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27 Jul 18 - RHOD SHAW - BRIGHTON

I flew into this lovely, friendly airfield where all staff were great. Couldn't fault one single thing from atc to the cafe, all was fantastic. Thank you for a great visit and I'll definiately be flying in there again.

  • 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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28 Feb 18 - Brendan Duggan - Croydon

Flew into Turweston 18th Feb in our Arrow.

Its a breath of fresh air and wonderful to see investment in an airfield rather than a bulldozer and houses.

Brand new tower, lovely restaurant, nice long runway, a delight to fly into, Bravo!!

  • 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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10 Oct 17 - Chris Roche - Wolverhampton

Flew into Turweston on Sunday 8th October with my wife - new airfield in the logbook.

Low cloud so joined downwind at 1000' (which I think everyone was doing). Busy when we arrived, but as soon as we & a couple of others had landed - nothing!

Helpful radio - although level 3/4 on approach to airfield.

Good parking and have to say the "new" tower is impressive.

Cafe was a delight, good chicken subs and drinks. Missed out on the roast beef & trimmings.

Didn't check the briefing facilities or fuel availability.

All in all one to come back to again on a nice summer's day

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 May 17 - Sudhir Marathe - Wellingborough

I first flew into Turweston in December 2014 when there was hardly anyone there and the control tower was in a small portacabin. Very impressive transformation I saw when I flew-in on 18 May. The new building now offers a cafe with good food and a balcony with a full view of the RW and all aircraft movement. A lake and well maintained garden gave a very pleasant atmosphere around the new building. The aerodrome was bustling with many light aircraft coming and going and one doing touch and go's. You have a choice of asphalt or a grass runway, I used the grass to land and asphalt to take off. My Skyranger microlight was the tiniest amongst the light aircraft and a jet flying around there. An altogether enjoyable experience.

  • 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
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1 May 17 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew into Turweston on a windy Sunday nobody else flying so easy joining...primary visit to view the new control tower and Café and the lovely view from the veranda across the lake and whole airfield......worth a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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20 Feb 16 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew in today Saturday 20th of Feb from Elstree via North Weald via Peterbourgh.....wx was a bit iffy....windy, rain, low cloud......but found airfield easy enough.....the new control tower/admin/café block due to open this Spring looks something else!!! Assured landing fee won't increase to cover cost of building!

 

Will come back just to see the new "block" in use with it's viewing balcony over a small lake and rwy 27/09.....this aerodrome is looking forward to a future to remain as an active GA friendly airfield.

 

Recommend 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: 4
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13 Oct 12 - James McCauley - London

Visited on a rather breezy Friday afternoon and have to say this is a good place. Excellent long runway and the offset approach to 27 was just a case of lining up with 24 at Silverstone. Some interesting aircraft in the hangers. Very reasonable landing fee too!

