Pilot reviews of Perth Airfield
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Flew up to Perth (from Blackpool) on Monday 21st July for the dog's annual holiday, staying until the Friday. Managed to get a transit directly overhead Edinburgh at 5,500 feet over a broken layer, so we didn’t see much. However, much clearer weather north of the Forth allowed a VFR descent and join at Perth. I last visited Perth for a fuel stop about 10 years ago, so this was my first visit where we actually looked around.
The airfield is lovely with two tarmac and one grass runway. A/G was very friendly as was the refuelling and reception. The cost of landing was £15 and we also paid £25 for an out of hours exemption which is valid for up to 12 months or until the expiry of the aircraft insurance, whichever comes first. Avgas was £1.88 + VAT = £2.25. Not too bad. The buildings at the airfield are mostly rented out to local businesses ranging from door manufacturers to printers and even a “corner shop”! What a great way to keep up the turnover.
We stayed at the Skylodge on site for £42.50/night room rate, including a pretty decent continental breakfast. The rooms have recently been refurbished and it is well up to Travelodge standard, but also includes breakfast and free Wi-Fi. All in all, it was an excellent deal and only a 2 minute walk from the aircraft. (Or 10 minutes dragging all the dog’s luggage for them…..)
We arranged a hire car (Europcar), from the city of Perth, (no hire available at the airport): the taxi to collect it was only £10 for a 5-6 mile drive. Europcar arranged to collect it from Skylodge on the Friday for a £10 charge which they then waived, so a very good deal again.
All in all, we were very impressed with Perth. It was so nice, we even had a picnic next to the aircraft one evening and soaked up the scenery.
|“||Perth has maintained a high quality approach to GA over the years. Our visit today was no exception. Friendly and welcoming, absolutely no hassle. |
|“||Good choice of runways in a lovely location. We received a very friendly welcome from the tower and all the ground staff and it helped make for a really enjoyable visit.
The Aviator bar/ restaurant at the airfield closed down last year, but the Macdonald Arms Hotel nearby offers a warm welcome.
We actually stayed at the SkyLodge on the airport site which offers basic but great value accommodation and is recommended if you're staying overnight and are just looking for somewhere to get your head down.
Perth is just a short cab ride away.
Highly recommended. |
|“||Perth had a fantastic air day in June including a fly-in which was limited in number only by poor weather in England. Those who made the trip commented that the air day/fly in was the best they had ever been to. The airport has excellent facilities with a great choice of runways, including licensed grass (rare this far North!) Engineering is provided by ACS. Tayflite commercial training is now in full swing again as Tayflite/ ACS providing CPL,FI,MEP/IR stuff. Leading Edge(also at Cumbernauld) offer PPL, IMC, NIGHT training. There is accomodation on the airfield at reasonable cost (Sky Lodge) and a good choice within a short distance of the airfield. There is a good restaurant and a cafe on the airfield too.
Perth has a chequered history like many airfields bit it is quite well run now, with enough staff to make sure everything runs smoothly day to day. It has a better than average weather record, is every bit as close to the best areas of Scotland as any other airfield and is not only well worth a short 'pop in' but should provide enough interesting flying to keep folks based here for a good few days at least. The club (Scottish Aero Club) has shaken off its 'old jacket and badge' style and is becoming very open to all....thank goodness!
Aviation is for everyone after all, and what better place could there be for some superb flying along with beautiful Perthshire on the doorstep (Scotlands very own New Zealand)
|“||To add to the previous review...
The airfield is under new management...the Tower-looking tower is the tower again, but not where you go to pay. There's now a blatantly obvious "C" on the side of a portakabin near the fuel pumps. Pumps are at the eastern end of the blue doored hangar. Both Jet A1 and Avgas available. The dotted white line on the apron denotes the reach of the hoses.
Cafe under new management too, plus another cafe has opened as well.
|“||Lovely airfield to visit North of the river Tay and a few miles to the east of the city of Perth. 2 hard surfaced runways and one grass, the longest is 03/21 at 850m. There is a VOR on the field (PTH) but no associated DME, however the TDME from Edinburgh does get you overhead Perth. Edinburgh radar is very helpful if, as we were, you wish to transit the control zone and we were warned well in advance of gliding activity between Edinburgh and Perth. Contact is Perth Radio on 119.8
PPR but the natives are friendly and welcoming! When we visited on Sunday there was significant GA and microlite traffic keeping the radio man occupied.
Be aware that there are restrictions of circuit direction due to various bits of high ground and trees.
Tried to find the "C" to pay the landing fee but this seems to have been mislaid! The obvious looking tower is the "old" one and is not in use. The new "tower" is located on the east end of the apron. Landing fee is £9.
When you get there, Scone Palace is 5 mins away by taxi and well worth a visit to top up your Scottish History. The town of Perth is again about 5 mins away by taxi for those more interested in retail therapy!
In summary an excellent place for a visit!
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