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23 Jul 18 - Lewis Gallagher - Stockport

Lovely airfield with amazing picturesque views on the way. Lovely staff and helpful Radio communications. Cafe looked amazing, only problem is they only take cash at the moment and i didn't have any on the day. Is on my list to re-visit 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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23 Dec 14 - Andrew Torkington - Manchester

I flew to Welshpool from City Airport Manchester (Barton) with a friend and out two lads aged 6 and 7.

Lovely scenic flight and arrival into what was a lovely runway with helpful staff.

The airfiled is definitely under used but so glad we visited as we had a great time and were made to feel very welcome.

The lady who operated the A/G also took out reasonable landing fee and made the coffee!

Facilities are limited but adequate and so much more than just a tick in the book of airfields I wanted to visit.

I will lost definitely visit again.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • 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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23 Aug 14 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew into Welshpool today en-route from Caernarfon to Elstree.....another friendly little airfield good standard of runway and facilities offered. Apart from two/three other visitors at time of our arrival not a lot of action again I feel another under used airfield but worth a visit even if just to say "have been there".....and it's only a short hop to/from Snowdon.....

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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18 Jun 14 - Carl Finch - Kemble

Visited EGCW yesterday (17 Jun 14) from EGBP.

Lovely day for it with some great views all around.

Once on the ground we were welcomed by the friendly A/G and was shown to the canteen. Self service tea and a machine for crisps etc.

Hopefully my scores are not too harsh.

3 for food and drink as it was all self service.

3 for the landing fee - £12 is too much when things are self service.

Will visit again on a weekend to see what the atmosphere is like.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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26 May 13 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Good trip to Welshpool today (26.05.12) nice weather for a change so great views on route. Sky was cloudless once at the airfield so the approach was superb. Great reception starting with very friendly radio help. We had the self service tea and a walk towards the town 2 miles away. We actually stumbled across the local garden centre (15 minute walk) and coudnt resist the giant roast beef lunch. The stroll back was needed after the lunch. If anyone is walking into the town turn left out of the Airfield (the road from the airfield has no walkway)and straight on at the roundabout (good footpath after the roundabout) Great place to visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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19 Nov 12 - Andy Taylor - London
Flew to Welshpool from Thruxton on a bright sunny autumn Sunday. Very friendly briefing with PPR, free landing with 50L Avgas, nice airfield all round. The airfield is relatively close to the town, about 2 miles. All that is lacking is a good restaurant. They only serve burgers and chips (they're very nice though!) between 13:00 and 15:00 and just on weekends. Hot drinks are from a vending machine which charges £1 and will only accept 50p coins. Be sure to take some change with you! Do not get lower than the 1500' circuit height on the Rwy 22 downwind leg. There are steep hills with a very pointy mast on top.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • 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 Feb 12 - Barry Coomer - Crewe, Cheshire.
Visited Welshpool on Thursday 2nd Feb 2012. Weather was shocking - but wasn't forecast to be ! Anyway, found Welshpool easily enough. 1500 foot circuit height takes some getting used to. Lovely place, very scenic. Very warm welcome, professional RT. Well worth a visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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22 Oct 11 - John Towsey - Sandton

Dropped in at the airfield by car. I was interested in seeing the facilities, runway and so on as I am considering relocating to this part of the world. Found a couple of people in the office. I got the impression I was the dirty smell for the day for even asking a question. Anyway I was advised in short order that there was no hangarage available and left feeling that I was certainly not welcome in interrupting whatever they may have been doing. Not what one expects between aviation people.

  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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27 Aug 11 - Andy Taylor - London
I telephoned Welshpool for PPR on the morning of 25th August, having arranged to fly some stuff there from Thruxton in connection with my business. I was told in short order that they were not accepting any arrivals after 11am. I protested that nothing was NOTAMed, but they were intransigent. Had to re-arrange everything via Shobdon which was very inconvenient for all concerned. I have read other reviews for Welshpool which are mostly outstanding, so I'll put this down to a one-off. However, things like this do make one think twice before considering using an airfield again.
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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17 Jun 10 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

Visited Welshpool on the 15th June 2010, flying in from Netherthorpe. Easy to find and Shawbury LARS offered a great service en route.

