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24 Oct 18 - RK

What a shame. Lovely situation. Friendly cafe with fun decor. But landing fee and nasty attitude at information puts me off returning

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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3 Nov 17 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)

Visited Pembrey on Sunday 29th Oct

Weather was in our favour for once and clear trip though Wales and no landing issues at Pembrey. Danger areas closed on Sunday.

Help from Radio and on landing guided us to hard standing rather than grass.

Café was excellent,in fact first class.

Landing fee was £18 and great value for an airfield in such lovely surroundings.

Well worth a trip for anyone looking for a relaxed day and great food.

  • 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
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27 Sep 17 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Pembrey on 12 July after checking out the OS maps for a decent walk for the greyhounds. The runway was in great condition, but fuel was not available – worth checking: for us it put us just on our limit for a return flight to Blackpool in a DR400. The landing fee of £16 was a bit on the high side, but they were happy to let us depart after normal closing time. (Which we didn’t need in the end). The café at the airfield is great and had a variety of food available. Obtained a slot number from Pembrey range beforehand – an easy call and they provided a traffic service inbound.

 

The walk was even better than we expected and we had pretty much a ‘no-traffic’ green lane all the way to the Pembrey Country Park which had both a great café and lovely scenery. Watching the Typhoons on the range was a bonus for me!

  • 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: 4
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26 Aug 17 - Rhys Thomas

This could be a great destination. It has Kidwelly castle to the north, Camarthen to the east and is within walking distance of the beach.

 

However Pembrey's £18 landing fee is more expensive than that charged at both neighbouring airports, and furthermore the uplift of fuel at Haverfordwest allows the dismissal of the landing fee. Perhaps Pembrey's operator intends to keep the GA oommunity away, in which case they're probably successful.

 

Nice ground staff, and a nice location.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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19 Jun 17 - Alina Swietochowska - Sywell

This was meant to be a day out in Wales, on the hottest day in the year. Did the prep for the flight, planned the route, checked for fields with cafe and fuel - flying from Sywell, we would need both! Got the Pooley's plates. Called the airfield on the published number and was told RWY 22, no weather, so all was good. Two hours later, did straight in approach for 22, landed and started admiring the beautiful setting. No other aircraft in sight, apart from a Piper from Gloucester that landed soon after us. We asked for fuel and the visit went downhill from that point on. No fuel - they run out. "You should have called". Well, I had, but whilst I did say we were coming from Sywell, I didn't explicitly ask about fuel (Pooley's state they have fuel). At this point, we knew we'd have to go back via Swansea.

Then to the landing fee- £18 ! The highest I've seen in a small airfield. What followed was a bit of a circus. They don't accept credit cards. Neither for landing fees, nor in the cafe. We didn't have much cash, and just managed to scrape the £18 for the landing fee, but none left for any food. The Piper guy didn't have any cash and wasn't allowed to defer payment. Instead, the cafe staff brought a card machine and were running around the field trying to find a spot... Not sure how his plight ended.

In the end, we paid the £18, for virtually no facilities. So disappointed.

If I were the owner/operator, I would have offered the visitors who found themselves in the situation a cup of tea for free! In fact, I would have made it myself. I would also have waived the landing fee. When you are so remote, you either guarantee the facilities you advertise, or you state clearly the conditions, i.e. cash only, and MAY have fuel. Or at least warn them when they call before the flight!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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1 Dec 13 - paul sweet - aberdare

landed at pembrey in October. no A/G service or any service!! whether this was due to it being incredibly quiet that day I don't know.

A pilot got me as I transmitted and gave me info on circuits etc.. runway looked in poor condition and my landing fee which was supposed to be £12 was upped to £14 on landing! Would not rush back in a hurry which is a shame as it is a beautiful area.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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15 Sep 13 - Jeremy Clabon
On Saturday 14th we took advantage of a free landing voucher which the airfield staff were happy to accept. Everyone was very welcoming, the best airfield restaurant I've visited to date - and excellent food. Approaches and runway all good - highly recommended!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Nov 11 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Pembrey on Sunday 6th as previous feedback, really nice arfield and the welcome was first class. Great cafe and we had normal lunch but carvary was on and we could have used it but signs said "Bookings Only" Worth asking as it looked delicious. £12 landing fee is value for money in anyones book and if anyone is looking for a nice lunch and great airfield with fantastic views, this is a must visit. Views of Snowdon also worth the trip on return to Blackpool.
  • 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
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7 Nov 11 - David C - Gloucester
Visited on a sunny November late Sunday afternoon. Easy to spot on near the coast, part of this old RAF base is used for car racing which is directly below you on final or takeoff. Nice to be in an area with few noise abatement problems or buildings to cause turbulence. Helpful A/G directed to parking and even sent a chap to escort us to the building. Reasonable landing fee of £12, excellent cafe with what appears to be very good lunchtime fare. We only had coffee/cafe, but the latte was very professionally made. Overall, a hassle free and easily accessible airfield close to stunning views of the Gower. Danger area inactive and absolutely no problem at the weekend, no PPR required - should be on everyone's list of popular destinations; the return flight up the Bristol Channel was good too.
  • 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
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7 Nov 11 - David C - Gloucester

Visited on a sunny November late Sunday afternoon. Easy to spot on near the coast, part of this old RAF base is used for car racing which is directly below you on final or takeoff. Nice to be in an area with few noise abatement problems or buildings to cause turbulence. Helpful A/G directed to parking and even sent a chap to escort us to the building. Reasonable landing fee of £12, excellent cafe with what appears to be very good lunchtime fare. We only had coffee/cafe, but the latte was very professionally made. Overall, a hassle free and easily accessible airfield close to stunning views of the Gower. Danger area inactive and absolutely no problem at the weekend, no PPR required - should be on everyone's list of popular destinations; the return flight up the Bristol Channel was good too.

