Golden Lion Children’s Trust

Today at Brighton City Airport we were delighted by the visit of Golden Lion Children’s Trust. ‘The Golden Lion Children’s Trust is a charity dedicated to providing hope, help and happiness to children with special needs and disadvantaged young people’.

Working with Orrell Aviation Ltd, we welcomed the PA28, G-CHIP which is used by the trust to give experience or training flights to anyone who has dreamed of taking to the sky. Not only did they bring their aeroplane along, they also brought their mobile flight simulator which can be used by anyone for a small donation. The SIM is a mobile, self-contained and powered by a portable 500 watt generator.

If anyone would like to get involved with this wonderful scheme please feel free to come along to the main terminal building. The visit will be until 5pm today.

What a treat – a visit from a Beagle Pup which took its first ever flight from the airport 50 years ago today!

We love it when we have unique visitors, and this aircraft is no exception. The photos featured here are of a Beagle Pup which flew its first flight here 50 years ago today. The owner has kept the aircraft in fantastic condition and despite upgrading the controls has tried to be sympathetic to the aircraft’s original interior.

The weather forecast for today was snow, and so we’re so glad that instead, we have such a lovely day and that the aircraft could make the trip down from Coventry where it has been living for 33 years.

This beauty was number 32 on the production line and was built here at the airport.

Beagle, which stands for British Executive And General Aviation Limited, began in the early 20th century by F. G. Miles, whose father owned the Star Model Laundry in Portslade.

The Beagle Pup was designed as a single-engined all-metal two-seat aerobatic aircraft or a four-seat touring aircraft. The prototype Pup (a Series 1 G-AVDF) first flew from Shoreham Airport on 8 April 1967. Soon after, more powerful Pup 150s, with seating for an extra adult, was flown in October 1967.

This aircraft specifically took its first flight on 30 January 1969, and we wonder how it flew today by comparison. How nice it is that it’s been cared for and maintained for so long.

More information and the story behind F.G.Miles was featured here on the website, following a visit from a Mile Mercury, (also built here). Click here to read more.

Area of Restricted Airspace for Farnborough’s Airshow

farnborough airshow

To ensure the safety of aircraft taking part in this year’s various displays and the safety of General Aviation Pilots flying in the vicinity of Farnborough, Farnborough Airport has applied for and been granted by DAP an area of Restricted Airspace (Temporary).

The Airport has kindly distributed information about these restrictions and more information can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

Restriction of flying regulations: 9-22 July – 1

Restriction of flying regulations: 9-22 July – 2

Restriction of flying regulations: 15-23 July – 1

Restriction of flying regulations: 15-23 July – 2

Please note that the screen resolution of these documents is really low and we have requested clearer, higher resolution images/files from Air Traffic Control at Farnborough Airport. We will upload these as soon as they are made available.

According to the circular, more information may be obtained from the following website:

Miles M28 Mercury returns to Shoreham for a fleeting visit after 62 years of leaving home

On Monday 2 July we had a visit from a very interesting aircraft, the M28 Miles Mercury. Prior to visiting the airport, the M28 was located in Stauning in Denmark, where before being beautifully restored to flight-worthiness, having previously been displayed in a museum for a number of years for all to admire.

We were thrilled to welcome back the aircraft but our enthusiasm could in no way match that of local historian and Miles enthusiast Peter Amos.

Peter has written numerous books on the Miles aircraft and knows everything you could possibly know about the history of the company and the thousands of aircraft they built from 1929-1957.

There were only six M28 Miles Mercuries made and this is the last one in the world. The M28 Mercury’s visit was one of nostalgia, as the owner Stu Blanchard explained: “we thought it would be nice to visit the airport and return it home to the site on which it was first built”.

The creators of the aircraft, the Miles family, has a long history with the airport. The owner was met airside by Jeremy Miles, son to Fred Miles who first created the aircraft in 1946 at Shoreham Aerodrome. The story of the M28 is fascinating and remains a piece of the airport’s heart.

Frederick George Miles, one of the sons of a laundry owner at nearby Portslade, decided that his future was to be in aviation.  So he designed and built his own aeroplane in the workshop of the laundry, which he called the Gnat. Miles then decided that he really ought to learn to fly, so he enlisted the help of Cecil Pashley to teach him in his Avro 504K. Having eventually obtained his “A” licence, Miles lost no time in persuading Pashley to help him to operate a flying school and joy riding business along the south coast.

