Ulster Gliding Club, at Bellarena, offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Northern Ireland. It is no wonder the name Bellarena means 'beautiful strand' in Latin.

Visiting Bellarena Airfield

Main landing run -- The main landing run is120/300 deg. magnetic, approx 500 yd. useable grass. An additional 100 yards at the beach end is not suitable for use. Diagonals may be in use according to wind conditions. The operational strip for the day is selected by the duty instructor. In some wind conditions the landing strip may differ from the takeoff strip. In normal operations in a West wind on the main strip 30, take-offs are normally to the left and landings to the right. The site is surrounded by wire fences average 4'0" (1.2m high). The north and south boundaries abut ditches approximately 10'0" (3m) deep.

Arrivals -- If radio equipped we would welcome a call on 118.685 Mhz when 5 miles out plus circuit position calls.

All circuits should be Left Hand unless otherwise directed. Should there be a reason to vary the circuit direction, the Duty Instructor will indicate the required circuit direction at the daily briefing and record this on the briefing sheet. The circuit direction in force will apply to tugs and aeroplanes operating from Bellarena. Pilots of visiting aircraft making PPR telephone calls or making radio contact when arriving by air will be advised of the circuit direction in force.

The recommended circuit direction for the day does not prevent any glider pilot from applying their own judgement on circuit direction if the urgency of the situation dictates, for example running short of height for any reason. In such cases an appropriate radio call will assist greatly with situational awareness for everyone. All pilots should recognise that, notwithstanding the circuit direction in force, there may be opposing circuit traffic that may be difficult to detect and therefore a particularly rigorous lookout is required.

Note that there may be vehicles on the airfield engaged in towing away landed gliders or in field maintenance work. Landing runs should be planned to keep well away from vehicles.

Do not engage in low flying over adjoining properties or in the local area other than as required for approach and landing. Arrivals should keep a good lookout and remember that powered aircraft must give way to gliders and aeroplanes engaged in towing gliders. Powered aircraft should avoid flying low and directly over the two dwellings nearest to the Clubhouse at the East end of the airfield, unless doing so is unavoidable for safety reasons. When landed, take care before turning off as gliders may be landing alongside. Do not taxy close behind or cross close astern of tug aircraft as they may be trailing 200 feet of tow rope hidden in the grass. Avoid using high power settings if turning in proximity to parked gliders.

Departures -- We expect you to pay the landing fee and make an appropriate entry in our 'Booking-out book' before departure. Departing aircraft should not fly low directly over the two dwellings nearest to the Clubhouse at the East end of the airfield unless doing so is unavoidable for safety reasons. Departures should climb to circuit height then set course. Do not engage in low flying over adjoining properties or in the local area other than for take off.

Radio frequency -- Gliders and tugs will be using 118.685 Mhz during gliding operations.
Facilities -- Customs -NIL. Maintenance - NIL. Hangarage - NIL
Operating hours -- Generally Saturdays and Sundays 0930 to 1730 hrs. For other days, see programme of operations .
Local taxi -- 02877 768822
Fuel -- Pilots proposing to land at the Club's airfield at Bellarena should note that, due to insurance difficulties, the Club regrets that it is not normally possible to supply fuel to visiting aircraft. However in extremis, fuel, 100LL AVGAS is available.
Caution -- This airfield is not notified as a point of entry/exit under the terms of the Terrorism Act 2000. If you are flying to Bellarena from outside Northern Ireland or you are flying from Bellarena to a destination outside Northern Ireland, you will need to submit a General Aviation Report (GAR Form) before making the journey. For further information, contact:
National Customs Unit: / Fax: 08702403738 / Telephone: 087 0785 3600 PSNI: / Fax: 02890901242.

"How good was that! The freedom and the silence was fantastic." Rodney Conway - Belfast

"I felt safe, right from the start. And the views were unbelievable" PBC - Carrickfergus

"Fantastic fun, and a great bunch of people. I'll be back for sure." Peter McCleane - Wexford