The Journal of the Friends of Sywell Aerodrome
No. 17 Summer 2010
The All-Weather Runway 03/21
Since construction of the runway in 2008 there was still a great deal of work required on landscaping the area around the runway, finishing the taxiway and installing the drainage, this being the last requirement before the runway could become operational.
Now the grass is established the airfield looks a picture once again instead of looking like a building site. We have presented WBC with the Highways completion notice, minutes of the first JCC meeting and an as-built drawing of the construction completed. That discharged all the pre-operational conditions permitting the use of the runway on an un-licensed basis.
Our next hurdle was the licensing of the runway by the CAA. A number of points needed amendment to accommodate the All-Weather runway. Runway 15/33 has been shortened so that the grass runway does not cross the paved surface of the All-Weather runway.
The Aerodrome manual has been updated and a second windsock installed. All this was completed in February and the CAA confirmed the runway was licensed on publication of a NOTAM. The AIP will have the new Aerodrome updated details when it is next published in May (note: AIP has been updated since this article was published)
One of the two interceptors being installed.
Drainage outfall in Mears Ashby Bottoms Brook.
The main drain to outfall.
Replacing land drains.
The massive soakaway being constructed.
The turning head to taxiway construction.
Start of the taxiway concreting.
Taxiway to apron concreting.
Flood banks being formed.
Taxiway stub to hangars being constructed.
Coring out minor imperfections.
Second windsock in place.
Painting of runways markings completed.
Abrasion test complete - ready for final CAA inspection.