Low flying

If you wish to find out more about low flying in the area, visit GOV.UK

Drone flying

Have you spotted a drone?

According to the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) who regulate all non-military flying in the UK, a drone should not be flown higher than 400 feet, must be kept in line of sight at all times, not flown within 150 feet (50 metres) of people or property, or within 500 feet (150 metres) of crowds and built up areas. If you spot anyone doing this then you are to report it to the Police on 101.

If you feel that the drone is being flown in such a way that could endanger an aircraft then please call both RAF Woodvale on 01704 872287 Ext 7234, if the sighting is in Southport or the surrounding areas, and then the Police on 101.  RAF Woodvale, Air Traffic Control will take the details and pass it immediately the flying squadrons. Your assistance and vigilance are greatly appreciated.

Drone Safety Advice

The CAA is the regulators for drone flying in the UK and are constantly monitoring the situation and tweaking their advice.

The latest advice can be found on the dronesafe website.

There is also a dronesafe safety app that can be downloaded so you can see where there are areas that you should not fly your drone.  

Night flying

Aircraft from RAF Woodvale do not night fly on weekdays or at weekends.

Viewing area

There is no official viewing area for the safe viewing of aircraft at RAF Woodvale.

Defence Aerodrome Manual

The Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) contains accurate aerodrome data for RAF Woodvale.  All airfield users, both military and civilian, are to ensure they are familiar  with the relevant sections of the DAM prior to operating at RAF Woodvale.  For further information regarding the DAM and its contents, please contact the Officer Commanding Flying (OC Fg) 01704 872287.

RAF Woodvale Flying Order Book (FOB)


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                                                                            Cover and Preliminaries

Section A Standing Orders - Flying               Record of Changes

Section B Standing Orders - Flying               General

Section C Standing Orders - Flying               Tutor

Section D Woodvale Aircraft Owners Ltd     Orders


Station Flying Operations are:

Monday to Friday between 9am - Sunset