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Header Picture Virgin Atlantic B744 G-VLIP seen departing after a diversion 28/07/14 (Mark Pearce)

As most people know the 2014 NATO conference takes place in Wales for the very first time. This will be high security event, with a high level of security forces, Police, PSCO’s and traffic wardens present over the days before and during the event.
Rhoose Road, Rhoose will be resident permit holders only, as issued by the Local council. There are a small number of places available for other vehicles near the white buildings, both employees of businesses’ present and those who have permits issued to them.
Seventy five places have been allocated to ‘Aircraft Enthusiasts’ on a first come first serve basis. This will include that all important permit if you have a vehicle – if a vehicle is parked anywhere in the vicinity of the Airport White Buildings / Rhoose Road, Rhoose without displaying a permit, it will be ticketed or clamped and released only upon payment of a fee. In certain circumstances, vehicles will be removed at the owners expense. The Local authority are ensuring that several hundred extra car parking spaces are made available during the event and will be arranging signage accordingly.
It is intended to open the Cambrian Café Bar at the following times:
Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – Normal hours 0900-1600
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600-2000
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600-1800
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0800-2000
Tickets are £25 per day for the 3-5th September and are available to purchase each day at our premises with all the necessary details to be taken at the time of purchase. You can buy individual entry on particular days or multiples of days along with the car parking permits – all on a first come first serve basis. Three day tickets will go on sale Saturday/Sunday 23/24th August 2014 – you must turn up in person and bring Photo ID to purchase these tickets.
For those turning up at the premises on each day of the event, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis, if any remain available. Once the allocated tickets are sold no-one else will be allowed access to the premises. Please do not ring us in advance as this is the only method of sale authorised to take place during the event. The premises will remain open each day of the conference from the times shown above.
No food will be provided in the entrance fee, however those who bring their own food and drink will be removed and have no further access during the event. Any liquids being taken into the premises will be removed and destroyed in accordance with security requirements.
To gain access there is a Police stop check at Rhoose Road and to the entrance at the cafe – your luggage will be checked for any items deemed a security risk, and you MUST provide photographic ID. (passport/D.Licence). You will not be allowed access otherwise.
DO NOT FORGET THIS IS A HIGH SECURITY EVENT and it is to be expected that delays may take place, we ask all our customers and guests to be tolerant of all local business’s close by and patient whilst they are checked upon arrival. DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE ALLOCATED PARKING SPACES outside the white building.

EXTRA: It is understood the Airport also intend to set up a section or sections of ground somewhere on the south side for 'enthusiasts' to gather and enjoy whatever visitors attend.

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 07/11
Departed Wales Aircraft Museum, Rhoose by 08/91 where it had arrived in 1978 from Wroughton
Picture credit IanG

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

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
G-BXRF Scintex CP.1310-C3 Super Emeraude
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
G-CEUW Zenair CH.601XL Zodiac
G-CEZV Zenair CH.601HDS Zodiac
G-CGOV Raj Hamsa X'Air 582(2)
G-CWMT Dyn'Aero MCR-01 Ban'bi
G-CXIP Thruster T600N Jab Sprint
G-ENEE CFM Streak Shadow
G-JBUL Skyranger 912(2)
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

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

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 06/13
Arrived 08/12/09 by road from Eindhoven

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 Heliport
Foreshore Road, Eastmoors, Cardiff
CF10 4LZ 51.467500, -3.137500 
Aircraft based here with the Veritair Utilities Division of British International Helicopters, part of the Patriot Group, were. No helos are now based here (08/14)
G-BTKL MBB Bo.105DB-4 (S.422) (5/13) ..departed to Redhill
G-OZAC Bell 407 (53062) (06/10) ..departed
G-RESC MBB BK-117C-1 (7504) ..departed
G-STON AS.355 Ecureuil II (5863) (06/10) G-SCHZ on 26/04/12 ..departed

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

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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