Since 1994 lands adjacent to the Bann have been used on a regular basis for practice
In 2006 USAL negotiated a long lease on 14 acres for use as an airfield.
Many hours had been spent monitoring the prevailing wind and deciding a layout for
Initially around 850 fencepost's and 6000 ft of sheep fencing wire together with
12000 ft of barbed wire was installed by hand to mark out the runways.
Two of the directors managed to get their hands on the controls of an AN2 that was
displaying at Portrush airshow. Mark Holmes flew as co-pilot for the inbound route,
whilst Johnston Dunseath had the controls for the return flight to Bellarena. Whilst
at Causeway, some of the neighbours enjoyed getting on board the aircraft which is
actually the largest single engined biplane in the world. The owners of the AN2 then
enjoyed some flying in the Lake Amphibian with Mark demonstrating some water work
first on Lough Neagh and in Donegal.
The members have a long history of participation and assisting in the Portrush airshow.
In 2008 after full planning permission was granted, and after assessment from DoE,
some hardfill was placed on a boggy field to raise the level so allowing vehicular
access and provide a suitable base for the construction of hangars.
A caravan was donated to the association and was placed on a temporary site to provide
some shelter for the members. Many long hours were spent working in freezing conditions
to construct the timber shuttering for the new hangars that were to be erected on
The hangar bases were then marked out using lasers at dusk! The hangars were designed
as a re-enforced concrete raft on compacted hard fill with re-enforced stub walls
for added strength. Today the airfield is suitable for most non commercial light
Updated 13 February 2011. To date over 7000 hours of voluntary work has been put
in by association members and volunteers to create Causeway Airfield.
This project has been part funded by the European Union through the Lower Bann Partnership