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23 Oct 17 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Visited Sleap on 15 October to take the greyhounds for a walk. We’ve visited many times before and always find it a very charming location, although it can get VERY busy at weekends with aircraft arriving from all directions. The café is excellent and does some of the nicest bacon butties going as well as a lovely Earl Grey tea. My idea of heaven is sitting outside the control tower, overlooking the airfield with a bacon butty, a cup of tea, the smell of newly mown grass, the sight of the Welsh hills in the distance and lots of aircraft (including an Avro Anson on our latest visit) in the circuit – well, does life get better than this?

On previous visits, I’ve been to the Aircraft Recovery Group museum adjacent to the control tower. The museum is incredible and it’s like a ‘Tardis’ inside – so much to see and very well worth a visit. Without a doubt, Sleap is one of my favourite airfields and, being only a 35 minute flight from Blackpool, one that I (and the greyhounds) never tire of visiting.

  • 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: 5
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30 Sep 13 - Alan D Wood - West Lindsey
Sleap airfield is great place to visit but can get very busy at weekends. It is not only the visiting aircraft that are in abundance but also the motor bikes and cars. The café was very busy and inundated with trade. The food looked but did not get a chance to sample it. Congratulations to the ARG museum for the excellent progress made since my last visit to Sleap airfield.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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4 Aug 13 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
2013.08.04 Its a long time since we last visited Sleap and not quite sure why we don't visit more often. usual friendly service and plenty of visitors watching various aircraft coming and going and no doubt savouring the delights of a still very good café. Parking probably a bit tight on a very busy day though. Always a friendly place and not changed a lot over the years. Must visit again soon.
  • 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
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6 Dec 12 - Jonathan Berry - Manchester (Fly from Liverpool)

Flew in to Sleap on a training flight from Liverpool, it is a great place to learn to talk on the radio, a lovely setting and just a generally good airfield.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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28 Feb 12 - Barry Coomer - Crewe, Cheshire.
Very impressed with Sleap. Easy to find, good long runways and very professional RT. Very warm welcome with an incredible variety of good quality food on offer. Will definitely return. Well with a visit.
  • 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
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25 Jul 11 - Mark Frankland - Leeds

Great old school airfield and well worth a visit for the famous chips! Cafe is lovely and all staff gave us a very warm welcome. A little busy through the MATZ and a very keen pair of eyes is needed for the circuit traffic. Genuine great place to visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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7 Mar 11 - Tony Fallows - Northwich

I have been flying from Sleap as a member of the Shropshire Aero Club for the past three years and before that as a member of various clubs in the south east of England for the past thirty years. I have to say that my enthusiasm for flying has been renewed by flying at Sleap, no needless rules, realistic flying currency rules, realistic prices, friendly and approachable staff and members, lovely location, little or no controlled airspace nonsense, the list is endless. It has certainly been quite an eye-opener as to how General Aviation should be rather than how it is particularly in the London area. Long may it continue.

  • 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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6 Mar 11 - Martin Hodgson - Manchester

Flew into Sleap on a fairly spontaneous trip - we'd initially planned Wycombe but decided to remain in the north west as it was a little murky on departure and ended up calling at both Tatenhill and Sleap.

A/G was professional at all times, particularly on departure when it seemed everyone on the apron wanted to leave at once! A friendly welcome from everyone on the ground as well.

However the food was the best bit - full English with tea and toast for less than a fiver, and superb quality to boot, along with a friendly welcome. What more could you need from a Sunday afternoon?!

  • 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
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31 May 09 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Flew into Sleap today to take our aircraft for a 50-hour. Most delighted to discover that since we were using a business on the airfield there was no landing fee -- more airfields could do with adopting that approach! Air/Ground went above and beyond the call of duty helping everyone slot in seamlessly around an aerobatic competition in progress, and directing me all over the airfield in search of the right hangar which I had no clue how o find on my own! Gorgeous cafe, up in the tower with airfields views and lots of people out on the lawn too. Layout of the runways is a little odd, with only the one access -- everywhere else being a bit rough! Wasn't a hurdle though. One for a return visit even without the prod of a aircraft awaiting the engineer!
  • 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
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1 May 09 - Mark Whittle - Whitchurch
The shropshire aero club will be conducting a BBQ on bank holiday monday 4th may, at 1200 onwards to coincide with flour bombing event ALL WELCOME
  • 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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18 Feb 09 - jamie winstanley - crewe
extreamly friendly airfield the food is outstanding well worth visiting.
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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7 Dec 08 - Russell Greaves - Ironbridge
Another positive review for the cafe at Sleap.

