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17th Oct 2019, 10:03
Replies: 88
Views: 56,070
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Dominator, allow me to be the first to say "nice...

Dominator, allow me to be the first to say "nice Belvoir".

Don't mind what is used for training, so long as the first aircraft in any pilot's career is one where he/she sits next to the...
11th Oct 2019, 14:08
Replies: 19
Views: 4,249
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

I had no idea she was still going! Had the great...

I had no idea she was still going! Had the great privilege of joining RT and his redoubtable restoration/ techie crew, taking G-HUEY around the tractor shows and similar for her first few seasons. ...
1st Oct 2019, 11:30
Replies: 40
Views: 12,715
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

If only I'd paid more attention! Never could get...

If only I'd paid more attention! Never could get the hang of sociable interaction - which is a shame because my time on 2 Sqn 2AFTS was extremely pleasant.

Having hung-up the bonedome for the...
27th Sep 2019, 10:19
Replies: 54
Views: 8,123
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Thank you for the link to the Eastern Daily Press...

Thank you for the link to the Eastern Daily Press story. My dad joined on 7 Dec 1941 as a volunteer and went to Canada on the training scheme, then stayed on as what we later called a creamie. His...
21st Aug 2019, 13:00
Replies: 34
Views: 11,349
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Did you perchance mean the H34? Looks like one...

Did you perchance mean the H34? Looks like one that the Armee de l'Aire operated in the late 50s and 60s.
15th Aug 2019, 09:40
Replies: 7
Views: 1,922
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Pointless keeping this here, as the OP has...

Pointless keeping this here, as the OP has completely deleted their entire original post. Better to scrap the whole thread.
19th Jul 2019, 15:10
Replies: 43
Views: 26,035
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

That has been the best 14 and a half minutes I've...

That has been the best 14 and a half minutes I've spent in a long, long time. Like the OP, I am lost in admiration for someone with those skills; the icing on the cake was his approach to his task...
Forum: ATC Issues
17th Jul 2019, 09:48
Replies: 5
Views: 2,508
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

No problem with the pickiness, golfbananajam - I...

No problem with the pickiness, golfbananajam - I should have known better. Just because something is habitual doesn't make it right; cf the change from "overshoot" to "go around" that so many mil...
Forum: ATC Issues
16th Jul 2019, 20:56
Replies: 5
Views: 2,508
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Thanks from a grateful heli driver

Folks, I learned as I turned finals this afternoon that I was on my last flight after 43 years in the trade. Fittingly, the airport where I was approaching has an example of the first type I flew in...
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Jul 2019, 20:37
Replies: 12
Views: 4,342
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Interesting. Bond brothers own/control GAMA (I...

Interesting.
Bond brothers own/control GAMA (I believe) - along with Loganair - and obvs used to run the company which became Babcock MCS (Onshore). Wonder if that has anything to do with the price...
Forum: Rotorheads
14th Jun 2019, 17:12
Replies: 144
Views: 86,676
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

I had the privilege while working for my previous...

I had the privilege while working for my previous employer of training several pilots who came to us from their CPL(H) training on R22s, often in the States, to do their turbine, twin and IR...
26th May 2019, 14:22
Replies: 9
Views: 3,809
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

So sad that we're only getting to see that photo...

So sad that we're only getting to see that photo whenever another good 'un has departed the fix.

'Spitoon' was on another Flight when I joined my first Sqn, 72, at Odiham. However, unlike some of...
18th May 2019, 21:37
Replies: 29
Views: 8,296
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Lovely photos, JTO - put a smile on my face, they...

Lovely photos, JTO - put a smile on my face, they did.
24th Apr 2019, 15:09
Replies: 52
Views: 16,566
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Damn, Teeters beat me to it - although I thought...

Damn, Teeters beat me to it - although I thought it was the Whirlwind that took that particular accolade while the mighty(!) Wessex held sway.
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Mar 2019, 15:12
Replies: 13
Views: 2,075
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Back to the original topic - I think the NOTAM...

Back to the original topic - I think the NOTAM system in the UK is flawed-but-functional and I'm aware it's under review. It has to get a complex, continuously-changing mass of information across in...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Mar 2019, 18:00
Replies: 3
Views: 1,172
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

They really have done well. An organisation at...

They really have done well. An organisation at the forefront of the industry, which takes the time to share its knowledge with other operators. An example to us all.
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Mar 2019, 14:33
Replies: 6
Views: 1,396
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

I sat next to a bloke while he won his AFC on a...

I sat next to a bloke while he won his AFC on a task involving a small ship, sea state 4-5 and an awful lot of double-lift and single-lift winching in the second part of the Op (much of it trapped...
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Mar 2019, 22:07
Replies: 14
Views: 3,874
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Thanks for the cross-reference, Rad. I was...

Thanks for the cross-reference, Rad. I was tempted to reply, but as it's likely that the BALPA viewpoint prevails among our fixed-wing brethren I thought it better to abstain. I sympathise with the...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Mar 2019, 12:58
Replies: 14
Views: 3,874
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

As someone who's approaching 65 in July, and who...

As someone who's approaching 65 in July, and who absolutely loved his Police, Air Ambulance and Lighthouse Support work, I am pleased that others may be allowed to continue where I was not. I'd have...
15th Mar 2019, 00:17
Replies: 14
Views: 3,551
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Another part of my past about to disappear, then...

Another part of my past about to disappear, then - I did my trade training at Garat's Hay/ Woodhouse Eaves surrounded by Scalybacks prior to 14 months paid holiday in Cyprus (and then transferring to...
12th Mar 2019, 20:13
Replies: 33
Views: 15,597
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Overcoats? Luxury... you were lucky :) ...

Overcoats? Luxury... you were lucky :)

(grabs hat, but leaves coat in case it fits anyone still at Shawbury)
8th Mar 2019, 19:57
Replies: 13
Views: 3,201
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Ouch. First met Charlie in Hong Kong 1982-ish...

Ouch. First met Charlie in Hong Kong 1982-ish where he'd come to hold on 28 - post-ejection? He was thinking of re-roling to helis and thought he'd do a recce first. Fitted in straight away;...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Feb 2019, 19:21
Replies: 13
Views: 1,744
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

"Air War in NI"? Over-egging the pudding a bit,...

"Air War in NI"? Over-egging the pudding a bit, methinks. Occasionally fun to have been part of, slightly scary at times, but not a war. Not even close.

Wasn't aware that Scott Weir was no...
21st Feb 2019, 17:26
Replies: 26
Views: 7,138
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

ISTR that Ma'am was always known as 'Trousers' to...

ISTR that Ma'am was always known as 'Trousers' to differentiate twixt her good self and another engineer. And what an excellent engineer - and leader - she was too. Very good news.
13th Feb 2019, 11:25
Replies: 138
Views: 56,130
Posted By Thud_and_Blunder

Mildly entertained by the fact that my email...

Mildly entertained by the fact that my email programme put the check-back message from the parliament.uk website into the Junk folder. They appear to share my opinion of the antics of some of the...
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