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14 Apr 14 - Lee Broders - Whitchurch, N Shropshire - Sleap

I flew into White Waltham for the first time, to meet my son for his birthday. had a friendly chat when I rang for PPR and found the A/G service friendly. Had lunch which was very nice and the went for a local flight with sons to return. £12 for the landing fee I found acceptable. Overall friendly site and like the fact there are 3 runways which means landing in any winds. Will certainly be returning :)

  • 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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5 Apr 13 - Graham Robson
Could not disagree more strongly with Kev Garton's review of EGLM, I have never had anything but a very welcoming and enjoyable visit. Always a friendly welcome which begins withon the R/T, this time with a "Welcome back to Waltham Papa Foxtrot....". OK, the runways are a bit rough, and trying to find the shortest and easiest way across the vast acres of grass to the runway when on easterlies is not so straightforward, but that's what you get with a big grass field. The club house is friendly, food is excellent and very good value. 10 out of 10 for EGLM.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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2 Jul 12 - Kev Garton - Lincoln
Visited this airfield on Saturday only told that we couldn't have a drink because we wern't members. We did however, finally get one. We were advised that if we returned we would have to join. Obviously we didn't fit in to the high status that this club enjoys. Sorry but we won't drag you down again as we won't be visiting you again...
  • 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: 2
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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3 Dec 11 - Keith Brown - Sutton Coldfield

Flew into WW today from Tatenhill in East Staffordshire routing via DTY & towards WOD turning at Henley on Thames. What a great airfield, very hospitable. OK the runways are a little difficult to make out from the air unless right overhead due to lack of markings etc but since the circuit was busy I could just follow the traffic! Great clubhouse & refreshments. Get your RT up to scratch though & always be sure of your position given the London TMA, Benson & Wycombe ATZs, with parachuting sites on the way....

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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28 Sep 11 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I flew into White Waltham on Sunday 25th, I was originally going to Compton Abbass, but with about 10 miles to run, the weather closed in, the airfield reported a lowering cloudbase and a heavy shower passing through, as the ground is quite high in the area, I thought a quick 180 was in order and go find somewhere else to lunch, the wind was quite strong, so White Waltham was an obvious choice with three runways. When I called up inbound for airfield details, the directions were exactly as in Pooleys, cleared to land on 21 with a 20 knot headwind, all went nicely. Landing fee paid, it was time for lunch, the staff in the restaraunt were excellent and I can highly reccomend the Cajun Chicken Burger. Really nice atmosphere, and some nice based aircraft to look at, highly reccomended.
  • 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
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18 Apr 10 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Called in White Waltham for fuel on Sat on our way back to Fairoaks and I just carn't believe how frendly and viberant the place is, loads going on, great bar/cafe facilities and frendly people. Free landing fees if you uplift 50ltrs or more, what more can a GA pilot ask for..check it out.
  • 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: 4
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16 Apr 10 - Peter Waldron - Itchen Abbas

Visited White Waltham again the other day, since its a reasonably near airfield for the tech industry regarding M25 belt, to pick up my cousin who had finished work early for the week end. Hovered in to the Heli West area, picked him up and flew home. All went without a hitch untill I find out that the powers that be have charged my friend, £18.00 landing fee!

NO NO I said, its only £12.00 for singles, under some sort of tonnage, and got onto white Waltham for a refund. NO NO they replyed, it is £18.00, because we have classified your landing as a COMMERCIAL LANDING FEE, AND WOULD NOT BUDGE ON HER DESCISION!!! Now I dont mind the odd creative accounting gaff but firstly the word desprite comes to mind, secondly it cant of been a commercial flight since they were band yesterday and today in UK airspace, due to the volcanic ash floating about, and thirdly I dont have a commercial licence, and be in breach of CAA REGS.

Can any body suggest anything?

