Pilot reviews of Alderney Airfield
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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.
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
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.
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?
|“||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? |
|“||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.
|“||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 |
|“||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. |
|“||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. |
|“||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.
|“||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.
|“||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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