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Old 31st Jul 2010, 10:39
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SFH in Liverpool Area

I値l be in the Liverpool area and plan to SFH a R44. We値l be equidistant between HeliCentre Liverpool and HeliBlackpool. I'm Interested in feedback between the two locations and possibly some ideas re good spots to land for lunch.
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Old 31st Jul 2010, 11:28
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You should also consider Heli NorthWest at Manchester Barton. The CFI, Gary Cooper, is a good guy and certainly worth giving him a call.

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Old 31st Jul 2010, 17:18
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Jelicopter & Heli7, thanks for both of those alternatives. I'll be staying in Formby which is on the coast between the two I noted. I'll have a look at both of these.

I've never flown in NW England, so any good finds re places to land for lunch are welcome. I'll also go through the old thread "hotels & helipad recommendations" to see if there's anything good.
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Old 31st Jul 2010, 19:55
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Hi

I concur with JJ regarding NorthWest Helicopters and I can also recommend Helicentre Liverpool too. I know both of the owners/operators very well.

Good luck,


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Try the Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge on the southern end of Lake Windermere. Large landing area, great food, riverside tables (if it's sunny) and stunning flying scenery nearby.

Or you could try the Devonshire Arms near Skipton. Similar to the Swan but without the riverside stuff. Arguably equally stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales to fly through and the Wharfe Valley is a low-level route back west if the weather turns iffy whilst you're out and about.

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Try the Inn at Whitewell near Clitheroe, or if you don't want to travel far, The Barn near Chester. or the Fox and Barrel a mile from the WHI ndb. All serve great food and are heli friendly.
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Old 9th Aug 2010, 14:05
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I知 going with The Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge as my lunch location (thanks for all replies & PMs).

One short query re the hotel (located N54ー 16.178 W002ー 58.081), Google Earth lists the elevation at 145msl whereas my Garmin/Jepessen lists it as 577msl. I haven稚 seen this much discrepancy before. Does anyone know the actual elevation?
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google earth is correct
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Old 9th Aug 2010, 18:39
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And please post a report of

Lunch.....
Scenery.....(photos would be nice!)
How pleasant management are......
etc...etc....

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Old 9th Aug 2010, 20:18
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I've been to the Swan at Newby Bridge and it gets a gold star on all counts.
However I believe it has been completely refurbished after the recent floods.

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Old 24th Aug 2010, 09:40
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I did a lunch flight on Sunday and had a great day out. I did a SFH of a R44 Raven2 from Phil Durkin at EGNH (Blackpool) who was referred by HeliBlackpool. Phil was one of the easiest guys I致e dealt with and the machines were very clean and well maintained I壇 definitely use him again when flying up north.

We flew from Blackpool to Lake Windermere and landed at the Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge. As noted the hotel was flooded last year and has had a full renovation and is quite stylish. There is a formal restaurant, but you may also use the bar restaurant which had excellent food, service and serves from 12:00-21:00, so there is no rush to arrive before a 2 or 2:30 before they stop serving (such as with most of the heli lunch haunts around London). We had lunch indoors and then puddings/coffees at the tables riverside (where you may also have lunch/dinner). They also have a spa which my wife plans to make use of next time. Hotel info at www.swanhotel.com and some of my photos below:

http://picasaweb.google.com/RMKPhotoFile/SwanHotel?authkey=Gv1sRgCMyZ39bSiO74bw#

The landing is straight forward, but note that the Google Map view doesn稚 really show that the landing area (east side of hotel) is separated into 4 areas by fences. They prefer you to land in the gated area closest to wind sock. Hotel was very heli friendly and required no more than a simple PPR phone call.

Thanks again for the recommendations above.
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Old 24th Aug 2010, 16:58
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Glad you enjoyed the Swan...... I'll be contacting the owner now for my commission

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Old 25th Aug 2010, 15:02
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I hope you are referring to to owner of The Swan Hotel

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Old 25th Aug 2010, 22:26
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if you dont ask you dont get... and you got the best machine, the best owner and the best lunch stop. dont forget to post details of your next jolly!!!
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