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Old 29th Sep 2018, 15:11
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Question for Nav/SD smarties pants.

I got a call from a neighbour across the loch who’s 80 year old father in law has a very keen interest in the Bell Rock lighthouse, he’s read all the books and background on it and she asked if I’d take him for a flight over it so he can get a good view and a few pics.

Me being the nice chap that I am and wanting to keep in good with the neighbors now that I’ve got the M4 with that noisey friggin prop agreed and even suggested that in addition to the Bellrock I could do a tour up the coast and show him the Montrose and Stonehaven lighthouses which I’m more familiar with and turn around at the spectacular Dunottar castle which is also on the coast line.

(Here’s where It ran off the rails) My brother called and I was telling him about the planned trip and he said to make sure that my passenger and I wear life vests, I informed him there was no need as Dunottar and the lighthouses are all along the shoreline, he disagreed and said the Bellrock was way out in the North Sea, I vaguely remember passing a large white building on the Arbroath waterfront a few times with Bellrock plastered across the front and put 2 +2 together and got 5.Apparently the building I was thinking was the lighthouse is actually the Bellrock chipper and the lighthouse is indeed way the hell offshore, a quick look at Skydemon shows a tower in the general vicinity of where my brother described about 13 miles E, SE from Arbroath but contains no further info, is that it? As I don’t think old Jock would appreciate me flying a North Sea search grid pattern all afternoon till fuel exhaustion.

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Old 29th Sep 2018, 15:38
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I believe your brother wins that one.
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Old 29th Sep 2018, 15:48
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PositionLatitude 56 26.065'N Longitude 002 23.230'W
From Lighthouse Board website.

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Old 29th Sep 2018, 16:23
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The tower shown in Skydemon is a met mast for the proposed Inch Cape wind farm. Bell Rock is just under 5 miles west of it.

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Old 29th Sep 2018, 16:42
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Quite accurate, @Maoraigh!

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Old 29th Sep 2018, 18:41
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I’m surprised at the gap in your education. Even I, a Sassenach, knew about Bell Rock!

However, I didn’t know anything about its history or its builder, Robert Stevenson.

The masonry work on which the lighthouse rests was constructed to such a high standard that it has not been replaced or adapted in 200 years.
It’s made out of Aberdeen granite. I’m not surprised.



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Old 29th Sep 2018, 19:26
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Strange, Google Earth doesn't show it, SkyDemon light doesn't, Google maps don't, but Runway HD (CAA 1/4 mill chart) does.
156 deg magnetic range 20nm from your strip.
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Old 30th Sep 2018, 13:08
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It is 15 miles on the extended centreline for runway 28 at Leuchars.

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Old 30th Sep 2018, 13:57
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Definition of "smartie pants" in this context:

"anyone who knows more than me".
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