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Submitted by: Stephen Nuttall
Flew into Alderney from Blackpool via Exeter on Sunday 21 June with my wife and our greyhounds for a short holiday. Interesting transit from the Jersey CTR boundry at "not above" 1000 feet due to volume of commercial traffic above us, but good weather and vis made it a lovely flight anyway. Great little cafe at the airfield and very friendly and helpful staff.

Alderney is a very friendly and "homely" airfield - wonderful location, good runway and parking areas with tie downs and chocks available, plus fuel at £1.01/litre with NO tax. Landing was £10 (this is a discount rate if fuel picked up or overnight stay) and included 3 nights free parking. Good briefing facilities available with advice at the end of the phone if needed.

Whilst there (until Friday), we did a couple of flights to Guernsey and it couldn't have been easier - mini flight plan took about 1 minute and great help from Alderney Tower and Guernsey approach all the way.

Very GA friendly airfield (as was Guernsey and Jersay radar) and friendly with it. The approaches were spectaullar, but on a hot day, and a small island, you will get wind from different directions and some wind-shear. Watch out for the weather - we had a VFR clearance to Guernsey, but vis reduced whilst we were lined up and this was changed to an IFR clearance only (which we were able to accept - Alderney and Guernsey are in a class "D" corridor) and we got radar vectors to a visual final at Guernsey (having gone VFR after going through a 100 foot cloud layer).

Alderney is wonderful and relatively quiet - we walked around the island (twice!) on the coastal path and felt we had the place to ourselves.

Recommendations: We ate outside at the (rather posh) Bray Beach Hotel on the first night (longest day) watching the sunset over the harbour - expensive but very nice (and dogs allowed in the outside eating area too). We also ate at the Harbour Lights (only open for a month when we were there). This is a bistro type restaurant and had very good food, was extremely friendly and with very reasonable prices - they also allowed the dogs outside (and inside after they saw how well behaved and quiet they were!). Marais Hall - oldest pub on the island with good food and beer.

The whole island is well worth a visit and it is EASY to get to and is a very different destination if you want to give it a try - well worth the effort and highly recommended.

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