Welcome to Lee Flying Association
"It's All About Saving and Making Daedalus Aerodrome Work for Everyone"
Lee Fying Association is a not-for-profit members organisation. LFA has been working with local stakeholders since 2007 to ensure that an operational Aerodrome at Daedalus, a historic and previously Royal Naval and RAF Air Station, is retained and becomes the vibrant and strategic aviation, economic and amenity asset for our area it can be.
Membership of LFA is open to all who support or benefit from Daedalus Aerodrome and its' ongoing aviation use, safeguarding the aviation runways and supporting infrastructure and wanting to creating a vibrant aviation future for the econimc and amenity benefit of all. There is also a growing social aspect enabling members and local supporters to meet and enjoy being on the airfield, enjoy tours, fly, and organise events such as highly successful Daedalus Airmen & Airborne D-Day 70th Commemoration.
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Lee Flying Association has been remarkably successful in championing an aviation future for Daedalus; initially challenging and reversing decisions to close the airfield to the majority of users in 2007 and 2008 while also promoting the potential for Daedalus as a leading UK General Aviation aerodrome - creating unique employment, economic, amenity and transport value. LFA has been providing aviation sector knowledge to landowners and local leaders regarding opportunities, strategy and issues that would need to be addressed through formal processes. LFA has been submitting pro-aviation sector input into the many public consultations and planning applications since 2007.
As at July 2015 these efforts, combined with those of key formal stakeholders, have culminated in enabling new aviation businesses to gain a foothold at Daedalus pending investment enablers such as runway resurfacing (Dec 2014) and creation of new serviced plots with airside (taxiway) access. Strategic planning for the Borough of Fareham, the Solent Enterprise Zone, and the Homes and Communities has incorporated most, if not all, of the key input provided by the LFA needed to create a viable and sustainable General Aviation airfield delivering economic and amenity benefit once again in the local and Solent / South Hampshire area.
Planning policies, Local Plans, "Visionary Frameworks" and a granted Outline Planning consent for the whole of Daedalus have thus struck a balance which incorporates the need to boost employment generally, while retaining and using operational aviation infrastructure including aircraft parking aprons and taxiways and retaining a large amount of open airfield space, which local people value hugely.
We are now seeing much of the work to date and vision of the LFA, formal Daedalus stakeholders and local leaders coming together and being implemented. The main runway has been resurfaced (Oct-Dec 2014) which enables both the airfield to gain a Civil Aviation Authority licence and businesses to have the confidence to make longer term investments such as new hangars and premises. Work will shortly commence creating new serviced plots around the north east aircraft apron where the first tranche of new hangars will be built, replacing those constructed in 1943 which were recently demolished (a sad but necessary part of the regeneration of the aerodrome and EZ).
Key phases of the regeneration remain ahead and there will likely be further challenges to tackle. However both the direction and now the pace of change is extremely encouraging. Further work is underway to enable further aviation investment opportunities at Daedalus, opportunities for amenity use and, over time, access to the airfield for local people as is normal at other civilian aerodromes.
The LFA also provides local, aerodrome and operational aviation knowledge to a range of Daedalus stakeholders and local organisations, including residents associations, clubs and societies.
LFA Members receive regular Members Newsletters which provide information and updates regarding the strategy, issues and progress of the many changes that are needed and are occuring here
Members have access to the LFA Clubhouse at Hangar "Bravo" where they can use the briefing facilities, free WiFi, and park their car or aircraft while visiting, help out with running the premises and socialise with other members. It is likely that the social and event focus of the LFA will grow as less work is required regarding the future of the airfield itself.
Aviator or not, local or not, all who wish to demonstrate their support for Daedalus Aerodrome continuing and developing as operational airfield are invited and welcome to join. Click here for more details.