Following the acquisition of an Avro Baby biplane, a number of Avro 504K’s and other assorted airframes, Miles then decided that the Baby could be suitably modified to make a really aerobatic, sporty, machine and this became the Southern Martlet. The aerobatic displays given by the Martlet at many major air meetings in the early 1930s created quite a sensation and the sixth and last Martlet to be built was for The Hon Mrs Inigo ‘Blossom’ Freeman-Thomas the Viscountess Ratendone. Just one Martlet survives to this day and this is owned and maintained in flying condition by The Shuttleworth Trust at Old Warden in Bedfordshire.

Miles’ wife, Blossom played a great role in the designing of aircraft. Together they shared a passion for creating aircraft but also teaching and inspiring others to fly.

During the Second World War, the company, F.G. Miles were commissioned to manufacture aircraft maintenance for the war effort. Unfortunately, the company ceased trading in the 1950s which meant that there were only six M28 Miles aircraft were ever made and the design concept was not developed further.

This aircraft, in particular, has travelled somewhat and had some prestigious owners, the first being Harold Hartley, Scientist, Knight, Fellow of the Royal Society and recipient of the military cross. The owner, Stu is keen to trace down gaps in the log book to see its full ownership history, being somewhat of a Miles enthusiast himself as well as owner of a Miles Messenger and a Gemini.

It was wonderful to meet Jeremy Miles, son of Frederick Miles who spent some time discussing the heritage of the aircraft with the current owners. The M28 flew to Shoreham from Denmark via Belgium. The journey from Denmark required a few stopovers, with the heat proving a challenge. After enjoying tea and cake in the restaurant the pilot Mark Earle and Stu headed off to Goodwood for further sightseeing. Goodwood was an essential stopover for the intrepid travellers as Mark is a racing car driver of classic cars – as well as a pilot.

We were so pleased that the aircraft’s owner had taken the time to get in touch and give us advance notice of his visit. It was incredible listening to Peter and Jeremy reminisce about the early days of the airport and the original use of Easter Fields, south of the airport’s railway.

Jeremy commented on the freshly restored Municipal hangar which he remembers being originally repaired after the war. He recalled how it was used as a manufacturing plant during the war and returned back to hangar space shortly after the war.

We asked the enthusiasts why the Miles aircraft were so special, to which they unanimously responded: “because it was like nothing else…”

If you are planning a visit to our airport and want to give us notice, it would be great to feature the story of your aircraft on our website. Please email:


HRH Sophie, the Countess of Wessex at Brighton City Airport

Yesterday, we were privilege to welcome HRH Sophie, the Countess of Wessex at Brighton City Airport. HRH Sophie attended the openings of three important buildings in Shoreham, Chichester and Crawley.

Firstly, HRH Sophie visited a new eye care unit at Southlands Hospital in Shoreham. The Countess toured the new facility, meeting patients and staff. After, she unveiled a commemorative plaque and declared the new unit officially open.

The Countess then visited Sage House in Tangmere. Dementia Support is a young, local charity which has created a unique hub – Sage House, the first of its kind in the UK, which brings all dementia services under one roof for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Lastly, the Countess visited  Crawley to open South East Coast Ambulance Service’s new emergency operations centre and headquarters.

SECAmb Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said: “I’m delighted that our new EOC and HQ will be officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex and I am looking forward to showing her the EOC and introducing her to staff”.

After, HRH Sophie arrived back at Brighton City Airport to depart. She arrived in the Royal Sikorsky S-76C. Her next engagement will be attending the Royal Wedding next week.


Bucks visit to Brighton City Airport

We had a very busy day Wednesday this week with a visit from students of Bucks University. We were privileged to welcome 30 students to the airport and FTA, one of our pilot training schools based here. The students are all interested in pursuing a career as a commercial pilot.

The day started with a presentation in our Grade II listed Terminal building. The students were then introduced to Operations Supervisor, Dan and FTA graduate Nidal who took them on a tour of the campus and onsite amenities. 

