Shoreham EGKA SHM
Shoreham Airport (EGKA), also known as Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport, is situated 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) west of Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex and was founded in 1910. Shoreham Airport is the oldest licensed aerodrome in the UK. The Grade II listed art deco style Terminal Building was constructed in 1934, when the airport was established as a municipal airport for Brighton, Hove and Worthing.
Today, the airfield is at the forefront of general aviation with business, training and pleasure flights. The Sussex Police MD902 Explorer helicopter, UKP37, is based at the airport.

Due to runway dimensions, Shoreham is only suitable for General Aviation (light aircraft). The largest maximum take off weight possible is approximately 5700 kg.
Current METAR
Key Details
Name Shoreham
Latitude 50.83560181
Longitude -0.29722199
Elevation 7 ft

IFR departures must obtain the ATIS and request clearance for start-up before requesting taxi. IFR departure instructions will be issued during taxi or at the hold prior to departure. There are no Standard Instrument Departure routes at Shoreham and aircraft will be given a direct routing to the first point on their flight plan.

VFR departures can start up at their own discretion and will call ready for taxi. Aircraft must obtain the ATIS and quote the letter and QNH received along with their callsign, aircraft type and their intentions. Once clear of the ATZ, aircraft will be provided with a Basic Service.

Shoreham Approach is Procedural only (non-radar). The following Procedural Instrument Approaches are available for IFR arrivals: * NDB/DME Approach * RNAV Approach * VDF Approach (Runway 02 Only with a visual positioning for alternate runway if required) The hold at SHM NDB extends from 2000 feet up to FL50. The holding details are 023 inbound, right turns, outbound time 1 minute.


Circuit height is 1100 feet for all runways. Circuits are variable in direction but usually left hand.

Arrivals / Transiting

Visual Reference Points are established for use by aerodrome and enroute traffic as follows:

  • Brighton Marina
  • Lewes Intersection
  • Littlehampton
  • Washington Intersection

VFR aircraft should contact Shoreham no later than one of the 4 official Shoreham VRPs and provide:

  1. Callsign
  2. Aircraft Type
  3. Enroute From/To
  4. Position
  5. Altitude
  6. Conditions (IFR/VFR)
  7. Estimate (not compulsory for VFR)
  8. Request (e.g. Basic Service, Joining Instructions etc.)

Aircraft will be provided with joining instructions, traffic information and may be given an altitude restriction and may be requested to report at a second reporting point before entering the ATZ. When busy, arriving aircraft will be instructed to report overhead at 2000 feet for a standard overhead join. For an explanation of overhead joins, see:

Shoreham Airport VRPs

Additional Information

Visiting aircraft normally park on the main apron in front of the control tower.

Helicopters The airfield has 4 helicopter training areas: * November (North-west of Runway 02/20) * Echo (East of taxiway K) * X-ray (Centre of the airfield) * Whisky (West of Runway 02/20) Helicopters may be instructed to arrive or depart from one of these areas or from a runway. Helicopters normally arrive and depart not above 600 feet within the ATZ to remain 500 feet below fixed-wing traffic. Visiting helicopters will park on Helipads 2 or 3. Helicopter training circuits take place from Whisky. Please see Helicopter circuit diagram at


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