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13 Jul 13 - Ken Glasby - Lincoln but fly out of Bagby
Visited on 13/07/13 in Eurostar,made most welcome, airfield very busy and well organised for the Fly In will certainly visit again
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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24 Aug 12 - Paul Kiddell - Longhoughton, fly from Eshott
Deservedly in my top 3 UK airfields! Visited on a Saturday evening - great grass runway, fantastically friendly welcome from the natives and a real buzz about the place which has an incredible selection of based vintage and homebuilt aircraft. Grass runway can be hard to spot initially so here's a picture but remember normally no overhead or dead-side joins due frequent aerobatics on north side! Probably one of the few fields which truly deserves '6' out of 5 across the board..
  • 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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26 May 12 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
29 Jul 2010 This was the 4th airfield of the day we visited. Bit strange joining liveside, luckily it was fairly quiet but can imagine it is a bit hairy on abusier days. Nice to see all the aircraft here and we helped ourselves to some nice sandwiches and snacks and paid via the honesty box. Will be back in the near future.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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11 Oct 11 - Dave Wilson - Lincoln

Had my third visit to Breighton on 31 Aug. There's something about the place that keeps drawing me back. I've only ever been mid week but there's always fresh baps to buy and self service tea. There also always seems to be a fellow wanderer or two that have dropped in to chew the fat with. The runway is nice and long and well kept.

I've never had anyone on A/G, never had anyone else in circuit, it's always very quiet when I go there. It's everything an airfield should be IMO, grass strip, interesting aircraft and of course it's in Yorkshire so was built by God.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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14 Aug 11 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
A great airfield and easy to find as its just South of the dissued airfield and industrial estate DON'T do what I did and join via the deadside - its often used for aeros Runway and taxi way in excellent condition, radio was "partly" manned at the time of my visit so blind calls if no response We bought a sandwich and a cooked breakfast and there were good (and good value) a lot of very interesting aircraft there - worth a re-visit
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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22 Oct 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Breighton on Wednesday 20 October, inbound from Sherburn and outbound to Full Sutton. The main disused airfield was hard to miss, but it took a little longer to orientate onto the grass runway at the edge of the field. The airfield was unmanned (and largely closed) on the day of my visit, but the grass runway was in excellent condition as was the parallel taxi-way. Must go back one day and sample the café and the rare aircraft. (And pay the landing fee…!)
  • Standard of runway: 4
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29 Jul 10 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

This was the 4th airfield of the day we visited. Bit strange joinig live side, luckily it was fairly quiet but can imagine it is a bit hairy on a busier days.

Nice to see all the aircraft here and we helped ourselves to some nice sandwiches and snacks and paid via the honessty box. Will be back in the near future.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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27 Apr 10 - David Horton - Droitwich
Visited Breighton on Saturday 24th April from Shobdon, very friendly welcome, food and drink good value. Plenty of interesting aircraft to see will be back.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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10 Aug 09 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
A crowd of us in six aircraft flew into Breighton on Sunday 9th Aug, the air ground radio was adequate, the runway was very good, the food and drink was excellent value and very tasty, the welcome was warm, we were allowed to view all the exotic and historic aircraft in the hangers, including Alex Henshaws record breaking Mew Gull. All things taken into account, well worth the visit, so far the furthest I have ventured north from my Essex base. Very enjoyable.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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9 Apr 09 - Jamie Hooton - Redcar
I flew into Breighton on Monday and to be honest the weather was awful, with the visibility low, i found it hard to find the airfield as it was my first time visiting it. However the A/G service was superb and within 5 minutes helped me find my way to the field. The runway was in superb condition and even though we did not stay very long, the service offered by the airfield staff was spot on. The landing fee was only £5 which is one of the cheapest landing fee's in Yorkshire. The cafe was nice and cosy and very cheaply priced. There was a computer available for pilot briefing services and there was a definate buzz to the airfield which was nice. I would certainly go back there any day!
  • 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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7 Mar 09 - Rick Rouse - Cebu, Philippines
Interesting airfield, grass strip which sometimes gets a little bogged into winter. Friendly and accepting any day, but often no A/G available nor briefing services. They do have a self service credit card activated refuelling facility available 24 hours (I believe). During the week not a lot available, but at weekends they offer a range of food and drinks and get some interesting visitors.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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30 May 07 - Steve Ball - Nottingam (Manc exile)
Just to add my ratings for last weeks visit... Food was non existant but i had the run of the kitchen for drinks so its a 3 The runway was in really good condition so its a 4 I had no landing fee as i uplifted fuel but i thought that was a bit steep so its a 3 A/G was adequate and i got the info needed for arrival so 3 Made most welcome and once there i had the run of the place, walking around taking pics etc so 4 As Richard says little or no breifing service so its a 2
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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29 May 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
Just a quick rating review for Breighton. Food and drink gets a 4 as it is a great cafe. The runway has a 4 because there are a couple fo lumps and it does get waterlogged / soft. For Sherburn pilots its free so it gets a 5. A/G is pretty intermittant but locals who are flying will give you the gen. Its friendly if you want to say hello but otherwise you will be left to get on with things in your own way although if you need things people are only to ready to help. Briefing facilities are pretty well non-existant. I think the TAFFs etc are sometimes pinned up.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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27 May 07 - Steve Ball - Nottingam (Manc exile)
This was my first flying visit to Breighton but i had been on a previous road visit, it was midweek and very quiet, i called up on the RT and was answered on my 2nd attempt, i was asked to use the grass runway and positioned myself for a nice touchdown in calm conditions, i purchased fuel which seemed a bit more expensive than normal but wasn't charged a landing fee, the guy then said help yourself to kitchen facilities and went about his business, armed with my cuppa i went for a wander around the hangars and took some pictures. Although quiet it was a nice visit and one that i will make again.
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28 Jun 06 - David Hill - Syerston
Visited Breighton today. Very quiet so made blind calls in the circuit. Had a wander around enjoying looking at the historic aircraft based there.

