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Old 31st Oct 2011, 16:14
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More AgriCopters ..

From pages past:


Spooner Aviation Enstrom F-28C G-BBBR at Shoreham on 25th July 1979 (Photo: Keith Sowter)

Dennisimo's Spoonair Ag Services Enstrom F28 (above) from page 13.


Hiller UH-12A belonging to Pest Control Services (probably G-ANOB from post #968 above) as flown by Jimmy Harper

Jimmy Harper was the third Briton to qualify as a rotary-wing pilot. In 1940 he became an instructor on Cierva autogyros. He later became CFI at the RAF Helicopter Training School in Andover. He was also a test pilot for the Airborne Forces Experimental School.

After leaving the service he turned his attention to flying helicopters commercially becoming aviation manager and chief pilot of Pest Control Ltd. of Bourn, Cambridge. (Originally displayed on page 27).
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Old 31st Oct 2011, 22:58
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I think his son was Peter, a very accomplished helicopter pilot in the RN; lost track of him years ago but I bet he did well.
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Old 31st Oct 2011, 23:36
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Peter Harper

Yes he did do well. Was posted to Boscombe Down for the ETP course and rejected by the RAF because the minimum rank for the course attendees was Lt. (Peter was a Sub Lt) - so the Navy promoted him to Acting Lt and on he went. Years later he was posted to ETPS as a tutor - wait for it - as a Lt. The RAF duly rejected him on the basis of his rank - minimum rank for tutors was Lt Cdr. He was once again promoted to Acting Lt Cdr and served his time at the School.

I had the pleasure of working with him in between those two postings as a QHI in 706 NAS when he was put in charge of the brand new all singing all dancing Sea King Simulator. This 1972 vintage device was of course not a patch on modern devices and had no visual system at all. It was a boon for instrument work however and Peter, along with Peter Jago (ex-Phantom jockey) helped us to develop a coherent strategy for teaching the skills required for instrument flying.

Peter left the RN and joined the CAA as a test pilot but quickly rose through the ranks to become - not quite sure of the correct title but something like - Flight Operations Director.

Last I heard he had retired and wasn't too well but that was a while ago.

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Peter was on 826NAS when it first formed with Sea Kings, and I also recall he had an odd set of wings on his shoulder from some other previous life. They are in this photo, I'm sure someone will set me straight within the hour!



He was also generous enough to loan me his MGB-GT to tow my Cooper on a hired trailer, which all ended in tears. Another story for another day
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I last bumped into Peter a couple of years ago, having flown with him way back in 1965 and again on many occasions during the 80's when he was a test pilot with the CAA. Earlier this year he was working in India but I don't know in what capacity.
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Having been in 707 in 1963 with Peter, he looked so young I thought he may have stayed a Mid for ever!!
I don't recognise that shoulder badge either!
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Some of the Squadrons mentioned in recent posts:



Forgive me if this is too obvious but having never met a CAA test pilot in person .. is their primary function that of certifying new types?

Shane, I promised I would post an Italian Dragonfly; herewith:


Westland-Sikorsky S-51 Dragonfly Mk1A I-MCOM at Villa Taranto on the shores of Lake Maggiore c. 1953
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Aircraft

