Black­bushe rip-off

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

I was in­trigued by An­drew Freeman's com­plaint about the £312 land­ing charges at Black­bushe and went to their web­site to check the fees. The £156 listed only ap­plies to air­craft with a MTOW 3,501-4,500kg, not the 2,500kg as stated; the cur­rent land­ing fee for an air­craft with MTOW 2,501-3,500kg is £96. The other clear dif­fer­ence is that in­cluded in the price for air­craft over 2,500 MTOW are the han­dling charges, in­clud­ing use of the crew and pas­sen­ger lounge fa­cil­i­ties. These all come with an ad­di­tional £60 charge for air­craft un­der 2,500 MTOW.

Ev­ery­thing in avi­a­tion is about due dili­gence and pre-plan­ning. Not checking the land­ing fee and then com­plain­ing is not a valid ba­sis for peo­ple not to fly there. On the other hand, if the PA-31 is within the 2,501-3,500 cat­e­gory then maybe An­drew should ask for a re­fund. I’m only aware of the PA-31P be­ing over the 3,500 MTOW, and fly­ing around in a pres­surised twin is a dream for most of us GA pi­lots.

I’ve never flown at, nor am I as­so­ci­ated with Black­bushe. But sug­gest­ing that the gen­eral GA pi­lot, who is un­likely to have to pay more than the £28.80 land­ing fee (751–1,500kg MTOW) should boy­cott this air­field is a rather large ex­ag­ger­a­tion! 'Tim'

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