The Leonardo airfield is currently the largest grass runway in the UK at 1,386 metres long, taking up a large footprint in the west of Yeovil. However, a new hard surface runway will soon be built in the middle of the grass airfield.

“It is not our intention to encourage fixed wing aircraft to the Leonardo airfield. There will be a very small number coming into the runway.

The existing runway has not been up to standard for some time, and there are occasions when a short runway is needed during helicopter testing. The existing runway is uneven in places, so during this project we will be looking to level out the undulating ground.”

The runway project is not the only redevelopment project currently being undertaken at Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, as work continues on a new £28m logistics hub at West Hendford. The massive facility covers the same area as 2.7 football pitches and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

Fonte: Somersetlive