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17 Sep 15 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Revisited Halfpenny Green on Monday 7 September from St. Michael’s. Warm welcome as always and we enjoyed a lovely bacon butty sat out in the sun watching the world go by. I could have stayed all day! Highly recommended: fuel for the aircraft and pilots; six excellent runways, reasonable landing fee and friendly welcome.

  • 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
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23 Dec 14 - Andrew Torkington - Manchester

I first visited Halfpenny Green in November 2013 prior to my QXC and again on my QXC. It was the airfield that I wanted to return to with my PPL in hand and say thank you to the staff!

In September 2014 I did just that and really enjoyed the flight from City Airport Manchester.

Brilliant ATC who had lots of time for my questions and also my story of my proud return.

We are at the restaurant that was palatable but not the best food I have eaten.

Really nice to sit outside and watch the world go by, including a kangaroo landing and unfortunate prop strike.

Superb airfield and a must to visit.

Excellent runway, FISO and proportionate landing fees. Well worth a visit.

The flight is on Youtube if you are interested?

http://youtu.be/mHiZgEhFDxM

  • 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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21 Jul 14 - Jonathan Berry - Manchester (Fly from Liverpool)

Flew in from Liverpool, as part of my dummy run QXC, and what a pleasant little A/D. Had some lunch from the cafe in the tower and then set of on my way up to Blackpool. Quite busy for a Thursday afternoon, but a great atmosphere and very helpful AFIS. Can't wait to go back in the next week or two!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Jun 14 - Nigel Reilly - Merley

While flying from Blackpool to Shobdon we encountered very low cloud and decided to divert to Halfpenny Green. We received a nice welcome and were not charged a landing fee for this weather diversion. After a coffee in the very nice cafe we decided to miss out Shobdon and go straight to Bournemouth. Refueling is easy using the self service facility. You just insert your credit card and take what you need.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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28 Feb 14 - John Ault - Burton-on-Trent

Great airfield to visit. Helpful when I called prior to our visit and also taxi and parking information as it was our first time. Nice relaxed atmosphere in the cafe. Highly recommended.

  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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9 Oct 12 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Another great trip from Blackpool to Wolverhampton today (09.10.2012) ATC as friendly and helpful as always and cafe very very busy which indicates its good value. Airfield itself busy for a mid week afternoon and always worth a visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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5 Sep 12 - Mark Frankland - Leeds
Brilliant, friendly well run airfield! Well worth a visit. The ATC chaps were extremely helpful and the cafe has a good menu with pleasant food and charming, polite staff. I will re-visit again soon. Thank you.
  • 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 Jul 12 - Sudhir Marathe - Wellingborough
What a nice, cosy airfield. On quiet side on Saturday afternoon I visited. May be, that's more to do with Olympics. Mostly GA, mine was the only microlight the day I flew there, however, just wish to add, all sort of pilots are welcome. Good AG service. Friendly people all around, except the waitresses in the cafeteria - I desperately missed a smile there. Good food though so it doesn't matter I suppose. £7 landing fee for microlights seemed pretty reasonable. All in all, a pleasant experience, so would be visiting again.
  • 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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24 May 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Halfpenny Green on Thursday 24 May to meet an old friend. Its many years since I first visited on one of my first cross-country nav-ex’s. However, it’s still the friendly and very well kept place I remember with a lovely café (with great views over the airfield) and a very well kept outside seating area. (I also did a weather diversion there a few years ago when the landing fee was waived.) The AFIS service was very good and helped a lot when approaching in rather poor visibility. Shawbury radar was also very helpful inbound and got the local wx for me before handover. Landing fee was £10 for a DR400 and avgas available at £2.11 inclusive. A very well run airfield with quite a lot of local businesses on site, (not all aviation related) and this has to be a good model for keeping GA going.
  • 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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12 Jun 11 - Howard Taylor - Buxton but flying from Tatenhill
Visited Halfpenny Green last thursday (8th June) from Tatenhill, cheerful and friendly chap on ATC managed to find time to talk to me when paying the very reasonable landing fee despite all the other people requiring his attention.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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22 Aug 10 - Nick Wood - Sheffield
What a fantastic airfield!

Great radio at all times from the tower followed by a warm welcome after landing & an unexpected invitation to lob bags of flour out of the plane at some "hun" van parked on the airfield on departure. Nice little cafe in the WW2 control tower for the obligatory bacon buttie as well. Loads going on with pleasure flights, choppers & the usual GA activity but also nice to wander around the quieter bits of this wartime aerodrome & absorb a little of the atmosphere that lurks amongst the outlying buildings. A brilliant 1st visit, the very best of GA airfields & thoroughly recommended.