Did not get a response on initial call from A/G and the second call another pilot replied with QFE.

Easy enoughto find from the east, its over the big hill :)

Downwind was close in and at 1500feet due to high ground, final was longer than usual but offered no problems for landing on 04.

Very quiet when we arrived, (tuesday) and £10 landing fee was paid. Not the most welcoming arrival really and no food on as it is only available at the weekend. The airfield seems in great condition and the runway is excellent. Has lots more potential in my opinion.

Not a great deal to do so left earlier than planned.

Would visit again as maybe a stop off en route to Haverfordwest.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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4 May 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Welshpool on Monday 3 May from Blackpool to take our greyhounds for a walk along the Montgomery canal. I’ve visited several times over the years, but I’d forgotten just what a lovely airfield this is. A wonderful location (requiring a 1,500’ circuit to avoid the hills), superb (and recently extended) runway, avgas, a self-serve café and very friendly and helpful staff. Knowing that the café would be self-service (lovely home-made cakes though!), we took a picnic. The wind was cold and blowing right across the outside seating area, so we asked if we could move some chairs into the lee of the building and the staff could not have been more accommodating. We had also asked permission to depart after normal closing time, and they were happy to let us depart at any time before dark. For those who like to mix other leisure pursuits with flying, the walk to the Montgomery canal was only 10 minutes and from there, you could go to Chirk Castle (National Trust) or into Welshpool itself which we did. Less than an hours walk, and then we went up to the Welshpool and Llanfair railway – 10minutes walk through the town. All in all, a lovely location to drop into or to use as a base for a day out – made even better by friendly staff and a well equipped airfield.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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12 Sep 09 - David Houliston - Southbourne, West Sussex
I hired GBFZU Cessna 152 for two cross country flights on two separate dates after a short check ride.

The staff were extremely helpful. The circuit is 1500 feet. Approach to Runway 22 one has to be careful of wind sheer over the river and the railway. I was advised to maintain a speed of 70kts. The runway is narrow so you think you are higher than you are.

I stayed close by at a caravan park and noticed that most aircraft were doing tight bad weather circuits at 800 feet although I could get no reaction when I mentioned that to the ground personnel!

The cafe was only open after 1 pm on weekends. There are vending machines selling cooldrinks and crisps, coffee and tea.

