TAKE FLIGHT AVIATION AT ENSTONE
Take Flight Aviation Limited at Enstone Airfield in Oxfordshire (EGTN) offers you a private flying club with unrivalled facilities, providing its members general aviation aircraft hire without the limits imposed by many flying schools, the hassle associated with flying groups or the financial burden of aircraft ownership. The airfield at Enstone has a hard runway 08/26 that is 800 metres long and a parallel grass runway (known as North side Grass) which is 1000 metres in length not to be confused with the shorter also parallel grass runway to the South. Members enjoy the use of modern pilot lounge facilities and preferential aircraft hire rates, leaving you to fly and enjoy great aircraft as if they were your own! With no minimum daily hours aircraft hire, PPL members can take an aircraft away for a weekend or even a week and only pay for the hours they fly. Members flying aircraft from Take Flights Enstone base receive free landings at London Oxford subject to picking up fuel at Oxford airport.
Enstone airfield first opened in 1942 as a satellite base to RAF Moreton in the Marsh and was used by Wellingtons for operational training. Take Flight currently have use of the hard runway via an arrangement with Oxfordshire Sport Flying that operate motor gliders that lease the runway from the owners and also use of the North side grass runway that is owned and operated by Enstone Airlines. The airfield is currently benefiting from significant investment both at the airfield and nearby, with construction of a new club house planned in the near future and several hangars have been renovated or replaced.
The airfield is next to the exclusive Soho Farmhouse, set in 100 acres of the Oxfordfordshire countryside, the unique development has been created by multi-million pound investment in renovating a previously derelict farm. Once described as more like the set of the Truman Show than your typical rural retreat, it offers its private member clientele an idyllic setting for restaurants, pub, cinema, gym, pools, rooms, lakeside lodges and more. In addition work has started on a further £150m investment project, recently given planning approval to create a motor museum, that also joins the airfield. Whilst Enstone airfield may once have been considered the poor relation to more established airfields nearby, recent investment has given the airfield a new lease of life and the addition of Take Flight Aviation voted the UK’s best flying club in 2020 is surely the icing on the cake.
TAKE FLIGHT AVIATION IN OXFORD
London Oxford Airport (EGTK) formally known as Kidlington is the Thames Valley area’s primary regional and business aviation airport and the only commercial airport between London Heathrow and Birmingham. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s fastest growing and most prosperous regions, Oxford lies 40 miles to the north-west of the Greater London area, halfway to the UK’s industrial heartland of the Midlands. The airport has been the fastest growing facility for private and business aviation in the UK since 2007. Take Flight Aviation has partnered with the airport to continue to expand its General Aviation business and is based in its own lounge within the airports prestigious Business Centre. The Take Flight Lounge also welcomes visiting pilots.
The site was first used as an aerodrome in the late 1930’s. From the mid-sixties, the airfield was best known as the home of CSE Aviation and the Oxford Air Training School now Oxford Aviation Academy, one of the world’s most successful professional pilot training establishments having trained well over 18,000 airline pilots for more than 80 airlines over the last 40 years. The airport has two runways 01/19 of 1552 metres and 29/11 of 760 metres. The airfield has an ILS on runway 19. The airport is owned by Aldersgate Investments Limited part of Reuben Brothers Holdings that has a varied portfolio of interests in property and several other businesses.
Take Flight Aviation members with an existing pilots licence will be able to enjoy a range of self-service aircraft based at Oxford as well as the extended fleet only minutes away by air at our Wellesbourne Mountford base in neighbouring Warwickshire. Student pilots at Oxford will be able to enjoy pilot training from our team of professional pilots and flying instructors. Members at our Wellesbourne base will also benefit from discounted fees at London Oxford Airport.