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17 Aug 16 - Andrew Davies - Slough

I spent a considerable amount of time searching the local area for an airfield to undertake training, I wanted not only a place to learn but also a friendly club to spend time with.

I read the reviews and thought on the whole very appealing. Having now been there, fuel is in a proper metal store not a caravan and the pump is 2 minutes slow winding and not an issue unless your a bit of a wimp, there are 80 year olds (and fat 43 year olds) there managing it!

The welcome at clench common has been fantastic both the trainers and club members. If you want a sterile tarmac airfield with an overpriced vending machine then this is NOT the place for you!

If however you want friendly people with a real club atmosphere and people helping each other, a challenging airfield to hone your skills on then this IS probably the place for you!

Almost always someone answers a radio call and can advise on conditions etc...

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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11 Jun 15 - Alan Holden

Airfield is serviceable if you're not fussy. Fairly bumpy in circuit due to winds and/or thermals off the ridge. Tricky no fly noise areas resulting in at least one approach being a dog leg. Fuel storage in Jerry cans in an old caravan. Toilets and buildings pretty tatty. Wire fences around the runways not great. Cows next to runways not great either. The two instructors (Chris and Martin) who I flew with were competent and helpful. The owner (name not quoted) not helpful. Double booked himself, cancelled my GST at 2 hours notice and told me if I didn't like it, go elsewhere. There was a begrudging apology and a list of excuses but it is difficult to complain to the owner of the company who is also the CFI and the only examiner there. Either you do it his way or leave. Not impressed. If you're patient on timings of lessons, don't mind fuelling aircraft with an ancient hand pump and are happy to just take what comes, then this is the place for you.

  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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20 Jun 12 - Ben Wyatt

Trained for my NPPL(M) at Clench in 2009-2010 and keep going back. A friendly bunch, always good for a cup of tea and a catch up. Final for 15 can feel a little tight due to the farm to the north and when landing on 26 it can be a good idea to aim to touch down at the intersection (you still have 220m+ to play with) if your aircraft type allows it, the eastern half is fairly rough. A great airfield to visit and only £3 for the pleasure!

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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9 Jun 12 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Visited Clench Common for the first time today. Website is very helpful and I called PPR and got unofficial weather, runway and QFE. Airfield was quite easy to spot from the air however I found that it wasn't so easy to keep the strip in sight in the circuit due to the 500' circuit height. Blind calls on Safetycom are the order of the day and the local pilots immediately provided a local conditions update when I called up. Some airfields en-route were giving winds of 250/20G30 so the the Jabiru didn't use half of the declared 450 metres on runway 26. There are trees on the approaches to 26 which I found encouraged me to stay high and land a little way down the strip. Very friendly, lots of activity with training going on even in the gusty and strong winds that Seemed to be otherwise keeping the south coast skies empty. Cheap landing fees and the kettle was on. Great little airfield.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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20 Mar 12 - Matthew Williams - Bishops Cannings
Clench is a very frequently visited strip due to its friendlyness and now has good facilities in terms of flight planning computers and briefing rooms. They have a tea and social room but are upgrading a building to be a fully fledged Cafe for the summer. Now offering microlight and gyro instruction. Two way strips make it easy for microlights to get into although strips east west can be a bit bumpy. PPR is worth doing although many call up on radio on Safetycom and you could be answered by ground or other pilots to tell you the current circuits are. Quite a busy strip so keep a look out for students and sometimes low flying military helis that come out of nowhere. GA traffic comes in as well as large Helis which sometimes use the field next to the strip to taxi people in or out - best to give a phone call first as there are sometimes sheep in the field.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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16 Jan 09 - Matthew Williams - Bishops Cannings
I fly in to Clench a lot for a cup of tea and a chat. Very welcoming and nice views on flight in. Safetycom now used.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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18 Nov 08 - David Curtis-Slater - Marlborough
I will be slightly biased as I did my microlight training at clench, however with a new clubhouse nearing completion and two 400 metre grass runways it is definitely worth popping in for a cup of tea.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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