N 50°40.68′ / W 1°6.57′

UPDATE – 27th June 2020

Following the latest guidance from the CAA permitting the resumption of recreational General Aviation, Bembridge Airport re-opened to visiting aircraft on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

Coronavirus obviously remains a serious risk and in line with Government guidelines the following procedures and changes will apply until further notice in order to try and protect both our staff and visitors:

PPR Procedure

  • PPR is required at all times.

Booking in and Payment

    • All visiting pilots must complete an envelope recording details of their arrival (these can be found at the Payment Point to the r/h side of the Propeller Inn, behind the black staircase).

    • Landing Fees
    • Payment must be made either in cash or BACS. BACS details are provided below and at the Payment Point (payment method must be recorded on the envelope) :-

      Please use aircraft registration as reference.

    • Online Payment – coming soon.
    • Please fill in the pre-printed envelope and post in the VGC letter box located in the passageway to the right hand side of the 4 bladed prop on the wall of the Propeller Inn.





      • You must comply with both the specific guidance issued by the CAA in relation to flights and Government regulations relating to travel (including visiting second homes and social distancing),  at all times.

      • Unfortunately we do not provide a taxi booking service but do have numbers for you to ring here.

Other Changes

      • Whilst we will endeavour to have the ground/air radio service during weekends and bank holidays this may not be possible due to staff availability.

      • The Air Traffic Control building is currently closed to visiting pilots.

      • The Propeller Inn is now open 7 days a week.

      • We are keeping our procedures and changes to Government guidance under review and pilots are encouraged to check this website to ensure there have not been any changes since their last visit to Bembridge.

Thank you for your co-operation. 

EGHJ Team.


PPR may be obtained by completing the online form only. Landing & take-off will be at the discretion and risk of the visiting pilot. An acknowledgement will not be made unless specifically asked for in the message.


Airfield Details

Airfield opens at 09:00hrs.

The main hard runway is orientated 30/12 and is 827m long. A parallel grass runway is available, however do not use the 23/05 grass, rather, call to obtain condition and serviceability first.  See ‘Summary of Services‘ below.

VGC no longer conducts gliding operations from Bembridge, however there are a number of resident power aircraft operating throughout the week. Also model flying can be active at any time of the day to the North side of the airfield, up to  500 feet agl.

Vectis Gliding Club Ltd provides an Air/Ground radio service on 123.255 Mhz (call sign “Bembridge Radio”). The Designated Operational Coverage (DOC) of this service is 10 NM and 3000 feet.

Radio Operating times are between the hours of 09:30 and 16:30 in Summer (BST) and 10:00 to 15:30 in Winter (GMT) on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The radio service is not normally provided outside of these hours, or on weekdays, unless a special arrangement has been made when requesting PPR.

Circuit height is 1000 feet AGL (for QNH Bembridge is 60 feet ASL). The circuits at Bembridge are always to be conducted on the north side of the airfield and will therefore be 30 right or 12 left. Standard overhead joins may be undertaken at the discretion of the pilot, with the descent being on the south (dead) side over the sea. Blind calls on the airfield frequency 123.255 should be made outside the published operating hours.

Noise Abatement.
Departing aircraft are requested to avoid over flying Bembridge village at all times, particularly when climbing out on RW 12. We have a good relationship with our neighbours and we want to keep it that way. Please strictly observe the 500′ low flying rule when flying around the Island coastline, especially the SW beaches.

Parking  Visiting aircraft should park on the North side of the runway, and walk cross to the south side to exit the airfield. Care should be taken when walking from the aircraft parking area; please stick to the marked pathway next to the hedge and keep a lookout for other aircraft. Please do not walk across the runway! Do not park on the south side of the runway as this would obstruct the active 30/12 grass strip. If you want to use the grass strip to land, please ask for a call back when leaving your message for a briefing concerning it’s condition and serviceability. After landing, please taxi to the North side and park with the other aircraft.

No fuel available.

Sandown Airport EGHN (freq 119.280MHz).
Sandown Airport is an active airfield situated 3 miles to the south west of Bembridge and visiting pilots should be aware that traffic departing Sandown RW 05, and traffic departing RW 30 at Bembridge are on a converging course. All pilots are therefore strongly advised to execute a turn to the north when departing Bembridge to minimise any potential risk.

Summary of services:

      • Open daily (09:00 hrs) PPR by online form (24 hours notice if possible)
      • Weekends and Public Holidays – radio service provided.
      • Airfield N50°40.68′ / W1°6.57′
      • Unlicensed, managed by Vectis Gliding Club Ltd (VGC).
      • Main RWY 300/120 – 827 x 12 m concrete.
      • Grass RWY 300/120 Call to obtain condition and serviceability.
      • Prior permission essential. Grass RWY 23/05 not currently available.
      • Circuit height 1000 agl North side 30 RH or 12 LH as appropriate.
      • Overhead joins OK at discretion of pilot, descend on South (dead side) over the sea.
      • Call Bembridge Radio on freq 123.255 up to 10 nm inbound.
      • Blind calls to Bembridge Traffic if no response from tower.
      • Do not park on south side of runways.
      • Visitors park North side. Take care when walking to/from the aircraft parking area; please stick to the hedge and keep a good lookout. Please do not walk across the runway!
      • Pay landing fees at Bembridge Radio Control Point (C) on south side of main runway or in Pub or in VGC honesty box.

Bembridge Radio Frequency:  123.255MHz