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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a look at the Balmer Lawn website, that large piece of ground to the left of the hotel on Google Earth is a cricket pitch, so guess we would need to check there was no match on that weekend.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WG,
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.

Great fun, spray training was to the SW and the lakes just N. Flying round the area, snake pass etc. 2.5 hours in total. I have a few pics, http://www.flickr.com/photos/73525384@N00/sets/72157604755820856/detail/, the boom is real but empty.

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 Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A collegue does some model making for the Heli Museam in Weston-super-Mare, and sent me this...

http://www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk/helidays.htm

...I was thinking of trying to make it over. If I can do some flying before so as not to make a complete fool of myself on the day!

I was told they normally have a fuel bowser at the museam over the weekend, which is a couple of miles away. So people can top up before heading home.

The museam also has a landing area and welcome visitors. If I cannot make this, I think I will try and head over during the summer at some point.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should this thread not be Summer HeliTorque Get-together 2008, or this is test of us folk?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rjc,

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!!).

Well it will be nice if you can come along. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wg,

Well, it isn't crop spraying as such. It is mostly bracken control and heather re-seeding. A couple of the vallys we ran down were pretty narrow and windy in places, but going up them is worse.

I would recommend it to anyone, it really does help handling skills - you are virtually never in normal level flight. If you cannot read the wind direction, things get very interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhirlyGirl wrote:
Mind you none of us actually noticed of course


Ahem! I did. And post three of this thread has a different subject accordingly....

Although, I quite liked the idea of a 2007 get-together for early summer. Leaves scope for a 2008 get-together later in the year...!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Lowe wrote:
WhirlyGirl wrote:
Mind you none of us actually noticed of course


Ahem! I did. And post three of this thread has a different subject accordingly....


My apologies! Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, okay - so I said 2007!! You all must know I meant 2008 Rolling Eyes (Thanks a bunch rjc Confused )

Work is wearing us out so much that we don't even know what year, or month we are in half of the time Shocked

Give us break Confused

As mentioned, The Coppleridge Inn is a heli friendly establishment. I had better not absolutely confirm that right now though Rolling Eyes 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".

Anyway, just a thought.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Lowe

Thanks for those links.

Studland Bay is fabulous. And both of those hotels look good. Will look at them tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Shocked there is a section of the beach that is specifically for "nudists" Embarassed

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.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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I'm sure I could manage that at some point. No problem. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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As for negotiating - WHIRLYGIRL'S yer gal Wink
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If we go into mid July it starts to go into peak season and the kiddy winkies will be off. Will check with Mrs Oi to see which sounds best.

I guess we will be arriving on Saturday and departing Sunday lunchtime.
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