Newtownards Airport is a local airfield in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). It is located 8.5NM east of Belfast. This airport not only offers light aircraft flights but offers Helicopter flights which are operated by HeliPower. This airport also has an onsite restaurant called Cloud Nine.Airfield history and operationsNewtownards airport opened in August 1934 and until the construction of Sydenham airport in March 1938 was served by UK scheduled internal passenger and mail flights.It is the home airfield of the Ulster Flying Club. The Ulster Flying Club was founded in 1961 and over the subsequent years has grown to become Northern Ireland's largest flying school and one of the largest, non commercial training, flying organizations in Northern Ireland. The club manages the airfield's facilities. The clubhouse is currently open to the public for snacks and for viewing activities at the airfield, as a new clubhouse was opened in 2005 after the destruction of the last clubhouse by a fire in 2004. Many private pilot owners and self-build constructors base their aircraft in the several hangars on the airfield.The Ulster Flying club has continued to develop as a centre for private flying and so the end of existing runways were re-surfaced and the grass strip tarmaced.The Ulster Flying Club has recently allowed the Airfield to be used for various events including Air Display days and also Motorsport Events. Most recently Car Culture Live 2015.Airfield licenceNewtownards Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P659) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Ulster Flying Club (1961) Limited).