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Helipads, hotels and Others: Requests, Recommendations & Rip-offs

Old 28th Apr 2011, 08:58
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The Swan Hotel @ Newby Bridge, no PPR parking for a few Helis on the grass, situation southern tip of Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

Brill spot good food, and wonderful scenery.

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Old 28th Apr 2011, 16:37
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I usually fly from either Denham or Wycombe. Below is my personal list:

Beetle and Wedge Boathouse www.beetleandwedge.co.uk
Chewton Glen www.chewtonglen.com
Cliveden House www.clivedenhouse.co.uk
Fawsley Hall www.fawsleyhall.com
The Grove Hotel www.thegrove.co.uk
Hanbury Manor www.hanbury-manor.com
Lords of the Manor www.lordsofthemanor.com
Mallory Court www.mallory.co.uk
Priory Bay Hotel, Isle of Wight www.priorybay.co.uk
Tylney Hall www.tylneyhall.co.uk
Washbourne Court www.washbournecourt.co.uk
West Lodge Park www.bealeshotels.co.uk/westlodgepark

For up North, I'd second the Swan Hotel suggestion - very pleasant place for a heli lunch
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Old 29th Apr 2011, 08:33
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Go and see Robin and Joan at Elwood

Just north of Hexham, about 15NM or so west of newcastle.
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Old 29th Apr 2011, 12:43
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Also on lake Windemere, at the North end is Low Wood Hotel.

In north Wales, Pale Hall near Lake Bala - a beautiful old house, now hotel, nice food and an interesting DC waterwheel generator supplying power to the hotel. Land in either the car park or the front lawn.

Both free when visited a couple of years ago. Both PPO.
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 00:05
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isn't there some way of getting all this valuable information into one searchable database that could be available to all?!
I have been thinking the same, I have input all the listed venues from this thread into a custom google map, if we continue to build on this it could be useful? I have given for each landing site the website link, contact no, and gps long/lat, we could go into a lot more detail (suitability of site for single engine, best approach direction, noise abatement, price of food/landing, photos etc but i haven't been to most of the sites). If you think it could be useful then keep listing your favorite places as it would be nice to have a google map accessible on any handheld device etc that we could use on the fly

If anyone wants to help at all, make changes, or add sites let me know as i can add you as a 'collaborator' by email so you can edit the map... the more the merrier as long as we follow some unified format. PM me if your interested to help. It's just a start but it could be a useful database if we put a bit of effort in...

Aucky

Edit: the google maps files can also be exported to GPS units as a GPX file, enabling you to have the lunch spots showing on memory map, air nav pro, and I assume many of the other devices that I am less familiar with. Here is a screen shot from memory map...

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Old 1st May 2011, 07:32
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Hi Guys

I have one here which I am in the process of updating.

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Old 1st May 2011, 07:54
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Hi Joel, any way of viewing that one in google maps like below, so you can see the list of venues, and get the extra options in the info box? It would make it much more useable, and compatible with mobile devices etc...

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Old 1st May 2011, 10:05
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PJR54, thanks for the message, added
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Old 1st May 2011, 15:14
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Aucky

There probably is, I'll take a look.
Want to share the data so I can try and get a single consolidated list ??

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Old 1st May 2011, 15:54
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Hi Joel, the map is public so you can already access and do as you wish with the data, I'm happy to concentrate combined efforts on one map but only if it is public so it can be accessed directly through google maps because this makes it much more usable on mobile devices etc... So if you want to keep yours effectively private (on your website, which I understand) then your welcome to any info on my map but the idea behind starting it is that anyone can add-to/edit it by becoming a 'collaborator' so I shall continue to add to it as will others hopefully...

Keep them coming guys, personal recommendations are the best, were thin of suggestions in Suffolk/Norfolk if anyone has any suggestions?

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Old 1st May 2011, 19:20
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I still keep the one at Griffin updated its got over 1200 waypoint points in it with web links to most of the ones I have I ever visited.

The Version 2 map is much quicker, the old one was awful and its got a reasonable suite of lat / long / OS Grid Tools which I have just updated and plan to release this week.

I don't tend to post links to it on PPRuNe as I was told not to many years ago, I would happily add a public editor to allow others to add some details to the map and leave it public if it helps.
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Old 1st May 2011, 21:08
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A fair few here

http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/291...p-offs-16.html
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Old 2nd May 2011, 08:09
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Hi Aucky

We could do both but to be honest I'm happy to concentrate on the Google maps/earth one. I'll take a look a bit later on today.

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Old 2nd May 2011, 08:33
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Hurst House

Hi Guy's, great Idea, Just an update Hurst House is closed at the moment, recievers went in November last year a great shame, a very good farm shop and fantastic buffet lunch is in Cross Hands outside Carmarthen just off the M4, the Cwmcerrig Farm Shop, 01269 844405. Roland is the owner N51-48-22, W004-05-07. And plenty of Av Gas available about 2 miles away !!
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Old 2nd May 2011, 17:05
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Aucky

I have a spreadsheet with about 150 sites on. PM me with an e-mail address and I'll get it across to you. Alternatively, let me know how I can add them to your site.

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Old 2nd May 2011, 17:53
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Tailboom - thanks, added

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Old 2nd May 2011, 21:45
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Robin moved from Elwood a long time ago
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Old 3rd May 2011, 10:55
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The Nelson oil platform always did a great lunch as did the Armada. For breakie, I can recommend the Clyde or Judy, PPR but worth a try

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Old 3rd May 2011, 16:48
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My personal favourites (other than those already mentioned):

The Crab at Chieveley - Award Winning UK Seafood Restaurant and Famous Room Hotel Accommodation - nice fishy restaurant near Newbury

Luxury Family Hotels In Suffolk : Ickworth - part of Von Essen group, but a family-orientated place.

No landing fees at either last time I went, a big from me for that
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Old 3rd May 2011, 16:50
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Lake Vyrnwy hotel

Aucky - really like your Google Map. It would have been a great help to me when I was trying to find new places to go with my son while he was doing his CPL hours building.

An update on Vyrnwy Hotel for your site - its free, and there is parking for up to four helicopters. PPO advised and at the same time good idea to ask them to check the windsock is not tangled up! Good bar lunches on the outside balcony looking over the lake.
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