British Registered

G-AJHW (S51) ... page 26
G-AJOV (S51) ... pages 6 & 20
G-AKCX (B47) ... page 20
G-AKFB (B47) ... page 19
G-AKTW (Widgeon) ... page 49
G-ALIK (Dragonfly) ... page 47
G-AMWG (Sycamore) ... page 20
G-ANLW (Widgeon) ... page 49
G-ANOB (H12) ... page 49
G-APMR (H12) ... page 19
G-APTE (Widgeon) ... page 49
G-APTH (B47) ... page 22
G-ASHD (B2) ... page 45
G-ASNL (S61) ... page 20 & 26
G-ASNM (S61) ... page 26
G-ASUN (B305) ... page 18
G-ASXF (B305) ... page 19
G-ATCA (Wessex) ... page 26
G-ATFH (B2) ... page 47
G-ATFM (S61) ... page 32
G-ATJY (B2) ... page 17
G-ATSJ (B305) ... pages 19, 20, 34
G-ATUR (B305) ... page 19
G-ATUS (B305) ... page 18
G-AVCA (B2B) ... page 44
G-AVEE (AlII) ... page 46
G-AVII (B206) ... page 37
G-AVYX (B206) ... page 31
G-AWAP (Al II) ... page 27
G-AWDU (B2) ... pages 16 & 20
G-AWFY (Al II) ... pages 27 & 48
G-AWGU (G206) ... page 40
G-AWJL (B206) ... page 22
G-AWJW (B206) ... page 3
G-AWOL (B206) ... pages 5, 22, 39, 42
G-AWOM (B206) ... page 22
G-AWUC (B206) ... page 39
G-AWVL (H300) ... page 20
G-AVEE (Al II) ... page 14
G-AVUK (E28) ... page 27 & 28
G-AYBE (B206) ... page 20
G-AYCM (B206) ... page 39
G-AYMW (B206) ... page 31
G-AYMX (B206) ... pages 5 & 27
G-AYNP (Whirlwind) ... page 45
G-AYTF (B206) ... pages 17, 34, 40, 44, 48
G-AXEJ (H500) ... page 18
G-AXGO (B206) ... page 25
G-AXMM (B206) ... page 11
G-AXPL (H500) ... page 14
G-AZAG (B206) ... pages 22 & 23
G-AZBS (B47) ... page 22
G-AZMB (B47) ... page 17
G-AZNI (Lama) ... page 48
G-AZRU (B206) ... pages 18 & 48
G-AZVM (H500) ... page 45
G-AZYB (B47) ... page 22
G-BAAN (H300) ... page 21
G-BAEH (H300) ... page 14
G-BAFD (Bo105) ... page 35
G-BAKF (B206) ... page 3 & 32
G-BAKS (B206) ... pages 23 & 24
G-BAKT (B206) ... page 22, 31
G-BAKU (B206) ... page 22
G-BAKX (B206) ... page 38
G-BALE (F28) ... page 46
G-BALT (F28) ... pages 13 & 15
G-BASE (B206) ... page 33
G-BASV (F28) ... page 46
G-BATU (F28) ... page 41
G-BAUM (B206) ... page 40
G-BAUN (B206) ... pages 16, 40
G-BAVI (B206) ... pages 16, 18, 19
G-BAYA (B206) ... page 48
G-BAYN (H500) ... page 34
G-BAYX (B47) ... page 49
G-BAZL (SA341) ... page 24
G-BBAU (F28) ... page 32
G-BBAZ (H12) ... page 49
G-BBBA (H12) ... page 49
G-BBBM (B206) ... pages 8, 13, 40, 43
G-BBBR (F28) ... pages 13 & 49
G-BBCA (B206) ... page 41
G-BBET (B206) ... pages 25, 44
G-BBEU (B206) ... page 25
G-BBFB (B206) ... page 42
G-BBHW (SA341) ... page 39
G-BBJE (Al II) ... page 29
G-BBLE (H12) ... page 49
G-BBLO (H12) ... page 49
G-BBPO (F28) ... pages 13, 42
G-BBRS (F28) ... page 8
G-BBUX (B206) ... pages 20 & 22
G-BBUY (B206) ... page 16
G-BBVI (F28) ... page 19
G-BCHM (SA341) ... page 46
G-BCVZ (B206) ... page 36
G-BCWM (B206) ... pages 6 & 12
G-BCWN (B206) ... pages 11 & 12
G-BCYP (B206) ... pages 17 & 27
G-BDBR (B206) ... page 46
G-BDKD (F28) ... page 37, 38
G-BDRY (H12) ... page 29
G-BEAD (Lynx) ... page 44
G-BEFY (H12) ... page 29
G-BEHG (B206) ... pages 16 & 22
