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4 Sep 15 - Mike Lewis - Newbury

26 AUG 15 - Mid-week flight into Swansea from Thruxton in G-CGVC

Called to PPR, very friendly and was on my way. Tracked over BCN with a Basic Service from Cardiff Approach (who were excellent) and then down into Swansea. Swansea A/G service were very good too.

Airfield is large and easy to find. Runway good but the apron is in need of some TLC, as are the facilities.

Airfield was pretty much empty, Skydive Swansea were not operating that day so only a handful of people using the facilities.

Landing fee is now £18 (incl VAT) which I think is a little expensive given the facilities or lack thereof. Compared to Lydd £21 (incl VAT) for example. Maybe lowering the prices a little would attract more landings, the scenery in the area is beautiful and I am sure the airfield economy would benefit.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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24 Aug 13 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Visited Swansea (EGFH) on 22/08/2013 as part of a CPL QXC from Netherthorpe (EGNF) and Haverfordwest (EGFE). Aircraft was a C172, G-ROLY based at Netherthorpe and Lyndon Sandie was PIC. Routing from Haverfordwest was via Pembroke Dock and St Clears. The airfield was easy to spot and was pretty busy with traffic but an excellent radio service was provided by Swansea radio. The runway in use was 10 which is the shorter of the two but still ample for GA traffic. Both runways are in excellent condition. The actual airfield is large and it is a shame not to see it used as a commercial operation anymore. Lunch was excellent value in the on site restaurant which seemed popular with the locals and children plane spotting too. Lovely weather meant lunch was served outside. Our routing back to Netherthorpe took us out over Mumbles and back into the overhead before heading for Tycroes for a house photo opportunity. Would definitively visit Swansea again, some lovely flying to be had in this part of the UK.
  • 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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25 May 13 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Finnly made the trip over to Swansea form Sussex and was worth the effort. Easy to find, runways in good condition, routed just north of Cardiff airspace and got a Basic service from Cardiff Approach without difficulty Swansea is a big airfield but easy enough to find your way around. lots of activity including parachuting when we were there (weekend) so no overhead joins allowed. £8 landing fee is good value. food was OK. good value but a limited menu
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 May 13 - Andy Taylor - London
Flew to Swansea in my PA28 on Bank Holiday Monday. The airfield was extremely busy with a wide range of aircraft, plus the resident parachuting. Swansea Radio did a first class job keeping on top of everything, even though both runways were in use, as well as keeping tabs on all the ground movements on the fairly large apron. It was great to visit an airfield with so much activity. It is very professionally run, with clear signage everywhere and controlled access to airside via an intercom with the tower. I received a warm welcome despite everyone being busy, and the airfield café has to be the best value in the country with its all day breakfast for £3.95. It's open Weds-Sun. Getting there and away was very easy with a first class service from Cardiff Radar. Since it was a clear day I routed via the Severn Bridge and Brecon VOR which gave great views. Pilots are requested to call the tower before startup. Runway 10/28 has marked undulations but the surface is good. The apron is on a considerable slope, and whilst there were plenty of chocks laying around, it would be a good idea to take your own just in case.
  • 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 Nov 12 - phil garvey - Woking
I have now flown in to Swansea on 4 Occasions in my C172. Always very helpful and a great "local Airport". A few pointers for those approaching from Bristol Direction and the M4 Bridge. While the Taff Ely windfarm is the most direct route be very careful unless you have a cloudless sky. It is very easy to loose VMC and the ground comes up as quick as the clouds come down. For an extra 5 minutes you can turn south over the bridge and follow the coast to Cardiff. Routing overhead gives you an extra 1000 clearance over the ground. Cardiff radar have always been very helpful in giving clearance. Make sure you get PPR by phone as most weekends the parachuting is active. £24 for landing and 1 night stay
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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23 May 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Swansea from Blackpool on Saturday 12 May after having to cancel more flights due to weather than I can remember for a long time. I’ve been to Swansea on a number of occasions over the years and, although the scheduled flights are gone, it remains a lovely airfield with a very decent café with outside and inside seating areas and a pretty reasonable selection of food and drinks. Landing fee was pretty reasonable, at £10 (I think) for a DR400. The reception was friendly and helpful from the radio operator to the refuellers who brought along chocks for parking, (which is on quite a slope!) The only other comment I have is that the runways are somewhat “undulating” and you may get seasick before you eventually rotate, but they are at least well surfaced.
  • 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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2 Oct 11 - Keith Parker - Surrey
First visit to Swansea, and a pleasent supprise, a very warm welcome from everyone, the airfield was buzzing, ATC gliding and loads people waiting to jump out of aeroplanes. The Cafe had a very varied menu at reasonable costs, landing fee was £14 for a PA 28. Although it took us nearly 2 hours to get there the trip was well worth it, taking in the Cotswolds,Severn Bridges, Brecon Beacons and the mumbles, it made a nice change to go further a field,great trip, nice GA atmosphere and the Wx was excellent for once as well.
  • 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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17 Sep 09 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Called at Swansea for fuel on route from Scilly Isles. Good reception from Radio and straight in on RW04 Good surface and good parking. Fuel cost ok and cafe good and friendly. Great views on way in and overall a great stop and we have it on a plan to visit again for a day to see the local area.
  • 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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23 May 09 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
Been wanting to go to Swansea for a long time. I made it there today. Some great scenery approaching from the east, ans some lovely coastlne south and west of Swansea Airport. Runways are interesting, decent condition, but up and down due to terrain. Staff seem friendly, nice Cafe. Plenty to look at, busy parachute club, Citation Jet landed whilst I was there, picked up passengers and left again. I'll be back here, next time to spend the day, and visit the local coastline.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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30 May 07 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Good cafe with excellent all day breakfast and excellent cake (& large slices of it!) Friendly A/G and a selection of runways all of which are less-than flat due to the terrain but are in decent condition.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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5 Feb 07 - Matthew Alsop - Torquay. ex-PPL. Flew from Plymouth 2005 to 2010.
Visited Swansea on 4th Feb 07 from Plymouth. A fantastic GA friendly airfield set in stunning scenery. Very easy to find as there is an NDB and DME at the airfield. Excellent A/G radio service at the airfield and also an excellent Flight Information Service provided by Cardiff. Landing fee was £12 for a PA38 Tomahawk. The all day breakfast is highly recommended at about £3.50. Excellent facilities in general. There was parachuting in progress on the north edge of the airfield on the day we visited and no overhead joins were allowed. There seems to be a new and busy parachuting club at the airport so check before you fly in.
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27 Jul 06 - Mervyn Hill - Teignmouth
Sunday 23 July 2006 - Very GA Friendly

