Höxter-Holzminden airfield - Flugplatz Höxter-Holzminden
|Height above MSL||285 m (935 ft)|
|Distance from the city center||
2.5 km northwest of Höxter, |
4.5 km southwest of Holzminden
|opening||27. September 1975|
|operator||Luftsport Höxter e. V.|
|13/31||814 m × 20 m Asphalt|
The airfield is approved for aircraft up to 5.7 t. The operator has been Luftsport Höxter e. V. based in Holzminden. The place can be reached by car via Höxter-Brenkhausen .
The airfield on the Räuschenberg has been used as a flying heath for glider flying since 1933. During the Second World War in 1940, the National Socialist Aviation Corps (NSFK) Group 10 Westphalia took over a piece of land , which built a residential building, a hall and a tower for the observation of aircraft movements.
Since the 1950s, the glider airfield has been in municipal hands through the takeover of the loss-making operation by the city of Höxter , the city of Holzminden , the district of Höxter and the district of Holzminden . In 1968 the municipalities agreed a new lease contract with the owner of the "Schafswiesen" with a term of 99 years and the categorization as a special landing site took place . Othmar Zürker was the managing director of the municipal airfield Höxter-Holzminden Betrieb-GmbH . Mayor Heinrich Rosenbaum was also chairman of the supervisory board in the early 1970s.
From 1974 to September 1975, during the Cold War, 28 British pioneers of the 65 Corps Support Squadron (CSS) Royal Engineers from Hameln under the leadership of Sergeant Major Roger Thorington leveled the 230,000 square meter area of the airfield with Weser sandstone as part of a military exercise, 250,000 Cubic meters of soil moved and 150 kilograms of explosives used. The British Army of the Rhine also paid for the trucks, excavators and bulldozers and used 200,000 liters of diesel fuel. The asphalt runway for powered aircraft was expanded to 814 meters long and 20 meters wide and the meadow of the glider runway covers an area of 800 meters long and 50 meters wide.
|Payer||Amount in DM|
|Great Britain (British Armed Forces)||800.000|
|District of Höxter and City of Höxter||650.000|
The official opening of the new airfield took place on September 27, 1975. A planned demonstration by the British helicopter aerobatic team Blue Eagles with five H-13 Sioux , whose home base was Middle Wallop Airfield in southern England, failed due to squalls on the holiday.
In September 1975 the aviation authority released the airfield for single and twin-engine aircraft up to a weight of 2600 kilograms, which belonged to the local district air sports club Höxter (chairman 1975 was Klaus Steven) or were stationed at the airfield. In 1976, the classification was made as a commercial airfield Class 2 aircraft with a takeoff weight of up to 5.7 tons.
In 1998 the Höxter-Holzminden Betriebs GmbH was founded and shortly afterwards the airfield was privatized. The data technology entrepreneur Jens Gronemeyer (* 1967) took over the area as tenant and managing partner. There was also the Höxter-Holzminden Beteiligungs GmbH, which was liquidated in May 2008.
In 2002, the final race was for the championship in the ADAC - Slalom entry-Cup 2002 held at the airfield. On July 13, 2002 there was a skydiving accident in which the jumper Patrick S. was killed and another jumper from the “Spacelordz” association from Berlin was seriously injured.
In 2005 the parachuting club FSC Dädalus Höxter left the airfield after legal disputes and the parachuting club Skydive took over the use. In 2007 the loss of the use of the airfield amounted to 94,467 euros according to the lessee. Until March 2007, Eberhard Scholz had been appointed emergency manager.
Up until December 22, 2007, the shareholders were Flugplatz Höxter – Holzminden Beteiligungs GmbH with 98.4 percent and Aero-Club Höxter e. V. with 1.6 percent. With a purchase agreement dated December 22, 2007, the shares in Flugplatz Höxter-Holzminden Beteiligungs GmbH were sold to Jens Gronemeyer.
On December 23, 2009 the previous tenant and entrepreneur Jens Gronemeyer decided to let his contract to operate the airfield expire on December 31, 2009. An agreement with the city of Höxter, which negotiated with two other interested parties, could not be reached. The city of Höxter is bound to the cost of the long lease of 35,000 euros per year for a farmer until 2067, but does not have any permits to continue flight operations. The resident skydiving club Skydive Höxter was already looking for new areas.      As of April 2010, the parachuting club will use the Bad Gandersheim airfield .
Flight operations were shut down from January to April 2010. On April 7, 2010 it was announced that the Luftsport Höxter e. V. will resume flight operations under chairman Andreas Krukemeyer. The district government in Münster issued a corresponding permit. After the 12-year lease agreement with the Höxter city administration was concluded in mid-March 2010, flight operations were resumed in April 2010.  
From January to June 2011 there was also a cooperation with the Parachute Club Remscheid e. V. “Due to an abundance of inconsistencies”, the FSC Remscheid has left the airport again. Then Fallschirmsport Damme took over the parachute jumping operation at the Höxter-Holzminden airfield and continues to do this next to its headquarters at Damme airfield to this day.
In September 2013 and September 2014 a training flight and landing of 11 Eurocopter EC 135 of the Bundeswehr took place.
On October 21, 2012, a Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance sport aircraft crashed into an adjacent wooded area shortly after takeoff. In addition to the 35-year-old pilot, there were five passengers on board who had won a sightseeing flight in a raffle held by the Höxter Schützengilde. All crew members were injured, including two seriously.   
- Gronemeyer gives up airfield. Neue Westfälische, December 24, 2009, accessed May 1, 2013 .
- Gronemeyer puts the city under time pressure. Neue Westfälische, December 17, 2009, accessed on May 1, 2013 .
- Subsidies violate social balance. Neue Westfälische, December 15, 2009, accessed on May 1, 2013 .
- Burckhard Hoeptner: Dispute over airfield escalates. Neue Westfälische, December 11, 2009, accessed on May 1, 2013 .
- David Schellenberg: future of the Höxter airfield unclear. Neue Westfälische, December 4, 2009, accessed on May 1, 2013 .
- LUFTSPORT HÖXTER e. V. ( Memento of the original from November 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Ingo Schmitz: Höxter: Luftsport Höxter e. V. and City of Höxter extend lease until 2022 Press release of October 11, 2011. (No longer available online.) Westfalen-Blatt, April 7, 2010, archived from the original on November 13, 2011 ; Retrieved April 7, 2010 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Six seriously injured people in a plane crash in Höxter. Retrieved March 22, 2014 .
- After the plane crash in Höxter: Public prosecutor's office is investigating pilots. Retrieved March 22, 2014 .
- Maurice Kockro: Photo of the accident machine , built in 1977. April 28, 2012, accessed on May 1, 2013 .
- Freystädter microlight flyer falls to his death. Retrieved August 24, 2015 .
- Website of Luftsport Höxter e. V. (current tenant)