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28 Aug 18 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew in from Elstree after orbits over Woolacombe Bay....PPR obtained.....made initial radio call...no response so went to "Blind Radio" calls.......landed rwy 25 and then we get instructions re taxi to park!!! Asked how much fuel cost....nobody knew!!! Walked to "club house/ Control" to pay the £5.00 landing fee honestly we were made to feel as if we were an inconvenience to them!!! Would not recommend based on our experience.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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5 Aug 13 - Mike Collins

excellent place, runway in good condition.

£5 landing fee, a really nice stop off plus proper tea available.

the down slope on the start of 25 is a bit deceptive, you sail down the runway wondering why it won't descend, blind calls the order of the day.

will definitely return

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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20 Jun 10 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Finally got to eaglescott today. Great little airfield. Easy to spot with the radar dome just adjacent, runways in good condition. Avgas is cheapest that I have found recently and hot food was available. PPR is essential and you may have to make blind calls, although A/G responded to our initial calls today. Very good welcome and well worth a visit.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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16 Mar 09 - Steve Girling - Brynamman
Visited today as a Nav practise from Swansea. Being a student was a bit confused by taking off on 25 and landing on 07 (because of the slope) as there was another student doing circuits which weren't if you get my meaning. Can't really comment on the state of the runway as have no experience to judge it with but it was soggy and we had to avoid one or two patches of taxiway which had been dug up by something big (without wings I suspect). I loved this field however because of the friendlyness of those who served the tea and the atmosphere in the clubhouse. As stated by another the big old sofas and memorabilia alaround the place made it feel comfortable and friendly. We looked around the hangar at some of the aircraft and my instructor was drooling all over the place. Unfortunately it just looked like a lot of aircraft to me! I apologise for my lack of interest. I had planned to do this trip as part of my qualifying solos but was glad I didn't because I felt a bit out of my depth when confronted with some of the "little things" which cropped up. I'm told that you get used to no-one answering your radio calls at little fields and have maybe been spoilt by Swansea Radio. Having to guess the wind due no sock and guess the QFE were unexpected distractions to this overloaded student. I will learn however and enjoyed the visit and will do it again solo soon.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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30 May 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Grass runway little bit uneven and lump but nothing alarming. Taxiways could be better marked. Facilites are cup of coffee sort of level, or were on the day we went but it was served up with a smile.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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1 Apr 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Eaglescott is a short hop from Swansea, albeit over the waters of the Bristol channel. Was a hazy rather flustery gusty day when we visited and the field was quiet. We'd carefully put the site into the GPS having been warned it could be tricky to find. The radar "golf ball" was conspicuous though, and the hardest part proved keeping the field in sight in the circuit -- combination of grubby vis, and the fact it's a field among fields!

A warm welcome and invite to have a look around and wander through the hangars greeted us, along with the coffee.

Looking a bit tatty in places so possibly not one to impress the non-flying passengers with, but the club was stuffed with comfy, battered sofas and magazines and looked like a really friendly sit-and-chat place during the warmer, busier summer days.

The runway was in good condition despite a soggy winter but the directions from the radio were definitely helpful in finding the less-conspicuous taxiway.

Nice trip.

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2 Aug 04 - Dan Gibson - London
Eaglescott was a random pick for me - I was looking for somewhere about an hour's flying from my base at Southampton.

The owner of my club wasn't too happy I'd selected a field with just 600m of downsloping (r/w 26) grass to land her PA28 on. The fact that other PA28's flew out of Eaglescott did nothing to alleviate her fears.

My AFE airfield guide quotes an extra 300m available split between each end of the runway, but in all honesty, on Saturday (31st July), it was calm and the extra wasn't really needed (although it did make the short final easier as aiming short of the number was possible to ensure an on the numbers wheels down).

Getting out was up to my flying companion for the day, and he was grateful of the down slope (30ft over the length of the runway) for getting the Warrior up to take off speed, but again we were airborne and clear of everything pretty easily. Conditions were in our favour though, not least the completely dry grass.

We did get caught out by a couple of oddities which are worth being aware of though.

A/G radio was operational when we arrived, and we were advise runway 26 Left Hand with standard overhead join - and that gliding was going on from the field. I called overhead and advised I would descend dead side. On commencing my descent to circuit height, I noticed a glider being towed on the 'dead side' - it turns out gliders use the right hand circuit! No mention on the radio or in the flight guide! That made for what I would consider a non-standard overhead join! No danger as we could all see each other perfectly, but I wouldn't liek to be caught out by that on a busier day.

The next was more worrying at the time. After I put the wheels on the ground, I was advised to continue rolling to the end of the runway. Only to se the glider tug on a very short final... for 08. ie heading down for me... I swung onto the turn around loop just off the runway to allow him to land. Again, no danger or risk, but rather confusing seeing someone heading in on the opposite runway and so close!

On getting to the clubhouse were grabbed a cracking cup of tea and a piece of cake. And the tug pilot (looking every bit John Wayne in jeans, checked shirt and cowboy hat!!) appologised for the confusion over his approach. Very friendly people, and a field with the character and charm that makes small fields so appealing.

Pleased to have picked it in the random map searching, and well worth the fiver landing fee.

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24 Jul 04 - Nick .
went to eaglescott yesturday and agree with the above comments a realy friendly place and good fun to sit and watch the gliders and all the comming and goings, the radar "golf ball " the the north of the field is good VRP and a factory to the east of the field has a smoky chimney for the wind from a far. a realy good place to go an a summers day or evening, £5 to land what a place
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19 Oct 03 - Steve Allen
We visited Eaglescott in August. 3 flex wings doing a tour of the west country and were delighted by the welcome given to us. Good facilities for an overnight camp. Good runway and marvelous cakes. We were taxied to pick up Mogas and were treated to a very welcome cooked breakfast in the morning to send us on our way. I look forward to revisiting next year and would recommend it to all Microlights and GA.
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9 Sep 03 - Ian Harnett - St Albans
For anyone visiting North Devon Eaglescott is a real blessing.

Not only is the grass runway a reasonable length for most light singles, but it is well maintained with fuel (100LL) available at a good price.

I have flown in from Elstree several times to find a very warm welcome, low landing fees and cheap overnight parking. There is active gliding and micro-light activity at the airfield and the flying club have also arranged for YAK's to fly in for something different for members to fly.

Overall, it is a great place to visit, with some food avalailable at week-ends. However, given the nature of the Devon countryside, it helps to have a GPS to find it by air (although a radio station clsoe by helps), while finding it from the ground for a non-local is even worse!

Enjoy... it is a really friendly place
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