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29 Apr 18 - Neil Murgatroyd - Esher

Friendly, great runways, good service. They let me overnight in the hangar. Free landing with fuel uplift

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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4 Sep 17 - Kev Garton - Lincoln

Visited Leeds East this weekend 2 Sept 17. I rang for PPR as usual but was advised to just call on route. They couldn't have been more welcoming. Unfortunately there is a cafe, but its not open at the weekends which is a shame as I'm sure it would attract more visitors however, this will not stop be from going again. This airfield is well worth visiting. Landing fee £15.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 Nov 16 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

Visited Leeds East Airfield (EGCM)on 23/11/2016(formally Church Fenton) in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. This was a last minute short flight with minimum planning required in winter weather. Netherthorpe was very boggy and hence no circuits allowed.

 

PPR was arranged with minimum fuss over the phone and we were advised of free landings if we uplift 75 litres of AVGAS (for aircraft over 1000kg) otherwise it would have been £15. Under 1000kg it is 50litres uplift to secure free landing otherwise it will be £10.

The runways are immaculate as to be expected and there are plans to have an RNAV approach created. The JETA1 fuel is self service 24hours according to the Pooleys guide which could be useful. Lighting is still installed at the airfield but the old ILS is no longer present.

The large café was open serving very nice hot food and good prices even though this was mid week in November.

Having obtained our PPLs at nearby Sherburn (EGCJ) it was a nice experience to land at the old Church Fenton having requested MATZ penetrations countless times years ago and also good to get back up in the 172 having started my first commercial job recently for Europe's largest regional airline.

Everyone was friendly at the airfield and we would definitely be back, a nice short local trip for the winter months to maintain currency.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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8 Oct 15 - John Cherry - newcastle upon tyne

Flew into Leeds East (AKA Church Fenton) 08/10/15 from Durham, A/G radio not always manned at present so made blind calls for overhead join R/W 24RH. 1800M of pristine tarmac complimented by immaculate taxiways and grounds (ex RAF). Staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly, cheapest fuel in UK at £1.50L with landing fee (usually £15) waived when you take 50L+ avgas or jet-fuel. Nice cafe on site with full all-day menu, excellent value for money and again the staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly. The location is good for access to Leeds, York and the surrounding areas, finally the new owner is a fellow aviator and has great plans for this airport, could this become the best GA friendly airport in the UK? Hope so. Well worth a visit.

  • 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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22 Sep 15 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Church Fenton (Leeds East as it is now) on 22 September. What a friendly airfield it is. Café opens up from 23 September and I went in and spoke with them. Looks like it is going to be perfect for pilots - they will call it the old RAF term: "the Feeder". A very friendly chap made me a brew in the absence of the café and I have to say what a very friendly pace Leeds East is.

As previous reviews have mentioned, the plans for this airfield are great. The new offices are in use as were the new loos and very impressive it all is too. Lots of work going on on the infrastructure as well as preparing for the Yorkshire Air Show due to take place on Saturday 26th September. Painters have just repainted the "CF" pundit code and when I said I wanted to get a picture of it, they offered to move out of the way and suggested I went up the ladders of the not yet in use Control Tower - see the pictures.

Great runways and taxi-ways but as yet no ATC - just blind calls. Landing fee is £15 for a SEP and fuel is £1.50/litre including VAT.

This airfield deserves our support and with the café just about to open, I think it will become a regular destination for many flyers - I know that I will be going again soon! Must find out if there are any good walks nearby for the greyhounds.......

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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24 Jul 15 - Joseph Brown - Potton

Church Fenton is back up and running as Leeds East Airport. We went there to overnight and take advantage of their hangars and the welcome we received could not have been more warm and friendly.

The runways are in excellent condition, as are the taxiways, even the grass was well kept. The tower was being refurbished so no ATC. There was no landing fee as we took fuel and for our £25 fee got an entire C Type hangar to ourselves! The old T2 (middle) hangar was in the process of being changed in to a terminal, and the old offices in hangar No.3 were also being transformed all to a high standard.

Think of all the ex-RAF airfields you've visited that are suffering from neglect, are looking rundown and shabby and this place couldn't be further removed. If I was looking to base an aircraft in that part of the world, CF/LE would be the top of my list.

Church Fenton/Leeds East has so much potential and I will be visiting again.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Mar 09 - Rick Rouse - Cebu, Philippines
Visited Church Fenton for an ATSOCAS seminar in a PA-28; found the airfield very easily, with an excellent service from Radar and Tower as expected. Welcomed by excellent staff, and provided transport across to the main buildings for the seminar. Airfield was very accommodating for a civilian GA pilot.
  • 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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30 Nov 04 - Ken Glasby - knaresborough
Hi there Damian, thanks for your mention. What do you mean flying those Plank machines? If you let me know the date for next year we will come en-mass, hopefully with Beagle Pups and Cessna 150s. Regarding the visit in June this year we all really enjoyed it and were very well looked after and we were really pleased to show people round our 'PLANKS' sorry aeroplanes.
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1 May 04 - Oliver Foster
I regularly fly at no.9 AEF,RAF Church Fenton with the Air Training Corps,and it is a fantastic airfield.Proof of this is that Church Fenton is the base for YUAS (yorkshire universities air squadron), and home of the previously mentioned 9AEF.

Both fly the Grob 115 Tutor.The two runways at Fenton are both tarmac, 06/24 and 15/33.Always home to elementary flying training squadrons, Church Fenton is nowadays a very quiet, almost dead airfield, but remains a wonderful little place.Sherburn-in-elmet airfield is in the MATZ,and is supplied with weather and radar information by church fenton.

Church Fenton,

A lovely Yorkshire Aerodrome.

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