bmaa microlight OPEN event - PRESTON CAPES

Title:                     Preston Capes 2019 Round 1

When:                  27.07.2019 - 28.07.2019

Where:                 Preston Capes Airfield. Red House Farm

                              Eydon Lane

                              Preston Capes. NN11 3TD

Category:             Open Series Event

Coordinates:        N52°10 39.5 W001°10 33.8

    Airfield No Fly Zones

    Airfield Circuits

Preston Capes Open Event

Based at Red House Farm Strip, Eydon Lane, Preston Capes NN11 3TD, near Daventry.

Organizer Frank Hodgson; 07984 159992

The event is weather forecast dependent. The weather decision will be made on the evening of Thursday 16th, you can check here for the decision as well as the Open Series FaceBook page and all registered participants will be informed by Email.

Camping available from Friday afternoon, caravans and mobile homes are allowed. No onsite electric. Portaloo only. Tap for drinking and washing water, no wash hand basin or showers on site. Bringing dogs is discouraged.

Evening meal Friday, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Saturday and Breakfast and lunch Sunday provided on site at a modest cost.

Competition fee:  to be advised in due course

Airfield Information

PPR is provided only for registered participants in the event.

On approach or departure avoid flying over the village of Preston Capes and the villages of Charwelton (pheasant farm) and Maidford (chicken farm).

N-S runway circa 290 meters long.

E-W runway circa 500 meters long. 

(Hill runway to West of farm – not to be used for landing unless you are very familiar with it as it is steep)

Join overhead 1000 feet AGL or above. Circuits 560 feet AGL

N-S 02 - 20 runway, circuit to West avoid mast to north, Farm buildings at southern end

E-W 08 - 26 runway, circuit to South avoid horse farm 2 fields east of runway. 

Circuit to land to west, either turn inside horse farm or outside horse farm, avoid over flying it.

Elevation 560 feet. Microlight frequency. Make blind calls to ‘Preston Capes Traffic’. 



Participants may arrive from Friday 17th early afternoon. 

The runway will be available for practice.

Camp will be established during Friday afternoon, tents, caravans and mobile homes are all welcome. There will be a central small marquee with electric and a water supply. This will be the central mess tent.  There will be an event control tent, C, to which all persons should report on arrival. Toilet facilities will be a portaloo. There will not be any washing or shower facilities, other than a wash bowl.

Messing arrangements

Tea and coffee available throughout.

Friday evening

Take-away fish and chips followed by a pub visit.


Breakfast: eggs, bacon, cereal, fruit juice, bread, toast jam etc.

Lunch: cold meats, cheeses, salad etc.

Dinner: BBQ


Breakfast: eggs, bacon, cereal, fruit juice, bread, toast jam etc.

Lunch: cold meats, cheeses, salad etc.


Friday evening free flying


Briefing 9:30

Task 1 Aerial photo spotting, whilst flying a given course and overflying turn points accurately.

Task 2 Accurate flight planning, flying straight legs between turn points on a given course

Task 3 Accurate flying, fly along a given course with straight and curved sections.

Early evening: precision landing practice for Colibri wards.

During the evening BBQ, a Quiz and the Awards


Briefing 9:30

Free flying, complete Colibri award, re-fly a Saturday task, or fly a Sunday fun task.

Go home.

Briefings will be given on how to approach each task. GPS navigation aids can be used for safety. Actual flight tracks will be recorded on sealed GPS devices (supplied). After each task the actual flight tracks will be down loaded and analysed with the pilot to see how the flight plan went and to score the task options chosen. Plenty of people available all weekend to ask advice or query any elements.