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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 9:49 pm    Post subject: Introduction. Reply with quote

Wanted to say hello! loving the forum! I am 17 going on 18 and have planned my first trial flight. An away day hopefully 2 hours flight with 2 hours ground school! I have wanted to do this since i was a lil kid! Wonderd if you all could share your first flight experiences!

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

goughy

It seems that I too have had rotorwash in my hair since a very young boy. There was a show on TV in the USA called Whirlybirds. I never missed it!

The desire stayed with me many years but I decided that the fixed wing arena offered the greatest opportunity for me at the time. I did not get my PPC until much later in my 30+ years as a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.

The initial flight was beyond belief. I flew a Bell 47 over fields and farmland. The lakes, cows, buildings and countryside took on a new beauty that I had never experienced before. I felt like I was floating and unlike many who take helicopter flights, the zero airspeed hover didn't bother me in the least. The low altitudes at which we fly offered sights not enjoyed by fixed wing pilots. We fly with the birds. The ability to land just about anywhere is simply an exhilarating experience.

Training can be tiresome at times and often dis-heartning when progress is slow, but don't give up! It is funny about helicopter training..... When all seems like a mystery....it comes together magically, and the world of heli-flight is yours forever.

It is said that there are only two kinds of pilots. Helicopter pilots and those that wished they were helicopter pilots. It takes a special kind of pilot to fly helicopters. It is a machine that YOU fly, NOT just one that is flown.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Goughy - Welcome on board!

To give you an idea of what the entire UK PPL course is like, you might want to take a look at myflying diary from when I did my training a few years back.

Best of luck. Just one quick question, where are you based?
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well i have read that a few months ago actually! Great read. Took me a few days to fully appreciate what you wrote. Im based in coventry! I went to the airport to get more information. Gues what.... i got no where! Couldnt really get to see anyone.

How about you?


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goughy,

Why don't you pop into HeliCentre coventry? I'm there all this weekend and between flights I can give you some information and show you around if you like.

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good age to start Goughy! I had my trial flight on my 14th birthday and got my PPL when I was 17, CPL at 18 and FI(H) at 19. Don't get me wrong it was incredibley hard work but very rewarding. I reckon if your keen on getting your PPL then now is a good time. No tie downs, family, businesses etc. If you are ever around Scotland then please feel free to visit me, and like Sarah I'll happily show you around and help you with any questions you may have.

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow! whirleygirl! Ive taken a few trips down to coventry airport and just today actually but i can only ever see 'heli.org'! Its not open and i can then only see fixed wing sites! if you could describe on how to get there then i would certainly come down today and have a look!

Yes i can see why trying to gain the PPL so young is so good! I am currently planning to join the police force. It will show such alot about my character if i got the PPL! Its sometyhing i have always wanted!

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! You must have gone in the entrance by the Aviation Museum. We are actually at the Western entrance (Baginton) where there is a secturity gate. Just tell them you are visiting HeliCentre. We're actually more or less done for the day but if you happen to be free tomorrow (Sunday) between 9 and 3, myself or a colleague will be in the office and would be more than happy to give you a tour!

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah thats where i thought most of them were! I didn't really want to go up to the gate incase i wasn't meant to be there! Looks like ill be up tomorrow then! OOOOO Im getting nervous lol!

As a side note when i got home in nuneaton. a black R44 went over my house! Was that form coventry airport??

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Goughy,

Not sure about the R44, not one of ours anyway. Look forward to meeting you tomorrow. Just tell security you're visiting HeliCentre and they should let you in!

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh right! Yeah ive got a busy day tomorrow! Looking forward to finally having a look at a helicopter up close! I havn't yet even seen one! Shock shock....Horror horror! Would it be ok if i brough my camera?

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well finally i can say ive seen a helicopter....HOWEVER it was small! haha! Thanks Sarah for the look around even if we did get soaked! Im buzzing now!


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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goughy,

It was a pleasure to meet you. I could see by the grin on your face you've already got the bug and you haven't even been flying yet! Just wait until you get into the pilot's seat and have a go at holding it in a hover for yourself. Look forward to flying with you at some stage, when it's less wet!!

Any questions just fire away or pop in again and we'll do our best to answer them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it was good! Im glad i finally found it! Ive just got to try and find the mo-ho-ney now!

I know that the R22 has a maximum flight range of 270 miles approx! How far realistically could you fly for? Could i travel to scotland for the day for example? I suppose what i mean is, should there always be a certain amount of fuel always in the helicopter?

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Goughy,

The R22 is good for about 3 hours flight time - how far you get over the ground will depend on your airspeed (92 knots?) and the wind!

Nothing to stop you going to Scotland - you can always plan to stop for fuel at one of the many airfields on the way up.

You'll find that the ANO specifies "in the case of a flying machine or airship, that sufficient fuel, oil and engine coolant (if required) are carried for the intended flight, and that a safe margin has been allowed for contingencies".

My advice would be not get anywhere near to risking running out of fuel - the last thing you want to be is the subject of an AAIB report, because you threw the machine at the ground due to fuel starvation!
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