I have generally given the Goodwood ATZ a wide birth, being a relative newbie to aerial adventures and considering it must surely be a busy aerodrome. Whilst this is undoubtedly true during the festival of speed and other events, midweek on a sunny day it was quiet.
Guidance for the uninitiated online is somewhat lacking in comparison to some other destinations, but all airfields work broadly the same and Chichester Goodwood is no different. Landing on 06 with it’s displaced threshold, the solar farm is a helpful visual clue in an unfamiliar circuit with lots of grass & 3 runways. At 1,000 ft. QFE all becomes very clear. ATC were a delight to talk to.
A drawback with an airfield that can clearly take hundreds of aircraft is that the scale of it’s infrastructure is a magnitude greater than most other grass facilities. There were dozens of parked aircraft too, all sadly waiting to be flown by the affluent commuters, presumably working hard in London. My parking spot was on the end of all these aircraft, equidistant between the control tower and the end of runway 32. It was a bit of a stroll back to the control tower (past what must be the prettiest fuel station on any airfield). On arrival I was informed that I needed to find Mel beyond the big green hangar. Well good luck folks. Mel’s illusive office/facilities with complementary tea and coffee were back were I left my a/c at the south east end of the parking, in a Formula 1 style semi mobile hospitality suite separated from the parking area by a nice white rope. Well worth the trip and the walk. A very interesting place to visit - particularly for any petrol heads.
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