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    RB, Iíd say half an hour


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    Sourcing hangarage is probably the hardest part of starting out in ownership If your only prepared to travel half an hour, you'll have to get very lucky


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    Marry a farmer's daughter. Piece of cake after that!


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    this is on Afors

    Essex Hangarage available United Kingdom



    Willingale airfield has Hangarage available for a number of aircraft types:
    - Flex Wing (Semi Rigged)
    - Wing foldable 3-axis
    - Gyro

    Unfortunately we cant currently juggle a full size 3 axis, but if you would like to put your name on the waiting list please contact me.

    Willingale runway is 340m*25m oriented 21/03.
    Dawn till dusk flying and a small friendly club with clubhouse on site.

    Please contact Steve for more details 07776 380106.

    Contact the advertiser Contact Details Steve 07776380106

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    Thanks, Trev. Thatís very useful


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    I by chance came across the story on the net of somebody who had build a home built aircraft at his farm near Sudbury to which he has his own airstrip..

    NICHOLAS FRANCIS SMITH
    HEATH FARM
    WALDINGFIELD ROAD,
    ACTON
    SUDBURY
    CO10 0AG

    and seems he runs

    FLYCOM
    FLYCOM AVIONICS LIMITED

    Laurence Walter House,
    32 Addison Road,Chilton Ind. Est.,
    Sudbury,Suffolk,CO10 2YW,GB

    T:+44(0)1787 468 283

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevs99uk View Post
    I by chance came across the story on the net of somebody who had build a home built aircraft at his farm near Sudbury to which he has his own airstrip..

    NICHOLAS FRANCIS SMITH
    HEATH FARM
    WALDINGFIELD ROAD,
    ACTON
    SUDBURY
    CO10 0AG

    and seems he runs

    FLYCOM
    FLYCOM AVIONICS LIMITED

    Laurence Walter House,
    32 Addison Road,Chilton Ind. Est.,
    Sudbury,Suffolk,CO10 2YW,GB

    T:+44(0)1787 468 283
    That is incredibly helpful, Trev. Thanks again, H


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    Quote Originally Posted by _Red_ View Post
    Sourcing hangarage is probably the hardest part of starting out in ownership
    this without doubt is the element which takes the time.

    i got my licence July 2013, and spent 9 months searching for a place to keep an aircraft before room became available at the airfield where i learnt.

    In truth my school was 35 minutes away and everywhere i considered was the same or less, but either were not interested, difficult to get hold of the right person (and when i did it was just and answer phone message left time after time), far to basic conditions (rodent issue) or a price i felt wasn't competitive for a shaky wooden barn with no facilties!

    i consider myself lucky though. I moved house, further from the airfield, but easier to get to (M-road rather than B-roads) and then got in to an airfield only 20 minutes away and know I am in the minority.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PilotPete View Post
    I moved house, further from the airfield, but easier to get to (M-road rather than B-roads) and then got in to an airfield only 20 minutes away and know I am in the minority.
    Thanks, PP.
    This throws up an interesting question for everybody: would you rather have your own private strip at the end of the garden, where there's no-one with whom to share stories and gain advice and support, or would you rather be based at an established field with everything that entails?
    If you're hanging on to a rising balloon, you're presented with a difficult decision - let go before it's too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?


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    I currently have somewhere inbetween.

    I am now at an airfield where only 33% of the time I see someone else. there are half a dozen aircraft at the strip, and many more pilots in the various syndicates, but it is practically a solo venture when i visit. as such miss the club feel where i was previously where there was a school attached too.
    the only advantage i would have to a private strip would be the distance, ie a walk vs a drive - however i'd still need to drive to get fuel on a private strip and I have that option in the 20 minutes it takes me to get to my current airfield. I suspect if i had a private field (and I know of a house which has one only 3miles from my front door from my home) and didn't have the fuel/hadn't preplanned it would take me longer to get in the air as i would need to complete the round trip of going into town to get the fuel


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