|ICAO Code:||EHLE/LEY||Info Last Validated:||feb17|
Lelystad Airport is the busiest general aviation airfield in The Netherlands and together with Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Schiphol is a member of the Schiphol Group. Expansion is planned that includes extending the main runway from the current 1250 meters to 2700 meters and a new terminal capable of handling four A320-sized aircraft simulteanously. For the time being, the field offers daytime visual operations and limited night time instrument arrivals/departures. On an average day, you will see many light singles ranging from ultralights to turboprops like the Ce208, quite a few twin props, light helicopters and a bizjet or two.
A handful of flight training schools for single- and twin engine aircraft as well as helicopters are situated on the airfield, and also several aircraft dealers and maintenance companies. AIS Airlines has no scheduled flights here, but a maintenance facility for their Jetstreams. Main attraction is the QAPS aircraft painting hangar, which moved here from Schiphol years ago. Aircraft up to about Fokker 100/BAe146 are handled here.
Additionally, two aircraft museums keep their collection here. The Aviodrome museum has settled on this airport after its move from Schiphol last century. Its inventory includes aircraft varying from light single props to jet fighters and from majestic propliners to a B747. Aviodrome went bankrupt late 2011, but was re-opened in 2012. The former Dutch Dakota Assocation has even been moving back and forth between Schiphol and Lelystad several times and is currently based here again. Less conspicuous but just as unique is the Early Birds Foundation (Stichting Vroege Vogels) with its collection of vintage aeroplanes, mostly light ones with wooden constructions. Both museums organise fly-ins now and then.
The airfield has a straight-forward design with taxiway parallel to the runway and virtually all the buildings along that, with a central terminal building. The microlight strip was closed per September 2016, in preparation for the planned new terminal and parking lots.
The airfield is accessible by public transport, bicycle, car, private aircraft and even by boat (as described on the Aviodrome website). Buses run from Lelystad and Harderwijk train stations, usually at half-hour intervals. Motorists can use motorway A6 for fast access or approach from the south side via major roads. The A6 lies north of the airport, parallel to the runway. In either case, the airport is sign-posted and the N302 crosses right underneath final 23.
The main arrival and departure apron is surrounded by the main restaurant, a walking area and the Terminal. Photos can be taken from the customer terrace of the restaurant and over the fence by use of small steps. Also, a small path on the right side of the terminal will lead to a small viewing area in front of the terminal. Additionally, driving, riding or walking along the airport roads will bring you to nearly every apron to view the airplanes there and make photos. As would be expected the atmosphere is relaxed and asking politely will usually provide access for an unobstructed view.
As mentioned, the biggest civil aviation museum in the country has an interesting collection. Worth mentioning too is the replica of a part of the original Schiphol airport with platform housing historic aircraft. The Aviodrome was normally open Tuesday till Sunday 10:00-17:00, admission for adults is 17 euros.
Choose a spot along the byway of the N302 called Larserpad for good views on landing traffic. Additionally, a lot of planes on the field can be seen and read off, including part of the Aviodrome inventory. A bit further north, in-your-face action of ultralights can be enjoyed. Starting 2016 the quality of this spot will be influenced by work on the runway extension.
Along the Talingweg, a side road of the Eendenweg, it is possible to view and photograph traffic landing on 05 - or slow climbers from 23. The distances and angles are a little less favourable here than at spot 3. Starting 2016 the runway extension will cause this spot to become part of the Airside with new options for photography.
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