1 Pleasure Flights Now Available at Solent Airport (December 2017)

 Scenic Flights now available at Solent Airport with Scenic Air Tours

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 Contracts let for 11 new hangars at Daedalus

Contracts have been let for 11 new hangars at Daedalus. Construction should start in May 2017. Story in the Daily Echo click here.


IFA2 Approved by Fareham Planning Committee

Fareham Borough Council's Planning Committee approved National Grid's application to build IFA2 (Interconnexion France Angleterre 2) at Daedalus on 23 January 2017. The meeting was held at Ferneham Hall, Fareham. There were 1,134 letters objecting and 10 in favour and 15 deputations spoke against the proposal.

For the Portsmouth News report click here.


IFA Damaged during storm Angus

The Interconnexion France-Angleterre was damaged on Sunday Nov 20th 2016. Four out of its eight cables were cut, reducing its capacity by 1 Gigawatt. IFA2, currently under planning to come ashore at Daedalus is designed to provide additional capaciy. The interconnectors allow the UK to buy electricity from France, which has a large nuclear generating capacity. To read the report from the Daily Telegraph click here.


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118 ft Superyacht moved from Daedalus

At the end of October the first Oyster 118 superyacht hull was moved from Daedalus to the Oyster shipyard in Southampton. The hull was trailered through the base and down to the slipway where it was craned on to a barge for transport to Southampton. The slipway makes Daedalus an ideal base for marine construction. For more details on the operation click here.

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The News article on IFA2 14 Oct 2016

Campaigners urge for swift decision on power station planned for Daedalus

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/campaigners-urge-for-swift-decision-on-power-station-planned-for-daedalus-1-7628638

Campaigners urge for swift decision on power station planned for Daedalus

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/campaigners-urge-for-swift-decision-on-power-station-planned-for-daedalus-1-7628638

Campaigners urge for swift decision on IFA2. To read the article click here.

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11 Oct 2016 Planning Application for 25m high radar tower

National Air Traffic Services has submitted a planning application to Fareham Borough Council for the erection of a 25m high radar tower at Daedelus. For further information click here.



David Learmount comments on IFA2. Aug 2016

David Learmount is a respected aviation journalist who is Consulting Editor at FlightGlobal, part of Reed Business Information. To read his comments on IFA2 please click here.


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"Future of £500m electrical power station was in doubt" The News 5 Aug 2016

Future of £500m electrical power centre in Fareham was ‘in doubt’

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/fareham/future-of-500m-electrical-power-centre-in-fareham-was-in-doubt-1-7512030

Fareham Borough Council stepped in to aid National Grid's hunt for IFA2 site when there were 'concerns' over the project's future. To read the article click here.


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4 Aug 2016 Filming of "DUNKIRK" at Daedalus

Filming is taking place at Daedalus for a new feature film titled "Dunkirk". Report from The News, Portsmouth, click here.

For more detail of the movie and to view the trailer click here.

For video of the aircract at Daedalus click here.

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29 Jul 2016 Experts brought in to resolve IFA2 fears about Daedalus airfield

Arcadis have been appointed by National Grid to ease concerns that the energy provider’s prospective plans for the IFA2 development in Daedalus would lead to risks for aircraft using the airfield. To read the article click here.


28 Jul 2016 IFA2 Update

An update from National Grid on the proposed electricity interconnector IFA2 at Daedalus. IFA2 is a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector linking the British and French transmission systems that will be capable of exporting or importing 1000MW of power between the two countries. It will be the second link to France following the commissioning of IFA in 1986. The project is being jointly developed by National Grid and Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE), the French network owner and operator.

For more details click here.

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23 Jul 2016 IFA2 plans spark fears for aircraft at Daedalus

A prospective £500m electrical power station has raised more concerns due to the potential impact that its high voltage cables could have on aircraft at Daedalus. To read the article click here.


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12 Jul 2016 Concerns about £500m power station plan

THE LEADER of Fareham Borough Council has said he sympathises with objectors to a £500m power station in Lee-on-the-Solent as more than 1,000 residents voice their concerns online. To read the article click here.

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20 Jul 2016 Funding secured for Stubbington Bypass 

Fareham Borough Council has secured £8.5 mission of funding from Hampshire County Council for the proposed Stubbington Bypass. FBC Press Release click here.

The Stubbington Bypass will link the M27 at Titchfield to Gosport Road at the north-east corner of the airfield.

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24 May 2016 IFA2 Meeting at Stubbington

MORE than 100 people packed into a community meeting to raise concerns about plans for a £500m energy convertor station. To read the article click here.


