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Header Picture: C-32B 02-4452 at Cardiff 20/05/16 (Mark Pearce)

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Around and About

Below we will list all local aviation locations we know about

The Byre, Hardwick
NP7 9AB 51.79614, -2.99045
Based here in 03/12 were Pioneer 400 G-CGVO, Ikarus C42 G-DTOY, RV-6A G-RVIA and Pioneer 200 G-WEFR  

near Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire
G-GDAY Robinson R22 (0676)
ex ICAT, Rhoose. Mounted on a trailer and used as a travelling fund raiser by the Wales Air Ambulance charity
Picture credit Hugh Trainer

2475 Sqn ATC - Pen-y-Banc Road
SA18 3DY 51.78736719, -4.00342893
WH739 Canberra B.2 Nose
f/n 02/86 l/n 07/11
Scrapped 19MU St Athan; SOC 27/07/76
Picture credit IanG

Croes-carn-einion Farm, Pentrepoeth Road 51.571539, -3.073903
Private strip, based was Robin R3000/120 G-PAVL until it suffered an accident and departed.

Brecon Beacons
Absolute Adventure, Near Craig-y-Nos and Penwyllt
51.818475, -3.670742
At adventure group Hostel
XS735/R Dominie T.1 fuselage
f/n 04/06 l/n 07/11, departed 
ex DARA St.Athan, for sale 2011, reported Northbound on the A46 Stratford bypass on 15/08/13 on delivery to a private owner at Walcott, Lincolnshire
Picture credit MF

Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road,
CF31 1RQ 51.51798, -3.56949
HLS, rarely used

Police Headquarters, Cowbridge Road
CF31 3SU 51.49855, -3.5671
No dedicated HLS, but the Police helo occasionally lands here

Blackweir Ambulance Station, North Road
CF10 3DX 51.49215, -3.19153
Sports Field nearby occasionally used by Seaking size helos

Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Road
CF14 3YE 51.49873, -3.18687
HLS, regular use

University Hospital of Wales ("the Heath"), Heath Park
CF14 4XW 51.50618, -3.19079
HLS, regular use

Castlemartin Range
Merrion, Pembrokeshire
SA71 5EB  51.63228, -4.97854

Cefn Mably
Cefn Mably Farm Park
Off the M4 Northeast of Cardiff
CF3 6XL, 51.55238, -3.10948
N5834N Rockwell Commander 114 c/n 14383
f/n 06/12 but probably arrived in Autumn 2010
Force landed in reed bed in Cardiff Flats area of the Severn Estuary at 17:21 on 23/10/98 after loss of engine power over the Bristol Channel. Pulled ashore after 40 hours in tidal zone and dumped at Peterstone until Autumn 2010.
Pictured on 08/08/14 credit StuC

7 miles West of Cardiff
Based in the area is Enstrom 480B G-CUDY

Task Force Paintball - 1.3 miles WNW of village off A48
CF71 7RQ 51.46965419, -3.47850975
XG592 Whirlwind HAS.7
f/n 11/95 l/n 12/14
Departed Wales Aircraft Museum, Rhoose by 08/91 where it had arrived in 1978 from Wroughton
Picture credit IanG

Dafen, Llanelli
Under construction here is the new facility for the South Wales Air Ambulance.
EC.135T2+ G-WASN is expected to be based from early 2016.

3.5 miles South of Bridgend
Based in the area is/was Robinson R44 G-NIOG, last noted 12/09

4 miles Northwest of Aberdare
Based in the area is Bell 206B G-ENES

Kenfig Hill
2117 Sqn ATC - Pwll-y-Garth St
CF33 6EF 51.5330836, -3.68144174
WT569 Hunter F.1 f/n 1964 
l/n 02/14 Allotted 03/64, ex GIA 7491M (allocated 21/11/57) at 4 SoTT St Athan
Picture credit Richard Peckham

