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Old 25th Apr 2022, 15:18
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Originally Posted by Hydromet View Post
What about the bronze whalers?
Not to mention the box jellyfish!
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 15:21
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Not to mention the box jellyfish!
Now that is nearly as specialised an ecological niche as the Eyebrow Louse
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 16:19
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Since we've drifted a bit, might as well mention the "darling, whose car was in our drive for a long time earlier only I couldn't really recognise it when I was flying overhead ?"

I know of two clubs where this conversation, or words to that effect, ensued...as did divorce proceedings albeit in one case we were treated to both parties, individually and seperate from each other otherwise it would have been murder, kindly expanding on each others shortcomings....which was entertaining really when alcohol had possibly been consumed.
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 17:39
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When we lived in Kenya, I remember my dad following mum's car through Nairobi while flying his Piper Colt at about 1500'... he was circling the house when we left! Although things weren't going well between them by that stage, I suspect he was having fun rather than being unduly suspicious! We were going shopping...
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Old 26th Apr 2022, 03:50
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Most Monday mornings, my brother would take a certain well-known but very hung-over senior pilot for a fly around Canberra in a Huey, looking for the senior guy's car, wherever he had left it the previous night.

One morning, they found the car in an almost-empty car park. As they circled the car, one of the doors opens, and a somewhat-dishevelled woman emerges. Nobody is more surprised than my brother, as it was his mother-in-law!
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Old 26th Apr 2022, 09:16
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
Same in the fields behind the ridge at Halton. Must be a local phenomenon.
Whilst I was still flying microlights out of Halton (1990s) one of the glider pilots said on the radio that there was an 'unusual' crop circle just north of Chequers (yes THAT Chequers; there's no airspace restriction there).
I flew over there and sure enough, there was a perfect depiction of a penis and a pair of b0ll0cks!!
Another non NIMBY. One sunday afternoon the Swordfish was on its way home to Yeovilton after displaying at Biggin. We asked him for a flypast as anyone would (we were still in the 'old' control tower at the time) which he agreed to.
Phone rang and an elderly sounding gent asked 'was that a Swordfish?' to which I carefully answered 'yes'.
'Splendid' he said, 'haven't seen one that close since about 1945!
Conversely at about the same position as this sighting, there used to be an ex boffin from RAE who had bought a house on final approach and had set up a means of monitoring aircraft coming in to land, complaining every time he believed he saw one going below the glidepath. When asked what this system was, he revealed it was a line drawn with chinagraph across one of his upstairs window.!
I asked who calibrated this for him and when was the most recemt calibration certificate issued; of course he couldn't answer and the complaints seemed to stop.
Then slightly further away there was a couple who I happened to know, he was a BA Captain and she was a stewardess. They moved in during about 1990 so they obviously knew where they were in relation to the airfield but that didn't stop her from constantly complaining when large types such as A330s flew over (he didn't say a word of course)
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Old 26th Apr 2022, 11:44
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
Now that is nearly as specialised an ecological niche as the Eyebrow Louse
Yes, you wouldn't want to put your tentacles anywhere close to one of them......
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Old 18th May 2022, 09:27
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I was up at Edinburgh Airport yesterday, and heading along the road to the old RAF site there is a huge development of new 2, 3 and 4 bed luxury apartments/homes just to the East of the golf course. I wonder how long it will take before the future residents start to make complaints about the noise, especially about the late night, very early morning flights.
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Old 18th May 2022, 09:48
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Originally Posted by Dan Gerous View Post
I was up at Edinburgh Airport yesterday, and heading along the road to the old RAF site there is a huge development of new 2, 3 and 4 bed luxury apartments/homes just to the East of the golf course. I wonder how long it will take before the future residents start to make complaints about the noise, especially about the late night, very early morning flights.
Do the cargo and mail flights still come and go during the night? It's about 20 years since I used to fly there.
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Old 18th May 2022, 11:08
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
Do the cargo and mail flights still come and go during the night? It's about 20 years since I used to fly there.
They're all jets now, so no long drawn out prop drone as they go over the borders, but you do occasionally hear them going over after midnight. Looking on playback on FR24 for last night, there were quite a few flights going into Edinburgh after midnight.
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Old 18th May 2022, 15:14
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Originally Posted by Dan Gerous View Post
They're all jets now, so no long drawn out prop drone as they go over the borders, but you do occasionally hear them going over after midnight. Looking on playback on FR24 for last night, there were quite a few flights going into Edinburgh after midnight.

