Hawarden Airport is situated within Class G Airspace where two way communication with Air Traffic Control is not mandatory providing aircraft remain outside of the Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ).
For the whole track of an IFR approach to Runway 04 and for a significant part of an IFR approach to Runway 22, aircraft operate within Class G Airspace.
For both runways, aircraft departures are flown in Class G Airspace before entering Class A (Controlled Airspace).
The reason we are considering the establishment of an RMZ is quite simply SAFETY. Hawarden is routinely used by large and fast aircraft, whilst at the same time General Aviation (GA) traffic has increased in volume and variety. We have witnessed an increasing number of unknown aircraft operating, totally legally, in the local area. Unfortunately, controllers aren’t always able to find a safe way to route aircraft around the unknown traffic, quite simply because we don’t know their intentions, they can turn, climb or descend at any point and we don’t know when that will happen. Moreover, smaller aircraft such as home-builds, and microlight-sized aircraft do not always generate a good radar return and sometimes they do display on radar at all. If we know your intentions in advance, we will be able to vector traffic to ensure the safety of all, whilst minimising the disruption to all flights.
Some of the types we have operating at Hawarden are:
- Airbus Beluga Super Transporter
- Embraer 145
- Embraer 135
- BAe 125
- BAe 146
- Citation 750
- Challenger 300
- Challenger 600
- Falcon 2000
- Hawker Horizon
- Jetstream 31
- BAe Hawk
Would you want to be in close proximity with one of these aircraft?
As with many UK airports, Hawarden Airport is in the process of evolving and developing: Beluga movements will increase as Airbus are increasing production and wing delivery over the next few years; the next generation Airbus Beluga may well be based on a larger aircraft; existing airframes in the business domain are being replaced by larger aircraft; other companies operating on the airport such as Airbus Helicopters, Marshall Aerospace and Flintshire Flying School are all looking to maximise flying opportunities.
The RMZ of course has the benefit of helping to reduce delays for our IFR aircraft but more importantly, significantly enhance the level of safety for all aircraft.