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Old 16th Dec 2012, 12:06   #1 (permalink)
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FILTON CLOSING......CLOSED!

Greetings gents

Long time, no see!

Planning on flying in this Thursday 20 or Friday 21....

Anybody else going???

Caio
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Old 17th Dec 2012, 09:03   #2 (permalink)
 
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I flew in a few weeks ago as I wanted to get it in my logbook, and emulate the last ever landing of the Concorde. Sadly I couldnt get close to the Concorde there, but enjoyed landing there and having a bit of a look around and what is a very important historical airfield. Quite sad...
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Old 17th Dec 2012, 10:18   #3 (permalink)
 
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What's the last day of Ops?

Sad sad sad.

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Old 18th Dec 2012, 17:55   #4 (permalink)
 
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What happens now? Everyone flies into the nearest airport? Or is the activity wiped from the area?

I heard a rumor that the nearest airport charges £250 for a PA28 landing.
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 00:02   #5 (permalink)
 
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I flew into Filton earlier this afternoon and about half a dozen GA aircraft were there.
The weather was brilliant and not an ounce of breeze. Well not until the A380 took off and was swiftly followed by a replica/refurbished Spitfire who flew a tight circuit and then buzzed the runway before departing.
No landing fees were levied but PPR required.
Think quite a lot of people may be flying in on Friday 21st as its their last day. TAF's don't look too good though.

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Old 19th Dec 2012, 00:45   #6 (permalink)
 
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Jude

I hope if they are flying that they take a nice pile of sh+t and drop it over the short sighted idiots responsible for this.

When its covered by a housing estate what will they do? Honor its name by naming the streets Concorde way, Runway strip or Hanger lane?

I personally would want nothing to do with marking such an occasion! It is an act of greed and stupidity!

But all to their own.

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Old 19th Dec 2012, 09:46   #7 (permalink)
 
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I'm hoping the runway isnt demolished just for the some bland looking houses to be constructed.

I read that there is a new Aerospace centre being constructed on the Nothern side and restoration of some of the WW1 hangars and Concorde will finally be homed and exhibited.

News | Filton Airfield development | Filton Airfield development
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 12:52   #8 (permalink)
 
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Wow cannot wait! That would have been an excellent idea as part of the modernization and expansion of Bristol Filton airport.

Couple of £Million FROM BAE as an empty gesture? As I said WOW!!!

Bit like stabbing and mortally wounding someone and offering them an aspirin to help with the pain as they die.

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Bit like stabbing and mortally wounding someone and offering them an aspirin to help with the pain as they die.
I dont disagree with you, just saying that at least there will be something there. Its of great sadness to me, as Concorde is an absolute passion for me, and the closing down of the place where Concorde was partially developed, and the final landing place for the last ever Concorde flown is sad. Its just another blow really .

Do we know if Airbus / BAE / whoever, closed down the airfield because it operationally isnt viable, or are they tarmac'ing over everything just for the money and to build some houses? If they are leaving / restoring some of the WW1 hangars which I presume are to the North of the runway (I might be wrong), and presumably the huge Airbus operation to the South isnt going anywhere, then that leaves motsly just the runway area for development. If it was a case the runway would just become disused, but left there, then at least some of history will be there to see.

I once dream I was a mult-millionaire and had the ££ to by the land as keep it as is, but I'm not :-(
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They're apparently doing the same at Woodford creating an AVRO heritage site on the south side to include the resident Vulcan.

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Old 19th Dec 2012, 23:59   #11 (permalink)
 
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Pace I hadn't intended my post to come across as "marking such an occasion" as there are too many airfields closing for whatever reasons, more that it was an opportunity to go there before it does close.

It was my first, and ok my last, time landing at Filton and an amazing experience as only have half a dozen hours since my GST. Was concentrating so hard that I didn't even clock Concord on the left side of 27 when landing!
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Old 20th Dec 2012, 08:33   #12 (permalink)
 
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@pipearcher, and anyone else concerned about the idiotic decision to close Filton, please visit the Save Filton Airfield website where you'll find much info in answer to your questions

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Old 20th Dec 2012, 13:24   #13 (permalink)

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Think quite a lot of people may be flying in on Friday 21st as its their last day.
Isn't the 21st the last day for all of us, in any case?
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Old 20th Dec 2012, 20:08   #14 (permalink)
 
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Not for me, I've got my Poundland anti end of world tin foil hat

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Old 21st Dec 2012, 14:19   #15 (permalink)
 
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Has the airport actually closed now?
If so, does anyone know who had the honour of making the last landing / departure?
Good luck to all at Filton.
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Old 21st Dec 2012, 14:51   #16 (permalink)
 
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Bristol International Airport breathes a sigh of relief as their attempt to eliminate GA from the area has been successfully accomplished.
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Sadly it wasn't us.
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Bristol Filton Airport Closes | Airports International | The Airport Industry online, the latest airport industry news
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Old 22nd Dec 2012, 04:48   #19 (permalink)
 
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They're apparently doing the same at Woodford creating an AVRO heritage site on the south side to include the resident Vulcan.

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At Woodford they are not 'creating' the Avro heritage centre, that has been in existence for more years than most could remember ... it is a condition of future planning that a new home will be provided for the Avro heritage collection and this will include the remaining 'white' Vulcan as an exterior exhibit. The current approved plan for redevelopment at Woodford is for 300 homes, however there is a revised plan for more than 900 homes ... sadly which ever option we end up with the runway will be gone.
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A friend of mine managed the fuel facility of FZO, he sent out a message as he closed the office door for the last time at the close of business 21/12/2012 ... so sad!
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