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4 Dec 16 - Graeme Craven - Sevenoaks

Our first visit to Dunkeswell was an uncomplicated affair. No PPR – we simply gave them a call 10 miles out. The field is easy to spot from the air with initial calls being made to Dunkeswell Radio to obtain airfield information. Runway in use on the day was 04 with a right hand circuit. All subsequent calls we made to Dunkeswell Traffic as their rather helpful website : www.dsft.co.uk makes clear. Parachuting takes place on the airfield itself so overhead joins are to be avoided. Circuit was quiet as was the radio (the welcome was similarly muted, although efficient). We parked where we felt appropriate paid our landing fee and that was that. No high viz requirement. A very laid back set up. Several interesting aircraft to see and a café/restaurant with some slightly kitsch aviation décor – but it is an airfield after all ! Gourmet dining is not to be had here (think basic pub grub/pub prices) but fish & chips, burgers & scampi options are on offer as are sandwiches and drinks.

 

Unusually, aircraft are parked in the northerly 100 meters of the 04/22 runway extension. This is adjacent to the fuel. It also means that taking off and landing (on a generous length of good tarmac runway) is done towards parked aircraft. Whilst this isn’t generally an issue, it might make for a dramatic accident report in case of engine failure/loss of control. To get to the fuel one taxis between aircraft on the left and right of the 04 extension (there is loads of room) and is easily found at the northerly end of 04, close to the club house. Parking away from the fuel allows other aircraft to manoeuvre. Aircraft are also parked on the narrower, north side of the Link Taxiway.

 

£ 10 was the very reasonable landing fee for an SEP.

 

Taking off on 04 necessitated taxying via the 22 – 17 link, south down 17 before back tracking down the remainder of 04. The pilot and other traffic are very much in control of this process, rather than A/G radio. In our case there was only one other aircraft departing (making it easier to play follow-my-leader) and the other aircraft in the circuit to land helpfully put in an extended base leg allowing us to finish back tracking and expedite departure. It might have been a even more entertaining with more aircraft movements. Good, clear, courteous flying & communication between pilots is therefore the order of the day at this airfield (and look out for parachutes too).

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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3 Apr 16 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew in from Elstree via Henstridge in N66MS Turbo Arrow

 

"Blind Calls" onto rwy 17......one other a/c in circuit....

Restaurant/bar area very friendly...good Sunday roast available.....

 

I imagine does become very busy in good wx.

 

And it being the highest GA airfield in the UK at 839 ft amsl ...nice!!!!

 

Worth a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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3 Aug 14 - Peter Green - London

Great airfield and excellent place to fly into. And a fantastic location for exploring the SW

BUT

What the h*ll has happened to the Aviator? If you like Elvis Presley at full volume it's great. Otherwise, take ear plugs.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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15 Jul 13 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Looking back it is over a year since last visit to Dunkeswell but still just as friendly and a year on, still the £10 landing fee. Usual friendly service from everyone. We found the airfield extremely busy and with sky diving and a constant stream of aircraft and you need to keep your wits about you. Café was very good and on a sunny day like this Sunday, great place to watch the world go by. Good trip down from Blackpool routing through Wallasey and to Brecon and through the Cardiff zone with good traffic service. Well worth a visit and thanks to everyone at Dunkeswell for maintaining such a good airfield.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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29 Apr 13 - Mark Bellamy - Sherburn
I have been in to Dunkeswell three times now. It is a wonderful little field, with a great buzz and atmosphere. The cafeteria offers a pleasant environment and some great sandwiches and good coffee, while watching the comings and goings on the field, including the drop zone. Arriving on base and turning finals with the parachutes coming down in proximity is a strange feeling!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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22 Apr 13 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Flew into Dunkeswell on Saturday, 20th April from North Weald, really nice trip, great scenery and a great airfield, really warm welcome, food was excellent and the service was great.
  • 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
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22 Sep 12 - James channell - Lymington
Flew to Dunkeswell a while back, But just remembered to write this.... I flew in from a small private grass strip, in a Cessna 172 G-DUVL. It was my first time visiting Dunkeswell, And I thought it was a lovely little place to visit! Great cafe, fair A/G, and I very interesting runway! I just love how on approach, you fly over aircraft who are parked doing power checks on the Displaced threshold, Quite a strange feeling! Overall, I think its a great place, and would definitely go again if I get the chance. For a more detailed look into my trip to Dunkeswell, Visit my blog: www.jameschannell.blogspot.com Thanks.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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10 Jul 12 - Jeremy Clabon
Excellent trip to Dunks on Sunday. Phone and book for the carvey - it's very popular and not to be missed. The usual friendly reception from atc and staff at The Aviator.
  • 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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22 Jun 12 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Another great trip to Dunkeswell on Tuesday (19th June 12) Very busy on a sunny calm day Usual great airfield expierience and good food at the refurbed cafe and good service Friendly radio and warm welcome at the club house. £10 landing for great facilties is good value to say the least.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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2 Jun 12 - Peter Gristwood - exeter