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Fareham Borough Council Publishes information on IFA2. May 2016

Fareham Borough Council has published information about the proposed IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2) which will link the French and English electricity grids. The proposal involves bringing sub-sea cables ashore at Lee on Solent to a converter station at the north-east of the Daedalus site. The cables will run to France to link with the French grid and to the sub-station at Chilling, near Warsash to link to the UK grid. To visit the Fareham Council Web Page click here.






6 May 2016 IFA2 Consultation Results Published

The results of the second round of consultations on IFA2 have been published. Foir more details click here.

IFA2 is a proposed high voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical interconnector linking the British and French transmission systems that will be capable of exporting or importing 1000MW of power between the two countries. It will be the second link to France following the commissioning of IFA in 1986. The project is being jointly developed by National Grid and Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE), the French network owner and operator. It is proposed to be sited on the airfield.

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12 April 2016 Saratoga G-MAIE damaged in landing incident at Daedalus

Piper Saratoga G-MAIE siffered substantial damage during a forced landing near the airfield on 12 April 2016.

The News, Portsmouth report click here.

For the AAIB Aircraft accident report click here.

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10 Feb 2016 Airfield Operator 2016-21 Announced

The following communication was received 10 Feb 2016 from Fareham Borough Council (FBC), who have also confirmed this news can be shared publicly.


1 Aug 2015 RCA Proposed New Structure for 2015 Fees and Charges

Fareham Borough Council Consultation Closing Soon

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24 Jul 2015 Daedalus Vision & Core Strategy published


Fareham Borough Coiuncil has published its Vision and Core Strategy for the Daedalus site. For the FBC press release click here.

To download the strategy document click here.

6 Jul 2015 "New Visitors for Solent Seafronts" - NEW Access from Aerodrome

Lee Flying Association Press Release

New access route makes the world of difference to pilots and passengers visiting Daedalus Aerodrome and the Solent.

10 Mar 2015 Take-off for new £1.5m Runway!

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16 Oct 2014 Runway Resurfacing Project - Autumn 2014

Significant news of Runway Resurfacing, including a short two-week closure of the airfield.

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6 May 2014 Daedalus in The News

An article by Ben Fishwick in The News reporting the management by RCAM and future plans. Click here to read the article.


New Coastguard Training Centre at Lee

Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils have approved plans for a new Coastguard Training Centre at Lee.


Airfield Update 29 Apr 2014

The long-standing Airfield Tower phone number 02392 551714 has been re-instated and is now being answered by Regional City and Airports (RCA) staff during airfield hours (0900-1700)
There may continue to be some periods during which Lee Radio is not manned (in which case pilot-to-pilot or blind calls have been sufficing, and when gliding is in progress PNGC have provided information as "Glider Base").
The RCA website is expected to go live within the next couple of weeks.

New Operator Starts Work

Regional & City Airports Management (RCAM) has been apponted by HCA to manage Lee on Solent.

EGHF Facebook Group Launched

We have a new EGHF - Lee on Solent Facebook Group. Click here to see it.

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Hangar "A" Demolition


Hangar "A" is being demolished as part of the preparation for construction of the new Fareham Borough Council Innovation Centre.

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It’s full steam ahead as plans for Daedalus come together

Reportage in The News, Portsmouth 4 March 2014

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Tenders invited to manage Daedalus

The Homes and Communities Agency is seeking an operator for Daedalus Aerodrome, Lee on Solent.


Hangar B damaged by storms

Hangar B was damaged during the storms in mid- February 2014



Planning Application for Innovation Centre


A Planning Application was submitted to Fareham Borough Council on 3 Feb 2014 for the new Innovation Centre at Daedalus. This will occupy land immedately to the south of the Western end of the South Apron.


LFA Recognised by AOPA

Lee Flying Association was presented with the AOPA Endeavour and Achievement "Contribution to the GA Community" Award by AOPA Chairman Mr George Done at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday 14th September.


Cllr Woodward honoured by AOPA

Cllr Seán Woodward was presented with the Friend of AOPA Award by AOPA Chairman Mr George Done at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday 14th September.

Catalina Over the Solent  - 21 and 25 August 2013

 Due back over the Solent on Sunday afternoon, Plane Sailing's Catalina is flying around the UK  21-25  Aug 2013 to commemorate Harry Hawker's achievement 100 years ago.

Syndicate Formation

Interesed in forming a syndicate, based at Lee-On-Solent, to purchase and fly a Vans RV6 or similar?

New Aviation Business - Sapphire Aviation

Daedalus/Lee-On-Solent airfield has new aviation business in operation.

