Thursday 20 June 2013 07:15 UTC
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I have never got the first day of the year in my logbook and thought I would try this year however I don't know where is open. Does anyone know where is going to be open within 100nm or so from the Cambridge area?
I know Compton Abbas and Popham normally have the fly in but as was mentioned on another thread I guess they will be closed due to all this rain so I guess hard runways may be the only option.
Thanks Andy, I didn't think there would be that many although Southend and Biggin would not really be very interesting destinations.
Do you know if there are any fly in's happening at the airfields that are open?
I've been first to fly from Redhill several times, White Waltham at least once, Boundary Bay once or twice... I try to make a habit of beating everyone else into the air from where-ever I'm based.
This was not easy at Redhill as the Tiger Club was full of enthusiasts eager to do the same thing.
Boundary Bay has been no problem as people are not as enthusiastic about doing such things there, bed is a better idea!
Redhill was usually boggy but there was always the peritrack
Heathrow used to accept private aeroplanes I believe.
In BC wondering wandering
russ82, you didn't say it had to be interesting
Knock Lydd off the list too then, though they are a friendly airfield there is very little to do locally.
Shoreham - great new restaurant, great views on approach and option to go into Brighton or walk into Shoreham town. Would meet you there but if the weather is ok we shall be flying.
Other hard runways south of London are at Fairoaks, Blackbushe and Denham, all open I believe. Not sure what they have to offer.
Oxford is very swish and not that expensive but it's not cheap to get into the town and there is little on site.
Coventry has lots of aviation history on display and worth a visit if you've not been.
Leicester has a great club atmosphere and good grub, as well as RobL to chat to if he's around.
Imagine what you might try if you thought you could not fail...
I have flown in to Biggin Hill before and it certainly has all the facilities some may want but I am more of an interesting grass airfield like Compton Abbas kind of chap.
I doubt I will be leaving the airfield so if the grass airfields are out of action maybe Shoreham will be a good place to head as it has been a couple of years since I flew in.
I have just spoken with Compton Abbas and they have advised me that if the rains carries on like this then it is likely to be cancelled, however I will be keeping my fingers crossed.
Looking at the forecast for that area, it isn't going to be getting any better. I'd suggest we consider some hard runway alternatives Russ.
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh why can't I?
Popham are also not that confident the runway will be open for the fly in either but will hopefully have a better idea on Monday.
Maybe Shoreham could see us on New Years Day then. Ether that or head north if the weather is ok up that way.
I've just rung around airfields in the south - with a hard runway.
Only Coventry, Leicester and Shoreham are open.
Food definitely available at Leicester - probably at Shoreham (best to phone the restaurant). Unable to contact the flying club restaurant at Coventry.
Old Buckenham open - but no food / refreshements.
Henstridge open - but no food
Southend - Open - but no food
The following are closed:
Lydd, Connington, Wellesbourne, Wolverhampton,Gamston, Gloucester, Kemble, Shobdon, Panshanger, Stapleford.
So looks like Leicester or Shoreham.
Sywell - no answer
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