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2 Aug 13 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
A quick update to my previous report. I flew into Coventry once more on Thursday 1 August in a DR400 to attend a meeting in Rugby. No one from work was able to collect me, so I arranged car hire from Thrifty Car Hire the day before. Thrifty are based on the opposite side of the airfield, but arranged to collect me from the Western GA Apron, (Anson House), and return me there after the hire. Cost was just under £30 for a Ford Fiesta. Cheaper than a taxi one way. Othe rthan that, as most reports have mentioned, Coventry is an excellent airport with great facilities, friendly staff, relatively cheap fees and a good pub, the Oak, just next to Anson House. Well worth a visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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7 Jun 12 - Andy Taylor - London
I flew to Coventry from Thruxton in order to do a practice ILS procedure and landing, the first since passing my IMC over a year ago, and the first ever in my own aircraft. I called the ATC and explained what I wanted to do, and they were most helpful, giving me a runway time of 1300 for the direct procedure from Daventry VOR for the ILS runway 23. ATIS was clearly received well south of DTY, and radar and approach controllers were both very professional. The ILS procedure, landing and a couple of hours parking cost me the grand sum of £15.61 (for a PA28) which is thoroughly good value compared to places like Bournemouth, Bristol and Cardiff. Actually, it's cheaper than a VFR arrival at Gloucester. Briefing facilities consist of a dedicated computer in the GA terminal, and booking out is via internal telephone to the tower. All very easy. Food is available at the Oak pub a few hundred yards outside the airfield. I will definitely return.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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17 May 12 - Nigel Reilly - Merley
Landed here on 14th May 12 for a night-stop on our return from Scotland. We stayed at the Baginton Oak pub which is only a short walk away, and has good standard ensuite accommodation at a reasonable price if booked ahead on the internet. Coventry Airport is well equipped with radar, ILS, and a long runway but only charged £10.80 landing fee and £5.40 overnight parking fee including VAT for our Cessna 150. This must rate as excellent value by any standard! Good briefing facilities and friendly and helpful staff.
  • 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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28 Mar 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Coventry on Tuesday 27th March for a planned visit. (My last visit being an unplanned weather diversion in 2009!) Since my last visit, the airfield has been closed and re-opened; however, the welcome was really friendly, right from arranging PPR the previous day to the arrival, ATC services and paying the landing fees. The flight from Blackpool via the low-level route was really easy – I only had to speak to anyone at each end as in between it was listening watches with Manchester and Birmingham. Parking was right outside the well-appointed GA club-house at the West Apron and the landing fee was only £9.60 + VAT plus £4.80 + VAT to park for the whole day: £17.28 total. (I was going to a work meeting in Rugby – only a short drive away). The GA terminal, (Anson House) was well appointed and you can get met & notam info, although I got it myself via the internet at the pub next door which had free Wi-Fi. There was no café facilities at the GA terminal, however, the “Airbase” Museum next door has the “DC6 Diner”, (not sampled on this visit, but I will be back!) I mentioned the pub next door: The Oak. It is a 2 minute walk next to the entrance to the GA terminal, it’s open all day, (I met my colleague who was picking me up and we had a coffee at 09.30 and a diet coke at 18.30), it does good food, (pity I’m on a diet – AGAIN!) and allows dogs inside – a plus for my next visit with our two greyhounds. In many ways, Coventry may not be an obvious pleasure-flight destination, but it has relatively cheap landing fees, it is very well maintained, it’s friendly, it has TWO great air museums on site, (Midlands Air Museum being the other), it has a great pub next to the entrance that does good food and it’s very easy to fly to from most of central England and Wales. I would very highly recommend Coventry as a destination and I will be back on one of this year’s fly-outs from Blackpool in Summer to enjoy lunch in the DC6 Diner.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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23 Nov 11 - David Russell - EGSF
Flew into Coventry today from Conington for the first time. ATC were very helpful when I phoned for information and that continued for arrival and departure. Very good indeed. Arrived via Draycot water and straight onto a left base join for runway 23. Lady at the pilots reporting point on the western apron friendly and helpful too. landing fee for a 152 £10.90 which is very reasonable considering the facilities. Would definitely recommend.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 Oct 11 - David C - Gloucester
The combination of friendly ATC (eg. asking if we were new/familiar after landing and providing clear progressive taxi instructions), great facilities (ILS, long runway etc.) easy parking make this a very worthwhile destination. I recommend you prearrange to visit/park at the onsite museum. Airbase is unusual for aircraft museums because so many of the aircraft are still airworthy (e.g. the old Nimrod is on 24 hour standby for oil pollution dispersal operations) and you can get inside them (even sit in the pilot seat). Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers to tell you about their history. Very reasonably priced £10 admission. There's been a fair bit of investment in the site over recent years which has good facilities all round. We were hosted by ClassicFlight, the new flying club based there, who have very swish new offices and very experienced staff. In addition to the usual PA28 and Robin for PPL training, they also have access to a wide range of unusual aircraft if you fancy your hand at something else. There was relatively little traffic around - someone doing circuits, a couple of passenger flights, a few other visitors. By staying below 1500 feet, we remained well clear of Birmingham airspace and the VRPs were easy to spot. Seems a very good combination of full ATC and facilities with reasonable prices and not that busy. One to put on the list of places to visit if you haven't been there.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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24 Sep 11 - Anthony Lowe - St. Ives Cambs

