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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 09:11   #1 (permalink)
 
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Rotorheads calendar December 2012

December took me through hundreds of photos to find a winter scene, finally deciding to use one of Mark Ogden’s top shots that he took for Ned Dawson’s magazine “HeliOps” some 7 years ago of my old operation over the Victorian High Country.

The BK117 was introduced to the Mt Hotham – Falls Creek ‘HeliLink’ in 1997 to connect two Australian ski resorts that are owned by a single company, and have a common lift ticket. As an alternative to a two hour (good weather) drive the resorts offered a 6 minute helicopter link with 4 hours skiing in the other resort, at the then unbeatable price of $A50 return. Needless to say we were full every flying day, with 10 return flights in the morning carrying 8 pax and the same every afternoon! Cruising at 8,000ft the visibility is usually good enough to see the NSW ski fields as well as the Victorian resorts.

These days an AS350B2 Squirrel is contracted for the task and is a little less busy, but over the years some 40,000 passengers have been carried with special approval to ‘charter equivalency’ requiring single engine helicopters to be put onto Cat A maintenance!

This will be the last Rotorheads calendar from me, after nine years it has lost the appeal it once had and is getting too hard to put together. If someone with basic Photoshop skills and a bit of interest would like to take over let me know and I’ll pass on my overlays, but you’ll need your own hosting site too.


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As always, for Windows users click on the thumbnail to open a higher resolution full picture, and then right click to select “Set as Background”. Mac users should select the background via System Preferences.


Happy Christmas to you all, and may you find a suitable gift under your tree

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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 17:29   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear that you are "retiring" from posting the Rotorheads Calendar. Many thanks for livening up my desktop for many years.

I hope you have a long, healthy and enjoyable "retirement".
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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 19:46   #3 (permalink)
 
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John,

Really sorry to hear that you cannot continue, but fully respect your reasons!

Thank you for all that you have done over the years, I have personally enjoyed every month.

Tigerfish
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Old 5th Dec 2012, 19:13   #4 (permalink)
 
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Stunning pics. x
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Old 7th Dec 2012, 07:54   #5 (permalink)
 
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I've only been able to enjoy the last three months, but many thanks for the stunning pictures and the work you've put in.
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Old 9th Dec 2012, 03:43   #6 (permalink)
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last one

thanks for your efforts over the time John.
Merry Christmas to you and yours and safe flying.
blue skies
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Old 9th Dec 2012, 07:56   #7 (permalink)
 
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Thanks John
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Old 10th Dec 2012, 23:22   #8 (permalink)
 
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Huge thanks to John Eacott for sharing all your fantastic helicopter pictures for the Rotorheads calender!
All the best,
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Old 16th Dec 2012, 16:44   #9 (permalink)
 
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calendar!

Can any one step into the Breach? Seems a shame after all Johns work.
TF
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Old 23rd Dec 2012, 08:22   #10 (permalink)
 
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I have forwarded the keys to a willing volunteer: hopefully the 'tradition' will continue

Thank you for all your kind comments, and seasons greetings for Christmas and for a happy, healthy and wealthy New Year.
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Old 23rd Dec 2012, 08:34   #11 (permalink)
 
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John.

From the Shaky Isles to the east. Many thanks for your effort and dedication.

Nga mihi ki a koe (Blessings to you)

TK
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Old 23rd Dec 2012, 18:37   #12 (permalink)
 
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Thanks John.

Yes Gentlemen I have taken on the mantle since I thought it would have been a shame not to carry on John's legacy.
You might have to bear with me though since I am having to "learn" the art of calender desktop pictures, though John has sent me a nice noddy guide.

In the meantime if people wish to send in their pictures of helicopters in "action"
please feel free to send them to this newly set up email address:

rotorheads.calendar.pictures at gmail dot com

I will always be grateful for any hints and tips though.

Last edited by Brilliant Stuff; 23rd Dec 2012 at 19:52.
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Old 23rd Dec 2012, 19:52   #13 (permalink)
 
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Hint Hint

I updated the email address to calendar.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 14:55   #14 (permalink)
 
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Thanks John!
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 14:39   #15 (permalink)
 
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Hi John

Sorry to see the end of your pics, calendar will be missed by me,

Happy new year to all in Oz and NZ,

Plus all other Prunners


Peter R-B
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