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3 Nov 17 - Neil Murgatroyd - Esher

I visit Popham for fuel every chance I get. Fuel is self serve, which is quick and easy for me and they have UL91 which I think is good for our engine, and I'm sure it's better for the environment than 100'LL'

It's an interesting approach, slightly challenging, but not difficult whichever runway. There are great seating areas with good views and interesting planes around.

Everyone I've met there has been friendly and engaging, the guy on the radio is very helpful (it's a 'Radio' service).

 

If you look up and see an aircraft apparently flying the wrong way in the circuit, it's probably the model aircraft next door - it's not far away, it's smaller than you think.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 Jul 17 - Kevin Jones - Hereford

Visited Popham a couple of weeks ago to pick some friends up. I was asked by the less than helpful A2G controller if I was aware of the offset approach to 26. which was about the most concerning thing for him with no other relevant information coming from him, in fact your better talking to other aircraft.

After paying the landing fee I was confronted by someone who didn't welcome me or introduce himself but just started carrying on that I didn't follow the correct procedure for 26. I had followed it on Sky Demon and instead of the low turn at 20' past the trees I flew over the garage. He wasn't interested in what I had to say but carried on and on, he finally said its not us its the garage that complain and will be on the phone. I said I had followed their offset but did fly over the garage not realising it was that sensitive, being nicely informed is one thing but his whole attitude and demeanor is not the way to talk to people nor attract visitors and I shall certainly give it a wide birth.

The said garage is on the side of a very busy dual carriageway and aircraft will be gliding at that stage so could not be heard.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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22 Dec 11 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
Visited Popham on Tuesday with my pal in his Bonanaza. Fairly sporting arrival over the trees as the runway was looking pretty muddy on the centreline. However it wasn't a problem and there was the usual friendly banter with the engineers. However there was no food on so we took our lives in our hands and dashed across the A303 to Heston Blumenthal's Little Chef on the West bound carriageway. A real eye-opener with good service and an interesting menu.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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8 Aug 11 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Landed at Popham from Goodwood as part of a 3 leg trip,I previoulsy visited weekday but this time it was Sat around midday. The whole place has a special feel and very busy, Yak's, micolights and traditional spam cans. The Radio service was very relaxed but everything seemed to flow very well, well done. Cafe was inviting with an extensive selection of freshly prepared breakfasts and had a certain buzz about it( not micolights) however due to the W&B for getting out we uplifted only coffee and a cookies. Again as so many state the approach on 26 was interesting, with a dog leg approach, if you haven't visited take a trip its how a GA airfield should be.
  • 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: 3
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8 May 11 - Robert Tait - Elgin, Scotland
I have heard about Popham many times before but this was my first visit. The offset approach was easy and quite fun! Very helpful and friendly staff in a delightful area. I would highly recommend a visit. Took the opportunity to pop down to the Isle of Wight Needles which are only 1/2 hour away.
  • 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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23 Oct 10 - Keith Betteley - SHANKLIN

We frequently visit Popham now as there is no fuel available at Sandown.Popham is a busy airfield buzzing with activity,definitely a pilots heaven.The cafe serves good quality food and a £6 landing fee with what is proberly the cheapest avgas around makes this a must to visit.

  • 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: 4
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11 Oct 10 - Dave Remnant - Denham
Visited for the fly in on 10th October. Rwy 03 L/H in use. Experienced severe wind-sheer on short finals low over the trees, but plenty of runway ahead to sort out any problems and land. Plenty of visiting aircraft. ATC was friendly and ground handling was excellent from the "Follow Me" golf buggy to the ground marshallers. Lots of people milling around the parked aircraft taking photos, seemed a bit chaotic at times with members of the public photograping and "touching" parked aircraft (why they have to touch has always puzzled and somewhat worried me) although no problems occurred. Great food on offer from the cafe inside or the burger van outside. Great mixture of GA from large AN-2 down to tiny microlights. Great event.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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1 Sep 10 - dave pharoah - poole
Perfect weather today for my first visit to Popham, R 08 in use with an offset approach which is easier than it sounds.Friendly welcome and good A/G. The runway was in good condition contrary to some stories I'd heard about bumps and potholes.The cafe was closed but drinks both hot and cold were available aswell as snacks,well worth a visit if you haven't yet been.Landing fee for the Robin was only £6.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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2 Aug 08 - David Wood - Salisbury
Visited Popham last week in a pair of Tiger Moths (G-ACDI and G-EMSY). Popham staff were as friendly and efficient as ever - despite the fact that I had transgressed the noise abatement rules by approaching 08 over the silos... The fellow on the desk even waived the landing fee - now that's what I call a welcome!