  • 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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2 Jun 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
Lovely location and not too hard to find given the terrain clues. An unusual approach due to narrow valley but you can compensate for a short base leg with a long final. Catering limited during the week.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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13 Dec 08 - Mark Sharp - Humby
Review based on summer 08. Lovely smooth runway in great FOD free condition- first visited in a Long-ez which appreciates these qualities . The cct is high (1500) but also over high ground, so you can feel low downwind (or at least it feels odd). That combined with the (clearly marked) inset threshold for RW 22 could lead to a poor approach...don't try and land short of the numbers as you could pick up a hedge or an HGV! Second visit was on a weather diversion on my way to Aberporth. The reception was very welcoming (very helpful lady, who I think is the club owner). She would not accept my landing fee as it was a diversion- restores my faith..... Quick cup of tea and out 1/2 hour later without dif. Worth a visit and lots of B&Bs around. I think you can camp nearby too.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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26 Sep 08 - Ian G - Manchester I'ntl / Liverpool JL
After a number of failed attempts due to weather got to welshpool today, not that the viz was particularly good ! Was pretty easy to spot approaching from the north just look in the valley. Took a few attempts to get airfield info but was ok. Was no traffic for my touch n go and landing and only a handful for the 1/2 hour I spent there. Parking is pretty limited was only 3 aircraft on the apron and no real signs of parking spot so abandoned it at the pumps. Met the guy that was running things, was really welcoming and helpful, Landing fee nice and easy on the pocket and free cupa coffee. Cafe not much going on, coffee, cake and a vending machine least there is a lounge. Very little happening at the airfield, I read the web site listing cpl, imc, pa28's 38's but after asking seems it's down to 152's and just the weekends.. shame. Right getting in... hmmm it's a 1500 foot circuit and it needs to be, my first circuit ended up very high so the second i extended long downwind and lost the extra height on a long final. I think it's nice to have different things like this, gives the flying brain cell a little more to work on !. The runway is good, narrow but loads a space even a hold at the end so you can back track and hold. Trip from Liverpool and back was uneventful, to be expected given no mans airspace. Not sure I will be back, I'd def recommend it as a place to visit, my reason was experience and if def filled that goal. So if your looking for a nice quiet airfield with reasonable setup, esp a new ppl'er this one is a good bet. Ian P.s. get your copy of the airfield plan and write in big letters DONT GET HIGH ON FINAL ! GO LONG
  • 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: 4
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23 Sep 08 - Sean McMurran - daventry
Visited Welshpool recently and (overall) was fairly impressed after our visit. There wasn't alot of flight training going on as I understand this to be heavily restricted on certains days and the staff we met on our arrival were OK but not the most welcoming unlike some airfields. On our return we met someone who was fairly chatty so that made up for things. I think we were pretty much the only ones there. We were told of somewhere we could eat, which was about a 10 minute walk away. It was a garden centre but was so busy we continued walking along the canal into town. Powys Castle was within easy walk of the airfield as well. The town wasn't busy, being a Sunday, and not alot open so a bit disappointing when it came to looking for lunch but the walk back via the canal was really pretty. If you can follow the canal up as far as you can until you are parallel with the airfield you will find a lovely place to stop. Great if you are taking a picnic and there was also a BBQ area there as well. Be aware, if you are a microlight and you park on the main tarmac apron (Western Apron) you may wish to know that the Air Ambulance lands for fuel next to you and this can test your nerves when you look back and realise your plane may not be tied down!! Fortunately ours was but even on a calm day this is well worth doing if you have any chance of making it home that day by air!!!
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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6 Sep 08 - Brendon Stratford - Hanworth
Visited on 30th Aug 08. Nice tarmac runway. Fuel-self service. If you uplift 50litres or more the £10 landing fee is included. Very interesting approach between hills. Friendly and helpful. Scenic Powis Castle 2 miles from airfield.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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10 May 08 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Welshpool on Thursday. Lovely scenic approach and really apealing airfield. No radio on Thursday but very quiet. Young lady in office welcomed us in.Landing fee £10 No cafe service during the week but coffee machine and a few snacks available. Powys Castle nearby which I understand has cafe facilities. Would certainly visit again and possible try and visit Welshpool and look what services are available there. Seems a good GA airfield
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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13 Jul 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
Good airfield in a beautiful location. Nothing in particular stands out about Welshpool apart from its consistent scores - it does everything better than average. I recieved a polite and helpful welcome from everyone there. The catering wasn't something I sampled on this trip but the coffee was fine and good value. The A/G was effective without being officious and generally the whole place seemed to be a well run and smooth stop over. Needs a revisit when i have more time.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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5 May 07 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
We flew to Welshpool today in our Cherokee. They were friendly on the phone when geting PPR, and very friendly when we were there. The runway is lovely, the approach is exciting with the airfield being at the bottom of a valley with quite high ground on each side. Great scenery on the way in. Welshpool is a nice town, only a £3 taxi ride away, and has plenty of pubs to eat in. We walked back to the airfield from the town, along the old canal. Well worth a visit, we'll be going back, theres a castle 1 mile from the airfield to visit too !
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13 Dec 06 - Piers Covill - EGHO Thruxton
Flew into Welshpool (http://www.welshpoolairport.co.uk) in October 06. The approach is not nearly as difficult as Pooleys would have you believe: just fly the circuit high and keep an eye out either side for the high ground. Lovely runway and tidy airfield. Very friendly welcome and fuel available. Cafe is "part time" and ran on an honesty box when I was there: no bacon butties, but the town is a short taxi ride away. Do visit this super airfield set in stunnign scenery.
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14 Apr 06 - Ross Younger - Cambridge
Nice friendly little place, slightly challenging due to its valley location but that was more than made up for by the scenery! I had no problem finding the field from Oswestry (to the north), though it was a nice day. Circuit height is 1500', and beware that the runway is narrower than most - I went around first try. Landing fee was £10 (for a C152).

