Pilot reviews of Waterford Airport
10 Dec 15 - Richard Jolly - Aldridge
10 Jul 13 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
|“||We flew to Waterford on Sunday 23rd June from Blackpool to take the greyhounds for a short holiday. We also flew from there to the three Aran Island airfields on 26th June. (Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore: more about these later when they are entered on the airfield database). The wind was a rather character building 17G32kts across the runway, but we arrived in a quiet moment without too much drama. The flight from Blackpool was not too bad with a 25kt tailwind across a lot of water. NB – you need 24hr PPR by e-mail, (including GAR form) if flying from outside Ireland, plus a filed flight-plan. Internal flights just needed the flight-plan.
Waterford Airport is one of the several mid-sized regional airports across Ireland, but unlike some which close at 17.00 local, it is open until quite late, (21.00 local) and has fuel available throughout the opening hours. The facilities are what you would expect from such an airfield: good runways, great ATC and professional service. We were parked about 200 yards from the terminal, but managed to get a trolley which we eventually took right through to our hire car, so it was very easy to move our gear, (it was a 2 week holiday between Ireland and the Channel Islands). The café was closed when we used the airport, but vending machines were available.
Formalities inbound were few, although outbound we (and the greyhounds!) had to go though the security scanners, although they waived the 100ml fluid limits as we were aircrew (or dogs!)
Landing fee was Euro 30 for an international flight, but only Euro 15 when we returned from the Aran Islands. Parking was Euro 24/night for the initial 5 nights we planned, but I was only charged Euro 15 when we extended an extra night. (No, I don’t know why either). Fuel was Euro 2.48/l + 23% VAT when we were inbound from the UK, but Euro 2.48/l with NO VAT outbound as we flew directly to Jersey which is not an EU country. On both refuels we lifted 83 litres and the price difference was significant. (Well, 23% to be exact!)
Ireland is a wonderful country to visit and fly in and UK PPLs will have no trouble as the airspace differences are minor and handled without any fuss. (But brush up beforehand – the VFR guides and Irish CAA web site have everything you need to know). The main thing to remember is that you must file a flight plan if you plan to fly through controlled airspace, (and Waterford is in a CTR). I got a log-in as an AFTN terminal a couple of years ago but hadn’t used it. Once I had reset my expired password, (done in 2 minutes on the phone), it was childishly easy to use. So easy in fact, that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t missed anything.
I arranged a hire car at the airport before we arrived and paid around Euro 25/day for a Nissan Qashqai. When we extended for a day, (due fog at Jersey), we extended easily pro-rata. The Waterford Travelodge was only Euro 35/day and I was impressed – great room, quiet and well furnished with friendly staff: AND dogs no problem.
Finally, if, like me, you like the odd cake, go to the “People’s Park” café in Waterford. We had breakfast there every day……! All in all, Waterford is a great destination and one we will go back to, I’m sure.
6 Aug 10 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
|“||I flew into Waterford at the end of June, (airfield only just added to database) and what a gem. Like the Channel Islands Ireland can look a little challenging, but nothing is further from the truth, contact Shannon at the FIR boundry, they clear you all the way to ten miles to run and then pass you over to Waterford, ATC was great, after landing I was asked if I required fuel, having given an "affirm" the bowser was was just behind the marshaller who saw us parked up, chocked, and fuelled up before we had our overnight bags out of the plane. Fuel, landing fee and overnight parking was very reasonable. After a nice stayover, departure was just as easy.
Highly reccomended. |
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