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Welcome to Redhill!
It's a lovely large (water retaining) field situated just a few miles North of Gatwick Airport. It has a multitude of runways, although do not worry about these as from late summer round to mid spring they are normally waterlogged and all take offs and landings are done from the curvaceous (I love curves )CD taxiway, after using the taxiway a few times you'll really fail to understand why other airfields go to so much bother to make their runways straight
Redhill enjoys full ATC and on the odd occasions when the N/S runway is in use they enjoy endless chats on the phone with their colleagues at Gatwick about airspace busts and the like, so please if you plan to visit ensure you are fully aware of VRPs and circuit patterns full details at http://www.redhillaerodrome.com/
If like most pilots you would like to enjoy a bite to eat then please arrive early as for some reason unknown to mankind even on barmy sunny days the café and bar closes around 3ish leaving pilots and visitors wandering around aimlessly looking for blackberries, mushrooms or a natural spring!
No one knows what fate awaits Redhill maybe an equestrian centre, housing estate or even a hard runway but with fuel, lots of Helis and a small museum why not visit while you can
Roy - http://www.gbakw.co.uk
We're keeping former members of the Pup group in it...
Seriously, it's in Hangar 9 I believe (the blue one next to the barrier to get airside and drive to the tower) and is open sporadically...
Now closed I think
Visited Redhill today. Great airfield and so easy to find. Thought that having ACT and having to use VRP would be difficult. Not at all. I had made sure I had learnt up the the VRP beforehand and noted that the M25 made a useful line to follow - I could even read the roadsigns at 1300' to see when to turn off! Main problem was departure where I had done less homework. For those not in the know the A23, which is the crosswind, is not a dual carriageway and thus less obvious than I expected. Ooops. Apologies all round as we speedily (as speedily as the 140 will go) got out of the corner clipped off at Gatwick. One learns. I will take more care about learning up departure procedures in the future. However, if I am allowed back, I would be happy to visit Redhill again.
Does anyone know please whether the cafe opens when the airfield is closed?
I've looked on the airfield website and cannot see any contact info' for the cafe.
I've got an interview nearby tomorrow and would rather eat at an airfield than a service station!
No chance of flying down, I'm not current plus Redhill (and probably my home airfield but don't take that as accurate) appear to be swamps!
The cafe is run by Chef On The Road, contact numbers are on the website. They are usually open 9am-3pm at the weekend (don't know about weekdays).
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