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Old 11th Aug 2015, 10:08   #2521 (permalink)
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I was starting to have trouble with my Chinese medical especially with my cataracts so I could see that the writing was on the wall.
If you could see the writing on the wall, they couldn't have been that bad!

That was some flying career ... starting with the JP Mk 1 with the spindly legs!
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 11:39   #2522 (permalink)
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starting with the JP Mk 1 with the spindly legs!
I beg you're pardon. I started off with real Provosts; not kiddycars with a vacuum cleaner in the back.

I'm there somewhere.
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Old 12th Aug 2015, 00:03   #2523 (permalink)
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What a great account, FED. Great to reconnect after all these years and catch up on the rest of the story after I left that area of the business.
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Old 19th Oct 2015, 00:19   #2524 (permalink)
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On another trip down memory lane, this was issued to me 50 years ago while I was still driving on L plates

A licence to operate a Flying Machine issued by the Ministry of Aviation: magic

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Old 9th Nov 2015, 00:13   #2525 (permalink)
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The Rotary Nostalgia Thread

ALLISON 250: Does anyone remember DCA's new directive in 1968 that pilots/LAMEs complete a theory course on the Basic Gas Turbine, to be certified to fly or maintain the Bell206, FH1100, Hughes500?

This course was initially conducted by Hawker Pacific in Sydney by Instructor Frank Pink (1968). It was attended by 3-4 LAMEs and one pilot.

I need verification that I was that pilot. There was a photo published in a Hawker Newsletter of the group I have described, around the Allison 250.

Anyone kept those Newsletters? I would appreciate your help in this matter. Thanks, in anticipation of good memories.
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Old 16th Nov 2015, 10:53   #2526 (permalink)
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Anglia Helicopters accident at Mogadishu in 1989?

Anyone remember anything about Anglia Helicopters Ag-Bell 206 G-BIJC that was supposedly written off in a landing accident at Mogadishu sometime in 1989? Helicopter was cancelled by the CAA 12/12/1990.
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Old 17th Nov 2015, 11:04   #2527 (permalink)
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Yes I remember BIJC..........I owned and operated it between 1985 - 87 in SWales before it was sold and went to Africa. How can I help ?
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Old 28th Nov 2015, 11:31   #2528 (permalink)

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Bo.105 question - leading to other issues

I too am a keen plastic modeller - I run Whirlybird (we make after market items for the plastic modelling hobby, and I'm particularly inrerested in helicopters).

I am currently looking at helicopters used in the North Sea oil and gas industry, with a view to producing model kits or conversion sets for them.

If you want to see some of the things I've produced, look at our website (under construction at the moment, but it will give you an idea of what we do):


This year, for example, I did a conversion kit to make G-BALZ, and previously I did several S-61N conversion kits (for aircraft from Bristows, KLM, BA and Schreiner), S-58Ts from BA, Bristow and KLM, and a BA Boeing Vertol 234.

This year, I'm trying to do some sets for Super Pumas - probably a SAR one (either G-JSAR or one of the Bond ones) as well as rig support aircraft from Bristows, Bond etc. Can anybody help me with good detailed photographs of the aircraft (close up so that I can see all the small maintenance markings etc. if possible), and also enough information so that I can help the modellers out there to use and modify the existing 1/72 model kits (Italeri are still producing 1/72 Super Puma kits, but the Heller ones seem hard to find)? I need to know which features (such as fuselage length, window configuration, sponson design etc.) apply to which aircraft - they seem to vary quite a lot from operator to operator.

I am also interested in any other helicopters used in the North Sea, so any information would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11th Dec 2015, 05:57   #2529 (permalink)
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With more trips down Nostalgia lane, I recently found this publicity shot of Dave 'Wobbly' Warren and yours truly taken for a recruiting brochure. If anyone comes across Dave then embarrass him with this

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Old 11th Dec 2015, 06:48   #2530 (permalink)
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Possible caption, John...

"Really?.. You know, you're the first person to have said that to me".
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Old 5th Jan 2016, 17:59   #2531 (permalink)

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If DennisK is the former colleague of Roy Spooner previously trading as Spoonair/Spooner Aviation then I hope this thread finds you in good health. Sadly Roy flew off to that Great Aerodrome in The Sky on 17th December - he always spoke highly of you and I will make mention of the company's endeavours at Father's funeral on 29th January to which you are most welcome.
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Old 6th Jan 2016, 15:58   #2532 (permalink)
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Dennis K is indeed the man...hopefully he will see this in time. Sad news about your father...I knew him only in passing but he certainly made an impact at Shoreham.
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Old 30th Apr 2016, 19:02   #2533 (permalink)

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Regarding G-AWAP

In reply to:

"Does anyone have a good photo of G-AWAP?":

Following the recent tragic accident involving a Airbus Super Puma, I was minded about a similar incident involving G-AWAP shortly after I stopped being a regular passenger on board for GEGB overhead line inspections. A search lead me to this forum and the above request for any photos of G-AWAP. Well here are a couple

The pilot in the head-on shot I believe is Capt. Tom Wotters a Vietnam veteran from Iowa. Others at the time in addition to John Crewdson were Cdr Phil Bartlett ex RN and Capt. David Hetreed ex Arny Air Corp.

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Old 1st May 2016, 10:23   #2534 (permalink)
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I too would be interested to know more about G-BIJC and the circumstances of her being in Somalia. Surely Mog was a war/famine zone in 1989? What was a british reg helo doing out there at that time?
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Old 2nd May 2016, 12:10   #2535 (permalink)
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Prince Michael of Sealand sent me these images of G-AWAP:

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Old 2nd Dec 2016, 20:26   #2536 (permalink)
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This pilot is Fred Le Grys. The only teetotaller to get a hang over on Coke, My boss in Sumburgh, Shetland in 1972/3
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Old 23rd Mar 2017, 10:38   #2538 (permalink)

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Originally Posted by Savoia View Post
PANews well done, that was a great discovery and completes the post!

For those just joining the thread PA is referring to post #1063 on page 54 which talks about a special exercise conducted by the British Army using Westland Scouts conducting evaluation missions for the Scottish Police in 1968.

Thanks to PA we can now complete the crew photo:

Back row: (L-R), Sgt Young, Insp MacLeod, Insp Rhoden, and Insp Inglis
Front row: (Order unknown) Major Maurice Taylor of the Lancashire Fusiliers, Captain Jerry Jones of the Royal Corps of Transport, Ronnie Matthews of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Regiments and Lt. Norman Overy
Norman Overy is my grandad
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Old 15th May 2017, 20:35   #2539 (permalink)

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Aerial view of the ceremony to mark the start of building the M1 at Slip End/Pepperstock, near Luton, in April 1958. The motorway opened the following year. BEA Whirlwind?

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Old 18th May 2017, 04:42   #2540 (permalink)
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This sure was an interesting thread until they ran Savoia off. I can only look at so many pictures of an Astar in the Himalayas.
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