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8 Sep 12 - Wojtek K
Visited Lundy Island on September the 1st, using rwy 24. Wind given by Chivenor radio 260/15. Plane PA28-140, 1POB. Called early on the phone to find out about rwy conditions and extra info(sheeps, etc). I did few low passes to assess rwy and landed on 24. Was keepeing to the left on the centreline (imaginery one). After stoped, taxi very carefully. Surface is rough but nothing too extreme. The 400m strip is going slightly downhill both sides from midpoint so after touch down and at the take off only the first half is visible. My advice: before take off walk all the length, to recognize mid point(white post on the left hand side rwy24) and best possible line. Rwy quite wide. After landing found the tavern -great food, and paid £20 landing fee. Take off rwy 24, short field tech, having flaps ready if needed, but climbed nicely with no flaps, used approx 250-300m. Im very happy I got there. It's been on my 'to do' list for some time. Good experience, Ill be back. :)
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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11 Apr 07 - Brian Tinsen - EGBP, Wootton Bassett
I have always wanted to do this trip. There is some great rock climbing on the Island and this was the recce flight for a future outing. Weather was good high pressure and hazy, we crossed the water at 1000' was about 5 miles out before we could see the outline. Did circuit and low pass to check surface. As previous review states, it is undulating and rutted. Wind was 5kts out of 080.

Was quite taken by how convex and short the strip is in real life. Went around and setup for second pass, with 1 finger on the abort button I confirmed wind direction by checking ground speed on GPS. Noticed smiling tourist faces in the Lighthouse as my wing tip pass by. At the last minute I chose the right hand edge of the strip and nailed it on the threshhold. After a few big bounces we stopped by less that 2/3rds length. Surface is pretty spongy, probably soggy in the winter. Also notice a big exposed rock about 20yards in from the West threshold dead centre. Probably a good idea to miss this. We walked to the pub about 1/2k? Cups of tea cakes, beer, Lobster salad £27! etc. very nice indeed! Paid £7 at the small shop for landing. Used shortfield takeoff technique as required. All in all a really worthwhile and enjoyable challenge. Keep in mind I was flying a Super Decathlon 180hp. (www.decathlon-aviation.co.uk) This strip must eat nose wheels.

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4 Oct 06 - Nick .
went to lundy, today had a low level trip over the channel. the strip is to the north of the centre light house disused now, It is marked by white poles. apprach over the wall and drop in. use short field technique. I did a low circuit first to assess the surface and check for sheep. the surface is rough (ie not a rolled and mowed runway) with some ruts in it how soft it goes i dont know. the strip is curved up hill with the apex nearer to the west end. no wind sock tower qfe etc. When taking off there is a path to the south of the strip that has a used look, i took that route. But the white poles stick up so watch your wing tips. get up asap and then nose down for speed and accelerate away dont for get that the island is 300 feet up so once up and clear of the ground a slow decent will biuld airspeed quickly after leaving the island. so no need fo silly climb once off. whatc for the light house.

I will go back when have more time to have a look around also no fuel there either.

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