We had a really nice carvery on Thurs evening at Dunkeswell which coincides with the weekly club flyout. Good and inexpensive

Not drinking coffee myself I can't comment on John's post, but I find the operators of The Aviator more than willing to listen to comments and to do something about it.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 12 - JohnM Tipton - Torquay

I've been flying into Dunkeswell on a regular basis, and I've tried the coffee again (sorry to go on about this) but it is awful, why give a big mug with one shot of coffee, and topped up with water - really horrible.

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16 May 12 - Graham Wheeler
Graham Wheeler (High Wycombe) Flew into Dunkeswell airfield last Sunday (13th. May)on an unusually sunny day from Wycombe Air park. The airfield was very busy with local circuit traffic, visiting aircraft and parachutists and so a good lookout was required at all times. The A/G service was good on arrival but were difficult to contact on departure, although I contacted an aircraft in the circuit to ensure my radio was transmitting, which it was so made calls to Dunkeswell traffic and departed with caution. Welcome was very friendly, restaurant was very good and the airfield is an excellent place to view aircraft comings and goings. £10 landing fee, which is probably a reasonable charge compared to other airfields. Undoubtedly a GA friendly airfield and I will be visiting again in the future.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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12 Apr 12 - Ashley Smith

Flew in from Oxford, landing on RW22. Great GA field, not too busy on a Thursday but a few other aircraft in and out. Very nice restaurant with a proper coffee machine and a good menu. Super friendly and helpful people and only £10 landing fee.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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25 Nov 11 - J Tipton

Flew into Dunkeswell for my usual fuel uptake, went into the new restaurant and it looks very nice, enquired about the Sunday carvery (£10.00 !!!) - however the coffee is still awful, one shot of coffee in a mug, topped up with water 'horrible'

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30 Aug 11 - John Ellard - London
Flew in here from Elstree enroute Perranporth 28-08-2011. It's a great field, and a thriving restaurant doing a carvery - packed out! We got some carvery sandwiches and mugs of tea - the service was personal and efficient and we were made to feel at home. RWY surface was good and the radio service went beyond what they needed to do. Lots of help with onward planning and refueled by the guy on the desk in the pouring rain with no word of complaint about getting soaked only encouragement and general enthusiasm for flying and a real interest in the aircraft etc. Lovely field. Please support it if you can! The restaurant changes hands at the end of September but hopefully standards will be maintained to their current high level. It's a top destination highly recommended.
  • 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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12 Aug 11 - Neil Bassett - Taunton
I flew into Dunkeswell on 05.08.11. The A/G service was very good giving clear instructions in relation to the parachuting that was in progress. I had lunch here and whilst the sandwiches were good and reasonable value for money, the service was disappointing. I heard several people complaining about this. The landing fee was £10.00 and on departure the A/G service was again very good.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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31 Mar 11 - Chris Baker - Paignton

We always like going to Dunkeswell as everyone is so friendly and helpful. Food and drink are always good and the fuel remains sensibly priced. Although only based at Exeter we occasionaly use Dunkeswell for training purposes and often for fuel and social stops when you are always made welcome.

