We recognise that when organisations and universities are developing aerial systems they are often based in built up areas without adequate sites for testing, that's why we offer our whole facilities for hire. Far enough away from any built up area allows for safe testing of unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) and uninterrupted by other aircraft in the air at the same time.
We have a purposely designed flying site located just outside Swindon in Wiltshire, 5 minutes from junction 15 of the M4. The field is set in approximately 8 acres of beautiful rural countryside, and boasts well defined East-West and North-South runways measuring, 160 x 25 metres and 100 x 25 metres respectively.
After passing through Draycot Farm Aerodrome security gate leading you past the full size airfield you will find Paul Heckles Flight Centre at the end of the gravel drive, allowing access all year round, this then leads to the car park accommodating approximately 15 vehicles.
Our Briefing room which also serves as the refreshment area allows us to have a quiet, warm location for set ups, theory or just simply having that well d eserved cup of tea.
Should you have too much tea we do have toilet facility's as well.
Next door we have the hangar which offers an area to store equipment and aircraft should the weather turn nasty. Our workshop is available for any of those troublesome little problems that may need fixing on site.
We also have both 240Vac and 12V on site.
Outside in the Pitts Area, as well as the wind sock and weather station there are a number of benches to help with starting up/assembly etc.
Monday to Friday a Sandwich van visits the field around 1pm.
Paul Heckles School of Flying became the Flight Centre in 2013 through a realisation that model training was only a small part of the services offered. Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside the centre offers all types of training on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
As well as individually tailored training the centre explains theory, offers a professional build / repair service and technical model setup.