Loganair do mail flights Through EDI using ATR and S340's
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Old 18th May 2022, 17:12
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
Those DC6s were almost always ex Coventry (sadly), actually, though I'm sure they visited, I can't actually ever remember seeing one in BHX.

Moving back to the topic in hand, I recall some years ago NIMBYs living in villages to the west of East Midlands Airport used to phone EMA and complain about noise that had inconvenienced them in the small hours. Problem was, cargo operations being what they are, and sometimes a little flexible in their schedules, the flight they were complaining about - and they had the flight details - actually didn't operate, or wasn't actually operating at that time. They apparently got this information from the (very useful from a enthusiast standpoint!) cargo mayfly that the cargo department at EMA used to issue regularly. They resolved the problem by stopping publication of the cargo schedule!

I wonder if, in the age of FR24, those complainers have resurfaced, given that the real time flight information allows them to know precisely which aircraft was over their heads and when?
He lived in Diseworth and was the most prolific complainer, he was a retired SATCO from…. EMA!
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Old 18th May 2022, 18:54
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Originally Posted by scr1 View Post
Loganair do mail flights Through EDI using ATR and S340's
Can't say I've heard them myself. There was something comforting on the cold, still winter nights, when you could hear the Channel Express Electra coming up from the South long before it got overhead my house. There were quite a few people in Hawick who were interested in this, and I'd often get some saying to me " it was late/early last night".
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Old 18th May 2022, 19:37
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In tbe early '60"s we were staying with my 60 year old nan and pop in their 1840's build big townhouse in Edinburgh. Thick stone walls and heavy windows and you could not hear a sound from outside despite being on a heavily used main bus route. With a railway line running behind in a cutting. The toon cooncil bought a farmers field over the road and built council houses...eventually the petitions came round to sign up and complain to the City Fathers about the noise from tbe trains...answered to their relief by a certain Dr Beeching.
Fast Forward 50 years and at great expense the line was re in stated to become the Waverly Line..
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Old 19th May 2022, 03:29
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The details are a bit foggy but I recall reading in an aviation magazine (Flying?) from the US that owners / operators of an airport there were getting lots of noise complaints from nearby residents. Apparently though the local laws stated that sellers were obliged to make any negative aspects of a property known to prospective buyers before signing a contract, and if the seller made a complaint to the airport, they would be forced to tell every interested buyer about the awful airplane noise. Once this was pointed out to the people complaining, the complaints stopped.
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Old 19th May 2022, 03:52
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About twenty years ago I regularly took part in the quiz night at a pub about 4 miles away and would walk home along the backroads and footpaths, getting back about midnight. Very often a pair of Darts could be heard hauling an F-27 (I think) out of Gatwick, taking papers/mail/whatever up north somewhere... lovely lasting sound on a still evening. Think it was one of those walks when I first saw the ISS. Didn't hear that...
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Old 19th May 2022, 16:10
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Originally Posted by charliegolf View Post
Surprised Madge and Compton Abbas hasn't been mentioned. Or was that fake news?

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Yup, fake news. A certain famous flautist used to get hot under the collar about Compton's traffic though.
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Old 19th May 2022, 16:26
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" some time ago " now, I recall a driver of a certain twin engine aircraft noted for noise, the hush kit didn't make that much difference, operated by a "Big Airline " out of MAN took up residency in leafy Cheshire around Mobberley / Knutsford....and became one of the most vocal critics of the noise imprint on departure from R 24 (as was)
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