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10-18-2004 09:44 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Rupert2

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Hi,

I have a second hand radio controlled helicopter which I would like to learn to fly. I live in Swindon. Does anyone know of any clubs/individuals located with, say, 25-30 miles of Swindon who could teach me to fly my helicopter?

thanks,

Rupert

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10-18-2004 10:13 AM  13 years agoPost 2
steve69

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Our club is just west of Didcot, should be easy for you to get to, go up the A420 towards Oxford, then turn onto the A417 just passed Farindon, stay on that road through Wantage and on towards Harwell

Map Here

This is our web site http://www.helicollective.org.uk/

We have a few guys just starting out on training gear at the moment so you wouldnt be intimidated by a load of pro flyers, I'm only hovering about and just starting to try to move into forward flight

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10-18-2004 10:30 AM  13 years agoPost 3
smudge

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Have you tried the Ridgway heli club? we have a site near Blunsdon.

What helicopter did you buy?

Also have a look at ATS, http://www.aerialtrainingservices.co.uk/ they are just off the Marlbourough road south of Swindon.

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10-18-2004 02:35 PM  13 years agoPost 4
dariof

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I have to say...you folks over there have the coolest names for the towns / cities you live in. Blunsdon...Didcot...Swindon.

I have always been interested in visiting your Country..next year I will make it happen.

Best Regards, Dario

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10-18-2004 03:47 PM  13 years agoPost 5
steve69

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Interesting names perhaps, but interesting places their not.

Didcot is mostly well know locally for the large power station, the cooling towers can be seen for miles!

Swindon= Large council estate/overspill from Slough.

Blunsdon: never heard of it and it's fairly local to me so it's probably a tiny village that only has about 10 houses and one pub


I wouldnt live anywhere else, although I have tried but they would'nt let me in!

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10-19-2004 09:27 AM  13 years agoPost 6
smudge

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Blunsdon, is also the home of http://www.flairproducts.co.uk/

Swindon was originally a pig market lots of years ago.

The name is derived Swindon is from SWINE (old word for pig) and DON (town)


That should get you going....

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10-19-2004 02:51 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Rupert2

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Thanks for the info

Thanks for all the info guys.

I hail from Oxford and have no quarms about putting the boot into Swinedon even though its now home. In answer to the other question, I have absolutely no idea what helicopter I have, only that its white and looks like a helicopter. A friend of mine had it sitting in his garage unused for about 2 years and gave it to me for nothing. Since then its been sitting in my garage for another 2 years. Time to get it airbourne I reckon.

Steve, your invitation with some fellow novices is too good to pass up, can you give me any more details about the times the club is on and who I could contact etc.

ta

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10-19-2004 03:46 PM  13 years agoPost 8
steve69

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Hi Rupert,

Our club has almost no restrictions on flying times or days, it depends only on the weather and having someone there with you ( we prefer that no-one flies alone for safety reasons).

Generally there will be someone there on the weekends as long as the weather is good enough and quite a few afternoons you are likely to find Frogbaiter AKA Steve L there.

Frogbaiter or Angelos are the best people to contact either via PM here on Runryder or via their E-mail addy's that are on our web page Here

The guys at the field are pretty good at sorting out heli's, a couple of weeks ago one of our new members (Shelldon) came along with his new Sceadu 50 that he had almost finished building, just for the guys to check it over to see if he had missed anything. Within an hour they had him actually hovering his heli by himself. He had come with no expectation to fly, he hadnt even brought his canopy or fuel along but that didnt stop him getting a couple of quick flights in
A true testament to the helpfullness of the guys at the field,
I was very nervous the first time I turned up but now I feel like I am part of a family.

By the way, our club night is on thursday at The Pack Horse Pub just across the street to the flying site, map and directions are also on the web site, come along if you can/want and meet some of us, we will be there at about 8pm

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10-21-2004 07:27 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Rappy da Raptor

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Dorset

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BMFA

If you go to http://www.bmfa.org and scroll down and click on the club list you can search for clubs in your area

Good Luck with learming

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