Air-Britain have been contacted recently by the owners of the farm strip at Batchley Farm - please note this is a private strip
We have a security issue that you may be able to help us with. Two of us have a small farm strip near Everton, Lymington, Batchley Farm. Confusingly we are both Jim. The other Jim commented that someone who contacted him is aware of a review or references to our private strip and he thought it was via Air Britain information (apologies if I am wrong). Do you have a reference to this strip? If you do, I accept that the factual information may not be erasable but, if it does exist, it should at least have a note making it clear it is strictly private and not available to anyone else, with serious consequences for a pilot ignoring the ruling and landing. The security aspect comes from the number of airfields targeted by thieves and the subsequent damage done to aeroplanes by indiscriminately breaking in or ripping parts from them. Thanks for any assurance you may be able to give, James Pearce.
A quick check reveals that we have not mentioned Jim Pearce in ABN since he acquired his Foxbat G-EOID on 29.09.14 and, of course, this was mertely a formal ownership change from the CAA in the normal fashion. More associated with Batchley Farm, Hordle (as we have called it for many years) is Jim Cresswell and accredited quality woodworker on many classic and ancient aircraft (Moth, Puss Moth et al) and is well-known in rebuilder/restorer circles. Also it is well known that it is a private strip and contact by appointment only (it at all). Obviously their known projects are listed from time to time in the annual CARBI (eg G-ABZE, G-ACOL, G-AFCL, G-AIIH, G-ECVZ & G-ERDA) but this carries a very positive warning that mention en passant conveys no right of access anywhere. The most recent mentions in ABN for Jim Cresswell have been in September 21 & March 21 covering formal ownership changes to G-ABZE & G-AIIH.
Thus I think that you can assure both Jims that there has been no specific encouragement for visits to their private strips and I am sure that Pilot Flying Guides (eg Pooley etc) will contain appropiate access information - I no longer buy these annuals, so do not personally no what is said.