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2 Sep 15 - g soper

There a 1½h-2h coast walk from here. (though the sea is only a field away). At the seawall canal turn right until a bridge lets you cross onto the seawall, then walk back along coast to the next dyke crossing. Fields could be muddy & overgrown, so need old trousers.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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8 Apr 13 - Dermot McKeown - Dover

Flew into North Coates on Saturday 6th from Headcorn, excellent weather and an easy to find field made it a very pleasant trip. Staff and members very helpful and the cafe very good. Well worth a visit to one of the UK's oldest airfields.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Apr 13 - Gareth Owens - Boroughbridge
Been meaning to visit North Coates for ages and finally managed to get in (across the Humber from Spurn Head) today. Very helpful staff, good briefing when I phoned and a warm welcome despite the cold easterly wind. Reasonable landing fee of £3 and a nice cup of tea. The club has just acquired a Bloodhound missile which they intend to restore and display as a reminder of the airfield's cold war past. New runway alignment also being created, but not ready yet. Well worth a visit - wish I could have stayed longer. Hope to go back for the North Coates Wings & Wheels event in May.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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1 Apr 13 - Ken Glasby - Lincoln but fly out of Bagby
Visited on March 31st 2013 in Eurostar, an easy airfield to find made very welcome. The bacon and egg sandwich was very good and reasonably priced. Overall it was very relaxing experience and will certainly visit again. Well worth a visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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16 Aug 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into North Coates on Sunday 15 August with my wife to take our greyhounds for a walk. Last visit was in 1998 when it still had the wartime concrete runway and the old Bloodhound missile site was largely intact. Both are now fields with crops growing in them: truly swords into ploughshares. The grass runway was pretty smooth and very well marked, but on this day, the northerly wind created some “sporting” wind-shear on short final due to the proximity of the hangars. However, the A/G operator warned us and we were prepared! I have to say that the locals were all very friendly and gave us advice on how best to access the coastal footpath (and an excellent path it is too – very highly recommended – the dogs loved it!) There is a small café which did a little home baking and excellent tea and coffee at very reasonable cost, plus a small but perfectly formed museum giving loads of information about the long history of RAF North Coates. The outside seating area was very pretty with solid table and bench sets set in a wooded and grassed area with great views of the airfield. This is another airfield which I would recommend as a super destination with a friendly reception. Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention the landing fee: £3.00!! (C172). Has to be the cheapest I have come across for a long time.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Mar 09 - Rick Rouse - Cebu, Philippines
Visited several times recently in a PA-28, always was received with a warm welcome, and a low landing fee of just 3 pounds. Grass strip is fairly easy to find along the coast out of the Humber, although during weekdays you must contact Donna Nook to provide you with A/G services and co-ordinate you inbound. The airfield is run by the members, who are keen and very friendly to any visitors. Grass strip is in excellent condition, even in winter. They are open weekends, but are quiet during the week, except for Wednesdays when a few club members are around.
  • 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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5 Jan 09 - Simon Roe - South Hykeham
Visited North Coates on Sunday it was their Brass Monkey weekend. Very freindly club good grass runway. lots of activity with at least 20 visitors there. Saturday they had 72 aircraft visit. Have visited before and its very quiet normally. Well worth a visit. Runway 23 approach is from over the sea near Donna Noock so caution needed in the week.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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1 Jun 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
Now this is a rather nice airfield. Its minimalist but hugely friendly. Lots of care needed (which I didn't display) when mixing it with the microlight brigade. Also watch for Donna Nook Range. Grass runway in good condition as are the taxiways, the A/G is usual low activity GA style ( chap with handheld ) and the catering is very much do it yourself or get a club member to help.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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