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Wed 10 Jul - Richard Argyle

Visited Alderney (EGJA) from Biggin Hill on 20.05.19 in C172 G-BANX. Routing was via OCK VOR, St Catherine’s Point VRP, ORIST, Alderney

Solent Radar helpful as ever. Jersey control gave us a direct route to Alderney Lighthouse VRP from ORIST

Landing runway 26, exited via Bravo. Card payment was accepted for the cheaper (VAT free) fuel, and the £15 landing / overnight parking fee.

We stayed two nights at Farm Court B&B, where they had kindly agreed weather reserve dates, at time of original booking. The island is very welcoming and well worth exploring.

Our route back took us to Heauville VRP, along the D-Day / Normandy beaches, Courseulies-sur-Mer, Le Havre (keeping clear of Deauville CTR) SFD VOR, Biggin Hill. Spoke with Brest Information, Deauville, Paris Information before handover at the FIR, to London Information.

An excellent destination which we plan to visit again.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • 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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Tue 26 Mar - Richard Jolly - Aldridge

Been on my to do list for a while. Storm delayed us by a week but made it on 19th March 2019. Everyone very pleasant and efficient - really enjoyed our short stay. Even manage dto walk halfway along the breakwater. Discount on landing fee for buying cheap avgas - much appreciated. Didn't test the food / drink as walked into town. Thanks again

  • 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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28 Jun 16 - John Evans

The review by Liam Sandie in 2014 pretty well describes our experience in June 2016. We attended the fly-in in our DR400-140B, based at Headcorn. We routed EGKH-Seaford-Bembridge-Kathy-Orist-Alderney. Apart from difficulty in maintaining good R/T contact with Guernsey approach, everything went to plan. We encountered the expected turbulence when crossing the coast on approach to 26.

The fly-in was excellent and staff at the airfield helpful and courteous. Alderney flying club members looked after us really well, and provided an interesting and varied programme.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • 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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14 Jul 14 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

Visited Alderney (EGJA) from Netherthorpe (EGNF) on 14/07/2014 in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. Routing was via DTY VOR then over Brize and onto POMPI and ORIST RNAV waypoints.

No issues at all apart from the very early departure meaning many LARS units were still closed.

Jersey gave us a direct route to Alderney from ORIST, we were crossing the channel at FL60 (in line with the Quadrantal rules still in place in the UK.

Landing was on runway 26 and we exited via Bravo and tower asked for the fuel bowser to attend to us. Card payment was accepted with no issues for the cheap VAT free fuel. We then cleared customs via the Fire station and paid the £15 landing fee (reduced due to fuel uplift).

We headed into town and hired two mountain bikes at £7 each for 4 hours and cycled around the whole island and then had a lovely lunch.

I'd asked the fire station to charge my GoPro but they had forgot to plug it in I think, anyway I managed to get it back and then contacted the tower to enquire if I could do a circuit prior to the crew change or the return journey. This was no problem despite a steady stream of commercial traffic throughout the day.

The guides mention a route crossing at Le Touquet and following the French coast but in my opinion this is a long way round to go, fly direct and be sensible, it is no more dangerous than flying above an overcast layer even in a SEP.

Overall a really nice day and an excellent island to visit. The tourist office were really helpful and it was clear that everyone was keen for us to return which we will be, soon I hope!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • 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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7 Jul 14 - Rod Paris - Kidlington

Fantastic GA airfield. Cheap fuel (no VAT), landing and parking for 3 days £10 singles, £20 twins. 1 hard and 2 grass runways so no crosswind problems. Friendly ATC. Great cafe. Walk into town or round the stunning cliff path. What more can you want?

