Vicinity of Aerodromes/Airfields” states that;
“The appointed person should consult the aerodrome/airfield manager for permission to work if a crane is to be used within 6km of the aerodrome/airfield and its height exceeds 10m or that of the surrounding structures or trees”.
Applicants should give 14 days’ notice of a proposed Tall equipment operation. The safeguarding officer at Exeter Airport will put the application through an approval process, and various caveats may be applied such as lowering the maximum height of the crane when the aerodrome is in Low Visibility Procedures. Requests received with less than 14 days’ notice cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to a £65 administration fee.
Wind turbines can pose a physical infringement on flight surfaces. They can cause problems with aircraft navigation aids, air traffic control radars, and can cause turbulence. Exeter Airport is responsible for assessing any proposed wind turbine sites within 60km of the aerodrome, to ensure safety for aircraft is maintained.
The Local Planning Authority (LPA) will forward any wind turbine applications within the aforementioned area to the airport for assessment. The airport’s Safeguarding officer will assess the physical and technical impact of a proposed development.
Landscaping and Wildlife
Aircraft are vulnerable to bird strikes. 80% of bird strikes occur on or close to aerodromes, therefore highlighting the necessity for wildlife management on and within the proximity of an airfield. Exeter Airport is responsible for monitoring bird activity within a 13km radius of the aerodrome. This is to mitigate the bird strike risk to aircraft and be aware of what species we have in the local area. The objective of the safeguarding process is to prevent any increase in, and where possible reduce the bird strike risk at the aerodrome.
Any proposed developments, which are looking to include landscaping, or water features which may increase the risk of bird strike to aircraft must be forwarded to the Safeguarding Officer for assessment. This includes landfill sites, wetlands and nature reserves.
Exeter Airport welcomes pre-planning application discussions on wind farm, photovoltaic / solar array and any other developments or issues that might have an impact on aerodrome safety / operations. Examples of such items are not exhaustive but could include lighting, creation of potential bird hazards, cranes / tall equipment and other construction issues within the vicinity of or the safeguarded areas for the aerodrome.
For more information please email: email@example.com
AOA advice notes
Construction Plant-hire Association Tower Crane Interest Group – Operating Tower Cranes in the Vicinity of Aerodromes, Notification and En-route Obstacle Lighting – TIN039