The Facility

Set within the former RAF Kirkbride 12 Maintenance Unit (12MU) with its rich history of aviation dating back to 1939 our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) “Drone” training and test facility offers the perfect setting to hone your skills as a UAV pilot and perfect your technology, experienced or not.

Our vision is very much like that of the National Aerospace Centre of Malta, I Quote “Knowing is not enough; we must apply, being willing is not enough; we must do”

We aim to strive for excellence and aggregate what is best in the UAV industry. Turn theory into reality and in doing so we will help reduce risk, cost and increase safety with regard to industrial inspection using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or what is now commonly known as drones.

Key Features:

Our 1028 meter runway is perfect for Universities, research institutes, platform and payload manufacturers of large scale Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to trial their technology in a safe environment.

Using the existing building infrastructure we can simulate operational conditions that add real dimension to operator training and assessment. This is the feedback we have had from our clients, some of whom have gone away to operate in highly regulated industries like Nuclear.

We believe currently EneffTech’s UAV Operational Training & Test Facility is unique in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland as the only facility equipped to handle most if not all of your UAV requirements.

Giving you access to the following:

  • Unrestricted air space

  • Hangers & Storage

  • Workshop Facilities

  • Welfare Facilities

  • On site Accommodation (Hotel)

  • Classroom

  • Flight Simulators

  • Helipad

  • WiFi

  • ATC Radio Coms

So if you want to test the latest platform, software upgrade, demonstrate technology to your clients, introduce drone technology and application to your students, get trained to a professional standard for commercial operations all in a safe & friendly environment then please feel free to drop us a line at:






"Topcon GB, used the Enefftech’s UAV test site at Kirkbride to conduct a number of tests on our rotary and fixed wing platforms.  The site was perfect for us to conduct a number of trial flights for both mapping and inspection applications.  The site is very open and we were able to complete a number of trials and test without restrictions".
(Mat Kellett, Business Development Manager – Mapping & OEM)