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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Helicopter Crash Macclesfield, Cheshire 15 Nov 2009 Reply with quote

Another sad day

A helicopter crashed in Macclesfield, Cheshire killing one.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8361523.stm
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not been a good week either side of the pond.

3 dead in a Lifeflight crash Sunday and a veteran CFI on the 7th in the desert in California, plus a fatal FW last night.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More details now emerging the Aircraft was an R22 G-RIDL and the pilot has been named as Tony Sullivan 69 from Woodford.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is terrible, what a dreadfull week for aviation. It is frightening stuff for a student pilot such as myself, and its times like these that make me question why I so desperatley want to learn to fly helicopters.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paddywak wrote:
...It is frightening stuff for a student pilot such as myself, and its times like these that make me question why I so desperatley want to learn to fly helicopters.
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Believe me this qualified pilot thinks the same sometimes!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because, Paddywak, you are being taught by experienced instructors who are ALWAYS mindful of their students' and PPL(H)s' safety and capabilities. So, carry on flying and enjoy every minute of it.

I know that our instructors would always teach our students/PPL(H)s to NEVER EVER push their boundaries. When it comes to SFHiring especially, if the weather is 50/50 we err on the side of caution and suggest that they SFH on another day. Thankfully our PPL(H)s do take our advice. We are not there to spoil their day when they have been so looking forward to flying off by themselves. We want to count them out and count them in.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey paddy.

You might want to have a look at this thread too - my first post on there (seventh one down) applies equally today, as it did 4 years ago. (Sadly, some of the posts have been 'cleared' by the author, but I think you'll get the idea of the conversation from the replies there.)

I think you're right to be concerned about it, but do so positively - make sure you're happy with the equipment you're flying, and your ability to fly it, and you'll be as safe as you can be!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that link JTL, intresting stats. Catwoman, your'e right I am under instruction from very good pilots and I do take advice from them whenever it is given, and so far so good. I also do my best to know my own limitations and apply common sense, but its the experience I lack and so subsequently the confidence too. Perhaps the very fact that I have this in the back of my mind will help to keep me on the right track, (no pun intended). I will do my best to be as safe as possible and enjoy my time in the air.
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The AAIB have, today, published their report into this accident, which can be found here.
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