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27 Jul 14 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield

I received a notification by e-mail advising that, sadly, Panshanger is going to close in September so I thought that I would fly in while I could.

it was nice and busy, with good food, as usual, in the Cafe. the guys in the flying school confirmed that the airfield is closing in September "unless something changes".

so visit while you can and enjoy another of our really good, active, grass airfields while its still their

If you haven't visited before its easy to find and get into albeit its a busy area for airspace and other GA traffic. there are noise abatement requirements for departure.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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19 Apr 14 - John Wighton - Witham

Flew into Panshanger last weekend using a voucher from the LAA. Was told about the discount scheme which covers Stow Maries, Old Buckenham and possibly more airfields, so l signed up.

The cafe is very pleasant with real coffee (a major land, no-land decision maker for me) and good food. The serving staff are all incredibly pleasant and helpful.

The airfield taxiways are now improved, the ridges that were there before are now gone or minimised. My Europa XS trigear gets out of most places easily enough, at Panshanger it was off and following the noise abatement route by the first intersection.

Next time l will take my folding bike and go for a visit to the town.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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11 Apr 14 - stuart brown - Eddsfield

Arrived from Garton in Yorkshire for an overnight stop.

Very busy circuit but an overhead join had me fitted into the traffic with minimum fuss.

Every one being well behaved and following the rules.

Nice field, large visitors parking area.

Friendly stall and good restaurant,

Coffee and home made beef burger excellent.

Will visit again.

Stu

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  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Apr 14 - Martin Board - London

Panshangar has become our lunch time airfield of choice. On Saturday we had a squadron of seven aircraft turn up for good value food and fuel.

Easy to get to from the SE but care needs to be taken to not to cut any corners and run into the Stansted TMA.

Check up on their discount visitors card for local offers.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • 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 Mar 13 - Bryan Rawlings - Keynsham

Flew in from Kemble. Lots of very useful info on their web site including very clear circuit diagrams to avoid noise problem areas. Nice little cafe serving proper coffee and excellent home made scones. Fuel good price. I had a technical problem with the aircraft while I was there and their engineers stopped what they were doing and went out of their way to help. They got the aircraft started for me and I was able to fly back safely. Everyone very friendly and helpful. Certainly one to recommend.

  • 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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15 Sep 12 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Not sure why I have not visited Panshanger before now, however I made my first flight into Panshanger today and what a supprise I got. Very relaxed Radio service, and the runway was in great shape all 799m of grass. We were met with a really warm welcome, club/cafe was excellent quality and well priced, granted the weather was on top form to, which helped. We sat outside and watched the world go by, as I first said, not sure why I had'nt been there before, but it was my first of what I hope will be many. Well done to all, a great, friendly, good value GA airfield give it a go if you have noty already been.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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16 Jan 12 - Andy Hawkins - Swindon, flying from EGBP
Flew in with family in the Arrow on Saturday from Kemble, with another pilot flying another of the Club's Warriors. Great place, easy to find and good quality runway and taxyways. Circuit was quite complex, and a bit close to Luton's airspace for my liking, but we got down Ok! Great welcome in the office (despite my using a landing voucher) and excellent food in the eatery. The Chef even came out to query our order, as the burgers that day had chilli in them (we'd requested a 'plain' one for our 2 year old) and we switched over to fish fingers to be safe. Catrin had fun playing with the selection of toys there, and we all departed without drama after lunch. Would definitely return even with a full price landing (very reasonable if memory serves) and it'll be added to my list of places to come back to. Andy
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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29 Oct 11 - Graham Wheeler

I visited Panshanger for the first time yesterday on a beautiful sunny autumn day and I must say I was impressed with everything about the place. The airfield was not easily visible approaching from the South-West but I will find it more easily on my next visit. Grass runway is very smooth and level as is most of the grass taxiway. There are a few areas on the taxi way that have loose stones but other than that it is excellent.

Food and service was outstanding, the outside seating / eating area is very well maintained and the facilities generally are very good. This airfield should be in every GA pilots log book.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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19 Aug 11 - Philip J. Evans - Leatherhead

Thanks to a Flyer free landing voucher, visited Panshanger for the first in July and what a discovery. A nice airfield and was meet with a very friendly welcome and enjoyed a quality meal (unlike Lydd this week which served up the worst airfield food I've ever had), and all enjoyed in the sunshine. A lively and pleasant eating place outside, with good service. The diet coke was bit expensive, but the food was good value, especially as the portions are generous. How many airfields give you olives on the salad. It seems to me Panshanger are leading the way on welcome/food and certainly a good model for other airfields to follow. They also seem to be trying hard to promote events and getting people involved. From what I saw, I hope they are successful - and well worth a visit if you're passing - or want a decent lunch.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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31 Jul 11 - James Mehta - Colchester

I visited Panshanger today for the first time. What a nice place! Probably the best kept area for visiting pilots and public of any airfield I've been to. The staff were charming and the service excellent. And a decent cup of coffee too!

