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18 Feb 18 - John Bazzi - Burntwood

Visited on 17/02/2018. Generally a nice airfield to visit but I was less than impressed with the air/ground radio operator. He seemed hellbent on trying to bully and intimidate pilots, even in the most critical stages of flights. Perhaps he was new to the role and doesn't yet realise that his job is to give information only, not to issue instructions, nor offer opinions or criticism over the radio. A wannabe air traffic controller methinks! Otherwise, a nice airfield with good café and friendly staff.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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25 Oct 17 - Brendan Duggan - Croydon

Had to visit on business recently so couldn’t comment. Today I visited in a Piper Arrow. Parking is across the runway away from the tower. Apparently the “Biggles” restaurant is exactly that.....a restaurant! However, there is a very nice cafe close to where I was told to park, Lavazza coffee and a very hospitable patron. Cannot say the same for the flying club I was told to go to in order to pay the (£18) landing fees. Most ignorant bunch of wannabee kids I’ve seen since Cabair was there- thought those days had gone. They were the only blot on the landscape, I already had PPR and the tower were very friendly. Worth a visit but escape from the flying club asap after paying the landing fee!!!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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31 May 17 - Imran Kiani

Ok so i am in the process of my ppl and thought id give denham a try as its nearby.

I can honestly say it is a pleasure being a member of this flying school and everyone is welcoming and friendly.

My thanks to Mark at the desk and his team and all the instructors.

Everyone i have met here so far have been very helpfull.

Many thanks.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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8 Dec 13 - Paul Bond - Walsall
Flew back from Denham today after enjoying a very tasty meal at the Crew Room. It is very much recommended. Just look for the old Blister Hanger and its next door to it. Recommend viewing the Denham web site to gain an insight into the joining procedures due to the Heathrow TMA. Don't be put off going here due to its location as the pictures helped us enormously. The landing fee for a PA28 was £18 which I thought was a bit expensive when airfields are trying to attract visitors. On the whole however, I would put this into the category of worth a visit again.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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8 Oct 11 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Made it to Denham today having been meaning to go there for years. It s really nice airfield. I though that the location in the Heathrow Zone would be a problem but this turned out not to be the case. Both the airfield guide and the website make the requirements very easy to comply with even if the approaches are rather unusual The runway is in excellent condition and there is a very good small restaurant apparently open 7 days a week. Landing fee at £15 was perhaps a little high for the Jabiru but you are getting good facilities and close proximity to London ATC were very good and all in all well worth a re-visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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6 Jul 10 - Mark Bellamy - Sherburn
Great website with useful photos of the approach and local landmarks. Good tarmac runway 24/06 and helpful, professional A/G. Did not have a chance to explore the restaurant but it looks great. The train to central London is an easy 15 minute walk away, and takes about 20 minutes to St Marylebone, so a really useful field for central London. £12 landing and £6 overnight parking for a Cessna 150. Not much of a club feel to it, though it was a midweek visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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10 Feb 09 - Patrick de Nonneville - White Waltham
took my ppl at Denham with Cabair (really happy with how that went), then "switched sides" to the North of the field as costs and avaibility were better. Have now moved to White Waltham :

- too many flying days lost to crosswind (one r/w only)

- rivalry between the two sides is just silly

- a/g can be randomly nice or just plain not bothered

- having now experienced the welcome at White Waltham, I feel a bit sorry I didn't move earlier.

the restaurant on the south side is not bad at all.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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5 Oct 05 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Denham yesterday on business from Blackpool in a C172. The staff were very helpful, letting me park right next to the club-house after helping myself to fuel. (Self-service means a key to the padlock!)

ATC took my money and called a cab for me. On departure, they gave me good local advice on noise abatement and departure routes.

Were there people with epaulettes in the reception? YES. Did it spoil my day? NO. They were a professional flying school trying to be professional to their customers. Not my personal preferred approach, but not really a problem.

The only drinks available were from a vending machine (quite good actually), but if you come along at the right time, there is a restaurant adjacent (Biggles) which looked wonderful – must come when it’s open next time.

The airfield was easy to find following the directions in AFE and the lake to the East is difficult even for me to miss!

I'd recommend it if you want a convenient airfield for London (if flying from the North) or if you want to go to the restaurant. However, not much there if you just want to visit the airfield itself.

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5 Oct 04 - Simon Menzies - Lancaster
Flew to Denham yesterday for the first time, great airfield, what a shame about the reception, I dont think I've ever been anywhere that made me feel as unwelcome. (I've got 70 different airfields in my log book and have flown for over 15 years). The a/g operative was rude and uninterested concentrating more on the TV and newspaper, we felt we had disturbed him and he wasn't happy. There is just no excuse for such an attitude and I am amazed the owners let it happen.
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1 Dec 03 - Bob Whittle
As a former member of the operations staff on the south side at Denham, I am saddened that Roger had such a disappointing experience while visiting the airfield. I can honestly say that the staff I worked with, most of whom are still there, are extremely amiable and friendly. In fact many visiting pilots would comment on what a shame it was they hadn't discovered Denham before. Sorry your visit wasn't as you had hoped Roger, but I feel many would disagree with your critique. Why not drop in another time and give Denham another chance.

Safe flying

Bob Whittle
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26 Aug 03 - Richard Haigh - Knebworth
Have to agree with Mike...

...the Heliair side is much more entertaining and the tea is indeed good!
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6 Aug 03 - Mike Smith - London
The white shirts are on "south side" - visit the choppers on "north side". Great tea, epaulettes only occasionally!
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28 Jul 03 - Roger Kershaw - Blandford Forum
Sorry to say that I choose to pay Denham a visit In late June this year ( 29th to be exact )... and never again ! I found them to be very "aloof"..... un-helpful & very rude ! There was an air of " look at us with our white shirts and shoulder badges ".... Cabair training I think ! Sorry Denham but IF you want visitors then get your act together...or maybe you dont !!

Roger Kershaw.... EGHH based.
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