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3 Sep 19 - Thomas Burnell - London

Flew into Maypole from Biggin Hill on 19th August 2019. Just wanted a short flight as the weather that day was iffy with CB's and possible TSR. It's about 30 mins tacho time from EGKB. Phoned for PPR and briefing prior to departure - this is a must. First time there and what a lovely little airfield. Ample 600m grass runway for the 152. There was no radio operator - not that day anyway, which was mid week so you make calls on SafetyCom. We noticed that among the aircraft based there was an Arrow(!)so clearly you can get some serious metal in and out of there. Very friendly welcome and we walked five minutes max to the Prince of Wales pub in the village of Hoath nice old world country pub with a good menu. Unfortunately we were half an hour too early for lunch as we arrived at 1130 but we had a coffee relaxing in the sunshine in their garden. I will definitely return to this beautiful little airfield, which by the way, is very close to Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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23 Aug 19 - Mike Bailey - Fleet

Flew into Maypole in my Archer and can say this is a very lovely little airfield. It isn't the easiest airfield to spot when flying in so Skydemon/GPS is recommended.

 

The runway is well maintained albeit a little short and sporting for an aircraft PA28 sized but certainly doable. The staff there are extremely friendly and welcoming with an open clubhouse where you can get tea, coffee, crisps and plenty of biscuits. There are plenty of benches and seats to sit in the sun and free wifi if you wish to plan your next leg.

 

The town right next to the airfield is very small and only has a pub which looked lovely, although I didn't go in. Would very much recommend to those who want to try a smaller field and a more homely aviation experience. Certainly will be visiting again.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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6 Jun 16 - g soper

Pub by AF does good food (£7 ploughmans, £9 fish pie). It closes afternoons, but 12-21:30 Sun; princeofwaleshoath.co.uk

 

Outside the pub is plaque with an OS map showing 20m stroll to Hoath church & a footpath back to AF. Also shows walk to historic woodland on opposite side of AF

 

Hard to see runway from the normal West side. Perhaps visit via scenic detour to the coast to see Reculver church ruin inside a Roman fort; The runway clearly points at you when your at west edge of Herne Bay housing.

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25 Jun 14 - paul fournaise - billericay

Flew into Maypole today in G-SDAT (CTSW) from Daymns Hall after obtaining PPR. We came in on 02 which has a nice gentle up slope to it. We were briefed by phone and made to feel welcome. Also to possibly expect some horses on/near the runway and to go around if needed, also to be prepared for a bit of rotor off the nearby trees.

We didn't encounter the horses, but found the rotor which wasn't too bad. The honesty box was in operation and £10 landing fee duly paid.

We opted to try out the pub grub, just a 2 minute walk away (The Prince of wales)on recommendation of one of the local pilots, who incidently had just followed us in from DH. Other than him, there was no one about, but some very interesting aircraft in the hangars.

The pub food was OUTSTANDING and is obviously a local favourite, as quite busy for a Wednesday.

We found ourselves locked out on return from the pub (entrance to the site via a large gate) so had to find another way in over a wooden gate further down the lane by the stables ( finally got to see the horses!).

The A/G was unmanned, so all calls were blind, but not a problem.

Try to land a little long if coming in on 02 as there is a little dip that could catch you out.

This is a lovely little field and I will definitely be back.

One to take to Mrs to for a few brownie points after a great pub lunch !

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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15 Sep 12 - Matthew Kitson - Exeter
Flew into Maypole as a bit of a last minute thing from Boscombe Down. We were going to fly into Manston but when they said they close at 1800 we looked around for an alternative. We phoned Maypole and a friendly lady explained their procedures and the fact they were open until 2100 or sunset. Spoke to Manston app until visual then made blind calls to Maypole. Strong crosswind and a bit of turbulence from the trees made the app into RWY 20 more interesting and fun. Great airfield if only there were more airfields that were open in the evenings with friendly and accommodating staff/ owners like this one. Will definitely return again next time I fly to Kent. £10 landing fee and £10 overnight stay. Pub right next to airfield which apparently does good food.
  • 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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8 Jun 12 - Paul Cartwright - Orpington

Maypole Aerodrome 31st May 2012. Paul Cartwright Biggin Hill

Flew in from Biggin Hill with a Cessna 172 which is nice simple route via Detling VOR and then head for Manston.

Make sure you get PPR first as the landing fee is £10 with PPR and £50 without. Also get a approach/ safety brief as horses/ handlers/pedestrians may be next to runway when you arrive and you're very near to the ILS for Manston as well.

The airfield itself was not that easy to spot approaching from the west even though I had printed photo's of it from the Maypole website (you must not circuit to the east or overfly due to noise abatement rules). And you should be talking to Manston Approach until your report that you are visual with Maypole.

The A/G radio is not always crewed (as in my case), so you may need to state your intentions via 'Maypole Traffic' calls.

I landed on 02 which is quite interesting due to the house/telephone cables near the threshold and slight uphill slope. Also when I read up the airfield profile during flight planning (runway 520 metres with an additional 180 metres in summer), I was a little concerned by what to me was a short field (I've been spoilt by the massive flat runway at Biggin), but having spoken to Maypole they informed me that they had a resident C172 and Warrior which put my mind at rest. In the end I used up less than half the runway landing (uphill slope slows you down nicely) and used the short field technique to get out allowing me to get airborne using just half the runway again.

Once down I booked in at the Control hut and put my £10 landing fee in the honesty box and although there were no staff around I had a quick chat with a resident pilot who pointed out that there was a pub about 100 yards away or we could help ourselves to snacks/soft drinks/tea and coffee in the club house which again was run using the honesty box system.

Unfortunately the pub was not serving food until midday which meant an hour to wait so it was back to the club house for coffee and biscuits.

Pilot briefing services were very good and it was quick power check (do it near the airfield buildings to reduce the noise heard by the village) and then back out on 02 with a left turn to miss the built up area.

As soon as you depart call Manston Approach again because of the proximity to their runway as mentioned earlier.

I took my brother with me and he like me had a very enjoyable and relaxed time at Maypole and we were both most impressed by the 'honesty box' system, which reminds me of why flying is so special and I will definitely return.

  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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23 Sep 08 - Sean McMurran - daventry
We visit Maypole fairly often as it is local to family etc and have to say this rates as probably our favourite. The owner is always very helpful on the phone and always ensures that the caravan is open on our arrival which is always well stocked with provisions whether you are staying for an hour or the day. Tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks available, just leave some money in the honesty box. The strip is very well maintained and is set in beautiful countryside and would be a great place to camp over. I understand the local pub is worth a visit as well and is within walking distance ( 2 minutes of airfield). Be aware of the horses next to the airfield which often get taken out for exercise along the edge of the strip. If you see these just do a quick orbit before your arrival and the staff will walk the horses back before you land. Will definately continue using Maypole.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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3 Jun 06 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
I flew into Maypole Farm airfield (EGHB) today in the Jodel 1050. Lovely little grass strip andf an excellent tailwheel visit. According to Lockyears Farm Strips and Private Airfields Guide it is 03/20 and 550m long. Warm welcome, modest landing fee and a "clubhouse" caravan where you can get hold of a cup of tea and biscuit.

Straightforward to get into but it is PPR (01227 860374) and this is absolutely essential, a pre-flight briefing must be taken and there are severe circuit / noise restrictions. Basically all circuits are to the West and no flying whatsoever east of the runway centreline. A footpath crosses the airfield at the north end.

If you are coming in from the south west watch out for the busy Challock gliding site just north of Ashford.

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