What do you fly?

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SwissJonese

1,291 posts

125 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Kneedowndean said:
Helicopters for a living.
Kneedowndean - what are those extensions on that helicopter. I saw what I thought was a police heli flying over Cardiff a few times with something similar?

AshVX220

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4,387 posts

140 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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SwissJonese said:
Kneedowndean said:
Helicopters for a living.
Kneedowndean - what are those extensions on that helicopter. I saw what I thought was a police heli flying over Cardiff a few times with something similar?
I thought they were like sprayers of some sort.

classicaholic

483 posts

20 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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R22, R44 ratings

khaosai

119 posts

149 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Spent many a happy hour in a mix of Cessna, Piper and Grob aircraft before moving onto airline flying on Boeing aircraft.

Flew the 757 for 4 years which is still my favourite airliner. Also flew the 747 for 4 years and have now been on the 777 for over 16 years. Spend approximately half my work schedule in the simulator now which keeps things varied.

Had a flight in a Harvard which was lovely and would like to fly a Spitfire, Hurricane and Mustang.

Would be nice to finish my career on something like a King Air or Twin Otter.

If I could have my time again I would try to join the Military.

eharding

10,303 posts

234 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Sold both my shares now due to current family commitments, but had a share in a Pitts S1 G-MAXG for 5 years, and Yak-52 G-YAKH for 15 years.

Rented various club PA-28s, C-172 and C-182 (the one James May did a TG race in, long since written off), and also the club Pitts S2As G-STUA and G-ODDS, as well as the Extra 300 G-SIII.

Missing it like crazy, but needs must.


frodo_monkey

612 posts

146 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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AshVX220 said:
Cool, do you know Dezzie Taylor? She's a mate/colleague of mine.
Not from the F3 but she was an instructor on Dominies when I went through as a student c. 2003. Having done an instructional tour I would fully understand if she didn’t remember me (known as Frodo).

Jaguar steve

6,023 posts

160 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Nothing anymore.

I have some hours hands on with a mate in the right hand seat of a PA38 and Cessna 172 and got to the stage of making reasonable departures and landings without any poo coming out and I thought about a PPL but the bug never really bit and I ended up wasting all my pocket money on a boat instead.

I might give it another go one day 'tho scratchchin

phil squares

23 posts

51 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Started off in the military, was a T-38 instructor, then flew F-4 and F-15 on active duty and the B-52 in the reserves. Have flown the 727, A-320, 757, DC-10, 747, 777 and 787. Retired now and trying to figure out where the time goes every day! Was also a TRI/TRE.

pushthebutton

1,051 posts

132 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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phil squares said:
Started off in the military, was a T-38 instructor, then flew F-4 and F-15 on active duty and the B-52 in the reserves. Have flown the 727, A-320, 757, DC-10, 747, 777 and 787. Retired now and trying to figure out where the time goes every day! Was also a TRI/TRE.
Right.

Who wants to go next?

Petrus1983

3,080 posts

112 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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pushthebutton said:
Right.

Who wants to go next?
Haha - I may as well as can’t be further away - an ikarus c42 and various gliders - I enjoy them a lot so can’t imagine what it’s like with some of the above!

RalphyM

61 posts

74 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Neptune188

239 posts

127 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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RizzoTheRat said:
Neptune188 said:
Also frequently seen in the back of ASK13's, Grob Acro III's on instructor duty. Will be getting motor glider ticket back shortly. Have approx 5-600hrs total time across all types.
Is the Acro the one the RAF refer to as the Viking? I did a weeks course in a Viking and then solo'd in an IS-28 B2, K13, and converted to a K8. Long time ago though, would love to take it up again.


Sort of. Once the RAF had made their mind up they ended up with the Acro II, which got the Viking name. There were three variants - the Acro I, of which there aren't many. Acro II which were many and plentiful, and the Acro III which was Grob's attempt to compete with the K21. Very well built, good performance but didn't win much business due to awkward cockpit loadings and the K21 already entrenched. Goes well and i'm warming to it as a training aeroplane.

Slushbox

1,484 posts

55 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Gliders, then Ikarus C42. It's a Rotax engine on a stick. Like flying a tumble-drier, only noisier. Does have a heater. Does not have much else.

V. nice to fly, apart from the deafies.

Here's the local air-field and a landing. It's a field.

(Not my video.)

https://youtu.be/QpOIas_Vokg

Petrus1983

3,080 posts

112 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Slushbox said:
Gliders, then Ikarus C42. It's a Rotax engine on a stick. Like flying a tumble-drier, only noisier. Does have a heater. Does not have much else.

V. nice to fly, apart from the deafies.

Here's the local air-field and a landing. It's a field.

(Not my video.)

https://youtu.be/QpOIas_Vokg
If you look above we have the same flying history laugh

edfrp

100 posts

167 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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LimaDelta said:
Very nice, yours is a little more complete than mine.
Nice workshop, and handiwork smile

Only a few more thousand rivets to go!

Slushbox

1,484 posts

55 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Petrus1983 said:
If you look above we have the same flying history laugh
You'll have to speak up, I've been flying an Ikarus C42. :-)

I moved from Microsoft Flight Sim to gliders. Ye Englishe Wevver mostly fouled up gliding. 'Thermals' in March over Surrey are a mere fantasy. Best part was the winch tow. After that, everything was downhill.

C42 though is a hoot. It's the Fiat Panda 100 of aircraft. Great times.

tfin

346 posts

72 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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I have a share in a PA28 based at Manchester Barton.

Currently working towards flying the bigger stuff.


Petrus1983

3,080 posts

112 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Slushbox said:
You'll have to speak up, I've been flying an Ikarus C42. :-)

I moved from Microsoft Flight Sim to gliders. Ye Englishe Wevver mostly fouled up gliding. 'Thermals' in March over Surrey are a mere fantasy. Best part was the winch tow. After that, everything was downhill.

C42 though is a hoot. It's the Fiat Panda 100 of aircraft. Great times.
They’re great little things. I don’t really want to progress from super lights now as they’re advancing so much the useability they offer is great.

renmure

3,060 posts

174 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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The motorbike of aircraft...


Kneedowndean

4 posts

57 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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AshVX220 said:
I thought they were like sprayers of some sort.
They’re actually GPS antennas for the LIDAR mapping equipment under the belly. Basically we 3D mapped the rail network, and it required extremely accurate GPS measurements. Two antennas sticking out mean the equipment can tell exactly which direction the aircraft is pointing. More than likely, over Cardiff, it was one of ours working on the railway. Interesting sounding job, deadly boring to fly!