A Return to English Shores : Royal Navy WW2 Traveller

This former Royal Navy WW2 aircraft, wending its way home to the USA from restoration in New Zealand, touched down in the UK for the first time since 1946...

Britten-Norman signs new $6 million aircraft contract

At Farnborough International Air Show 2012 Britten-Norman announced a new contract for the supply of aircraft to a new customer located in the Asia Pacific region.

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First Lee-built B-N aircraft flies

The first new-build aircraft to be manufactured at Daedalus Lee-On-Solent Airfield by Britten-Norman flew for the first time earlier this month (July 2012).

Daedalus delight as site secures a £5m grant boost

BUSINESS in the region has been given a major boost after former naval base HMS Daedalus was awarded £5m to turn it into a cutting-edge facility...

Regional Growth Funding Announced

Much work behind the scenes by many parties came to fruition 31 Oct 2011 - Regional Growth Funding Announced. Good news for the long term prospects for the airfield and aviation at Daedalus Airfield, Lee-On-Solent.

Official Aerodrome Information

Regional & City Airports Management (RCAM), won a contract to operate Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent Aerodrome from 1 April 2014 to 31 December 2014. The official aerodrome information produced by RCAM is accessible here.

Schneider 80 - 80th Anniversary Celebration of GB Victory

Congratulations John Russell and Team - fabulous achievement given the many challenges!

Images taken at Calshot here, here and here. Images from Ryde here, IOW County Press piece here.

BBC South Today report here. Pre-event BBC coverage here.

Global Aviation Resource magazine article here

Gosport and IOW Video Clubs's film here

Prime Minister Announces Enterprise Zone Status for Daedalus Airfield

Enterprise Zone status, which provides business rate reductions and the retention of business rate growth for investment in infrastructure to spur investment and generate growth announced 17th August.

Lee Flying Association Fly-In - 9 July 2011

Led by Peter Bentley we enjoyed a LFA Fly-In which was a great success on many levels. Just some of the highlights...

USS George H. W. Bush - Images

Images of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Bush moored in the Solent, May 2011


Airfield Under New Management

As of 1st April 2011 Britten-Norman have become responsible for the management of Daedalus Airfield under a two-year 'interim' agreement. The airfield manager is Mr Peter Dalby, who managed Bembridge aerodrome 2002-2010.


Daedalus Airfield Planning Applications - LFA Responses

South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has submitted planning applications for the regeneration of Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-Solent. The latest LFA Comment Document is available here...

Congratulations to Ben Bennett on 50 years of Flying!

Ben Bennett is celebrating his 50th anniversary of flying on Sat 26th Feb at the PNGC Clubhouse from 5:30pm.

Nostalgia - Photos from Another Era!

Historic pictures of Lee before - not just fabulous ones of how the airfield in days gone by, but the people, the aircraft, Lee Lido, Lee Pier and Tower ! 

Gosport Borough Council SPD

Gosport Borough Council is currently consulting on a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Pro-aviation input is required please, particularly in support of Runway 17/35 and aviation infrastructure on the south side.


New Airfield Management : Britten-Norman

Mr Peter Dalby of Britten-Norman (BN) has confirmed to LFA that BN have signed agreements by which BN, and Peter in particular, will manage Daedalus Airfield from Friday 1st April.

LFA Newsletter Jan 2011

Public version of the LFA Newsletter January 2011, available for download here (5mb)

Fareham Borough Council - Core Strategy for the Airfield

Major areas for future development include Daedalus, as a working airfield with an Aerospace and Marine business park providing high quality productive jobs. A Draft core strategy for the airfield (click here)

Hampshire Air Search – Training Day 21st January

The Hampshire Squadron of Air Search training day 21st January 2011. Meridian TV News report (click here), and  Wave 105 Radio News, with  video (click here).

Solent Airspace and Monitor Code

Handy A5 reference sheet for GA pilots,  from the nice people at NATS Southampton Air Traffic Unit...

PDF Download click here

Daedalus Action Group

The Daedalus Action Group has been formed to help ensure businesses invest in and use Daedalus Airfield.

Gosport MP's  visit to Daedalus

Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport has previously visited the MCA SAR Flight, Britten Norman and PNGC. On Saturday 9 October she took the opportunity to vist the many tenants and businesses in the smaller hangars.

1 Oct 2010 User Licences Sep10-Mar11

Resident aircraft owners concerned about the User Licence and cover letter sent to all powered aircraft operators by Hampshire police are being kept up to date through newsletter/email. If you are not receiving yours please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

German Attack on Daedalus Recalled

Daedalus bombed...  Ray Foot was there...

