If anyone has some flight planning experiences please do forward these to the webmaster and we will build a list of tips to help each other. Some tips already exist. Try the following:
May’05 - Portugal Plus! for tips from a tour of France, Spain and Portugal
Aug’05 - August Adventure for tips from a tour east to Holland, Germany, Baltics and Poland!
May’06 - Fly to the Sound of Mull for an interesting trip in Britain
Jun’06 - Alternates in Europe from a tour that was very different from that planned!
Sep’06 - Scilly Isles Adventure this delightful spot is not so far away...
Oct’08 - How about Flying in Romania? How GA operates in this part of the world...
Just in case you want to try something even more ambitious, follow the Big Adventure by club member Jim Nisbet as he flew around the world in 2008!
There are also some ideas for internet preparation and route planning at Internet Planning Tips
Below are some places visited by club members over the past few years. If you know of a great place to visit (or possibly a place that you found to have some issues that you would like others to know about) then please let the webmaster know so we can add them. In time, we hope to have pictures and a more consistent set of data for each location, but this is a start that hopefully encourages you to try somewhere new!
Alderney, Channel Islands - is a great GA destination. Duty Free goods and low cost fuel are available and it's the most unspoilt of the the three islands with airfields. It has three runways two grass and one tarmac. Remember to fill in the customs and special branch forms at least 12 hours in advance, file a flight plan and off you go! Several club members know the trip well, try John Milner for sound advice on the local issues and/or go to www.flyalderney.com Sunday buffet lunch at the Old Barn Restaurant on a summer's afternoon is well worth the taxi ride to Longy Bay. (Jan’05)
Beccles - Three Horseshoe pub, food ok, 15min across (muddy?) field paths
Bembridge, Isle of Wight. Friendly place, good runway, decent pub food actually on the boundary, easy walk to a nice little beach or Bembridge town. Watch out for gliding ops using grass strip parallel to the hard runway. www.eghj.com Easy enough trip, just requires usual care circumnavigating the London TMA, very little water to cross. Approx 75 mins. The Propeller inn is open again - shut for a period in 2004. The other walk from the field is up to the monument on the headland, quite a steep walk but worth the views. (Jan’05)
Biggin Hill - Socata base
Bodmin - Eden Project
Boston, nr Coningsby - for BofB Memorial Flight and Tattenhall Castle (National Trust)
Caernarfon, Wales - cafe and small onsite aircraft museum
Carlisle - Gateway to the lakes (GA Apr 2004 P48) Cafe www.carlisleairport.co.uk
Chichester (Goodwood) - Good cafe overlooking airfield. Right in the middle of the car racing circuit! Fly here for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival meeting and avoid the traffic jams!
Compton Abbas - Film set Museum
Cosford - Air Museum (linked to Hendon), military so 24hrs PPR necessary
Croft or Skegness for Grunsby Hall (National Trust)
Deauville, France - go to HonFleur, restaurants all around harbour. Plus Old town. See Deauville Information for some guidance from Derick.
Derby or Tattenhill for Sudbury Hall (National Trust)
Elvington - Massive Runway, nice museum
Fairoaks - cafe, interesting for ATC calls and possibility of Ascot, Burnham procedure
Gloucestershire (Staverton) - Cafe, Transair
Jersey - Pay a visit to the Old Court House Inn
Keystone by A14 - short private strip, The Pheasant Pub/Restaurant
Le Mans, France - old town and race circuit (2.5hr flight each way)
Le Touquet - well if you haven’t been, you need to. It is a good place to target for a first cross channel trip. Once done, you can explore some of the other places mentioned here and be a bit different! See Le Touquet Information for some guidance from Derick.
Old Buckenham - Cafe (updated-end04), associate membership gives free landings all year
Popham - interesting dog-leg approach, on site cafe
Rochester - On site cafe
Sandtoft - Cafe, Transport Centre (10min walk)
Shobdon - Cafe, NW of Gloucester (Pembridge 3 miles)
Shoreham - Cafes (public and club), Transair www.shorehamairport.co.uk
Stapleford - on site cafe
Syerston (RAF) for The Workhouse (National Trust)
Turweston - Cirrus and PFA, limited movements
Waterford - Historic town with lots to see including the crystal factory. Airport has excellent facilities. Paul Drakes can recommend a glorious B&B! Suggest over nighter is best a it is a way away. Nearly a couple of hours in Saratoga but worth it. (Jan’05)
Wellesbourne - for Charcotte House (NT) in walking distance & Stratford-upon-Avon
Welshpool - you can walk across canal and fields to Powys Castle (National Trust)
White Waltham - clubhouse/food, interesting aircraft (YAKs etc), quite bumpy
Wickenby - Lincoln, coffee bar and small Control Tower museum.
Wycombe - on site cafe, often busy with gliders, helicopters and training aircraft. Unusual overhead join along runway heading.
Andrewsfield - Watch out for the bumps and it can be muddy
Redhill - Check to see who might be around to help. Got very muddy in ‘04