Welcome to Lee Flying Association
"It's All About Saving and then Making Daedalus Aerodrome Work for Everyone"
Lee Fying Association is a not-for-profit members organisation that has been working with a long list of local and national stakeholders since 2007 to ensure that the operational civil aerodrome Lee-on-Solent at Daedalus, previously a Royal Naval and RAF Air Station, is retained and becomes a vibrant and strategic aviation, economic and amenity asset for South Hampshire and the Solent and a key part of the UK's network of General Aviation Airfields/Airports.
Membership of LFA is open to all who support Daedalus Aerodrome and its' ongoing aviation use, safeguarding the aviation runways, taxiways and paircraft parking aprons - to help create a vibrant aviation future for the econimc and amenity benefit of all. There is 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 our highly successful Daedalus D-Day 70th Airmen and Airborne Commemoration.
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Lee Flying Association has been remarkably successful to date in championing an aviation future for Daedalus - something very few believed possible. Challenging and reversing decisions to close the airfield to the majority of users in 2007 and again in 2008 LFA also promoted 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 insight 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 January 2007.
As at December 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 much, but 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. The LFA provides local, aerodrome and aviation knowledge to a range of Daedalus stakeholders and local organisations, including residents associations, clubs and societies.
We are now seeing much of the work to date and original vision of the LFA, formal Daedalus stakeholders and local leaders coming together and some of the foundational enablers have been implemented. Ownership of the operational airfield itself has been re-united under one landowner, intitially the Homes and Communites Agency and is now owned by Fareham Borough Council, who have a pro-aviation and formally adopted Vision for Daedalus Aerodrome. 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, althought a suggestion to Fareham Borough Council that two or three hangars could be dismantled and rebuilt as heritage hangars has been well received).
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.
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 us, thank you!. Click here for more details.