Pilot reviews of Exeter Airport
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Flew into Exeter on Sunday 16 August from Blackpool to take the greyhounds on a short break. As you would expect, the ATC at Exeter was excellent and the grass parking (we were to be there for four days) was well organised. Since my last visit, Exeter has reorganised their approach to GA and now allows self-handling for GA and a great service they provide too: they helped to collect all the luggage from the aircraft and did the same on our return too. They were very friendly and helpful and the fees for landing and four days parking were, at just under £100, reasonable for the type of airport and service provided.
I can also recommend Budget car hire who (pre-booked) did us a great deal at less than £23/day for a Citroen Cactus.
|“||I have now flown in to Exeter twice. It is a big "little" airport. Great long runway and ILS. Really helpful ATC. Fees are high compared to a Dunkeswell or similar but cheaper than a Birmingham. See http://www.egte.org.uk/catalog.htm for current pricing.
Make sure you have a high viz jacket as there can be a 10 minute walk from GA parking. Be prepared to wait for the bigger jets to take off first but you shouldn't have to wait more than 10 minutes. |
|“||Called into Exeter airport today on a flight to Bolt Head and was pleasantly surprised.
Very reasonable landing fee for the Jabiru considering the size of the airport - £13.50. ATC was excellent, radar, tower did approach we all very helpful, and at times patient. They allowed my colleague and I do fly as a formation which was convenient and fun.
You have to go from airside to landslide to pay the landing fees and use the terminal restaurant but it's easy to do. The flying club issues a pass to allow you to pass back through the security at the airfield gate.
Really easy way to get the "big airport" experience and an excellent alternative to Dunkerswell as a staging point if heading west albeit the fuel is more expensive.
I shall return. |
|“||Called into Exeter on Sunday 21 June en-route from Blackpool to Alderney, in order to clear customs/special branch and refuel.
Obviously, a place like Exeter is geared towards commercial traffic and not GA, but the ATC were great - very helpful and friendly. Refuelling was quick and easy too.
However, there was a bit of a "cock-up" in getting landside. We followed the signs for the "C" only to give security an apoplectic fit! They were shocked to find a man, wife and two dogs airside and demanded to know how we had got there. Explaining that we had landed didn't help, however, after I explained that I had followed to ICAO signs to them, they eventually apologised and were helpful beyond expectations. (I think that the security man had visions of his job going south!). I still don't know where visitors are supposed to exit from airside, but ask ATC if in doubt and remember that your obligation as PIC is to follow the official signs - it is the airport's problem if they are not in the right place, as I pointed out to them......
The handling agents who handle GA were very good: arranged our GAR/flight-plan, etc, and had good briefing facilities available.
The airport cafe was, well, like all airport cafes - expensive and average, but we had taken our own picnic and the Exeter Flying club, who had picnic benches overlooking the airport were kind enough to let us sit in their club area - very friendly and helpful too.
Glad to have the airfield in my log-book, it is in a lovely location, and the staff were friendly - even security, but like many commercial fields, it isn't really geared to non-based GA. The landing fee of just under £30 was average for this type of airfield and was a bit of Hobson's choice for us, but for the facilities, it is pretty much what one can expect.
|“||Hmmm - just to observe on a couple of points made below:-
The landing fee charge paid on the day always includes the 20% discount. Those who think £30 extortionate obviously haven't been to Cardiff or Bristol or Bournemouth recently - one should compare like with like.
ASW advise that the £190/hr quoted involved a charge for keeping the airport open after closing time - an expensive process at any international airport!
|“||We had a weather diversion as conditions markedly worsened on route (our destination actually became 000BKN after we had diverted). Good service from ATC to get into very quiet place. Booked in at the helpful ASW.
Then problem started as depsite being listed as a Strasser Scheme airfiled and March 2009 press release confirming this, ATC totally denied they support this scheme. We paid the £29.46 landing fee with a further £9 for parking due in the morning.