Our visit from Exeter; clear & welcoming radio for an overhead join; helpful & efficient refuellers + good price; good catering & toilet facilities; overall very good & well worth a visit!

PS: Wonderful scenery

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3 Oct 05 - Rod Jenkins - Congresbury
THE SITE AT SWANSEA AIRPORT NOT ONLY HAS MAGNIFICENT SCENERY, AROUND SWANSEA BAY,THE GOWER PENINISULA, 3 CLIFFS BAY, WORMS HEAD AND ROSSILLI, BUT HAS EXCELLENT FLIGHT TRAINING CAPABILITIES, AND BEING LOCATED CLOSE TO THE COAST, OFFERS SMOOTH FLYING CONDITIONS, ACCOMODATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE AREA TO SUIT ALL BUGETS , AN AIRPORT WELL WORTH A VISIT
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15 Sep 05 - Nick .
i fly from swansea my self and find the state of the place rather sad since air wales pulled out. opening times are 0900 to 1730 local. with out exception. No cafe or drinks facility what so ever expensive fuel and and landing parking and hangerage that just dont fit the facillities offered.

Air Ground only

The staff are lovely and help full but very demotivated by the upper management attitude such a shame.

There are several flying clubs there fixed wing, flexi wing and rotary wing all very good.

There is a toilet and four runway directions and some interesting planes there (but a lot have left due to prices rising quicker then Ron Jerremy on viagra). and some lovely ares to fly over and beautiful beaches of mumbles and the gower coast.

still come but don't expect much and you want be upset.

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7 Jul 05 - Trev
Visited Swansea on May 8th, in the company of another three Microlights. Great ATC and friendly staff, shame about the 11 quid landing fee ! Have written to the MD on this matter but have received no reply. Great location, stunning scenery.
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30 Nov 04 - Carl Darby - Pontypridd
Absolutely right about ATC - very friendly and helpful. Did the first leg of Qualifying Cross Country there. The fact that I couldn't finish the next leg due to weather deterioration, and had to turn back, is neither here nor there!!! At least I'll get to Swansea again on the next attempt next week!
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29 Nov 04 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Stunning location slap in the centre of the Gower peninsular and blessed with very friendly, helpful ATC--an enormous boon to a slightly boggled student temporarily relocated from even more isolated parts.

There's usually at least a few of the air cadets motor-gliders tootling around the circuit and the air ambulance lives here and can arrive and depart quite suddenly too, so watch out for them as well as the scenery.

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