G-BEJY (H500 ... page 29
G-BENO (E280) ... pages 3, 41
G-BEPP (B206) ... page 27
G-BERJ (B47) ... page 29
G-BESS (H500) ... pages 38, 45
G-BEYR (E280) ... page 30
G-BFFJ (S61) ... page 21
G-BFJN (B47) ... page 49
G-BFNC (AS350) ... page 32
G-BGHO (B47) ... page 49
G-BGIF (AS350) ... page 38
G-BGIL (AS350) ... page 38
G-BGIM (AS350) ... page 38
G-BGWJ (S61) ... page 32
G-BGYF (B206) ... page 38
G-BHAX (F28) ... page 41
G-BHBF (S76) ... page 45
G-BHIV (AS350) ... page 25
G-BHXU (B206) ... pages 16 & 25
G-BIBJ (E280) ... page 41
G-BIMU (S61) ... page 32
G-BIOA (H500) ... page 30
G-BKTK (H500) ... page 34
G-BKXE (AS365) ... page 24
G-BLSY (B222) ... page 14
G-BLZN (B206) ... page 39
G-BNPS (Bo105) ... page 13
G-BOUY (B206) ... page 25
G-BRDL (B206) ... page 27
G-BTWA (B206) ... pages 10, 24 & 25
G-BUXS (Bo105) ... page 27
G-BUZZ (B206) ... pages 4, 39
G-BWAV (H300) ... page 13
G-BYKF (F28) ... page 46
G-CEDK (Citation X) ... page 1
G-CHLA (AS355) ... page 26
G-CHOC (B206) ... pages 11 & 23
G-CPTS (B206) ... page 34
G-DWMI (B206L) ... page 22
G-EJCB (A109) ... page 8
G-EYEI (B206) ... page 9, 16, 22, 24 & 27
G-FERG (AS350) ... page 38
G-FIBS (AS350) ... page 41
G-FSCL (B206) ... page 27
G-FSDG (B206) ... page 27
G-GASA H500) ... page 26
G-GBCA (A109) ... page 41
G-GINA (AS350) ... pages 38, 45
G-GOBP (B206) ... page 25
G-GOGO (H500) ... page 30
G-HEWS (H500) ... page 45
G-HOOK (H500) ... page 30
G-IINA (AS350) ... page 35
G-JAMI (B206L) ... page 17
G-JANY (AS350) ... page 8
G-JESI (AS350) ... page 35
G-JOKE (B206) ... page 2
G-JLBI (B206L) ... pages 5 & 8
G-JLBZ (B222) ... page 7
G-JLEE (B206) ... page 1
G-KATE (WG30) ... page 28
G-LBAI (EC155) ... page 18
G-LIII (B206L) ... page 13
G-LRII (B206L) ... page 13
G-MRRR (H500) ... page 6
G-NEEP (B206) ... page 21
G-NEUF (B206L) ... page 14
G-NOEI (AS350) ... pages 11, 25, 40
G-NOXY (R44) ... page 20
G-OAUS (S76) ... page 44
G-OBRU (B206) ... pages 26 & 27
G-OHTL (S76) ... page 41
G-OIML (B206) ... page 42
G-OJCB (B206) ... pages 2, 22, 23, 44
G-OLDN (B206L) ... page 41
G-OLLY (Piper Navajo) ... page 2
G-ONOW (Bell 206) ... pages 5 & 9
G-ORRR (H500) ... page 6
G-OYST (B206) ... page 17
G-PACO (S76) ... page 15
G-PRIX (Cessna Titan?) ... page 2
G-REVS (B206) ... page 5
G-RODS (B206) ... pages 11 & 12
G-ROGR (B206) ... page 11
G-SHAA (E280) ... page 6
G-SPEY (B206) ... pages 23, 25, 38
G-STEF (H500) ... page 16
G-STVI (B206L) ... pages 9, 22 & 24
G-SWEL (H500) ... pages 6 & 20
G-TALI (AS355) ... page 2
G-TALY (B206) ... pages 1, 7 & 17
G-TGRZ (B206) ... page 6
G-TKHM (B206) ... page 22
G-WARM (B206L) ... page 13
G-WASP (B2) ... page 47
G-WILL (B206) ... page 15
G-WIZZ (B206) ... pages 2 & 3
G-WOSP (B206) ... pages 5, 6, 29, 38
G-XXEB (S76) ... pages 18, 35
B-983 (Dragonfly) ... page 47
B-948 (Dragonfly) ... page 46
XK479 (Skeeter) ... page 45
XR380 (AlII) ... page 36
XT228 (Sioux) ... page 42
XT471 (Wessex) ... page 42
XZ322 (SA341) ... page 38

