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User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

One for all you UK GA fans out there..... Im sure there's more than 1  Smile

Im trying to do lists/schedules for the comming year as to where and when are good trips/airshows/flyins etc etc.... Looking on the net there are many sites who list flyin's/shows etc etc. But few show if there are good photo spots....

So my question is....... List the best airfields (not a small farm strip with 1 movement per day) for photos of UK GA aircraft... Also airfields that like spotters/photographers. Its not ideal to get told to sod off the minite you get there.... I have listed mine but as i say im looking for anything new out there.

Best fields / Fly-ins.

1) Popham. Superb flyins. Very friendly. But sun can be a problem as its face on until at least after 12.00 noon.

3) Kemble PFA Rally. Hundreds of aircraft and pretty much total access.

4) Air Britain fly in @ North Weald. A very nice day out.

5) Blackbushe. Nice bar next to the main taxi way with the sun behind you. So you are able to sit there all day snapping away and miss nothing.

6) Denham.. Not bad but traffic often slow with the same old aircraft. Good for Helicopters though.

7) Booker : Very good. No flyins though.But i hear theres a big exhibition this year  Smile

8) Elstree : Good if access to the hump is allowed. Sun behind you.

9) Stapleford : OK as again theres a bar by the main taxiway. Always a nice day. Loads of Helicopters and hangers the other side of the field but i have never been given access  Sad

So can you put forward any great airfields to spend the day where you can get good GA photos. Or any good flyins or shows. Im looking at Todays Pilot flyin but do not know were its being held this year. Or the shuttleworth flyin's/shows seem a nice day out..... Duxford seems to be excellent also.

Over to you....  Smile
Simon C


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User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4232 times:

SATURDAY 15TH AND SUNDAY 16TH JULY - BREIGHTON AIRSHOW

www.realaero.com

Breighton's annual International Vintage Aircraft Fly-in and Hangar Bash! Held every July.

I went for the first time last year and it was amazing. £10 to get in, which seemed a bit steep for an airfield, but we were assured it was to cover the cost of insurance and we realised why when we got in. You basically have the run of the place! Over 120 aircraft are around over the weekend and lots of other interesting stuff to see too. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It made a very nice change from visiting the likes of MAN, EMA and DSA.

Apparently, visitors are also welcome at weekends throughout the year. It seems like a very friendly place.

Regards,

Tim.

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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4209 times:
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The Todays Pilot Fly in is being held at Tollerton (Nottingham) again, in August and that is pretty good...a couple of hundred visitors last year but the weather was much better than forecast and that kept people away.
Little Gransden (Cambs) is apparently good in August, a Great Ormond Street charity event and with a vintage theme to everything I believe it is good for photos of things other than aircraft too.
The one I will never miss again is however Woburn Abbey, again in August. It is expensive to get in and you need to be a member of the de Havilland Moth Club to get access to the aircraft park (£25) but I will join. The location is idyllic and there are plenty of images from there on the db. I pestered my Wife into joining me last year but with a huge Farmer's market in the nearby pretty town too, she will need no encouragment this year !
I believe Sywell is having an airdisplay again this year
Stapleford....try ringing beforehand for access, and take a high vis vest - it works at most places !
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

Shoreham has good viewing facilities and a reasonable mix of traffic. There are couple of bar/cafes with terraces (packed with day trippers on sunny days) on the south side of the airfield and opportunities for static photography on the apron are good. Due to the runway alignment and lack of access at the southern end, action shots are bit limited.

The annual airshow is on the weekend of the 16th and 17th September this year. The date has been moved so it doesn't clash with Biggin Hill. There are usually other fly-ins throughout the summer, although none are listed on the airport website yet.

Goodwood is rather limited in what it has to offer - a couple of flying clubs and Elite Helicopters. There are no problems with general access, except on event days (see below). There is a cafe (expensive) with a small decking terrace attached to one of the flying clubs. The layout in relation to the suns path means action photography is really only possible in the early morning.

The only real "fly-in" events are tied in with the motor race circuit - the airfield being in the middle of the race track - these being the "Goodwood Revival" and the "Festival of Speed". Both are expensive to attend and sell out well in advance. They are really aimed at car nuts rather than aviation people. On other weekends there are often track days, so you can watch the cars wizz round whilst waiting for something to happen!

