Pilot reviews of Birmingham International Airport
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Flew into Birmingham International in our DR400 on Thursday 5 July to visit the National Motorcycle Museum. The flight from Blackpool was only 50 minutes, although we ended up orbiting on downwind for about 10 minutes due to commercial traffic ahead of us. ATC were extremely helpful and accommodating. We used Signature as our handling agents and they collected us from the aircraft and drove us directly to the museum and collected us again later in the day. The total fees for landing and handling, including the free ride to the museum was only £88. For one of the busiest airports outside London, this was exceptional good value and the signature staff were just great.
No Avgas is available at Birmingham as mentioned by previous posters, and on the day, the Signature reception building was also unavailable due to flooding (Yes really! Plumbing rather than rain I believe). None of this caused us an issue and we used the signature office in their hangar to do the paperwork.
Birmingham prefer the use of R/W 33 up to a 5Kt tailwind due to noise sensitivity, but at 3,000 metres, this is unlikely ever to be an issue for a SEP. On departure, (to the north at least), they are likely to route you via Frankley Reservoirs VRP to give early separation from IFR traffic. However, as soon as they were happy they had sufficient separation (It’s pretty much a 90 degree turn away from runway heading), they allowed us to resume own navigation.
For a visit to the NEC or the National Motorcycle Museum, this is an excellent destination and I was surprised at the low cost for such a busy airport.
This is an opportunity to land at an International Airport and experience sharing the runway with big jets. Very exciting.
Being a major airport you simply cannot expect to pay 15 quid. Signature have reduced their handling charge from over £80 to just £20!. Add the other charges and my total cost was £58 inc VAT for my Cirrus SR20. For the £20 Signature get they will even drop and collect to the station or NEC - which would cost something like that in a cab anyway. For once a big firm is being kind to GA - they are to be congratulated.
Jeremy and Andy from Signature are the nicest people. ATC allow for inexperienced pilots within reasonable limits but make sure you're aware of your responsibilities before you go there. This is a great experience that I highly recommend.
Important to bear in mind they cater for jets so there's no AVGAS. You do need to ask permission to start up.
Go there and ENJOY!!
I flew into Birmingham from Bagby on Sunday 13th April in our Eurostar microlight. Excellent service from Jeremy Webster of Signature Aviation Services. ATC were very helpful. This was my first visit to an airfield with full ATC so was slightly apprehensive. Jeremy took us to the NEC & his colleague collected us at the end of our visit, excellent service. I will use their services again, beats driving.
|“||Enjoyed my last trip so much I decided to go back again. Before planning a trip to Birmingham email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if there are any discounts available for handling fees.
|“||Flew into Birmingham this afternoon in my C172 to drop off a passenger and they couldn't have been more helpful. As I was only dropping off I managed to get a discount on the handling,it was still expensive but in all honesty well worth it. As I have just completed my IMC I routed for the ILS via HON at 2500ft but the runway is so long you can see it from miles away. As you are under radar control be prepared to wait a while to let the jets in first. On landing you have a marshall service so brush up on the hand signals to save embarrassment. On the ground you are treated like a rock star with a carpet to walk on brought out to the plane!
Note that the private aircraft use the Elmdon terminal building |
|“||Flew into Birmingham today in my CTSW to visit SLASH at NEC atc were very helpfull and GA friendly. The handling Agent Signature were excellent and took us to and from the NEC. thanks to all at Birmingham. |
|“||Visited Birmingham last year in a British Airways Flying Club PA28. Lovely trip if somewhat windy, unfortunately the 6 year old threw up over Oxford, still the wife did her duty well!
Made contact with Birmingham whilst over Banbury who gave me a squawk and kept an eye on me ( I only had 68 hours in total, it was one of my first solo trips since getting the PPL).
Whilst near to Warwick the friendly controller gave me some vectors and then used the phrase 'follow the Air India 777' which will shortly be overtaking you from your right! It was at this point the wife had kittens but I kept my cool, left a good spacing and made a lovely landing on rw33, exiting left towards the GA area in the old terminal after using up 10% of the runway.
Nice welcome, expensive, (£76) but worth every penny. Trouble is I need to go again as I need another story to go on about!
|“||Nice airport, had a huge runway, could have landed the TB10 across it I think!
Still no Avgas so make sure you have some left!
Signature are great, very helpful but if you get caught at the other side of the airport its a long way to the GA side..
Good, useful and links straight in with public transport which helps enormously!
|“||Landed at Birmingham as I was visiting the NEC for an exhibition and cannot fault the service.
They seem to be GA friendly, ATC are top notch and there's no problem with VFR approaches.
Handling is mandatory (Signature) who provided a first class service, even giving me a lift to and from the NEC. Total cost (inc parking overnight) was about £60 + vat.
Parking is on the western apron, just below the tower.
One word of warning though, they dont have Avgas.
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