Pilot reviews of Abbeville Aerodrome
|“||Flew into Abbevile for the first time today. A friendly airfield and an easy one to use.
Blind calls are the order of the day on 123.5 (as noted in other reviews, the airfield plate does not mention this) - I made calls in both english and bad french and it all worked very well.
The airfield manager closed the outward flight plans and filed the return flight plan but we needed to open it with Lille on 120.275 - not a problem.
The runways, grass and hard on 02 / 20, are in excellent condition. There is a cross runway but I understand that its not used that often - would be improtant to keep your eyes peeled though - when we were there flexwings and ex military jets were mixing with the normal Robins, Jodels and UK permit aircraft.
The aifield manager called us a taxi for the trip into town (13 euros) and we had a very good and cheap meal near the cathedral although food is available at the hotel on the airfield I think. With a landing fee of 3 euros its definitely one for a re-visit. |
|“||I've used Abbeville a number of times. It's normally fairly quiet, cheap landing fee, friendly to small aircraft and away from the coastal fog. However, last Saturday there was a parachuting event and a private Fouga Magister was doing barrel rolls over the runway - Like Headcorn on steroids really! So check the notams. Having to fax the customs request is a minor drawback but I've never been met, maybe N reg gets them worked up. You should really make RT calls in French and the CCI reps only speak French. Claude, who is also the airfield shepherd, is always helpful but I haven't seen him much recently. The other guy, in the suite, declined to file or open my flightplan last year, but actually asked me for it and opened it this time so maybe he had been in a bad mood. Take note that the restaurant/motel is closed from after lunch on Sunday to lunch on Monday so don't expect to get accomodation on Sunday night unless you're there for lunch. Also, we pitched up late on a Friday last September and found the restaurant and motel packed out with a farmers convention and no room in town either. |
|“||A very friendly and informal airfield. No manned radio service, so you have to make blind calls on the common frequency of 123.5 (not that me airfield guide tells you that).
You also have to give 4 hours notice for customs - I sent a fax to the airfield the afternoon before and they informed customs. We arrived to find 3 customs men leaning against their C172. A slightly heart-in-mouth moment as I have an N-registered aircraft which had not been through a customs check before. They examined all the documentation (particularly VAT/import docs) in minute detail, made several telephone calls, filled in numerous forms and, it has to be said, were perfectly reasonable, if not exactly friendly. All proved to be OK but the 40-minute delay meant that the kitchen in the restaurant next door had closed and we had to make do with sandwiches.
|“||We flew into LFOI in september 2008, A very friendly G/A airfield, Landing fee is a modest 6 euro and no charge for over night parking, A good resturant on site and a motel next door,
Abbeyville is a 45 min walk or 10 min taxi ride costing 7 euro,
this was my first visit but will not be my last
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