I wish to fly into Bristol (EGGD) in a Microlight.

I can see they have a VFR approach procedure here. Can I do this? If so, what are the prerequisites? Assuming filing a flight plan is one of them.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you checked the landing/handling fee at Bristol? I suspect it will put you off! $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 8, 2023 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Jamiec what is it? $\endgroup$
    – Cloud
    Jun 8, 2023 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ 3rd May 2023 comment on sky demon. Someone quoted £299 for landing and 30 mins parking. That's excluding handling. No idea if it's genuine, but it wouldn't surprise me. $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 8, 2023 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Jamiec here are the fees... it's a minefield, no idea how to calculate the total haha bristolairport.co.uk/media/4jsdumh1/… $\endgroup$
    – Cloud
    Jun 8, 2023 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ I also found that, I also can't make head nor tails. Phone atc if you want the answer. In answer to your other comment - Southend. Much more ga friendly. Great large airport. Expensive, but nothing like Bristol. In the region of £30-50 $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Jun 8, 2023 at 14:49

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VATSIM is not a good place to look for information on real-world flying. The authoritative source for what you're looking at is the UK AIP. Here's the Control area chart for Bristol. The textual information states

VFR and Special VFR aircraft will usually be instructed to route via one of the Visual Reference Points (paragraph 5 refers), not above altitude 2000 FT (aerodrome QNH).

Further info also states

Due to restricted GA parking, operators of inbound GA flights must notify handling agents with expected ETA and duration of stay. Handling mandatory

That should give you a pretty strong indication that

  • GA is not particularly welcome
  • It's going to cost you!

There is nothing (except ATC clearance obviously) stopping you from flying into controlled airspace in a microlight with an NPPL. There is no pre-requisite to file a flight plan, as far as I'm aware.


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