Airfield Information


Exeter Airport , (ICAO: EGTE, IATA: EXT) which began operating in 1937, is a UK Certified Aerodrome in accordance with EU 139/2014.

Runway 08/26

ICAO: EGTE –  IATA: EXT | Runway Length: 2076 metres x 45 metres (asphalt) | Runway Approach Bars: 08/26 with runway lights | Aerodrome Elevation: 100ft | Navigational Aids: ILS Radar, DRDF, NDB, DME (36x) | Coordinates: 50° 44′ 4″ N, 3° 24′ 50″ W

Pilot Briefing (GA)

General Aviation (GA) Pilot Briefing is situated at Aviation South West.

Telephone: 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

UK Border Force GAR requirement

An operator or pilot of a general aviation aircraft is required to report international or Channel Islands journeys to or from the UK, unless they are travelling outbound directly from the UK.

The General Aviation Report (GAR) submitted online will be distributed to Border Force and the Police to facilitate the smooth passage of legitimate persons and goods across the border and prevent crime and terrorism in the Common Travel Area.

The aircraft commander has a legal responsibility for all persons and goods carried.

Aircraft Parking

Fixed wing aircraft with a MTOW of 1500kg – 1999kg requiring any duration of parking on airport operated aprons or grass areas and/or for Jet A1 fuel are subject to prior permission (PPR) from 23rd July 2018.

The operator is to request PPR via XLR Exeter Corportate Aviation – Telephone: 01392 354995 or Email: [email protected]

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.

Airfield Users

Based pilots should also be aware of the information within Exeter Airport’s Aerodrome Manual and Important Airfield Information (IAI) posted on Airfield Users Information (Based Users Only).


Exeter Airport will supply AVTUR and AVGAS fuel.

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 Room oversees airfield movements.

Airfield Operations

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.

Airport Fire Service

The fire department is CAA certified provides a service to Category 6 with upgrades of above on request.

Aerodrome Safeguarding

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.

Safeguarding map

There are three main types of aerodrome safeguarding;

    1. physical safeguarding which protects a set of flight safety surfaces up to a 30km radius around the airfield,
    2. technical safeguarding which protects aircraft navigational equipment from any interference or disruption, and
    3. wildlife management which prevents any development areas from creating an environment attractive to birds.

Areas of interest within 15km of Exeter Airport

    • Drones (see below)
    • Tall structures and 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
    • Wind Turbines (within 60km)
Charges may apply for providing analysis and Safeguarding information.
See:  Fees and Charges


It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within restricted zones

The flying restriction area uses the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone, which has a radius of two and a half nautical miles and then 5 km (3.1 miles) by 1 km (0.62 miles) zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each of the airfield’s runways. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. This restriction replaces the 1km from the airfield boundary rule.

The restriction applies for the area highlighted in the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) map for Exeter Airport.

A drone (also called UAV/UAS) flown in the UK is the responsibility of the owner who should be aware of the rules and restrictions.

For more information visit dronesafe.uk/restrictions

It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless permission is granted by air traffic control at the airport. For permission, email details of location, date, time and height of intended operation to [email protected]

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.

Download and complete the Tall.Equipment.Permit.Application form and forward to: [email protected]

Wind Turbines

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 protected]airport.co.uk

AOA advice notes

1.    Aerodrome Safeguarding an Overview
2.    Lighting near Aerodromes
3.    Wildlife Hazards around Aerodromes
4.    Cranes and other Construction Issues
5.    Renewable Energy and Impact on Aviation

Construction Plant-hire Association  Tower Crane Interest Group – Operating Tower Cranes in the Vicinity of Aerodromes,  Notification and En-route Obstacle Lighting – TIN039

Operation of Directed Light, Fireworks, Toy Balloons and Sky Lanterns

The CAA’s CAP 736 “Operation of Directed Light, Fireworks, Toy Balloons and Sky Lanterns within UK Airspace” is published to provide policy and supporting guidance for commercial organisations and individuals planning to operate directed light, fireworks, toy balloons and sky lanterns in UK airspace. Information on notification procedures and CAA application forms are contained within the document; provided event information will enable the aviation community to properly assess the impact of any such proposed activity and take appropriate measures to mitigate any dangers to flight safety. Please notify the CAA using Form DAP1918