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Thu 25 Apr - Richard Argyle

Flew in on Bank Holiday Monday, from Biggin Hill. RAF controllers as helpful as ever.

 

 

The Cafe is now open 7 days a week. The museum is well worth a visit. FOC with donations welcome.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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1 Jul 14 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)

Enjoyed a nice trip to Wickenby on 25th June. Great service from Doncaster ATC and then Waddington.

Runways a little short on a hot windless day but managed ok.

This was a weekday so cafe was self service snacks and honesty box.

Menue board for weekends though is tempting us to go back for a nice weekend lunch sometime.

Really lovely airfield and everyone we met was very friendly and helpful.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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17 Sep 12 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I flew into Wikenby with friends in two other aircraft on Sunday 9th Sept, great airfield, really good food, proper chips, really good value, good welcome, highly reccomended
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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31 Mar 12 - Simon Wood - York

Flew into Wickenby last Sunday, my first land away from Sherburn since gaining my PPL, a warm welcome and great bacon sandwiches! The circuit was quite busy so lots to see whilst sat outside, Wickenby will be a regular lunch out!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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6 Feb 10 - Richard Johnson
Dropped in a fortnight ago on a weekend, very enjoyable experience all round. While the runways are in need of some attention (which I'm told will be happening in the near future) the overall atmosphere was very friendly. The cafe has improved a great deal since my last visit some years ago & offers a broad range of quality meals & snacks! The airfield staff provided a friendly & efficient service. It is worth noting that both AVGAS & JET-A1 are available at the airfield. There is also a museum in the upper level of the watch tower which was an unexpected suprise, well maintained and informative giving pilots a detailed look into the airfields past history. Food for thought while flying around Lincolnshire! Will definitely be returning soon.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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14 Aug 09 - Martin Child - Leeds
Unimpressed with the reception at Wickenby. There seemed to be lots of staff, but most seemed to be deep in conversation As a result, despite being relieved of £50 for 30 litres of fuel and a landing, we could not get even a cup of tea. The only person who seemed to have any interest at all in helping us was one of the uniformed flying school instructors, who also manned the radio. Runways rough too.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 2
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30 Jun 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
I had significants doutbts while preparing for Wickenby as to whether it would be open on a Tuesday. I got a confirmation on the phone but when I got there it was a different story. There was no A/G, and all the buildings were locked. In the end it turned out that the A/G was also an instructor who was out on a sortie. When he got back we managed to get some tap water but nothing else and he managed to get his £3.50 out of us (microlight). To be fair I think it is a different story at the weekend and even on other weekdays as it is unlicensed Mon & Tue.
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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1 Mar 09 - Robert Turner - Newark
Flew into Wickenby from Nottingham yesterday in a C172 and don't know why I've left it so long. Was told to expect a relaxed and welcoming 'small club' environment. Was advised it can be a little hard to spot so intercepted the Gamston R085 radial over Scampton and looked out for the chicken sheds that give the game away. Never spotted the chicken sheds and hence the runways until 2 miles out, but once you have them it's a doddle. Welcomed in without PPR, easy left hand circuit for 21 and helpful /parking advice. Club house very laid back atmosphere. never had the time to hand to fully appreciate or get chance to visit the WW2 museum upstairs (which apparently has some particularly sobering paperwork amongst its collections). Bacon butty was top notch and landing fee only £7. Definately one to revisit when a couple of hours to while away in the summer. Possibly combine a visit with that go in a microlight I've been meaning to have (they have a school there).
  • 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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5 Jun 07 - Steven Perez - Lincoln
This is where I trained for my PPL so I'm biased. Nice people and a good welcome awaits you when you visit.
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30 May 07 - Steven Perez - Lincoln
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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28 Jun 06 - Edward Hawkins
I flew into Wickenby for the first time today, even though it is only 15 minutes from Humberside. It is a pleasant little airfield with two runways. Although the surface of these could be a little better they are perfectly usable. Wickenby is an ex World War II bomber base and some of the original buildings remain, including the control tower which is very much in use. There is a lounge area downstairs where food and drink can be bought. There are also various souvenirs on sale – I bought a DVD about the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is based at nearby Coningsby. Upstairs there are numerous WWII artefacts on display. There are plans to obtain an old Nissen Hut and create a museum. I will certainly be visiting Wickenby again.
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29 May 06 - john m machin
Visited on 27th May 2006 - what a wonderfull part of the world . What i could not get my head round was the hospitality of all at the airfield and all concerned . For the first time in visiting an airfield I felt welcomed. Upon entering the tower I felt the overwhelming warmth of WW2 . What a feeling. What an experience - will most definitely visit again.
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11 May 05 - David Richardson - Fowlmere
Visited on 10 May. Very friendly and helpful - and the dog was friendly too! The snack bar (at least on a weekday) is just that - kitkats, crisps etc and coffee. The approach to 03 can be a little disconcerting for any one not used to it - a road passes very close to the south end and there were fairly large piles of earth on the disused section.
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26 Apr 04 - Chris Scholfield - Ashwell
I agree with the previous visitor's comments. The other thing to look out for are the AWACS from Waddington which apparently are only at 1500 feet over Wickenby, hence the need to contact Waddington before you get to 1500 feet. Altnough the runways are in quite good repair, the same cannot be said of the taxiways. There are some large potholes so take care when taxiing. Definitely worth a visit though.
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10 Mar 04 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Wickenby. Friendly and with a great view of the Red Arrows practicing for the coming season!

We shared the circuit with a BoBMF Chippy and a microlight on our visit in early March. Good runways clearly marked and reasonably surfaced. Lots of history worth finding out more about.

Friendly and with a good cafe/snack-bar. The radar service from Teesside and Waddington were excellent (and needed to be as the Red Arrows were VERY close).
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