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My flying buddy and I flew into Bodmin on 25 July 2019 from Dunkeswell, where we were based for a week. My (limited)experience of flying in Cornwall is that the weather can be very localized and fickle and can change quickly. We flew along the coast and over Tintagel in brilliant sunshine, turned south for Bodmin only to encounter increasing cloud to the extent that we were in and out of IMC on approach to the airfield. Predictably it was quiet with hardly anything going on, although a helicopter and another light aircraft departed while we were there. The clubhouse was deserted and when we paid the landing fee the radio operator said we could make a tea/coffee in the kitchen. He reckoned the weather was only going to get worse so with the cloud already at about 500 ft agl I didn't want to hang around a)because we couldn't find any milk in the fridge and b)I was PF for the departure and didn't want to get stuck there if the famous Bodmin Moor fog descended to ground level. After taking off I leveled at 500 ft to stay visual, flew about 5 miles east and broke back out into glorious sunshine and blue skies. I was pleased to have visited and got it into the logbook and, to be fair, we didn't see the airfield at its best in those conditions but the runway was fine, the welcome was friendly and I could see from the notices in the clubhouse that this airfield is probably a thriving and lively one. Certainly well worth a visit.
I enjoyed visiting Bodmin, it's a friendly airfield in a pretty location. Reasonably short runway means you need to be sensible with weight but overall it's definitely one to visit.
Visited in a Skyranger Swift from Sywell on 14 July for a short stay. Friendly welcome from this member-owned club. We were whisked away by our local host so did not sample bar and other refreshments. Plenty of low-cost parking and easy access fuel.
Good range of members' a/c in the hangars which they will happily show you (particularly the immaculate Aeroncas).
This club is actively reaching out to the local community (Brownies/Beavers/disabled teenagers). The members are building a new control tower with disabled facilities underneath. More hangars are being built, and this is obviously a club with ambitions.
Dome-shaped airfield is interesting, you can't see the other end on takeoff/landing, but there's enough grass. Well worth calling in, but keep an eye on the weather.
|“||During our weeks holiday at Fowey, I based our PA28-181 at Bodmin. Was slightly concerned about runway before ariaval and spent some time refreshing my STOL techniques. Runway 31 was more than adequate for our needs. Would want to be very carefull if attempting takeoff at MAUW.|
Weather was tricky most of the week as highest cloud base was 1500' at this 650' high airfield but often much lower. Fronts coming in from North West can make this runway more usable than Perranporth or Newquay.
|“||Visited on a Monday so no catering but there is an honesy box for tea and coffee and I expect you could help yourself to more from the bar if someone is there to take the money.
Consider carefully the warnings in Pooleys about sloping runways. It was fine for me heading west in a Eurostart but in a PA28 in an easterly it could be very scary. Make sure you have chocks with you. |
|“||very friendly welcome and all normal facilties on the airfield so it made a good base to fly into Even managed to get 3 days hangerage 2 runways so it was possible to cope with the strong wind on arrival without a problem easy to spot and pretty straightforward arrival and circuit procedures well worth a visit |
|“||We visited to use Bodmin as base to drop a friends ashes. We had weather trouble getting there on the Friday, as depsite being told no-one would be there at our planned arrival time, someone had stayed (as they ususally do) when we called to say we had diverted.
A lovely spot to fly to with slightly short and humped runways for some. Fuel available but not the cheapest. However, a very friendly and relaxed place.
We also enjoyed the Aeronca fly-in that was happening.
Thanks to people at Bodmin, we will be back soon. |
|“||Visited with airfield round Devon and Cornwall this summer. We were there towards the tail end fo the day so no cafe, but a cheerful recommendeation to help our self to the "honsety box" tea, coffee and biscuits and to pop up the tower if we wanted anything from the bar!
Gorgeous spot for an airfield, very triking scenery around the approaches. |
|“||Chris Joly (G-AYLL DR1050 out of Lee on the solent).
Took a day off work and decided to visit Bodmin - always wanted to visit when I have flown past!
A/G gave good service and easy approach and landing ...don't be alarmed when you can only see grass after touchdown - runway slightly up hill and club house and tower disappears behind the hill! Fuel at non residents price means a taxi down a fairly steep road and round the hangars -- seemed though I was being directed into the town for fuel!
Very accommodating field manager, cafe ( food extremely good and inexpensive) and an all round recommendation for a visit. Would imagine it is good and busy at the weekends.
|“||We called into Bodmin last Sunday (3rd Aug)on the way down to the Scillies. Camped overnight next to the plane. We'd been advised to reserve a Sunday Lunch and were glad we did it was delicious - it was so popular they had run out by 2pm when the restaurant closed. We ordered some sandwiches which we had for tea sitting in the sun on the patio. We were made to feel so welcome we camped there again on the way back on Thursday night from a foggy stay in the Isles. This time we were offered a lift to the Blisland Inn where we had a satisfying Bodmin Beast Burger. The Inn received the Best CAMRA Pub award 2002, real ale only £1 a pint! Taxi a bit steep (£10) back to beautiful, peaceful airfield for the night. |
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