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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:55 pm    Post subject: Helicopter Museum Open cockpit day Reply with quote

Sunday 13th March 2011 Cool


I'm thinking of going from Solihull if any one wants to come Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject: Helicopter Museum Open cockpit day Reply with quote

Oh dear oh dear oh dear....
Feeling slightly embarrassed.
If you've been then you know...

Some nice helicopters - a great idea.

Please change it Mr museum guy.

The environment is dated. the handy mans obviously dead and theres crap everywhere - could at least tidy the place.
Attracting people is key when trying to pay for a place like that; just because it's got a helicopter on it doesn't make it good and it was freezing in there. (didn't bother me but joe public won't keep his family in there for long. At least take the chill off)

There was ONE open cockpit which you could sit in - hardly makes a day.
The exhibits are crammed in and had the feel of a hoarders garage.

I understand the concept and heartily agree we should have a national helicopter museum however if that's the best we can do give the collection to Duxford or Cosford and let them build it.

i always thought helicopter people were slightly smarter - we could learn a lot from our fixed wing friends when it comes to museums. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went down there a couple of years ago just after I'd had my first trial flight, it was like a ghost town. I was one of 2 visitors that day, but it was a week day.

I ended up feeling quite embarrassed that day. Those of you that have been will probably have seen the mock up helicopter seat which you can sit on with a cyclic, collective and pedal set up. Like me you will have probably sat in it too but you probably didn't get carried away as you thought there was no one watching and preceeded to make UH-1 type Whoooping noises while simulating your own imaginary approach to a hover while making calls out loud to a tower that did not exist.
I did Embarassed I was new and keen and excited code for (anorak)

After enjoying myself and making a very tidy approach to a hover I landed then turned round to see the tall, thin elderly gentleman that was standing behind me with a grin on his face, I've no idea how long he had been there. I felt a right numpty.

I stood up and tried to think of some sort of excuse, but couldn't. I just said
"Good morning, it's a bit cold in here isn't it?" His grin widened and I disappeared swiftly to the souvineer area to but stickers.

A memorable day. If you are the gentleman in question then I appologise for hogging the seat / simulator but I bet i made you laugh. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's changed a lot in two years guys.There is now a real simulator,film theatre and all the helicopters,other than spares recovery, are in doors.What's more the museum doesn't charge landing fees(other than admission),does a great pilot's breakfast and has helicopters you won't see anywhere else in the world.
Yes the main hangar is cold in winter but it is designed to preserve aircraft not people and what pilot isn't used to a windy cold airfield?
So for those who moan,why not make a donation to help...the volunteers who run the museum would appreciate that !
P.S. there's a great Simulator weekend on 14-15th May,with a Vietnam War theme.See the Museum website for details...www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to an open cockpit day a couple of years ago with a 'friend' had a good day -I have some incriminating pictures of someone hangar flying! Smile

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We also felt rather 'normal' amongst some of the other visitors!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for sounding like a whining old man.

i've edited my previous post that said 'don't bother' it's not my intention to put people off going as i definitely want to see it succeed.

I visited the museum in 2005/6 and loved it. A friend (aircraft engineer) came with me then and he really enjoyed it too.

On Sunday another friend (engineer) came too. I drove via Oxford to pick him up as he was very keen to come. Unfortunately he too was disappointed.
Not sure if we had expectations that were too high having visited Cosford, Shuttleworth, Hendon, Coventry and Duxford in the last few years.

Is it just money needed? If so, how much to get it up to par?
Who's in charge of the whole project or is it a group effort?
Just out of interest who owns the strip? in particular the east part north of the museum? There were jet engine parts sitting there. I also noticed someone walking their dog.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Animalsticks...the museum is a registered charity run mostly by volunteers under a Board of Trustees.It is mostly funded by visitor revenue ,although it has received some grants towards building the hangar etc.
It is also a victim of its own success as the collection has grown rapidly and undercover space is running out.There are plans for expansion but,you've guessed it ,they need money.If you have 250,000 to spare that would build a new hangar or new display areas.....1 million would allow even more,perhaps even a heating/humidity control system .
Small beer when you look at the multi-millions spent at Cosford,Duxford and Hendon !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I visted the museum about 7-8 years ago on a free day from ground school. I really enjoyed it as it gave me a chance to see some rare machine up close. A good morning out, so if it's got better since then I would recommend it to anyone!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think i'll pay the museum a visit, when im down in lovely Zomerzet in the near future , may have to dig out the "mad murdoch" costume for an added giggle Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going on Sunday 11th September...open cockpit day Very Happy
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