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

I’ve wanted to visit Shoreham for ages and the opportunity for a few days away in Eastbourne with the greyhounds gave us the opportunity. We flew in from Exeter on 20 September and the arrival was easy even with a reducing cloudbase (700’) and showers. The airfield itself is just as wonderful as others have said. I’d love to have a tour around the terminal – it looked stunning. Although the web site states dogs are not allowed into the café, we took them into what we thought was the terminal reception but which is now an extra part if the café and they had no problem at all. (Just as well as by now it was absolutely thrashing it down outside with rain and we had all our baggage with us!)

 

We hired a car from Enterprise at Hove who picked us up from the airport (and dropped us off 3 days later) at no extra charge. It makes the ability to use the airport for a short break so much easier. The rate was only around £65 for three days hire (Ford Focus) and was well worth it.

 

The café was superb and they made a fuss of the dogs (which always gets ‘Brownie Points’ from us). All in all, a lovely destination with easy hard-standing parking, good ATC and a very different terminal building full of history.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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16 May 17 - John Woodhouse - Hove

I have recently re-visited Shoreham airport following the refurbishment of the main terminal building. It has made a major improvement. Also the restaurant has expanded into the previous reception area which makes more room for visiting pilots to sit and have a coffee and do the return flight planning. It can get busy at the weekend around midday with local people coming across for lunch, but if you want to keep an aerodrome open you want the local community to use it and value it.

 

The official weather is shown on the web site as is the webcam looking north on the tarmac runway 02/20. Watch out at Shoreham as you can start the day on 02 and when the sea breeze starts up find yourself returning to land on 20. One student pilot got mixed up and landed with a tail wind having confused the numbers.

 

If you want to use the grass runways 07/25 let ATC know as they tend to give you the tarmac unless there is a strong cross wind. Watch out if there has been a lot of rain recently as the grass runway can go un-serviceable due to water-logging. The field is only a few feet above sea level - QNH and QFE are often the same.

 

For me having an ATZ is a godsend as it gets busy at summer weekends so an extra pair of eyes watching my tail is good. By the way the tower faces north so the tower controller has an excellent view of the field, without having to watch out for the bum in the sun, coming in without position reports.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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22 Sep 16 - Chris Whitelaw - Seaford

Oh dear! Where to start? This was my training airfield and at that time, it was 100% GA focused. Then, it tried to become a commercial airport that tolerated GA, and boy, did we all know it!

I've experienced first rate ATC, but lately, pedantic if not downright uncooperative controllers. Landing fees have shot up from £12.00 to a whopping £32.00...ridiculous for single engined light aircraft. NB a couple of landings a LGW and they didn't even charge me!

I firmly, believe there is a master plan at work here and that we will see the place become an industrial estate sooner rather than later. It nearly failed a couple of times in recent history, and it was only due to the indefatigable John Haffenden that it survived.

Would I train there again? No. Would I recommend it? No. Sorry. It's just too expensive and too up itself for my liking. Good wood is much better, and cheaper, and there's always Lashenden if you can stand the bumpy runway.

It's a real shame that it has lost its way but perhaps worse, it's a shame that it is highly unlikely that any of this feedback will actually matter.

I wonder how many of my colleagues will be passing north or south abeam rather than visiting?

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 1
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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19 Jun 14 - Michael Palmer - East Cowes

Flew in last year for their Easter Special,half price land in fee (Normally £23 before they revised the landing fee to the current one of £32 for a single).Found the welcome professional but a bit stiff,restaurant busy with spectators so had coffee in the Pilots Lounge,I don't think they are particularly friendly to GA especially with their pricing,even their resident pilots have been having a moan when they fly over to us in Sandown especially when one commented that our fuel was cheaper by 14p a litre even though we have to have it ferried across.

I think that Shoreham's plan is to price every one out so that they can develop the land,another one lost,I did my Land Aways at into Shoreham in 1987 when I was training and thoroughly enjoyed the welcome - What a difference now!!

