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11 Dec 17 - Graeme Craven - Sevenoaks

A December visit before the end of the 2017 flying season was in order. PPR obtained on a Saturday for a right hand circuit for 25. Was asked to descend to 1,500 ft AGL on the crosswind leg (keeping above the helicopter activity operating on the south west side of the airfield) before going into the circuit. Plenty of hard parking on the main apron (Having landed & run to the end of 25 : turn left). Fuel located at the far left side of the main apron toward the perimeter (racing) track i.e. SW corner of the airfield beyond the parked aircraft. On track days the airfield is closed to aviation. For 2018 provisional racing dates are : 19-20 May; 2-3 June; 7-8 July; 3-5 Aug; 18-19 Aug & 1-2 Sept. There is no deadside at Thruxton as ATC reminded us and as the Western Air website mentions. No too busy although other aircraft were making downwind joins. Local pilots and ATC did a nice job of helping with separation and we were even able to backtrack on the main runway rather than using the grass taxiway. The Jackaroo cafe is good for a full English (located at the base of the control tower) accessed from the parking via a brown rusty gate and a tunnel going under the motor racing circuit. £ 12 for an SEP and a very warm welcome. Nice place.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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5 Sep 15 - Mike Lewis - Newbury

Great instructors/staff at Western Air that have taken me through my PPL, Night and IRR(A).

Thruxton A/G is always excellent and don't be put off by it being in and under the Boscombe MATZ, this can be negotiated with ease on 126.7 by very professional LARS staff. When LARS is closed at weekends, simply try a call from outside the MATZ if you get no response the switch to Thruxton A/G 130.450 for instructions.

Landing fees are reasonable, restaurant is a little expensive but everything is fresh and cooked to order.

If you're renting then there is a mix of Warriors, including EFIS and an EFIS Archer, together with a Decathlon for aerobatics :)

  • 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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3 Mar 13 - Andrew Green - Taunton
Interesting approach to this airfield being inside the boscome down matz but they were very helpfull . Dont turn up after 1530 beacause the cafe is closed !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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4 Sep 11 - Matthew Kitson - Exeter
Just completed my MEP rating at Thruxton. Very nice airfield with good facilities. Great instructors at the flying school who got me through in min time. Well worth a visit!
  • 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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30 Aug 10 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Visited Thruxton today - easier than usual as the MATZ was closed, normally have to call Boscombe prior to entering the zone. Grass runway was in excellent condition, bacon baggette was even better! 2 runway options was welcome given the gusy wind - arrived on 31 departed on 07 Picked up fuel so half price landing fee (£5). Really easy to spot on the way in with the race track around the perimeter. Worth a visit
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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21 Apr 10 - dave pharoah - poole
Visited Thruxton yesterday from Bournemouth and was suprised how busy the GA scene was there.The A/G was very good and a reasonable landing fee, £10. I landed on the grass runway R31 and it was really smooth just like the coffee. Definately worth a visit if you haven't already been.
  • 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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2 Nov 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Flew from Fairoaks to Thruxton on Saturday, after a very cloudy, misty start the WX cleared from the west, so we headed to Thruxton, Farnbrough Radar all the way until we called Thruxton, A/G very frendly and helpful, and the cafe was excellent. We sat outside taking in the sun and drinking the local coffee, very civilised. Thankyou and well done Thruxton at £9.99 ( yes £9.99) landing fees it a real GA bargin Not many reviews but well worth a visit, give it a try.
  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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17 Feb 08 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Flew down to Thruxton a couple of weeks ago from Fairoaks, really easy to find, and ATC were really friendly. Dispite our visit on a sunny Saturday the field was fairly quite and laid back. Found the landing fee's a bit high, £10 for a 150. Apart from that a nice place to visit. Oh suggest you phone as the race circuit could be active which will effect aircraft movements.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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10 Apr 07 - Michael Kenny - Salisbury
Thruxton (EGHO) is my home field so I may be biased but I love it! Be courteous to Thruxton Radio and they're always helpful and welcoming (with clear information) and its easy to find - just off the A303 (but be careful with Boscombe Down MATZ although Boscombe Radar is much more helpful than it needs to be). Circuit height varies according to MATZ activity so best to check.

All the Thruxton staff are comfortably laid back yet know their airfield better than most. If you're coming in from the east on auite day they'll frequently offer a straight in approach before you've even considered it! That's service!

There's a good and popular restaurant under the booking office which is reasonably priced and the food is just what hungry aviators want.

As its surrounded by a racetrack don't go there when the cars are trying to fly - the airfield will be closed - best to phone for details first. (Doesn't happen too often.)

I like the place - tell us what you think!

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13 Dec 06 - Piers Covill - EGHO Thruxton
I fly out of Thruxton regularly. I find it a friendly place with excellent facilities - especially the cafe! It is a busy training airfield (www.westernairthruxton.co.uk) and the circuit can get busy and mid week, an active Boscombe zone adds to the load, so it is worth being prepared with frequencies and an approach plan and understanding of the arrival procedures before you set off.
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15 Jul 05 - Phil Reah - Hailsham, East Sussex
Thruxton is a friendly enough place if you already have all the information you'll need. But if you don't, the staff aren't too polite.

Their AIP doesn't mention that they don't like microlights, nor do they when you phone for PPR. And despite having the AIP in front of me when I phoned the chap said I "clearly hadn't bothered reading it" 'cos I didn't know an arrival procedure which isn't actually in there...

All in all a place to miss. Go to Compton Abbas; far nicer and cheaper tea.

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28 Feb 05 - Graham Stokes - Hullavington
Visited Thruxton this afternoon. Very friendly. Nice quick service for both food & fuel.
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27 Jan 05 - smorley - Staines
Recent change of management at caff there. Very friendly service, food good basic cooking.
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24 Mar 04 - alastair murdoch - reading
Thruxton is a very nice little airfield. It is situated in the centre of the race circuit and has a tarmac and a grass runway. The flying club there is called Western Air and has very reasonably priced aircraft for rental. When i was there it was 90 pph for a t67m and just over 80 for the c. They also have a number of other a/c including archer and a super cub. The restaurant does nice food at a moderate price and you can spend your time on the ground watching the race cars go round.
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