  • 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
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18 Jul 09 - PAUL BRICE - Pishill
Had to go to the area for a fleeting visit in May 2009. Very relaxed and helpful; lovely restaurant; nice clubhouse; taxi service worked well; highly recommended - Pembrey Park nearby is a great place to take the family or chill on a wonderful beach.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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12 Jul 08 - tony addison - alcester
very nice but the overnight parking is expensive.14 pounds .at west wales you get a hangar for that and there actualy someone maning the radio. it seems the ils and ndb are allways turned off . its a long walk to anywhere ,about a mile and half to beach which realy is something else .about two miles to the nearest town . bike rental would go down well here i think
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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11 Jun 07 - Paul Sengupta - Guildford (but used to fly from Cardiff)
On Saturday I flew into Pembrey. I wanted to stay overnight. I had e-mailed them during the week to see what the landing and parking charges were. The e-mail was read but I received no reply. I phoned, spoke to the guys in the tower and was told that the landing fee was £12 but they were unsure what the overnight parking fee was. Now at most places, the overnight parking fee is somewhere around £5-£9, so I was expecting to pay somwhere around this figure. I wanted to have a second landing on Sunday and was hoping for a deal on that but wasn't expecting one. When I turned up on Saturday, I went to pay the airfield owner the landing and parking fee. He said it was £28! I said "How much?!" He said it included overnight parking. I asked how much that was and how much was the landing. He mumbled something about £14 for the landing, £14 for overnight parking. I asked if I could then get a deal on the landing the following day...he said yes at the time. The following day I had to arrange an out of hours landing for getting back to Pembrey which was a trial in itself. I got fuel. When I went to pay, the landing fee for later was also added on, the full £12. When I said he'd agreed on a deal for this, he said "How else do we make our money?".

So. £40 for two landings and overnight parking at Pembrey. I'm not some rich git, I'm just someone trying to run a plane and fly on a budget. This in my opinion was just greedy and somewhat arbitrary and plucked out of thin air. It's just taking advantage of someone perceived to be able to pay.

The crazy thing is, if I hadn't been ripped off or maybe even if I was offered some sort of deal for the weekend, I could have been a regular visitor there, and what with buying fuel and whatever would have been reasonable for landing and parking, they'd probably have made quite a lot from me over the summer. Now they've ensured I never go back there and that the £40 and whatever they made on the fuel is all they ever get from me.

It's annoying, as it's a lovely part of the world and I'd love to spend more time there, but I think I'll either fly to Swansea or drive up in future.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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30 May 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Reasonable cafe but it does shut a bit early -- I keep missing the hot food! No self briefing area as such, but the flying club will generally have the days weather and notams and are a friendly bunch.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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21 Nov 05 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Went to Pembrey on Saturday 19th November 2005. A lovely flight down from Blackpool at FL100 and back at a lower level via the beautiful Cambrian coast and a tour of the top of Snowdon on a beautiful clear day.

The airfield itself was easy to find and no problems with the Danger Area (shut on Saturday.) Runway in super condition - interesting to watch the race cars which are right under you on approach/takeoff as the track is on a disused part of the runway. As "petrol-heads" they clearly don't have a problem with aircraft!

Friendly has to be the word here. We wanted fuel and the airfield manager suggested we had our lunch whilst he arranged refuelling (all day breakfast - GREAT!) He finished the fuelling and brought the invoice to us in the cafe - no need to even go and find the office.

The scenery round about was stunning and the flight back up the coast will be remembered for a long time.

Highly recommended to anyone.

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19 Sep 05 - Phil Wagstaff - Kingsbury
Lovely little airfield, very friendly chap took us to the local village and we looked at the castle, climbed to the top and had a good view of the airfield from the tower...bought a few souvenirs and got a lift back to the airfield

Meal in town really was a taste of (last of the summer wine) yesteryear but very good sunday lunch and cheap prices heard a good joke there "why are pirates called pirates ... because theyaaarrgh" well it is Wales! recommended!

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28 Jul 05 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Managed to sample the new cafe a few weeks ago. Cracking thick bacon on the breakfasts. Definitely recommended. Already seemed to have attracted a few more visitors than usual which was very nice to see.

And no one seemed to mind my little nephew bounding around the grass in the café patio area, shouting "UP!" at every aeroplane which passed.

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Over the last seven years the average usage of D118 by the military is .45 minutes a day and decreasing, the chances of a refusal to visit Pembrey Airport is very minimal, but you do have to call the day prevously to be assignd a slot number.

The airport is leasing the restaurant to a catering establishment and they will be serving hot meals and saturday and sunday lunches

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17 Feb 05 - Nick .
Being from Swansea, Pembrey is the closest field to us but has the same runway 04/22 and therefore not a good cross wind option as a diversion nice place to fly over. and the airport is now rather small due to the race track in the lower half. Large campsite near by with massive beach. Horse riding, carting, and racing cars and lorries and bikes not far a way.

Be aware fuel not always avalible and credit cards not accepted so check and take cash also as mentionned before in danger area. That is closed from mid day friday to monday morning but check first.

Worth a visit if you want to see the motor racing etc.

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29 Nov 04 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Quiet, remote and surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery. Of course I'm biased, this being my home field!

For the automotively-minded, the motor racing circuit is just the other side of the boundary fence from the airfield and there's usually plenty going on there too.

The preferred local is the Butchers Arms in Pembrey village--make sure you find the pilot's comfy corner with the aeroplane pictures on the wall...

One for the weekend though--weekdays it's besieged by fast jets blowing things up on the beach.

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