Don't bother trying to find photography spots "off airport". I've cycled the entire perimeter and the local lanes looking but because of the motor race circuit banking and high fencing, there aren't any!

Andrew Scott


User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

Another couple for any fellow Yorkies are Sherburn-in-Elmet, and Netherthorpe, which both have a nice beer garden/viewing terrace.

http://www.sherburn-aero-club.org.uk/EventsDiary/index.htm

http://www.sheffair.f9.co.uk/welcome.htm

Regards,

Tim.



Obviously missing something....
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

May be a Yorkshire trip is in order.... Breighton airshow then Sherburn-in-Elmet, and Netherthorpe the next day. Whats the bet i set it all up and then the weathers rain all weekend  Smile

Any fields further south guys.... Its also just as helpfull to everyone on here (as per Willo's post) that we also confirm the ones that are a waste of time  Sad

Thanks all and keep em comming.  Smile
Simon C

PS : Anyone tried Biggen Hill. I hear its rubbish for photo's. But its the biggest GA field so im tempted to make a visit.... ????



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 3):
The only real "fly-in" events are tied in with the motor race circuit - the airfield being in the middle of the race track - these being the "Goodwood Revival" and the "Festival of Speed". Both are expensive to attend and sell out well in advance. They are really aimed at car nuts rather than aviation people. On other weekends there are often track days, so you can watch the cars wizz round whilst waiting for something to happen!

Oh yes! I have my tickets booked for this year! 1st/2nd and 3rd! I shall be attending all threee days this year to make up for the fact i was in hospital for it last year!  Sad

I mainly go to the revival for the cars but it's always good to snap a few aviation photos. Makes a nice change from LHR!  Sad


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4176 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 6):
I mainly go to the revival for the cars

 Yeah sure

Are you sure it's not just a good excuse to dress up as "Pike" from Dads Army?

 Smile


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

Quoting Willo (Reply 7):
Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 6):
I mainly go to the revival for the cars



Are you sure it's not just a good excuse to dress up as "Pike" from Dads Army?


I don't go in period dress unless i have a press pass for the event. This year i will probably get a pass but only use it for the sunday during the racing.

The people who go all out on it really make the day come alive. It's great to see so many people passionate about vintage racing.

Chris



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User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

Compton Abbas in Dorset is a very nice airfield. They have at least 1 air race event there during the year + an aerobatic competition. Views are good from the car park.


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User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 2):
The Todays Pilot Fly in is being held at Tollerton (Nottingham) again, in August and that is pretty good...a couple of hundred visitors last year but the weather was much better than forecast and that kept people away.

Just found out this is on the 27th of August. So thats one for the old diary  Smile



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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4123 times:
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Simon,
Tollerton is on my doorstep so see you there.
Woburn is 19th and 20th August.
Leicester 20 and 21 May for a meeting of Chipmunks.
Fri 26 th May to Mon 29th at Keevil, Wilts is the Great Vintage Flying Weekend that tends to be a good one.
Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4110 times:

27th of August Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Park Dunsfold Airfield I will be there with my friends from Brooklands Museum helping out.

I wonder if I can get Airside this year!
This the second year is promissing a lot more Aviation activity than last year!


User currently offlineMalandan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 380 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

A late response but I have been away for a few days.
I would nominate three occasions for UK snappers and spotters.

- Without a shadow of a doubt, Woburn is way out in front. Not held at an airfield but within the estate of the Duke of Bedford, who for 2 days provides access to the DH Moth club. The parkland setting is probably as nowhere else with rising ground for spectating on one side, and a lakeside and tree lined background across the grass field runway. Also a public road at one end where Mr Plod stops the trafffic for landing aircraft! For atmosphere, a sense of occasion, the setting and the sight sound and smell of lovingly restored and maintained aircraft, it's absolutely unique.

- Old Warden and specifically their "Flying in the Evening Air" events during the summer (I'm assuming they still take place). The sight of their Bleriot and Avro aircraft struggling into the sky on a balmy summers evening to complete a few tree top circuits is unforgettable. Again a grass runway with the small museum adding interest.