To sit here in the warm WWII Control Tower, overlooking the activity out on the apron, with the Welsh & Shropshire hills in the distance, still coated with last night's frost, enjoying superior scrambled eggs and coffee and a friendly welcome after an early morning flight, has to be one of the better ways to spend Sunday morning.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
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20 Sep 08 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Me again back at Sleap ( Friday 19th Sept 08 ) Reason for writing on this airfield again is the friendliness. Arrived at 16.40 and didnt expect to get anything other than a coffee. Spoke to head chef and bottle washer and it was no problem and he positivly went out of his way to make two sandwiches complete with salad. We thanked him for his welcome and he said he opens until 5.00 and that means 5.00 ! Most unlike the usual "we close in half hour, b********r off" So, I just think it is worth letting everyone know. Great place to visit and this week the benefit of some much overdue sunshine. It seems the place gets very busy around lunchtime. I also understand Thursday is a later night but worth checking.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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13 Jul 08 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Sleap again today (Sunday 13th July 08) Another very very enjoyable visit to a smashing little airfied. Really well looked after and probably the friendliest airfield I have visited as a rookie pilot. Great cafe. Spoke to Gordon Ramsey (ish) and he opens daily Mon-Fri 10 - 5-0 and Sat Sun 10-6 He assured us it isnt a cafe that opens one day and then misses a few. He says it is open 7 days a week ! If anyone is looking for a nice little trip out and a nice lunch then do give it a try. I am surprised there are not more reports on this little gem. It will be a regular for us.
  • 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
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17 Mar 08 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Sleap today ( 17th March 08) Great little airfield. (Right hand seat) Lovely welcome and very nice cafe. Excellent value in the cafe and very friendly. Busy and could take a while to get on runway and backtrack if circuit is busy as a previous visitor described. I will certainly be back soon R Chamberlain Bolton (Flying from Blackpool )
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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11 Jun 07 - Martin Lee - N Wales, fly from Chester
I regularly fly into Sleap and I really do feel that it is one of the best around. The food is good, the service freindly and generally you can get an and out without too much hassle - unlike some places. One thing I find is that the A/G controller will actually say thank you for good airmanship (positioning wide behind a student for instance' keeping him well informed of your intentions) - I like that.

One of my personal flying highlights when I was based there was to arrive back at 8pm on a glorious summer evening in the 172 - everyone had gone home so we had a message to 'please lock up'. The sound of the skylarks, the ticking of the engine and the WW2 Control Tower were really very evocative.

Great bacon sarnies too.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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5 Jun 07 - Chas Lister - Winchester
Just been aerobatting at Sleap. A beautiful oasis in the relative tranquility of the borders betwixt England and Wales. ATC brilliant. The small collection of WW2 artefacts were wonderful. And the evning spent camping, while watching lapwings, barn owls and the like was just magical. Well worth making the effort to go to. And the cafe while not licenced is art gallery of some very atmospheric B&W work. Everything you could need on site.
  • 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 May 07 - Fred Handy - Wolverhampton
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • 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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30 Jul 05 - Robert Cronk - Buckingham
Visited Sleap for first time in Jan 05, on a sunny Sunday. No great difficulty getting in (other than being No 2 to someone doing a major cross country for a circuit), but getting out...waited 30 mins at hold, with eventually at least 7 others (incl some who had landed and were holding on the far side of the active!) before being able to backtrack and go (N'ly wind). Main problem was 4 or 5 doing circuits...not sure if that is a standard problem, but was a shame as it spoilt an otherwise excellent visit.
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19 Jun 05 - Nick .
visited Sleap yesturday nice place to sit and watch the world go passed, cafe shut. £7.00 landing fee. A twin spitfire was there when arrived that was interesting to see on the ground and take off and to a fly by.
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21 Dec 04 - Steve Ball - Nottingam (Manc exile)
I have a soft spot for Sleap. I converted my FAA licence to the NPPL here last year, every time I go back I enjoy it. Great people and friendly atmosphere. Jeremy always makes us feel welcome.
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9 Jun 04 - David Jenkins
I have just arrived back after an aerobatics weekend at Sleap. What nice people and great facilities. Food and drink was excellent (It was a Friday and Sat so I'm not sure it is available all week). They helped with a B&B and everything else in a relaxed, how can we help way. Its out in the country but would be great for a day out.

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4 Sep 03 - Ian Lewis - Braintree
Last visit to Sleap was in about 1989, it was a bit tatty then, however 13 Years later I flew back, not knowing what to expect, but i was very surprised. Everything was restored, the old war time control tower has been renovated and now included a super bar and restaurant (which was full), new buildings had been added providing an excellent pilot briefing area and the airfield had new grass parking area which was well kept. Very friendly airfield with lots to offer. Landing fee £7.00 and overnight parking £10.00.
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