Great place. Always worth a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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9 Jan 08 - David Pitt - Petersfield
Popham is my home airfield and has to be one of the best GA fields in the UK for visitors, both by air and by ground. The airfield offers excellent facilities and a friendly/family environment to all. The challenging arrivals and departures at Popham can be mastered by reading the great advice on the airfield web page. This goes along way to providing visiting pilots with a successful and enjoyable visit to EGHP.
  • 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: 5
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25 Nov 07 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
Busy little airfield, very friendly and informal on the phone and on the Radio, but helpful too. I was nervous about the offset approach to 26, but it was nothing to worry about - in fact I enjoyed it, it makes a change from the usual boring straight approaches !!. Nice Runway, big dip in the middle, but again, its not a problem if you allow for it. Plenty of parking, but it was very busy. Nice place to eat, and nice outdoor area with tables where you can watch the planes. Its a busy part of the country as far as GA is concerned, flying back I had constant multiple contacts until I was north of Luton. GA is very much alive !!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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5 Jun 07 - Colin Hampson - Goodwood
Popham is a very popular destination for a variety of types, and it's easy to see why. First and foremost, Popham is a very relaxed affair. Despite having more movements than you'll find at many GA airfields, it really does possess a quite sedate mode of operation. This is good; it's both a hive of activity, yet it's not a frantic or rushed environment in which to fly. Popham's party piece is the offset approach to Rwy 26. The A303 runs to the south of the field, and there sits a service station on the threshold to Rwy 26. Not being allowed to overfly the service station (for obvious reasons) all approaches are flown at something like a 20-30 degree offset. You are still turning as you cross the numbers; try to resist the temptation to touch down on the numbers, better to aim to touchdown abeam the clubhouse/signal square. There is a noticeable slope, but with some 900m of usable length this is rarely an issue for most types. There is also 03/21 which operates on the 28 day rule. 03/21 is much narrower than the main 08/26 axis but has a good surface condition. Again, there is some 850-900m usable length.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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7 Aug 06 - Simon Newton - Wallingford, flying from Enstone

A popular airfield with visiting pilots and bikers alike. The cafe serves a good selection of reasonably priced food including a salad bar and seems to be used a lot as an unofficial service station off the A303!

A/G service is exactly as A/G should be - the basic information you need and no wannabe ATCOs. ;o) Runways are fine if a little bit bumpy and it can get a bit messy if there's been wet weather, so not a place to take your freshly washed aircraft.

All-in-all a good place to visit with an interesting range of resident and visiting aircraft and a bargain at £5 landing fee. Microlights are not only welcome, but if it's a training day will probably make up the bulk of the circuit traffic.

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24 Jul 06 - Graham Stokes - Hullavington
Visited Popham twice in the last week. The first visit was, as usual, met with friendly ATC & clubhouse with well priced good food. A great morning out.

This afternoon was a bit different - the cafe was closed, and whilst there was a cold drinks fridge in the corner, it was padlocked shut! Luckily the OAT was only a mere 28C !!! But I did get to pay £2 for 2 small cups of tea from the machine. Fair enough if the cafe folks want a well deserved day off, but to lock off the fridge on a hot day does seem a bit odd.

I know that this is a far cry from the usual Popham welcome, so hopefully next time normal service will be resumed. Maybe it was just an 'off day'.

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11 Mar 06 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Took advantage of a free landing offer for Popham and unusually found runway 03 to be in use and in excellent condition; it's far more common for the active to be 08 / 26 in which case you have to remember the noise abatement procedures and get the fun of a curving approach.

Popham was as friendly and informal as ever with very good value food available in the clubhouse and some interesting aircraft in the air and on the ground.

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overnight stay from jersey in light twin. 31.8/ 1.09 2005. couldnt be more helpful over the phons prior to arriving, truely welcoming on arrival and couldnt to more to make the whole exercise a wonderful experience. will return
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31 Aug 05 - Graham Stokes - Hullavington
Flew into Popham this morning. Very welcoming and helpful ATC. Easy to understand noise abatement procedures make it a fun arrival. Cafe very friendly with reasonably priced food for both adults and kids.This is a real 'pilots airfield' - no officious yellow jacket police, no worries about looking at aircraft. I will definitely be back to this friendly airfield.

Just one word of caution - took off on R/W 21 - if you have an engine failure there are very few places to go due to the woods - try to have a contingency up your sleeve!

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27 Jan 05 - smorley - Staines
Always lots going on wx permitting. Food good caff stuff with specials. Maintenance on site, cheap landing fee waived if you go into maintenance.
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17 Sep 04 - Scott Kerwood - Winchester
Excellent service, good club house with cafe and outside seating area with play area for the kids. Lots of additional events happening at the Spitfire Flying Club, which makes fly-ins more entertaining. The resident flying school Airbourne Aviation were helpful with local information on pubs etc.
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6 Apr 04 - mike hallam - Horsham
Landed yesterday in a micrcrolight (3 axis). A couldn't care less attitude, long walks in rain to a fro to wake them up, refuel and pay. No offers to help wing walking, no chocks no tie down blocks or anything at the bowser site. rather poor impresssion but there you go !.
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7 Aug 03 - James MacDonald - Caterham
Friendly atmosphere and clubhouse does good "pub grub" standard food. Group shares and aircraft for sale often advertised on club noticeboard. Landing fee was about £5 when I last visited.
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