5 miles North of Cardiff
Bell 206B G-ENES regularly visits a site in the area

AirBorne Systems Europe (ex IrvinGQ) - 4 miles N of Bridgend
CF32 8PL 51.57751383, -3.56906253
35515/49 SAAB J-35F Draken
f/n 06/04 l/n 02/14
Ex GIA at Stockholm-Arlanda. Arrived 17/06/04 via Immingham docks
Picture credit IanG

Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynysmaerdy
CF72 8XR 51.5464, -3.39425
HLS, occasional use

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service HQ
Forest View Business Park
CF72 8LX  51.55314, -3.39763
HLS, occasional use

Mamhilad House Farm
51.730009, -3.012009
Stored here in a locked shed are:
G-ALND Tiger Moth II ex Shobdon, Shipdham, crashed 08/03/81, N9191
f/n 03/96 l/n 07/11
G-AMVS Tiger Moth ex R4852 ex Shobdon
f/n ? l/n 07/11

Manmoel, Blackwood, Gwent
NP12 0HY 51.7058, -3.1736
Preserved on a farm is:
(E-408/G-9-436) "WT720/B" Hunter F.51 ..arrived 12/15, ex North Scarle, Lincs

Old Park Farm
SA13 2TG 51.5499, -3.72043
Farm strip, the following have been reported in the last year or two. Most, if not all, are kept in individual hangarettes and few, if any, can be seen unless active. The strip is on fenced off farm land and no unauthorised access is possible.
G-AWVB Jodel D.117A ..badly damaged on runway over-run here
G-BJOE Jodel D.120A Paris-Nice
G-BSZB Stolp SA.300 Starduster Too - spends time at Swansea
G-BXRF Scintex CP.1310-C3 Super Emeraude - spends time at Swansea
G-BXYE Scintex CP.301-C1 Emeraude ..wings only
G-BYLF Zenair CH.601HDS Zodiac
G-BYSN Rans S6-ES Coyote II
G-BZAK Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(9)
G-BZDB Thruster T600T 450 JAB
G-BZIM Cyclone Airsports Pegasus Qauntum 15-912
G-CCNF Raj Hamsa X'Air Falcon 133(1)
G-CDAK Zenair CH.601UL Zodiac ..landing accident 12/13, canx as pwfu 22/01/15
G-CDHU Best Off Skyranger 912(2) ..departed 10/02/16 by road to Pontardawe for maintenance
G-CEZV Zenair CH.601HDS Zodiac
G-CGOV Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(2)
G-CHJJ Medway Microilights Clipper 80 ..arrived c09/15
G-CWMT Dyn'Aero MCR-01 Ban'bi
G-CXIP Thruster T600N Jab Sprint
G-ENEE CFM Streak Shadow
G-JBUL Skyranger 912(2) ..badly damaged in a forced landing in a field next to Margam 29/06/15 after engine stopped soon after take-off, cancelled 23/07/15 as destroyed
G-MGEC Rans S6-ESD-XL Coyote II
G-MWAC Solar Wings Pegasus XL-Q
G-MWUK Rans S6-ESD Coyote II
G-MWMW Murphy Renegade Spirit UK 
G-MYTH CFM Shadow Series CD
G-MZDG Rans S6-ESD-XL Coyote II
G-MZKA Solar Wings Pegasus Quantum 15

Merthyr Tydfil
Prince Charles Hospital
CF47 9DT 51.7635, -3.3869

Mountain Ash
1184 Sqn ATC - Miskin Road
CF45 3UB 51.67895, -3.374333
G-ATOL PA-28-140 Cherokee Cabin
arrived c02/10 l/n 08/11
In use as simulator
Picture credit RichT

National Museum of Wales Collection Centre
CF15 7QT 51.56154, -3.26355
XM300 Wessex HAS.1
f/n 98 l/n 01/14
Arrived Wales Aircraft Museum, Rhoose from Farnborough 01/07/84, to Welsh Industrial & Maritime Museum, Cardiff Docks 1991, to Nantgarw when the Museum closed in 1998
Picture credit Phil Adkin