Really enjoyed sitting in the sunshine watching the carp in the pool.

Great destination, and well worth the visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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23 Jul 11 - david hawkins - heney on thames

Until 19th july of this year I hadn't been to Panshanger. But I very much look forward to returning.

Last Tuesday I flew in with a number of colleges of old. The pleasure of their company was enhanced by a delightful lunch on the restaurant patio. Reccomend you sit with back to old hangar, whose gentle decay looking to become on art form!

From the condition of runway,to briefing area,to the toilets and to the hospitality there is a sense that Panshanger is a loved,cherished and well run Aerodrome.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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14 Jul 11 - Jonathan R - london

Visited panshanger back in September last year as i was studying a degree not far at the university of Hertfordshire, and was half way through studying my PPL at the time, the airfield gave me a great welcome. The restaurant 'out of the box' is tenfold compared to other shabby airfields i have been to and is value for money which serves all sorts of home cooked food, and a bar as well for the 'self loading cargo'! all the staff are welcoming and have great personalities, even though the pilots are quite young-ish ;) there all greatly experienced and have a real passion for aviation and not there just to hour build or just for the money. whats also great about panshanger is that there is always something going on at the weekend, weather it is an ex Concord pilot popping down to share his experiences, or an aerobatic day, there is something always to see if your not flying! most recently panshanger staged the 65th anniversary of the de Hav. chipmunk which was a great success and there is plenty of more events like this such as there revival day on the 14th august 2011 which there is a 1940's theme with live music and vintage aircraft, what other kind of local GA airfields can hold that kind of events?! As well with just about every other airfield out their its great to take up membership with them which has loads of benefits such as half price landing fees, 10% off in the restaurant, free entry into events and monthly up to date news with there online newsletter, making sure you don't miss out on all the good stuff happening! as well as many other perks. overall this is a great airfield to visit, even on a cloudy day!

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2 Jul 11 - Michael Mison - Newport Pagnell
I last wrote a review in 2009 after the most unfriendly visit I had made to an airfield. Following some more positive reviews on the Flyer forum I decided to fly in today and what a change! Sue Hart has managed to bring the place to life and everyone gets a warm welcome. The cafe is excellent and there is lots of outdoor seating. All the staff are friendly and have clearly been trained in what customers want. I still avoided the owner though!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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21 Jun 11 - Richard Woodford - Chelmsford

I highly recommend this airfield for the warm and friendly welcome. The restaurant is really well run, offering a good choice of meals or light snacks at competetive prices and the avgas is very competetively priced. Now that I've taken out a visitors membership I'll take advantage of future half price landings as well.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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16 Jun 11 - john hagley - windsor

A small airfield with a delightful club atmosphere, the restaurant alone makes the visit wothwhile with excellent food and a very pleasant outside eating area when the weather permits. The grass runway is plenty long enough for most light aircraft and is well maintained with a good flat surface.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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30 May 11 - Martin Crunden - Basildon

Panshangar is a friendly airfield with an excellent cafe. The food and drink is top notch and beautifully served and the prices very reasonable. Also Avgas prices are very competitive for the area especially if you become a member which also entitles you to half price landing fees of just £5. All in all a great place to stop to refuel both pilot and plane!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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3 May 11 - Ryan Jackson - Falmouth

Called in to drop off friends. Helpful service, great runway by any grass standards, and the club house made me wish I could have stayed longer. Flying clubs should be like this.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Apr 11 - Lance Adams

I have flown from Panshanger for 20 years and keep my C182 there. The airfield is a very friendly and welcoming place with a great deal of activity throughout the year. Sue Hart works very hard to maintain the enjoyment factor on the ground. New visitors will find a very laid back approach with the focus on flying should be fun. The flight training is to a very high standard and many of the club members will provide support and advice to students. Drop in on a sunny day and enjoy the place for what it is, no airs or graces just people who have a passion for flying in all its forms.

  • 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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6 Apr 11 - Dave Gibson - dartford

Visited today to be greeted by very friendly helpful staff, nice surroundings and a very clean, tidy restaurant serving good quality food at fair prices.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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5 Apr 11 - Neil Bassett - Taunton

I visited Panshanger by road on 02.04.11 with a view to flying in at a later date.

