Farnborough Airport is an operational business/executive general aviation airport. It has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P864) which allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorized by the licensee.
Farnborough Airport has a long history, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century with the creation of His Majesty's Balloon Factory and the first powered flight in Britain in 1908. This then became the Royal Aircraft Establishment, a connection which continues in the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust museum. During World War II, Germany bombed Farnborough airfield in August 1940. Farnborough Business Aviation operated the civil enclave up until 2003, when the Ministry of Defence ceased operations at Farnborough. All experimental aircraft were moved to MoD Boscombe Down and TAG Aviation took over control of the airport. In September 2019, TAG Farnborough Airport Ltd was acquired by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited. Then in October 2019, its named was changed to Farnborough Airport Ltd. Commercial defense research by research firm QinetiQ continues in the adjoining Cody Technology Park.
Farnborough Airport is located in the town of Farnborough in the Borough of Rushmoor, north east Hampshire. The airport is 35 miles southwest of London.
● The airfield is home to the Farnborough Airshow, which is held during even-numbered years. It is also home to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, part of the Department for Transport.
● Britain's first powered flight was at Farnborough on October 16, 1908, when Samuel Cody took off in his British Army Aeroplane No 1.
● The airport is home to a number of the UK's largest business jet companies, including Gama Aviation, Bookajet, and Executive Jet Charter.
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