  • 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: 5
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23 Oct 10 - Keith Betteley - SHANKLIN

My wife and I visited Dunkeswell today,Lovely hard runway with friendly staff directing us to the parking area,Avgas available and they must boast the largest cafe we have ever visited.Unfortunately it was very quiet but as most of our flying is weekdays this is not unusual.Landing fee £10 and avgas £1.74 inclusive of vat

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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7 Oct 10 - Darren Sainsbury - Basingstoke
Popped into Dunkeswell today for a pre-cross country solo with my instructor this morning. Was very quite but very staff were very welcoming. Was expecting and planned a landing on 23 but was 17 which threw me a little. Would recommend having a good look on google maps if a first time visit. The threshold was hard to make out so take care. Any questions you have about this lovely little airport I am more than willing to answer. Learn't a lot from my instructor today even though a short visit and happy to share.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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13 Apr 10 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Flew down to Dunkerswell on Saturday, its about a year since my last visit and have to say its still as good as last time. The A/G radio is good, as they have a lot of other activities going on eg: flex wings and parachuting. Landing fees and fuel are reasonable to. However we had to wait quite a while for our lunch to appear, but when it did it was excellent and very fresh.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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31 Aug 09 - Dave Curley - Todmorden
Having booked the hire of a PA-28 Warrior3 My check flight and subsequent flights were good inspite of the weather. THe people are friendly, the field is easy to find and the food is good typical cafe fare. The catering staff are helpful.

I will be going back to fly from there again, soon I hope.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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17 Aug 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
Having had a mere biscuit at the previous stop I was looking forward to a proper lunch here but despite the restaurant being "open" there wasn't even sandwiches. I made the mistake of following a local down the grass verge to taxi back to the parking area but was told very smartly to go back on the runway and take the long way round. It pays to ask! Friendly welcome and a decent runway.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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5 Feb 09 - dave pharoah - poole
Visited Dunkeswell on 21.1.09. from Bournemouth, we left B/th radar and called Yeovilton lars for a fis and as always they were very helpful and efficient. The wx wasn't great and we landed on 05 in a Xwind on a wet runway but otherwise fairly uneventful.

Called D/well radio approaching Chard and has been said before they were good but with a delay as the guy on the radio also does reception.

However they're a friendly bunch down there and a reasonable landing fee (£10) for a pa28.The coffee/food was good but on this day the airfield was very quiet, probably due to the wx so we didn't stay very long but will definately go again in the summer.

Dave Pharoah

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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7 Jan 09 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Dunkeswell on Tuesday 6th Jan 09 Great airfield and good reception from everyone. Landed 05 and the final was fantastic. Easy to find and all very relaxed. Routing from the North, London Info (Excellent as always) passed me to Cardiff even though I intended to remain outside their controlled air space and they were at best "grumpy" Passed to Bristol who were pretty much the same but Yeovilton were really helpful. Will definitely visit again and another bacon and sausage baguette, superb.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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6 Jan 09 - Franklin Bridges
Dunkeswell is my favorite field. It started in 1944 as the tailgunner of crew 19, Squadron 110. We flew 30 missions searching for the nazi u-boats. Today I love your awesome countryside, fresh air, the whole nine yards. I feel refreshed every time I land there. My age is 85. Runway 05 is my choice of any in the whole South West of England.

I am not making light of all the super reports I just read on ukga.com. I spend most of my time getting on and taking off in my T-6a Texan... yes I'm a flight sim pilot and have been since it all began years ago.

