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18 Oct 18 - Christopher Roberts - Marlow

Flew into this old favorite, although I haven't been in for a while. There's clearly a lot of work been done on the grass, and generally the airfield seems in great shape. The hangars looked bright and clean. It's not often you saunter by a Spitfire having a respray on the apron! We were struck by the friendly ATC and also the admin staff, who cheerfully booked us a taxi to nearby Tangmere museum. It looks close on the map, but were grateful for the ride. We had lunch at the NAAFI at Tangmere, so must come back soon to test the airfield eatery.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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30 Aug 17 - Ian Graham - Wantage

Very helpful ATC, £15 landing fee. Great bacon butties, v pretty fuel pumps (see photo)! Newly refurbished (grass) runways clearly marked and settling in.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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26 Mar 16 - Graeme Craven - Sevenoaks

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.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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30 Aug 15 - Tony Moore - horsham

I was part of a three aircraft fly out from Shoreham to Sandown on the 22nd August. We witnessed a microlight crash at Sandown, and shortly after we heard the news of the Hunter crash during the Shoreham airshow. With the weather closing in and Shoreham shut down, we contacted Goodwood to request we land there while the position at Shoreham was clarified. Goodwood accepted all three aircraft with no landing fee or parking charges, and arranged for a taxi to get us to Chichester rail station for the return to Shoreham. We recovered the aircraft to Shoreham on Friday. I would like to thank the ATCO at Goodwood for his help and support on a very sad day.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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8 Jun 12 - phil garvey - Woking

Flew in to Goodwood on Wednesday. Really helpful tower. Check weather carefully as cloud base can be low over airfield due to location. Looks like spitfires are there every Wednesday and Friday during summer. Worth a trip just to watch them in action! If you are interested in G1000 training they have a great simulator in the flying school.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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19 Dec 11 - Michael Palmer - East Cowes

Flew in from Sandown to join members of my flying club who flew in from Manston for our christmas lunch,this was my first visit and I found the people in the tower really friendly and helpful even though it was very busy in the circuit and you had to be quick in getting a call in,the girls in the club cafe were also very friendly and quick in getting us all served,I will definitely be paying more visits there and hope to have more time for looking around the area,runway in use was a bit soft but only to be expected as it was in constant use and the recent weather hasn't helped,all in all a very pleasant day out.

  • 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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26 Jul 11 - Mark Batt-Rawden - Woking

Took a nice flight from Biggin to Goodwood yesterday, routed to Seaford then flew the coastline. Was given straight in for 32. My first ever grass landing, seemed bumpy but otherwise OK. Problem was navigating the airfield to park – turned off runway to what seemed the only taxiway but it was in fact the other runway! Now learnt there aren’t really any marked taxiways and just turn off the runway at any point! There was no real welcome and we found our way to the cafe. We got there around 1.45 and by the time we had got food the Café it was closing. The website shows a couple on nice restaurants but they are not in walking distance! Had look at a few cars belting around the track which was fun. They are very conscious of noise abatement so make sure you get the details!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
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7 Mar 11 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Flew into Goodwood on Sunday morning for the Breakfast club event ( First Sunday of the month) the weather was just great considering recent months. Plenty of very expensive cars to look at and quite busy with visiting aircraft,and their Harvard doing its bit as well, Even better Goodwood reduce their landing fee to half the normal to £9, for those who fly in to the event, however the exhibited cars start to drift away from about 12 noon. My only comment was that the Aero club ran out of food at about 11am , so we called into Shoreham for lunch, hey it was a lovely day to fly so no problem there. Give it a try next meeting 3 April ( but check their website.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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19 Jul 10 - dave pharoah - poole
Flew to Goodwood this morning for the first time, came up the Solent then inland and it was easy to find. R14 was in use and it was in very good condition. A nice surprise when I went to pay the landing fee, it's half price on Sun/Monday, only £8.85 for the Robin (Hr200).Some interesting a/c around the airfield, well worth a visit, I'll definately go again.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
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24 Apr 10 - stuart brown - Eddsfield
Had to make a Pan call for a rough running engine on my way to Guernsey. Solent passed me to Goodwood where I did a precautionary landing.