NB: Only vending machines available on weekdays; weekend catering appears to be quite simple (bacon rolls) - but as others note, it's a short taxi ride to the castle or the town.

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9 Feb 06 - Paul Coote - Weybridge
A neat and informal airfield amongst some stunning countryside. However, it would be great if the 'canteen' were to start providing those enormous breakfasts, once again, that Welshpool was renowned for at one time: if it did, we'd go there far more often.
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17 Jan 06 - Allan Hutchinson - Retired from flying.
Visited Welshpool on the 12th January 2006, and what a nice airport it was.

I had a good tail wind, so the flight from Swansea only took 35 minutes. First contact with A/G was very friendly, giving me RWY 22, and he was switching the coffee maker on.

Nice solid parking area, and nice welcome. Only £8.00 landing fee, and he phoned a taxi for me to go into town.

£3.00 later, and I was in the center of a beutiful town. Old market town, with very old buildings, and a very nice canal area.

Had lunch in the Royal Hotel, and after some shopping, and a good look around, had a taxi back to the airfield.

The guy that welcomed me, was over the other side of the runway, diging a hole, so it was a matter of just calling out your intentions, and heading home over some wonderful countryside.

Will go again.

P.S. Sorry no photos, I left the camera in my car at Swansea, OOPS.

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11 Jul 05 - Trevor Jackson - Bristol
Visited Welshpool over the weekend 9/10th July.Very friendly staff and great location. Landing fee for a Skyranger Microlight 8 GBP and 4GBP overnight parking. A great place for a fuel stopover or to explore the local area.
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17 Feb 05 - Nick .
Went to Welshpool last year - pa38, c150 and two Yak52s. Had a nice flight there over the welsh hills, not much going on when we got there quite and the canteen closed.

Every one one met was friendly and helpful, all interested in the Yaks. Be careful on approach as there is a definite wind shear sink on short final. All four of us had to give a burst of power to correct for it in the last 200 feet or so.

Worth a visit for the views

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2 Oct 04 - Mike Fawdrey - Hednesford Staffs
I did my initial training here and it is a lovely place to fly from .

just be aware that circuit hight is 1500 FT because of high ground both sides of the runway.

It is also a good idea not to descend below circuit hight in the valley until lined up with the runway in use if visibility is poor.

If using 04 we were briefed to stay well clear of Powis Castle and the town

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1 Aug 04 - GALY J.J.
Going from Rennes to Isle of Man,we had to divert to Weshpool due to very bad weather on the west coast.Friendly welcome from the staff. Excellent efficiency:fuel,mto within 30 minutes. Credit cards now accepted.Very good place indeed that we were glad to find in difficulty. Thanks you.
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27 Jul 04 - Peter Harrison - Virginia water
Sat 24th July visited Welshpool very helpful staff & good runway. The airfield is in intersting countryside with some pretty high hills around, stay high till your inside the ATZ.

Took a taxi to Powys castle £3. Nice couple of hours National trust tea shop etc.

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25 Jul 04 - GALY J.J.
EGCW WELSHPOOL airfield.

From Rennes to Isle of Man,encountering poor weather around Llanbedr,we were to divert to Welshpool. Delicious welcome and great efficiency from the staffof this airfield.Fuel,flight plan and meteo within 30 minutes.Thanks for them. Cessna 182 F.GBTS

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21 Apr 04 - Tim Lowther - Cardiff
Landed at Welshpool earlier this week. Great runway that's pretty visible as you approach.

All very friendly, only slight hiccup is they dont accept credit or debit cards for fuel/oil/landing fees, otherwise first rate !

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16 Feb 04 - Pete Bailey - Cannock
Welshpool is a nice little aerodrome with a canteen and friendly staff. I visited for the first time on Sunday 15th February from my home aerodrome in Tatenhill, Staffs.

Some tips though.. Ring them for the weather as the direction of the sun if its hazy can make the visibilty / nav pretty challenging when approaching the zone. The aerodrome is also situated in a valley, and you may find that they wont hear you on any initial call until you are near Welshpool town ! oh, and watch out for the mountains, they get pretty high in some places. I found the best way was was to come down the vally from Welshpool town itslelf.(if approaching from the North)

Definately worth a trip, great scenery....

Pete
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