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23 Aug 15 - keith stoten - cliffe

Had a great flight there. Very helpful with great cheap food. Fuel is also a good price

  • 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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30 Jul 15 - Christopher Swinhoe-Standen - Beaconsfield

I had a very pleasant weekend based at Perranporth in G-OJAG (C172) with a trip out to the Scilly Isles and tours round Mounts Bay and Lands End. A very friendly welcome, but didn't hear much on the radio as the chap who operates it multitasks that duty with cooking in the cafe and operating the fuel pumps! Very reasonable £15 landing fee and £7.50 overnight parking.

  • 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: 4
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20 Aug 14 - Michael Beech - Bruton

We flew into Perranporth on the 15th August in our Archer and unfortunately had an incident which grounded the aircraft.

The guys at Perranporth could not have been more helpful and even managed to get us a lift over to the Isles of Scilly in their Arrow.

They went well above and beyond and I cannot recommend the airfield and staff highly enough

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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9 Jul 14 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Perranporth on Tuesday 8 July from Henstridge and flew out to Blackpool. As always, the airfield is a lovely destination and it's future seems pretty secure at present. A friendly welcome and an offer of a cup of tea or coffee, (the café was closed on this day), was most welcome after dodging showers all the way from Dorset.

Refuelling was easy and quick with parking on the grass adjacent to the tower afterwards.

On departure, a 30G35Kt wind was "sporting" to say the least due to rotor turbulence from the cliff tops. However, having been here before, we were prepared for it and once past the cliff tops, all was smooth once more.

Perranporth is one of my favourite airfields and I am very pleased to see it thriving and getting ready for its future.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Jun 14 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

Visited Perranporth on 18/06/2014 in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. Route was IFR via TNT and BCN VORs at 5000ft or so with a lot of cloud around. The cloud soon cleared a little near Cornwall and we had a useful traffic service from Newquay radar.

We had arranged PPR with Perranporth prior to departure and there were no issues in finding the airfield. The A/G operator requested we make blind calls after the initial contact due to him needing to go downstairs. We landed on runway 05. The runways are all in good condition and there were a few local aircraft present.

We were offered the 2 remaining Cornish pasties and a drink with some chocolate cake to finish by the very friendly staff. A lunch was taking place inside with a group of elderly people but we sat out in the warm weather.

The staff were most helpful in getting us refuelled and we learned the recent sale of the airfield had fallen through however it should still survive which is great news.

We filed our flightplan and this was activated upon departure with no prompting by us, great help!

We flew the return leg but decided to have a tour of Lundy Island (by air) en-route.

A great airfield and one we will use when we get round to planning a trip to the Scilly Isles.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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10 Sep 13 - Scott Lester - Chessington

The airfield is just as previously have written. It is a great airfield, located on the cliffs which makes a dramatic scene and is fairly easy to locate. I was very grateful to the Tower/A/G for staying open 35mins after closing as we were delayed leaving Goodwood. The Tower even ordered a cab for us, which arrived minutes after we landed. Newquay APP helpful as were all the radar services, note that all the Military close down before 5pm. Only £8 into Perranporth and a good range of hotels. Thoroughly recommended and indeed it is exactly what makes private flying so worthwhile.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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7 Aug 13 - paul mortlock - guildford
Very impressive airfield. Easy to find and nearby Newquay is helpful. Plenty of parking and a friendly cafe to serve tea and food. Highly recommended for a visit
  • 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: 4
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20 Aug 12 - R Hawkins

My son and I flew in from EGBO (Halfpenny Green) on Thursday 16th August 2012 in a Diamond DA40 G-OCCL. It was part of a "hours building X-country exercise" for his CPL, having attained his PPL in just 3 months this year. We took off after spending about 1 hour at Peranporth for Exeter (shorth stay) then back to EGBO.

The approach and landing was a bit awry, wind was gusting around 23-25 kts but Simon handled the landing like seasoned pilot and he's only 18yrs old and started flying only in January of this year.

The people at the airfield (two in the tower) were friendly and courteous, and we had a couple of drinks from the vending machine located in small cafe area at the base of the tower.

