Searching for some time in the air over the Wolds of Lincolnshire is easily taken care of, with our range of flying days and experiences at Wickenby Aerodrome. There’s plenty of opportunities to get airborne with a selection of Flying Lessons, Helicopter Rides and Microlight packages. FlyDays will get you up, up and away with all experiences here available to book through dates or gift vouchers.
Wickenby Aerodrome is open from 9am – 6pm during summer and 9am - dusk during winter. If you are planning on landing your own aircraft then there is a landing fee of £6.00. Wickenby Aerodrome also offers an on-site Cafe which is open on weekends. Please note some or all of the flying experiences below at Wickenby Aerodrome may be run by an independent operator and the flight dates will be subject to availability.
The Control Tower
Wickenby Aerodrome is located near the village of Wickenby, a short distance from the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, and half an hour’s drive from Lincoln city centre via the A158 road. It also has good links to surrounding towns in the area via the A15 and A17 roads, including Sleaford, Newark-on-Trent and Boston. The nearest train station is Lincoln, and a taxi from the station to the aerodrome takes just 30 minutes.
The low lying land of the Lincolnshire Wolds, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is some of the most stunning in all of the British Isles. And FlyDays offers you a chance to experience it from the air with our range of flying days and experiences from Wickenby Aerodrome.
It was established in 1941 during World War II, when demand for airfields for heavy bombers was very high, and Lincolnshire was a prime location due to the amount of rural farming land that existed there.
RAF Wickenby, as it was known back then, was first the location of the No. 12 Squadron who had a fleet of Vickers Wellington II and II bombers, which were later upgraded to Avro Lancasters. It was a satellite station for this and also the 646 Squadron.
There followed an expansion to 646 Squadron in 1943, which also flew the Lancaster bombers, many of which were involved in major air raids on Berlin, Munich, Caen and Essen to name a few. Five months after the end of the war in October 1945, the Squadron disbanded, and thus military operations largely ended at Wickenby.
A memorial for those who lost their lives during the aerodrome’s time in service - in the form of Icarus as an obelisk - was erected at the entrance, which still stands there today as a mark of remembrance for their sacrifice.
After almost 15 years in disrepair and disuse, civil aviation returned with the formation of Wickenby Aerodrome in 1966, following two years of clearance and rebuilding, which still continues to this day.
Several pleasure flight and Microlight flight schools operate from there, as well as one of the original RAF concrete runways, measuring 530 x 25 metres, refuelling and hangarage facilities.
For small but powerful and enjoyable aircraft, you can’t get better than a Microlight aeroplane. Wickenby offers plenty of opportunities to experience the fun they offer with our range of Microlight Lesson packages.
Microlights have a very loyal and dedicated following amongst flying enthusiasts, and you’ll soon discover why when you get airborne in one and learn how to fly one under the guidance of a professional Microlight instructor.
Lincoln is a stunning cathedral city, and both these and the Lincolnshire Wolds deserve to be seen in a view that really shows off its beauty and heritage. Our range of Helicopter Flight packages are one such way to enjoy them.
However long you choose to fly from, once you take off into the sky with rotor blades rocketing, your pilot and on-board tour guide will be on hand with narration throughout the flight to point out all the key landmarks on offer.
From Lincoln’s majestic Cathedral and Castle, the historic 12th century Steep Hill, to the beautiful natural surroundings of the Hartsholme Country Park and Brayford Pool harbour and marina, you’ll be able to see them all from a completely new perspective!
Aviation is an enjoyable pastime, and in some cases has developed into a promising career. If you’ve got dreams of piloting your own plane, our range of Flying Lesson packages give you the opportunity to make that dream a reality at Wickenby.
Your first lessons, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes long, are all under the guidance of a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved instructor, so your first time handling the controls and taking a two-seater aeroplane up and away will count towards experience to obtain your Private Pilot’s Licence.
It couldn’t be simpler to arrange your next flying day or experience at Wickenby Aerodrome with FlyDays. Any of the experiences you see listed above or below can be booked directly onto from available forthcoming dates.
But for a brilliant present to treat yourself or surprise a loved one with whatever the special occasion may be, our open gift voucher is perfect. It’s flexible to use, so you can put it towards an experience of your choice at a later time best suited for you if you’ve not got an immediate date in mind.