Pilot reviews of Prestwick Airfield
Flew in from Stornoway on 28th May in my Cessna 150. I called Glasgow radar to transit through the edge of their zone and was handed over to Prestwick radar for visual approach to runway 12. I turned off at "K" and had a long taxi to Prestwick Flight Centre at apron "E". I paid £20 landing fee and £23.50 for over night parking. There were concrete blocks available for tying down. Avgas was £2.42 a litre. You need to pre-book with Prestwick Flight Centre (much the cheapest option) as well as getting PPR at Prestwick. On departure ATC helpfully allowed us to use runway 03 as there was a stiff cross wind on 12.
|“||We visited Prestwick in late August for fuel en-route to take our greyhounds for a walk on Colonsay. The weather inbound from Blackpool was pretty showery and we ended up being stranded at Prestwick for an hour and a half waiting for the weather to clear.
However, those very nice people at Prestwick flight centre could not have been more helpful. We ended up having our picnic in their waiting area, dogs and all! As has been mentioned before, if you go to Prestwick, DO NOT use one of the handling agents, (minimum cost over £50), but use Prestwick Flight Centre who have avgas, a nice waiting area and a charge of only £17.60 for landing and no handling charge. (Cessna 172).
As a destination, Prestwick is handy for Ayr and the lovely Scottish coast and has buses, taxis, trains and hire cars available. As a fuelling stop it is inexpensive, has ATC services second to none, plus runways which are excellent and with ILS and radar approaches available.
|“||Have regularly flown aircraft up here for maintenance I've found the landing fee charges are incredible for the quality of the service you get (massive runways, radar (should you need it) and a friendly welcome).
It is a superb big GA friendly airfield. A nice easy going flight with the always helpful Scottish Info between Carlisle and Prestwick.
|“||I visited Prestwick this week as part of my IMC training from Newcastle. Unfortunately due to cloud there was little to see of the Scottish countryside as we tracked in from TLA. Prestwick approach was friendly and helpful however our planned vectored ILS was initially postponed and ultimately cancelled due to a sudden influx of commercial flights! In fact we orbited east of Kilmarnock for 30 mins before being told to make a tight, fast approach!
Prestwick has 2 runways 31/13 and 21/03 both of which are large enough for commercial flights. Instrument approaches to ILS are on 31/13.
The GA flight centre is at apron echo close to the control tower and at the intersection of the runways. We were greated with a friendly smile, relieved of the £12 landing fee and shown where the tea and biccys were kept. A collecting plate beside the kettle was for users. Staff at the flight centre were very helpful with the booking out process and pointing out the visual reference points for departure.
Prestick is airport is adjacent to the towns of Prestwick (!), Ayr and Kilmarnock which were popular holiday destinations before foreign travel became popular. There are still many excellent places to visit in the area including many "Robert Burns" related attractions!
In summary an excellent as a quick fly-in or as a strating point for a day our in the South West of Scotland.
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