Pilot reviews of Manston Airfield
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|“||Flew in a week or so back to visit the Spitfire & Hurricane museum. Made very welcome at TG with a lift to the museum (a 15 minute walk) being arranged through a club member, which was most welcome. The museum (free admission)is well worth a visit with a good Cafe within the complex |
|“||I flew into Manston from North Weald on 27/12/11 in a Slingsby Firefly. I rang the number for TG aviation in the pooleys guide for PPR but got through to Polar helicopters so the number may not be correct. It turned out TG was closed but polar were happy to take my PPR. They had said I would not be able to land until after midday due to a 747 blocking the taxi way to their location. When I explained I needed to be there by 11 for a meeting they went out of their way to accommodate me. On arriving I was parked in a bay near to the runway so avoided any potential long taxi on the massive airport. I was met immediately by airport staff that drove us to Polar to pay the £18 landing fee. I received the same service on departing. Landing fee is very good for a fully equipped international airport. The airport is an interesting place with a lot of 747s and other older aircraft parked around the field. I went for lunch in a local village pub which was good. I would visit again even if it was just to use the ILS to practice an approach. Thank you to the friendly Polar helicopter ladies for their help. |
|“||Went there on Sunday the 10th of Jul. The landing fee was £18. The cafe (only in the main terminal) was already closed (4pm). Nice and big plase. See for yourself on yourtube "EGMH Manston landing & t/o rw28" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAylt9mz3fQ |
|“||Flew in on Tuesday 21 June for a few days, (tried to fly out on Saturday 25th, but fog at destination kept us there until Sunday.)
TG Aviation did all the handling for us and were very friendly, helpful and tolerant, (we virtually camped there – with our luggage and two greyhounds - most of Saturday as we waited to see if the weather would clear!)
Manston isn’t much of a destination in it’s own right, but there is a small museum about 10-20 minutes walk away. We stayed for a few days and hired a car from Budget, (pre-booked by phone). Here’s a tip: Budget rented us a new Renault for £78 for three days, (extended a day pro-rata). Avis had quoted £198 for the same three days. When we got there, we found that Budget and Avis were one and the same and we got an Avis car from an Avis desk at the Budget price! (How does that work?) Anyway, well worth booking with Budget if you want a car – they are at the main Airport terminal and that was only a short walk from TG Aviation.
Fuel – by bowser or fixed pump, £1.70/litre inclusive – I thought that was pretty good.
Food & Drink – only vending machines, but TG made us a couple of brews whilst we waited. “2”;
Standard of runway – OUTSTANDING – one of the longest and widest in the UK. The original wartime runway (one of three emergency runways for damaged bombers coming back from Europe was 3,000 yards by 300 yards). Today it allows the taxiway and runway to pass two 747s on the width of the original runway – now that’s impressive!
Landing/handling charges - £17 landing fee, (C172) and £6/day parking including tie downs. Very good for the type of airport it is.
ATC – excellent!
Friendliness – they made a fuss of the dogs: that’s a 5 in my book!
Pilot briefing – on-line terminal for Notams, weather, filing flight plans and filing GAR declarations – a model for others to follow.
|“||Flew to Manston on Saturday, wx was not to good however approaching from the west you could see it from miles away, massive runway and a very helpfull and frendly ATC, as this was my first time at Manston Tower gave me direction to parking. landing fees are £17, we parked at TG Aviation who were very frendly, however no cafe facilities in their club house which was a little disapointing, they did have a few vending machines with plastic coffee and kit kats, the only place to really eat or get a cuppa was the Spitfire and Hurricane museum some 20 mins walk away, Fuel is reasonable to at £1.68 inc vat. Really great experience, just a shame no on site cafe and like others comments its a bit stuck out on its own , like Lydd. Thank you Manston and maybe we will spend more time next time and have a look around the Museum. |
|“||Wow, huge place, the taxiway might as well be the runway for GA.
did an IMC test using Manston ILS, an A320 was doing circuits.
Great airfield, shame its stuck out on a limb, bit like Lydd, great airfield but miles from anything worth seeing. |
|“||Flew in on a really hazy, claggy day in PA28. Big boys using 10 for training so I was sent on a short dogleg via Canterbury after flying parallel to a 747. ATC couldn't have been more helpful, TGAviation were friendly, flexible and welcoming. A delight to visit - shame there no fresh hot food - my only wish for improvement. prices are back down from £75 to GA sensible (£16). Great fun to have 2100m more than usual for landing but watch flaring to early with the superwide runway. And if you like a long taxiride then fly out when they're using 10. When I eventually reached the runway, I was up and well away before the half way mark. |
|“||Super airfield with a decent museum nearby. Spent some time with the folks at TG Aviation who were completely genuine and pleasant to be around as well as being most helpful.
Sure, it's great to visit new airfields, but it's even better when you get there that the people you meet give you a warm welcome and make you feel at home.
Well done to them. Nice little club they've go there and as long as you can get over to the cafe by the museum for food, everything is sorted.
|“||Just got back from Manston, courtesy of a free landing voucher in Today's Pilot. As others have said it's a vast runway and you need to organise your touchdown early on 28 or late on 10 otherwise you are in for a long taxi. You will be switched between Approach and Tower frequencies on approach so it's worth making a note before you arrive.
A 10 minute walk will take you to the RAF Manston and Spitfire and Hurricane Museums. The former is £1 and the latter is free but welcomes donations. The Manston Museum has some of the Flyboys movie replicas and the other Museum has a beautifully restored Spitfire and Hurricane on display. There is also a good cafe with sandwiches and cooked food.
There are also 3 747s which seem to be dying and the whole place has a slightly gloomy air since the airlines left but TG Aviation's clubhouse is very smart. The terminal cafe on the airfield is currently only open Monday to Friday until 1500.The landing fee is normally £16 which is quite high but if you need an ILS then I suppose it's worth it.
|“||Went to manston today on way to Oostend, big wide run way 10/28 if you land short on 0 you have a mile to travel at least to get to the parking. fuel 1.17 plus vat. when i got there the Kent airshow planes were there, including the battle of britain flight and a catalina flying boat the red arrows etc. we were able to get very close to a real spitfire and hurricane. nearly in them and the Sea furry.
the airport is only just off the coast so good to hop on to belgium holland etc
|“||Good place to land. Look for the cooling towers then you can't miss the runway.
T G aviations club house and amenities are modern and you always get a friendly welcome.
The club house offers hot and cold drinks and snacks from vending machines. If you require something more substantial then just pop down to the main Terminal.
Instructors are there on hand to give you advice if you need it.
There are hangers and engineering facilities offering a maintenance facility for your aircraft.
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