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Jun 12 - David Russell - EGSF
Visited Turweston today for the first time. Great airfield, easy to find, unusual circuit pattern so have a look at their web site. PPR by phone during the week and a weekends a slot needs to be booked in advance. £10 landing fee for my 152 and the cafe opens at midday. Was told on arrival that I could have a look around the hangars as the location has some very interesting types. Well worth a visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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29 May 12 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Dropped into Turweston for fuel on Tuesday 29th May 2012 in a C172, G-ROLY on the way back from The Isle of Wight en-route to Netherthorpe. Phoned up and got PPR, was told the hard runway was out of action so we would need to use the grass. Joined downwind for 27 avoiding Hinton In The Hedges by flying a little further north first. No problem with the grss runway and it was quite smooth. The airfield had quite a few aircraft parked but not many people around. Had a nosy around and a toilet stop while getting G-ROLY refuelled at £2.11 a litre for AVGAS, (The new stuff also available). We were told that AVGAS will we dropping in price in the next few days. We had 140 litres delivered which took it to its absolute max. Friendly service and the tarmac runway was due to be finished by Saturday whichwill be the 2nd June 2012. Nice views of Silverstone on approach too. Would like to revisit with a bit more time to spare.
  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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10 Dec 11 - Chris Townley - Cambridge
Popped in last Sunday from Bourn (helped by the offer of a free landing) We had failed to get in the previous Sunday due to low sun down the runway, making lining up on the offset approach difficult, but being earlier helped. Excellent A/G service, great runway and a friendly welcome. Didnt manage to try the Cafe due to time pressure. Will visit again
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16 May 11 - Robert Turner - Newark
I reviewed this airport in 2008, saying it appeared to have declined in comparison to previous visits, when it had been very impressive. Visited again recently from Nottingham and think it only fair to put the record straight. Top marks! Friendly, welcoming, helpful tower. Spotless, friendly, well priced service in the cafe. Great sitting area out in the sun and a relaxed, interesting wander around. I take back the negative comments and apologise. Many thanks, see you again! Rob Turner
  • 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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4 May 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Turweston on 1 May as a round trip: Wycombe – Hinton in the Hedges – Wycombe, whilst awaiting the return of passengers left for the afternoon at Wycombe. Been past it several times (routing DTY – WCO takes you between Silverstone and Turweston), and always found them friendly on the RT. I found that the friendliness extended to the whole operation – Radio, reception and café. Easy to find and with a very nice outside seating area (on a disused runway where we parked the aircraft), it was one of those days when you could have just stayed chatting away all day, sat in the sun and watching aircraft. Not a huge amount happening on the day of our visit, (although I could see that it would be bursting with activity a lot of the time), but it was such a lovely airfield, I’m sure that I will visit again. Another great airfield which deserves support.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Jan 10 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I flew into Turweston on Sunday 17th Jan with friends in five aircraft, the field had been closed until Saturday because of the snow. As mentioned previously the offset final is a little strange, but did not cause any problems. They had, had a burst water pipe in the cafe, but the staff did an absolutely brilliant job for the thirteen people that descended on them all at once, the bacon & sausage baps were great and they managed to keep the tea & coffee coming despite have to get water from another part of the airfield. Some nice aircraft in the hangers to look at as well as a hanger full of Cirrus SR20/22's. Well worth a visit, would go again.
  • 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
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27 Oct 09 - Matthew Brown - Birmingham
Nice airfield to fly into, ofset runway makes a nice challenge for the pilot.

Noise abatement is very strange for new visiting pilots. Cafe has a poor range of opening times, and the main thing I wanted to do when I got out after landing, was go flying!

Good drop in for a refreshment break, but wont visit again for a while unless there is an event on

  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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5 Oct 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Visited Turweston again on Sunday afternoon, a very GA friendly airfield, dispite exceptional flying conditions with far reaching visability the airfield was realatively quite. The Cafe produced a harty tuna sandwich and a monster bacon bap coupled with a mug of tea, what better what better way to spend a Sunday lunch time , Landing fees are still £12, wish all small airfiled were as frendly as this, nice one Turweston.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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2 Jun 09 - neil maxwell - bovingdon
Used to visit a lot by car, and since gaining PPL have talked to Turweston radio on many occasions when heading north from Halton. Always friendly and helpful. Bacon sandwich and cup of tea excellent. Would recommend it.
  • 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
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4 May 09 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Called into Turweston on Saturday for the first time, It was a lovely sunny afternoon, I found the field pretty easy to find as long as you dont mistake it for Finmere. The tower was very helpful and contray to other comments made below I found the Cafe reasonable, and every once very frendly and laid back, we settle for the breakfast in a bun type thing which was ok. Landing fees for a PA28 12 quid.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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2 Nov 08 - Edwin Towndrow - Turweston EGBT
Re: Robert Turner review.  Hi Robert, I do hope you will come back and visit us again at Turweston. I feel you just caught us out at a slightly difficult time. The new facilities were still in progress of updating and the Cafe under pressure with obtaining and installation of the new kitchen equipment at the same time as trying to provide the normally excellent service as usual.

