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About

 

Bembridge Airport opened in 1920 on  land owned by Bembridge Farm.In 1921 the airfield became a licenced  aerodrome and was listed as "approved"by the Automobile Association by  1933 with available runway of 600 yds.In 1934 airline services were  commenced by Spartan Airlines and terminal facilities were built.In the  following 5 years other airlines(Portsmouth Southsea and Isle of Wight  Aviation and Channel Air Ferries ),operated into Bembridge.However when  WW2 started Bembridge was closed and the landing area was obstructed by  ditches to prevent the use of the airfield in the event of invasion.

Post war,the airfield reopened in  1946,but airline services did not resume.however ,general aviation  activities continued.In the 60s Britten Norman started manufacturing  Islanders (and later ,Trislanders) at their factory on the north side of the field.Eventually a concrete runway (the only one on the Island) was laid.In spite of a somewhat chequered financial history and a  succession of ownership changes,Islanders are still in production  today,with over 1200 built.

 

 A Britten-Norman subsidiary company Aero Composites Ltd (ACL),started  assembly of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft in 2005 and delivered the 50th aircraft in November 2006.

General aviation also continues to be a major part of Bembridge's business,particularly during the summer .

At the end of 2010 control of the airfield , which had been in the hands of Britten-Norman, reverted to Bembridge Airport Ltd.

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