Peter Waldron R44

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Feb 10 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Called into White Waltham on Saturday for fuel, lovely airfield with lots going on, free landing if you uplift 50ltrs+ Cafe was really good to, a good selection of hot and cold food and reasonably quick service to. The grass runway was a little boggy ,but still good condition considering the amount of bad weather we have had recently.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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31 Aug 09 - Dan Peto - London
Done my PPL at White Waltham, I tried other few clubs, but couldn't find a friendlier club than this. Grass runways are huge, and ground radio is extremly good. Clubhouse is kept original and very cosy. Nice briefing facilities. Good food too. WARNING TO PILOTS: Fly the circuit on 800 QFE and approach overhead at 1300 QFE. Beware London CTR at 2500 QNH above and not far to the sides. Many unfamiliar pilots make mistakes there.
  • 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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13 May 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into White Waltham from Blackpool on Monday 11 May for an overnight stay and return flight on the Tuesday. The wartime headquarters of the Air Transport Auxiliary - ATA: what an absolutely charming airfield! White Waltham must be one of the best examples of a flying club/airfield I have visited for a long time. The airfield itself is well maintained (a little bumpy, but, not too bad at all), and the staff are friendly, informative and extremely helpful. The landing fee was waived as I had refuelled and the overnight parking was very reasonable and included steel cable adjacent to the parking area to simplify tie-down. The bar/club-house/restaurant was just lovely (and a couple of beers waiting for the taxi to Reading were especially nice). Didn't try the food, but the menu looked good and the inside and outside seating areas took you back to those pre-war pictures of flying clubs - charm personified. The club-house and outside seating areas overlook the airfield and are clearly popular with non-pilot visitors too and I can easily see why. On departure, I asked for and got a very good briefing on taxi routes (anywhere but the runway in use) and departure procedures which were very easy to follow. For any visitors from the north, the arrival is so much easier than it looks on the maps - despite all the airline traffic into Heathrow being only 1000 feet above you on approach. Speak with Farnborough North and/or Wycombe inbound and straight to the no-nonsense Waltham Radio for an overhead join. The avoid areas are very easy to spot (I hope!) This airfield has entered my personal top 10 and my wife tells me I must take her soon because I have raved about it so much.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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10 Oct 08 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
A busy and entertaining airfield , with a great atmosphere in the clubhouse / bar . Runways are bumpy, just be aware and try to avoid the worst bits
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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23 Sep 08 - Sean McMurran - daventry
Second visit to WW yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed our day. The airfield always has plenty going on and is the ideal place to spend the day as the food is fantastic and there are great places to sit and watch all the activity as there is always something going on there. If you can hop into a taxi there are plenty of places on the Thames to spend the day if you want to venture a bit further afield. The circuit is always busy so keep a good look out with Heathrow not too far away. Runway state isn't great...probably the bumpiest we have used so far so watch the nosewheel!! Certainly is high up with one of the best airfield we have used and the atmosphere of the place makes it what it is.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 1
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Ken Buchanan - London
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 2
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
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13 Dec 05 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Just visited White Waltham for the first time as part of a "round London" trip. Excellent atmosphere and very good restaurant - highly recommended.

Airfield is right on the Heathrow TMA and has 3 runways so definitely worth spending 10 minutes working out your approach and finding the appropriate reporting point before setting out.

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13 Dec 05 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
I can echo the other comments. Nice to hear A/G say "Welcome to Waltham" on first contact. Excellent toasted baguette in the club for £4.95 with a coffee. Also a PC online inthe BriefingRoom to get the met data before departure. Only drawback is eyeballing 747s on left base for 09 at Heathrow on departure from 03. Make sure you stay below 1500 ft in the LFA!! All round a good place to visit.
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6 Dec 05 - Simon Kidd
Really nice airfield, great atmosphere and very nice people. Good selectionof aeroplanes, Russian, PFA, Tourers etc, so a great mix of talents and people. All very helpful. The club is first class if a tad expensive, but worth it. Runways are bumpy, and make some landings lets say interesting, but there's tons of space, so it's really not a worry. Always lots of good stuff on the for sale boards, and love the cartoons in the loos!!
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13 Nov 05 - Johan Jongkind - London
Of all airfields around London this is probably the nicest. Very good restaurant, good social atmosphere, very friendly ATC people and an interesting mix of old and new and Russian aircraft.

Be carefull with the circuits. Once, I did a wrong circuit and was directly in the Heathrow ATZ.

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