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Old 8th Aug 2013, 10:31
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Thanks for the explanation. As I said, if I'd kept up better with the never-ending saga I wouldn't have needed it!
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Old 8th Aug 2013, 11:39
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Thanks NS, I thought it was self explanatory, but on reflection not everyone spends most of their work life trying to navigate public procurement. Fortunately my line of work has nothing to do with airfields or aviation.

I must have missed it if they decided back in May that this was being kicked into the long grass.

Does this mean the Toberymory grass cutters / grave diggers will continue to assess the suitability of the strip?
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Old 8th Oct 2013, 15:10
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Glenforsa Closed Again

Glenforsa Airfield closed on September 30th UFN.

Daily runway inspections continue

In the A&BC merry go round the contacts are now:-

[email protected]
[email protected]

D.O.
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Old 8th Oct 2013, 19:39
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Any idea why?

Was there another incident, or the runway gone very soft?
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Old 8th Oct 2013, 21:23
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Will get the keyboard out in the morning and ask them why

Let you know if I get an answer......
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Old 9th Oct 2013, 08:51
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Glenforsa

Aircraft just taken of from Glenforsa.

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Old 9th Oct 2013, 08:52
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Yes but he's been there several days! I would take off whether it was closed or not.

Surely you must know more about the situation?

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Old 9th Oct 2013, 14:24
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Glenforsa

Surely you must know more about the situation?
Not the case I am afraid, our first indication the Airfield is closed following the morning inspection is usually a call to cancel a room.

Argyll & Bute Council do not feel the need to inform us when they are closing the airfield despite the fact that 90%+ of airfield users are coming to the hotel.

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Old 9th Oct 2013, 16:04
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Officially closed until 30th April 2014.

Sheep are moving back in, and I assume no movements, although I have requested clarification, but it looks doubtful.

See you in the Spring then

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Old 9th Oct 2013, 16:52
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So does that mean CLOSED closed, or if you fancy your chances without an inspection and don't mind a low pass to clear the sheep you are good to go?
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Old 9th Oct 2013, 17:27
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That's what happened in the past. Different world nowadays though....It's a pity, but that's the way it is.

Watch the same happen to Prestwick.... Lol

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Old 9th Oct 2013, 19:57
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Were the sheep not moved off at weekends last year? And were moved off at other times if someone PPRd.
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Old 9th Oct 2013, 20:21
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Part of the response was- to preserve the integrity and condition of the grass...
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Old 9th Oct 2013, 20:24
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Would that be the grass which has survived for the last god knows how long with aircraft landing on it?
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 19:47
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Here we go again. A&B Council have today issued a tender for SBAS Instrument Flight Procedures at Oban, Coll and Colonsay. I thought that had been properly knocked on the head the first time round when someone sensible pointed out that having a 1011ft hill 2km from the 19 threshold not only means you couldn't design a procedure to 01 with an MDH any better than just flying VFR, it also meant that the 2/3rds of the time when you'd want to land on 19, the circling minimum to allow you to do that would be 1300ft+ so again you'd be better just flying VFR.

But we'll see whether anyone puts a bid in.

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Old 11th Feb 2014, 22:09
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They have probably allocated a 1.3m budget, so no doubt someone will come along with a convincing proposal, and get more public money. Any old NDB'S going cheap...
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Old 11th Feb 2014, 23:52
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having a 1011ft hill 2km from the 19 threshold
Crikey is it that high? Landed there on 19 last May and both me and my flying buddy remarked on it. Wondered whether I would get a base leg in actually.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 00:48
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Crikey is it that high?
Ditto, I would never have guessed it being that high, I may have my heading mixed up but we are talking about the hill on the other side of the bridge, behind the Falls of Lora hotel right?
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 07:54
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The hill referred to is the lump at the NE end of the caravan park on the 19 approach. It fills your screen as you position right base for 19. As highlighted it sits app 2km from the 19 threshold. Not really a hill behind the Falls hotel, just a rise.
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Old 12th Feb 2014, 09:03
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I just wonder who's pushing this. I can't imagine it's Hebridean Air Services because I can't see how any IFP would give them lower minima than they currently use in their VFR ops.
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