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2 Jun 14 - Lisa Siggery - Crowhurst

I fly out of Shoreham, although it is further from home than I need to travel, because it is a friendly place. The restaurant, Hummingbird, is brilliant too. The best restaurant at any airfield I have been to and definitely not just a bacon sandwich greasy spoon, although that is available if you want it I am sure.

Expensive landing fee is the only downside as far as I can see. Otherwise highly recommended.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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4 May 14 - Jayne Read - Stourbridge

Landed at Shoreham for the first time yesterday and reading previous reviews was prepared for the £31 landing fee and below average service. However, I found the ATC to be more than helpful, along with staff servicing the restaurant. Superb service.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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26 Apr 14 - Helen Burns - worthing

Airport now being run by the same people who ran the Brighton City Airline . Looks like the midas touch will work wonders and make the airport into an industrial estate pretty soon . Charging light aircraft £31 to land and only one controller on frequency someone's having a laugh . yes soon to be a Tescos

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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30 Mar 14 - Charles Barnett - jersey

Just about to plan a trip with a week or two's stay at Shoreham but checked the latest fees.

Oh dear, double the landing and double the parking since last year.

Er, don't think so.

£32 to land a single and £150 for ten days parking?

Looks like this is turning into another Shoreham "International".

Never mind, will be a nice trading estate in a couple of years,when ends don't meet because GA aren't around anymore.

Poor business plan, or maybe not.

Somebody got a good offer on the land and these new fees will force a closure?

35 years of flying in there, no more, not at these prices.

Good luck.

Another nail in the coffin.

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27 Dec 13 - mark williams - Eastbourne

(This review has scores only, and no description was given - Ed. )

  • 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: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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16 Nov 13 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Visited Shoreham today, It was my first visit for some time and as usual ATC was very formal both arrival and departure but nothing to much worry about. However SHOCK!! Booked in to be asked for £31 for a PA 28 landing fee, I fully understand they have a great facility but £31 for a PA 28 is on a different planet. Restaurant area was very busy, but good choice and quality and requesting by local patrons which is always a sign, but after shelling out £31 on a landing fee it kind of took the edge off my lunch. I will not be returning until Shoreham again until they look very closely at the landing fees for weekend GA flights. We are not commercial flights but flying enthusiasts so please rethink your fees for GA.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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25 Feb 13 - Philip Williams

I visited Shoreham on 19th Feb 13. I found the ease of arrival and departure most refreshing and uncomplicated, the tower were helpful and professional in all respects. It is a very nice destination for any pilot to fly into for a visit. The place is steeped in history, which added to my pleasurable fly- in.

If I were to have any gripes it would be for the restaurant/cafe, it was chocker (to coin a phrase), all tables were taken by people, some who were evidently not eating etc, and allowing their unruly children to run about. I managed to grab a pot of tea and a table (eventually) before returning to my home airfield.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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3 Feb 13 - RHOD SHAW - BRIGHTON

I am the "old timer" referred to in John Woodhouse's review. Now that the restaurant has become a 'Truffles' it is much better & he is right about the new furniture being a welcome asset. Airside 2 is now permanently closed, so my previous comments are somewhat redundant. I must learn not to become grouchy as I get older - the "old timer" label is a wake-up call!

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16 Sep 12 - John Woodhouse - Hove

I have been flying a group aircraft from Shoreham for a year now after flying from Midlands airfields and before that airfields in Africa. I have to say Shoreham is more like one of the flying club run airports than a City Airport, which is why I chose to join a group their.

I find ATC very helpful, in fact in the middle of the recent Shoreham Airshow there was an GA aeroplane that was uncertain of what it wanted to do and ATC offered to find it a landing slot - also today one aeroplane headed off down the wrong taxiway and was very well handled by the duty ATC officer. In the West Midlands you would have been hauled up to see the SATCO - in Africa the Airport Manager.

With private ownership has come change for the better with the restaurant facilities being expanded to provide more seating and the old wooden seats outside being replaced with some smart new seats at the side of the apron.

