Did the crop spraying up in North Derbyshire with Mike Horrell, flying round the lakes & dams where the Dambusters was filmed. Our landing site was (53.3405N, 1.7229W). Lunch at the travellers rest just over the road. He parks the heli overnight next to the car park.
The goal is actually low level handling (I mean low!), tight turns (also low!), hill flying, avoid the rambler and generally all the stuff you never do when flying from A to B. I did 2.5 hours in two stints and was wiped out. Mike would normally do 7 hours day when actually spraying.
Most of my flying has been East Anglia, so the big things with grass and sheep on them seem to get in the way up there
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Sounds like fun! Didn't think they still did that in the UK because of the chemicals.
Hmm, yes, 2007. Catwoman, are you a year behind us all? Must be all those sheep from your garden that have got in and eaten away at your calendar! Mind you none of us actually noticed of course (except you rjc - you win the prize for observational skills today!!).
Okay, okay - so I said 2007!! You all must know I meant 2008 (Thanks a bunch rjc )
Work is wearing us out so much that we don't even know what year, or month we are in half of the time
Give us break
As mentioned, The Coppleridge Inn is a heli friendly establishment. I had better not absolutely confirm that right now though When me and blme visited this place the year before last (now which year would that be!! 2006 or 2007!!!, or it could have been as far back as 2005!!) we asked how many helis they would accommodate and the answer was "at least TWENTY".
It is 28 APRIL 2008! and Catwoman has been been onto the sites for Manor House Hotel and The Knoll House Hotel, both in Studland Bay, and they look perfect, as is Studland Bay beach. And for any of our helitorquers who are more daring there is a section of the beach that is specifically for "nudists"
So, which one is to be?
MANOR HOUSE HOTEL - BH19 3AU
THE KNOLL HOUSE HOTEL - BH19 3AH
Are either of those weekends that I posted earlier okay with everyone? Just got to decide which weekend now. Me and blme need to know fairly quickly because of our flying school commitments.
Both look great. The Knoll House has a health spa to relax in. Although the Knoll House looks surrounded by tall trees. At least all the prices look to include dinner as well. I'm sure there is some negotiating to be done on those prices.
JTL, could the poor NATS student be able to potter along to have a look at approaches and landing areas, etc.
We are not going to be passing until late May.
I have just been updating the diary at work and realise we can't make the weekend of 4 & 5 July because our boss is on holiday and we won't be able to get any cover. Would the weekend of 19 & 20 July be okay? And still keep the possibility of the weekend of 28 & 29 June as well. I have pencilled both weekends as provisional in the office diary.
oi_martin - I like the idea of The Knoll House as well, because of the swimming pool. But I am happy to go to either hotel - whatever the majority of votes we get.
We shall wait for James T Lowe to come back from his recce on both hotels.
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