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25 Aug 14 - Maldwyn Williams - Kirk Ella

As the owner of a Cessna 182 with poor prop clearance, I am always keen to ensure that when landing on a grass strip I get a full brief on the state of the runway. I was very impressed indeed with Kingsmuir Airfield, it is an immaculately maintained strip, a credit to its owners & deserving of a visit.

The landing fee is at pilots discretion and well deserving of the £10 that I placed in the tin in the "clubhouse" which has toilets! We had a lovely day in St Andrews which is a 10 minute taxi ride away. As mobile signals are poor it may be wise to pre-book the taxi where possible, Golf City taxis know where to come. Grass strips just don't come any better than this!

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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24 Feb 13 - Bruce Ballard - Oxford

Visited March 2011. Hugely friendly, very quiet, looks deserted and info on the web kind of implies it's not open any more but it is! They mowed it especially for us, and it was as smooth as a bowling green.

Watch the crosswind as you take off over the trees (we left in gale force conditions mind you and even a Cessna 182 became nigh-on uncontrollable at 100ft in the roll-over from them before we cleared it) but in normal weather conditions it's a beautiful stop. They don't seem to have many long-distance arrivals, though. We were the only people we could find in the log ever to have come from Oxford. We'd go back, definitely (now we've sorted out the plane's electrics)...

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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7 May 12 - Paul Kiddell - Longhoughton, fly from Eshott
First time trip in here with flying buddy Steve, great well-maintained strip which was firm despite recent rain. As has been mentioned, pretty hard to spot for the first time visitor. Booked-in and left a donation in the large tin box at the door of open but deserted clubhouse. Very tranquil but bring your own picnic. Highly recommended destination and a good introduction to grass strip flying if you want to build experience. We'll be back soon...
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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18 Apr 11 - Robert Tait - Elgin, Scotland
Dropped in here when visiting St Andrews 17-4-11. The strip is in super condition and the old clubhouse was open allowing use of the toilets. There were aeromodellers operating at the upwind end of the runway when we arrived. The parachute club closed last year so the strip is now used for GA traffic. The windsock is somewhat discoloured and difficult to see from the air but I did not have too much difficulty finding the place. £15 taxi fare each way to visit St Andrews if that is your objective!
  • Standard of runway: 5
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3 Feb 10 - Sotirios Koutsoukos - Aberdeen
Lovely strip, quiet and with an excellent runway. Fantastic for picnics and really nice countryside around it.

Not often seeing anyone there, other than on weekends, but the place is really kept in a pristine condition, with a very smooth short-grass, good-length runway

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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27 Jul 09 - Jim White
Id just like to correct Archie. 129.9 must not be used at Kingsmuir Airfiled. 129.9 is a dedicated parachute dropping freq NOT a Kingsmuir Airfield freq. Its use is strictly for aircraft and airfields involved in parachute dropping.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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9 Jun 09 - Archie Liggat - St Andrews
Since I wrote a review on Kingsmuir airfield a year ago, one or two changes have occurred. St Andrews Skydive is now no longer resident at the field and the Leuchars Gazelle helicopter has also departed for good. This means that Kingsmuir is currently pretty quiet and peaceful all the time and, whilst the snack bar no longer functions in the clubhouse, the building remains open all day for visitors who can make their own tea and coffee. Toilets are also available in the clubhouse. The other buildings and support infrastructure for the Skydivers have been removed so the airfield now looks a little different. However, the runway, taxiway and parking areas are kept in pristine condition. PPR is still advised and the movements book and ‘pay what you think fit’ box now live beside the clubhouse door so you can’t miss them. The power line is now no longer a hazard at the 06 end. All circuits should be to the south for noise abatement.

Since the Skydive club left, many more aircraft have been visiting than previously so there can be quite a bit of action on sunny days. Don’t, therefore, assume no one else will be about! For the time being, blind call on 129.9 although this may change to Safetycom in the future.

Otherwise, everything in the previous review holds good.

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6 May 08 - Archie Liggat - St Andrews
I am one of several aircraft owners based at Kingsmuir. PPR is advised and a call on 129.9 is certainly required at weekends when the airfield can be very busy with parachutists and drop aircraft. During the week, Kingsmuir is blissfully quiet and apart from the occasional visit by the RAF Leuchars Gazelle helicopter (who will be on 129.9), the only movements are likely to be microlights, home based light aircraft and skylarks. The airfield is well clear of the Leuchars MATZ but give Leuchars a call on 126.5 as the radar pattern is overhead at 2000'. Sometimes model flyers operate near the 06 threshold where they have a static caravan. The model flyers are well trained and will keep out of your way.

The strip (06/24) is 600m of well-drained smooth grass, fairly level and has a large windsock mid way down. There is a model aircraft strip on top of the 'hump' at the 06 threshold. Please don't land or taxi on this as the model flyers spend ages getting it really smooth! This airfield can be tricky to spot - even for the locals - so have a good look at the map and the aerial photographs at: http://content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/. The runway has rough areas to either side and the actual runway edges are sometimes difficult to make out, especially when landing into sun on 24. Final approach to 06 is over trees and a power line and, at touchdown (on the back-slope of the 'hump'), there can be turbulence from trees on the right when the wind is from the E to SE. There is a road immediately short of the 24 threshold and since this is very close to the clubhouse, look out for traffic crossing at the last moment!

When the parachuting club is operating, the lively clubhouse will sell you tea/coffee/snacks at very reasonable prices.

There is no one to collect landing fees but an honesty box sits outside the parachuting 'ops block' and the owner appreciates a few quid for your visit.

Don't forget to say hello to the pilots usually found tinkering with their aeroplanes by the hangars opposite the clubhouse!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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