Turweston has always been a very friendly place to visit and we are always their to help if needed. As to the A/G radio, sometimes even Chris in the Tower needs to take a comfort break or refuel when volunteers like myself aren't available.

Hope to see you soon.

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2 Nov 08 - Robert Turner - Newark
I've been into Turweston 4 or 5 times in the past and always rated it well. Easy to find via Silverstone race track with DTY nearby. If you align yourself with R24 at Silverstone and continue that heading, it aligns you beautifully for the cranked approach to R27 at Turweston. Always recommended it as friendly, interesting, smart little airfield.

Having not been there for a couple of years I dropped in a couple of weeks ago on a Friday afternoon and was pretty disappointed. The facilities have improved by way of a shiney new double-stack portacabin ATC upstairs - canteen downstairs but the warm welcome seems to have disapeared. The lady in the canteen appeared 'sultry' at best and I'm afraid the food and coffee was along the same lines.

Despite there being plenty of movements we never got an A/G service coming in, so it was pretty novel to be calling "traffic ...", was surprised on leaving to be getting take off instructions/clearance too.

The flying was good but the overall feeling over a glass of wine that night was .... they just weren't making the effort ... shame really ... I won't give up on it just yet, maybe it was just a bad day.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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23 Jun 08 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Turweston on 12th June ( I did post a review but it got lost in cyberspace) Great little airfield. Go kart track on approach to runway 09 makes it look shorter than it is. Very near to Silverstone. Visitors should check the website to see the circuit pattern and areas to be avoided. Great toasted sandwiches in nice little cafe. Good friendly and helpful radio. Will visit again
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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6 Aug 07 - Richard Travis - Hove
Dropped in (PPR) from Shoreham to a very warm welcome. Approaching from the south can be confusing with all the avoidance areas but followed useful advice from the tower to aim for Silverstone race track and follow R24 to intercept R27 short final. Very affable man in the tower, and after a great bacon butty we were invited to look around the hangers and workshops - some very impressive machines and paint jobs. Topped up with 60 litres and saved the £10 landing fee. A great day.
  • 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 Aug 07 - Fillipo Barchetta - Milan
Unusual pattern as problems with "noise abatement" its a shame the CA A dont allow or insist silencers fitted would stop the neighbours conplaining .. anyway nice field friendly people nice food and very pretty waitress!!
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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6 Aug 07 - Fillipo Barchetta - Milan
Unusual pattern as problems with "noise abatement" its a shame the CA A dont allow or insist silencers fitted would stop the neighbours conplaining .. anyway nice field friendly people nice food and very pretty waitress!!
  • 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: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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2 Feb 07 - Mike Magnus-Hannaford - Kingston
Flew into Turweston today and parked up next to a couple of swans who weren't particularly put of by the presence of my aircraft. Found the FISO to be a very helpful chap but unfortunately found the restaraunt/portacabin with a kitchen to be a "Local place for local people", and took a while for the bird running the place to acknowledge me and the Mrs, but once served found the quaility of food to be good.

I wouldnt bother spending the money it costs to rent an aircraft to fly there again, but there again I wouldn't have known that had I not gone, you pays your money, you takes your choice.

Safe flying chaps and chapettes.

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29 Jan 07 - Ken Buchanan - London
Flew to Turweston yesterday.

Like others I would say that they are very friendly. Although they have a grass taxiway it was too boggy to use but on landing and departure they told me what to do long before I had to ask. Also helpful about where to park which is always a bonus. Time prevented a refreshment stop but the fry-ups did look tempting.

As my first solo trip to an AD I hadn't been to before (recently qualified) the noise abatement scared me a bit. I would recommend noting the Y junction in the road to the North which allows you to place yourself sort of in the right place. The offset final was a bit scary too - although I tried to see the infamous farmhouse on Google Earth I couldn't work out which one is was but on base leg it becomes quite obvious.

Still 10 quid (for single at least).