Visits from Bucks University are an annual affair and they are an ideal follow up to the open day the University hosts each year, inviting ATOs from around the country to present to students on their aviation degree programmes. The number of students visiting from the university grows year on year which seems to indicate a growing interest in aviation across the UK.

Operations Supervisor, Dan stated that “the day was a great success and I am so pleased to see the growing number of interest from students who would like to get their pilot’s commercial license. Some have never been to Brighton City Airport before and said it was a lovely day out”.






The visit was a great success and we enjoyed it as much as they did. For more information regarding Bucks and their courses, check our their Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training.


Celebrating International Women’s Day with an interview with Dorothy Saul-Pooley

We took some time out to get to know Dorothy Saul-Pooley a little better. A successful businesswoman and pilot, Dorothy took her first role here 18 years ago. She now delivers instructor and examiner training at her main base at Brighton City Airport and has satellite bases in Redhill and Lee on Solent.

A truly remarkable woman, she started out her career as a lawyer, specialising in intellectual property law, before moving into the aviation industry.

Dorothy Saul-Pooley

Why learn to fly

It was a chance meeting that led to Dorothy’s steps into aviation. She met someone skiing one year and, despondent with the legal profession, decided to take a leap of faith and learn to fly, leaving her job behind.

She completed her CPL after 250 hours and then went on to complete her ATPL after 600 hours flying (which were the rules at that time). She worked in Redhill and completed her IR before running out of money. At which point she reinvented herself as an aviation lawyer before returning back to work for a law firm at Heathrow, keeping up her instruction during weekends.

Her love of aviation and teaching was simply too great to hold her in the legal profession and when she was offered a role instructing for Sky Leisure in 1999, she took it. She enjoyed 5 ½ years working for the company before taking up the opportunity to set up her own school in 2005, which it seems has gone from strength to strength.

Somewhat of a ‘super’ instructor, Dorothy is qualified to not only teach the basic instructor course but also teach more advanced instructor training such as aerobatics, multi-engine, IR and instructor’s instructor training. Also qualified as an examiner she has two colleagues who support her in delivering the courses, Neil who is based in Lee on Solent and Mike in Redhill.

As someone who has a flair for writing, she has since reinvented her as a publisher. You can buy a complete series of Pooley’s ‘Learning to fly/PPL’ textbooks as well as instructor manuals and tools. Her instructor courses and refresher seminars get booked up very quickly and keep her busy throughout the year.

When not training instructors and examiners Dorothy is very active in the aviation industry. She joined the Honourable Company of Air Pilots in 1994 and in 2001 was appointed to the Court (or board), in 2002 she set up the instructor committee and in 2003 became Chair. That is until 2014 when she was appointed as a ‘Master’, and in doing so became the first woman to be appointed as such in the Guild’s history.

Dorothy Pooley

“I was different to other girls in my class”

It was at this point that the interview took a less jovial turn as Dorothy explains what drives her. “My parents felt education was very important and made a lot of sacrifices to fund us all through private education…I wanted to make my parents proud and that ambition meant that I developed a strong desire to get 100% in everything”.

It was a constant aim and she couldn’t understand why fellow female classmates didn’t place the same emphasis on results. “I feel I’m not good enough and I don’t think I ever will…I will keep striving to achieve better, greater things”.

She described how she felt like an outcast and was terribly bullied. But it didn’t deter her from applying herself to her studies and getting the best possible results. “I did very well at Maths but my regret is that Physics wasn’t my strongest subject and that still affects me now”.

One of 4 children with an older and younger sister it seems that teaching is something that runs in the family, her sister is a ski instructor and flute teacher and her younger sister ‘is a school and music teacher as well as a fantastic mother’.

You can see how much Dorothy loves teaching. It seems not only important to her to be very qualified and accomplished in her discipline but to also be effective in helping students realise their potential and get results. “People say I am strict…but I just have high standards, and what can be better than that?” she jokes. It is certainly apparent from the interview that Dorothy is an achiever. She is someone that will continually strive to rise through the ranks of the industry and is passionate about doing herself and women proud.

