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25 Jun 13 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Visited Crosland Moor (EGND) on Monday 24th June 2013 in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. It was the last leg of the day after visiting Wickenby, Beverley and Breighton. There was no response on the phone for PPR so we called the mobile number mentioned on the website and spoke to a chap who said he was not at the airfield but could see it from a nearby hill. We expected a slightly more difficult approach and landing compared to normal and it did not disappoint. Even with the displaced threshold on 25 we encountered pretty bad wind sheer resulting in sink and a prompt go-around. The 2nd approach I did slightly faster and aimed beyond even the displaced threshold and things were much better. The runway comes up pretty quick to meet you with the slope, slowed down promptly though! To be fair it was rather breezy however I expect it is quite a lot of the time as it is on the top of a hill! The caravan was open (see our photo) and you could help yourself to a drink with the payment honesty jar provided. There was no landing fee as we had a reciprocal landing arrangement with Netherthorpe. Other movements on the airfield included 2 horses and a couple of cars, you get the idea. All in all a rather quirky airfield and maybe one to visit on a less breezy day next time. Unfortunately the camera battery failed on final so no video to show the landing.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 1
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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18 Oct 10 - Barry Hunter - Gainsborough
Great little airfield. Well worth a visit if only to prove that you can land on and take off in a cross wind or a howling gale. Friendly banter and bacon butties.
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31 Jul 10 - Mark Bellamy - Sherburn
Our first visit to Crosland Moor a few weeks ago was by road, to have a look at it, as it has a reputation for being a bit tricky. When we saw it, it didn't look too bad at all, and we were given loads of useful advice and local knowledge by David Hardaker and others who fly from there. There is also a very helpful website. So this afternoon we returned in NJ - and what a fantastic little strip it is! The approach is interesting, with quarries surrounding a tongue of runway - hence the displaced 25 threshold to avoid the down-drafts on short finals. The 2.6 degree uphill slope on 25 was theoretically daunting, but in practice was not an issue. When we were there today there was no one about, though there is a very comfortable club room and coffee making facilities. There is a cafeteria at the neighbouring caravan site and a great food pub 10 minutes walk from the apron, not to mention fantastic views of the Pennines all around. We went for a long walk in the stunning local countryside, before getting airborne again (uphill on 25) as the weather closed in. Then back to Sherburn and clear skies... all in all a great fun afternoon out. "Huddersfield International" comes with a hearty recommendation!.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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1 Jun 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Crosland Moor on Sunday 24 May and took my wife, our two greyhounds and a picnic. A lovely location and, although the airfield was unmanned (as advised in the very helpful advice when PPR requested by phone), a couple of the very friendly locals were there and, as said before, a very nice caravan with honesty box, self-service drinks and a clean loo. The runway is slightly challenging, with pronounced upslope on 25 and very close quarries to the side and end of the runway, but like many challenging strips, a little pre-planning usually makes them some of our best landings due to the concentration needed! A notice said the strip would be closed for a couple of days in June for some re-laying of the tarmac, although, apart from some damage at the very end of 25, it was in pretty good condition. All in all, a very nice place to visit and the views on a clear day are just super.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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27 May 07 - Steve Ball - Nottingam (Manc exile)
Visited Crossland Moor for the first time and thouight it was a wonderful airfield, i landed on 25 with a Northerly crosswind and an upslope and down draughts off the quarry, you certainly need your wits about you but i was pleased with the landing. I taxied in and there was just one guy around cutting grass, the caravan was open with an honesty box for landing fees and provisions used, nice comfy seating area and a clean toilet. I would recommend a visit here but be wary of the conditions, my take off was downslope from grass to concrete but you don't notice the change, as i got airborne the crosswind caught me but it wasn't too much of a problem. All in all a good place to go.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Mar 07 - Matt Craven - Chorley, Lancashire
Made a brief visit into Crossland Moor this morning in a PA-28, not all much to do at the airfield to be honest, but def a good stop-off if you're en route to other locations or exploring the local area. I was a bit worried about the 2.6% upslope on 25, but had no problems at all. The airfield was practically deserted and totally void of any sort of assistance, however, the static caravan they have there provides a toilet and refreshments using an 'honesty box', which in my mind is totally perfect for the size of airfield etc. Def shall return if I'm passing by the area next time, a very relaxed airfield with stunning scenery. Simplicity at its finest!
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5 Dec 03 - Mike Smith - London
This is what I call an airfield. A caravan proudly proclaiming "Huddersfield International" in BAA font.......a sun terrace with tables and chairs.......a DIY kettle & full teabag support in the caravan. And to top it all, a "controller" who talks to you live from the circuit in his microlight.
Cash only. Of course. A handy refuelling point if you're flogging your way up and down England. Just try and avoid the skips near the pump.
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