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19 Aug 06 - Alex Berry - Bayswater
I based my Yak 18T at Turweston for a while and found everyone to be most helpful, understanding and patient. The atmosphere seems a little hampered by local non-aviation friendly complainers; it could do with a bit of spicing up on the average day.

In my view, it's a pleasant pit stop if the cafe is open and an event is on; only by necessity if not. The spirit of aviation lives strong in some of the people there.

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27 Jun 06 - Nick .
called in to collect a PX, very close to silverstone race track, narrow ish run way but more than wide enough. not sure what the landing fee was as px paid and we left easy to find and air ground there. Runway 09/27 lots of stuff on the other runways and on the sends of the actives etc.
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7 Jun 06 - Phil Tee
So I visited Turweston for the first time last weekend, and I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. What I saw was an airfield with very little by way of facilities, and not really even anywhere to sit and watch the traffic in comfort (a la Connington, Andrewsfield, Sandown etc etc).

Sadly the cafe was closed, which I understand is very good; but outside of that there really wasn't anything to do or see there. If you've ever done any flying in the US/Europe you would find Turweston very bleak indeed.

Like another poster the narrowness of the runway also caught me out, as did the upslope on 27, which contributed to a particularly inelegant landing... so be careful!

Having held my license for a few years now, my favourite moan is the parlous state of UK airfields compared to US/Europe, largely the fault of public attitudes to aviation in the UK.

Are we next after the ban on foc hunting?

Phil

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9 Feb 06 - Paul Coote - Weybridge
A genuine friendly welcome on each occasion that we visit with an excellent cafe serving all sorts of hot, cold and home-made food. We return time and time again.
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23 Jan 06 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
Just a quick update on the absolute necessity for telephone PPR at Turweston. This has been forced on them by the local authority restricting the number of movements. I was in the Tower on 21/1 when a guy from White Waltham called for traffic info. He hadn't phoned first and they had maxed out on the number of permitted visitors so he was refused (very reluctantly) landing. It is a great shame as it's a very nice place to visit and they give you a free landing for a 60 litre fuel uplift. The cafe is still inexpensive and good value. They need and value your supprt.
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Visited Turweston on Friday 18 Nov. very nice airfield with lots of aircraft.

Breakfast at £4.50 was huge and very nice.

Very friendly place.

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13 Mar 04 - Shaun Pryde - Exeter
Used to go on this airfield as a young person on my monkey bike when I lived in Brackley.Moved to Devon In my 20's.Now with my PPL in hand late summer 2003 this was one of the first airfields I had to visit.Firstly I notced it has changed a great deal from when I was 10,secondly I wasn't chased away.(by Albert)Quite the opposite in fact.

I uploaded more than 60 litres of fuel so my landing fee was wavered.and the fuel is quite a bit cheaper than my home airport (Exeter)so all was good there. quite a large number of my family was there to greet me and nobody minded that. Nice little tea shop.Very helpful on the planning for the return journey home.weather and wind etc.so all in all a pleasure to visit.in fact I returned the following week. and will do alot more in the future.

The only thing that court me out was the runway being quite narrow crosswind landings can be tricky also I felt I was higher than I was on approach so a little look now and again at one of those clocks and you will be fine. also hinton-in-the-hedges about 5 miles to the south-west where there is constant parachute activity especially at weekends.

Safe Flying Folks

Shaun, Devon
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7 Aug 03 - Kelvin Denize - ESKT (was EGTR)
To the north east of Turweston is Silverstone...really easy to find. From it finding the airport is a doddle. Overhead joins are required here with the south side apparently the dead side (check...do not take my word for it). The approch on 27 (I think) has some sort of car rally track which I found made the approch rather difficult as I got the impression the runway was longer than it is.

The FISO was happy enough, took my £8 landing fee for a cessna 172 and allowed a overfly to help my training in overhead joins.

Nice little coffee shop selling a small selection of snacky things all at a good price.

The aerodrome has a web page, just type turweston into google and follow the link.
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