Postal Address: LFA, Hangar B, Hangars East, Daedalus Airfield, Chark Lane, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9YA
Lee Flying Association is dedicated to current and future aviation use of the airfield at Lee-On-Solent.
Membership is open to all who support the Association's aspiration that SEEDA and Department for Transport' owned Lee-On-Solent airfield be operated as a general aviation airfield - open for public aviation and community uses, including gliding - alongside priority flights by CHC Helicopters who operate the Search and Rescue helicopters on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
LFA was formed in 2007 to oppose the May 2007 ban of all powered light aircraft flying during gliding operations, and later the closure of the airfield to llight GA aircraft altogether. On 18 October 2007 Hampshire Police announced the airfield would be closed to all users other than Hampshire Police Air Support Unit (HPASU), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club (PNGC) from 16 November 2007.
LFA succeeded in reversing that decision and working with other agencies such as the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association and the Civil Aviation Authority produced operating procedures that were acceptable to the authorities and would ensure continued safe operation of the airfield. A new Aerodrome Manual was produced by the LFA for Hampshire Constabulary, a new and legal Air/Ground Radio Service was introduced manned by the Gliding Centre, and a Airspace Letter of Agreement was produced to resolve issues arising from the fact that most of the Aerodrome lies within the Aerodrome Traffic Zone of MoD Fleetlands Heliport.
Having achieved that, LFA now lobbies for and promotes the airfield. For the airfield to survive against the constant threat of non-aviation development, it needs to be supported in attracting aviation businesses and users into Daedalus, which will in turn benefit the local economy. In addition LFA has itself taken a lease on hangarage and hard standing on the eastern side, enable it to offer facilities to its members and to pilots visiting South Hampshire.
LFA continues to lobby and support the landowners and local authorities in turning Daedalus into an economically viable and self-sustaining community airfield, which can provide a local amenity and employment for local people as well a strategic general aviation access point for South Hampshire.
In this endeavor we are grateful for the sustained support of the local residents and thier elected representative who have overwhelmingly and consistently shown that:-
They want Aviation to continue at Lee with the airfield remaining operational
They want to maintain the buffer of open space that separates Lee on Solent and Stubbington
They do not want large amounts of new housing that will overstrain the local infrastructure.
They would like the site to help address the undersupply of jobs on the Gosport peninsula, leading to large traffic flows as people leave to go to work in the morning and return at the end of the working day.