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ginge

First Solo Pilot
#1
Seeing the discussions on competions and awards and things made me think about my own flying. Being not at all driven by a competitive spirit and flying mostly for the sheer delight of being aloft and the feel of a delightful aircraft, I do sometime drop into other airfields. Some of these for differing reasons leave me with a little warm feeling whenever I think of them. So I thought that I'd mention a few and maybe if others want to add the ones that have a similar effect on them maybe we may be able to feed from the experiance of others when we are allowed to aviate freely one more.
So I'll come up with some more if this idea gains any interest, the order of choosing is nothing to do with any sort of rating but merely as they drift into my mind. Nothing at all to do with distances or achievements just that nice little internal glow that thinking of them retrospectivly gives.

So to start with
Northrepps, or Cromer as it can be called. A place that springs to mind when welcoming or friendly is mentioned. It has good facilities and the denzens of the airfield are incredible and I have always felt at home as soon as I step out of the aircraft. If you wish to visit the town there is, quite literally, a taxi firm next door so you can if you wish visit the seaside and maybe pick up one of the famed Cromer Crabs. You can of course just relax on the airfield with its tearoom/cafe and spend time chatting to the locals and other visitors.
A great airfield in very pleasing suroundings
 

Halibut

First Solo Pilot
#2
I love Fenland. It's got a cosy clubhouse, the food is legendary (especially the sausages) and the views of the Fens is eerily beautiful.
And I love Old Warden, too. Pretty much everything on display in the hangars is flyable (not sure about the Boxkite from Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, but probably). So much to see when you're there and the food is terrific.
For sheer WWII atmosphere, you'd have to go a long way to beat East Kirkby. You may already know they have a Lancaster there which is taxyed regularly (you can pay to be in it). And there's a fantastic dining hall in a huge old Nissan hut. God I miss these places. Thank you, Ginge, for giving me an excuse to think of them again!
 

ginge

First Solo Pilot
#4
Aah, Fenland and Old Warden also two of my top places to visit.
Fenland as you say has a great cafe and a lot of folk that it is a pleasure to meet, a realy nice airfield.
Old Warden is very special, I would guess to most folks that fly, and yup I've seen the Boxkite flying. When you drop in there if you're lucky you can see some of the exibits check flying, it's a bit special to share a circuit with them.
East Kirby I've not yet visited it's toward the edge of my fly out and return in a day range in the ole TST. Like most things it just needs things to come together sometime.

Another place that I've enjoyed several times is Duxford. Don't be intimidated by the size it is a friendly place the folks on the radio are realy helpful, the exibits of course are something else. Although in my opinion the eateries arn't up to Fenland standards.
 

GeeJay

Cross Country Pilot
#7
Sandown. Bumping into Dan. Food. Friends on the Island I wouldn't see otherwise.

Brilliant!
I think Dandown is right up there for places to go for food, atmosphere and most of all a great day out or overnight stay. So many places to visit, ice cream, fish and chips a ride on the overground underground train and so on.
 

Halibut

First Solo Pilot
#9
This from Antony Woodward's fantastic Propellerhead:
"Most beautiful strips in Britain: Broadford, Isle of Skye; Plockton, Kyle of Lockalsh; and North Connal, Oban - all on the West Coast of Scotland in foaming surf and mountains; Long Mountain, Welshpool, Montogomeryshire; Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire; Pilling Sands, Lancashire; Halesland Glider Station, Somerset; Compton Abbas on the Wiltshire Downs; Perranport, above the cliffs on the North Cornish coast."
 

Mike Calvert

Moderator
Staff member
#10
Broadford on the Isle of Sky is indeed stunning and there's a path down to the beach right at the end of the runway

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My daughter flew me over there last September :)

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ginge

First Solo Pilot
#13
Great stuff guys, an inspiration for when we fly agin. We should also remember places that are not spectacular but are such friendly places that we keep going back. Two of those, for me anyway are
Priory Farm in Norfolk, great people and an interesting selection of aircraft always a pleasure to visit
Sandy in Bedfordshire just over the hedge from Old Warden has a great and welcoming club atmosphere
 
#14
If anyone is coming to Norfolk to visit Cromer or Priory Farm they're more than welcome to visit us at Felthorpe too. A warm welcome and lots of interesting aircraft to see!
Plus you get to practice talking to full ATC on the radio - we're inside Norwich class D, but they are very accommodating. Have a look at our website for how to do it http://felthorpe.net/Airfield_Information.html
 

Halibut

First Solo Pilot
#17
Great stuff guys, an inspiration for when we fly agin. We should also remember places that are not spectacular but are such friendly places that we keep going back. Two of those, for me anyway are
Priory Farm in Norfolk, great people and an interesting selection of aircraft always a pleasure to visit
Sandy in Bedfordshire just over the hedge from Old Warden has a great and welcoming club atmosphere
Sandy has got a great club house (with a fascinating history). I love the fact there's a piano and an old sofa in there. Has a WWII feel about it
 

ginge

First Solo Pilot
#19
Yes it looks as though Mike has a great collection of places to visit and build lots of great memories the sort of thing that keeps us going in the present situation also when we have a prolonged patch of bas weather.
Speaking of memories one of my Duxford recolections is when doing a pre flight before setting off back the refueler asked if I needed any. When I replied "no that's ok I put 30ltrs in before leaving" he chuckled and pointed to the Cirrus that he'd just filled and said I bet he wishes he could say the same. The Cirrus mans face was a picture that has stayed with me.

Another place that I enjoyed visiting was London Colney. The facilities are just a caravan and two runways but the natives are very friendly and a few minutes walk away is the De Havilland museum. Well worth a visit with a decent cafe and low entrance fee.
 

Halibut

First Solo Pilot
#20
Always thought it would be fun one day to fly to Damyns Hall, then get the train from Upminster into London. How great would it be to fly to work?
 

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