Flying to Denham - Pilot Information


First, please read Pilot Briefing.

DENHAM
N51 35.30 W000 30.78 249ft AMSL
7.5nm N of Heathrow Airport BNN 113.75 173 8.4
LON 113.60 347 6.3
c/s Denham Radio 130.725 A/G.
Farnborough Radar 132.800 LARS.
Rwy Dim(m) Surface TORA(m) LDA(m) Lighting
06/24 775x18 Asphalt 06-686 06-706 Thr Rwy APAPI 4.5°*
24-728 24-670 Thr Rwy APAPI 4.5°
12/30 546x18 Grass 12-363 12-419 Nil.
30-432 30-363 Nil.
lBn 'DN' Gn
* APAPIs on Rwy 06 are visible to the left of extended centreline where normal obstacle clearance is not guaranteed. Ignore signals until aligned with runway.
Op hrs: PPR by Telephone.
WINTER 0800-1800 or SS. SUMMER 0800-2000. LICENSED 0900-1730 or SS.
Landing Fee: Up to 1000kg £15.00; 1001-1500kg £18.00. All inclusive of VAT. Other fees on request.
Customs: EU 4hrs PNR, non EU 24hrs PNR. Special branch 12hrs notice.
Hangarage: By arrangement. Maintenance: Limited.
Remarks:

Operated by Bickerton's Aerodromes Ltd., Denham Aerodrome, Denham, Bucks, UB9 5DE. Aerodrome situated within the London CTR (Class 'D' Controlled Airspace), see chart. Telephone for PPR before departure. Non-radio aircraft not accepted.


Arrivals, Departures and Circuits

There is no overhead join. Max alt 1000 ft QNH (750 ft QFE) See below for briefing, joining videos and photos. Use transponder On with altitude information.


Circuit altitude 1000 ft QNH (750 ft QFE).

Rwy 24 RH, Rwy 06 LH, Rwy 12/30 variable.


To join the circuit and land:

  • establish radio contact with Denham radio at 10 nm or 5 mins away
  • listen out. If circuit is busy, delay joining the circuit
  • descend to circuit altitude and reduce speed for circuit (if necessary) before VRP
  • Arrival Rwy 24: report at Maple Cross VRP, fly the base leg over the lakes unless safe separation requires otherwise
  • Arrival Rwy 06: report at St Giles VRP, fly the base leg to the East of the A413 unless safe separation requires otherwise
  • at the VRP look out for acft downwind and give way - either reduce speed, or fly a larger circuit and maintain circuit alt until it is safe to fit in.
    Do not orbit in the circuit
  • keep the circuit small unless safe separation requires otherwise.

To take-off and depart:

  • Departure Rwy 24: after take-off maintain runway heading until past houses on the right, then turn right before the A413 (where safely possible)
  • Departure Rwy 06: after take-off maintain runway heading until past caravan site on the left, then turn left over the lakes (where safely possible)
  • do not climb above circuit alt 1000 ft QNH (750 ft QFE)
  • extend crosswind leg out of the circuit to VRP before turning on track.

Visual Reference Points (VRPs)
VRPVOR/DMENDB
Maple Cross
N51 37.77 W000 30.25
BNN 165°/6 nm
BPK 245°/17 nm
CHT 056°M
St. Giles
N51 38.03 W000 34.02
BNN R188°/6 nm
BPK 249°/19 nm
CHT 291°M
Warnings: Power cables 120' aal, 369' amsl, 270°/06 nm, running NS. A public road crosses the final approach to Rwy 24, 100m from displaced threshold.
Restaurant: Biggles Restaurant located on the south side near the tower, closed Mondays, Tel: 01895-834241.
Crew Room located on the north side by Blister hangar, open daily, 01895-834568.

Taxis: Cabline, Tel: 01895-270270
Fuel: 100LL, JetA1 (by arrangement). Tel:01895-832161 Twr; 01895-835161 Answerphone
Fax:01895-833486
Denham ATZ and Local Flying Area
In the Local Flying Area (the part of the ATZ in London CTR) flights without compliance with IFR requirements may take place subject to the following conditions:
  1. Aircraft to remain below cloud and in sight of surface.
  2. Maximum altitude 1000ft QNH, with a minimum flight visibility of 3 km.
  3. The area to the South of the A40 is to be avoided at all times.
Notes:
  1. Pilots are responsible for providing their own separation. Joining aircraft should give way to circuit traffic.
  2. Flights to the East, South or West through London CTR require SVFR clearance.Pilots inbound with SVFR clearance must contact Denham Radio before entering the ATZ and must give way to circuit traffic.
    If necessary, keep clear of the ATZ, leave the CTR and follow the published joining procedures.

Joining Videos

Photos of the local Area

Joining from the north

If you have not visited Denham before you might find it helpful to come via Bovingdon VOR and then set heading for the relevant VRP, either VRP Maple Cross to join for runway 24 or VRP St Giles to join for runway 06. Keep a good lookout - overhead the VOR can get busy.

A view of Bovingdon disused aerodrome from the air.
This is a view of Bovingdon disused aerodrome looking east. Hemel Hempstead is visible beyond.

Joining from the north for runway 06

Report at VRP St Giles to join base for runway 06

A view of St. Giles VRP (Visual Reference Point) from the air.
This photo looks south towards VRP St Giles.

The VRP is the crossroads on the A413 in the valley between the two halves of the town of Chalfont St Giles. The A413 is visible in the foreground snaking towards St Giles in the mid-ground. Also visible beyond St Giles is Chalfont St Peter (east of A413). The co-ordinates of VRP St Giles are 513802N 0003401W. The fix from Bovingdon is 189°/6nm.

Keep a good lookout for other aircraft joining, and be prepared to fit in with aircraft in the circuit. Remember joining aircraft must give way to aircraft in the circuit.

Take a look at the Local Flying Area chart in Pooleys.

Left base for runway 06

Photo taken from an aircraft on left base for EGLD runway 06.
Aircraft on left base for 06.

Final runway 06

Photo taken from an aircraft on final for EGLD runway 06.
On final 06. Denham Golf Club is short final at the bottom of the picture.

Joining from the north for runway 24

Report at VRP Maple Cross to join base for runway 24

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M25 in the foreground. VRP Maple Cross at end of the slip road.

This photo looks roughly south east. The M25 is in the foreground. VRP Maple Cross is the roundabout at the far end (southern end) of the slip road. The fix from Bovingdon is 166°/6nm. The co-ordinates are 513746N 0003015W. The lakes beyond to the south (to the right of the picture) are a useful feature.

Keep a good lookout for other aircraft joining and be prepared to fit in with aircraft in the circuit. Remember joining aircraft must give way to aircraft in the circuit. Take a look at the Local Flying Area chart in Pooleys.

Right base for runway 24

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This photo was taken from an aircraft at Maple Cross just about to enter right base.

Final runway 24

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This photo was taken from an aircraft on final for 24.

The displaced threshold is due to the road adjacent to the aerodrome boundary.