Flew into Coventry today 24/09/11 to visit Airbase. ATC could not have been more friendly or more helpful, really made my visit easy. Having enquired whether I was familiar with the airport, which I was not, they directed me straight in to finals. Very precise instructions for taxi after landing too. Airbase were equally very friendly, and as reported by others, there was then no landing fee to pay. My first visit to Coventry and it will not be my last, I would recommend it to anyone.

Tony Lowe

  • 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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10 Aug 11 - Roger Dyke - Solihull

14th July 2011, flew into Coventry from Wellesbourne. Under ATC, 4 orbits at Southam followed by a further 2 joining right base for runway 05. ATC then directed us to park on the Eastern Light Aircraft Park next to the 'AIRBASE' museum, which we were there to visit. By registering our arrival in the 'AIRBASE' reception to pay our entrance fee, we automatically had our landing fee waved. A lovely sunny day and a great afternoon. Enjoyed it.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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9 Aug 11 - Malcolm Smith - Manchester

Flew down to do some practice ILS's. Cheap fuel, half price landings on fuel uplift meant 3 ILS plus 1 landing for the price of a single landing. The icing on the cake is a fantastic cafe and excellent all day breakfast!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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24 Jun 11 - Nigel Reilly - Merley

Coventry, 19th June 2011. Landed on runway 23 and was instructed to park on the west apron. We were refuelled by the bowser. Avgas £1.88 a litre incl VAT. Friendly reception and a nice small lounge with vending machine for passengers.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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20 Mar 11 - Dave Westall

@ Keith Parker
You obviously flew in when CVT was in a state of limbo before Sir Peter Rigby's buy out. As for the Air Atlantique Classic Flight Fleet, may I point out that they are not all "rotting" as you say. Out of the many aircraft on the grass apron, the only aircraft unairworthy are as follows: DC6 (being converted as a restaraunt) DH104 Dove (being rebuilt), Hunter T8 (static, Shackleton (taxiable), Nimrod (taxiable).
May I suggest that you re-visit & (when you do so) drop in to take a tour of "Airbase" where you will receive a warm welcome & discover some rare & well maintained 1950's aircraft.

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10 Jan 11 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Flew into Coventry on Sunday 9th Jan, with 11 friends in 4 aircraft, this is an airfield truly worth a visit, they are really making an effort to encourage GA activity. Everyone at the field was exceptionally helpfull and genuinely interested in customer satisfaction, the service from ATC was exemplery and the food and service in the resteraunt above the flying club was first class. Highly Reccomended
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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18 Apr 10 - Keith Parker - Surrey
We took a trip to Coventry from Duxford on Saturday afternoon, conditions were excellent and thanks to our Icelantic dust invasion!! the sky were very quite to. As no ATZ exists at Coventry we called Unicom and made contact with a Helimed chopper who was very helpfull. Once on the ground we taxied to the GA terminal? to see what was occuring... to be honest absolutely nothing, we managed to find life around the Helicopter trip people who's answer to all our questions ( where to find coffee, landing fees, fuel etc ) was a standard NO. I am so supprised it was like a ghost town, however after a coffee and a packet of pork scatching at the pub just outside the gate we taxied for a trip home, when taxing we noticed the extensive fleet of Air Atlantique a/c all rotting in the compound, real shame, guess their airworthy planes are in their hangers or out and about. Fantastic piece of tarmac just wasting away, worth going into but don't expect to much when you land,
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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7 Jul 09 - Paul B - Huddersfield
Does the description of Cov as GA unfriendly still apply? There is largely no commecial air traffic now - no passenger flights at all (except for Air Atlantique pleasure flights) and just a few cargo flights.

