Additional Important Information
Please note that the airport is PPR and where weather conditions may be acceptable elsewhere it may not be the case here. If we are open, particularly in winter, a full briefing may be required.
A) Aerodrome not available at night to aircraft requiring to use a licensed runway when relief Runway 02R/20L is in operation.
B) Aircraft using this aerodrome are required to have third party liability insurance in the sum of at least £1,000,000. Proof of this insurance should be available for inspection at any time whilst the aircraft is at Rochester aerodrome.
C) Use of the aerodrome is restricted to published hours unless prior permission has been obtained from the aerodrome authority.
D) Practice Engine Failure at take-off should not be attempted from Runways 02 and 16 due to the flight paths over built up areas.
E) Air training flights, intending to request circuit training, solo students and microlight aircraft are required to obtain prior permission by telephone.
F) Aerobatic manoeuvres are not permitted unless authorised by the aerodrome duty manager.
G) Home based aircraft may be active outside the published hours. Non-home based aircraft should remain clear of the ATZ. Overflights may listen out on frequency and prefix position reports with 'Rochester Traffic'.
H) No circuits are permitted outside of published hours.
A) Fixed wing aircraft are to taxi with caution on prepared and marked areas only.
B) Pilots must avoid the use of excessive power on the main apron due to poor surface conditions and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity.
A) A road used by vehicular traffic runs east/west immediately to the south of the take-off threshold of Runway 34.
B) Runway 20R APAPI signals are visible to the east of the extended runway centre-line where normal obstacle clearance is not guaranteed. They should not be used until the aircraft is aligned with the runway extended centre-line.
C) Runway 16 non-standard markings. Runway designator located before the landing threshold.
D) The proximity of large buildings and topography may cause turbulence and windsheer in some wind conditions.
E) Runway 34 has the main access road in the undershoot preceded by parked aircraft. Pilots must use the displaced threshold to avoid obstacles on the approach undershoot area and main entrance road.
F) Pilots are advised that the aerodrome is situated beneath the LTMR of 2500 ft QNH.
A) Helicopters air taxiing should avoid low flight over the runway maker boards and parked aircraft due to high energy downwash from rotors.
B) Helicopters landing and taxiing in the northern manoeuvring areas are advised of the close proximity of the main car park and pedestrians.
C) Rescue and Police helicopter flights may take place outside of published hours day and night without notice.
A) Circuit training is restricted at weekends, Public Holidays and at other times that the aerodrome authority consider appropriate.
A) All aircraft inbound to or outbound from Rochester are required to conform to the following procedures, notwithstanding that these may at any time be departed from to the extent necessary for avoiding immediate danger.
B) Aircraft should not join the circuit or final approach path below 1000 ft QFE.
C) Circuit patterns should be flown to the west avoiding the large built up area to the east.
D) Aircraft taking off should use the full length of the runway, applying take-off power prior to releasing the brakes whenever surface conditions permit.
E) Aircraft fitted with VP propellers must endeavour to reduce RPM consistent with manufacturers noise abatement advice.
F) Aircraft departing from Runway 02 and 34 to the east are expected to depart via the overhead unless requesting a right hand turn after passing 1500 ft QNH.
G) Unless making an approach on the PAPIs installed on Runway 02/20 aircraft should adjust their visual approach to maintain a 5o approach angle to the runway threshold.
H) Circuits variable to avoid flying over built up areas: Runways 16 and 20R/L - RH; Runways 02L/R and 34 - LH.