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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:21 pm    Post subject: Today's Pilot Fly In at Nottingham Tollerton Reply with quote

I drove over (not a fly-in for me anyway) to the Today's Pilot Fly-in on Sunday at Nottingham Tollerton, mostly lots and lots of fixed wing, special emphasis was placed on Cessna and Pitts of which there were numerous. Rotary was restricted to a Westland Scout (I think it was anyway), an R44, some R22s and a Jet Ranger. Head and shoulders above everything was a huge Antonov AN2 which (correct me if I'm wrong) is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) single engine plane in the world. There was an article about this particular plane (LY-BIG) some time ago (possibly Today's Pilot ?) about flying it to the UK having purchased it. I believe it currently lives at Tatenhill most of the time.

Central Helicopters were doing a very brisk (non-stop) trade of pleasure flights over the city and back using their recently acquired R44.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David,

I managed to get over late in the afternoon, and saw the AN2 take off - used remarkly little runway to get airborne, I thought. (But then, I'm not a plank pilot, so wouldn't really know what a lot, or not a lot is!)

I should've posted here yesterday morning to see if anyone was going along - could've met up for a coffee or something!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to Tollerton in about an hour or so - part 1 of my QXC - glad I didn't choose yesterday!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm unlikely to be allowed out of work, but I've got my scanner here (still in the car after yesterday) - what will you be flying, and I'll have a listen out for you!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor reception in in Bingham, and an office in the basement doesn't help.

How did it go, Foxy?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought the AN2 takeoff length was amazing given the size of the thing, it seemed to require a third of the runway compared to some planes 1/3 its size, the fly-by and pull up (or whatever its called) second time round was also amzing it seemed to go up like a lift !

I would have posted/looked on Sunday Morning but it was a late decision to go.

I thought the Westland Scout was an interesting machine given its age, it was obviously built to last, just looked it up www.helis.com which is quite a useful resource.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must have missed the Scout - certainly wasn't around at the end of the afternoon Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scout left mid-afternoon as did a Jet Ranger which briefly called in.

Foxy, I think you would have been fine doing your QXC the circuit was very busy but everyone just seemed to thread in with little or no fuss and as long as everyone kept their eyes open, fixed wing to 27, helis (to the grass triangle), microlights and Central Helicopters tourist flights.

First time I'd been to a fly-in, the marshalling was interesting to watch as was listening to the very efficient ATC and the differing calls made to the tower.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:49 pm    Post subject: Qualifying Long Nav Reply with quote

It went brill!!!!

Sheffield to Nottingham was good - look out for the 'rectangular lake' at Holme Pierrepoint (north of the field) as a guide to the target zone, talk to Vera in the tower and aim for 03. My original instructor Phil was there with a R22 student doing his first solo circuits and encouraged loudly from the tower when he completed each one! I put the 300 down on the grass as no-one was quite sure where I should be but it all went well. Met the two students who were flying (Central Helicopters at Tollerton) and then set off on the long leg to Humberside. That was interesting as I've only been once before, turning in the overhead. Had to avoid Scampton in case of Red Arrows as I was quite a bit later than I told them when I phoned up earlier but the guys at Waddington were so helpful. I aimed at Sturgate (SG-1?) and even skirted that when I got there. The River Trent does some amazing twists - from 2000' you can see exactly how oxbow lakes form. That would have been useful in my O Level Geography!
Long hover taxi from the end of 03 to the parking spot on the apron and a warned about long walk to the reception in the terminal building via the C cabin for form filling. Got my sheet stamped there and set off home. Last leg via the southern tip of Finningley (call it what you want - it has many names) and again wonderful views of the Trent.

Total time 4hrs 5 mins and 2.5hrs flying time as P1. Just totally excellent.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Foxy, well done!

I know what you mean about the Trent - furthest downstream I've been is probably Newark, but even then, between Tollerton and there, it's very much all over the place! In a way, quite disorienting if you're expecting a roughly straight river.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:59 pm    Post subject: Q X C Reply with quote

Well done FF

Great achievement - no taking route of least resistance when flying, unlike the river trent.

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