I've always found ATC very helpful and professional and the facilities (bar the grass taxiways, which are a little bumpy) fine. The runway is wide, long, very flat and smooth.

Comment has been made in some of the other reviews of lack of food and about Skypartners. Well, Skypartners have reopened by taking over the upstairs bar of Coventry Aero club at the NE end of the field. They are open from 10:00 every day except Monday. (http://www.horizonscafe.co.uk/)

I have no affiliation with SkyPartners, but am a member of Cov Aero Club (purely because that's where the shareoplane lives.)

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13 May 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew to Coventry on 2 April 2009 after a weather diversion whilst en-route from Blackpool to White Waltham. (I think I was one of the "other diversions" referred to in a previous review). The service from Farnborough Radar and then Coventry Radar/Tower were excellent and turned a high-workload bad weather diversion with a 600 foot cloudbase into radar vectors to the ILS and a free landing. Ending up stuck in Coventry for 5 hours waiting for the weather to clear, (by which time I had given up the thought of getting to White Waltham), I decided to fulfil a long-term plan to visit the Midland Air Museum. Although this museum was only about 500 yards from the general aviation ramp, there is no access from the air-side and it was about a 1.5 mile walk around the perimeter to get to it, but was well worth the (enjoyable) walk. A superb museum, quiet on a weekday and with many, many interesting items on show and lots of aircraft as well as a small and friendly cafe. The Almat flying club (who deal with Coventry GA traffic) were superb: nice lounge; helpful and friendly and provided weather information and advice. Also offered to get a taxi to take me to the museum, but I decided that after 30 minutes IMC and an ILS to minimums, I needed some fresh air....! Although this was an unplanned visit, I'd recommend the airfield as a very nice destination (looked to be a good pub close to the entrance, although I did not use it myself) and friendly with it.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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19 Apr 09 - David Wood - Salisbury
Landed at Coventry the week before last on a weather divert having failed to get into Nottingham or East Midlands. Vectored to the ILS at Coventry and then shot an ILS approach in fairly marginal conditions. Relieved to get back to terra firma for a cuppa and a top-up of fuel in the company of at least one other weather refugee. Very helpful ATC. Very friendly staff on arrival. Landing fee waived for the weather diversion. Off again into the murk after a couple of hours for the trip back to Old Sarum - where the sun was shining.
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28 Oct 08 - Ian G - Manchester I'ntl / Liverpool JL
Had wanted to do a Coventry trip for over a month now but been battling with the weather. Phoned the tower before i left with an ETA, very helpful, details of Birmingham, routes and airfield info. Contacted Birmingham as soon as I was out of halfpenny's way, got half way down the side for their CTA and got a direct routing to Coventry, good stuff ! Was quite choppy airspace so did a low approach go around to sus it out. Top runway and ATC helpful on directions. Headed to park at the aero club and yes the grass is very bumpy as are the on off ramps so ultra care required. Aero club seemed to be closed and couldn't figure out how to get in ! so no food, drink or facilities. Had a great look around, some of the old timers there are just amazing with props the size of my little pa28. Bit of a wait on departure with queue of aircraft backtracking, ATC good again and the vrps are easy to see. May go again, definitely a recommend to see the collection, ATC GA friendly from my trip, just needed a place to relax and get in from the cold.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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5 Jun 08 - Nick .
had to land in Coventry, due to the plane i was in developing a fault, all at the airport very professional and helpful. big runway. handy pub around the corner to obtain some light refreshments. Grass parking a bit bumpy, but when are they not. Some interesting planes parked in the GA area.
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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11 Jun 07 - Steve Ball - Nottingam (Manc exile)
Here is my review from the latest new airfield i have visited, I was entertained in the Coventry Aero club by our very own Loz and as usual the welcome was first class, the bar staff were friendly, the food was superb, the guy who fueled me was friendly also, at £1-05 per litre + VAT it was a good price for a big airfield, ATC were efficient as expected at a large (ish) airport. The runway was first class but i have marked it down slightly as the grass taxiways are a little bumpy and required caution. Although i haven't yet paid my fee, (i do that today by phone), i believe it is around a tenner for my 575kg aircraft with no mandatory handling fee. The pilots facilities in the Aero club were good. Pics to follow later...
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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31 May 07 - Graham Ladlow

