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14 May 11 - Thomas Burnell - London
Flew into Laddingford a couple of days ago - another short flight from Biggin to gain some valuable short strip experience and visit somewhere different from the usual suspects. This is a gem of a strip situated in idyllic surroundings in rural Kent. I phoned for PPR and was duly given permission and told to call blind on safety com 134.75 For a farm strip it is relatively easy to locate being next to the railway line. Runway is more than adequate at 750m 29/11 for my trusty steed for the day, G-BRAK a C172. Trees at both ends and the r/w is quite narrow so be aware of what the wind is doing, but really pretty straightforward. I parked in front of a house, where I apparently wasn't supposed to and was duly ticked off, so basically, just taxi to their hangar area and park there. This is taildragger/kitplane territory and I kind of got the impression that me in dear old BRAK and my (inadvertently still on) regulation Biggin high viz weren't really the most welcome of visitors. Shame because this is a lovely spot. Come on guys - as they say at Sainsburys: Try something different! Landing fee good value at a fiver. Can't comment on the standard of their tea as I wasn't offered one.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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2 May 11 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Laddingford is a lovely little private airfield near Paddock Wood in Kent. Strictly PPR by telephone.The owner Peter Kember has been around the last few times that I visited and has always been welcoming. Quite a numbe of resident aricraft there and I see that they have built a lovely new clubhouse. You might be lucky and find it open if the locals are around and be able to get a cup of tea. Landing fees are paid into the honesty box. The runways are quite narrow but are pretty good and its a luxury to have the choice of two although I have always gone in on the longer 11/29. 11 departure / 29 approach approach is over woodland but not a problem. Circuits are to the North and East. Its important to watch out for Old Hay airfield which is very close to the SSE. Radio calls are blind on Safety Com 135.475
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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