Non-British Registered

CF-FZX (B47) ... page 49
D-HJFF (B206) ... page 10
D-HMAC (B206) ... pages 11, 13 & 23
EI-ASW (B206) ... page 35
EI-BHI (B206) ... page 36
EI-BLY (S61) ... page 33
EI-BPK (S61) ... page 37
F-BHGJ (B47) ... page 46
F-BIEA (Al II) ... page 27
F-GBBQ (AS350) ... page 25
F-WHHF (Alouette II) ... page 12
HB-ZKN (AS332) ... page 44
I-CDVM (B206L) ... page 13
I-MINR (B47) ... page 22
I-MCOM (Dragonfly) ... page 50
I-PFDC (AS355) ... page 6
N109BS (A109) ... page 17
N2221W (B222) ... page 12
N38BL (B206) ... page 22
OH-HIS (AlII) ... page 46
OY-HAO (S61) ... page 33
VH-AHF (B47) ... page 44
VH-AND (B206) ... page 16
VH-BAG (H500) ... page 47
VH-BHW (B206) ... page 45
VH-DJW (Kiowa) ... page 47
VH-FHV (B206) ... page 47
VH-FHZ (B206) ... page 47
VH-FRL (B206) ... pages 26, 41
VH-FVF (B206) ... page 41
VH-JTI (B206) ... page 41
VH-MXE (A109) ... page 35
VH-PMO (B206) ... page 47
VH-PMR (B206) ... page 47
VH-WHW (B206) ... page 41
ZK-HCI (FH1100) ... page 36
ZK-HPP (B206) ... page 16
ZS-HDZ (B206) ... page 16
5B-CBV (S62) ... page 33
5N-ACN (Alouette II John Eacott) ... page 10
9N-ABE (B206) ... page 46

