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2 Jul 14 - tony

I also flew in on the 25th , if you want nice food go the wings bar near to the car park much better than the other cafe and cheaper.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Jul 14 - Paul CHANTRELL - London

I flew into Headcorn on 25/6/14,its pretty airfield and has a real buzz about it.When we landed there was parachuting,model aircraft and lots of people in the grass carpark overlooking the runway,planespotting,having picnics,sunbathing.There is a museum but its only open sundays and bank holidays.

You can try a tandem skydive for about £230 money back if the parachute fails to open.

The cafe was very busy with a nice outside area so you can watch all the action.However if you are going to buy any food then dont eat it.I bought chips and beans the worst ive ever had anywhere.Next time i go ill just have a packet of crisps.Happy flying.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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25 Jun 14 - Brendan Duggan - Croydon

Flew to Headcorn today, a sandwich stop and pilot change (for log time) to Shoreham. Know the drill at the airport, relaxed A/G as long as you know what you are doing (parachutes).

Runway like a field but the controller is a nicw chap so don't land fast or heavy.

Food....disaster. The sausage sandwich (chosen because the bacon would have oiled a rugby ball) was stale bread and something in a tube you see on the tv. Catastrophe.

Good outside the disgusting food though folks, make sure you know what you are doing (no overhead joins...do not go well with parachutes!)

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 1
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 Jun 12 - Michael Palmer - East Cowes
Flew into Headcorn from Sandown,my first visit in twenty years and nothing seemed to have changed much,same friendly welcome and helpful guy on the radio,the cafeteria was excellent serving a variety of food & snacks,I sat outside watching the activity as it was a lovely sunny day with lots of visiting aircraft,I found the runway & taxi ways a lot better than others have described especially considering the amount of rain there has been recently,all in all a very pleasant afternoon,shame I couldn't have stayed longer but I will definitely be back soon. PPR is essential as they have a lot of parachuting activity there.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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14 Apr 11 - David Hill - Syerston
Visited today. A/G was very professional and friendly. Runway and taxiways are a bit bumpy and rutted but nothing too worrying. The cafe was pleasantly busy with customers mostly from the parachute club. Overall a positive experience and would certainly pop in again.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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27 Jul 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Visited Headcorn for the first time as leg 3 of 4 on Saturday. We departed North Weald and Farnbrough Lars gave excellent service, routed OH Rochester direct. Headcorn had their Flying Proms that evening and the whole place was buzzing with Planes, Microlights, parashoutists, and helicoptors, very very busy , the A/G chap was managing to keep his cool dispite all the activity and movements, well done Mr A/G great job, we had a quick drink and decided to depart, we will visit again on a more quite day, thank you Headcorn, everyone was very courtious with the exception of a PA20 (XX) who demonstated total lack consideration to fellow pilots, by jumping the queue when holding for departure. However we will going back, nice one HEADCORN.
  • 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: 4
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28 Jun 09 - Andrew Barnes - mansfield
A very nice airfield which seemed to be very busy with movements, parachuting and aerobatics which all added to the experience. You can sit and watch all these activities going on and enjoy the surroundings. I will definatly be back Runway a little bumpy on take off
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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9 Feb 08 - graham burrows - piltdown
It is a very laid back airfield,although very active, it seems to be run well. This was my first visit here, I did struggle a bit to see the actual airfield, but having a railway nearby did help!!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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30 May 07 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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30 May 07 - Ken Buchanan - London
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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19 Jun 06 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Flew over to Headcorn (Lashendon) in the Jodel 1050 the other day. Headcorn is a perfect taildragger destination as there are normally a few in use on a busy day courtesy of the Tiger Club who are based there and some of the resident aircraft.

I always find Headcorn very hard to spot and a good plan (apart from GPS!) is to aim for the railway to the East or West of the airfield and find your way into the circuit from there. Accidently arriving in the overhead is a very bad idea as there will almost certainly be parachuting going on. Also aeros take place over the airfield and model aircraft flying is carried out on the site. A phone call before setting out for a briefing on activity is best.

The taxiway is pretty uneven so some care is required, however the licensed strip is a good length. Seems to be open until dusk (but don't take my word for it!).

Uplift of 40 litres of avgas means no landing fee and there is a small museum at the airfeld.

