I have emailed Knoll House Hotel to get a normal price for rooms for the 28th June.
It would be £114 per person per night for a room with bathroom or £98 per person per night for a room with just a wash basin and the dunny is in the corridor. These prices include dinner and coffee and full use of the facilities and inclusive of VAT.
Of course, forgot to ask in the email about the helicopter bit, anyone going to nominate me for the stupid award.!!
Just had a look at the chart. The Isle of Purbeck where Studland is, has danger areas to the south and west and the Solent CTA ( JTL whats CTA pls) to the north and east and the Bournemouth zone plonked in there too.
I think the Knoll House would be favourite as it has a health suite but I believe there's some trees around it.
James, see what you think about approaches etc, you will have a better idea than I have about this. I can sort out parking when they are five feet off the ground but its getting to that five feet point is the challenge.
( I think I've got a lunchtime of talking rubbish again, time for a cup of tea).
To all, how many people would be interested in the weekend of the 28th June if the hotel has availability and can take heli's.
If there are any members based along the south of the country that couldn't stay over but could fly in on the Saturday for afternoon tea.
It would be good to get a summer fly in off the ground ( excuse the pun!!)
Knoll House has the bigger area to land. The field is a bit undulating, but there's easily room for a good half dozen helis, or more. Trees aren't really an issue - the obvious approach would be from the east over the water, although it wouldn't be impossible to make an approach from the west, if necessary. If you Google Earth the postcode, (BH19 3AH) the hotel is on the west of the road, with tennis courts opposite, on the east side. The landing area is to the south of those Tennis Courts. Running along the line of the road, are telegraph wires. One point to be aware of, is that the helis would be very visible from the road - whilst it wasn't exactly busy, it is the main road to the Sandbanks ferry.
These first of these two photographs shows a view from the road, looking down towards the Studland Bay, across the field.
And secondly, this is from the same location, looking south (so the water is on the left, and the road on the right) showing the trees, and wires in the top right.
The Manor House Hotel, is a more secluded, and with a much smaller area too. If you Google Earth their postcode, it doesn't quite highlight the hotel - you have to go a bit north. I've highlighted the landing area in this grab from multimap:
Umm, space wise, well, with precise flying, you might get three R22s across there - two would be more comfortable. And maybe two deep. I think we'd comfortably get three helis in. For more, we might need to take along some wheels..! The area itself, looks pretty flat and level, and it's very much hidden from the road, which, in any case, is really just an access road, at best.
Images of the site, the first with Studland Bay behind the camera, is taken from the north point of my red square, looking South West towards the hotel, showing the landing area. Notice the tennis courts on the far side. Also note the tables in front of the hotel - I'm sorry, I failed to check if they were lightweight plastic, or of a heavier construction. In the immediate foreground is a retaining wall, as the area is raised about 3-4 ft from the overflow car park next to it.
Number two is from the south point of the red square, looking over the landing area, back over what I would probably consider to be the obvious approach path.
Again, the obvious approach is in from the east over the water. I cannot see any other easy way of getting into here (but that might be different from the air.)
Number three is taken from the west corner of the red square. The retaining wall is on the right here, and again, looking back down my favoured approach path, there's a concrete something or other just on the coastline there, which provides a useful gap in the trees!
James, thats great. Sorry I didn't mean to pressure you into going this week. Didn't realise you had had time off.
The Manor House landing site looks similar to the Weston Manor in Oxfordshire with that tree right in the middle.
Looks like a lot of space visible from the road and a leisure suite or less space more secluded without a leisure suite. As you said if someone put some wheels in then perhaps we could bunch them up a bit more. Do 22 wheels fit on 44's as well??
Can we please see how many others would be interested in coming along and how many would be flying. Even if some only come for the day.
Helicraig, could be a few hours in your logbook if you come down to Studland and then up to Cadwell.
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