Aircraft with Undisclosed Registrations

Abu Dhabi 206's ... page 22
Agusta 101 ... page 27
Al II's in Turkey ... page 29
Army Lynx painting at Aldergove ... page 36
AS 355 with Vauxhall Corsa over Tower Bridge ... page 26
BCalH S-61 ... page 5
Bell 206's in Rhodesia ... pages 3 & 4
Bo 105’s ... page 30
Brantly B2's ... page 16
'Brantly in the Docks' ... page 18
Bristol Belvedere ... page 12
Bucker Jungmeister ... page 19
Concorde with helicopters ... page 32, 37
Enstrom 280L Hawk ... page 31
Ferranti Stabilised 206 ... page 17
First Kiwi Deer recovery flight (B47) ... page 26
German Air Force Sycamores ... page 40
German Air Force Vertol ... page 15
Gilles Vileneuve JetRanger ... page 17
Heli Air Monaco AS365 ... page 6
Hillers (assorted) ... page 30
Instrument Panel B206A ... page 6
Instrument Panel G-JLBI ... page 4
Lamas (Air Glaciers) ... page 10
Lebanese Air Force Alouette III ... page 12
Malaysian AS-61 Silver ... page 6
Newspaper article George Muir (Clyde) ... page 27
North American Brantly 305 ... page 19
NY Port Authority 206 over WTC ... page 26
Percival P74 ... page 44
Pope's Helicopter ... page 5
Puma landing on Mobil seismic ship ... page 36
RAF Whirlwinds ... page 44
Rather Pleasant Passenger boarding a B407 ... page 14
Rhodesian Alouette III ... page 4
Rhodesian Spitfire ... page 4
Royal Navy Hiller 12’s ... page 40
S-62’s ... page 33
Saunders Roe Skeeter ... page 12
Selection of AeroGulf Helicopters ... page 9
Selection of 'Classic' 206's ... page 16
Selection of LongRangers ... page 36
Selection of MetPol 222's ... page 14
Selection of Sabena Helicopters ... page 12
Sierra Leone Sea King ... page 33
Skytech Mi26 with truck ... page 26
Sox Hosegood ... page 27
'Spy Who Loved Me' 206 mock up ... page 4
Sunderland Flying Boat ... page 1
Super Frelon ... page 43
UniRoyal Hughes 500 ... page 20
US Airways S51 ... page 10
Westland Wasps (RN) ... page 6, 26, 30
Westland Whirldwind (RAF & Bristow) ... pages 12 & 19

Miscellaneous Images

Alan Mann ... page 15
Beano Comic Cover ... page 3
Charles Hughesdon ... pages 10 & 25
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ... page 15
Chris Hunt ... page 22
Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart ... page 10
Colin Chapman with Lotus ... pages 2 & 15
Clyde Heliport (aerial view) ... page 9
Eaton Hall ... page 1
Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw ... page 28
Gay Absalom & Nobby Clarke ... page 35
Gen. Peter Walls ... page 4
Gilles Villeneuve ... page 17
Helicopters in tow ... page 31
Helicopters chasing vehicles ... page 31
Jimmy Harper ... page 27
John Crewdson ... page 27
Ken Gregory ... page 14
Lake Como ... page 6
Margaret Thatcher with S76 ... page 43
Mike Smith ... page 20
Noughts and Crosses on motorway ... page 2
PPRuNer PACO's Corvette ... page 15
Peter Cadbury ... pages 9 & 21
Queen Elizabeth ship ... page 10
Roy Neep ... pages 4 & 21
SS Uganda Cruise Ship ... pages 30, 32
Stacey’s Sopwith replica ... page 34
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Topical Index

Agusta S61 Silver ... page 6
Alan Mann ... page 15
Alan Mann Racing ... page 14
Baron Heinrich von Furstenberg ... page 10
Bell Helicopter: A Potted History ... page 46
Brantly 305 ... pages 18 & 19
Charles Hughesdon ... pages 10 & 20
Christian Salvesen Antarctica ... page 15
Colin Chapman ... page 15
Cy Rose ... pages 13 & 17
Dollar Helicopters ... page 21
Duke of Westminster ... pages 1, 2, 16
Exchange between Commissioner of Police and Bell Helicopter rep ... page 14
Ferranti family ... page 19
Freddie Starr ... page 1
Freddie Wilcox ... page 11
Gay Absalom ... page 14
Gilles Villeneuve ... page 17
G-AWDU ... page 17
G-AYLX ... page 20
G-AYTF ... pages 5, 13 & 15
G-AZAG ... page 24
G-BAKS ... page 24
G-BAKU ... page 21
G-BALT ... pages 13 & 15
G-BATB ... page 31 (Sea King recovery)
G-BAVI ... pages 16, 17
G-BBEU ... pages 24 & 25
G-BHXU ... pages 16
G-BTWA ... pages 10, 24 & 25
G-CHOC ... pages 9, 23 & 24
G-RODS/ROGR ... page 11
G-NOEL ... page 11
G-SPEY ... pages 24 & 25
G-TALY ... pages 1 & 2
G-TALY Delivery ... page 7
G-WIZZ ... pages 2, 3 & 13
'High Road to China' (film) ... page 25
John Crewdson ... pages 3 & 8
John Dicken ... page 22
Ken Davies ... pages 1 & 7
Lake Como ... page 6
Noel Edmonds ... pages 11 & 12
Nostalgia Thread First Anniversary post ... page 38
'Ode to Taly' ... page 1
Papal Flying ... page 5
Peter Cadbury ... pages 9,11, 13, 20, 21
Pete Wilson ... page 12
Police Enstroms ... page 13
'Raspberry Ripple' 206 ... page 3
Rhodesian Expedition ... pages 3 & 4
Roy Spooner ... pages 19 & 20
'Run of The Country' (film) ... page 22
Saunders Roe Skeeter ... page 10
Sox Hosegood ... page 12
UK LongRangers ... page 13
Westland Heliport ... page 49
'Wizz the Bizz' Rhyme ... page 2


