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28 Aug 14 - Richard Bott - Yarford House

My first visit to West Wales (Aberporth) airfield in 28 years of flying and why have I not been there before? Very helpful on the phone beforehand - "can I help the military with their radar practice" (and they helped me). I arrived at 15.00 and, with no taxi available for 30 mns, I was given a lift by a member of staff to the village.

An ice cream, walk and fish and chips later, picked up by a real family run taxi service (A2 taxis) and transported back to the field.

Next year an overnight stay and some coastal walking is a must

So friendly, such fun - thank you all.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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17 Mar 13 - David C - Gloucester
Surprisingly easy to gain access through the Danger Area, with clearance and radar control granted in a few minutes. They said on the ground that they've never had to turn visitors away, but there might be a few minutes delay at worst. Friendly and welcoming reception. Reasonable landing fee. Little to do at the airfield itself, but glorious beaches about 2 miles away. Free tea/coffee available but no cafe or other facilities.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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28 Mar 12 - Roger Wilson

Flew to West Wales during the mid week, a very friendly and welcoming place. You need to phone after 0830 to check when they can let you in due to the unmanned aerial vehicles. Both the radar service and the a/g radio where very helpful. We where met by some friends who were also well looked after by the tower and ground staff before we arrived. We wanted to take our friends for a short flight and agreed a slot in the afternoon with the tower as the uav were due to be operational at 12. In the end the uav went u/s. The tower took the trouble to phone my flying club to get my mobile number so they could phone me and offer an earlier slot - what service. There are some very nice villages and pubs to get good food nearby and the surrounding area and nearby beaches are great. A must go to place.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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10 Feb 12 - Keith Mitchell - Shrewsbury

Actually visited this place in Aug 2011. The danger area is mainly cold at weekends and the place is crying out to be visited. It's a 5 min taxi ride from a great beach! No real catering but the airfield staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. Even gave us a lift into town as no taxi's were readily available!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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9 Mar 10 - Martin Evans - Betws Gwerfil Goch
Don't be put off by all the NOTAMS and flying restrictions because of all the UAVs and flying saucers around Aberporth - this is a great airfield. What it lacks in cafe facilities, is more than made up for with the welcome from the staff and the mug of tea handed to me on arrival. It's a gorgeous fly-in, the seaside is only just over a mile away, and the runway is so smooth you'll barely know you've landed. Give them a ring and they'll try to slot you in. Will be back very soon.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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31 May 09 - frank meehan
Arrived into Aberporth from expensive Caernarfon on Sat 30th May in super if not hazy weather.

Made to feel most welcome by John the duty controller and given the low down on the field and great details about what to do in the locality incl details on the nearby(11/2mls) away beach which is easily accessible by pathway form the tower area.

Reasonable landing fee and tea ready on arrival. Definitely worth a return trip. Frank. Denham,Bucks.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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22 Sep 08 - Chris Colder - Ashbourne
The welcome at Aberporth was as friendly as at any airfield i have ever been to. The facilities are limited but the kettle was on and a cuppa and a cake was offered on arrival and a taxi ordered for the short trip to the delightful beach. Airfields like this are priceless to GA in the UK in my opinion and the staff at Aberporth deserve every praise for the standard of the strip and their willingness to do whatever to make our visit pleasurable. I would definitely call in again. A beautiful part of the world too
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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26 Aug 08 - Pete Dawkins - London
ATC Excellent. Weather was worsening, we were coming in from Carlisle.

The controller John, had been tracking our progress with other stations since we left at 15.30 and Had stayed on to meet us.

Told us that better weather was just ahead of us as we were planning to divert. With the landing light on he spotted us about 20 miles out and then gave us landmarks to look out for, to give us the best approach. He even called our wives driving up to meet us, telling them of our progress and the best route to the field.

We arrived at the same time and John had the kettle on and lovely Welsh Tea Cakes ready for when we walked into the tower.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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15 Aug 08 - Ian G - Manchester I'ntl / Liverpool JL
All the reviews are quite true, what a easy, welcoming, hassle free airfield to visit.

Make sure you phone them and take note of all the info you can get. I found it but only just and that was with a new 495 gps!

Following the coast is nice, preferable if the danger zone is cold or inactive, if your coming from the north get in touch with them sooner, way before the DA and you may get cleared direct.

On the way there the DA hot and had to hug the coast, the coast can be quite high in places and I had some low cloud so was a bit of a balancing act in places.

Airport people, buildings etc all top notch. Do take your own food with you though.

Little warning, before the runway threshold there is a rather large steep down slope. On approach it can feel a bit off putting and can also affect the airflow. Be ok once your used to it or expecting it.