The take off was equally as challenging but yet again Simon took it all in his stride in a calm confident manner

  • 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: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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19 May 12 - roger penney - greasby, wirral.
Flew in non stop from Liverpool and landed on 09 in very gusty conditions. I was surprised how busy Newquay was with feeder type flights, we still got a friendly service from them and tracked across the downwind side onwards Perranporth. The service at Perranporth is fist class, we got immediate refuel. Weather briefing is good. The cafe has been refurbished although we did not test it. We were met and had lunch in a local pub. I then did a local flight back down the coast to Newquay, another good service from them for photos over the town, then down to St Ives bay and then back at Perranporth. Being on top of cliffs this can be an interesting airfield in breezy conditions. Make sure you use the tied downs provided and put the locks in!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • 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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30 Aug 11 - John Ellard - London
Flew into Perranporth 28th August 2011 from Elstree via Dunkeswell in G-ERRY an AA5B. This aerodrome is - for me - what private flying is all about. On handover from Newquay the A/G service was clear, helpful and friendly. We parked up, tied down and went to pay our dues intending to stay overnight on a campsite. 'Just settle up tomorrow when you want to leave' we were told. Then the helpful crew in the tower set about phoning to get us a pitch in a campsite. That sorted Ben from the tower spotted us trying to walk there with our gear and gave us a lift. Later we walked over the hill from the campsite into St Agnes for a fabulous (and great value) pub dinner with a few beers, walked back to the campsite and awoke to a clear and beautiful day after a night of sporadic showers. Back early (we thought) at the airfield at 8-45 and it was all go with the tower operational since 6-30. The lady who does the breakfasts was off shopping so someone else stood in and cooked us both an impressive meal so much so that I worried about the weight and balance. Local briefing about WX and advice about routing came free and we departed on the favoured RW (they have three so x-wind is seldom a problem) to go home via Plymouth (sad) Sandown IOW (fabulous) and Lydd (Lydd). If you can go to Perranporth please do! They deserve the custom because the welcome is superb. It's just a very very nice place.
  • 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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30 Jun 11 - Justin Campbell - Taunton

I flew into Perranporth on Sunday and decided I had to write a review of the visit as it was TOTALLY deserving.

I flew out of Dunkeswell in my Skyranger 912 and had a great flight down to Perranporth. On approaching the Aerodrome I contacted the tower and was given great service including surface conditions (18-22 knot crosswind) - which although it sounds normal is actually quite rare when using GA aerodromes. My approach for 09 was over the water (and the cliff) at the end of the runway! A very new experience which gave stunning views. They also gave me advice of turbulence over the cliff. The Skyranger with a MTOW of 450KG is really at it's limit in these conditions and they were professional and VERY helpful.

I landed and taxied over to the tower where the guys were very welcoming and charged me an extremely low landing fee of £4.50 + vat (the benefit of a low weight aircraft hey?).

They also advised me on getting to either St Ives or Perranporth towns as I was desperately in need of a pasty! I opted for St Ives as it was a nice walk along the cliff path. Got to the beach and had the obligatory pasty and ice cream in the sun and walked back to the airfield.

The guys were a credit to the aerodrome operator and the day's flying made me realise how priveliged I am to be a pilot and part of the GA community.

For any of you reading this, how many times do you get in your plane and just fly around in circles, or go to the same old local airfields? It's very easy to stay in this comfort zone and be fearful of going to somewhere different in case they are pretentious or think they are an international airport. It sounds silly but I am sure many people stay in this comfort zone and deprive themselves of the real pleasure of actually going to places because they are worried about complicated procedures they haven't used for ages or critique from controllers etc.

Many of you reading this may be far more seasoned pilots than me, however if you are just a normal pilot and are thinking about going to Perranporth - unsure about whether to go or not then rest assured you will have a truly rewarding experience, beautiful scenery, a warm welcome and service, so head to Perranporth - you will be really glad you did!

I will definately be going back to Perranporth and can't endorse this great Aerodrome enough. Try it out - you won't be dissapointed.

Finally, many thanks to the guys at Perranporth - it was one of the best day's flying I've had in several years!

Jay

  • 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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1 Jul 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Perranporth from Alderney on Friday 26 June with my wife and our two Greyhounds. This is my third visit and I was reminded once more of how lovely and helpful this airfield is. They arranged Special Branch and custom's clearance for us from Alderney, even when the UK C&E help line didn't even know what a GAR form was.....!

The cafe, A/G and parking/tie-down are excellent and the location is second to none. the runways are a little worn and anything but flat, but not bad condition at all. The approaches over the cliffs are pretty unique as stated by a previous poster.

We flew to and from the Scillies on the Saturday (27th) after signing an out of hours indemnity for a late return. The advice on local procedures was super and made the flight VERY easy.

We stayed at "Penkerris" in St Agnes - lovely B&B - and ate at the Railway Inn (excellent food, friendly (dog's too) and a PPL as the landlord!). Can also recommend the Driftwood Spars also in St Agnes and the Watering Hole (actually on the beach) and the Seiner's Arms in Perranporth town.