I called into the flying school where I received a very warm welcome. I explained my requirements and was advised that visitors membership would be the most suitable option. This is just £25.00 for a year's membership and entitles the member to half price landings, half price overnight parking and 10% discount in the cafe. When I visit I'm likely to stay for a couple of nights with friends who live nearby so I only need to go a couple of times to more than break even.

I was offered a free cup of coffee on this visit so I tried the cafe and found that it was excellent. I also noted that there are a lot of events, including fly-ins, taking place throughout the year.

Overall I found it to be a very pleasant airfield and I'm very much looking forward to flying in as soon as possible.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Mar 11 - Bill Bell

I went a while back looking for somewhere to base my aircraft.

Rude, demanding and unhelpful barely cover it. Suffice to say I would cease flying rather than be based there.

I ended up at Elstree which (despite its undeserved reputation in some parts) was the complete opposite - charming, welcoming and helpful.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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21 Oct 10 - Richard Curant

My wife and I have recently moved to a house near the aerodrome. Being a lapsed pilot and having landed at Panshanger in the past we decided to cycle there to have a look round and have a cup of tea in the cafe. Unfortunately we were refused as we were not members. I found this surprising as I had no difficulty being served when landing there before.

Every other airfield I have landed at has always served non members and also casual visitors - they may just decide to take up flying.

Having lost three small club airfields partly due to a 'them and us' attitude from un- informed local residents I know only too well how important it is to get the locals on side.

Hopefully they will change their rules, they may sell more tea that way.

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21 Sep 10 - Tony Chapman
First class from the PPR phone call through to the departure noise-abatement briefing. Parking and food also get best marks. A/G was the only sub best category, but then I am used to ATC holding my hand and telling me what to do at Gloucester. Looking forward to going back to Panshanger.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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3 Jul 10 - Howard Graff - London
I flew in to Panshanger today for the first time. Nice place and very welcoming people. Thinking about flying from there occasionally in one of their rental planes.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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14 Jun 10 - Brendon
Good friendly visit yesterday. PPR call answer with runway in use details and QNH/QFE. Radio called not responded to until 2nd call. Looks like a case of just continue and make blind calles on frequency if there's no response. Had a free voucher but if you spend £20 in the cafe the landing fee is free.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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5 Jun 10 - David Jackson - High Wycombe
Visited for tea and cake with my daughter 4 weeks ago. Very nice.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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30 May 10 - David Dagan - chigwell
Visited Panshanger today, landed and received a warm welcome in the club house. They explained that I didn't need to be a member as it was inclusive of the landing fee, but actually decided to join because the benefit of half price landing fees, a discount in the cafe and a newsletter about the upcoming events. Had lunch in the cafe and I can honestly say that it is the best food that I've had at an aerodrome.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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4 May 10 - chris hannan - Middle Wallop
Well this will not seem like a surprise to many of the previous entries below but following my visit to Panshanger this bank holiday weekend with my son I was left less than impressed. As a LAA inspector (previous dealings with current members) and a experienced pilot I was horrified when I was told that a simple sandwich for my son and a cold drink would cost me the joining fee of £30 plus the cost of my food. As I have read from previous tales some are not aware that their airfield is giving out such information! I guess you have to be a member here to get a reasonable priced coffee!

Ironically as a LAA member I can have free membership! Shock horror I guess you can’t give it away anymore! I will refrain from submitting my entry ...despite the fact I can’t find the form! Online site is as friendly as the staff. I have had a problem rating many services as I decided to walk on this occasion and couldn't get any food. LAA mag May 2010 Page 7 refers to free membership for anyone wanting a coffee with the added hassle of filling out forms on their days off.

  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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21 Apr 10 - Bob Ivison - Hoddesdon
I'm a member at Panshanger and was surprised to read the comments about the cafe.

As I understand it visiting aircraft are able to visit and use the cafe without becoming a member. Also, if they spend over £20 there is no landing fee. That can't be bad! The café offers fantastic food and is good value for money.

With the worst winter in 30 years I am sure there aren't many grass airfield that haven't suffered. The runway and taxiways are currently being renovated so probably what you saw were the sanded and seeded areas in preparation for the coming season.

Hope you do visit again as there are a number of great events

over the summer.

