Joined: Jul 20, 2004 Posts: 3702 Location: Birmingham, UK
Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:51 am Post subject: Lunch with a Difference - Your Recommendations...
I thought since we've been discussing hotels that charge landing fees and like doing paperwork, I'd start another thread about the the places that are helicopter friendly and don't put you through all that nonsense. If you've been to a nice place for lunch that you'd like to recommend, please post it here along with a link to their website if applicable, any experiences you had there, and any advice about the landing area you can give. If you took any pictures it would be nice to see those also.
It would be nice to build up a thread here with a wide selection of "highly recommended" landing sites people can fly to.
The helipad is located between the tennis courts and the building. The big field for large gaggle of helis is on the right of the tree at the side of the helipad. It is literally 2 or 3 minutes walk from the buildings.
It was either the owner or the manager that had been taking helicopter lessons a couple of years ago, so hopefully there will be no charge. Sadly his instructor got killed in a heli accident. I do know the deceased pilot's name but it just escapes me at the moment.
If I get chance tomorrow, I will phone Coppleridge and find out if they charge for helis or not.
I have it on good but second hand authority that the Warpool Court Hotel at St Davids, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, is helicopter friendly, and not extortionately expensive. We almost got married there, but didn't for various reasons. I don't think there is a landing fee but it will be PPR.
Joined: Sep 28, 2008 Posts: 52 Location: Tiger Country
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:55 pm Post subject:
Doing a recce from an airphot is always fun....
It reminds me of the story I once heard about the General on a visit to an Army barracks somewhere in the UK.
The Gazelle pilot who was driving him in circled the primary HLS and decided that some parked cars were too close, so he diverted to the secondary HLS - the tennis courts. Just before grabbing the headset from the departing VVIP, the pilot confirmed pick up in 3 hours, closed the door and took off to refuel at another army base.
3 hours later, on the dot, the Gazelle swung into view and dropped into the tennis courts to see the General waiting in his finest uniform.
Only when the headset was on and they'd taken off did the General explain that the gate to the tennis court was padlocked and the unit being visited had spent the last 3 hours trying in vain to find the key He'd spent the last 3hrs chatting to various bigwigs through the chainlink fence.......PMSL
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