Rob the rest of the staff at Goodwood were excellent. The landing went perfectly with a fire truck in attendance and other aircraft keeping clear. Rob assisted with fault finding and even accompanied me on a flight check!! Very brave.

An offer of payment was refused so i topped up with Avgas.

An excellent, very professional airfield with a good restaurant, good runways and excellent staff.

Many thanks from Mary and I. we will visit again under more normal circumstances.

  • 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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27 Jul 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Goodwood was our final stop of the day and our base, we had visited 3 airfield previously in visted before, Flew back from Headcorn, wx was good and sun was shining on Goodwood, the Harvard and Moth were doing thier bit the Aero club was busy, a lovely atmosphere. It was really nice to get back to base after a terrific day out, and have a cold beer and chill..
  • 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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24 Jul 09 - Patrick de Nonneville - White Waltham
What a nice airfield... Arriving from the north over the hills, seeing the sea in the distance... It was my first solo land away to an unknown place after my ppl, so whenever I return there it has that adventurous feeling to it. AFIS very helpful, just don't call them "radio" or say you're about to line up ! Landing fee is steep, but this place must cost a bunch to maintain.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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20 Jun 09 - David Wood - Salisbury
Flew to Goodwood the other day for some maintenance. I have to say that it was one of the nicest and friendliest little airfields I have been to recently. The field is an old second world war fighter station (from whence Douglas Bader apparently took off on his last flight before crashing in France) and, with its art deco motor racing buildings and white-painted picket-fence infrastructure, it makes a very pretty and slightly special setting. The Clubhouse is very welcoming, with a cheerful little restaurant overlooking the field. There was a Harvard crackling into life while I sat in the sun enjoying a coffee there, whilst in the background a couple of Porches whirled around the race-track pursued, somewhat unsuccessfully, by a mini cooper. On the walls of the clubhouse there are also some very interesting photos of the Earl of March’s pioneering aviation exploits at the site in the 20s and 30s. All in all, thoroughly recommended as a destination. Oh, and they waive landing fees for maintenance arrivals also, which is a trick a few other airfields could usefully learn.
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6 Jan 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
Scenic spot, varied runways, friendly welcome and a reasonable landing fee for we microlight boys though I sense the spam cans are not so lucky ;0)
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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10 Oct 08 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Busy grass aerodrome with a choice of runways.........reasonable landing fee and a good cafe.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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20 Sep 08 - Steven Bailey - London
Excellent (and numerous) grass runways with very efficient and friendly ATIS. The Revival Meetings are huge and spectacular, but the tickets so seem rather costly!
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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6 Jul 08 - roger penney - greasby, wirral.
Landed at Goodwood on 27th June, we were three aircraft intending to visit the flyin at Avranches, France. A warm front which had cleared UK was still causing 400ft cloudbase in France, so we had to nightstop at Goodwood. We were given a brochure with hotels and B+B to choose from and found the Horse and Groom pub a couple of miles from the airfield. We were helped to book a local taxi firm with a minibus for eight of us and stayed at the pub. Food was first class and a lovely quiet village location. Staff at Goodwood were most helpful in faxing GAR forms, flight plans etc. The briefing room is well equiped with all blank forms required, computer for live weather etc. The airfield is well looked after, free chocks for visitors, rope tie downs to a static parking line. You can retire to the pub knowing the aircraft will be the right way up when you get back in the morning. The facilities justify the landing fee i think, it's a lovely place to sit on the decking and watch others fly, or pop over to the trackside to see bikes/cars using the track. Thanks to all at Goodwood, we made France the next day and had a good weekend coming back to Liverpool via Alderney for duty free fuel!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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27 Aug 07 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I flew into Goodwood on the 26th August in my Jabiru, this was a practice run for next week, when I have a slot to fly in for the Revival meeting. The airfied was busy but ATC were very helpfull, despite all the preparation work going on for the Revival the airfield was in brilliant condition. The food and service were excellent, highly reccomended, but be aware of the noise abatement circuits.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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13 Jul 07 - John Webb - Hampton Hill

Flew in to go to the new Pallant Houce Gallery in Chichester - worth a visit if you are that way inclined (or if you want to see if you are) Fine building and well displayed, top quality, eclectic art collection.

