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01-22-2010 01:30 PM  8 years agoPost 1
TachyonDriver

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Earlier today, in the office, I heard a heli and looked out the window. There, circling in and out of the haze and low cloud - too low for the normal overflights we usually see - was an Augusta A109 (don't think it was a Sikorsky S76...) according to a colleague outside, the heli then flew off rather than land on the school field next door (he thought it was on an approach).

My question is would the pilot normally be allowed to fly IFR and did he just lose his bearings and need to gain visual, I wonder.

The local airport (Blackpool) didn't appear to know of the heli. No, I didn't phone up to complain and I told the chap in air traffic as much!! I was just concerned if the heli was having problems.

Tach.

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01-22-2010 02:34 PM  8 years agoPost 2
500Driver

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Tach,

I know the rules are similar but not identical...here it would seem like the heli was operating VFR. In most airspace helicopters are allowed to fly "slow and low enough to see and avoid".

Your A109 was probably operating within the law and maybe on an EMS mission...circling because he was likely told he was no longer needed at the scene.

Anyway...just a far flung guess obviously...

When are you going to come take a ride in the EC 130?

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01-22-2010 03:22 PM  8 years agoPost 3
TachyonDriver

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Hi 500D!

EC130??? I think I missed something - you flying one of those babies now?

EMS? no this wasn't a hospital bird - our air ambulances are all bright yellow I think, certainly the Lancashire one is, similar to the RAF Rescue Sea Kings.

Thanks for the explanation!

I'd love to come and take a ride, at the moment however, the cost of the ride in the big aluminium bird across the water prohibits me

Thanks for the kind offer though!

Tach.

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01-22-2010 06:16 PM  8 years agoPost 4
500Driver

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Yeah...I've grown up a little...VEMD, FADEC, air conditioning, leather seats

Flying tours in the Grand Canyon...well...soon...accepted the job, just looking for housing in Las Vegas now.

The EC130 is a nice helicopter though...the fenestron does fly a little different than a regular tail rotor but nothing I won't get used to in a few hours.

Like I said...open invite to come visit anytime

(pop your head in on RC Groups in the coax section and you'll see all the details)

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01-23-2010 12:06 AM  8 years agoPost 5
TachyonDriver

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Sweet!

Thanks again - yeah it's been a while since I was over on RCG! - Only went there recently to visit the motorcycle section (Venom GPV-1)

Tach.

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