Pilot reviews of Humberside Airport
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Flew into Humberside Airport on Thursday 25 July inbound from Sturgate and outbound to Blackpool and home. Decent landing fee for this type of airfield (£19.96+VAT, DR400-140B, 1,000kg MAUW). As I was only stopping for a quick ‘pit-stop’, I was parked on the hard-standing adjacent to Eastern Airways ramp and arranged refuelling by bowser. (£1.53+VAT).
Due to Blackpool’s ongoing 45-minute closures, (due to a shortage of ATC staff), the stay at Humberside was a little longer than originally planned. The walk to the terminal is only a short distance, but the café was a bit of a disappointment. I only wanted a cup of tea and a ‘bun’, but it was either a full meal or chocolate. I just had the tea (which, to be fair, was very good and reasonably priced and the staff were very friendly), but I had expected a bit more selection.
As you would expect, the ATC, runways, taxiways and parking were top condition and the fees (landing fee only, free parking for the first two hours) were great value.
Tower were very helpful in directing us to parking. I think it was Rad/App that had an interesting character at the helm that day...
It's not clearly marked but you pay at the general information desk in the terminal which is a bit of a trek from the plane. Similar to Blackpool in that respect. On payment, they give you a security slip (piece of paper) and this is your ticket back air-side. None of the metal detector/X-Ray checks that you usually get at other bigger airports.
The wind had swung since landing and Tower kindly offered Runway 08. If possible, backtrack on the hard tarmac. I decided to taxi on the grass which was neither comfortable or quick!
|“||ATS helpful and accommodating both on arrival and depature. After landing security staff somewhat unfriendly and unhelpful. On departure you have to go through normal airport security which felt a little strange - I was allowed to keep my belt on though!
Full terminal facilities with a typical modern airport departure lounge around 5 minute walk from GA parking. |
Have flown many hours out of EGNJ as a member of a flying school their. The bonus here is that the airport is international, so can be very busy with commercial airline traffic. As a GA pilot this give you great experiance in R/T, Departure techneques and Re-join procedures.
The airport facility and personnel who work their are generally very friendly and patiant especially if you do happen to make the wrong R/T call......
|“||Have flow into Humberside twice in the lat week ATC are very helpfull and friendly. Runway is masive with lots of big traffic and helicopters a very interesting place and well worth a visit, dont know how good the eating facilities are as havent beeen there. |
|“||North Moor Aerodrome, Near Messingham, North Lincs
Visited North Moor today.... its a single runway grass strip (575M) running 09 /27. The runway is checked daily for Rabbit damage (curse of the "Wear Rabbit") by the ever helpful and friendly proprietor "Eric". The approach on 27 is interesting due to the Pylons only 275M or so from the threshold, good for those who like a challenge tho. Eric does not charge any landing fee and just asks that if you make yourself a coffee then consider a donation to help with his running costs. The field is mainly used by the residents at weekends which is when the A/G radio tends to be manned. Its a friendly place and nice to visit if your touring the area. It has a website http://www.northmoor.flyer.co.uk which has the info you need.
|“||Not one of the greats but none the less a difficult trick mixing GA and commercial traffic. The controllers are just fabulous both for FIS and inbounds. The runway, as one would expect is perfect and the charges are not outragous given the ability to mix it with the big boys. Generally staff were helpful but not particularly bothered. Food was expensive and motorway service station style. Never found any briefing facilities. Would I go back ? maybe once more but there are so many better places to visit that suit GA much better. |
|“||Good airport, I flew into there earlier today, friendy controllers, easy layout, helps having the pooleys guide. Only downside, if approaching from the west, bit tricky to spot it behind the quarry.
All round, fantastic airport, landing fee only £16.50 for my Robin 200. Good day overall.
|“||A nice mix of a large commercial airfield (not a very busy one though) that is GA friendly. Not many places you can stand next to a 757 on push back and taxi (from a safe distance that is). Helpful ATC - I had one of those moments where I went to read back my taxi instructions only to realise I had written gibberish - I didn't feel unwelcome at all.|
The only downside was the landing fee - £32.95 for an Arrow, that's without handling. Ouch!
|“||Visited in Beagle Pup on 4/9/05 for Soloflight Fly-In and Open Day. Staff very good, controllers very helpful, a very pleasant visit |
|“||Humberside is undoubtedly a very good airfield, with commercial traffic visiting in and out you can guarentee there will always be something interesting to look at. If it starts to get busy be prepared for ATC to direct you to remain on one side of the runway taxiing while another aircraft takes the other side of the runway. Tower are very helpful with taxiing instructions and generally. Customs are also very helpful and will let you use their phone to book out to ATC as well as have a chat with you. The landing fee was rather expensive £26 for three in a Warrior but that is to be expected when landing at what is essentially an International airport. Well worth the money though. |
|“||Humberside is my "base" so all my views are no doubt biased, but I will keep them as accurate as possible!
Humberside is a small International Airport with a high amount of GA activity, mainly due to the large amount of resident flying schools.
There is a small amount of scheduled airlines operating here, just KLM Cityhopper to Amsterdam, and Eastern Airways to Aberdeen. Humberside is Eastern Airways' main HQ, so therefore is quite a major presence at the airport. Eastern Airways is very popular with the flying schools, as they are forever supporting their movements. The airline has also donated a large amount of money to the "Glen Stewart Flying Scholarship" currently in operation at Soloflight.
The airport also has many Charter carriers to many destinations across Europe.
Handling capabilities, in my opinion, cannot be matched. They have handled many aircraft ranging from a Cessna 150 to Concorde. Jet Provosts to 747s. Scotia Helicopters to Citations.
For all you Aviation Enthusiasts, plane spotting at the airport, again, in my opinion, cannot be matched (apart from SXM). You can watch aircraft on finals from the short stay car park, which offers and excellent view of R/W 21 approach. You can watch aircraft movements on the apron from a road approaching the terminal building, which is an area very popular with people seeing off relatives. There is a side road which goes along the eastern perimeter, which is excellent for approaches on both 21 & 03. Also along this road you can stop at the threshold of R/W 27, which nearly has aircraft undercarriages on your roof! There is also a public footpath at the threshold of R/W 03, which is again like having an undercarriage on your head.
The Terminal Building is small, but does the job. It has an excellent restaurant inside, which sells very cheap food, excellent after a long flight! But if you don't fancy food, there is an excellent café in the check-in area, this is a little more expensive than the restaurant, but sells good coffee.
The nearby village of Kirmington (just off the eastern perimeter) has a great restaurant/hotel which also sells great food for a good price. I have never needed to try the hotel, so have no comment on that.
Unfortunately, I have no comment on landing fees either as I pay less because I use resident aircraft. ATC at the airport is also very friendly, and are always happy to help if you need it.
The airport has quite a few confusing taxiway markings, but you just need to concentrate on what you are doing if you are new to the airfield.
Hope to see you soon !
|“||Me and another new PPL'er visited Humberside Airport last Friday (22nd August) and even though we made a complete mess of taxiing around (neither of us had been to the airport before), the tower contoller was most helpful.
The security staff were also most helpful, even allowing us to use their telephone so that we could 'book out'.
Nice airport, good ammenities, and out landing fee for our PA-28, was only £8.81.
I'd recomment Humberside to anyone.
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