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Old 27th Dec 2012, 10:41   #41 (permalink)
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East Kirkby. Good food, excellent museum with Lancaster Just Jane, and good practice routing through the MATZ from Barton.
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 10:53   #42 (permalink)
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Popham - dog-leg approach on one of the runways, and rough/narrow runways.
Dog-leg approach, yes, but rough narrow runways Don't think so, unless you're only used to a 1000mts of tarmac.
To quote from Popham's own website:

"Runway 21 (right hand circuit 800ft QFE)
Long, narrow, and a steady up slope, sometimes boggy at the threshold end in winter but altogether smoother than 08/26.

The general aircraft manoeuvring area is very poor in parts,"

So yes the runways are narrow, and not the smoothest. Quite a lot of PPLs fly from 1000m+ of tarmac! So as well for them to be aware.

No disrespect intended to Popham but for someone at/around my level of experience, as the OP is, it is definitely more challenging than the standard grass field.
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 11:15   #43 (permalink)
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Umm, okay I have no vested interest in Popham, but if 900x25mt grass runways don't constitute a 'standard grass field' I don't know what does!

But that's just my opinion, sorry.
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 12:08   #44 (permalink)
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Aboyne. Now that IS narrow!
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Old 27th Dec 2012, 17:41   #45 (permalink)
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You get a cup of tea and a cake with your landing fee at Sandtoft. Haven't scanned what everyone else has put but if it's park and ride you want Cambridge has park and ride just outside the airfield. Bit dear to land at Cambridge (£25 last time I went) but worth going early to have a full day in Cambridge.

Good caffs at Sherburn, Fenland, Leicester, White Waltham, Sandtoft, Breighton at weekends.

Also Cosford aerospace museum is worth a visit, very good caff/restuarant there, don't know what the score is for 'civvy' aircraft flying in there though.

Elvington museum is excellent and has a good restaurant. You def need PPR there as they have events on the runway.

Sleap I have been told is very good and has some sort of aircraft wreck museum there open at weekends.
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Old 15th Aug 2013, 17:57   #46 (permalink)
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What about Derby?

Derby is often overlooked as a challenging flight venue but look at the numbers! I have seen quite a few come in a little "hot" and then go around (which should be done early due to the obstructions especially on warm windless days).

Maybe its because I learnt at Tollerton, but tail wheel and short stripping is a very rewarding set of skills. Paul Jones and his Cessna 140 are being a fun combo to learn with. No café but a cup of tea and some rewarding conversation with proper aero nuts is usually on offer...

28/10 is short and has wires in 28 approach and trees on 10. 23 is longer but has taller trees on approach. I have landed on 17 (unlicensed) which has power lines on approach, still a Piper Pacer has a suitable sink rate power off!

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Old 17th Nov 2013, 15:07   #47 (permalink)
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How did you get on?

Hi Matty,

Just wondering which you chose in the end. I'm planning on doing a coastal circuit clockwise from the south east in the summer, and am thinking:

Lands End/St Mary's - Caernarfon - Belfast/IOM - Skye/benbecula/barra?? - Kirkwall/Dornoch (shame twatt is closed, that would be good for the logbook!) - Skegness/New York - Stapleford (home airfield)

Any thought appreciated.
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Old 17th Nov 2013, 19:18   #48 (permalink)
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I had a lot of fun doing this...

FLYER Forums ? View topic - Shoreham to Shoreham via Scotland
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Old 17th Nov 2013, 20:34   #49 (permalink)
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Update on the hours building!

Finished the hour building back in June, took 8 months in all to reach the 100 hours P1, not as fast as I would've liked, but bearing in mind 4 weeks of those 8 months my airfield was closed due to water logging in December!

The airfields I visited in order are:
Liverpool, Tatenhill, Caernarfon, Sandtoft, Sherburn, Campbeltown, BAE Warton, White Waltham, Kemble, Carlisle, Leicester, Wellesbourne, Shobdon, Welshpool, Bodmin, Perranporth, Crossland Moor, Gloucester, Shoreham, Headcorn/Lashenden, Coventry, Oxford, Haverfordwest, Manchester International(only for a low app/ILS), Cumbernauld, RAF Mona, Newtownards, Gamston, Sturgate, Netherthorpe and Leeds-Bradford.

Memorable trips being:
-Coventry - Where I met Buffalo Joe of Ice Pilots sat down for lunch with him, then he showed us around the hangars at Coventry and around the aircraft.
-Bodmin/Perranporth - Where I had gin clear weather all the way down from manchester to the tip of Cornwall.
-Midlands tour - Where I landed away at Leicester, Wellesbourne, Shobdon and Welshpool all in one day.
-Newtownards - As it was my first water crossing.

Best cafes (in order):
White Waltham, Leeds and then Gloucester.

If anyone is interested I have a few videos on my youtube channel from some of the trips - mikecharlie794 - YouTube

Currently not long into my studying with Bristol now for my ATPL theory, thanks for all the suggestions of airfields to visit, hope these give someone else a few ideas of where to go!
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