Fly-In 18 Sep 2010 - Another Good Day for Daedalus

The weather-gods were very generous for the 2nd LFA fly-in at Daedalus Airfield and the Hovercraft Museum's Open Day.

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Approved

Central government approval to create the "Solent LEP" was announced 28 Oct 2010

SEEDA Daedalus Masterplan Published

SEEDA have decided to publish the Masterplan on their website in order to give the public an opportunity to comment.

£3m MCA rescue co-ordination centre has planning permission

Planning application for a new co-ordination centre at Daedalus is successful.

Tigers Training Reinstated At Last!

The Tigers Children's Motorcycle Team Re-instate Training at Daedalus

Police Air Support – South East Regional Collaboration

The Hampshire Police Authority met on 20th July 2010 and approved the proposed Regional Air Support Consortium. That involves closing Hampshire Police Air Support unit.

LFA Continues to Champion Aviation as The Way Forward

Using the airfield infrastructure once again as an economic and recreational hub for the local area and a strategic access point for the wider area.

Government Annouces SEEDA Closure

SEEDA's role and land-bank to transfer to Local Economic Partnerships...

Caroline Dinenage, MP

Recent Daedalus news pieces from the website of newly-elected local MP Caroline Dinenage

Fly RAF veterans to annual re-union!

Very rewarding opportunity to fly local aircrew veterans to national re-union 26th June. If you know what this generation did and sacrificed you know it is also an honour and a privilege to fly these men and women!

Solent Microlight Group's New Clubhouse

The Solent Microlight Group opened its new Clubhouse in June.

Peterborough Flying Club Visit Historic Dockyard

Hornet Sailing Club Visitors May 2010

Britten Norman "Go Public" at Lee-On-Solent

Britten-Norman announce manufacture of Defender aircraft in new facilities at Lee-On-Solent.


May Day 2010 Fly-In

Pictures form the May Day 2010 Fly-In. The Weather Gods did not smile on us but neither did they frown. Widespread rain showers kept around half of the people who intended to visit away, but it was a great day nonetheless.

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Up, up and away for birthday boy Ben

Ben Mullins is still a year from being able to drive on the road but he has already taken to the skies in a solo flight (click here) ....

... Congratulations Ben!    (And PNGC's Tom & co!)

Aviation at Lee-On-Solent 2009

Video of aviation at Daedalus Airfield, Lee-On-Solent 2009


Big Freeze - Update 14 Jan

User Licenses - URGENT

To use the runway after 12 March 2010 you MUST have a user license.

Airfield users will be aware that for some time they have not had to pay to use the runway. That is now changing and from 12 March a license will be required. Please don't leave this until the last minute, get your application in in time. For full details click here.

Gosport issue Daedalus Development Framework draft

Read and comment...

Jack's Magnificent Day

Jack Higgins, 90, samples the skies over the Solent


Local Leaders Tour: Sep 2009

This event was very well-supported by all of SEEDA's aviation tenants ...

Lee to Lyneham for Help for Heroes

Happy 25th HMFC!

Aircraft Shares Wanted / For Sale, Syndicates Forming

Community Activities

Some of the community-oriented aspects of aviation at Lee-On-Solent.

50th Anniversary of Keith Morton's first flight with Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club

Airfield Improvements Aug'09

New central windsock and 05 Hold Board re-instated.

Catalina Flew Out 8th Dec 09

Geoff Pell MBE Catalina News page click here 

PNGC Tug Exemption

Resident Aircraft News

A running update on the resident aircraft fleet as it gradually recovers over time - great to see!


Visitors hosted by LFA

Photo-diary of visitors hosted by Lee Flying Association

New PNGC Motor Glider

Photo-story - LFA BBQ & Opening

Social & Flying -  Wednesdays

Runway 05 Operations

- please do your bit to keep Lee running smoothly!

As part of the Tiger Club's Dawn to Dusk competition Colin Hales will attempt the Round Britain Coastal Record from Lee-On-Solent in his KR2 aircraft.

It was a great pleasure to see AOPA's Mike Cross (right) awarded the Contribution to the Community Award by George Done, AOPA Chairman at AeroExpo 2009 at Wycombe Airfield on 13th June 2009 .

IFFR Fly-In 23 May 2009

Malcolm Barton, LFA Chairman, organised a Fly-In for the International Federation of Flying Rotarians on 23 May, here's his report.

Hangar and Clubhouse

LFA has purchased the Caravan at Hangar B and has a license to occupy Hangar B and associated hard standing.


Catalina News

Piloted by Chris Geozzine and John Dodd, THE CATALINA HAS FLOWN......