General Aviation & PPR

St. Mary's requires all pilots of GA aircraft intending to visit the Islands to make a Prior Permission Request (PPR) using the PPR form which may be downloaded from this page and emailed to noting that a minimum of 2 hours' notice is required. ATC will send acknowledgement reply if approved with the Fee amounts along with a payment method reminder. On the day of the visit telephone ATC on +44 (0)1720 424335 for the weather and confirm airport of departure, contact details and number along with the aircraft's ETA at St. Mary's. An email address will be required for PPR & Payment details confirmation..

Aircraft visiting from outside Great Britain will be required to submit a Customs and Excise General Aviation Report (GAR) document a minimum of 12 hours prior to arrival/departing from/ to: Northern Ireland, Isles of Man, Republic of Ireland & The Channel Islands, and 24 hours prior to arrival/departure from/to non EU destinations. For flights inbound from mainland EU airports, the document should be submitted 4 hours prior to arrival, with no requirement to submit the document for outbound flights to mainland EU airports. The GAR report should be emailed to

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The Airfield

The ARP (at intersection of the runways) is 49 54 48 N 006 17 30 W, elevation 121 ft.

Pilots should exercise caution when landing or taking-off as the gradients increase to as much as 1:33 at runway ends. Pilots who have not visited previously are advised to request a low approach and go around to observe and assess the runway profiles and possible wind shear/turbulence.

A perimeter road runs around the Northern part of the aerodrome and vehicular traffic crosses the approaches to runway 14 under the control of traffic lights. A footpath controlled by traffic lights crosses the turning circle of runway 32.

Runway 14-32 is 23 metres wide, tarmac with PAPI lights. (Declared distances can be found in the UKAIP Aerodrome Section AD 2 EGHE -4).

Runway 09-27 is 18 metres wide, tarmac with PAPI lights. (Declared distances can be found in the UKAIP Aerodrome Section AD 2 EGHE -4).

All runway edge and runway end lights fitted.

There are no hangarage or engineering facilities and there is no AVGAS for visiting aircraft. All aircraft will be parked on the grass on the north/northeast side of Runway 14. Pilots are to vacate the parking area via the wooden gates and utilise the perimeter road. Under NO circumstances are Pilots to cross the aerodrome or runways.

Pilots are to contact Lands End Tower frequency 120.255 before entering the Lands End Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) when inbound to St. Mary's.

Visual Reference Points

Pendeen Lighthouse

50 09-92 N

005 40-32 W

St. Martin's Head (red and white day mark)

49 58-05 N

006 15-95 W

St Mary's Tower and Approach Radio Frequency

124.880 Mhz

Basic and procedural service available.


The NDB normally radiates 24hrs. on Frequency 321Khz. with Ident STM, the published range is 15nm.

Traffic Service and Deconfliction Service are available from:

Newquay Radar


Culdrose Radar


Opening Hours

Season Days Times
Summer Monday to Saturday 0800 - 1830
Winter Monday to Friday

0815 - 1215

1315 - 1730


0815 to 1215

Or as per NOTAM

The Airport is closed on a Sunday. 


Due to the size of the ATC facility, no visitors are allowed to Air Traffic Control. Payments are to be made via Bank Transfer (BACS-Faster Payments) as follows:

Account name: Council of the Isles of Scilly Current Account (Lloyds Bank)

Account number: 00790818

Sort Code: 30-96-56

IBAN: GB28 LOYD 3096 5600 7908 18


For fees and charges click here.


There is no fuel available.


Contact the Tourist Information Centre.