Thanks for letting me share, all the way from Florida, USA

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15 Oct 08 - Curtis Archer - Petts Wood
Dunkeswell is an easy airfield to find being right on the crest of a large hill. The guy operating the radio was also the club receptionist on the day I flew there so sometimes he would reply to me and sometimes he wouldn't. A bit disconcerting because I thought that my radio was playing up. Huge runway and good facilities with a buffet carvery restaurant. However I would recommend walking into the village and going to one of the nice pubs there. The staff in the club were friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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21 Sep 08 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Flew into Dunkerswell Saturday as part of the London Transport Flying Clubs last minute do com 'squadron scramble', It was my first visit to the airfield and found the whole place very relaxed apart from dodging those flex wings micro lights and skydivers. We stopped for an all day breakfast which was very substantial, infact after uplifting fuel and a hearty breakfast a recalculation of the weight and balance was necessary! Great day out... well done Dunkerswell
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • 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 Sep 08 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Flew into Dunkswell from North Weald as a stop for fuel and food on the way to St Mary's on the Scilly Isles, the runway was in very good condition. Fuelled up and landing fee paid it was into the cafe for lunch, food was good as was the service. Fed and watered it off on the next leg to St Marys.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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17 Jun 08 - Steve Kirk - Hook, Hants fly from Blackbushe
First visit to Dunkeswell - decision to go was based on reviews about the food and the friendliness of the sirfield. Easy to find being perched at such a high elevation, fortunately no gliding in the area or parachuting taking place so no problems with the approach. Runway wellmarked and good standard. Well received and informed by A/G - you do need to be patient because it seems the post is not manned 100%. Restaurant area was spacious - only about four or five tables occupied. Food was of a fairly good standard but have to mark down on the service which I thought was uninterested at best!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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28 Apr 08 - Ben Spark
yesterday I flew for the first time from Dunkswell. Everyone was very friendly and my parents went off and had carvery in the airfield pub. We flew for 40 miuntes beacause of the bad weather and i flew for at least 30 mins. My instructor was was very friendly and helpful and felt I was doing well enough to let me land. Great planes, airfield and surroundings.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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8 Jul 07 - Matthew Alsop - Torquay. ex-PPL. Flew from Plymouth 2005 to 2010.
Visited Dunkeswell on 7th July 07. Very good A/G radio service, excellent runway surface and there seems to be a newly resurfaced taxiway leading from the runway intersection back around to the grass parking area by the club. Only had a very light snack while there but it was very good and the prices were sensible. Well worth a visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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17 Jun 07 - Martin Lardner - Worthing
As a club flyout we were supposed to be going to Alderney and Le Havre, but TAF's said otherwise. So with 9 aircraft booked we were at a loss as to where to go. Dunkerswell was mentioned and after a bit of quick re-navigation we set off, 8 aircraft arrived and disgorged about 25 people. Bless them, the lovely girls and staff who were under pressure with an already busy Fathers Day Carvery made us very welcome and within an hour of arrival were filling our empty stomachs (I believe all pilots have empty stomachs) with the most superb sunday roast I have tasted outside home and the price was an unbvelievable at £6.95 for as much as you could eat. A Big Up to them. The flying facilities have improved since I last went there 3 years ago, with good runways and by the look of it a newly tarmac'd taxiway, !!WELL DONE DUNKERSWELL
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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17 Jun 07 - Tony K - bristol
I flew to Dunkeswell last Tuesday, the first time I have ever landed away. After the ordered life of a major airfield, this was a joy. The radio is a little informal - as I reported joining overhead, for left-hand to 23, I got a reply on the lines of "You do what you like, my love, I'm on my own". I think I had the Devon sky to myself. Sadly, we didn't have time to eat, but I had the nicest cup of tea I've had in years. I'll be back!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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30 May 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Dunkeswell has become a bit of a favourite for me. Spacious cafe with proper food and an amazing cavery on Sundays (booking usually required) Staff are friendly and welcoming, when I stayed on holiday I easily found someone to lend me a ladder to check the 172's fuel tanks, and was shown to a briefing rooms to get the weather and notams.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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8 Oct 06 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Made a second visit to Dunkerswell yesterday. Apparently , at 836' amsl it is the highest airfield in the UK - certainly means that you need to set the QFE properly.

On both of my visits the airfield has been very busy and it has been necessary to key a very good lookout. Yesterday there was gliding in the area , parchute fdropping, PPL training, air experience flights plus all of the normal visiting traffic.

Nice long runway on 23 / 05 but watch out for the very diplaced threshold on 23. This is really critical because the fule pumps are essentially on the end of the runway so it is generally busy with traffic crossing etc. I found that it was necessary to make an extra effort to discount the intial runway and focus on the actual threshold.

There is a decent restaurant with good views out onto the airfield and a flying club who were happy to let me use their PC to pck up the TAFS before I returned.

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9 Aug 06 - Andy Ruggles
First visit to Dunkeswell - when approaching from Taunton from a northerly direction it was easily identfied by looking for Upottery Gliding site to the North East of the field. ATC allowed us to do a downwind entry into the circuit for R/W 35 , make sure you have the QFE though as this field is high at 839 amsl!

Landing fee reasonable £10. Restuarant near apron had a good selection for lunch and has large tables for groups indoors and out. Would recommend a visit!

