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 27 Jan 19

Phoenix PA28-181 at Draycott Farm 17th July 2017

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 13 Jan 19

I am a Self Launching Motor Glider Pilot and wanted to visit the airfield by road initially as I was staying locally at the Hotel Endsleigh some 15 drive minutes away.... It's one of those hotels where if you have to ask how much, you probably want to search out any other option (probably in/around Tavistock) because it will be cheaper (but it costs nothing to window shop or in the case of the hotel grounds, visit their gardens for a more modest fee and tea) :

 

https://hotelendsleigh.com

 

On to the airfield. Dartmoor Gliding Society's website is very helpful - however powered pilots might want to stop reading (or give them a call) as the club is inside the Dartmoor National Park boundary powered aircraft can only be accommodated by prior arrangement.

 

http://www.dartmoorgliding.co.uk

 

According to their website :

 

The club is located 3 nm north of Tavistock at co-ordinates 50 35.531N 004 09.100W grid reference 24780 07915.

 

A radio watch is maintained on 130.105 on normal flying days.

 

There is a single grass runway orientated 11 - 29 approx. 1100m long.

 

Circuits are flown on both sides of the runway.

 

This is a grass field with Skydemon advising the runways are in fact 10 - 28 but what's ten degrees between friends and glider pilots ?

 

What Skydemon does not show is the curvature of the airfield which is akin to an inverted dinner plate, i.e. sloping at both ends. Therefore taking off would entail an uphill run of 50-150 + metres (depending on how much field one elects to use).

 

No problem for gliders on a winch using 100 meters of the central flat part of the airfield but for all other aircraft one to carefully think about.

 

Grass runways are putting green smooth in some places - mainly in the central flat section, but rutted along the length of the runway in others due to gliders landing on wetter days. There are some hollows which would cause some bouncing on take off - but no different from say Shoreham's airfield surface. The best quality surface (and shortest grass) is to be found on the south side of the runway immediately adjacent to the stoney, gravel track (which is the width of a car). Essentially this is a grass airfield landable anywhere for gliders or those operating out of farm strips.

 

There isn't much infrastructure, but glider pilots are friendly helpful folk (although none were around midweek in January) so it would be a nice place to visit by air rather than my wintry visit by road.

 

If they let you fly in, perhaps asking for a trial flight (first ?) in a glider over Dartmoor would seal the deal (and supplement their coffers). This is exactly the sort of grass strip all aviation should be supporting. Lovely part of the world.

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 14 Dec 18

Llanbedr is a fantastic airfield with a great new flying school called Snowdonia Flight School based there. Visit flysnowdonia.com and find out how to learn to fly or just take in the breathtaking scenery by booking one of the several planes based there for a pleasure flight.

There is also the Jindivick Cafe which is open seven days a week offering great value food and drinks.

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 13 Dec 18

I had never been to Llanbedr until 2018. I have now lost count of the number of times I’ve been there in one year.

The approach is exciting. The runways are vast. The scenery is breathtaking.

The place has been desolate, but is slowly growing. Joyfully, there is self service 100LL in the NE corner of the airport, near the giant hangars. The friendly café is accessed via a portakabin which straddles the security gate. The new flying school http://www.flysnowdonia.com is a welcome addition to the airport.

Highly recommended: The Spitfire burger in Ellie’s ‘Jindvik’ Café named after the dramatic-looking drone aircraft.

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Fly Chirk Microlight Training
 10 Dec 18

Flychirk Microlights is situated at Chirk airfield on the North East Wales border with England and covering the surrounding areas - 22 miles North of Mid Wales Airport in Welshpool and 16 Miles South of Hawarden Airport

 

With easy access from North Wales and the Shropshire plains, Fly-Chirk Microlight Training carries out instruction in the local area for the National Private Pilots Licence NPPL(M) (Microlights).

 

We offer Fixed Wing/3 Axis microlight training lesson Gift vouchers as a one off experience or as a first step into the world of aviation.

 

We have a great team of staff at the airfield who are always available to answer your aviation questions. You can contact us on 07419 759 659 or send us an e-mail to info@flychirk.co.uk.

 

http://www.flychirk.co.uk/

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 16 Nov 18

Recent change of operator. Excellent 1200m asphalt runway and great little cafe with outside seating area. Small donation appreciated for landing fee. No PPR required and just make standard calls on Safetycom. They don't have a website or Facebook page yet but will happily take a call before you go to advise on weather etc (01832 205054).

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Mr, Spain
 10 Nov 18

Hello, this was flying around Andalucia in Spain.

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 28 Sep 18

Just spent a few days at The Point (formerly Roserrow) rented one of their chalets which was superb. Not cheap but they did waive the landing and parking fees. The runway was well cut and tidy but does slope slightly down from East to West and up from both ends so can be difficult to keep perspective in the hold off. The road that now crosses the runway is far from flush with the grass surface and is particularly marked if approaching from the South. I fly a 912 Skyranger and there was more than enough grass north of the road but when leaving I went and taxied across it and found I needed 4500 revs to get up from the grass to tarmac going north. Definitely a ski ramp if you touch down before and cross it at any speed.

The bushes have now grown up to be level with the bottom of the windsock which was broken in that it could not swivel on the pole.

If you camp under the wing landing with overnight parking is £29 which also gives you access to the health club facilities. We used the gym sauna pool and steam room. All in beautiful surroundings so well worth an overnight.

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North Weald Airfield, Outside The Squadron Building
 19 Sep 18
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 2 Sep 18

Finally got up to East Kirkby airfield and museum. well worth the effort.

Suggest you visit the website as Poolys is not up to date (even on Sky Demon). circuit height depends on whether the MATZ is active and is either 500' or 800'.

I was a bit thrown by the lack of any numbers or runway markings - its essentially just a field but its in good shape with good approaches.

Museum / heritage centre is excellent

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