Shoreham EGKA has a choice of runways, a tarmac one aligned 02-20, a wide grass runway aligned 25-07 and a short grass one for those blusty days aligned 13-31.
Despite complaints of being expensive, it is an airfield serving a large area, with no competition and in the overcrowded south east is relatively good value compared to other controlled airports around it offering the same facilities. Landing fees start from £17.50 for residents.
ATC are fantastic, the firemen and refuellers are friendly and helpful; that would be one gripe, that the fuel is consistently more expensive than most places around.
Maintenance is available from various organisations and flying schools are open 7 days a week.
Lancing College makes a wonderful backdrop to the Art Deco terminal building. Hot meals, snacks, teas and coffees are served in the main terminal, along with a beer for those long balmy summer evenings where you sit and chat about your latest exploits.
There is a Transair shop situated on the airport grounds and Shoreham is also the base for Headset Services Ltd amongst others.
The website is [url]http://www.shorehamairport.co.uk[/url] and your other half can keep an eye on your arrival time with the live arrival & departure board, along with a web cam surveying the entire airside. Always worth remembering that one!
You can hire anything from a Cessna 150 to a Harvard, a PA28 to an Extra 300, as well as a range of helicopters. The surrounding area is picturesque and the likes of the Isle of Wight are just 25 minutes way for most pilots.
An airport that comes in for a lot of undeserved flak and well worth a visit.