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Old 8th Aug 2012, 14:34
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That is what I am saying.
Everyone is shooting in their own foot by being outrageously expensive, refusing competition and Tesco defending the islanders.....since when Tesco has been interested in transport and since when a piece of land can help buy such expensive machines.....Everyone seems to be either lying or suicidal!
My theory is BIH could not afford buying new helicopters and was closing the business anyway. Any other option was no way as good as the actual Heliport so why would they want to get rid of it. Land's end is few miles away from Penzance(the train brings a lot of custom), Truro would add expenses, flights being longer....

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Old 8th Aug 2012, 14:38
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But every little helps ... Whilst Tesco pay their reduced taxes in (non UK) Switzerland
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Old 23rd Oct 2012, 10:11
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West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, has revealed that talks are underway with an unnamed helicopter operator to save the rotary link to the Isles of Scilly and would launch next Spring. He claims this particular helicopter operator is one of the biggest in the world...
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Old 23rd Oct 2012, 11:30
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Hence my post number 92 .... I repeat..... "It's not over till the fat lady sings" and she hasn't even got on the bus yet.
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Old 2nd Aug 2014, 12:35
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So, how are things going now that Land's End has its brand new hard runways?
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Old 2nd Aug 2014, 12:55
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Well LEQ only reopened on Tuesday over a week later than scheduled due to issues with the surface so probably a little early to tell how things are going.
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 17:44
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Lands End-Scilly helicopter

ISSC is to start a helicopter service in 2018, Lands End to Scilly, presumably to challenge the Tresco Estate plans to reinstate Penzance-Scilly.

https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 18:31
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I very much doubt there is room for 2 competing firms to provide helicopter service to Scilly. I imagine the 2 firms involved probably believe so as well. I would refer anyone of a different opinion to the situation in the Scottish islands with Loganair, Eastern and Flybe.

We are thus left with the question as to which of the 2 firms with commercial responsibility for any losses from helicopter charters will blink first and back down
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 19:24
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Penzance has the better weather options, but the question is whether it is up and running soon. Clearly this is a calculated attempt by the ISSC to undermine the option. They’ve had around 4 years (?) to start the service...why wait until now?
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 19:58
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I’m not sure lands end has facilities to hangar a chopper to be honest. Which would then suggest that it would position in from elsewhere ? NQY ? I believe it’s to be operated by the same company that operates the cornwall air ambulance so being NQY based would fit ?
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 23:34
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Lands End has hangars, who's to suggest that those hangars are only for fixed wing.

And it seems that St. Just is some 25% nearer to the islands than a new PZE would be, less fuel burn, engine hours etc. so if it there became a price war, which is always good for the consumer of course, I know who my money would be on winning.
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 23:51
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The reason I query the hangar space at LEQ is that from memory I don’t think the existing structures have the height to accommodate choppers.

It might just be an illusion when your in the hangar but BN2 & DHC6 yes no issues. I could be mistaken. What’s the height difference between the two based models and the proposed chopper ?
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 00:41
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Well it seems the AW169 is 4.5m/14' 9'' tall and the DHC6 5.94m/19' 6'' tall
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 03:45
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Fair play. LEQ it should be then
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 17:36
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Damn sight easier to get to Newquay or Penzance from up country than lands End.
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Old 19th Feb 2018, 18:02
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I wish Mr Dorrien Smith every success, Penzance is by far the most logical place to operate from being on the end of the main rail line, travel to the Isles of Scilly has for far too long been in a monopoly.
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 06:45
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Well according to AA Routeplanner LEQ is only 6.9 miles and 15 minutes from Penzance whilst the rail station to a new PZE heliport must be 5 minutes.

The flying time shall be shorter from/to LEQ, if Skybus could lay on a rail station courtesy bus they could certainly give a new heliport a run for their money.
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 06:53
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Don’t believe everything you read on the inter web. You won’t do penzance to LEQ in 15 minutes. Maybe at 0330 in a car with blue flashy lights but certainly not during daytime flying hours
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 07:17
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But from my day down that way the Emmet's would in the main be creating the world's second largest car park, after the M25, on the A30!
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 07:48
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if Skybus could lay on a rail station courtesy bus
I believe they already do https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co....bus-transfers/
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