No food on midweek so just made ourselves a cuppa and chatted with the locals.

Well worth the visit. Will definitely be back again.

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17 May 05 - peter dowling - bolton, lancs
This is an airfield that I had wanted to visit for quite a while and when I flew in last sunday, it fulfilled all expectations.

A clear, crisp response on the r/t to my request for joining information led me to join left downwind for runway 29. A bit disconcerting to find finals had me descending over long buildings at right angles to the runway, but with 825 metres of cut grass ahead there was plenty of space to land the trusty Rans S6.

The Yorkshire sunshine was cracking the flags nicely as I parked up facing the North side, "where aerobatic activity could be expected". Sure enough, no sooner had I switched off and got out to stretch my legs when the unmistakable sound of the ex-RAF Gazelle Astazou engine firing up, was followed by its thrilling vertical climb. This was followed by a series of dramatic manoeuvres, concluding with a very fast, very low, fly past before departing swiftly to the south.

This looked very promising!

I followed the appetising aroma of freshly cooking bacon, into the clubhouse. A lovely, lively atmosphere suggested a place for enthusiasts as well as hungry pilots. After a most satisfying bacon and egg barm and then some time looking at the notices, sqaudron histories, models and the events' board, the sunshine and sounds of aircraft engines drew me outside once again. A short saunter along to the hangers soon reveals a wealth of aviation history which includes an ME109, Mustang, Fokker DR1, Flying Flea and oh so many more!

Oh yes, and whilst I'm considering the bravery or recklessness of the intrepid flyers who would strap the Flea to their backs, outside there were now two aircraft performing formation aerobatics over the field. A living aviation museum and a flying display, this was all too much!

I would have stayed longer than my 90 minutes, but fueling up for the return trip to Barton meant that I reluctantly had to drag myself away.

Flying over this part of the country is a delight, but the circuit here can be very busy so keep your eyes open for other traffic. Also, if you are coming from the West watch out for soaring gliders up from Burn, to the south of Selby. There were two soaring and one being towed, which necessitated a slight change to our proposed track.

In conclusion,this is definitely one for your diary, I strongly recommend a visit - ( and there's no landing fee either! )

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20 Dec 04 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
Breighton regulars fly quite tight circuits at 700' AAL. The 29LH turn to finals is just beyond the set of large buildings, and is about a 1-2 mile final so height needs to be carefully controlled if you are not to end up doing a "Richard dives for the runway" special. Watch out for the fence if you are dragging it in, its quite hard to see.

The A/G can be intermitant as its a chap with a handheld who also does other bits and bobs as well.

For the coffee cake alone this is a great little field to visit.

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3 Jun 04 - Aviatrix Aviatrix - Hatfield Aerodrome
Breighton is simply lovely, particularly if you favour vintage aircraft. The atmosphere is as if you have arrived in a friend's back garden.

There is an absolutely superb collection of old aeroplanes including many of particularly historical interest.

Go on one of their "At home" days to see the resident aircraft displaying. This could include a Spitfire, Hurricane, ME109, the Mew Gull and many more.

See http://www.realaero.com for more info.

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