Airfield was in pritine condition. OK it was the day before the festival of speed. Plenty of runways. Good ATC service. V friendly welcome. Someone going into the city offered to drive us in so saving £8 taxi fare - mitigating the otherwise expensive landing fee.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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6 Jun 07 - Peter Quinn - Oxted
Goodwood is a really friendly and accomadating airfield with excellent service and one of the biggest breakfasts around. There is a wealth of attractions locally, but the airfield and car race track provide enough diversion to while away several hours. I fly there for servicing and am always happy to wait for the service to be completed. The large white tents ontop of the downs at Goodwod horse racing track provide an easy VRP from miles away. Last time I was there I was treated to an accrobatic display by one of the locals.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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6 Jun 07 - David Jackson - High Wycombe
Straighforward, you can't miss it, assuming you have the DME/VOR set correctly. An easy visit.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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5 Jun 07 - paul griffin2 - Hove
I love to pop in for coffee and sandwich. Always welcoming and friendly. It has a great atmosphere. Landing fees a little high! £15 ish.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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30 May 07 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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8 Apr 07 - Sat Flyer - Wembley
Very nice airfield to spend a few relaxing hours in the clubhouse with a pint (for px) and cup of coffee (for Pilot). The staff there are extremely friendly indeed and service with a smile. WELL DONE!!

Landing fee is abit more than usual at £15 but well worth it!!

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14 Apr 06 - Phil Reah - Hailsham, East Sussex
Goodwood's a friendly field just under the downs. The decking outside the club-house is a fine place to sit and watch the world go by.

The locals are helpful souls. When we were grounded by poor weather they found us some space in the hangar and gave us a lift to the nearby hotel. (Thanks chaps)

Always a pleasure to visit.

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22 Mar 06 - Colin Hampson - Goodwood
Goodwood is surely one of the most beautiful aerodromes in the country. Set in the idyllic Sussex countryside, it must surely be one of the most desirable fly-out locations for the general aviator.

A beautiful setting, fantastic facilities, good food, friendly staff/members - Goodwood is a magical place. When you land have a wander across to the pit-lane and gawp at the assortment of exotic cars whizzing around this historic track. Or maybe a walk onto the South Downs? Play a round of golf, go to the races, or perhaps an exploration of the ancient capital of Chichester? Too many things to list, and you'll find it hard to leave the aerodrome!

If you like to fly into 'London-urbanville regional business international spaceport' on the ILS, to be met by a 'follow-me' van directing you to a grey piece of apron, where you'll be met by a handling agent ready to take your papers, make you feel a nuisance because she has a Citation VII to meet in 5 minutes and collect your £30 landing fee, Goodwood is not the place for you.

If however, you prefer to sit in the sun, and watch a Harvard on a curving approach to the grass, lots of smiling faces, the smell of hot exhaust, grass between your toes and a resplendant feeling that life is good - get yourself down to Goodwood.

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4 Mar 06 - Howard Bone - Salisbury
Would recommend Goodwood - very friendly and helpful tower staff, and a lovely location - coast on one side, country on the other! Pilot shop looked interesting too (although I didn't have time to browse, unfortunately).
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8 Dec 05 - George Walker - Godalming
I have to admit to being biased, being a member at Goodwod, and having recently finished my PPL there (now doing IMC). Despite having moved my Cessna closer to home at Dunsfold, Goodwood remains very dear to my heart. I can safely recommend this amazing place to all at UKGA.

