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EGNH departing Runway 28, Blackpool
 26 Sep 19
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 28 Aug 19

Visited Strubby airfield on 28/08/2019 on a short flight from Netherthorpe (EGNF) in G-ROLY, a C172. This was again as a passenger while Lyndon built some hours to renew his SEP rating. A cold front was moving in from lunchtime so the 0.7 hour flight was ideal. PPR was a breeze to obtain from a very friendly Mervyn from the Pooleys plate and he explained how to gain access to the onsite facilities.

A nice flying morning and downwind right hand join followed from the north (gliders operate to the south and be careful not to confuse Strubby North with Strubby south which has a larger runway). The runways were both great and parking easy. The radio was not manned so blind calls were made. A motor glider was performing circuits to the south on our arrival.

We helped ourselves to drinks and snacks and later sent the landing fee and other monies via bank transfer electronically (a first for us in relation to landing fees but very useful!).

We could see push bikes available to borrow and we have since seen that a beach was only a few miles away so we will return soon enough we hope.

The return flight was via the east coast to look at some other airfields (Croft was one of them) from the air to plan future visits. We then routes via Mablethorpe, Spurn Point, Humberside and Doncaster Sheffield before a couple of circuits at Netherthorpe prior to the cold front settling in.

A great airfield with helpful PPR and very GA friendly.

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 26 Aug 19

Visited over the bank holiday as part of a club flyout from Gamston Flying School in the Arrow, Gamston to TNT, then south of Hawarden to Bangor (Rhyl airshow was notamed so kept further south), then coastline past the town and across the bay. Airfield very easy to spot due to the flat surrounding terrain, coast and those massive windmills. Overhead join for Runway 25 then quite a tight circuit and down over the caravan park being mindful of the displaced threshold.

 

Airfield itself looks really nicely kept, lots of new looking buildings, the air ambulance and the Bristow coastguard base. Stands and taxiways are clearly marked and runways and taxiways are in good smooth condition. Signs up everywhere for £20 fine for not wearing hi viz's (quick run back to the aircraft before anyone noticed!) Cafe on site very nice, it's about a 30 minute walk along the beach to quite a nice chippy and ice cream place.

 

Departing as it was hot and we were heavy I asked if I could use R20, which is longer and would have had 10 kts straight down it and was told no because of the wind turbines and turbulence coming off them, which is a shame as we wouldn't have been airborne until well upwind of the turbines so took the short runway and crosswind instead and climb out over the sea.

 

Lovely place to visit - we got lucky with the weather so could enjoy the stunning scenery.

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 21 Aug 19

Visited Sackville Farm airfield on 21/08/2019 as part of a 3 airfield land away day.

This was the third stop of the day in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. PPR was easy to arrange and a briefing was given over the phone to ensure we were aware of the noise sensitive areas. A dog leg on base will avoid any problems with the neighbours. There are no runway markings and the runway has a slight curve in it but it is smooth enough.

One other aircraft on the ground on arrival and a friendly clubhouse with tea, coffee and snacks were available. Landing fee was a simple £5.

It is worth mentioning that departing on runway 31 will require a climb over a wood and an upslope so it is worth building some speed and climbing away promptly.

A nice grass roots level airfield, long may it survive!

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 21 Aug 19

Visited Marshland airfield on 21/08/2019 as part of a 3 airfield land-away day in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe (EGNF). I was passenger for the flight over but took the opportunity to complete a short circuit to log the airfield in my log book.

PPR was easy to arrange and the landing fee is simply left in a metal box on the wall of the building. Only one other aircraft was on the ground (possibly the owners) G-MZMX.

The runway is nice and long but quite bumpy, no issues really for Cessna types but anything more fragile might struggle.

The airfield is actually below sea level much like Amsterdam (EHAM) so this was good to get in the log book.

Not much in the way of facilities but a real grass roots airfield.

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 21 Aug 19

Visited Boston Airfield on 21/08/2019 in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. I was passenger for this particular flight and we had tried to land here previously as it was very near a local AME for our class 1 medicals. Unfortunately on that occasion the weather was against us but today the weather was nearly perfect for a 3 airfield land-away day.

PPR was easy to arrange and initially the airfield could be difficult to spot from the air so a look on Google Earth might be beneficial prior to departure. Upon landing we were met by the owner in the friendly clubhouse and tea and coffee was offered.

After a short break and toilet stop it was time to head for our next destination.

The airfield is slightly unusual in that it sits next to rugby fields and for this reason PPR is a good idea.

We will certainly be back on the next Class 1 renewal as this is a long drive by car but a relatively short flight in the Cessna!

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 15 Aug 19

De Havilland DH-104 Dove 5 Reg:G-A PZU MSN: 04511

Brochure of Macedonian Aviation's Dove Photo taken July 1972

at Levesden airfield after aircraft was reprayed by Eagle Air Services

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 10 Aug 19

gorgeous airfield in every way.

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 9 Jul 19

Flew into Oban on Sunday with a group of three aircraft. What a welcoming and efficient place. The fuelling guy was a mine of information and even gave us tea and biscuits! If heading back south, well worth taking fling up to Ben Nevis to see look right along the great glen if the visibility is good.

 

Unless you fancy a trip into town or a hike to local hotel, I'd take a sandwich with you as aprt from the fuel guy's Custard Creams, nourishment is hard to come by.

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G-RVMT today at Breighton
 15 May 19
Lovely airstrip, quiet mid week but self service fuel 100LL and Jet A1 is useful. You enter the maximum amount (in GBP) you want to put into your tanks and the pump cuts off at this figure. No radio during the week it seems but common sense will get you down safe. No landing fee with fuel uplift
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