Saunton Sands question
Mrs O&H and I have just come back from a weekend break at the Saunton Sands hotel, and very nice it was too. We were half way through Sunday lunch and were interrupted by what sounded like quite a large helicopter. So I made my excuses and got up to have a look and watched a black AS365 land in the garden of the hotel just to the west of the pool. It shut down, one passenger got out and went into the hotel and then it took off again heading south.
My first thought was that it was a rather extravagant way to go to the pub for Sunday lunch and then I remembered a discussion on PPRuNe a couple of years ago about operating under an AOC and someone said that a PPL with 100 hours could land at the Saunton Sands hotel, but an AOC aircraft could not because of the small take off run at the hotel (with a westerly wind its basically a hedge, a cliff and then the ocean).
Now an AS365 is not normally operated by a PPL, so what am I missing?