New Inn
Mark Gauntlet - near Pontypool
QA-12 Hunter FGA.78 Cockpit
f/n 01/02 l/n 04/10
Ex Qatar AF. Scrapped Bournemouth 10/95, cockpit to Woking 96 and collected from there late 2001/early 2002
XE985 Vampire T.11 pod
f/n 07/11 l/n 07/11
Moved from Exeter 2011

RAF Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range
SA16 0HZ 51.71292, -4.3102
XX962/P Jaguar GR.1B
XX966/JJ Jaguar GR.1A
f/n 02/09 l/n 3/12
Range targets
Pictures credit Jason Holloway

Pembrey Airport
SA16 0H2 51.7125, -4.3111
Regularly used by military helicopters for fuel stops
For residents see the "Swansea & Pembrey" page under the header picture

AMSS Ground Support Equipment, Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF33 6NU
51.52642, -3.68911
EN398/JE-J Spitfire FSM
f/n 12/13
Gate guard 
Picture credit Geoff Jones


SA2 7JU 51.602838, -4.068038
For residents see the "Swansea & Pembrey" page under the header picture

Morriston Hospital, Morriston
The hospital has an elevated helipad that is used regularly by Wales Air Ambulance and Rescue helicopters. A lift takes the casualty down one level to ground level for the short journey to the A&E Department.

King George V Playing Fields, Sketty
The playing fields are near Singleton Hospital and are used by Wales Air Ambulance and Rescue helicopters mainly for urgent cases needing the hospital's baby care unit.

Aircraft Maintenance Centre, University of Glamorgan - Treforest Campus
CF37 1DL 51.588816,-3.328106
G-JXTC/PH-KJG BAE Jetstream 3108 (690)
f/n 12/09 l/n 11/15
Arrived 08/12/09 by road from Eindhoven
XN584/E BAC Jet Provost T.3A
f/n 11/15
Arrived by road from Bruntingthorpe

Picture credit Ade Pitman  

Industrial Estate, University of Glamorgan
XX285 Hawk T.1 centre/rear fuselage section
f/n 03/10 l/n 03/10  - redundant section from Hawk Mid-Life Update programme. 
Picture credit Rob Gibbons 
also located nearer to the road were a set of wings but both had disappeared from the positions by 3/13. Taken indoors?

Tremorfa [Cardiff] Heliport - EGFC
Foreshore Road, Eastmoors, Cardiff
CF10 4LZ 51.467500, -3.137500
Owned by Cardiff Council and operated by the Veritair Utilities Division of British International Helicopters, part of the Patriot Group. All based helicopters left by 08/14 and the heliport closed on 30/11/14 after BIH withdrew from its operating contract.
G-BTKL MBB Bo.105DB-4 (S.422) (5/13) ..departed to Redhill
G-OZAC Bell 407 (53062) (06/10) ..cancelled 26/07/11 to Canada
G-RESC MBB BK-117C-1 (7504) ..departed (to Coventry ?)
G-STON AS.355 Ecureuil II (5863) (06/10) ..re-registered G-SCHZ on 26/04/12 ..departed (to Coventry ?)

A regular visitor was Agusta-Bell AB.206B Jet Ranger G-PRFI (8556)

Situated in an adjacent building to the Heliport, Veritair opened their Training Academy in Spring 2009. The facility closed around July 2010, the fate of the aircraft is unknown. This included a simulator built from A.109A G-USTA (7170) (10/09)

Also kept here, for spares use, was A.109A EI-JBC (7126) (10/09)
Pictures credit RichT

Upfield Farm, Whitson, Newport
Farm strip
NP18 2PG 51.55017,-2.93547
G-CEUW Zenair CH.601XL Zodiac

Ystrad Mynach
The College
CF82 7XR 51.634386, -3.241619
unmarked Jetstream 41 EMU (based on Jetstream 200 G-ATXJ)
f/n (11/02) l/n 03/10, not seen 21/07/11 possibly now inside
Arrived 11/02 from Cardiff Airport. 

Picture credit Rob Gibbons

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