Operational Information

Flying to and from the Aerodrome is quite straight forward. Although Redhill Aerodrome is located within the Gatwick Control Zone and beneath the Gatwick Control Area; there is no requirement to contact London (Gatwick) Terminal Control.

The Aerodrome operates H24 although it is only staffed during the following periods: summer 0800-1800 hours UTC and winter 0900-1700 hours UTC. General Aviation training flights are restricted to the periods when the Aerodrome is staffed ATC and ARFFS being available). Pilots may apply to the Aerodrome Manager for Out of Hours Permits. Flights by AOC holders outside ATC hours will be subject to the Out of Hours surcharge.

The UK AIP entry for Redhill contains operational information and details of the Redhill LFA and Redhill Aerodrome Layout.

A diagram showing areas to be used for pre-take off checks together with helicopter training areas can be found here.

All aircraft using Redhill must have a serviceable transponder with altitude reporting. Those aircraft that do not may apply to the Aerodrome Manager/SATCO for an exemption. Visiting aircraft will be deemed to have an exemption by virtue of obtaining PPR.


To assist pilots in remaining outside Gatwick (Class D) airspace specific arrival and departure routings based on four Viisual Reference Points (VRPs); M23/M25 Motorway Junction, Godstone, Godstone Rail Station and Buckland Lake are operated. Compliance with these procedures is mandatory.

Within the Redhill ATZ pilots must operate according to Visual Fight Rules (VFR) relating to Class D airspace; minimum ground visibility of at least 5000m for fixed-wing aircraft and 1500m for helicopters remaining clear of cloud and with the surface in sight. When these conditions cannot be met Special VFR operations will be available. Details of these procedures are set out in the Fixed-wing and Helicopter Operations guides that may below loaded below.

The arrival and departure routes via Buckland and Godstone Railway Station VRPs are depicted here. Fixed-wing when Runway 07 is in use ATC will instruct pilots to either "make a direct approach" or "join overhead at 1400ft." Helicopter when Runway 07 is in use ATC will instruct pilots to "make a direct approach for the 07 helistrip". When Runway 25 is in use pilots leaving via Buckland VRP can expect ATC to use the phrase "Standard Buckland departure (altitude restriction)." Follow the published route.

A summary of local procedures for pilots using Redhill is available to download here Guide to Fixed-wing Operations v12 and Guide to Helicopter Operations v17


Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters operate two separate circuit patterns.

Download a diagram showing the visual circuits used by fixed-wing and helicopters using Runway 18/36. The use of Runway 18/36 is restricted to transponder equipped aircraft. Download a diagram showing the visual circuits used by fixed-wing and helicopters using Runway 07/25. Download a diagram showing the visual circuit used by fixed-wing aircraft using unlicensed Runway 06/24.

Runway 07/25 and 06/24 - fixed-wing circuits are flown to the north of the aerodrome and the helicopter circuit is flown to the south.

Runway 18/36 - fixed-wing circuit is flown to the east of the aerodrome and the helicopter circuit is flown to the west.

All aircraft flying circuits must remain within the Redhill ATZ.

The circuit height for fixed wing and helicopters is 1,200ft QNH day and night.


All helicopter procedures at Redhill are based on ICAO Annex 14 Volume 2 - Heliports.

All helicopters air-taxying to/from the northern hangars will use Runway 18/36 as an air taxy route.

Helicopters using the grass stands north side of the Terminal Building are to ensure that they remain north of the entrance road to the car park when routing to/from Runway 18/36.

Two heli-strips (170m x 20m) are marked on the Aerodrome, one, H07/H25, parallel and to the south of Runway 07R/25L and another parallel and to the west of Runway 18/36. These helistrips will normally be used by single engine helicopters up to a maximum overall length of 13m. Single engine helicopters with an overall length greater than 13m and multi engine helicopters will operate from areas notified by ATC.


When the weather conditions reported at Redhill do not allow VFR operations, SVFR flights will be permitted (subject to a clearance from Redhill ATC) within the ATZ/LFA. The minimum weather limits for SVFR flights at Redhill are:

Helicopters - meteorological visibility 1500m and/or cloud ceiling 700 FT;

Fixed-wing - meteorological visibility 3000m and/or cloud ceiling 700 FT.

Radar separation will not be provided by London (Gatwick) Terminal Control between aircraft operating within or outside the Redhill ATZ/LFA however, traffic information may be passed to those aircraft operating outside the Redhill ATZ/LFA on those observed to be operating within the Redhill ATZ/LFA.


A model aircraft flying site is established either within the Redhill ATZ or our UAS Flight Restriction Zones.

Model aircraft flying may take place approximately 1.3 nm from the Runway 18 threshold 310m west of the centre-line (North Downs Flyers) up to 400ft AGL (790ft AMSL).

Terms and Conditions for Use of Redhill Aerodrome

A copy of our standard terms and conditions may be found here