  • 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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10 Jul 13 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Alderney on Thursday 4 July from Jersey. This is my third or fourth visit, but the first from Jersey: exactly 30NM due north/south. Alderney is an easy airfield to find and it is very friendly and easy to use. The only minor issue is that being on a fairly small island in the middle of the English Channel on a windy day, it is susceptible to gusty winds and wind-shear. We lost 12 Kts on approach, but were prepared for it. Other than that, it has a lovely cafe, landing fee was under £20 (C172) and, if you so desired, it was an international flight from Jersey and we could have taken duty free back if we wanted to. Add to that the fact that Alderney is a lovely destination, (and a great place to walk the dogs), what isn't there to like?
  • 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: 4
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8 Jun 13 - Carl Finch - Kemble
Flew to EGJA from EGHF. It was a great day and a great flight! Really easy to flight plan and info special branch. To save yourself some time take a few copies save filling in a Gen Dec when you get there.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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29 Sep 09 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Flew into Alderney on Monday 28th September, provided you follow Jersey Zone instructions, the transit to Alderney is no problem at all, Jersey Zone, Guernsey and Alderney tower all extreamly helpfull. We walked into town and had a nice lunch in the late September sunshine. A real plus is fuel at £1.10 per litre, NO VAT !! Very Highly Reccomended
  • 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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21 Jul 09 - Wup Wuppington
Flew to Alderney from Biggin yesterday. Very straight forward. Contacted Jersey zone about 10 mins after crossing the Isle of Wight and was cleared to enter the zone at 3000 feet special VFR. Low cloud over Alderney made the right base to runway 26 slightly interesting otherwise fine. Refuelled on cheap tax free gas and took off over the cliffs at not above 1000 feet until handed back to the unflappably, deliberately speaking gentleman running the zone when was cleared to exit not above 3000 feet. Easier than you might think. Will try Guernsey and Jersey now.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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3 Jul 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
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.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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14 Jul 08 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I flew into Alderney from North Weald on Sunday 13th, the day did not start to well as I was not aware you needed to give Special Branch 12 hours notice but we filed and took a chance. The procedure for reporting in the Jersey zone looks a little daunting in pooleys and on the map, BUT do not be put off, this is a delightfull destination and the scenery on the approch to the Island and the airfield must be some of the best around. We had a very warm welcome and were given directions to walk into the town for luch, it would appear that the pubs do not cater on a Sunday until the evening, but unperturbed we walked back to the airfield and had a really nice bacon sandwhich and sat outside in the sun. Ths is a fanastic destination and if you take on fuel (£1.15 a litre) the landing fee is only £8 which for the facillities offered is fantastic value. Highly Reccomended.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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24 Jul 05 - Chris Beddis - Bournemouth
Went to Alderney a couple of weeks ago for an overnight stay after dropping by at Guernsey first. It was my first trip across the channel and I found the experience easy enough. Alderney itself is very nice, very pretty and quaint. We arrived just before the airfield shut at 19.30, and because we stayed we enjoyed a reduced landing fee.

The Victoria hotel in the main town is very good, and I highly recommend it.

Avoid the security staff at the airfield, the one guy I had to deal with was possibly the rudest I have come across recently.

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9 Jun 05 - GALY J.J.
Caution, there is no more fuel in Alderney.You must land with enough fuel to join Guernesey or Jersey.

Merveillous island but avoid The Vine restaurant.Georgian hotel is a very pleasant place to stay.

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7 Mar 05 - Julian Storey - Croydon
Alderney is the most wonderful little island. Three square miles populated by 2,300 of the nicest people you will find anywhere.

Without doubt the nicest of the Channel Islands (they're all nice - but Alderney tops my list) and the most perfect place for a GA trip. Everywhere is within walking distance.

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24 May 04 - Nick .
nice place to visit Quite island with two days enough to visit. A little duty free and cheap AVGAS 63 p a litre total. Carefull with the ATC as very stricked, remember to ask for permission to start engine and hi - viz jackets for all crew and passengers.

bike hire not necessary as long as walking shoes taken ( a stout pair of boots ).

recomend for first long ( seams long way ) as english is spoken and very good reception.

just remember 416 speak and ATC procedures.

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