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25 Jun 06 - Jim Blythe - Cardiff (but flying from Swansea)
I went to Dunkeswell yesterday - a most enjoyable flight and the aerodrome is really easy to find. Also I got a free cream tea voucher included in the £4.50 landing fee (bargain!).

The only awkward bit was the radio, which seems to be a somewhat sporadic activity for the chaps there. If there is no radio (as was the case when I got back to Swansea, since they go home at five) then you can call "traffic" and you get some kind of response. Having someone occasionally acknowledging calls whenever they have a minute to spare is worse than useless - I called finals twice before someone got back to me, and I only found out it was a left-hand circuit by looking in the book beforehand.

Note that Runway 23 has a very long threshold - it gave me a bit of a turn to see aircraft apparenty parked on the runway, until I noticed that the numbers were a lot further up than I had expected. I'm probably not the only dumbcluck who would make that error!

However, apart from the radio everything else was fine - nice long runway, excellent caff and friendly welcome all round.

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27 Apr 06 - Allan Hutchinson - Retired from flying.
Flew down to Dunkeswell today, in fine sunshine, with another pilot. Radio seemed unmanned most of the time.

On arrival, was told to park on the grass, in front of the cafe. Very nice airfield, but watch for the gliding site, on top of the hill to the west of the airfield.

Cafe was first class, and the mega breakfast was only about £4.00 odd. Spent lots of time, out on the grass looking at all the various types of aircraft parked there. The landing fee was £9.00, and it was worth it.

I would recomend a visit to this airfield.

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11 Dec 05 - Tom Brearley - Exeter, flying out of Dunkeswell
Don't rely on the signal square - never updated and used as a playground by kids whilst their parents are at the carvery!
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10 Feb 05 - Leighton Northover CZ - Cardiff
Dunkewell always a good place to visit. If the vis not so good make sure you get the correct field as I almost didn't once (before GPS days) The place is full of WW2 history - just search 'Dunkeswell' and see what you come up with
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9 Dec 04 - Chris Beddis - Bournemouth
I have visited Dunkeswell three times including an overnight stop.

Found the ops staff extremely helpful, proving tie downs for my a/c with no bother at all.

On my last two occasions I have visited at weekends, I found the service in the Cafe to be v. slow, this was due to the volume of people passing through I think, probably best to expect a while on the ground for food at the weekends here!! Food however is excellent, including the carvery.

Worth a go! Watch out for North Hill (gliders & cables) a short distance to the west especially if using the westerly runway departure!!

Picture shows departing off Northerly Rwy

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29 Nov 04 - Leia Fee - Swansea
I was offered a ride on a mate's nav-ex to Dunkeswell and it was my first taste of 'real' flying to and from somewhere as opposing to around and around the circuit. So excitement may have coloured my enthusiasm somewhat but it still seemed a lovely, lively little airfield.

I had a very plump bacon butty and watched all the action from the large and comfortable cafe, which has an absolutely stunning mural decorating the walls and ceiling.

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24 Jul 04 - Nick .
went to dunkeswell realy worth the trip much better than the near by exeter airport. nice place for lunch and a stop off every one should go there if they can.
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1 Aug 03 - Alan Jackson - Rushden
My first visit to Dunkeswell last Sunday and I was most impressed. It was a real hive of activity (both airside and land-side), with an excellent mix of aviation (including parachutes) plus lots of gliders soaring from a nearby site. Everywhere is clean, tidy and well-maintained. It's obviously a local attraction for the public, despite it being well off the beaten track by road. The newly extended bar/restaurant has got alot to do with it. The Sunday-only carvery, at less than £6 per head, was doing a roaring trade (I was told the previous weekend it did 85 covers). we couldn't pass up the unexpected chance for a such a good meal and were not disappointed!
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2 Jul 03 - James Kilford - UKGA Editor
I recently visited too, and I have to say that the roast lunch was one of the most impressive I've had, e-var. Not only is there a choice of three roast meats, but you can even have some of each!
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1 Jun 03 - Andrew - UKGA Contributor
I visited Dunkeswell yesterday (31 May 2003) and the landing fee for a light single (C172) was £9.00. Also the airfield IS PPR. There is parachute activity at the airfield and I was asked to talk to there a/g on 123.475 if I wanted to join overhead to ensure separation from drops. The were happy for me to join without r/t at circuit height if I preferred.
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