I noticed an "old timer" complaining about weddings etc, well I got married at the Airport a couple of years back and as I have held a pilot's licence since 1977 I recon I am entitled to that - on seniority grounds alone. The bar area remainded open and coffee could be obtained by passing pilots during the wedding and reception - but as the late Jimmy Savile used to say, "You can't please all of the people all of the time".

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28 Aug 12 - Andy Taylor - London
ATC professional and helpful as ever, and dealt efficiently with the busy traffic flow considering the very low cloud base. AVGAS was £1.99 inc VAT which is hardly bargain of the century but is cheaper than many other places I've visited lately. The big disappointment was the restaurant. There was a very limited hot food menu, so both my PAX and I ordered "curry of the day" which was chicken korma for £6.95. Portions were generous, but they were all cold in the middle (suggesting they'd been microwaved) and were served by charmless Eastern Europeans. This is just not acceptable in this day and age, and they really need to sort this out. The restaurant is a very important aspect of an airfield, and Shoreham has a wonderful deco building and a terrace overlooking the apron. To serve microwaved food is just not on.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • 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 Apr 12 - ERIC THOMAS - redhill

Sunday morning flight from Biggin Hill along the coast for a first visit to Shoreham Airfield. Very efficient ATC who were dealing with a steady stream of traffic. Parking very straightforward in front of the control tower. Restaurant was very busy but reasonably priced. The main Art Deco style building full of history as was the nearby Museum which had free entry. The landing charge was a bit on the high side at £21.50 inc compared to other venues but used to that having come from Biggin. All in all a very nice place and will certainly visit again

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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21 Jan 12 - Andy Taylor - London
Very clear, precise joining instructions and helpful ATC. Grass runway 07 quite bumpy but perfectly serviceable. Wonderful Art Deco terminal in "faded South Coast glory" with wonderful (and unexpected) art exhibition upstairs. It was quite spooky that there were so few people about in the terminal; I felt like I was wandering around a "ghost airport". I feel that a great effort is being made here to create and maintain a good GA airfield and they deserve more support. Landing fee at £21 for a PA28 in line with similar airfields with approach/tower service. Restaurant was very pleasant with reasonably priced food and drink and good views over the apron. Displaying private flights on the arrivals/departures screen is a nice touch. I'll definitely be back. Thank you Shoreham!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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3 Oct 11 - Hamish Monro

Flew in, by Tiger Moth, to the Aerojumble on Saturday. Needed the grass runway, rather than the tarmac one in use, this was no trouble to ATC who were extemely helpful and capable. The runway was very smooth and the service was brilliant. Shame the landing fee is so high but otherwise fantastic service. Many thanks.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Apr 11 - Neil Bassett - Taunton

I flew into Shoreham last Sunday. ATC was very good and after landing directions to the parking spot were very clear. The spot was also easy to locate due to signs on the grass.

The welcome was friendly when booking in with an apology for the landing fee! This was higher than I'm used to but, to be fair, I don't usually fly into airfields with full ATC etc.

I bought lunch in the terminal and ate it in the outside seating area. It was a busy afternoon with lots of movements which were easily viewed and photographed.

Mid afternoon I thought I'd have a look at the visitor centre and museum only to find that it closed at 15:00. When I got home I checked the website and the opening times were quite clear so it was entirely my fault for not checking but I would definitely recommend confirming the times in advance if you're planning a visit.

After booking out departure was as straightforward as arrival, again with excellent ATC. Being used to a farm strip I very much appreciated the long smooth runway!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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27 Oct 10 - Dave Remnant - Denham
Visited on lovely sunny Friday 22nd Oct. No nonsense straight in join offered for 20 from the north. Very clear & precise ATC all through to parking. Friendly welcome when signing in (offer of fuel at same time). Nice basic lunch & cuppa in the 30's style main building cafe. Good views over the airfield from inside (wind was a bit nippy to sit in the outside seating area). Been here before in the summer months and it gets very busy. Very pleasant & relaxed atmosphere at an airfield of this size. Proves it can be done (more "by the book" airfields take not. This is mean't to be fun!). My passenger loved seeing our registration on the arrivals screen! Big thumbs up from me
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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23 Oct 10 - Keith Betteley - SHANKLIN

