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"Bristol International Airport Master Plan 2006 to 2030" states:
"5.17 No specific forecasts have been prepared for General Aviation 10 . Whilst General Aviation is
an important component of the air traffic at Bristol, there has been a tendency for such aircraft movements to decline in the recent past and this trend can be expected to continue."
I wonder why? Perhaps the pricing may be a deliberate policy to discourage you.
The cost of taking a lighta/c in to Bristol is prohibitive. Under two tonnes approx £95 landing and ATC fee, parking fee £17/day. Handling fee £35 from Bristol & wessex club. They clearly don't want any visitors!
I had been planning a weekend visit from Biggin to Bristol landing at Filton. Found on calling beforehand (by phone) that they close the runway at weekends. So, bit the bullet and went for Bristol International. As a low hours PPL, (20 hrs post licence) it was nerve-racking but very exciting and enormously satisfying to fly in with the big boys! GA flights are handled by Bristol Flying Centre. Martin in OPS was really helpful in planning the visit giving guidance on fees etc. and even the local VRP's, (Chew Valley is in fact a lake and Barrow Tanks are a pair of reservoirs). ATC were really friendly and in fact apologised when the controller forgot to confirm the frequency when handing me off to Farnborough!
The charges for the PA28 were high; £29 Landing, £15 ATC, £56 ground handling, £16 apron parking and £25 weekend supplement. But compared to landing at Kemble or Gloucester and getting a hire car for the weekend it wasn’t much different. So give it a go!
|“||Flew a ferry flight from Bristol to Biggin Hill last week in a PA28, staff at Bristol Fight Centre , who mainly dealing with Business Jets, were extremely helpful. I departed via Chew Vally lakes and straight lined it to Farnbrough, Ockham VOR then Biggin. Dispite mixing it with the Big Boys, Bristol was very busy and accomadating, having a Continetial 757 and Sleezy Jet holding for little old me, made a real nice change! great experience.
|“||Visited Bristol last week (1st Dec 08). ATC very good and airport easy to find. Picking a pilot up and went straight to Bristol Flying Centre. The other pilot paid the fees so I am not sure the exact charge.
Fantastic departure on a very good runway albeit with the hump in the centre.
The flying centre looked about the best I have seen and they appear to handle all GA so worth giving them a ring to check cost etc. They also have a good website which is worth a look.
This is the number on their web site for contact. 01275 474601/501 for further information and fuelling & handling requests.
|“||BFC staff very helpful and obliging - landing, handling and parking fees very high. |
|“||Hi Went to Bristol today as left there on schedual for guernsey to buy a plane, returned to Bristol to pick car up and then fly and drive home ( two of us in the plane ). WHAT A RIP OFF £68.00 to land and then take off within 15 minutes. Charged for visual approach. Having landed at jersey guernsey and alderney all class A with radar control etc that charge £8 to land. DONT GO THERE ITS A RIP OFF. I CAN SAY NOTHING NICE ABOUT BRISTOL. Having flown in france and the USA where GA and Commercial mix well with no rip off charges, this has got to be the worst airport visited. |
|“||I flew out of Bristol yesterday, and it is most exhilarating experience waiting for clearance on runway 27, with a 767 sitting behind you.
If you hire from the Bristol and Wessex club, then it is less than £10 for landing fee and good exposure to controlled airspace procedures. It was surprisingly not that busy and altogether a very relaxed experience.
Lovely airfield and a lovely flying club and is a good example of how GA can mix with commercial traffic. The controllers are very professional and in my experience always very friendly. Albeit rather expensive to fly just visit from another airfield!
|“||Bristol Airport PLC is a typical shoot itself in the foot sort of UK airport were the GA pilot is concerned.
Being neither a Large or Small place Eggd is confused as to how GA aircraft with one engine should be handled, so it had a member of staff who knows nothing about anything to fix the minmum landing fee, which now means if you come to bristol you will be charged a huge fee just to land.
The bottom line is BFC the handling agent is very sorry that the beancounters at EGGD do not understand the way GA works.
|“||Flying at Bristol is rather exciting at times -- nice to be watching the big boys fly their big toys -- and rather tedious at times -- orbiting for ages, while you watch the big boys come and go! There's not much to see or do at Bristol Airport itself, but it does have every facility you could need -- LARS, ILS, NDB, lights, masses of runway, fuel, etc., and a good handling service by Bristol Flying Centre (dependent upon which ops staff are on at the time). It all comes at a price though... |
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