  • 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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19 Jul 10 - Dave Remnant - Denham
Dropped in at Halfpenny Green for the "Spam Can fly in". Met up with Doug in G-AWOT. Unfortunately the weather seemed to keep the numbers low, but the welcome was warm and the food & tea great. Look forward to coming back on a better weather day. The cafe has great views from the first floor of the tower and there is a very large viewing area with seating for outdoor relaxing in front of the tower also. The girls behind the counter were very quick and the food was tasty and hot! ATC were very helpful and friendly and the condition of the runways (all 3 are servicable) are an example to others. Highly recommend a visit.
  • 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
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5 Jun 10 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Halfpenny Green is well worth a visit, landed on runway 16 today and it is in excellent condition. The ATS (Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green is an "Information" service) is excellent and the airfield is very easy to find. we got a really friendly welcome. Avgas, Avtur and Mogas (guaranteed no ethanol) available at the airfield. Lots going on at the airfield when I was there. there is a cafateria on site and you can sit outside the tower at the picnnic tables watching the activity.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • 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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24 May 10 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Visited on 21/05/10 from Netherthorpe.

Great airport and very quiet upon arrival. Food was great and the guys in the tower were very helpful allowing us to check our en route weather.

Would definitely visit again!

  • 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
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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8 Dec 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
Very quiet the day I was there but I got a friendly and helpful welcome from the tower. Great long,wide runways in 3 directions - almost thought I was at EGBB!
  • 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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27 Aug 09 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Our second visit to EGBO in last 3 weeks. Great reception and Radio very, very helpful. We arrived late but girls in cafe provided snacks and coffee with a smile. 3 runways and a well kept airfield. A must for GA visitors who should support such a facility
  • 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
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22 Apr 09 - Nigel Bayliff - Newbury
Quick visit to Ha'penny Green today with a free landing voucher. Will certainly be back. Great service, very friendly and active airfield.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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17 Mar 09 - Richard Smith - MELTON MOWBRAY
Made a brief vist to Wolverhampton today and found a very warm welcome. Although the man in the tower was reluctant to share his microwave curry lunch with us, he did very kindly go out of his way to arrange a coffee for us from the office, and needlessly apologised for the café being closed on a Monday. Then a short friendly casual chat with the resident microlight instructor, who was up to his eyes helping sort other peoples problems out with a smile, proved that this was a friendly, & very pleasant place to visit.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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16 Mar 09 - Richard Smith - MELTON MOWBRAY
Made a brief vist to Wolverhampton today and found a very warm welcome.

Although the man in the tower was reluctant to share his microwave curry lunch with us, he did very kindly go out of his way to arrange a coffee for us from the office, and needlessly apologised for the café being closed on a Monday. Then a short friendly casual chat with the resident microlight instructor, who was up to his eyes helping sort other people's problems out with a smile, proved that this was a friendly, & very pleasant place to visit.