We paid a visit to Shoreham this week on business,very professional setup,listen into the ATIS before calling up as the frequency can be manic at times.You cannot fault the facilities available,runways,taxiways,parking atc.The thirties terminal building (listed) and cafe area are excellent.Transair have on outlet but be prepared for a longish walk,definitely need another cuppa after that.Unfortunately landing fee is just short of £18 Fuel is available at a price but the service is friendly and polite.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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25 Sep 10 - John Woodhouse - Hove
Shoreham is a really friendly GA airfield with a full ATC service, which I prefer having experienced the free for all of a non-ATC field. The restaurant is family run and has a good range of food but can get busy as it is so popular. If you need something for the flight bag, the Transair pilot's shop at Shoreham is open 7 days a week.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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24 Feb 10 - Victor Peirce - Shoreham
Mark individuals in ATC are great it is more the overall picture that is the issue. Does Shoreham really need a full ATC service? Can it afford it when an AFISO service works so well at Goodwood!
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5 Jun 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Just reading Juan's comments, I have been to Shoreham on a number of occasions and to be honest apart from the £17 landing fee which is expensive in terms of GA landing charges, compared to others around £10, Shoreham its a great place to visit and I have never had a problems with ATC either. Not sure why Juan got charged £35 though. A note to Victor, Goodwood is equally as good as Shoreham for facilities and the landing fee are £16+ for a single. At least the facilities at these airfield are good,compared to other smaller fields where a cup of tea is a major ask!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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4 Jun 09 - juan del Azar - Virginia Water
Flew to Shoreham last week. It took 9 radio calls to get an answer from ATC. There were 5 planes in the circuit which was flown without much direction nor discipline. ATIS and tower assigned wrong runway based on wind conditions making unnecessary cross wind landings and take offs. The landing fee for a single piston was 35 pounds. Ambiance was commercial and did not look like a GA freindly place. Not really good unless you have something very specific to do there.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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8 May 09 - Mark Stock - Cardiff
Harsh review Victor, certainly as far as ATC concerned. I've never received anything but excellent service. Agree comments re T2 though!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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8 May 09 - Victor Peirce - Shoreham
My local airfield, I have been flying from Shoreham for 37 years and sadly it has become very expensive especially under the new ownership. They are even charging for the car parks these days!

Trying to be Shoreham International when it is and always has been a GA training and leisure airfield. The law of diminishing returns seems lost on the current and former owners. Some very friendly ground crew especially Paul who is ever cheerful and helpful and one of the airfields greatest assets.

Real shame they shut the terminal 2 restaurant as it was the only place on the airfield where the flying community met, they all go to the local Pubs now as the airport restaurant fills up with the public and weddings!

Still a very attractive airfield but on a busy day can waste a lot of time holding on the ground and outside the ATZ or overhead. As has already been said I fear for the airfields future if it continues to be run as it is.

