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21 Apr 16 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)

First visit to another great airfield

Easy to access under East Midlands zone and Leicester Radio great. We arrived at an unusual quiet lull in circuit traffic and had a direct in final on 09. Friendly place and worth a visit in anyone's book.

Café was busy so service kept us for a long time before we got served but perhaps that isn't typical.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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30 Oct 15 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Leicester from Nottingham on Friday 9th October. East Midlands’ radar provided great support and zone clearance inbound and outbound. One long runway and a couple of shorter ones, all looked to be in good condition. Parking was a little tight on what looks to be a busy airfield. The receptionist/ A/G operator was having a busy day working the radio, taking future trial lesson bookings and taking landing fees, but she did it with friendliness and efficiency. Unfortunately, I had arrived just as the café closed, but I managed to get a cup of tea from a machine (quite good actually) and sat in the café with it. I must say that the café looks lovely (in the old control tower) and has a wide menu and great views. Must try it properly next time.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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13 Sep 14 - Clive Jackson - North Weald

Visited Leicester today from North Weald. Found the airfield easily, ATC excellent all staff very welcoming. Sausage sandwich and chips hit the spot. Very reasonably priced all round. Will definitely be returning.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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29 Mar 13 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
Visited Leicester airfield for the first time in 5 years. Its not changed a bit, same good food - great chips !, and a nice comfortable seating area with a good view of the runway. Parking is tight, its a bit of a shambles, helicopters seemingly sitting in random locations in the middle of taxiways, light aircraft parked at all angles, but dont let it put you off. Runway is good, and A/G is polite and informal. I like this airfield.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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17 Dec 12 - Paul Bond - Walsall
Flew into Leicester on 16th December. No problems in finding the airfield or joining the circuit. A/G service was good but difficult to park up and navigate the apron due to number of parked aircraft and was advised the grass was soft due to all the recent rain. A Spitfire was also to be seen. A cafe/lounge area in former WW2 tower with good views of landing traffic. Bacon sarnie and tea was cheap. Landing fee is buy 1 and have as many as you like free Will be back!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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26 Nov 12 - Chris Roche - Wolverhampton
Flew into Leicester on 11th & 23rd Nov. Both times no problems in finding the airfield or slotting into the circuit. Very quiet on 23rd, which may have been the reason for the slower response on the A/G service. Also easier to park up - although ground soft due to all the recent rain. Great cafe/lounge area with good views of landing traffic while finishing off a bacon sandwich & coffee. Friendly welcome from locals & no problem walking around main hangar.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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18 May 12 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Visited Leicester on 18/05/2012 after our original Isle Of Wight trip had to be cancelled. A short flight from Netherthorpe in G-ROLY via East Mids zone and we were landing on 04 (their shortest runway). Landing was fun but easy with the stiff breeze, perfectly aligned for 04. Great service from A/G and he was happy to offer advice before departing. Well maintained club house and bar area with lovely views over the airfield. Very reasonable drink and snack prices too. We stayed for a cappuccino only before our onward journey to Peterborough. Well worth a visit and the landing fee was £12.
  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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28 Aug 11 - Keith Parker - Surrey
We paid Leicester a visit on Saturday from Fairoaks,the trip was uneventful, however upon landing the heavens opened. We decided to stop to allow the bad wx to pass and have harty lunch in their great value cafe. When we finally decided to head home, however the plane decided not to start, either a stsrter issue or battery We located a couple to fellow aviators who helped us get started, with a/c jump lead, I can only appoligise but I do not remember their name but I would like to say a huge thank you to these chaps for their help and assistance, and Leicestershire Aero Club.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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4 Jun 11 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Flew into Leicester on Saturday 4th June, only to find the field was exceptionally busy, seems some fool had organised a UKGA fly in and members were turning up in their droves. The wind was gusting to 20+ knots at times and was 20 to 40 degrees off straight down the runway, 04 looked like a postage stamp on finals compaired to North Weald where I'm based. After consuming some free cake and a couple of mugs of tea it was time to depart, before the fire crews lit the bonfire they wanted practice putting out. The people in the tower coped admirably with the heavy workload, even with five or six in the circuit at a time, they were reasureingly calm. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation, especially James & Rebecca, first class, I'll be wearing my new UKGA polo shirt in La Rochelle on Friday, weather permitting. Well done to Leicester as well, great destination, nice people.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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17 Apr 10 - Andy Gambles - Milton Keynes
Flew up and did a couple of sets of circuits at Leicester because of the microlight fly-in at Sywell. My instructor was able to negotiate a £24 deal for a lunchtime stop and as many touch and go's as I wanted :) Very friendly welcome. The cafe was clean, service was prompt & food was good. Slight note of caution on runway 28 - the threshold lights feel very very close to the numbers. This means trying to land on the numbers is not an option - for me anyway. Apart from that the runway is in very good condition.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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31 Aug 09 - Dan Peto - London
Very friendly staff and helpfull ATC. Done my Cross Country as one of the destinations. Runways are big, fees are small. Have not had much time to hang around, but I would still give all 5*.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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16 Aug 09 - David Russell - EGSF
Always in and out of Leicester as we have a reciprocal landing fee arrangement. They are always friendly and accommodating and nice to get some short field practice on 33 when they are using it as they happened to be last Thursday when I visited. especially if you can get down and turned off by the first taxi way....
  • 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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15 Jan 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
It was a very cold Saturday just after Christmas when were made a last minute decision to fly to Leicester. Flying from Fairoaks north via DTY VOR the Wx could not have been better. Landed 13:30 and had a hot cup of Coffee and a toasted sandwich at a very resonal price. The field was very easy to find, Radio was very helpful, landing fee were reasonable to. The whole place is very GA friendly give it a try.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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24 Aug 08 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
We flew to leicester today with my two children. Very informal and friendly when calling for PPR. Good clear A/G radio service and a good runway. I uplifted fuel so had my landing fee waived, we also went up to the restaurant/bar which is lovely, nice and relaxed with friendly staff, and a great view of the runways. Also a nice outdoor fenced in grass area, again with a great view. I also noticed a sign indicating wireless internet access which would be good for flight planning - although I did not use it on this occasion. I will go back here again, its child and passenger friendly !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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11 Feb 08 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
Some friends and I flew into Leicester on Sunday 10th February, as mentioned by a previous reviewer the airfield is under threat so the more names added to their petition the better. There were ten of us in five aircraft flying together from three different bases, Andrewsfield, North Weald and Stapleford. The weather was great and the food very good, the parking area was very busy but everyone seemed to manage ATC coped well under pressure on what was a very busy day at the field.
  • 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: 4
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2 Feb 08 - Iain Keetley-Smith - Worcester
Flew into Leicester today from Gloucester. The A/G was very clear and the people very welcoming. The airfield is under threat at the moment and there are plans to build houses. Please visit this airport and make sure you sign the petition when filling in the booking in sheet. Although it was just after 11am, I decided to have lunch and was blown away with the chilli con carni. My poor passenger had to suffer the consequences on our return journey :-)
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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22 Jan 08 - John Allan - Norwich
Decided to fly over to Leicester today as the weather was actually good for the first time in days. I also wanted somewhere with a hard runway as most grass fields in eastern England were very soft due to recent heavy rain. The person I spoke to when phoning for PPR was most helpful and I had no trouble getting through the Cottesmore MATZ and finding the airfield. The A/G radio was a bit difficult to hear and spoke rather quickly (even by big airport ATC standards) but no problem. We had a nice bite of lunch and an uneventful departure. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and over all it was a very pleasant visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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2 Jan 08 - Barry Tempest - Kings Cliffe
I was sorry to read Nick Matheson's experience at Leicester.

