Learning to fly in Cornwall, Flying in Cornwall

WELCOME TO BODMIN AIRFIELD

Everyone is welcome at Bodmin Airfield, whether arriving by road or air. We are open for Air experience flights   Private Pilot’s Licence  and Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence . Our mission is to ‘Promote the interests of general aviation throughout Devon and Cornwall, and to provide a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for members and visitors alike’. Please pop in and see us; you’re guaranteed a warm reception.

FLIGHT TRAINING

Our experienced, approachable and attentive instructors are ready to guide you along the journey to achieving your chosen Pilot’s Licence.

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Learning to fly in Cornwall, Flying in Cornwall

FLIGHT EXPERIENCES

See the breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary coastlines of Cornwall from a light aircraft with one of our experienced pilots.

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MAINTENANCE

We are able to offer engineering assistance by our local LAA Engineer and Inspector. Please contact us for more information.

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CHARITY EVENTS

Feet Off the Ground (FOG) offer life changing experiences for disabled and disadvantaged young people, from flying to riding in a vintage vehicle.

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Bodmin Airfield – a designated County Wildlife Site

Photo by David Young

With a special thank you to Jay Gates, full-time airfield manager from 2017 until retiring in January 2024, who worked tirelessly to find out about the beautiful wild flowers and wildlife seen throughout the seasons at Bodmin Airfield.  Cornwall Flying Club Members and staff are the custodians of what has turned out to be one of the most environmentally important pieces of land in the Southwest of England.

Our stewardship of the airfield has resulted in it being the largest, single site, traditional wildflower meadow in this region.

Scholars of agricultural history will know that since the end of the Second World War, 97% of traditional wildflower meadows have disappeared from the countryside, due to modern agricultural methods, herbicides, land drainage, and housing developments. A secondary impact of this loss is that British pollinators, such as Bees and Butterflies, are struggling due to the lack of wildflowers.

On the 29th January 2024, we were advised that the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Natural England, and Cornwall Council, had unanimously agreed to confer the status of “County Wildlife Site” on Bodmin Airfield.

We are now an officially listed site of natural interest, which not only gives future protection to the fauna and flora within the airfield, but also gives the airfield itself a level of protection from any unwanted future housing, or commercial development.

Bodmin Airfield is almost certainly the first, and the only, airfield in the UK to have this special status conferred on it. It is a status that almost every other airfield in the country would desire, and we are going to be the subject of both jealousy and interest to every airfield operator in the country when the word gets around. It has come about through hard work, encouragement of local institutions to assist us in understanding what it is that we hold, and taking time throughout the year to educate locals that they have something special in their midst. Thank you Jay, a great accolade for Bodmin Airfield; this special recognition by these organisations may well be a legacy for which the club will be forever grateful.

https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/  – Creating a Cornwall where nature thrives

https://www.natural-england.org.uk/ – Natural England is here to conserve and enhance the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings.

AeroDine

Situated in the main building of Bodmin Airfield, AeroDine is perfect for a light lunch, snack or coffee. Open every day except Mondays (subject to change).

Matt Milburn has joined us bringing years of catering experience to our club, as well as providing much needed practical support for the club house.

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