Easy way to solve Shorehams problems is to lower the landing/parking fees and fuel costs. Take a look at other nearby airfields like Goodwood who have it about right! Open a restaurant for the flying community. Understand it is a GA training airfield and move to an AFISO service and remember the customer comes first so treat them accordingly and you may be surprised how much money you can make! Otherwise I guess Shoreham will go the way of so many others and become an industrial estate then again perhaps that is the plan!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Apr 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Lovely spring day so we flew down to Shoreham last Saturday from Fairoaks with a fellow pilot. Although Shoreham is not a great distance from Fairoaks it was well worth the trip. Approached via Midhurst VOR and Worthing pier, Farnborough were very helpful as usual, as was Shoreham ATC. A pleasent stroll to Transair to buy some toys and a pannini from the excellent cafe, coupled with that rare event of great flying weather it was a great trip, landing fees are slightly steep at almost £17, but a really great place to visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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10 Jun 08 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
Shoreham :- This was my first visit to Shoreham, I called ahead for weather, and was given a very professional weather report by a very helpful ATC person. On first contact by radio I was offered overhead or crosswind join. I opted for overhead as I was not familiar with the airfield. ATC were very helpful, as were the staff on the ground. Food was excellent and there is a great viewing area where you can eat your food. It was amusing to see my 'flight' details on the arrivals board, and I was pleased to have arrived within 1 minute of my eta. Landing fee is steep at £18, but in the grand scheme of costs involved in running an aircraft its really not that much. Definitely one that I will go to again.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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18 Jun 07 - Tom Brearley - Exeter, flying out of Dunkeswell
I was slightly apprehensive about taking my Thruster (microlight) to such a busy airfield as Shoreham, but I was pleasantly surprised. ATC were very helpful, even offering me a grass into-wind runway without me asking, and having no problem with my request to track along the coast rather than fly over a built up area on departure (flying over houses feels very unnatural for this PPL(M) and where would you go if the donkey stopped, licenced airfield or no...!) The facilities on the ground were less impressive. The restaurant staff seemed deeply disinterested, and the food was ordinary bland microwaved fare. They do have a selection of local Sussex beers though, so points deserved for that. The pilots' briefing room seems to be only very intermittantly staffed, which means the off-duty firecrew in the back room have to field all the queries from visiting pilots! Maybe this explains some of the comments in other reviews. Getting a friendly full-time member of staff in there would probably pay for itself in terms of improving the airport's image to visiting pilots and getting their repeat business. Other thoughts: I loved the sense of history of the place (pics from the 1911 Round Britain Race on the walls); very easy to find from the air; good choice of runways; well organised on the air side.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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5 Jun 07 - Max Drift
I've always been a huge fan of Shoreham. It's where I learned to fly, and the busy nature of the airfield combined with full ATC make it a great place to build your confidence.

But, and it's a big but, their landing and fuel prices are way too high for an airport that depends on GA for most of its income. And they'v e just introduced a go-around fee of around £8[information which seems strangely absent from their website] , for which they should surely be slammed. Not only does this verge on exploitation, but it could also encourage some pilots to try landing when they really should go around. Outrageous.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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5 Jun 07 - paul griffin2 - Hove
My home airfield. Yes, very interesting and atmospheric. Busy with lots to see and people to speak to. However the landing fees are high. The fuel fees are far too high. ATC are good but can seem short/abrupt if you're more used to a relaxed approach. I can understand the need for this however as it can be very busy. Sometimes you need to take out a bank loan just to pay for the time waiting for take off clearance.

I do worry about its future. What are they really planning?!!

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1 Jun 07 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Nice airfield with lots going on .......but its far too Expensive ! £ 17.50 landing fee......I would rather fly a further 20 mins and go to Bembridge where they chage only £ 5 for landing .
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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30 May 07 - James Hepnar - Stone cross
i am currently learning to fly at shoreham and i have been going there at least once a week for the last two years, and what a 2 years it has been.

at shoreham there is always somthing going on and there is always people to talk too in the cafes.

another thing i love about shoreham is the variaty of aircraft, the ammount of schools and not to forget the proffesional atc ( who were very helpful on my first solo, despite me being only 16).

anyone who has not visited shoreham is missing out so why not pop in!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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30 May 07 - dave armitage - colchester
Myself and my co-pilot had to divert to Shorham on May 26, due to very bad weather en route to Sandown, Isle of Wight. The reception we recieved at such short notice from the Tower, was extremely welcoming. I'm a pilot with only 150 hours, but as I land at more airfields, I do hope that more places are like Shorham. Thanks very much for a great unexpected stopover! PS: The cafe was very nice indeed!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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10 Apr 07 - John Pepper - Tring
Dropped into Shoreham in an R44 on Saturday for refuel and a lunch. Approach was exceptionally helpful and despite my lack of knowledge of the field was guided in with ease.

If you fly piston heli's the refuelling spots are marked A,B and C and not easily seen when hovering. Tower will guide you.

Had a nice lunch and good facilities. Get quite a crowd gathering to watch departing aircraft!

Will definitely be back and look forward to it!