Operators

Air Gregory ... pages 14, 20, 44
Alec Wortley Helicopters ... page 21
Ben Turner Helicopters ... page 25
Clyde Helicopters/Heliport ... pages 8, 24 & 25
Colt Aviation ... page 36 & 37
Dollar Helicopters ... pages 21, 48, 49
Dublin City Helicopters ... page 37
Freemans of Bewdley Aviation ... page 40
Gleneagle Helicopters ... page 40
Island Helicopters (New York) ... pages 47 & 48
Kestrel Helicopters ... page 39
Masselaz Helicopters ... page 38
Oldway Helicopters ... page 19
Omniflight and the Pan Am New York Shuttle ... page 47
PLM Helicopters ... pages 39, 46, 48 (& page 7 on the Alan Mann Nostalgia Thread)
Twyford Moors Helicopters ... page 24
Vowell Air Services ... page 47


Themed Posts

AgriCopters ... pages 48 & 49
Aussie Nostalgia ... page 41, 44, 47
Aussie Rangers ... pages 41, 43, 47
Bölkow Classico ... pages 30, 31, 36, 40
Brantlys in Britain ... pages 16-20, 44-45, 47
Celtic Rangers ... pages 38, 40
Cigarette Copters ... page 40
Dragonflys & Widgeons ... pages 46-50
Early Ecureuils ... page 38
European Rangers ... page 36
Great Gazelles ... pages 24, 39, 46
The Kenyon Files: ... pages 3-6, 8, 10-11, 13-21, 25, 27-28, 30-32, 34-35, 39-40 42-43, 46, 49
Tommy Sopwith & Endeavour Aviation: ... pages 33-35
Views of Hughes ... pages 29-30, 34, 38, 45
Whirling Winds ... 44-46


Videos

Alouette 318 G-AWLC ... page 9
Charles Hughesdon's helicopter garden party ... page 10
‘Chopper Squad’ ... page 41
Crop Spraying in France ... page 49
Dennis Kenyon flying display ... page 46
Enstrom autorotation ... page 30
Farnborough ‘The Golden Years’ ... page 40
Karl Zimmerman Bo105 display ... pages 31 & 32
Marc Wolfe's flying scene in 'For Your Eyes Only' ... pages 3 & 24
Pan Am trailer ... page 46
Russian nostalgia ... page 37
Sikorsky R5 and S51 ... page 47
Sydney Harbour Bell 47 crash ... page 41
Vintage Bell 47's ... page 10

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Mea Culpa

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I cannot work out why but there are huge chunks of this thread that have passed me by. I have just caught up with Red Flag's posts (pages 6 etc) for the first time and owe him a huge apology for not coming up at the appropriate moment with the necessary denials and hope the possibility of legal action will be long gone. My very best regards to Ken and his son. The ferry flight was 'interesting' to say the least.

