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27 Sep 17 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Islay on 8 May to walk the greyhounds on the beach. Islay is a Highlands and Islands Airport and has a few scheduled flights and a full staff. On arrival, we had to orbit for a few minutes whilst the fire service chased sheep from the runway……! Thankfully, they were successful! They are very happy to accept GA and the grass parking was close to the tower: expect an escort across the apron – all done in their usual efficient and friendly way. The beach is a short walk from the airfield and follows the wartime perimeter path which is now outside the airfield boundary.

 

Morag’s Café is at the airfield and does some great food and tea/coffee with inside and outside seating.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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29 Jun 13 - Dan Skoraczewski - Nottingham

Flew in on the 28/6 and out on the 29th. Nice friendly place.

Had to buy fuel to get back but it was £2.75 ish per litre. Ouch !

Islay is lovely and intended to play the golf course but made it in late due to weather which changes very quickly !

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24 Jun 11 - Nigel Reilly - Merley

Islay, 13th June 2011. I nice friendly airport. We made a straight in on runway 31, and parked on the apron. They provided concrete tiedown blocks, a neccesity here where strong winds blow up at short notice. Avgas avaiable at £2.31p a litre including VAT. A good price for this isolated island. We phoned ahead to book a hire car with MacKenzie, 01496 302300, only £31 incl. VAT a day for a VW Polo. We landed at 6pm and the lady stayed at the airport to hand the car over to us. Good airport cafe. Beautiful scenery on Islay and on Jura, just a short ferry ride away. Plenty of B&B's to stay but check that there is no special event on, as everthing is booked up then.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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2 Oct 10 - Michael Keeler - Banstead
Flew in on August 21 for the Islay Air Show. If you have not been then please mark it in the diary for 2011. It is a must. Arranged PPR earlier in the week and our Cessna 303 was given hard standing among the display aircraft! The scenery like all Western Isles locations has to be some of the best in the UK. Their was no lanidng fee for the air show and we were warmly wlecomed. Did buy some Avgas but not too much at 2.09 a litre! Would certainly call again especially en route to a regular destination, Benbecula.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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31 Aug 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Islay on Monday 30 August for fuel en-route from Blackpool to Gigha to walk the greyhounds. I’ve been to Islay before and sampled “Morag’s Café” – which is still there (although Morag retired earlier this year) and is as good as ever. The landing fee (£11.80) was very good for an airfield with all the bells and whistles – marshallers on the apron, full fire cover, etc. Fuel was expensive at £2.09/litre plus VAT, but it is an island and it has Avgas – which it didn’t used to have. Use it or lose it. The setting for Islay is, like most of the Western Isles, spectacular: located on the edge of the shore with an approach over mountains. Plenty of room on the 1545 metre runway (unlike a certain Royal Flight Bae 146 a few years back). Although we only visited for a “pit-stop”, Islay is well worth a visit in its own right. Taxis and Car Hire are available and the western isles scenery is thrown in for free.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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