Apart from being in a beautiful part of the country, the airfield provides 3 runways (in pretty good order for grass), really helpful ATIS, and a superb technical and engineering service.

The airfield was originally known as West Hampnett, a satellite field during the Battle of Britain. A statue of Douglas Bader, who flew from there stands near the clubhouse.

There's a VOR on the field, so you really can't get lost!

The clubhouse offers particularly good food, and for members a very relaxed clubroom, both with great views over the field.

The instructors and staff are unbelievably helpful - nothing appears to be too much trouble; from a wet behind the ears novice to a 10,000 hours pro, you will be made most welcome.

The field is encircled by the Goodwood racetrack, where most days there is track activity (take your supercar down for a day - great fun!). Look out for the two major events during the year, Festival of Speed, and Revival Weekend.

The club run various events (DC3 to Caen was great), and there's a Harvard if you're into flying a warbird - speak to Dieter if you want a go.

Close by are Chichester town, and the Goodwood Estate - golf for those who are interested, and the house itself for tourism, as well as the horse race track if you like the gee gees.

As you can gather I'm a fan - go see for yourself!

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21 Apr 05 - Curtis Archer - Petts Wood
Goodwood is well known in GA circles and has quite rightly earned itself a reputation as a friendly airfield. The tower is unintimidating to the newcomer and takes good care of you with traffic and airfield information. My first visit to Goodwood was unscheduled. I contacted the tower to ask if I would be allowed to pass through their overhead. He asked me if I was sure that I wouldn't rather land as they had fresh coffee! The hard-sell worked and it was a lovely impromptu visit. I returned the next day for more coffee and a bun. An easy airfield to find as it is nestled just south of the South Downs and at the north-east edge of town. This picturesque grass airfield is in the middle of the famous motor racing circuit and you can see the cars racing from the cafe/bar balcony. They may ask you how you would like to join and I would recomend overhead at 2000ft as it gives you time to determine which runway is yours. There is a slight "hump" a third of the way up runway 24 but nothing serious. An airfield that every pilot should have in his logbook.
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12 Mar 05 - Mike Lewis
Goodwood is indeed an excellent all-round GA aerodrome in a brilliant setting.

Unlike some locales, ATC is always just so helpful, especially the two ladies who work there, one of whom is, I think, part-time.

The nicest thing about Goodwood apart from its delightful location is that they really understand how to balance control & regulation with customer service and so, as a place for recreational flying, I thoroughly recommend it!

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28 Jan 05 - CAP670 - South of 5230N
Goodwood is the most friendly and welcoming airfield I've visited in the UK in over 20 years flying.

Easy to find (on-site VOR/DME or DF 'homing' from air traffic, and plenty of good landmarks) all staff are helpful, ATC is brilliant, the clubhouse food is smashing and the airfield location just perfect.

Only one small complaint - if you're making a day of it, there's no public transport to get into Chichester or to the coastal towns, only expensive taxis!

Still, you can't have everything!

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5 Nov 04 - Steve Moate - Fringford, Oxon
Be aware of a hump on runway 24 that (in a PA28) will try and launch you skywards at about 15kts below flying speed. Not a problem if you know its there, but has frightened a few visitors in the past, myself included the first time I found it.
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19 Aug 04 - Martyn - Camberley
Goodwood must be one of the nicer airfileds in the south of england. Always made to feel really welcome. Helpful and very friendly ATC. Good clubhouse. good food. Excellent
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5 Feb 04 - Steve Moate - Fringford, Oxon
Excellent clubhouse, facilities, aircraft. Both the Goodwood Flying School and Vectair operate really nice aircraft (Former have PA38's & PA28's, the latter has a good range of Robin aircraft). VOR on airfield, so easy to find. Lovely views of the south coast and downs.
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7 Jul 03 - Gary Bartlett - Milton Keynes
Lovely, Friendly Airfield with Excelent Food & Cakes
Visited on Sunday 6th July 2003.
Looked like they had a very neat fleet of training aircraft.

I will certainly be returning.
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