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Airfield Information

Pilot Briefing (GA) | Airfield Users | Refuelling | Air Traffic Control | Airfield Operations | Runway 08/26 | Fire Service | Corporate Aviation  | Aerodrome Safeguarding 

Pilot Briefing (GA)

Aviation South West deal with General Aviation (GA) Exeter Airport Pilot Briefing (08:00-17:00): 01392 354 915.  At other times please attend Air Traffic Control adjacent to the Main Terminal Building.

The NATS Aeronautical Information Service website posts notices relating to safety, navigation, technical, administrative and  legal matters. eg:

  • Exeter Aerodrome - Textual Data
  • Aerodrome Chart
  • Aircraft Parking/Docking Chart
  • ATC Surveillance Minimum Altitude Chart

Private Pilot Opening Hours (local)
Summer (BST) Mon-Fri: 08.00-20.00 | Sat: 08.00-19.00 | Sun: 09.00-20.00
Winter (GMT) Mon-Fri: 08.00-19.00 | Sat: 08.00-17.00 | Sun: 09.00-17.00

Please see Managing the Impact of Aircraft Noise and other items on the Environmental page.

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Airfield Users

Based pilots should also be aware of the information within Exeter Airport's Aerodrome Manual and Important Airfield Information (IAI) posted on Airfield Users Information (Based Users Only - Request Password).

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Exeter Airport will supply AVTUR and AVGAS fuel. 
Private Pilot Refuelling Hours (local)
Mon-Fri: 08.00-19.00 | Sat: 08.00-18.00 | Sun: 09.00-19.00 

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Air Traffic Control

Radar provides primary and secondary movement data. Aircraft on the Approach & Departure paths and aircraft flying on Circuits are monitored. Lower Airspace Radar Services (LARS) are also provided to overflying aircraft on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority. The Visual Control Room oversees airfield movements.

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Airfield Operations

Aircraft marshalling, baggage handling, steps, ambulift, push-back services, aircraft cleaning, catering services and other apron activity is coordinated by Airfield Operations. Noise related incidents are monitored and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Environmental section.

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Runway 08/26

2,076 metres (6811 ft) x 46 metres (150 ft)  Asphalt
Exeter EGTE
5044N 0325W
Approach bars and runway lighting
Aerodrome Elevation: 100 feet
Navigational Aids: ILS, Radar, DRDF, NDB, DME (36x)

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Airport Fire Service

The fire department is CAA certified provides a service to Category 6 with upgrades of above on request.

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Corporate Aviation

Exeter Corporate Aviation (ECA) offers a range of services for private executive aircraft.

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Aerodrome Safeguarding

The purpose of Aerodrome Safeguarding is to:
  • take the measures necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft,
  • and thereby the passengers and crews aboard them,
  • while taking-off or landing,
  • or while flying in the vicinity of an aerodrome

by controlling potentially hazardous development and activity around it.

What is Safeguarding?

There are three main types of aerodrome safeguarding;
  1. physical safeguarding which protects a set of flight safety surfaces up to a 30km radius around the airfield,
  2. technical safeguarding which protects aircraft navigational equipment from any interference or disruption, and
  3. wildlife management which prevents any development areas from creating an environment attractive to birds.

This is achieved by a process of checking proposed developments so as to:
•    Protect the blocks of air through which aircraft fly, by preventing penetration of surfaces created to identify their lower limits;
•    Protect the integrity of radar and other electronic aids to air navigation, by preventing reflections and diffractions of the radio signals involved;
•    Protect visual aids, such as Approach and Runway lighting, by preventing them from being obscured, or preventing the installation of other lights which could be confused for them;
•    Avoid any increase in the risk to aircraft of a birdstrike by preventing an increase in hazardous bird species in the vicinity of the aerodrome and, whenever the opportunity arises, to reduce the level of risk.

Areas of development interest within 15km of Exeter Airport

•    Tall structures
•    Cranes or other construction equipment (within 6km)
•    Landscaping schemes which could encourage wildlife (within 13km)
•    Lighting and illuminated signage which could dazzle pilots or air traffic controllers
•    Use of Chinese lanterns or balloon releases
•    Firework displays
•    Developments using highly reflective materials such as glazed roofs or photo voltaic cells
•    Masts or antennas emitting signals which could interfere with airport navigation aids

Areas of development interest within 60km of Exeter Airport

•    Wind Turbines

Cranes / Tall Equipment

The physical impact that cranage can have on aircraft flight safety surfaces can affect aircraft operations, and pilots need to be fully aware of the location and height of any cranes which could impact their flight path.

The British Standard Institute Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes, BS 7121, Part 1, Paragraph 9.3.3, “Crane Control in the Vicinity of Aerodromes/Airfields” states that;

“The appointed person should consult the aerodrome/airfield manager for permission to work if a crane is to be used within 6km of the aerodrome/airfield and its height exceeds 10m or that of the surrounding structures or trees”.

Applicants should give 14 days’ notice of a proposed Tall equipment operation. The safeguarding officer at Exeter Airport will put the application through an approval process, and various caveats may be applied such as lowering the maximum height of the crane when the aerodrome is in Low Visibility Procedures. Requests received with less than 14 days’ notice cannot be guaranteed and may be subject to a £65 administration fee.

Download and complete the Tall Equipment Permit Application form and forward to:

Wind Turbines

Similarly to cranes, wind turbines can pose a physical infringement on flight surfaces. However in addition to this, they can also cause problems with aircraft navigation aids, air traffic control radars, and can cause turbulence. Exeter International Airport (EIA) is responsible for assessing any proposed wind turbine sites within 60km of the aerodrome, to ensure safety for aircraft is maintained.
The Local Planning Authority (LPA) will forward any wind turbine applications within the aforementioned area to EIA for assessment. EIA’s Safeguarding officer will assess the physical and technical impact of a proposed development.
Landscaping and Wildlife

Aircraft are vulnerable to birdstrikes, 80% of birdstrikes occur on or close to aerodromes, therefore highlighting the necessity for wildlife management on and within the proximity of an airfield. EIA is responsible for monitoring bird activity within a 13km radius of the aerodrome. This is to mitigate the bird strike risk to aircraft and be aware of what species we have in the local area. The objective of the safeguarding process is to prevent any increase in, and where possible reduce the birdstrike risk at the aerodrome.

Any proposed developments which are looking to include landscaping or water features which may increase the risk of bird strike to aircraft must be forwarded to the EIA Safeguarding Officer for assessment. This includes landfill sites, wetlands and nature reserves.
Pre Application Advice

Exeter Airport welcomes pre-planning application discussions on wind farm, photovoltaic / solar array and any other developments or issues that might have an impact on aerodrome safety / operations. Examples of such items are not exhaustive but could include lighting, creation of potential bird hazards, cranes / tall equipment and other construction issues within the vicinity of or the safeguarded areas for the aerodrome.

Link to fees and charges

Tall Equipment Permit Application form

CAA1069 In Focus – Crane Ops

For more information please email:

AOA advice notes

  1. Safeguarding an overview
  2. Lighting near aerodromes
  3. Potential bird hazards from Amenity landscaping and Building design
  4. Cranes and other Construction Issues
  5. Potential Bird Hazards from Landfill Sites
  6. Potential Bird Hazards from Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes (SUDS)
  7. Wind Turbines and Aviation

Interim CAA guidance – Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Construction Plant-hire Association  Tower Crane Interest Group - Operating Tower Cranes in the Vicinity of Aerodromes,  Notification and En-route Obstacle Lighting - TIN039