The airfield is located in Class G airspace however there are airspace restrictions and hazards to be considered. The following text is not a substitute for careful study of the current edition of the appropriate chart and all other relevant publications concerning airspace restrictions.
Pilots intending to fly to Bellarena should check NOTAMS before departure for Bellarena. For departures from Bellarena by glider or aeroplane, information on NOTAMS and temporary airspace restrictions may be obtained via the Internet, using the equipment provided in the clubhouse.
DANGER AREA D505.
This extends from the firing ranges near to the prison out over the sea from surface level to 2,000 feet altitude. The upper limit of this danger area may be raised to 6,500 feet by Notam. When the range is active, red flags can be seen from the air.
GLIDING OPERATIONS ON BENONE STRAND
This is marked on the 1:500,000 map. 4 NM (approx.) North East of the airfield. It is occasionally operated by the Ulster Gliding Club under Crown license. Glider launching by car tow with cable or aerotow. 130.10Mhz will be in use if active, otherwise phone 02877750301 for details. This facility is for UGC gliders and tugs only.
Group of aerials on high ground, 4 NM (approx.) South East of the airfield.
A new wire braced tall wind monitoring mast has been erected on high ground 4 NM (approx.) East of the airfield. The thin mast and wires are almost impossible to see from above even if you know they are there.
New windfarm of 400 feet high turbines erected on high ground 7 NM (approx.) South East of the airfield.
There is an Aerodrome Traffic Zone around the commercial airport at Eglinton, 9 NM South West of the airfield. Opening times are Notam'ed. Contact 123.625Mhz.
EGLINTON ILS FACILITY
The commercial airport at Eglinton has an ILS facility in Class G airspace leading to runway 26, plus another ILS for runway 08. Visitors inbound to or departing from Bellarena through the area of the ILS should contact Eglinton on 123.625 Mhz for traffic information before crossing the ILS. If non-radio, it is advisable to avoid the defined 'ILS box' as set out in the next section.
GLIDER FLIGHTS AND THE ILS BOX
The commercial airport at Eglinton has an Instrument Landing System to assist approaches to their runway 26. The ILS lies to the South East of Bellarena and you may have to cross this on the way out or on the way in. Shared use of the airspace in this locality is the subject of a Letter of Agreement between this club and the operators of Eglinton airport.
It is ESSENTIAL that pilots abide by this protocol. If anything is unclear, discuss it with an Instructor before flying.
Print the map on the last page and keep handy so that you know where the boundaries are.
EGLINTON CTA IN SHANNON FIR
From 29 July 2010 Class C Controlled Airspace was introduced within the Shannon FIR to permit arrivals to Londonderry/Eglinton Rwy 08 using the new instrument approach procedures effective on that date, to cross the Shannon FIR boundary and complete the instrument approach procedures within the Shannon FIR.
The CTA is established during the published hours of operation of Londonderry / Eglinton ATC as per CAP032 (UK AIP) and as amended by NOTAM. As the provision of ATS is delegated from Shannon ACC to Eglinton, the controlling authority of this airspace is Londonderry (Eglinton) during the ATC operating hours. Procedures and communications within this airspace will be as if the airspace was an integral part of the Scottish FIR. ATC procedures in the Eglinton CTA are therefore to be applied in accordance with the UK procedures for the provision of ATS in Class C Airspace. Outside the published hours of operation of Eglinton ATC (or Notam'ed extension thereof), the blocks of airspace revert to Class G Airspace under the authority of Shannon ACC.
LETTER OF AGREEMENT WITH ALDERGROVE
UGC has negotiated a letter of agreement with Aldergrove to provide access for gliders to the new Class 'D' zone around Aldergrove.