Ashcombe Estates, the new owners of Compton Abbas Airfield has announced it has signed an agreement with Aero Legends Limited allowing the well- known warbird operator to run a flying training school and offer historical experience flights after 1 February 2023. In a press release, well-known film director Guy Ritchie, the CEO of Ashcombe Estates said ‘we have identified Aero Legends as having the required experience, expertise, and track record to deliver exceptional flying training to the highest levels of safety and standards. Aero Legends also bring with them access to the UK’s most impressive and historically interesting range of vintage aircraft for experience flights. We want to reassure all members of the Compton Abbas flying community that, as part of our continued commitment to maintaining aviation activities, instructors and students will have the opportunity to continue flying training at the airfield.

‘We would also like to take this opportunity to inform the Compton Abbas and wider flying communities that we will be undertaking a four-week period of renovations from 1 February 2023. This will require a period of closure of the cafe and members’ area. During this period, we will ensure that resident aircraft are able to continue to fly, however we will be closed to visiting aircraft. Our plans have been informed by feedback from the community and form a part of our commitment to investing in the future of the airfield and those who use it.’

Aero Legends added ‘we are excited to support Ashcombe Estates in maintaining flying training at Compton Abbas Airfield. Alongside flying training, we are introducing a broad range of premium vintage flying experiences, including flights in the Spitfire. This expansion to Compton Abbas provides a convenient new location for customers based in the South-West. We remain committed to further developing both of our South-East and London venues, which have a special significance being in Battle of Britain territory and close to the White Cliffs of Dover.’