It is my own base airfield and has been for very many years. The Leicestershire Aero Club operates a Cessna and Piper fleet providing aircraft hire as well as flying training for the PPL and associated ratings including FIC. We have a very wide range of aircraft based at Leicester including possibly the largest number of sport biplanes anywhere so a browse round the hangars is always of interest.

There is an active social side to the Club and many events are arranged through the year.

The Club is owned by its membership rather then being the more usual proprietary club and the clubroom is licensed. To comply with the licensing laws for such a club it is necessary for visitors to be signed in but this should never be a problem.

The range and quality of the food available at lunchtimes, apart from Monday, and on the Thursday evening Curry Night make Leicester a popular fly-in venue for a large number of visiting pilots and their passengers.

Additionally the resident maintenance facility has recently been taken over by a new organisation which is eager for new business on a wide range of both certificated and permit aircraft.

I do hope a future visit will prove more enjoyable. If is does not then please register your complaint there and then so it can be dealt with promptly. To delay by some five months seems pointless.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Jan 08 - Nick Matheson - London
Flew into Leicester 28/8/07 having started my training there in '72 - Had to give it up then due to the 3Ms (marriage, mortgage, money). Have since got JAR PPL and Night Qual at EGTF.

, I had gathered from the LAC website that my principal Instructor in the 70s is now the CFI. On landing, I asked that familiar looking face if he was the CFI? I was given the cold shoulder and asked why I needed to know and who was I anyway? An approach guaranteed to make one feel welcome. He is pictured on this airfield review page as the CFI so why not admit it.

Sadly, that serious lack of a welcome from one flyer to another was typical of the generally unfriendly welcome I received at Leicester.

The only good thing about the visit was the sausage bap (cob if you are from Leicester!) in the clubhouse. I felt guilty climbing the stairs and passing the notice that said 'Members and visiting Pilots only'. It seems that passengers and other visitors must pay an additional daily fee before being allowed to have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, even if they are accompanying a pilot who has just handed over the landing fee! Just as well I was on my own eh?