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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20 Feb 09 - Joe Edwards - Cheltenham - fly from Gloucestershire Airport
Popped up to HG today as even though it is only 30 minutes away - never been ! Wonderful welcome -the cafe had closed (we had been warned that it shut at 16:00 when we rang iin for PPR). BUT - we were told that there was a delightful lady waiting to make us a brew in a nearby building. We duly went over - wonderful smile greated us - tea and coffee, bourbon biscuits and some interesting yellow biscuits from her holiday in Cuba - really should have asked the young ladies name ! All this in the board room. Gent in a suit (Alistair.....?) came in to greet us and apologise for the "no cafe open" - heck - we were being treated like lords ! So - fab chaps in the tower, special treatment as we missed the cafe and it is a wonderful looking airfield with 4 runways..... we'll be back !
  • 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
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10 Jan 09 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I finally made it to Halfpenny Green on the 29th December after being weathered off at least 3 times. Well worth the wait, a very friendly airfield. After climbing up the stairs to the tower to pay the landing fee, I enjoyed a very nice lunch in the cafe with good views overlooking the airfield, very well maintained runways and excellent facilities. Well worth a visit.
  • 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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8 Nov 08 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
Wolverhampton (Halfpenny Green). We ended up in Wolverhampton as a diversion yesterday after finding ourselves over the Welsh mountains (en route to Welshpool) in a rain storm. On first radio contact we were made to feel welcome and given airfield information in a clear and concise way, which was of great help to us at a time of high work load (planning diversion etc). After parking we went to the control tower and found 3 friendly guys who kindly agreed to no landing fee as it was a weather diversion. The runways all seemed to be in good condition and were plenty long enough. This is the kind of airfield I would like to visit again, althoguh hopefuly not as a diversion next time. Well done Wolverhampton airport !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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29 Aug 08 - Ian G - Manchester I'ntl / Liverpool JL
First visit to here. Pre-flight/ppr on phone was good. Standard over head join but at 1800 Got the shape of the inbound circuit too tight and add to that I had a tail wind on finals/so went around and did a second try. Better when your expecting it ! Runway changed shortly after. Watch for the long displaced thresholds ! paid fees in tower (on roof) busy but helpful £12 I think for PA28 If you go up to the tower before you go they will print any tafs for you. Sure a pc in an office would be less bother. Grass parking fine. was weekday afternoon and cafe was open, cheep and nice. when i run out of airfields will be back ! good GA and PPL place to visit
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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26 Apr 08 - roger penney - greasby, wirral.
Halfpenny Green as it should really be called is now user friendly to light aircraft again. £10 landing fee for a C172 or as many circuits as you like for £25 which is handy for us in the Liverpool area as finding somewhere to do circuits is getting more difficult. The cafe is under fairly new management and if OK for a quick snack and away which is what we usually want rather than a full hit meal. I am not sure what the hours are but gather that the weekends are best for the cafe. Tower staff are friendly and helpful as it used to be. It will take time for the word to get around that HG is back in business again for GA rather than trying to be another Heathrow!
  • 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: 3
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14 Sep 07 - George
Flew in for a lunch stop and found it to be very quiet apart from 2 lovely DA42 Twinstars. The AFIS were good but there is a disconnect between them and the cafe. The AFIS say you get a free bacon buttie with a refuel...the cafe don't. Nice scampi and chips when we paid up though. Jet A1 tanker took a while to come and seemed a bit slow to refuel when it did. However, the airfield chaplin, 6 groundcrew and others came to say hello so I have to say it was a very friendly place!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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31 Jul 07 - David Bobbett
Note ATIS has gone, some runways have recently been reduced in length and the AIP extract on the airfield web site is very much out of date - May 2004, the latest version being June 2007. Also known as 'Wolverhampton Intergalactic Spaceport' by those who thought changing the name of such an historic airfield was idiotic. Thankfully AFIS is 'Halfpenny Green Information'. Nice enough airfield which is easy to find with NDB and DME or even with a map! Very business-like, efficient AFIS and plenty of choice for runway direction. Restaurant is located on the 1st floor of the original control tower building with excellent views of the field, however it is not the 'City Centre style Restaurant' described on the web site, rather an average eatery with a pool table - although the people working there are very pleasant. Worth a visit? I would say so, there are a number of original buildings which give the place an historic feel and there is plenty going on in terms of traffic movements etc.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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18 Jun 07 - Iain Keetley-Smith - Worcester
Visited Halfpenny Green on Sunday 17th as part of my QXC. Approached from the west and the airfield was easy to find. Unfortunately the cafe was closing, but managed to get a cup of tea and biscuit. Next time I will try and arrive earlier to sample a proper meal. A/G service was very good. I will definitely visit the field again when I have passed my PPL.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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14 Apr 07 - Ian Parker - gloucester
I flew into Halfpenny Green in G-BYFF flexwing Quantum 912 Microlight on bank holiday Monday 9th April 2007.

From the initial phone call for PPR in which I was ribbed about a Quantum being "the one with 3 rivets isnt it?" to the quality radio traffic during our approach and departure, the FISO's provided a great service. It turns out one of the FISO's flies microlights himself.

I was amused to find aircraft spotters taking snaps of BYFF as Anna and I made our way into CafeOK (CAVOK geddit?). CafeOK is a nice cafe situated on the first floor of the tower overlooking the runway and we enjoyed fresh coffee and Lasagne for lunch as we watched other traffic come and go.

I recommend a visit, easy to find. We approached from the South tracking the Severn river to Chelmarsh reservoir from which the filed is easy to find to your right.

Thanks to all who made our visit pleasant.

Ian G-BYFF

Landing fee £7.50

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12 May 05 - Paul B - london
Flew in a couple of days ago. Cafe closed, drinks vending m/c not working either. ATC couldn't even suggest anywhere to go. We stayed about 15 minutes and went back to our home field for a very late lunch . We won't be back soon!
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29 Mar 05 - Andy Tash
Called in to Wolverhampton using free voucher from Pilot. Accomodating ATC (FISO) even though the circuit was quite active. Nice Cafe with good size garden 'near the action' for all those plane spotters. Good choice of runway in differing winds although taxiways seemed to be 'under repair'. Didn't get chance to see much around the field as vis was not good.
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21 Jan 05 - Carl Darby - Pontypridd
Went to Wolverhampton today on first leg of Qualifying Cross Country. VERY friendly staff there and pleasant, helpful ATC. Even gave me a Very Good for landing and airmanship!!! Must go there again - and nice coffee!!!
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20 Oct 04 - Nigel Hinchen - Oxford
Though not presently current, i do remember that Halfpenny Green was at the end of the second leg of my solo x country. I found the field really easily from Gloucester, with the magnificent Severn Valley below me and the huge Birmingham conurbation to the right. The people were really friendly and i dont think i am being swayed by the fact that the duty controller marked my circuit and landing as excellent.

All in all a lovely field in a lovely part of the country.

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26 Apr 04 - Damien Ormerod - Chorley
I also visited wolverhampton on Sat 24th April with our Fuji 200 and found the reception warm and welcoming considering this was the first time I had visited and it was part of my qualifying cross country.

Will certainly go back for more visits

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24 Apr 04 - Nick .
Very nice place to visit - couple of runways and discount, too. Training flights free in May, I believe - check first. Nice little shop. and good GA field in my opinion.
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