To make up for my absence I attach a picture of me and my old friend A-AZTI which became the UK's first air ambulance in April 1987. She has been converted to the role by Rotortech Bourne and donated by Bond Helis for the 3 month trial that went on to be the rest of the year and then onwards for the next 24 years courtesy of the First Air Ambulance Trust. Photo c/o Peter Chesworth who was on assignment to The West Briton newspaper. The West Briton was running a fantastic support agenda for the AA and made a huge difference. There is a full account on The Cornwall first Air Ambulance, how it started which with some embarrassment is running a story about my role in that epic story. Don't beat me up - it's all to do with the upcoming celebrations for 25 years and we will be auctioning the smart red overalls I used to wear on that operation to raise more cash for a unit that is very proud of its 20,000+ missions. The auction venue is likely to be close to the start date of April 1st (next year) and before any wag chips in I am not selling them because I can't fit into them any more - but they would be right, either they have shrunk or.... !

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Geoffers, no problem - great to have you back!

Just to fill in some blanks in terms of connections - I came to know PPRuNe through PPRuNer Speechless Two (who you will know as T.D.) the last surviving member of the Ferranti team who is still contactable.

I hope this won't go to your head but TD mentioned to me that you were one of the more 'accomplished' pilots he encountered during his career and that you conducted his first sim training session with BCalH on the S61. Evidently on the first time round someone knocked a switch and the virtual craft aimed straight for a hangar, lol!

I also know you consult for AgustaWestland in the operation of what I assume are their new generation full flight simulators (CAE manufactured for Rotorsim?) and that you spend an appreciable amount of time in my homeland.

You doubtless spend more time there than I do at present as I am engaged with mainly fixed-wing (airline) clients in the Middle East and Africa and only get back to Milano for Christmas and Easter.

I would love to hear a little more from your days with Alan Mann and even BCalH. What did you think of the 214ST - I always thought it was just a bit too big for a two-blader?

A small tribute to Speechless Two who, living-up to his name, is rarely heard from these days!


PPRuNeR Speechless Two aka T.D. - Bolkow Training Captain with Ferranti Helicopters c. 1975

Flew helicopters with the Royal Navy from 1963 to 1968 serving in the Far and Middle East on anti-submarine and search and rescue operations. After leaving the forces he joined the South Western Electricity Board where he conducted powerline surveys and executive liaison duties prior to joining Irish Helicopters in 1972 where he flew oil rig and lighthouse support. Speechless Two then worked with the property developer Mackenzie Hill flying a corporate Bo105, G-BAFD, (later bought by Ferranti) prior to joining Ferranti in 1974.

While with Ferranti 'Speechless' became Ferranti's Bolkow Training Captain. When Ferranti was sold to BCal (1979) Speechless Two remained with the new company eventually becoming Chief Pilot of BCalH.


Speechless Two with SWEB's G-AVYX (the 11th JetRanger delivered to the UK) at SWEB's headquarters prior to an executive liaison flight

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Dont mention 214st to T.D. he had " an experience" on the same day I was flying a S76 in Aberdeen... The mayday was heart rendering to say the least and I have to admit there were tears streaming down my face as the drama unfolded... Long time ago and I have since tamed the beast myself in the hot mountains of Oman. Ours are long since retired and we now toy around with a few Italian girls....
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Griff yes, I am aware. In fact he sent me the evidence (in the form of photos) of his 'safe' arrival on terra firma. Then there was another incident (or perhaps the one you are referring to) which took place at sea but, again, I believe they got down safely - thank God.

It seems you and Geoffers share something in common in respect of the Cornwall Air Ambulance?

.. and we now toy around with a few Italian girls ...
Yes, I recall an image you posted with one on a hilltop (long nose .. I think?). Hope they are fairing well in the sand and heat!

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Sav,

Yes it was the first 214st incident where they lost a drag brace and when they put the mayday call out the vibration was so severe that the transmission sounded like the head had come off. Very upsetting for all in the air that day.