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7 Sep 06 - Steve Neale - Bristol'ish
I'm sorry to buck the trend here. We called into Shoreham on the 6th September to pick up a fellow pilot on route to St Omer. On approach I noticed a helicopter hovering close to the right of the active but there was no mention of it or any wake turbulance warning from ATC. On arrival I was bellowed at by a yellow jacket who drove into the refulling area in his 4x4 5ft from our aircraft as I was looking at my mobile phone 15ft from it. Needed some risk assesment training perhaps and hardly a warm welcome for strangers. We were given a place to park while our flight plan was activated only to be moaned at again about our location when we returned to the aircraft. We moved it as this person requested and then got acosted a third time. "Sorry this is reserved". More than their job's worth no doubt to tell us where we could park. To be fair the cafe made a good cup of tea and the cake was very nice but when we tried to book out there was no one in the office despite the £15 landing fee. After wasting 5 minutes of our flight plan waiting in vain we filled out our own details and left. I fly out of a 'real' airport all the time with a 'can do' attitude so felt dissapointed by and unwelcome at Shoreham. We won't be calling at or uplifting fuel from there again until they retrain some of their staff in the art of customer service.
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19 Aug 06 - Alex Berry - Bayswater
Any pilot not having spent some time here is missing a trick. In my view, one of the most pleasant places to fly. As a pilot, there is little more that one can ask for than what's available at Shoreham.

People very professional, helpful and friendly. Interesting airfield and always plenty going on. If you're a new PPL, get yourself over there, most PPL's would have done so already.

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13 Aug 06 - ...... Will - E.Sussex, UK

Shoreham is an enjoyable place to learn to fly, as the airport has lots of history, the airfield can get very busy on weekends, has professional ATC. The Airfield has a hard surface runway 02/20, so this isn't so much of a limitation when planning to fly after a spell of bad weather – not like Redhill!

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19 Jun 06 - Phil Wagstaff - Kingsbury
Went Sunday 18th June 06. Well worth a visit. Very good R.T. Well looked-after field. Good restaurant and 20 min walk to the seaside. Landings now over £16 for a 150 ! Recommended yes, but please - no increase in landing fees.
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6 Mar 06 - Phil Reah - Hailsham, East Sussex
Shoreham's an interesting place; big enough to feel like a "proper" airport, friendly enough to welcome humble microlights. Well, "welcome" as in "if you don't mind the £13 landing fee."

Despite the cost, though, it's fun to visit. If you want to look at the view then it's not so picturesque as some smaller fields, true, but there're plenty of aircraft moving around to keep us entertained over tea.

They seem increasingly keen on yellow jackets. (Something to do with terrorists being allergic to yellow, I gather) but then, as they're so busy at the weekends I'm happy to oblige if it stops me getting run over.

It's also rather fun seeing you "flight" on the arrivals board in the art deco terminal. What could beat that on a sunny afternoon? Oh, yes, the jet behind you calling "...ready for departure after the microlight." Playing with the big boys now; but not paying what they do! ;^)

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2 Feb 06 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Shoreham - did my ppl training out of Shoreham with the Flying Hut a couple of years ago and now operate a share of a PA28 from the airfield. Don't be put off by how busy it can be at weekend. Air Traffic Control are extremely efficient and will keep you out of trouble.

Calling up the ATIS on the way in is a must and the airfield may be operating both Tower and Approach frequencies when busy so listen carefully.

The grass 07 / 25 is only likely to be in use when there is a lot of cross wind on 20 / 02. In my experience 24 out of 25 days it will be 02 / 20. You will most likely get an overhead join at 2000' and descend deadside to the circuit height. There can be a lot going on so its worth getting a clear mental picture of what you are going to do before you get into the ATZ.

Visual references when on 20 LH are to aim for the A27 road tunnels on the downwind leg and then turn towards the cement works chimney for base. 02 is not so easy as you will be out over the channel.

Good restaurants, Transair, and you might be followed in by a Trislander from the Channel Islands or a bizjet!

