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9 Jun 15 - R Hawkins

I've flown into Croft Farm airstrip on quite a few occasions now usually from my home field at Halfpenny Green and the experience has always been exceptional, Clive Porter is a fine Christian gentleman and a stalwart supporter of MAF as am I myself.

In addition to the beautiful location of the strip just outside Pershore, Worcs, my C150 maintenance company is based at the field, Pure Aviation Support Services.

I would encourage any pilot who has not visited to do so, but PPR with Clive or Mike beforehand and take note of the approach to 27 and 09 and do not overfly Defford village. Enjoy!!

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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1 Jul 13 - Ben Barnard - Norwich

Previously used Staverton as I have family in Pershore but thought I'd give Croft Farm a go this weekend. I wont look back, will use it every time from now on unless I need to refuel, as there is no fuel here but thats no big problem to most visitors. It has all you need and anyone I bumped into there was very friendly. I was 3 up (in a C172) with lots of luggage and half fuel and still got off the ground about two thirds of the way down the strip. Runway well kept, recently cut and not bumpy. Highly recommended, there should be more strips like this!

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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18 Oct 08 - Mike Fawdrey - Hednesford Staffs
This was my second visit this year, Clive Porter was there to meet me along with Mike who has built an SE5 from plans. It must be pretty cool at 10,000 in open cockpits. The radio was not manned but a pilot in the area gave me runway and direction info. Clive had some chores to do on the farm but invited me to stay for tea and homemade cakein the farm house. Would that all airfields could be like this
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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21 Jun 08 - JP Rokacz - Birmingham
Everyone there seems to call the airfield Defford! Very nice setting, with the hills on the horizon to the West. Then again, today was a beautiful day for VFR, with Gloucester ATIS (optimistically?) reporting 50km visibility! Clive is very helpful and PPR couldn't be easier. The airfield's website has all the necessary info for planning, including circuit, photos, etc. Inbound from the North, Defford disused airfield is easy to spot, with its runway outlines and the large white aerials on site - one parabole-shaped, the other housed under a radome. Croft Fram itself is immediately to the South of the "disused" facility (for aviation, anyway). All circuits are to the South at 1,000ft AGL, or 1,100ft on QNH; that means a LH circuit for 27 (or RH for 09). For noise abatement, all villages nearby should be avoided; that means an offset final on a heading of, say, 300 degrees. The runway is 570m long, but looks longer. Either way, it proved more than adequate for a Robin with near-full tanks and 1 POB, although I came in 5kt faster than I would have liked for a short-field landing! The runway is reasonably smooth, the grass short, and obviously drains well - it had been raining quite hard over the Midlands two days before, but the runway was dry. There is a windsock halfway down the runway on the North side. One word of advice: while I made my intentions known on 119.1 Mhz as advised by Clive, I was surprised to see a based aircraft on short final just as I was vacating by the clubhouse! The clubhouse was deserted but the log was there, plus the honesty box - contributions/landing fees go to Mission Aviation Fellowship. Another neat feature at Croft Farm is the parrallel grass taxiway running along the first half of runway 27 - no need to backtrack for departure! I didn't really sample the facilities, but there is a nice "feel" about the place. I'll be back!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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11 Jun 08 - Richard Dowdall - Leicester
Some of the Tuesday crowd took in three aircraft : a C152 Aerobat, a C172 and a PA28 Archer11 last evening – each two up and tanks over the tabs. Circuit to the South (Left Hand for 27) and 1000’ for a quiet 300degree base to final approach. Windspeed was low - probably only 5 -10kt but Northerly, so straight across the R/W. The surface was dry, gently undulating in parts (less noticeable in our PA28 than the other A/C) but quite smooth. No problem getting in or out though we all came in a shade quicker than we planned. Perhaps the angled base leg made us higher than expected on approach or the trees were a distraction – but that’s my speculation. Owner Clive Porter is extremely helpful. He’s experienced with flying and coupled with an excellent website you get all the necessary advice when you PPR. It was quiet (as expected) but the Clubroom was open for us to book in/out and leave a donation to MAF. All in all a very pleasant experience. We hope to be able to fly in again soon.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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11 Jun 08 - Richard Dowdall - Leicester
Some of the Tuesday crowd took in three aircraft : a C152 Aerobat, a C172 and a PA28 Archer11 last evening – each two up and tanks over the tabs. Circuit to the South (Left Hand for 27) and 1000’ for a quiet 300degree base to final approach. Windspeed was low - probably only 5 -10kt but Northerly, so straight across the R/W. The surface was dry, gently undulating in parts (less noticeable in our PA28 than the other A/C) but quite smooth. No problem getting in or out though we all came in a shade quicker than planned. Perhaps the angled base leg made us higher than expected on approach or the trees were a distraction – but that’s my speculation. Owner Clive Porter is extremely helpful. He’s experienced with flying and coupled with an excellent website you get all the necessary advice when you PPR. It was quiet (as expected) but the Clubroom was open for us to book in/out and leave a donation to MAF. All in all a very pleasant experience. We hope to be able to fly in again soon.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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25 Aug 07 - Robin Szemeti - bewdley
Good and friendly PPR grass strip. Bit of a bump halfway down, but nothing to worry about, good clear approach, but avoid overflying the village. Excellent and well run fly-in every June, with a wide variety of visiting aircraft, ranging from microlights to Mustangs and Stearmans, even a Cessna Caravan! A very enjoyable day out either as a visiting pilot or spectator. Highly recommended.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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25 Aug 07 - Robin Szemeti - bewdley
Good and friendly PPR grass strip. Bit of a bump halfway down, but nothing to worry about, good clear approach, but avoid overflying the village.

Excellent and well run fly-in every June, with a wide variety of visiting aircraft, ranging from microlights to Mustangs and Stearmans, even a Cessna Caravan! A very enjoyable day out either as a visiting pilot or spectator. Highly recommended.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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28 Jul 04 - Mike Fawdrey - Hednesford Staffs
my first visit to this strip was just one week ago, I can only thank all the folks I met there for making it so enjoyable.

A real flying community

MAF pilots would think they were in heaven with a strip of this calibre, some of the places they use have to be seen to be believed.

This was also my first visit to a strip in UK it won't be my last

Kind Regards to all involved

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