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Thu 4 Jul - JohnM Tipton - Torquay

Flew into Cardiff from the South (out of Exeter) used the Minehead VFR route, asked for continued flight of 3000ft for the sea crossing, runway 12 was in use and we were cleared for a right base join, with a little help from the Tower (we were a little too far out, i.e. near St Athan) we were cleared to land, then to South side on taxiway Golf, once past Hold Golf you are on your own, we taxied to the parking area near Hold Hotel, where everyone is parked), you check in at Aero's who take your money, Cardiff are encouraging GA business with a very reasonable Landing fee of £17.00 (plus VAT), there's a very pleasant cafe on the first floor with outside terrace eating or ground floor beer garden: for departure you 'book out' from the telephone in Aero's, once in the aircraft obtain the ATIS call up the tower, who will give you your (VFR) route clearance, usually not above 1500 feet, request taxi, either to 'Golf' or 'Hotel' depending on runway, once airborne, you are soon passed to Radar who will get you higher as soon as possible; ATC where exemplary - Cardiff is well worth a visit

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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3 Apr 17 - M Barnett - Shrewsbury

Went via Cardiff in April 2017 to do some instrument training post IMC rating. The service provided by Cardiff all round was first class and they could not have been more helpful - ATC for booking and for the approaches themselves and then the finance section for payment afterwards. 2 approaches to overshoot at £7.20 each - an absolute bargain.

 

Highly recommended.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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27 Jan 15 - Jon Hunt

Flew into Cardiff from Biggin Hill December 2014. ATC were extremely helpful, aeros were charming - a member gave us a lift to the terminal - and the service in the restaurant was first class. Would thoroughly reccomend. Landing £20.40 for a PA28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shw6XZ7d8rk

  • 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
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20 Jan 13 - Andrew Green - Taunton
Visited 15/1/13 from dunkeswell , atc was very helpfull and efficient . Parked south side in aeros /flying club , the resturant was very good value for money ( £5 for a huge breakfast inc drinks ) and has great vews across the airport Landing fee for the cessna 172 was a bit on the steep side at £31.50 but all in all i would go again
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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5 Sep 10 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Went in on a weather diversion this weekend. Everyone very helpful from ATC, to the Aeros staff and even to the lady in the cafe who although they were on "Sunday Dinners Only" offered to knock me up a beef sarnie since I was stranded! Boohiss for charging a diversion at all of course, but £20ish is to be expected I suppose for a big airfield and cheaper than wrapping the aeroplane round a hill... ;-) Aeros got me the weather on their computer and I got out again later that day. My first time into the airport and despite less than optimal conditions it was all fairly easy so don't be put off by the "controlled" stuff!
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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15 Jul 10 - steve dunnett - Cardiff
Also Cardiff based. I endorse everyone else's comments re exceptionally helpful ATC.

Since 1 June 2010 Aeros have now established a club and training base in the 'White building' south side. They can host visiting aircraft and receive landing fees. Friendly welcome 01446 710000.

The Flying Club bar and cafe in the White building provide excellent airfield style refreshments (bacon butties, curry and chips etc) as well as the local Brains beer.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Mar 10 - Leighton Northover CZ - Cardiff
Being Cardiff based I am biased ! It is Class D airspace but is never a problem and as other pilots have stated be prepared to orbit on the odd occasion. There is no Club southside currently, so all Landing fees are taken by the handling agent Signature -- Not cheap when they add the 'Handling' charge. Signature are on the North side but are going to move to the Southside sometime this year. There is a very nice restaurant which Nigel, the owner, has named 'The Flying Club' meals are excellent and reasonably priced.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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17 Jun 06 - R Kielty - London
Flew into Cardiff on Wed, en-route to Ireland. Great ATC service, and very friendly flying club. ATC are so great that flying into class D airspace is no problem whatsoever.
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6 Oct 05 - Chris Beddis - Bournemouth
Visited Cardiff last weekend as a place I have been meaning to go for a while. Landing fee (C152) was in line with other Class D, large fields @£18.00.

Service in the Academy seemed friendly and helpful, the young man behind the reception desk (a ppl student) was helpful in viewing pre flt weather info as I needed.

Food and Coffee in the superb bar upstairs (well worth a look) was v. reasonably priced and good. Coffee at 50p a mug is a change from some of the rip off prices at other fields.

ATC very helpful, especially in allowing further climbs for the water crossing. (Jersey zone should learn from this!!)

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14 Sep 05 - Ed Dablin - Buckingham
Cardiff Wales Flying Club must be the most miserable, overcharging airfield I have ever flown into. I recommend everyone else avoid it. After flying in I could not get out, due to thunderstorms. The only tie down space was on wasteland and the only tiedown point a rusting truck engine and another piece of concrete debris.

For that, I was charged £130, believe it or not.

A more miserable bunch I have yet to meet. You need a swipe card to get through the security doors and any request for a member of staff to open them is met with a barrage of tut-tutting.

I can only assume the other reviews were written by owners of the club.

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6 Jun 05 - Simon Hancock - guernsey
Had to divert to Cardiff whilst enroute to Guernsey due to weather. Club was great, sandwiches and tea appeared in minutes.

Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and Angie entertained the children for a couple of hours.

Class D was no problem, ATC were very obliging.

Will visit again.

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9 Mar 05 - Nick .
hi visited cardiff several times last year but seamed to have forgotten to review it. nice to fly and land at a major international airport. in class D airspace.

Make sure that the routes for VFR traffic are known to you and be prepaired to orbit as schedual trafic is first second and third all times.

park on the south side by the club and pay there dont go north side as you will pay handling.

I have not been to the new club yet but thave heard it has a nice resturant. book out over the phone in the club and follow the routes out as puplished. Listen to the ATIS before arriving and departing.

would recommend for a one off and dont be put of by class D or ATC as all very nice and helpfull as the should be.

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6 Sep 04 - Tim Lee - Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
I feel a bit a fraud, reviewing Cardiff, since it's my home field.... but no-one else has!

The club in Cardiff is thriving, and flies a number of PA38 and PA28 aircraft. There is talk of some new aircraft types being introduced, regrettably not the visitor in the picture below! It's a very friendly club, and the cafe is a great place to get clarification of any questions you may have; there are nearly always instructors and PPLs there. The cafe is run by Mel and her team, and does not only one of the best bacon sandwiches in Christendom, but also a great Sunday roast.

Looking forward to a fly-in at Cardiff - a UKGA bay cruise could be in order!

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