Black­bushe rip-off

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

I have been based at Black­bushe on and off since 1982. I nor­mally fly small GA sin­gles and have been charged land­ing fees of up to £28, but gen­er­ally £14 which seems quite fair.

Re­cently I was picked up there and dropped back in a PA-31 to take some­one to Black­pool for a funeral. Imag­ine my hor­ror when I re­ceived a bill for £312 for two land­ings. Se­ri­ously? It seems Black­bushe’s fees jump from £25 for be­low 2,500kg to £156 over 2,500kg MTOW. This air­field ob­vi­ously doesn’t want GA and uses un­der­handed meth­ods through an un­rea­son­able scale to rip peo­ple off. I will never visit again and sug­gest you don’t ei­ther.

An­drew Free­man, by email

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