I will not be flying into Leicester unless a really have to. Of all the airfields I have flown into since qualifying, this has to be the very worst.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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30 May 07 - Ken Buchanan - London
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
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30 May 07 - David Bobbett
Sadly not the friendliest of welcomes, 'visiting pilots only' and 'members only' signs dotted around the place don't exactly endear us GA types to the general public.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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29 Jan 07 - Ron Batt
Visited Leicester 28-01-2007 from Fowlmere, very friendly from inital call up on the radio to having a snack in that delightfull well furnished and nostalgic lounge. A second visit is to be undertaken later in the year.
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13 Dec 06 - Ken Buchanan - London
I've been to Leicester a few times as it was my school's "partner" for cross-country.

Nice big runway (by my standards anyway), proper taxiways (OK minor runways), nice clubhouse with restaurant and the old buildings a have a very nostalgic feel. Also it's quite easy to spot.

A bit intermittent on the radio though.

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19 Jul 06 - Simon Newton - Wallingford, flying from Enstone

Visited Leicester for the first time on Tuesday 18th July. Very quiet on this hot week day, just a couple of other movements whilst we were there. Plenty of runways to choose from if required including grass. The proximity of built up areas means that circuits have to be kept close if you are in a microlight and approach to 10 with a left-hand circuit was best done with a curving base-to-final turn from abeam the threshold.

Landing fee for a microlight was the now-average-for-most-GA-fields £10. The clubhouse is pleasant with a pilot shop downstairs and upstairs a bar with nice conservatory area for eating and access to outside seating too. A selection of standard pub-type food is available from 1130 (sign says now serving on Mondays unlike the info in the flight guides). Interesting aircraft in the hangars to have a nose at with rather a lot of Pitts Specials evident.

There is a resident microlight school, so a petrol station run might well be possible with prior arrangement if you can't take the AVGAS available on the airfield (we didn't need to worry about fuel this time so didn't investigate).

Leicester's a good place for a stop, all the facilities you need and clear of controlled airspace.

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Visited Leicester on Sat 19 Nov 2005.

lovely airfield with an excellent Club house overlooking the airfield.

Steak and kidney pie for lunch at £4.00 was excellent. We will be back.

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18 Nov 05 - Andy Tash
Dropped into Leciester for a bite to eat and was pleasantly suprised. Good all day brekkie (which finishes at 14:00) and nice layout. Staff very friendly. Just be careful that if you go during the week then the free landing with fuel uplift does not apply.
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4 Apr 05 - Nick .
went to leicester again and noted with the plift of 50 litres of fuel they drop the landing fee. 50 litres £55.00 landing fee £10 so fuel is then £45 for 50 litres. just thought i would add that
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27 Feb 05 - Martin Barnes - bristol UK
went there recently and as always was very impressed with the freindly people and the flying club facilities a great cross country destination for the $100 hamburger
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3 Dec 04 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
Called in a Leicester on Monday and was surprised to find it quite busy. The long runway was in use and A/G were working the radio. Only snag was that the cafe isn't open on Mondays in the Winter. Otherwise a good destination
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11 Jul 04 - Nick .
went to leicester today very nice place for a stop off nice easy going and good food in a very pleasant club house.
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31 May 04 - Martin Rimmer - KING'S LYNN
Just returned from a first visit to Leicester. Easy to find, east of Leicester. We found a pleasant clubhouse with good facilities and very helpful staff. Moderately busy, but it was a Bank Holiday monday. Good fish and chip lunch, in the restaurant overlooking the field. We will visit again!
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11 Feb 04 - Gavin Eldridge - Leicester
10 Runways
AVGAS and Jet A1
Club club facilities including Bar and Restaurant
Comparitively cheap landing fees plus an uplift enough fuel and get landing fee waived scheme
Welcoming members
Busy airfield at the weekend without any Controlled Airspace
There is even someone to answer your radio calls in the week now
What more could you want?
I love flying from Leicester and suggest that you give it a visit and make up your own minds.
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6 Sep 03 - John Webb - Hampton Hill
Not our experiences at all. Such have they on each of several visits that we've resolved not to go there again.
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26 Aug 03 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
I flew in to Leicester courtesy of a magazine "freebie" last Wednesday and I was surprised how quiet it was. The Tower was unmanned (I had been warned of this when I phoned prior to departure) but "Golf Echo" was just leaving the circuit and gave me the QFE and runway in use. The young lady on Reception took my token with good grace and I made my way to the cafe, which has good views over the field, for a very good tuna sandwich and a coffee. Only one other aircraft flew in while I was there but the local joy-flying Tiger Moth was working hard. I was glad the long runway was in use, I should think the shorter ones might be a bit marginal on hot days. Overall a pleasant place to visit with good facilities.
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