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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Mountain Flying Reply with quote

I'm looking at doing a day of mountain flying in Wales as part of my CPL hour building, and I was hoping someone might be able to offer some links to resources on mountain flying, any tips or suggestions?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The heliair weekend is very good! You get loads of flying, and it's a good weekend's fun too. The flight there and back was quite demanding and we had an in flight wx diversion to Hawarden.
For pre reading I'd suggest the Mountain Flying book.

http://www.transair.co.uk/product4.asp?SID=2&Product_ID=614

If I had to do my hour building again though, I'd concentrate on some of the stuff that I'd have to do during the CPL course. I found the nav fairly tough as I hadn't done it to that standard before. Might be worth your while investing in an hour with an instructor (you can bring him up and you still be P1), and getting him to brief you on the nav part. They you could get that right on subsequent flights. Another is confined areas, same thing, and the same on any of the more complex exercises. The CPL course is not that many hours to get everything right. If you come in ahead of the game, then you are in a good position already.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks raffski,

I've ordered the book. I did want to go on a Heli Air course, but the dates always seemed to clash with work and other things I had going on. How much flying did you do on the course and where did you go?

I agree with you about preparing for the CPL course before it starts, in fact I did two hours of advanced exercises with an instructor just the other day, in preparation. Will focus on the nav next as well. Only 40 hours to go so I need to make every one count.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW, Whirls, Sloanes in Mallorca will take you mountain flying.... spectacular scenery!

(That's not to say the Welsh mountains aren't spectacular - just probably covered in cloud most of the time!)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JTL / WG,

I was just about to chip in with that too! I was fortunate enough to sit back seat in a 44 which was doing some mountain flying (with a CPL) when I was out there the other week - the view (and Wx) is fantastic...

If your planning a holiday then I can hole heartedly recommend having a word with Johnny out there.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that - would like to go out to Spain, but I think I'll start with Wales as we've just got back from Florida and can't really take too much time out from the "mountain" of work that's piled up.

I've booked this for Thursday weather permitting, and I expect to be doing about 5-6 hours flying. Also looking for some possible landing sites to give a bit of practice on higher altitude confined areas.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Old thread rekindled...

I fancy doing a mountain flying course this summer as part of my hr-building... was thinking about a jolly up to Scotland maybe. Can anyone recommend a good operator offering a decent moutain flying course up that way?

Thanks in advance! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murdoch,

Thought I'd chip in as I started this thread almost four years ago Yikes! and am now in the other seat answering the questions...!

We're running a mountain course in July round Snowdonia, departing from Leicester. Taking a Bell 206, R44 and various smaller helicopters (R22 / Schweizer) as required. Great hotel, great food (and drink), as well as (most importantly!!) some great flying with a 22,000 hour instructor. Will post more details as we confirm them, but it will be Friday 15th (afternoon / evening) to Sunday 17th July. Of course if you don't want to fly the machine up to Wales you can always drive straight to the hotel and meet us there on the Saturday.

Will keep you posted...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds v.tempting indeed! I was originally thinking of combining it with a flying trip up north but over to Wales for a weekend would be equally cool I'm sure!

Look forward to hearing more detail when you have it..
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murdoch

Try HJS in Aberdeen on 01224 739111.

Call on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday and ask to talk to Derek Jones. He teaches an excellent set of mountain flying techniques and with the 'hills' around Aberdeenshire providing an excellent starting point to practice and the Cairngorms a short hop away they have an ideally placed base.

The flying can take place in R22, R44 and 206L if you wish to rent or if you are bringing your own machine I suggest you contact the guys.

Let me know if you need any help!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic cheers PEF!

I'll give Derek a call & see what they can do... could certainly be an epiC jolly taking the 22 all the way up there come summer! Very Happy
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