Geoffers started the first air ambulance in 1987 and I joined in 89 when Geoff Bond was the full time pilot.. He is spot on with the a/c though, it was G-AZTI until we got the stretch G-CDBS.

Happy days...

I still bump into Geoffers in Sesto every 6 months.
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was Ian Marion involved in that one as I recall,where is he now?

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Great Gazelles ..


Battle for Tumbledown: A casualty of the Scots Guards is rushed by stretcher to a Gazelle helicopter for evacuation on Goat Ridge below Mount Harriet in June 1982


British Army Gazelle on UN duty over Dancon territory, Cyprus 1990

Pilot Profile: Andy Berryman


Andy Berryman with Gazelle

Andy Berryman joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and served on 845 and 846 Squadrons as a Commando Helicopter pilot. Attended the Central Flying School in 1985 and served on 705 Squadron as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor gaining an A1(H) QHI qualification. Trained at the Empire Test Pilots’ School in 1989 before serving with Rotary Wing Test Squadron, Boscombe Down as a test pilot. Responsibilities as test pilot included the introduction of the Lynx HAS Mk8 into Royal Naval Service; Sea King, Wessex and Gazelle project duties: icing project pilot, NVG project pilot and SHOL project pilot.

Returned to operational service in 1992 with 846 Squadron including duties as Senior Pilot before returning to the Empire Test Pilots’ School as a tutor. In 1995 became Staff Aviation Officer to the Commodore Amphibious Warfare responsible for all aspects of amphibious aviation for the Royal Navy and Marines. Saw operational service in Northern Ireland, the South Atlantic, Lebanon and Bosnia.

Completed three seasons as display pilot on Gazelle, both solo and as team leader in formation team, and competed in both the World and British Helicopter Championships winning eleven national and international trophies, including twice British Helicopter Champion on two occasions. Awarded the Air Force Cross in 1989.

Left the Royal Navy in 1996 to become an airline pilot, currently flying the Boeing 747-400 with British Airways. In addition, Andy carries out instructional flying on light turbine helicopters and corporate helicopter operations on Agusta 109 and Gazelle.

Andy conducts Crew Resource Management training for both fixed and rotary wing operators and commissioned the James Bibby simulator at Liverpool University in 2000 and continues with both student studies and R&D as a consultant.
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Andy Berryman

Super to see Andy's profile on PP. I met the great guy at the WHC event at Cranfield in 1986 when he pipped my entry for a fourth place in the heli 'freestyle' event. Andy was flying his superb Gazelle. That year the freestyle first place was taken by Herman Fuchs who deposed the former winner - the wonderful 'Karl (Charlie) Zimmerman. Both were flying the Bo105. 1986! ... my goodness how the years keep whizzing by. Dennis K.
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Great stuff Sav.

Nice shot of the Dragonfly in Italy.

I spoke to Pearse Cahill yesterday(the man in overalls at the Iona hangar in the pictures) He started Iona Airways in the mid 1950s at Dublin Airport. He is 94 now and couldn't really remember any details about the Widgeon being there. Still though its great to make a link with those who were involved way back when.

This might interest you, its Ferranti ralated too see p246 . Instrument flying the Widgeon.

westland wessex | 1961 | 0237 | Flight Archive

attitude director | system ferranti | navigation display | 1961 | 0244 | Flight Archive
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UH-12E

Anybody know which Hiller UH-12E crashed (pilot walked away unhurt) whilst crop spraying in Ireland around 1990/91 it was on a G reg I think?
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Shane, that was a most enjoyable Flight article, grazie.

I'm posting (below) a couple of the more interesting images which appeared:



A stroke of luck to find a photo of the instrument panel for G-ALIK and which craft, as you may recall, appeared on page 47.



I never knew there had been a proposal for a 'Covent Garden Heliport'!



An additional Westland design planned next to Waterloo Bridge.



An S-62 goes swimming in the Thames opposite Battersea!
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