Chalgrove Airfield and RAF Benson

Paul Boone made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

I have been advised by the Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council that the MOD has made a statement that "The MOD has not held flying or landing rights at Chalgrove Airfield since it has been occupied by Martin Baker"

I have a copy of the RAF Benson Defence Aerodrome Manual V8 issued 15th March 2017. In this manual, there are many references to Chalgrove Airfield, and details in particular the letter of agreement between Group Captain S A Patterson OBE, Officer Commanding, RAF Benson, and A. M. Gent, Head of Flying, Martin Baker, dated March 2016. This letter of agreement sets out the parameters under which Martin Baker undertakes to make Chalgrove Airfield airfield surface available to all RAF Benson based air systems for training purposes. RAF Benson air systems are permitted to use Chalgrove Airfield for training and crash diversion purposes. In addition, Figure 7 sets out the Hover Training Area for RAF Benson helicopters.

I would like clarification as to the actual situation regarding how RAF Benson, and any other RAF stations, are permitted to use Chalgrove Airfield for Hover Training or any other uses. The letter of agreement does not specifically refer to landing rights except in the case of emergency, but the fact that it is used regularly for hover training (regularly observed from the village of Chalgrove) would imply that the statement on flying rights is incorrect.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Boone


Dear Mr Boone,

Your request has been logged under our reference 2017/08915 and the target date for response is 12/10/2017.

Yours sincerely

DIO Secretariat

DIO Sec-Parli2a (Knight, Laura Miss),

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Dear Mr Boone


Please find attached a reply to your FOI request – 2017/08915.



Yours sincerely,


DIO Secretariat