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18 Apr 10 - Kev Garton - Lincoln
Visited today only to be told that if I came again I would have to become a member otherwise I couldn't have a cuppa or sarnie. I also didn't like the fact that we had to be parked 'around the corner' and couldn't mix with other GA aircraft. Cafe is expensive. Shan't go again. The runway has sandy parts to it and it is also difficult to get to the Wind Sock area where power checks have to be done.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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3 Jan 10 - James Hunt
It's a good airfield. The club is friendly enough although a lot of the instructors there are looking to move onto commercial airlines (normal really) so they are probably moving on from time to time. The maintenance guys seem to take things seriously when technical reports are made and there is a good level of responsible attitude to aviation. The cafe is expensive but I go there to fly, not to eat. Having said that, the club makes a lot of effort organizing events to promote the airfield and these are good fun. As it's a A/G service some pilots do get frustrated when calling in for landing instructions, but A/G does not mean ATC so if you're used to being directed through every turn then you may find it annoying.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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7 Nov 09 - Michael Mison - Newport Pagnell
Of the 40 airfields I've visited this has to be the least welcoming. It started when I rang for airfield info and was told to look in Pooleys.

When I arrived the staff member was very offhand and if I was a prospective member (as was the person in front of me) I would have looked elsewhere.

The cafe was equally offhand and the general air was one of arrogance. By the way, there isn't an A in compulsory.

I shan't be visiting again.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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5 Jul 09 - Will Kus
just started training for my ppl, the airfield was very nice with good staff, the cafe is great with a lot of food to choose from, the plane i was flying was very good and the instructor was great, the runway is fun with lots of traffic overall quality airfield
  • 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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2 Jun 09 - neil maxwell - bovingdon
Dropped into Panshanger on May 1 from Halton.

Did some flying training there a few years ago but didn't complete, so now armed with a PPL I wanted to pay them a visit. Sadly, I arrived to discover that the field is under threat from possible housing development. It would be a pity to see it go - they've made a real effort to spruce up what is basically the rusting remnants of an old military base. The clubhouse is comfortable, there's a excellent cafe/restaurant, nice gardens with a water feature, and there are even bedding plants lining the path to the loo block. I'd say that shows someone cares. As for the radio and the welcome, there was someone to speak to when I changed from Farnborough radar, and they also offered clear parking advice. There always seemed to be a fair few people milling about the clubhouse, so visiting pilots shouldn't feel unwanted if the attention of members of staff is directed elsewhere for a while. I'd recommend a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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18 Apr 09 - Barry Hunter - Gainsborough
Nice visit to EGSG today. Friendly Pup pilot c/w hiviz jacket greeted us. We thought we were in trouble (we've got history, but not at EGSG, first visit, honest) but he wanted to chat Puppy chat. We really, really liked the caff. There was a pheasant on the runway and it was not wearing appropriate clothing so we tried to mow it down. So far we have visited Elstree, N Weald, Stapleford and, as discussed, Panshanger..they all seem a bit run down. Well a lot run down, really. This has to be a reflection on the economics of GA but North London has lost Leavesden, Radlett and Hatfield in my short life time. Is the future of Panshanger housing?
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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7 Nov 08 - David Jackson - High Wycombe
Nice airfield, good location in the middle of a housing estate!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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6 Nov 08 - Peter Hart - Watton
I recently took a trial lesson at Panshanger and had a great experience, the instructors were knowledgeable and the flight was exciting. They have also recently updated their menu in the cafe next door and the food tasted great. I would recommend it.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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3 Jul 08 - David Simms - Hertford
Started a PPL at Panshanger but gave up due to cliquey atmosphere, poor aircraft maintenance and generally unprofessional attitude. You’d end up waiting around for an hour or more to be told that… “ your flight instructor was on holiday” “sorry we’ve double booked” ”didn’t you phone up earlier in the week to cancel..? errr no, I didn’t.” On lesson three I asked for airfield information the eventual (and I mean eventual) response omitted QNH, so when specifically requested the response was “… it’s the little knob on the altimeter subscale, turn it to the right.” Droll maybe, but also quite dispiriting for an ab initio pilot…
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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9 Jun 08 - Tony
Comfortably the most unfriendly airfield I've visited in my six years of flying. £10 landing fee for the privilege of a disdainful 'welcome'. I certainly won't be going back - not that I imagine they'll care somehow. Though perhaps they might if enough pilots decide to stay away.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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4 May 08 - Craig
14 years old. Currently training for a PPL at panshanger. But my instructor seems to be playing me about a bit. He's a fantastic instructor but once he has forgot about my flight and it's not really nice waiting 4 weeks for a flight then getting told to go home. Its really awkward because if i change instructor i'll feel weird seeing that person hanging around. I do really like my current instructor and dont want to lose him, i know he's a great pilot but i think he needs to get an act together. Craig
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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12 Nov 07 - James Morton-Robertson - Sevenoaks
I did my refresher training for PPL and IMC (ex-RAF) with Squadron Leader, The Baron Derek de Sarigny and flew with the Auster Group from 1967 to 1971 at Panshanger.

