More flying from Old Sarum Airfield post-lockdown

More flying from Old Sarum Airfield post-lockdown

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:38am 29th July 2020.

3 minute read

It's been confirmed that training flights are now resuming for the historic airfield, with the 'animal welfare flights' they've been hosting also set to continue.

Earlier this year, Old Sarum Airfield's owners said that they'd have 'no choice' but to increase flying from the site to secure its 'long term economic viability'. 

Now, with the lockdown measures being eased further, we've got more details of the kinds of flights we can expect to see there.

Planes on landing strip runway at Old Sarum Airfield - plane aircraft (Mike Draper) (6)
Old Sarum Airfield has been fairly quiet over lockdown

The airfield has been home to GoSkydive for 12 years, and they've now resumed parachute jumps, albeit with extra precautions in place.

The tandem jumps have restarted in line with regulations from the Government and British Skydiving, with changes including staggered arrival times, temperature checks on site and jumpers asked to wear gloves and face coverings.

Carl Griffiths of GoSkydive, said:

"We are so glad to be jumping again. Skydiving is a great activity if you are doing a 'staycation' this summer. We appreciate our customers patience during the lockdown period, however, we are really looking forward to more skydiving from Old Sarum Airfield this year."

GoSkydive with face masks July 2020
Parachute jumps from Old Sarum Airfield are going ahead with some extra precautions now


The GoFly school at the airfield has also resumed flights from Old Sarum, to provide flying lessons and additional training for would-be pilots.

Those flights have started this month and will continue throughout the summer.

Earlier in the Covid-19 crisis, the airfield also began to host so-called 'animal welfare flights'.

Planes on landing strip runway at Old Sarum Airfield - plane aircraft (Mike Draper) (1)
We'll start to see more flights from Old Sarum Airfield from now on

They would see vets being transported around the country to carry out checks on the health of poultry birds, cows, sheep and pigs.

Those flights will be kept going permanently.

A spokesperson for Old Sarum Airfield said: 

"We are delighted to see the airfield and the businesses it supports emerging from lockdown in what has been a very challenging time for everyone. We hope that the airfield can continue to support business get back on their feet as well as assisting with crucial flight operations."

"The Airfield has always been part of the local community, employing local people as well as being very proud to welcome visitors from across the UK and further afield. We look forward to welcoming businesses and visitors back as the green shoots of recovery start to show." 

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