Women in aviation

I enquired why she felt so few young women explore a career as a pilot, and in actual fact, a great friend of hers, Clare Walker is a campaigner on that very subject. Chairman of the RAeS’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee, Clare explained to the industry publication, Airport-Technology: “Part of today’s problem is down to the lack of visible role models.” She adds: “Most young women don’t believe women do jobs such as piloting commercial aircraft, as so few are visible or audible in the cockpit,” Dorothy shares her observations.

The subjects that assist with your pilot training fall into the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) category. It has long been recognised that woman are underrepresented in these subjects, with just 11% continuing to study these subjects at FE level. Observers note that making female pilots more visible is important, and Dorothy has herself taken her nieces and nephews flying – ensuring that they can experience first-hand what it is like.

An enlightening incident she recalls involves her Nephew at his Beaver club. “My nephew was pursuing his ‘air badge’ and drew a picture of his Auntie flying a Spitfire. The leader of the club called his mum, my sister and said, ‘I think your son has been fibbing’. She politely corrected the group leader and introduced me to their next meeting and I ended up doing a little talk about it”.

Lastly, I asked Dorothy what she would recommend to any young lady interested in pilot training, and where she should start, she said: “Join the air cadets, it is full of fantastic opportunities and a great place to see what flying is all about.”

If Dorothy has inspired you, pop her name into your Google search bar. She’s an incredibly accomplished woman with a long track history, successfully teaching pilots to instruct and winner of notable awards within the industry. It was certainly a pleasant 60 mins getting to know her a little better and feel we’ve only scratched the surface.

Royal Visitor

Yesterday, we had an exciting day here at Brighton City Airport due to a Royal Visitor. We were privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent who visited some local businesses. These included Ricardo PLC and Pooley Sword Limited. See Ricardo PLC’s press release here. The Duke of Kent arrived in the Royal Sikorsky S-76C.




It is with great sadness that we have been informed that the Wild Life Festival will not be returning in 2018. Disclosure and Rudimental are seeking a year off Wild Life to record albums which will be exciting news for all their fans we are sure. 

The event has proven a fantastic success and working with the event organisers, SJM Concerts, over the last three years been an absolute pleasure. We hope Disclosure and Rudimental bring the event back in 2019 but in the meantime, we’d like to formally thank everyone for being part of the event.

Wildlife Festival 2015 - Brighton City Airport

The concert was the first of its kind for a licensed airport and it has enabled us to reach out to a completely new audience.  Wild Life’s successful launch in 2014 was brought about by a great team effort and we are grateful to our airport team, the organisers, the council, airport businesses and local community for giving the event the opportunity it deserved.

Managing Director, Jonathan Candelon said: “It is sad to hear that we will not be having the biggest and best party in town on our back garden this year but hopefully we will the year after. Thank you to all of you that have supported us for this event, because without you it could not have happened”.  

We would like to thank everyone that has been part of the event and being part of its success over the years and we look forward to 2019 when the event will hopefully return.

UK Drone users to sit safety tests under new law

Drone users will have to take safety awareness tests under new measures to tackle irresponsible and illegal use of the technology.

The Government have announced future plans which will see UK Drone users take safety awareness tests before being allowed to operate them. The popularity of drones has risen rapidly in recent years with this Christmas expecting to sell more than ever. This has resulted in thousands of drone users flying them without any proper training. Drone technology is constantly improving making it more affordable and better to use for users. The introduction of a draft drone bill will be published next spring.

The new law will see owner of drones weighing more than 250g, have to register their drone and sit safety awareness tests in order to operate them in a safe environment. In addition, the bill will give police the right to ground or to seize drone parts to prove the device has been used to commit a crime.

National Police Chief’s Council lead for criminal misuse of drones, Serena Kennedy stated that “Police forces are aware of the ever increasing use of drones by members of the public and we are working with all relevant partners to understand the threats that this new technology can pose when used irresponsibly or illegally. Do not take this lightly – if you use a drone to invade people’s privacy or engage in disruptive behaviour, you could face serious criminal charges”.

In addition, regarding airports – The new regulations could see banning drones from flying near airports or above 400ft. Currently, the regulations applied is that drones weighing more than 7kg can’t be flown above 400ft, and they must always be in the pilot’s line of sight.

For more information regarding Drones and operation use at Brighton City Airport, please feel free to contact us or view our page online –