Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire


Elevation – 439 ft amsl

AFIS – 124.075 – Call sign – Tatenhill Radio

Runways – 1 Asphalt

Navigation Aids on aerodrome – NDB “TNL” 327.0 (on A/D)

Fuel – 100LL, Jet A1

Telephone Number (For PPR) – 01283 575283

Operating hours, hangarage, parking, landing fees and landing cards – Please see website.


Tatenhill Airfield was known previously as Royal Air Force (RAF) Crossplains and later as RAF Tatenhill. The Airfield is a licensed airfield and is operated by Tatenhill Aviation Ltd, about 5 nautical miles  west of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. It is part of the Needwood Survey, a 3000 hectare (12 sq miles) estate held by the Duchy of Lancaster in the area of the former Needwood Forest.

Miles MagisterConstruction of the airfield was completed in 1941 during the Second World War, using the standard RAF specification of three co-intersecting runways. During the construction phase Miles Magister aircraft of No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School from RAF Burnaston used part of the airfield as a Relief Landing Ground.


Vickers Wellington Bomber
Vickers Wellington Bomber

From 1941 until 1942 the airfield was a satellite airfield for RAF Lichfield where No. 27 Operational Training Unit, Bomber Command used Vickers Wellington and Avro Anson aircraft. From 1942 until 1943 No. 15 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Training Unit, Flying Training Command used the Airspeed Oxford. From 1943 until 1944 No. 5 (P) AFU used the Miles Master. From 1944 until 1945 No. 21 (P) AFU used the Airspeed Oxford, this was to be the last RAF flying unit. During 1944 No. 21 Maintenance Unit arrived after the disastrous explosion at their nearby station of RAF Fauld. The airfield finally housed the RAF School of Explosives from 1945 until 1947. The RAF had completely moved out by 1950 and the airfield became disused.

In 1959 when the ground around the runways was returned to agriculture, the airfield lease was acquired by Allied Breweries of Burton-on-Trent for use in connection with their business, being a suitable location for many of their visitors to fly in directly and also as a base for the brewery to operate their own communications aircraft. During this time they operated: de Havilland Dove, Beech Baron, Beech Queen Air and Beech King Air aircraft. The flying operation ended in 1985.

The airfield has a CAA Ordinary Licence  that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Tatenhill Aviation).

Location and amenities

Tatenhill is 5nm from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and there is plenty for the visiting pilot to engage in, within the local area.

t10Tatenhill Aviation Limited is a family run business that formed in 1987 and has served aircraft owners with competitively priced and excellent maintenance facilities ever since. In later years Flight Training was added to it’s already impressive and varied list of services and Tatenhill Aviation boasts some top quality instruction from its experienced and professional Flight Instructors. Tatenhill Aviation is also an approved avionics dealer, installer and maintenance provider.

Located on the aerodrome is the superb Flight Deck Cafe offering a wide range of traditional home cooked fayre for visiting pilots and non-aviators alike.

Competitive aircraft self hire, Introductory lessons, Trial flights and Special Aerobatic flights are all offered and detailed information can be found within the well maintained website and Tatenhill is home to one of the Midlands Air Ambulances..

Pilot Information

As mentioned, Tatenhill Aviation maintains a comprehensive website that is crammed with information for any visitor, be it by air, or otherwise.

Active social media accounts are also another good source of information, discussion and indication that Tatenhill is a thriving Airfield.

t5Flying in

East Midlands CTA lies 6nm to the East and Birmingham CTA lies 7nm to the south of the airfield.

East Midlands Approach are extremely friendly and accommodating if flying in from the South and East of Tatenhill and equally, if travelling from the West, Birmingham Radar operate a listening squawk. Visiting pilots are advised to utilise the Listening Squawk and to squawk 0010 (with mode C) and to monitor Birmingham Radar Frequency on 118.050, who will provide assistance if an emergency situation arises.

Approaching Tatenhill from the North / North West most visiting pilots will obtain a service from Shawbury Zone LARS whilst transiting the AIAA (Area of Intense Aerial Activity).

Circuits are flown at 1000′ QFE and are left hand on both Runways 08 and 26.

PPR is required at Tatenhill and night flying can be provided by arrangement. Visiting pilots are asked to call Tatenhill Radio at least ten miles from the airfield upon arrival. The standard overhead join is the preferred method of arrival.

It is not uncommon when landing at Tatenhill to vacate the asphalt Runway 26 mid point whilst a following aircraft lands, so that both can then back-track to parking / fuel.

When departing Runway 08, there is a noise abatement procedure which requires a 10 degree left turn when climbing out and will be provided as part of your briefing.

Going forward

There is an ongoing and exciting program of airfield maintenance and refurbishment at Tatenhill and a new taxiway leading to the new apron has recently been opened.

A current ongoing project is the renovation and resurfacing of Runway 22/04 which will be completed when the weather and time permits and hopefully before the end of 2016.


In Summary

Tatenhill is one of the more welcoming and friendly GA airfields in the UK. Perfectly located in a central position within the country, ensuring that the airfield and the facilities are well used.

Management are committed to improvement and going forward, it is likely that Tatenhill will continue to flourish. Tatenhill is an airfield that you really need to get in your log book.

A bustling cafe and great food provide for both aviators and non-aviators and if you are yet to visit, then this is certainly an airfield to get in your log book, or one to take the family for a bite to eat and to watch the world go by.


Before visiting:

  1. Check the website
  2. Speak with an on duty Radio Operator and pass your PPR

For videos showing arrival and departure to and from Tatenhill Airfield, a selection are available on the author’s YouTube channel.