The first three months of 2015 have seen a hive of activity at Church Fenton. The airfield has now been renamed Leeds East Airport, and the site has seen a number of tasks carried out in preparation for the airfield’s new lease of life as a civilian airport.
Improvements which are immediately noticeable from “outside the wire” include new crash gates, sand-blasting and repainting of the main gates, hedges cut, large white “X”s removed from the runways and most recently, the refurbishment of the doors on 3 hangar. The doors have also been removed from both ends of 2 hangar, and will be replaced by walls of glass, in order to improve light levels inside.
It is understood that the airfield will be looking to cater for GA, up to biz-jet size aircraft. Hangarage for private aircraft is now available, as well as industrial, storage and office space. I understand that negotiations are ongoing regarding the setting up of a flight training school. An ATZ application is underway with the CAA.
Leeds East Airport now also has a website: www.leedseastairport.co.uk