After Jochen Weyhausen-Sauer got to a pilot’s license in 1966, matured the idea of constructing an airfield at the location Ganderkesee in close cooperation with the municipality Ganderkesee.
Various different terrains are being examined – three of which come in the short list. The Luftsport-Verein Ganderkesee “Aviation Sport Club Ganderkesee” (LVG) is being founded.
It comes to an agreement of an acquisition of property. The request of construction and airfield of class II is imposed. The property is being prepared, sowed, and freed of stones to get the approval.
The pilots Hagelberg and Sauer obtain the permission – with the air crafts D-EBSE and D-EDFU – to complete so-called off-field landings for noise measurements.
On November 26, 1969 the “approval” according to 6 LuftVG (German aviation traffic laws) for facility and operation of Airfield Ganderkesee is granted.
An aircraft hangar, two single hangars (T Boxes) and a Air Traffic Controller room are constructed, building permissions for a control room, bathrooms, rooms, a restaurant and aircraft works with office rooms are granted.
On March 27, 1970 clearance for traffic is given. But because of the weather – storms up to 8, strong rain and snow fall – it is not possible to start and / or land on this day. The first official landing is done at a later time.
The company Atlas Air Service GmbH is founded and negotiates with CESSNA to function as a CESSNA representer.
It is becoming clear that the designed grass tarmac cannot keep up with the traffic density. At this time 1.500 aircraft movements are registered each month. It is to be feared that the construction of the new 835 meter long runway could endanger the operation. That’s why the runway is finished in a record-breaking time of only five workdays. The runway is accepted and approved.
On November 7, 1970 the airfield inauguration takes place.
The Deutsche “German” Aero Club e.V. takes notice of Airfield Ganderkesee. After intense efforts, the approval is received that the Deutschlandflug 1971 (flight through Germany) goes to Ganderkesee.
A bigger hangar and a gas station for Flight Operation Materials are built. The airfield receives a taxiway parallel to the existing runway.
On September 25 to 26, 1971 the Deutschlandflug 1971 takes place. 215 airplanes are gazed at. This event ensures that the airfield is brought to light nationwide and international. In the following years, aircraft movements go up to more than 45.000 per year.
A border checkpoint with customs, an arrival and departure lounge, and and night beaconing are built. The property is expanded about 4 hectars and a car race takes place on the airfield.
Photos: Walfried Meyer
A tennis center and the Airfield Hotel & Restaurant with skittle alley, convention and society room, and canteen kitchen are constructed. On April 10, 1974 these are inaugurated and opened. Workshops, departure hall, flight school, offices, a club room, an administration building are built. It is determined to intensify apprenticeship.
Photo: Walfried Meyer
The airfield shall be home to – additionally to the areas business, private, taxi, island, apprenticeship and advanced education flight – sporty activities like ultralight flying, parachuting, and ballooning.
It is worked on reducing aircraft noise.
1994 Airfield Ganderkesee hosts a few parachuters.
Once every two years the Gewerbeschau (trade show) takes place here. Exhibitors with the scope of trade, craft, and service present themselves.
For the yearly organized Atlas Race Days, many personalities from the dragster race scene come together.
Photos: Manfred Neugebauer
The indoor tennis center is rebuilt to a airplane hangar (today known as Aerodrome). The Aviatic Club is established and moves into the club room.
Since 2008, the Jet Flight Days (Jet-Flugtage) take place where model (RC) flyers from Germany and adjacent abroad countries show off their flight skills. One of the highlights: the start of the world’s biggest model of the A380.
Photos: Manfred Neugebauer
Ralf Sauer, son of airfield founder Jochen Weyhausen-Sauer, takes over executive operations of the airfield.
For the 44th anniversary of the airfield in 2013, a fly-in is organized. In the same year, 160 antique cars – they started from market place in Bremen and drove to Ganderkesee – can be admired next to antique aircrafts.
Saint Nicholas (Santa Clause) flies in with his airplane and surprises the children.
Jochen Weyhausen-Sauer steps back. 15 new single hangars (T Boxes) are built. A second briefing room is created in the GAT.
The Aerodrome, prior owned by Airshampoo, is taken over by the airfield operator in 2015 – and with it the charter. The Sternflieger (star flyers) are now part of the local family.
Airfield Ganderkesee receives a complete new design in 2016.