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Old 11th Nov 2017, 18:35
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Good GA airfield near NW Paris

Looking for recomendations for a GA field near Paris where I can park up for 3 days without getting charged like a wounded buffalo, preferably within easy access to a train line. Grass & short is fine and won't need avgas as I plan on checking in with customs in La Touquet and I can fuel up there.
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Old 11th Nov 2017, 23:57
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As you are clearing customs, you have an enormous amount of choice near Paris! Grass field like St Cyr L'ecole is quite nice, you also get to see Versailles on the way in which is an added bonus..! I think landing was less than €10 and I think parking is probably around €10 per day.

Something which I read on the Parisian Airport documents (last time was last year sometime) is that they do not charge if you park on the grass at most of the airfields managed by Parisian Airports. (Please double check if that is still the case but I know I definitely benefited from this in the past).

I personally pick airfields with good links into town, or ones with instrument approaches if the weather is a bit iffy! I liked Lognes. Fantastic views of Paris when joining the circuit!
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Old 12th Nov 2017, 13:13
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I have flown into most of the Paris Ga fields.

As Alex says St Cyr is probably the nearest to public transport. on exiting the airfield walk up the hill (5 mins walk) and the main line train station is behind the buildings at main road intersection at the top of the hill.
As for the airfield itself there was nobody on ATC so just joined as per the arrivals procedures. Note don't get to close to Versailles as thats a Strict no go area. When we came back a few days later somebody was in ATC and they gave us some forms to fill in for Landing and parking fees to which Airports De Paris would send us an invoice to pay, but no invoices ever received. I have heard that nowadays they have been sending invoices out..

Toussus probably the biggest of the Paris Ga fields. Weird opening hours due to local Nimbys. and a long arrivals procedure. Need taxi to nearest railway station.

lognes Eastern side of Paris you need to swing out wide to come around CDG zone to arrive here. Again taxi required to nearest railway station.
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Old 12th Nov 2017, 14:24
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Another vote for St.Cyr!
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Yeap St. Cyr looks like it'll work and the nearby trains are a bonus. The plan is Forfar direct CLN @7500 with minor dodges for a few restricted & danger areas, drop down to 3500 prior to CLA to stay under the TMA, direct LFAT. Clear customs, refuel then LFAT,PON,St Cyr @ 2000. Then on the return, reverse the route but St. Cyr - Forfar nonstop.

Only issue I'm seeing is LFR324 (surface-2500) around St.Cyr looks like its active everyday but as long as I get a transition on the published frequency I'm good to go. The Paris boat show awaits !!
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Originally Posted by trevs99uk View Post

lognes Eastern side of Paris you need to swing out wide to come around CDG zone to arrive here. Again taxi required to nearest railway station.
It is a five minute brisk walk from the Lognes Airport(across the road and head east until your first left turn) to a bus stop that will take you on a five minute ride to the RER train station that goes straight into the city. Ask or call a local flight school for directions. I fly there on layovers and it is quite convenient on a nice day.
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Why use Le Touquet? Calais is far cheaper for fuel and landing fees. Just fill in the on-line form on their web page for customs.
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Old 12th Nov 2017, 23:34
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I was just going to ask the exact same question! Calais is really nice, and I think I paid €12 last time I went (about 2 months ago in an Arrow).

Still think it a big shame that we can't clear customs anywhere near Paris, I am starting to take a dislike to these unwanted stops on the coast. It was fun the first few times, as you land at different places that did customs, but now there are only a few, and I've been to all of the usual suspects.... I doubt that with Brexit it'll make it any easier either.....
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Stuck in Calais, wind 38mph, snow and slush on he deck, basis almost touching the top of the tower, out of fags, feet soaking from my frantic efforts to tie the Maule down which remains to be seen if it’ll be enough with gust forecast for 50mph + . Why oh why did I take up this friggin flying instead of joining the lawn bowling club?
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Hah! I had a choice of moving a plane yesterday or today - did it yesterday!

Calais? If you're really stuck, get on a train to Brussels and I'll look after you here!

Go Maule Drivers!

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Originally Posted by Sam Rutherford View Post
Hah! I had a choice of moving a plane yesterday or today - did it yesterday!

Calais? If you're really stuck, get on a train to Brussels and I'll look after you here!

Go Maule Drivers!

Cheers, Sam.
Thanks Sam,but think I need to stick around and see how this plays out.the place is deserted, no hangars and I’m not sure my tie downs are gonna hold, there’s an old fire truck behind the tower I tried to fire it up to move it across the ramp to use it as a wind block for the plane, no luck it wouldn’t start, it looks like it hasn’t moved since the evacuation.
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Accessing local equipment uninvited might be frowned down upon, I'm afraid... but they're used to those weird Brits at LFAC, luckily. Like Sam, I am quite available to assist.

PS are you sure there's no hangar available locally? There are two aeroclubs, ISTR, did you talk to them? In local language?
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I know the guys who run Calais - a phonecall helpful?

Hm, the last 'weird Brits' in Calais are now "doing 5" in Lille prison!
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Originally Posted by Jan Olieslagers View Post
Accessing local equipment uninvited might be frowned down upon, I'm afraid... but they're used to those weird Brits at LFAC, luckily. Like Sam, I am quite available to assist.

PS are you sure there's no hangar available locally? There are two aeroclubs, ISTR, did you talk to them? In local language?
There’s more life in a pikeys vest than there is around here. The problem is there are no fixed tie downs, I’ve got it on the grass using “the claw” tie down system with some ropes. I’ve got it cocked 45 degrees from the wind with the upwind wing with 2 ropes on it, i think if I had it direct into wind with the gusts exceeding the rotate speed it wouldn’t be long before this thing was gone without me. P.S. thanks for the offers of help,but it’s just a matter of sticking around to see if it holds.
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Ok, you obviously did NOT call them. Good luck!
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Old 10th Dec 2017, 11:53
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Originally Posted by Jan Olieslagers View Post
Ok, you obviously did NOT call them. Good luck!
At this point it either holds or it doesn’t there’s no way I’m going to untie it or would try and taxi or push it anywhere. Friggin winds gusting up over 40mph
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Okay, good luck!
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If it does anything to make your bad luck more bearable: I just heard on the radio news that a ferryboat ran aground on departing Calais harbour. Not only pilots suffer!
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Oh no, that was PA84's plan B...
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