Strathaven Airfield

Radio Frequency:
135.475 (Safety Com)


07979 971301



* Information not to be used for detailed flight planning - please check details with airfield or current chart

A lovely airfield to visit in great countryside.  Although mostly a microlight airfield, if you are on a day trip or touring Scotland, why not stop off.  Located near East Kilbride, there are many things to visit. If you need to organise a taxi, please phone ahead, as you may be a long wait otherwise.

No fuel available. Please PPR by phone on your first visit. All circuits to the North please. Safety Com 135.475

It was founded by The Scottish Flying Club in the early 1950s after a decade of searching for a site to replace their former base at Glasgow's Abbotsinsch Airport.

Gp Cpt George Pinkerton, chairman of the Scottish Flying Club when it bought Couplaw farm in the 1950s, was the pilot who shot down the first German aircraft over British soil in WW2.

He was still chairman in the 1970s when the airfield was given to the RAF Benevolent Fund so it "would continue to be used for flying". This is probably why many people think it is an ex-wartime airfield.

The airfield was sold by the RAF Benevolent Fund in 2005 to microlight aircraft instructor Colin MacKinnon, whose Microlight Scotland flying school had been based at Cumbernauld Airport.

The airfield is now back in the hands of the revived Scottish Flying Club and is being completely refurbished. And we are determined to keep that traditional grass runway flying club atmosphere.

Photography (mostly) Neil Wilson

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