It's good to see the Panshanger hasn't been turned into an industrial estate which is what Nat Summers wanted to do (he, the owner at that time as well as Bembridge and other airfields)

I flew a Rallye Commodore there regularly, what great fun

Is there still a working party to locate and fill the "money holes"?

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10 Jun 07 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Nice airfield , with a refreshing attitude.......very laid back ! unlike some GA airfields which seem to think they are mini-LHRs.....remember that a Radio is an aid, not a essential requirement to be able to aviate !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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10 Jun 07 - Ross Younger - Cambridge
Great looking café - would have stopped for more than just tea if I had had the time. Runway is very well kept grass. Mind the trees to the east of the field (up to about 100' aal) and don't be too worried about overflying the housing estate on final/climb-out. Landing fee still £10 (PA28R) which I think is really not bad these days. A/G very sporadic, calls frequently answered only by other aircraft.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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1 Jun 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
Panshanger, land of massive portions and longish waits. I rather like the place despite it somewhat eccentric attitudes sometimes. The runway is good and the approach easy, I had no problems with the A/G - typical GA, and was generally made to feel very welcome by the staff. The briefing facilities are good and landing fee is ok. The food is a bit expensive and the service isn't all that one would hope but its worth the wait.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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30 May 07 - Ken Buchanan - London
  • Standard of runway: 4
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7 Apr 07 - Nick Taylor - Sellindge
Glad this was a free visit on a voucher from a pilot mag as i would have been cross to have paid.

The airfield is dead easy to find but the welcome from the locals was very diffident.

The radio was about as bad as it gets and my pax and I both felt as if we were intruding from the moment we went into the flying club - they have not done the "customer service" bit of the running an airfiled course!

The cafe was pretty good and it was nice to see a good mix of planes.

If you are going there, don't expect much help or response from A/G. I transmitted on airfield in sight, descending deadside, downwind, final and landed with NO response. Stopped on the runway I asked for taxi instructions to park - to all of these I got no response. I fly quite regularly out of Headcorn where I trained and I thought the A/G was poor there but this was worse.

Shame really as the runway is a real peach and the local flying area is very interesting. It's not often I say this but I am sure I wont go back - the sadness is I dont think the good folk of Panshangar would care less.

I then went to Stapleford where a really professional outfit runs a cracking good airfield!

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13 Dec 05 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Visited Panshanger for the first time today.

Easy to find and with only one runway not confusing for the first time visitor. You land virtually in the back gardens of the adjoining housing estate so watch the arrival, departure and circuit requirements.

The restaurant has only been open since May 2005 and seemd very smart and well worth a longer visit.

Worth a trip

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21 Aug 05 - Simon Newton - Wallingford, flying from Enstone
I visited Panshanger today for the first time. They were friendly on the phone when getting PPR and unfazed by visiting microlights. Approach to 29 over the woods can be a bit bumpy, and northerly winds seemd to cause some disturbed air from the trees north of the runway. The runway is in good condition.

Staff are friendly and helpful, and the cafe is good and doesn't seem to practice portion control! Some interesting aircraft to have a nose around and a relaxed atmosphere.

Recommended.

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6 Dec 04 - Andrew Lee - Newport, Essex
I learnt to fly from Panshanger on the Robinson 22 and continue to self fly hire the aircraft.

EHFS have made Panshanger one of the most friendly environments in which to fly from, and one which I will continue to fly from for many years to come.

Andrew Lee

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31 Aug 04 - Nick de Jongh
Panshanger has a good long grass runway, but £10.00 landing fee is a bit steep. The staff are very helpfull and pre departure brief very good. Just don't use it as a pick up point you will be charge landing fees for each landing. Not so good at £10.00 per go.
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26 Jun 04 - Rick Briggs - Welwyn Garden City
I have flown at Panshanger for over three years, completing my PPL there last year. I have always found it to be a very friendly, informal club with some great instructors. The rather dilapidated clubhouse is currently being redecorated and promises to look good when it is finished. Won't suit those who prefer larger (and perhaps more impersonal) clubs with all 'mod cons' provided.
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26 Aug 03 - Richard Haigh - Knebworth
I did the majority of my PPL(H) at Panshanger with Heliair.
The airfield is excellent for this purpose - it has a fairly large North side with all sorts of terain over which to train. It is also well situated to give good choices regarding the Cross-Country.

The staff are all very friendly and there are numerous bits of engine and such like hanging around to keep you interested.

I have SFH'd from Panshanger since and feel very comfortable with the airfield as a whole.

My only comment would be that the club-hut could do with feeling a little less formal - maybe some comfy sofas and a TV in the background or something?
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