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 8 Mar 18
G-BOJI EGLK TO LFQQ
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 11 Dec 17

A December visit before the end of the 2017 flying season was in order. PPR obtained on a Saturday for a right hand circuit for 25. Was asked to descend to 1,500 ft AGL on the crosswind leg (keeping above the helicopter activity operating on the south west side of the airfield) before going into the circuit. Plenty of hard parking on the main apron (Having landed & run to the end of 25 : turn left). Fuel located at the far left side of the main apron toward the perimeter (racing) track i.e. SW corner of the airfield beyond the parked aircraft. On track days the airfield is closed to aviation. For 2018 provisional racing dates are : 19-20 May; 2-3 June; 7-8 July; 3-5 Aug; 18-19 Aug & 1-2 Sept. There is no deadside at Thruxton as ATC reminded us and as the Western Air website mentions. No too busy although other aircraft were making downwind joins. Local pilots and ATC did a nice job of helping with separation and we were even able to backtrack on the main runway rather than using the grass taxiway. The Jackaroo cafe is good for a full English (located at the base of the control tower) accessed from the parking via a brown rusty gate and a tunnel going under the motor racing circuit. £ 12 for an SEP and a very warm welcome. Nice place.

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 6 Dec 17

Visited Peterborough Sibson (EGSP) from Netherthorpe (EGNF) on 06/12/2017, as usual in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe.

 

We were originally going to try Old Warden (EGTH) but with lack of daylight hours and PPR required we opted for a shorter flight to Sibson, an airfield never before visited, probably due to the parachute drop zone etc. No issues at all today, PPR was arranged easily on the phone with lots of helpful info given especially regarding the power lines on approach to runway 24. We had a transit of the Wittering MATZ stub before initially finding Sibson quite difficult to spot. The approach over the power lines was fine, although on a low sun day I can imagine these being more difficult to spot.

 

It was rather quiet at the airfield but the A/G operator was very helpful in supplying fuel for G-ROLY and tea and coffee for us!

 

Only a short visit today but will be back in the busier summer months!

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 16 Nov 17

Flew into Conington on 27 October to take the greyhounds for a walk. It's been five years since we were last here, but the airfield and café were as friendly as ever.

 

After refuelling, we had to park on the grass behind the club house because, although this was a Friday in October, the aircraft parking and café were absolutely heaving. (Mind you, it was one of those superb autumn days when it would have been rude not to fly if you had the chance!)

 

As before, we went for a walk and the roads and paths were nice and quiet. The dusk/night flight back to Blackpool finished off a truly lovely visit. Conington is a great destination with reasonable prices, a GREAT café and very friendly. Highly recommended.

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 23 Oct 17

Visited Sleap on 15 October to take the greyhounds for a walk. We’ve visited many times before and always find it a very charming location, although it can get VERY busy at weekends with aircraft arriving from all directions. The café is excellent and does some of the nicest bacon butties going as well as a lovely Earl Grey tea. My idea of heaven is sitting outside the control tower, overlooking the airfield with a bacon butty, a cup of tea, the smell of newly mown grass, the sight of the Welsh hills in the distance and lots of aircraft (including an Avro Anson on our latest visit) in the circuit – well, does life get better than this?

On previous visits, I’ve been to the Aircraft Recovery Group museum adjacent to the control tower. The museum is incredible and it’s like a ‘Tardis’ inside – so much to see and very well worth a visit. Without a doubt, Sleap is one of my favourite airfields and, being only a 35 minute flight from Blackpool, one that I (and the greyhounds) never tire of visiting.

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 23 Oct 17

Flew into Elvington on Monday 9 October to visit the excellent Yorkshire Air Museum (YAM). PPR was easy: a quick call to the mobile number in the AFE guide and advice that there would be no-one at the airfield and that YAM would collect the landing fee. From Blackpool I asked for and got a VFR transit across Leeds zone which gave a great view of the city.

The runway is over 3,000 metres long, (and harder to spot than you would expect – or maybe that’s just me!), although there is a shorter section ‘marked’ roughly in the middle. I just landed nearest to the museum after making blind calls to the A/G and saved a few minutes taxiing time. (No one else there when I arrived anyway). Parking was as directed in my PPR call next to the Buccaneer. Now that the 49 acre parking area is fenced off for non-aviation use, there is actually only a relatively small amount of parking, but it was plenty enough and only a two minute walk to the museum. The YAM itself is outstanding and in four hours I still didn’t have enough time to take in all the exhibits. The NAAFI at the museum was excellent and did a great selection of good food. All in all, the visit was a great one and I cannot recommend it highly enough. (NB – comments and scores for this airfield include the facilities and café at YAM – there really is nothing other than the runway at the airfield itself).

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 10 Oct 17

Flew into Turweston on Sunday 8th October with my wife - new airfield in the logbook.

Low cloud so joined downwind at 1000' (which I think everyone was doing). Busy when we arrived, but as soon as we & a couple of others had landed - nothing!

Helpful radio - although level 3/4 on approach to airfield.

Good parking and have to say the "new" tower is impressive.

Cafe was a delight, good chicken subs and drinks. Missed out on the roast beef & trimmings.

Didn't check the briefing facilities or fuel availability.

All in all one to come back to again on a nice summer's day

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Parked up at Turweston
 10 Oct 17
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Aberporth
 9 Oct 17
MT parked on the apron following a 35 minute flight from Sleap to Aberporth (West Wales)
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G-RVMT, Coventry
 30 Sep 17
The 6 sat on the Western apron at Coventry
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