As we had an unexpected hotel cost as well, it was not so much the money but the misrepresentation and sowing seeds out doubt into the valuable Strasser scheme which could undermine the safety it promotes. Apparently although their participation has been announced, the airport operator has not decided how to administer it, hence the refusal.
After an hour when we had no option but to overnight, ASW negotiated the position that we could either make a formal complaint or the fee would be waived (we accepted the latter).
We have let AOPA know they can help them get things in line.
We were heald a few times on the taxi in the morning otherwise ATC service was good. The people at ASW were very helpful as were the security people - going through the GA gate (the other C on yellow) and getting pass at ASW meant no problems. |
|“||Flew into Exeter on the way back from St Mary's as an alternate to going back to Dunkswell, apart from the thrill of mixing it with the big boys, nothing much good to say I'm afraid. As mentioned previously the £30 landing fee for a 172 is extortionate, we were not offered the 20% discount mentioned in Pooleys for payment on the day. The coffee shop in the terminal charges about £2.60 for a coffee, then to top it all off, the fuel is about 15p a litre more than it need be. We were then held at the hold for 25 minutes while a small jet and a BMI airliner were given the OK to backtrack and take off even though we were at the hold ready to go before they called up. Not a place I would visit again or recommend, highly GA unfriendly. |
|“||Nearly £30 for a Cessna 172 and then park on a patch of grass which badly needed mowing! We had fuelled up first, so had to taxi from the pumps to parking, long walk out through security, (take some id with you), pay a landing fee at Air Southwest, they were helpful with weather, booking out etc. Food... there is a butty trailer in the car park recommended by a student, it was closed, (1500hrs) it was bank holiday, so we used the coffee shop in the terminal. Expensive, prepacked butties only. No fresh bacon butties or fry up! Seriously lacking in that department. Anyway, we were grateful for fuel and to have got away from Land's end which was fogged in all morning. |
|“||Was looking for somewhere to do my night rating. Would not rate Aviation South West very highly - prices are crazy! £190 an hour for instruction! I think that makes it one of the most expensive schools in the country. Very shabby building as well. Would reccomend the other school on the airfield - Exeter Flying Club very highly - prices so much better and instructors really friendly too unlike Aviation South West's. |
|“||It's a bit of a stroll to pay your fees, but I've seen worse! Follow the C signs to get out, then back to the terminal and in the little door labelled "ATC and Briefing" between arrivals and departures. Just shy of £30 for a C177 landing which I felt was a little on the expensive side, but hey-ho. On the plus side the controllers were very friendly and accomodating and provide an excellent LARS service. Visitor parking is on the grass which will suit those who have screw in tie-downs. Singles landing on 08 must use an unmarked displaced threshold which is essentially the intersection with the old runway. I presume this is due to the cluster of houses on very short final. |
|“||I found quite the opposite to Saul when I visited on Wednesday.
The controllers had no qualms mixing a microlight in with the "big boys" - we followed a BAe-146 and preceeded a Hercules.
To ensure seperation they gave us a right-hand circuit to ourselves, which was fine by us. I've not had to orbit in the circuit before, so I was glad there wasn't anyone else watching...
On the ground the staff were informal but not reticent. They were happy to tell us where to book in, pay, get back to the aircraft etc.
It's true there isn't much there besides a departure lounge - at least not that we found - but as a refueling stop it was fine. The breakfast was a little tired, perhaps, but it was well into the morning.
|“||A good, challanging, aiport to fly into for a mere GA pilot, such as myself. Helpful controllers and pretty countryside. B*gger all atmotsphere unless you like hanging around small airport departure lounges, with a bunch of families queueing to go to teneriffe.
The landing fee seemed expensive (£20 for a pa28 140) and a long unsignposted walk was required to pay it. In addition, I got into a barney with a jobsworth security guard on the way back about High Viz tabbards, ID etc etc.
A good technical challenge, but next time I visit I'll fly into Faraway Common.
|“||Went to exeter today - nice place to fly over but very expensive to land and no atmosphere for GA flyers. Had to walk miles to pay fees on the ground. 40 minutes just to pay fees and taxi. Would not recommend for a land away.
C172 £25.38 to land
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