This is a great destination and is one of the best preserved WW2 fighter airfields in the UK. We did the coastal walk fron St Agnes to Perranporth (town) on the Sunday and the coastal path goes along the old fighter dispersals and you can explore the well-preserved fighter pens and shelters - great fun!

For those few of us who think taking our dogs with us adds to the fun, then Cornwall is very dog friendly - including beaches, pubs, B&B and taxis.

Highly recommended.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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27 Jun 09 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Stopped into Perranporth for fuel on the way back from the Isles of Scilly. Wonderfully friendly reception "You don't need that if you don't want to" on the subject of yellow jackets and very reasonable landing fee. Lvoely scenic spot too. One to go back to for a proper visit, we only stopped for a quick drink and fuel this time. Approach over the cliff was pretty but sufficiently distracting that I messed up the first approach!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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9 Aug 08 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Really nice airfield. several runways so not problems with wind direction. just have to follow the guidance regarding nise sensative areas near the airfield but nothing too difficult food is reasonable, reception firendly and avgas available Paul
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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20 Oct 07 - Andrew Downs
Loved the place, flew in from Newcastle, nice flight, great scenery. One of the best aerodromes that I have been to since I've got my PPL (may 2007), fees very reasonable.

Enjoyed the day out in Perranporth, the beach is nice there, next time I'll bring the surfboard! Huge thanks to the tourist information centre (http://www.perranporthinfo.co.uk) who helped me a lot. Great flight, everyone who has a day to spare should defently go there.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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11 Jun 07 - Matthew Alsop - Torquay. ex-PPL. Flew from Plymouth 2005 to 2010.
Fantastic GA friendly airfield set in spectacular scenery right on the coast. Very good A/G radio service and plenty of aircraft parking space. I highly recommend a walk along the coast path towards Perranporth beach where the views are amazing along the whole route. Note that walking all the way to Perranporth town / beach is a two hour round trip.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Jun 07 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Very welcoming GA airport at a very picturescque location.
  • 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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3 Jun 06 - Terry McAuliffe - Plymouth
Can't recommend Perranporth highly enough. Visited this afternoon. Very GA-friendly and the most stunning views on approach. Definately want to visit again and again and again......
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1 May 06 - John Thornhill - helston
Well what can you say about Perranporth other than its a fantastic airfield to visit and all the staff are most helpfull.

Ever had an airfield owner come and help wash your aircraft,refuel and welcome all flying and non flying visiters the warmest of welcomes, they do at PP.

Well done all at PP you have restored the faith in GA aerodromes to which some can only follow!!!!

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1 May 06 - Nick .
Dropped in today - lovely place to go to. The views are outstanding, the place was very GA and friendly. You have to go! £10 landing fee.
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21 Jan 05 - Mike Fawdrey - Hednesford Staffs
I wish to add my thanks and good wishes to Perranporth, early in 04 was due to go to Swansea but on contacting them was told closed for the day, rang Perranporth and as other reports show they could not have been more accomodating.

On backtracking to the hold we were treated to a low level flyby by an RAF Hercules which really made our day, now where is that camera. What a really terrific place for a day out.

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18 Jan 05 - Chris Dale - Brigg, North Lincs
I have been to Perranporth four times in the last 3 years, all in different a/c. The staff are fantastic, Perranporth Radio is very helpfull and they will make sure you a/c is properly tied down if you are stopping overnight. My last visit in August 2004, had high'ish winds at 180/22. So the best rwy was 19. To check the rwy, one of the staff drove me down 19 to check the state of the surface (unlicensed) and advised which side to start my take of run. How many airfields would do that, and to top it all, as I needed to get away by 8am - he even turned up early to open up. What brilliant service! Thank you.
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26 Nov 03 - Nick Stokes - Ellesmere
Visited Perranporth twice last year. Best feature about the airfield is its proximity to the town of Perranpoth, there is a very scenic walk accross the cliff tops into the town where there are plenty of good restaurants and a fabulous beech. It is very easy during the summer to get a taxi back to the airfield. The staff at the airfield are very helpful and there is plenty of parking space. Will definetly visit again next year.
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27 Oct 03 - James Kilford - UKGA Editor
Visited Perranporth on Saturday, on a stunningly clear day. It's quite a lovely airfield to see from the air and it's only a stone's throw from Perranporth itself, so it makes a good place to go for a day out by the seaside. Very helpful radio operator kept us informed about the glider activities.
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