- The PFS Rally at Kemble. I haven't been since the days when it was held at my old home village of Cranfield, but where else (in the UK) is it possible to see many hundreds of light aircraft of such diverse shape, size, type, etc in one weekend - an absolute must for light aircraft enthusiasts, and like Woburn in the respect that the owners are enthusiasts who delight in talking aircraft with anyone who would listen.

All these three locations provide great opportunities for photography and many of my images taken at these locations by me and for me at the time, lie in the database.



My interest lies in the future as I am going to spend the rest of my life there!
User currently offlineNorfolkjohn From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 251 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

Folks,

First off a point about this year's DH Moth Club rally. On 19th August there will be NO activity at Woburn apart from setting up on the ground. This is because the DH Moth Club is celebrating 75 years of the Tiger Moth at Sywell on the 19th. The Moths WILL be fluttering into Woburn en-mass on Sunday 20th August. This is from the Official DH Moth Club news letter for Feb 2006. The bottom line is that it's Tiger hunting at Sywell on the 19th and general Moth catching at Woburn on the 20th.

However the very same weekend I would also recommend the Rougham Aitfield flyin (Saturday 19th) and Air Show (Sunday 20th). This is a nice grass airfield on the outskitrs of Bury StEdmunds in Suffolk. Last year's event was an absolute cracker with lots of variety. Everything from this :


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Event info can be found at http://www.roughamairfield.org

Getting back to GA field spotting and photography, for anyone venturing "Out East" to Norfolk I would recommend Old Buckenham Airfield. This is a former war time USAAF base and now a thriving GA field which is home to several Srearman and attracts a good variety of weekend visitors. Apologies for further blatant plugging :


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Info on Old Buckenham is available at http://www.touchdownaerocentre.co.uk

All the best,

John



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User currently offlineCosmic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

I will include the Hucknall Air Day, this year celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Airfield. I went last year, and it is deffinatly worth a visit.

Some Photos I took from last year can be found by searching 'Hucknall' on a search.  

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 2):
The Todays Pilot Fly in is being held at Tollerton (Nottingham) again, in August and that is pretty good...a couple of hundred visitors last year but the weather was much better than forecast and that kept people away.

Looks like a good visit!. Some interesting Aircraft can be seen looking at your Photographs!

I've started to take an interest in GA lately, and would like to visit some Airfields. I find Photographing them more interesting than Civil Aircraft at times.

Cosmic

[Edited 2006-03-18 14:04:38]

User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

Thanks guys.Theres just so many places to visit. Will i fit them all in.

I have also just found out today im to be a guest at the Farborough Airshow on one of the trade days (Wednesday i think) so im well chuffed !!!

Quoting Cosmic (Reply 15):
I've started to take an interest in GA lately, and would like to visit some Airfields. I find Photographing them more interesting than Civil Aircraft at times.

The very same reason i give CA a miss now. After one very bad day i now almost never go to LHR even though its 10 mins down the road. Being given the 9/11 speach by a policeman & then shouted at from a car and called a sad w###er was not what i called fun and decided there and then that i would move to GA photo's. And i have never looked back.

I do love LHR but it's been photo'ed to death. And unless im going to avoid security and climb up the outside of the control tower there really is little chance of getting something new. I will still go but to be honest my passion for LHR and main airports in general died months ago.  Sad

Simon C



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User currently offlineCosmic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

Indeed, getting called names and facing other problems when you go out is no fun at all. Though I haven't had this happen to me as of yet, I agree.

Your portfolio of GA photos is impressive, and interesting. Doing this kind of Photography has clearly opened up some new horizons for you.

Myself, I find GA photography more interesting and more creative if you like. The Aircraft kind of have more personality in my opinion. Also, there are other advantages such as being able to get closer to the aircraft, and the friendly people you meet.

There is more time to appreciate the Aircraft aswell, and this is where the great tip Mick Bajcar told a me comes in, experiment with different angles!


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Alot more fun than the Photo I got of a bmi regional Aircraft that day.

Of course there are times when Civil Aircraft is interesting aswell, one example would be when bmibaby's latest Aircraft at the time, G-TOYH turned up at EMA and I got the Photograph, and it was the first on A.net.

Who knows? Someone may think that this is all not a patch on Civil Aircraft, but it's indiviaduls opinions at the end of the day!

Cheers,
Cosmic  

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