Despite being a busy regional airport, handling international passenger flights, freight and air charter work, Coventry always seems to make room for GA traffic and pilots of all levels of experience. The airport is also the base for a number of flight training schools, from PPL to ATPL, so the is always plenty of activity in the circuit and further affield, but it never seems too crowded, thanks to the excellent ATC.

Being a "proper" airport there is full ATC cover, including radar, but as yet no surrounding controlled airspace (though Birmingham's CTR is nearby and above). The Controllers are efficient and accommodating and always manage to give a servide to en-route as well as visiting traffic.

Landing fees are typical of a regional airport, and cheaper than some, but if you ask for taxi to Coventry Aeroplane Club, you can take advantage of their preferential rates, and they can take your payments as well.

The Coventry Aeroplane Club Clubhouse offers a briefing room with excellent computer based self briefing facilities and you'll always find someone there willing to talk aviation! A good selection of food is available at weekends in their excellent first floor bar which overlooks the 23 threshold and tea / coffee (and alcoholic beverages for non pilots) is available at other times. - If the food was available weekdays as well, I'd have given a 1, but as it is, it only merits a 2!.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 1
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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19 Dec 05 - Terry Viner
Whilst flying from Sywell to a private site 8 miles to the north of Cov near to the A5 I made a freecall to Cov Approach and was told during that flight to make certain manouvers. I was not asked but told that whilst crossing to the north of the extended centre line that I should basicaly follow instructions from ATC. Since when has Coventry ATC had control over any aircraft outside of there zone and in uncontrolled airspace. Maybe I am missing something in my airmanship or is COV ATC taking over just like TUI have with everything else at the airport or are there practising in preperation fro extended airspace which they want.
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3 May 05 - Paul - Birmingham
Just so everyone knows, handling is not required for anything under 5 tonnes at Coventry, dont let MidWest fleece you!
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26 Aug 03 - Aviatrix Aviatrix - Hatfield Aerodrome
The Atlantic Flight Traning centre on the main apron was new this year (2003) and is fabulously clean and welcoming, more akin to the quality in the U.S.. There is a new snack bar in reception and, as everyone has said, the staff are great.

I did love the free landing too as my aircraft was built pre-1960. Thanks Neil (below) for the advice.

N.B. The building is guarded by a large locked gate. Do not be intimidated by this, just walk up and hit the large button to open the gate!
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20 Aug 03 - Graham Skeats - Getting bolder every day
Visited Coventry on Monday evening as part of a club flyout. They kept the GA terminal open till 10:30 for us, were top-notch friendly, and the fine people of the Air Museum even opened that up too, because there were 16 of us coming. And you get to go aboard the exhibits, which are non-trivial things - I've now sat in a Vulcan and a Starfighter. Top geeky evening that even the non-geeky wife enjoyed! Go there (but watch out for Birmingham airspace).
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20 Aug 03 - Andy Williss - Forest Hill, London
Visited Coventry for fuel and to clear Special Branch on the way back from Isle of Man. Very friendly and helpful staff -- Emma, your Ginger Bread men get a 90% rating! Excellent facilites for GA.
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4 Aug 03 - Colin Granton - Teesside
Visited Coventry en-route to the PFA.

Excellent service provided by all. Very friendly staff with Emma from Sykpartners being exceptionally helpful.

An up and coming airport looking after GA.
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20 Jul 03 - Neil Bordessa - Liverpool
Visited Coventry on the 12th July enroute to the PFA Rally (Kemble) in our Chipmunk for fuel arranged previously. The service was excellent and prompt and I would like to thank the staff for their friendly welcome. Also if your aircraft is built beore 1960 (as our Chipmunk is) the landing is free!
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