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15 Apr 05 - Leigh Westwood - Crowborough
I have just completed my IR training with Sky Leisure at Shoreham, and have nothing but praise for the airport and it's staff. ATC have always been outstanding, they are polite and always willing to help. If you are thinking of training from Shoreham, then it will set you up tremendously and prepare you for busy traffic environments. Had I not flown from here during the training, I can honestly say the busy traffic environment would have been very daunting, but ATC will always help and provide that friendly reassurance so don't worry! The facilities are excellent with good food and drink (after flying of course!). Thoroughly recommend a visit.
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11 Apr 05 - Curtis Archer - Petts Wood
Visited Shoreham last week for a cup of tea and a cake. The busy circuit and extremely busy radio traffic seemed daunting as I held at the Brighton Marina VRP but in the event the join and the circuit was pleasant. The tower is an impressively slick operation and they are helpful and expedient. However it took me maybe ten minutes just to make my first call so get your call in early. That was the only tricky bit and after that it was all very enjoyable. Shoreham is a beautiful airfield with its grass well kept and its famous art deco terminal often used for filming period dramas. An interesting array of aeroplanes will be neatly lined up including a two immaculate Chipmunks in thier RAF paint schemes. Take some time to look at the photograghs on the walls and read about the history of the airport as Shoreham has been around since the dawn of aviation it's well documented here. Very close to the sea if you fancy a day on the beach. Don't be put off by the traffic, the tower will take excellent care of you and the cup of tea and cake is pretty good too!
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23 Mar 05 - Andy Tash
Decided to call in to Shoreham after a bite to eat at Lydd. Bit disappointed with the 15 pound landing fee but a nice looking airport with good facilities. It was however worth it when I saw my plane on the arrivals board. Fame at last.
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1 Feb 05 - Richard Champion - Horsham
I'm a Shoreham based C172 pilot. Shoreham is very busy at weekends, but if you have the choice then I suggest Sunday rather than Saturday - Circuits are not permitted on Sundays, so the amount of training traffic tends to be a lot less.

The ATC folks are excellent, providing a very impressive approach service with no radar. It's a great airfield, well worth a visit.

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1 Feb 05 - Nick .
Flew to shoreham from plymouth saturday very busy easy to find and see, lots to see singles twins all in the circuit, NDB/DME approachs being performed and people in the hold. Be very aware, of others and and your position also due to traffic density go rounds common so watch the last stage of flap untill cleared to land, very GA.

hope it does not get closed and made in to expensive houses

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21 Feb 04 - Chris Beddis - Bournemouth
Flew into Shoreham a couple of weeks ago. It was busy with training traffic and the odd twin flying about. It was late afternoon, the Cafe was still open, serving excellent food and drinks. Landing fee (PA28) was fifteen pounds. Staff were friendly and helpfull. Looks like they prefer you to wear Hi-Viz when airside. Def go back soon!
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15 Feb 04 - John Wadham
I flew to Shoreham today (15/2/04). Very friendly and helpful. One tip: I joined directly on right base for 03 from the East. Overhead joins went possible because the cloud base was only 1,600 feet. It's very easy to convince yourself that you just fly along the coast and turn right. In fact you have to fly parallel with the end of the field and then the turn from this approach is very sharp.
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5 Aug 03 - Andrew - UKGA Contributor
Visited Shoreham on 2nd August 2003. Landing fee was £15 for a C172. Very friendly ops. Cafe was fine and nice to sit out and watch the aircraft. Joining procedure for 21 when approaching from the North was to enter the overhead at 2000' turn right towards the sea, descending left hand turn and join the downwind leg abeam the upwind end of the runway at circuit height. When turning base it is a good plan to aim towards the tower/chimney ahead but turn inside when you reach it. Model aircraft are flown on the hill on the left hand side of the aircraft (as seen when flying base leg).
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2 Jul 03 - Andy Williss - Forest Hill, London
Went to Shoreham for the first time and was very impressed by the friendly efficient setup. Lots of aircraft activity and an excellent restuarant all just 15 minutes walk from the beach, well worth a visit.
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