Will be back again Ian

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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1 Oct 07 - Tony Scott Warren - Jersey
I flew into Aberporth on Thursday and had a great welcome - it turned out that the operator on duty had been stationed at Eastern Radar at the same time as me! My landing was not one of my best, but he said they would only charge me for the first four bounces... They had halted the UAV flying for my arrival - this was the most worrying aspect for me prior to getting there, as I had to delay my departure from Jersey due to weather, but when I phoned up to tell them, they said they would make sure the UAV was on the ground well before my intended arrival. On departing on Saturday, the welcome was again excellent, and as a low-hours PPL it was super to have the Notams, TAFs and Metars obtained for me, calls made to Swansea to check activity, Cardiff to make sure they had my flight plan, and even a cuppa before departure - mind you, I should have refused it with a 2.6 hour flight in front of me, but that's another lesson learnt!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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23 Jul 07 - Fillipo Barchetta - Milan
Nice controller but not helpful on what to do for food (a necessity for me) had to walk to town, a couple of miles, tried hitching - no luck! I'm told Welsh dont like English? .. but I'm Italian they dont like us either!!! .. suggest better taxi service at Aberporth to make the experience better for GA ....Airfield fees much cheaper than Cranfield though!! (see my review please)
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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30 May 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
No cafe, but coffee and biccies on tap in the Tower. Massive, immaculate runway, just watch out for the windshear from certain directions. Chap in the tower very good about warning you when it's likely to be present. For a quiet field the welcome is fantastic, the staff clearly enthusiasts themselves.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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31 Jan 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
As other have said - wonderful welcome. Coffee and cake in the tower, excellent detailed weather brief before I set out, and all set in an absolutely gorgeous location.

They seemed keen to stress that the danger area shouldn't put people off, permission to cross it is easy to get and that people are welcome to fly in during the week.

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4 Feb 06 - Allan Hutchinson - Retired from flying.
Visited Aberporth on 04/12/05, so it was out of season. I flew via St. Davids, and then up the wonderful West Wales coast.

When I contacted Aberporth radio, it was very informal, and very friendly. He told me that the danger area was inactive, and that I could follow the coast all the way up if I wanted to. And of course, I did.

On the radio, he told me that he would get the kettle on for me.

After landing, I went up to the tower to pay my landing fee, and I was told to "sit down, and have a nice cuppa, and some biscuits". How could I refuse. Had a very nice, long chat with the guy in the tower, and talked about Aberporth being the exelence site of the UAV programe.

On departure, he gave me some advice on avoiding some of the hills around Aberporth, which was very helpful.

I would imagine that, if I had visited in the height of summer, then the short walk into the town, and seaside, would have been worth while.

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12 Jul 05 - Phil Wagstaff - Kingsbury
Arborfield .. went weekend of July 9th . as it was recomended arrived and asked price for fuel (1.15 inc) landing was £10 no taxi available so walked 1.75 miles to nearest village where at 14:02 was firmly told orders stop at 2pm nowhere else to eat that was open save the little cafe where the people were friendly but little choice walked back to airfield which was locked up at 3:55 ! would I recommend it ... sorry no! going next week to Perranporth - it was great the last time
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20 Jun 05 - Andy Williss - Forest Hill, London
What a great airfield, John could not have done more for us if we had paid him. Coffee in the tower, weather, route briefings, you name it -- he did it without even asking. This has got to be a must for all you flyers, don't worry about the military ranges you'll get in if you ask.
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29 May 05 - Steve Neale - Bristol'ish
Flew in as pax in a RV-4 from Gloucester on Bank holiday Sunday 29th May 2005. Warm welcome and a cup of tea waiting for us. A nice venue for fly-ins with a large clubhouse in a beautiful peaceful part of West Wales. Don't let the range danger area put you off; It's closed on weekends.
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7 Mar 05 - Mark Hale - Cardiff but Flying from Filton/Gloucester
Visited West Wales this Sunday 6-March 05. Very warm welcome and great scenery on the way. Landing £10 and £4 circuits but got that reduced with uplift of fuel. If you go in the week, the danger area is active, altough still no problems getting in to land, weekend able to have a nice trip along the coast
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17 Jun 04 - L Holder
West Wales Airport, Aberporth is soon to be at weekends from mid July. Ideal spot for weekends away. AVGAS and Jet A1 available, plus overnight parking. All movements PPR.

Agree with Nick that flight simulator is impressive! They also tell me they offer instrument rating renewals. Bowled over by the price - Only £395! One chap also told me they offer you free landing fee's if you fly in to do your IRR. Can't go wrong with that.

Aberporth and all of Ceridigion is fantastic for quiet weekends and great for pleasure visits. Well worth checking out.

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17 Apr 04 - Nick .
Very friendly, nice place to visit, with nice area to fly over. Have Senica simulator there looks very impressive. Tea machine complicated and no resturant. Shut weekends.
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