A very informal atmosphere, plenty going on and decent facilties makes Headcorn worth a visit.

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27 Mar 06 - Alan Peaford - Grays
Headcorn: March 25th.

Really struggled to spot the field and was almost overhead by the time I did. Having read the other reviews was aware of the white markers and the meat bombers. The A/G was very laid back.

On the ground it is a delightful place to visit. Packed with people watching the parachutists and the Tiger Moths - the whole thing has a real country fair air about it. Great sausage baguettes ... and the promise of fresh lamb for sale alongside the landing fees in the near future.

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9 Sep 05 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
Went into Headcorn (or is it Lashenden?) on 7th September and enjoyed the visit. Like others have said watch out for the "meat bomber", they drop from up to 12000 ft but the A/G guy will let you know when they're dropping. Excellent tuna bap in the cafe but the facilities do look a bit run down. However it is a busy field and some of the taxiways are, shall we say, not too smooth.
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18 Jul 05 - terry willis - ruislip
Visited Lashenden/Headcorn on 10-7-05. On approach spent some time thinking white runway markers were centerline markers. They were in fact edge markers and if you approach from the West(heading East) these runway edge markings appear to diverge rather than converge the further ahead you look. Maybe they are portable markers and were laid poorly the day I came. The place itself was good; a free 'bits and pieces' museum with two complete aeroplanes (Mystere IV and Super Sabre). They also have a piloted V1. Aircraft movements continue during para drops. Will visit again.
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1 Jun 05 - Andrew Grainger - Harrogate
An amazingly busy airfield with a real buzz about it! Aerobatics and parachuting, not to mention model aircraft flying nearby all going on when we flew in on 29/5/05.

All the activity means overhead arrivals and departures are not encouraged.

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12 May 05 - Martin Child - Leeds
Filed flight plan week last Sunday for France. Controller very helpful even though incredibly busy. Food good and staff friendly, although the lady in the canteen en-route home (Thurs 5/5/5) might have smiled a little more! Hope you're feeling better now.....:)
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7 Apr 05 - Curtis Archer - Petts Wood
Started a PPL course at Headcorn (Lashenden) last June after a trial flight and am towards the end of my course now. After visiting a few airfields I chose Headcorn for its friendly feel. Let me promise you that first impressions were absolutely spot on! This is a special place to be either as a resident pilot or a visitor. Amature aerobatics displays are the norm most weekends and they can be very impressive. Fly-bys by Mustangs and the resident Yaks are commonplace. A very easy place to feel at home. You will not regret visiting Headcorn even if it is only for a sausage baguette served by an attractive waitress. Keep a good lookout on finals as the paraschute drop-zone is close to the runway. Also the "Tiger Club" with thier Moths and Turbulents invent thier own circuit patterns and are worth watching out for. Hope to see you soon.
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20 Jan 04 - Roger Kershaw - Blandford Forum
Paid Headcorn a visit on Sunday.... ( 18/01/04 ) as a direct result of see the four lads training to be Spit pilots on C4...... well , well worth it , but I do have to say a big sorry to you all at Headcorn....... for making my initial call to " Lashenden ".......oooops........ !!
Great welcome, great ( and cheap ) food....and so much to see..... Keep up the good work Headcorn.......

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22 Aug 03 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
I dropped into Leicester on Wednesday courtesy of a flying mag "freebie". I had phoned beforehand and was warned that the Tower might not be manned and it wasn't. However "Golf Echo" gave me the QFE and runway in use and I made a safe arrival. It was surprisingly quiet with only the joy-flying Tiger Moth doing much flying. However the cafe was open and that was busy and the food was good. Plenty of runways but some are quite short. All in all a pleasant trip.
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21 Aug 03 - Nick Thompson - Hong Kong
I visited Headcorn (Lashenden) on 4 th & 5th August for a 'tail dragger' course with the Tiger Club.
Having not visited it for years, it appeared to be as friendly as ever. The airfield is easy to find being just to the west of the main railway line from Tonbridge to Ashford. There is a good café on the field and there are pubs within a short distance serving good 'pub grub'. Headcorn attracts a lot of interesting visiting aircraft as well as the interesting resident aircraft.
Check with Headcorn radio before approaching the field due to the intensive parachuting/skydiving activities most days of the week.
It is well worth a visit
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