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Newtownards Airport

Newtownards Airport
View of airport from Scrabo Tower
Airport type Public
Operator Ulster Flying Club
Serves Newtownards
Elevation AMSL 9 ft / 3 m
EGAD is located in Northern Ireland
Location in Northern Ireland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 791 2,595 Asphalt
08/26 566 1,857 Asphalt
15/33 640 2,100 Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Newtownards Airport (ICAO: EGAD) is a local airfield in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). It is located 8.5 NM (15.7 km; 9.8 mi) east[1] of Belfast.This airport not only offers light aircraft flights but offers Helicopter flights which are operated by HeliPower. This airport also has an onsite restaurant called Cloud Nine open to the public offering visitors a wide range of food and drink and is open 7 days a week!


  • Airfield operations 1
  • Airfield licence 2
  • Ulster Flying Club 3
  • Night Flying Development 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Airfield operations

Newtownards airport is the home of the Ulster Flying Club. The Ulster Flying Club (UFC) was founded in 1961 and over this period has grown to become Northern Ireland's largest flying school and one of the largest, non commercial training, flying organizations in Northern Ireland. The club manages the airfield's facilities. The clubhouse is currently open to the public for snacks and for viewing activities at the airfield, as a new clubhouse was opened in 2005 after the destruction of the last clubhouse by a fire in 2004. Many private pilot owners and self-build constructors base their aircraft in the several hangars on the airfield.

The Ulster Flying club has continued to develop as a centre for private flying and so the end of existing runways were re-surfaced and the grass strip tarmaced.

Airfield licence

Newtownards Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P659) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Ulster Flying Club (1961) Limited).[2]

Ulster Flying Club

The Ulster Flying Club provides both leisure flights and flight training for those who wish to pursue a pilots license. The club operates a fleet of five fixed wing aircraft. It consists of three C-172 SP's, one Tecnam P2002 and a newly acquired C152.

The UFC operates the G-UFC tail registration with the following: G-UFCE, G-UFCG, G-UFCI - Cessna 172's G-UFCL - Tecnam P2002 G-UFCN - Cessna 152

Night Flying Development

Recently added new PAPIs on 22/04 and lights on 33/15 have allowed the airfield and UFC to safely carry out night flying and flying in bad visibility.


  1. ^ a b Newtownards - EGAD
  2. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences

External links

  • Ulster Flying Club
  • CAA AIP Charts

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