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Cranfield Airport (EGTC)

Submitted by: Robin Calvert

New text for the listing for Cranfield Airport:

Cranfield's main runway 03/21 is approx 1800m of asphalt so can handle pretty well any GA aircraft.

Since September 2016 Cranfield is closed at weekends and offers a limited service during the feel. Full PPR for inbound and outbound movements is in place (including residents). Phone ahead to check they'll be open and can accomodate!

Arrivals are via Woburn Town or Stewartby Brickworks VRPs, - Olney Town is only used when 03 is in use.

Woburn Town VRP can get a bit busy and sometimes is used by gliders due to the ‘ridge’.

Woburn Town VRP is identified from its location between the extensive Woburn Golf Club within woodland to the West and Woburn Abbey stately home to the East - head North across M1 motorway for Cranfield circuit join (downwind for 21; base/straight in for 03).

Stewartby Brickworks VRP identified by tall chimneys and adjacent lakes - Bedford Town and Cardington’s giant hangars (sometimes active!) should get you there.

Occasional incoming traffic on 21 ILS, even when 03 in use, so listen out carefully for ATC instructions, especially when departing on 03. Less so these days as there are GNSS approaches to both runways.

Circuit is to usually SE side of runway and no deadside due to helicopter traffic and ban on overflying university buildings to NW.

Refuelling by tanker is generally efficient, although you might have to wait while the duty driver switches between the AVGAS and the JET tankers. In winter/wet weather, no refuelling on the grass.

There is no cafe on the airfield, however there are places on the university campus a short walk away.

Local places of interest: Woburn Abbey stately home and Safari Park; MK Dons football and of course the Milton Keynes museum ;-)

 

(Original text by Peter Male, edited 03/2013 and 09/2016 R Calvert)


Cranfield Airport accepts genuine emergency and precautionary diversions without charge per CAA CAP 667 9.2 (c) recommendations.
  • Type: Licensed
  • PPR: Yes
  • Position: N52°04.32 W000°37.00
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    22 Sep 17 - Barrie Akin - London

    I flew into Cranfield on Tuesday for the first time in ten years. I did my PPL there fifteen years ago, when it was a very busy airfield indeed.

    Not any more! It was very quiet. There was some traffic practising instrument approaches, but there was little in the way of ground movements. A few modern airliners were parked on the aprons, presumably for maintenance or storage.

     

    The good points:-

     

    Helpful, friendly and professional ATC.

    Nice long and smooth runway.

    Very reasonable landing fee for an SEP (under £15).

     

    The not so good points:-

     

    The old Café just beyond the tower(Café Pacific) has gone, so you need to go onto the university campus to find food/drink. I didn't bother.

    Landing fees are now paid at Hangar 1, which is a bit of a trek from where you are directed to park - and, irritatingly, if you landed on 21, you will have taxied past it on your way to parking. Better to pay by phone with a credit card - the number is on a sign by the tower.

    I don't see any evidence that airfield management are keen to attract GA. Quite the opposite given the reduced facilities compared with years gone by.

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