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27 Sep 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
I’ve wanted to visit here for years just to get such a wonderful airfield name in my log-book! We flew in from Weybourne with the greyhounds – an 8 minute flight! PPR is not needed and there are few facilities there as it is really a private owner airfield. However, a member of the MacAuley group was there and let us use the loos at their clubhouse and get water for the dogs. He also told us that we could walk up to the old control tower and even go in if we wished but to take care as it is not too safe. We took a walk around the airfield perimeter tracks and it was just so eerie. I love visiting old airfields and this one just had so much atmosphere, we could have spent longer there. The runway is part grass and part tarmac and has to be the bumpiest runway I have used for a long time. However, there were no loose stones and landing fee was a donation, (we paid £5), so we can't complain. I loved the very easy-going access to this airfield and the MacAuley group should be very proud of what they have and that they allow others to use it – thank you!
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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16 Jan 12 - Kev Cruiks - EGMC
I visited Little Snoring on 15th Jan 2012. Whilst PPR is not required I texted the chairman on the McAully Flying Group and checked that I would be welcome. Spoke to Norwich for a basic service and changed to airfield frequency when 5 miles out. When I arrived overhead there was 1 aircraft in the circuit but no A/G radio, but spoke to circuit traffic who gave me instructions. Having landed on 07 without needing the grass extension, I received a warm welcome from one of the members who also gave us and our disabled reception committee a lift to the main gate where their car was parked. Following lunch with relatives we arrived back about 4 hrs later, with no one about and left landing fee in the box at side of hangar. Very impressed that my PA28 180 soared into the air without needing the grass extension, 4 up and fuel at tabs, there is still life in the old girl, despite her 11,000 + hrs . Would highly recommend a visit, very friendly, we will be back in the summer.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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22 Aug 11 - Neil Bassett - Taunton
I flew into Little Snoring on 08.08.11. I had no problems finding it having routed via Sculthorpe and made contact with A/G radio. In view of the wind direction I was offered the option of the 10/28 orientated taxiway but I elected to land on the 07/25 runway as planned. The runway is roughly half grass and half asphalt but this didn't present any problems. I had contacted the McAully Flying Group in advance and their Chairman was extremely helpful and also directed me to their website: http://bit.ly/p93zbm. Following these instructions I was easily able to find the parking area designated for visitors. There's a box containing a movements book which I completed and although it didn't appear to be required I left my mobile phone number as I was leaving the aircraft there for two nights. There's also a secure box for donations as there is no charge for landing or parking. I departed on 10.08.11. AVGAS is available if there is somebody around to sell it to you which unfortunately there wasn't when I was there otherwise I would have bought some. The airfield was very quiet during my visit but for me it was very convenient having friends nearby so I'm sure I will be visiting again.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
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25 May 09 - Phil Rigby - Dereham, Norfolk
We attended the fly-in yesterday and received a very warm welcome. In glorious weather, it was a delight to meet such a friendly bunch and the chef got the Norfolk Air Force (NAF) 'Burger of the Week' award!

No landing fee on this day, but a worthy collection bucket for the Air Ambulance got our support.

Many thanks to all for making it possible.

Phil Rigby

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  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Jul 08 - John Allan - Norwich
I will confess to some bias as Little Snoring is now my home base. The airfield dates back to WW2 when it was used mainly by RAF Mosquito aircraft. The old control tower, although derelict, still stands – guarded by a family of Barn Owls which regularly patrol the airfield especially on Summer evenings. The main runway is 07/25. The flight guides generally quote it as being 494 x 23 meters of asphalt / concrete but there is an additional 350 meters plus of very useable grass at the 25 end making a total length of over 850m. In addition the taxiway to the South of the main runway can be used for both take-off and landing. This is aligned 10/28 with a slight up slope on 10. If an approach is being made to 28 some care should be exercised due to the proximity of trees and the hangars. It should also be noted that agricultural machinery is often moving about the airfield especially the taxi-way (runway 10/28). Both runways are in fairly good condition – no potholes – but there are areas of loose stones especially at the intersection of 07 and 10, so taxi with care. PPR is essential via the airfield owner Mr Tom Cushing (Tel 01382 878470). Circuits are all left hand at 800 feet AAL. The radio is not usually manned but PLEASE do make blind calls on Little Snoring Radio 118.125 both inbound and outbound. If any of the based aircraft are about you will get a friendly an acknowledgement. Avgas is usually available by prior arrangement (i.e. someone being around to unlock the pump). If coming from the North or West (especially during the week) it is important to contact RAF Marham on 124.15 due to the proximity of their MATZ. If coming up from the South contacting Norwich Radar (119.35) is probably appropriate in the first instance. Both Marham and Norwich ATC are usually very helpful. The airfield is home to the McAully Flying group and their C172P G-MCLY. There are several other aircraft based at the field including microlights and an Autogyro. The airfield is in a beautiful area of England and the views of the North Norfolk Coast from 2000 feet are not to be missed. If the weather is fine and you are able to stay over don’t miss the sunset ! Although a bit of a hike the Green Man Pub in Little Snoring village is within walking distance (about a mile) Further info is available from the McAully Flying Group web site : http://www.mcaullyflyinggroup.org/
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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6 Aug 07 - Duncan Tincello - Cheltenham
I arrived around midday on Friday, enjoyed practicing my short field technique on the grass section with the reassurance of plenty of concrete runway should I need it. My first call elicited a warm response, but there was no further word from the radio.

The location was delightful. There was a single soul about - most friendly - but the aerodrome served my purposes as a charming spot to leave the aircraft for a day visit to friends nearby.

I hope to return soon - pretty location, safe strip, and a friendly welcome.

Note that Pooley's may be inaccurate - my updated copy did not indicate the significant grass extension which I found to be in perfectly good condition. Mr Cushing was most helpful when I rang for Prior Permission. Landing fee £10.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Jun 06 - Benjamin Ayalom
Went to Little Snoring on Sunday 18th June 06 ... there is not much to do on the field but it is full with lovely people and a great atmosphere ... would recommend it and will call again!
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