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Frequently Asked Questions about the Vision for Daedalus

We have put together a number of answers to frequently asked questions about the Council's Vision for Daedalus.

Daedalus in Context

Q:        A significant investment in remediation has been carried out – what does this consist of?

A:        So far, the investment at Daedalus has included the following:

Our Vision

Q:        Attract more corporate and commercial aviation activities – what does this mean? To what scale?

A:        This could mean a small increase in air charters and air taxis (6-8 seaters) and eventually the possibility of some small scale scheduled UK services, typically 20 seater aircraft operating a couple of days a week.

Our Objectives

Q:        Providing clusters for aviation, non-aviation and skills/innovation activity – what does this mean?

A:        An area where a group of similar businesses will be positioned closely together

Q:        Continue to support and grow broader general aviation uses – what are these?

A:        General aviation uses would include leisure flying, gliding and pilot training.

Daedalus East

Q:        What are the target-sector based businesses?

A:        Aviation, aerospace, engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors

Daedalus South and Airfield

Q:        What does the Aerodrome License from the Civil Aviation Authority permit?

A:        The core benefit outlined by Regional & City Airports (RCA) of this licence is permitting commercial air transport movements and extending training capability to permit heavier aircraft.  There are many other benefits such as the controlled environment and the safety enhancement this offers to operators.

Q:        There will be the necessary services and facilities to encourage a broader spectrum of flight movements – what do you have in mind?

A:        We will be looking at the provision of a café or restaurant on the site and reception facilities for visiting aircraft.

Objective 1

Q:        What is a modular hangar?

A:        A structure used for housing airplanes which is composed of standardized units or section for easy construction or flexible arrangement

Q:        Provide "move-on" commercial space to tenants of the Fareham Innovation Centre – what does this mean?

A:        The Innovation Centre provides space for small start up businesses to enable them to prosper and grow.  After 2-3 years, it is envisaged that they will no longer need the support offered by the Innovation Centre and will need to move on.  However, we would like to be able to provide them with space to help keep the jobs they have created within the immediate area.

Q:        What is the difference between aviation and aerospace?

A:        Aviation covers all manner of flight from very simplest gliders right up to the B747 and A380 at the sub-orbital level. Aerospace engineering covers both sub orbital flight and spaceflight.

Objective 2

Q:        Encourage increased commercial aviation usage such as air charters and air taxis – how many / to what scale do you propose?

A:        This would involve a small increase in the number of air taxis and air charters using the airfield, typically small 6-8 seater aircraft. Depending on destination, there may be 3 or 4 such flights a day.

Q:        Small scale UK scheduled services to operate from the airfield – what does this mean?

A:        The target area for these types of flights would include flights to the Isle of Man, Channel Islands or the Isles of Scilly, etc. in small aircraft (for example 20-seater aircraft). Typically, these services operate a couple of days a week.

Objective 3

Q:        Examine potential for consolidating the operations for fuel supplies on the airfield – what happens now?

A:        At the moment, fuel is supplied to resident and visiting aircraft by a number of different third party suppliers.

Objective 4

Q:        Consider whether the hours of "staffed-operation" should be increased?  - What are the current hours of staffed-operation?

A:        Currently, the airfield is staffed from 9:00am until 4:30pm seven days a week.  Consideration is being given to extending these hours into the early evening, particularly during the summer months.

Q:        Install Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) – does this mean there will be night flights?

A:        Installing lighting on the runway would enable flight activity to continue for longer periods of time during the day (morning/ evenings), particularly during the winter months, as well as during periods of poor visibility.  It is not envisaged that there would be night flights

Q:        What is instrument based landing?

A:        This is a ground based system using radio beams which will enable aircraft to land in conditions of poor visibility e.g., fog, rain or driving snow.

Q:        Upgrade the Air Traffic Control System to a Flight Information Service – what does this mean?

A:        At the moment the airfield provides a very basic ground to air communication service for aircraft.  Upgrading this to a Flight Information Service would enable much more detailed information to be given on matters such as meteorological conditions, information on potentially conflicting traffic and other potential hazards. This falls halfway between the current provision and the full Air Traffic Control system provided at larger airports.

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