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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin,

They haven't really got great fly-in type facilities there, but how about other airfields in the area. Not sure if these have restaurants but those who fly down in that neck of the woods might know...

Redhill ?
North Weald ?
White Waltham ?
High Wycombe ?
Goodwood ?

Any others members can recommend? It certainly would be good to have a fly-in down South to give people a chance to meet our Southerly members!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

animalsticks,

The Heli Lanes are awesome. I did H9, H10, H4 with a student the other week. He thought it was amazing! Quite a high workload with all the radio and you have to be spot on with the altitude and position along the routes, but it's a great feeling flying over the city. Definitely go with someone who's done the Lanes before - you can share the workload and it will give you a chance to enjoy the sightseeing!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarah

All of those have fly in food facilities.

Don't forget Denham with Biggles Restaurant next to the tower, had an evening meal there last Tuesday before setting off for Cornwall at 2230.

I think some of the eateries don't necessarily follow airfield opening hours so always worth checking first.

The only drawback with Redhill is getting to the other side of the airfield from the Cafe to pay your landing fees, so organise that beforehand with credit cards if you can. Other than that its a great place, sometimes home to me when I am not in Cornwall (its not their fault though).

All with the exception of Goodwood are very close to controlled airspace, so nav needs to be pretty good.

Some of the airfields mentioned do have specific helicopter procedures so make sure you read up before you go if you've not been before.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only eaten at Booker ( High Wycombe), if I remember correctly its a bistro style restaurant but very nice.

The restaurant is sandwiched between HeliAir on one side and Helicopter Services on the other.

Went to pop into North Weald on my way back from Stansted a few weeks back but they seem to have security on the gate so didn't bother going in.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we don't have to stick to an airfield for a fly-in if we can find a suitable hotel type of place to fly to with plenty of parking area and a sensible approach.

Perhaps we could eventually get to "The Coppleridge Inn" just outside Shaftesbury after all. Heli friendly and oodles of space for loads of helis.

We have been there a few times - fab food, own hens so freshly laid eggies, friendly cat, very chilled out atmosphere, fantastic location.

Just another idea ...............

And there is another heli friendly location in South Wales (Cardiff area I think) called Miskin Manor. The owner of the hotel was with us at Heli Air the other day.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always nice to land off-airfield, but finding one that can accommodate lots of helicopters can sometimes be tricky. The main reason we were looking at licensed airfields was so that some of the students could come along.

I think if we do a mix of airfields and hotels then it gives everyone a chance to choose which fly-ins the wish to attend - we just need to start having them more regularly! Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think we need to organise dates well in advance and then people can out the dates in their diaries rather than bat a series of dates about and not get anything done.

Anyway, reference Miskin Manor I'm currently in a Travel inn about 10 miles away and here for a few days so will pop along and have a look.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oi martin
your enthusiasm is admirable, you really get around.

how about a trip to the helicopter museum at weston they recently sent me an email saying they're trying to encourage people to fly-in,
or how about a coastal place - a bit of a sea breeze to practice.

Perhaps we could arrange to do some topical training like mountain flying or low level. something that we could all fly to attend, do the training and have lunch together - like they do track days for motorcycle riders/ off-road training for 4x4 drivers - is there anything like that for pilots???

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mountain flying course would be a great idea. Snowdonia is great for this and there are some nice hotels and airfields around there.

In another direction, how about the Isle of Wight (we keep saying we're going to get there but we never do)?

There is a 4x4 experience that we were trying to sort out down south, but it was just proving difficult to get everyone together on the same day.

Helicopter museum is also worth flying to. Keep the suggestions coming and we will try to plan a bit of a schedule to give people a choice of events.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Happy to help. Have loved helicopters all my life, but never have had or will for the foreseeable future have the funds to get my licence. Attending get togethers by road keeps me around helicopters.

Looks like we may have some possible locations for the rest of the year. Am going to look at a hotel near Cardiff as a possible location.

Very happy to help for next year especially with the Isle of Wight, have visited the island for the last nine years to visit the in laws. Guess the IOW would be good for pilots to practice water crossings albeit the shortest part is only a few miles.

Will report on my findings at Cardiff later in the week when I get home. Photo uploads in a hotel may not work too well.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Brands Hatch / Silverstone Reply with quote

Not sure on landing fees but both Brands & Silverstone have food during the day (burger & chips style!) and usually some cars whizzing round. Been into Brands quite a few times -Lots of space for heli's. If coming from West/N West pop through the lanes then into the LS - Maybe Northwood to Isle of Dogs then for the braver return Oxshot East - N/Wood. Rochester is a couple of minutes for fuel if needed.

Silverstone would be good practise for anyone going in next year for the final British GP (I imagine it will be hectic next year!!!) I believe Porsche now do some track activities both race style & 4x4.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:03 pm    Post subject: tt Reply with quote

would anyone be interested in flying to the isle of mann for the TT races next year. we'll have to be quick as B&Bs get booked up well in advance as do the compound tickets if you wanted to go there too.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toodled along to look at another possible for a get together.

The Miskin Manor hotel near Cardiff.
McBad, you probably know the place by Junction 34 of the M4.

Large paddock for landing. The hotel owner has his own R44 and there is a R22 parked there as well. The landing area is a fair size but is surrounded by large trees of about 40ft high and has two large trees in the middle.

If anyone is flying down that way perhaps they could overfly to have a look. Its in the north west corner of Junction 34.

Will post some photos when I remember my photobucket password.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi oi_martin, yes, I know the Miskin Manor although not from the air (yet). You drive right past it when you are going along the M4, or if taking the road from the M4 to Llantrisant; it's pretty much on J34 of the M4 so easy to get to by car. I've eaten there once (someone else was paying, always the best way Smile ) and the food was good with a nice atmosphere; wood panelling and log fires, that sort of thing.

I bumped into a couple who fly into quite a few hotels in their own R44 and they spoke highly of the owner, although they also mentioned the trees...

Certainly a possibility.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zipped and caught up.

Another plus side to organising regular fly ins every couple of months would give the chance for people who are hour building and training to practice their nav skills flying to all sorts of places, particularly the isle of man. If/When i get my license i'd like to go there to see the TT one year!
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