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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: SFH from Plymouth? Reply with quote

Does anyone know of any operators or individuals who have an R-22 for rent at Plymouth Airport? (or nearby!) Or any recomendation for freindly schools in the area etc?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not aware of an R22 in the Plymouth area, but there is an R44 nearby for SFH (on a good rate)based in Newton Abbot if that helps. No Helicopter training allowed at EGHD. I can recommend AH helicopters based at Dunkeswell.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only know of privately owned robbies down here.

Andrew at Dunksewell is very good but is a 300 man.

There is also a school near Bodmin that also operates 300s called Moorgoods.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm.. seems the south west is a robbie black hole .. Sad

Do any of the private robo owners you know of rent their ships out?

Realistically I would only be looking for 2-3 hours max a month...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why stick with a Robo? Have you ever considered moving up to a 300 or an Enstrom? It would improve your chances of finding a machine nearer to you. Idea
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a catch 22...

I am quite possibly going to be in Plym during term times, and back up in Welsh borders during hollidays etc... I dont want to have to keep 2 ratings current.... one is expensive enough! Razz

Might look into Switz and Enstroms if I cant find anything else...

Do they generally compare roughly in terms of cost, performance and range to the robo?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.helinews.com/comparison.php
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant link thanks Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are typed on an Enstrom and 300 you can alternate LPCs so you don't need to keep both current through expense, you need minimum experience on each throughout the year but no need to renew each by LPC each time.

Cost wise 300s are usually dearer but then the whole package of landings and other fees can sometimes swing the cost back in its favour.

300s are slower but if you are just going flying for the sake of going lfying then it doesn't really matter.

My opinion
300 great trainer , rubbish tourer but great fun to fly.
R22 rubbish trainer, good tourer, great fun to fly if you are nice to it.

It depends on why you want to fly in the first place if its for fun go with the two types if its to get around comparatively quickly stick with the R22.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If speed is your thing try a 500, I will let you have one sfh and you can take 4 to 5 people at 135 kts if you wish. Which means per seat / miles far cheaper than an R22 !!! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My opinion
300 great trainer , rubbish tourer but great fun to fly.
R22 rubbish trainer, good tourer, great fun to fly if you are nice to it.



Just to add to that...

The Enstrom is a great trainer, good tourer and great fun to fly whether you are nice to it or not. Smile


Here's one based in Plymouth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh2CrgUqSDA
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If speed is your thing try a 500, I will let you have one sfh and you can take 4 to 5 people at 135 kts if you wish. Which means per seat / miles far cheaper than an R22 !!! Wink


The 500 is on my dream list... but I dont have that many friends wanting to fly all the time Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tegwin wrote:
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If speed is your thing try a 500, I will let you have one sfh and you can take 4 to 5 people at 135 kts if you wish. Which means per seat / miles far cheaper than an R22 !!! Wink


The 500 is on my dream list... but I dont have that many friends wanting to fly all the time Razz


You will...... trust me!!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finding lots of friends is easy.... finding the ones willing to pay their share is much harder Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tegwin wrote:
finding lots of friends is easy.... finding the ones willing to pay their share is much harder Razz


Good point, well made!!! Sad
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