Pilot reviews of Hawarden Airfield
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Flew into Hawarden this week for a work meeting. The whole operation is very slick and super friendly. Yes, it is a little more pricey than most airfields, but given their focus is commercial, I was super impressed with their GA inclusiveness and service. Everything was made easy - from PPR with ATC; accommodating all my wants; marshalling; refuelling; parking and greeting. An excellent experience.
Flew into Hawarden from Shoreham for a meeting in my 152 with a first time passenger. Very slick; from the gent that answered the phone to take PPR details to the chap that greeted and fuelled us, as per my passengers' comments, there wasn't an unfriendly person to be seen. It was an extremely hot day (31 degrees) and was made to feel at home when requested somewhere to have a quick change of clothes prior to my meeting. Landing fee well worth it for the service received. Good work Hawarden.
We did a day trip from Ronaldsway to Hawarden to visit Chester this weekend in a PA28 and the experience was excellent.
Landing fee was okay @ £22, and a taxi into Chester was £11 each way.
Great service from ATC and the air handling guys, thanks!
Flew in to Hawarden from Gloucester on 29th December 2014. Great service from ATC, fairly quiet on arrival with only one student in the circuit. Upon landing, I was directed to the parking apron, where I was met by a friendly chap who is responsible for collecting the landing fees etc. There is a very basic crew room with tea/coffee making facilities and a vending machine. Other than that, if you leave airside, you can walk around the corner and enter their recently built GA building, which contains various flight training organisations and a restaurant. Unfortunately, this was all closed when I visited - presumably due to the time of year. It did look very nice though.
Landing and parking fee (I was there 1 hour) came to £37 for my PA28, which seemed pretty excessive.
|“||Due to poor vis in north wales decided not to return to Lydd via the mountain route, went due east from caernarfon through
the Menai straights speaking to Vally lars, they handed me off to Liverpool who in turn handed me over to Hawarden,
The young lady controller was excellent,
She could'nt have been more helpful, very reasuring, with me operating at my Vis minimums, A very professional lady, |
|“||Our plan was to fly to Ronaldsway IOM on Saturday 10th May, the viz when we left North Weald was not brilliant but very flyable, indeed it cleared a little as we flew further north.
At Crewe we asked London Information for the Ronaldsway weather which when received gave us a slight dilema, it sounded not very good but was perhaps achievable, as we debated our options the viz deteriorated dramitacally a quick call to Haywarden some five miles away for a bad weather diversion resulted in them allowing us to divert, by now the viz was almost IMC.
ATC were brilliant, they helped us in and once down the ground crew were fantastic, they waived the landing fee for a bad weather diversion and allowed us to use the crew room for a cup of tea and bar of chocolate.
The GA facilities are very limited but the service and hospitality offered in an awkward situation was fantastic. We never made the IOM but are genuinley thankful to the guys at Haywarden. |
|“||I visited Hawarden recently-this was a short stop on a training flight. ATC were very professional as has been stated previously-and even reminded us about several areas of controlled airspace to be aware of. Once on the ground they were a friendly group and quite chatty.
Landing fee was about 15GBP. We were shown to the 'crew room' to plan our return. It's a tiny room, but has adequate desk space for two people to collaborate on flight planning.
Overall a good place to visit, and close to Chester if that is your destination!
|“||Visited in a R22 helicopter. There is a (daylight only) helipad, but you need to know where it is before you approach - it's not easy to see. The helipad is right next to the large A380 wing factory, and as there often seems to be a crosswind at Hawarden, there's quite a bit of turbulence on the H itself. The GA apron is N, and the taxiway to that from the H also suffers viscous turbulence from the other end of the wing factory at the apron entrance. Be prepared for some quick reactions in a small heli on a breezy day!
Apart from that, it's helicopter friendly, the ATC and ground staff are all professional and helpful. No café available, or really anywhere even to sit - it does feel like the industrial aerodrome that it is. However, there's often someone in the heli school during the week for a chat.
|“||Visited Hawarden yesterday in our C182. Wind was 170018. Landing and take off were a bit tricky! The effect of the huge factory building mean the windsocks at each end of the runway are often pointing in completly different directions!
Parked next to the only other A/c on the apron An A319!
ATC were great. Very professional in the air and very friendly and helpful on the ground. Landing and 4 hours parking came to £31.00.
Not a place to drop in for the hell of it. No £100 bacon butty here but if you've got business in the area, don't hesitate.
|“||I have been into Hawarden several times now on business trips from Humberside, the last time being Friday 14th Jan. I do concur with the last two comments. ATC are fantastic, and very happy to give vectors to ILS and help with your arrival. Being based at a relatively busy Airport we are used to mixing with large aircraft and Hawarden has its share of bizz jets etc. One word of caution - if the wind is 170/18 - beware of windsheer and rotor wind off those Airbus buildings on short finals - can be bumpy in a PA28! |
|“||I did an overnight to Hawarden and stayed in Chester, great night out.
The airport is very large, easily visible from Wrexham, with a long runway. Beluga operating the day we left.
ATC were helpful including arranging escorts off the site, landing fee was circa £17 (PA28) and parking a resonable £5 (approx).... and you even get a reciept with `Airbus UK` on it!!!
Would use again if visiting Chester.
|“||Dropped in to Hawarden several time big airport thats very quite long wide runway but nearly always a cross wind. if you're lucky might see the airbus wing carrying plane moving around or taking off. From the south the airport is visable for miles with the airbus factory to one side. Care ful of the liver pool TMA to the north of the airport.
a little expensive to land and avgas expensive £1.01 plus vat per litre.
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