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24 Jan 15 - Keith Southerden

Hi everyone at Full Sutton and reviewers reading.

I moved towards York last year and subsequently joined Full Sutton Airfield.

I found the members and club to be extremely kind and helpful with Cas Smith CFI overseeing a smooth quiet club operation with some good planes to fly including PA 28`s and 172`s all of which are available at reasonable rates.

The clubhouse is friendly with Geoff on the radio early in the week with a welcoming voice for visiting pilots from all over the country.

I can't wait for the weather to improve and sample the delights of Tea and Coffee in the clubhouse with friends and collegues.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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16 Aug 11 - Gareth Owens - Boroughbridge

Visited Full Sutton for the first time on 23rd July to revalidate my NPPL on one of their PA-28s. Had a great day's flying and met some very friendly people, including CFI Cas Smith, who did my re-val check ride. The airfield is near the prison and the locals will brief you on prison avoidance and noise abatement procedures. I'll certainly be going back over the summer to rent a PA-28 and enjoy the relaxed, friendly and helpful Full Sutton atmosphere.

  • 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 Oct 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Full Sutton on Wednesday 20 October from Breighton. Easy to spot (the Prison stood out very well!). Not a lot there, but the locals were very friendly and put the kettle on. They do aerobatic training there and have a couple of Pitts and a T67 Firefly, so maybe I’ll go back one day and do a bit more aerobatic training. Made blind calls inbound and the club aircraft in the circuit made clear their intentions and all worked very well.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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8 Jul 10 - John Thorpe - York
I am taking my PPL flight training at Full Sutton. It is an excellent quiet (in the week) grass airfield and the resident training is top notch - a good mix of professionalism and laid back teaching style that doesn't make you more nervous and helps you progress - started circuits at 6 hours!

Facilities are minimal, but kettle is always there for a cuppa, and there are more people around at the weekend on good flying days.

The quietness is great for early PPL when you have enough on your plate already, so best to train in the week when there is little to no traffic and the coast is only a short flight away - marvellous!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Jan 10 - Gavin Bell - Hemingbrough
Undergoing my PPL training at Full Sutton. A really friendly atmosphere for all members and visitors alike. The level of training is excellent. The instructors there have found a unique balance in keeping the training fun and enjoyable, yet very professional.

A wide variety of aircraft are hangared there and a walk around the hangars is always interesting. There is a good social atmosphere that includes regulars and visitors alike.

The A/G information is manned during weekends as a minimum, when operational. I have seen a few landings without any radio or PPR which is just bad manners, so suggest call ahead and the kettle will be on

  • 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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9 May 08 - Adrian Morris - Huddersfield
Visited Full Sutton recently whilst out airfield bagging (visiting new to my logbook airfields) Myself and 2 passengers onboard. We were made very welcome in nice comfortabble surroundings. The Strip itself is in good order and the join between tarmac and grass very good, parking easy and plentyfull. Mind the prison (dont overfly) or you may be the next inmate. Give it a try this is GA the best way.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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Full Sutton is a lovely secluded, peacefull airfield. Currently carrying out my PPL there and so far trained on type pa 28 and c 150. Cas and Adam do a great job of running the club. Snacks and dink are readily available and the notice board is regularly kept upto date, plenty of magazines there.

By the way im 14 logging my hours so not quite there but hope to complete on my 17th birthday!!!!!!!

Thanks

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
This is one of those that will score low and doesn't deserve to as it does what it does extreemly well. Its just limited in facilities. To my mind one of the top 3 grass strips in North Yorkshire for just drinking coffee slowly and letting time slip by. The runway is in good condition but gets waterlogged and does require care when going over the tarmac. At £5 the landing fee seems pretty reasonable. A/G is often non-existant and this is to be expected, but if one of the locals is around you do get the details passed. Its friendly (if there is anyone about ) if you make the effort otherwise you are left alone to enjoy the solitude. Sometimes there are snacks available but you help yourself to coffee.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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13 Mar 05 - Anthony McCulloch - Green Hammeron
Full Sutton is great, we keep our Robin there, very nice group of people, make you a coffee, help you with your plane. Easy reach of everywhere, easy to find.
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12 Mar 05 - suesiw - Scarborough
The friendliest local airfield going, everyone is welcome, if weather is no good for flying always good group of people to have chat with, polish planes, and always have good time with. come and join us, meet us, and realise this is the best club out there.
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8 Mar 04 - Richard Foreman - Durham, but working from LHR
Like Jason (hello mate!) I was a fairly regular visitor there while doing my PPL and we visited for circuits during my skill test.

I also remember the whole area being very pretty under a light layer of snow in the winter, and the bacon and sausage butties at the mobile sandwich van on the industrial estate were fantastic!

The nearby prison and grain silos help you to identify the field. A shame that so little now remains of such an impressive wartime aerodrome.

Richard
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5 Jul 03 - Jason Smart - Bradford
Full Sutton is a lovely little airfield nestled in the heart of the Vale of York. It has recently acquired a brand new clubhouse and offers a well-kept grass runway for any visiting pilots.

Richard is the resident instructor based there, but he has a new addition helping him out - the wonderful Patrick, who recently checked me out in the PA-28. (I had previously done all of my PPL training in the 152.)

Oh yes - I forgot to mention, there is a superb drinks machine in the clubhouse. Its age is unknown, but it does dispense a hearty chicken soup. The toilets are nearby!
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