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1st Trip to Redhill

Old 2nd Nov 2013, 16:03
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1st Trip to Redhill

I am planning my 1st trip to Redhill and wonder if any experienced flyers can offer any tips, especially concerning arrival. I shall be coming via Tonbridge along the railway line at about 2000 ft. I have read the instructions on the website a few times and the NATS info, all of which makes it seem less daunting.
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Old 2nd Nov 2013, 16:24
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Check with ATC before setting off as the runways may be waterlogged and not usable, ......
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 12:46
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There's quite a lot of information at Joining Procedures - Redhill Aerodrome . Isn't there a 1500ft max around Redhill?
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 16:23
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Many thanks for the comments. Good point about phoning beforehand regarding runways - presumably they would say when I requested PPR. Yes, 1500 ft around aerodrome.
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Old 3rd Nov 2013, 20:00
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2,000 feet won't do your licence prospects much good!

Descend to 1,400 feet by Bough Beech (lake) and make your inbound call from there. Keep the railway to the left and you'll be outside the Gatwick zone.

Depending on runway in use, ATC will either tell you to report at South Godstone station, which is a bit hard to spot if you don't know it, but watch your GPS and stay with the railway - it's 4 miles straight in to 26, or you'll need to do a 30 or so to the right and report at Godstone, after which you head 260 and you'll be downwind for 08.

ATC are good, there's nothing to it. Just give them a call before you set off, sensible anyway in case Redhill is mud, tell them it's your first visit and ask for your hand to be held.

Don't forget to visit hangar 9 for tea and cake.
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Old 4th Nov 2013, 12:13
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Greetings,

Redhill is a nice place to fly, might look daunting due to procedures and EGKK just around the corner, but if you study their website you will not go wrong.

Currently grass runways are closed so the unlicensed runway is in use, if the weather continues as it is I think we will see the use of rwy 07/25 more often, check special procedures for this runway.

Unlicensed Rwy07/25

Please do visit The Pilots Hub recently opened at the aerodrome. Drop me a line as I am learning to fly from Cubair which is just next to Pilots Hub and the coffee shall be on me!

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Old 4th Nov 2013, 12:32
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If perchance the active runway is 18 or 36 it is most important to keep within the Redhill LFA and not stray into Gatwick's zone.

In practise it is easy and means the base leg (on 36) or crosswind leg (on 18) require a 100 degree turn to/from the runway heading and for you not to be more than a half mile south of the 36 threshold.

Believe me; I know how easy it is to do wrong if you don't pay enough attention !

The information on the aerodrome's website is most comprehensive and should be read carefully.

http://www.redhillaerodrome.com/imag...36_fw_v12a.pdf
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Old 4th Nov 2013, 17:37
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Thanks guys, great stuff. Will investigate Pilots Hub.
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Old 7th Nov 2013, 09:10
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Check with ATC before setting off as the runways may be waterlogged and not usable
The airport publishes NOTAM. Always good to read that instead as ATC may be too busy working air traffic.
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Old 7th Nov 2013, 11:23
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The airport publishes NOTAM. Always good to read that instead as ATC may be too busy working air traffic.
Not if their runways are waterlogged and unusable they won't.
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Old 7th Nov 2013, 11:55
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Redhill Website Easier Than NOTAMs

In Redhill's case their website is regularly and frequently updated with the current status.

Welcome to Redhill Aerodrome

Pilot Information - Redhill Aerodrome

Right now it is sadly closed other than the taxiway known as Runway 07/25.
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