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Forum: Rotorheads
20th Oct 2019, 16:04
Replies: 14
Views: 2,453
Posted By Democritus

Just to clarify the above, as G-BFPF this...

Just to clarify the above, as G-BFPF this helicopter was with British Airways Helicopters from 1978 until July 81 when as British Caledonian Helicopters we operated it until Bristow took us over in...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Sep 2019, 23:34
Replies: 64
Views: 32,028
Posted By Democritus

Here's G-BALZ in her very early youth at...

Here's G-BALZ in her very early youth at Kidlington in February 1973 before we took her over to Dublin as EI-AWK. Good to see that 46 years later she's in good shape - seems to have survived the...
Forum: Rotorheads
26th Sep 2019, 10:28
Replies: 7
Views: 2,305
Posted By Democritus

Very sad to hear this. Dave was one of my...

Very sad to hear this. Dave was one of my instructors when I was a stude on 705 at Culdrose in 1964 - I occasionally babysitted his children then! Although I wasn't on the same fleet in Bristow in...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Aug 2019, 12:35
Replies: 72
Views: 77,268
Posted By Democritus

Yes, in the UK it's Aon, or to be more precise...

Yes, in the UK it's Aon, or to be more precise Aon Hewitt. They have been faultless in paying my Bristow Pension for the last 20 years.

Another avenue for folk to try... Contact Mike Ironside - he...
23rd May 2019, 10:09
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By Democritus

jimjim1 - many thanks for that, the problem has...

jimjim1 - many thanks for that, the problem has been solved by your suggestion. There were two lines there pointing back to my old host. Don't know how they got there, certainly not by me as I...
21st May 2019, 11:20
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By Democritus

Thanks for the suggestions. All a bit beyond my...

Thanks for the suggestions. All a bit beyond my knowledge but hopefully tried them correctly. Taking them in turn:

It's not a home setup - the hosting company is Krystal Hosting in London and it's...
20th May 2019, 19:02
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By Democritus

One PC won't show my website at new host - all other PC's do show it

Ten days ago I changed the hosting company for my website. Everything went well except that one of the three computers at home refuses to point towards the website at the new host. It continues to...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Apr 2019, 14:40
Replies: 29
Views: 7,115
Posted By Democritus

A similar photo to hico-p's post #17. Newly out...

A similar photo to hico-p's post #17. Newly out of the West Palm Beach factory - summer 1980. A pleasant step up from a Bo105!
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Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Feb 2019, 20:19
Replies: 13
Views: 5,558
Posted By Democritus

Yes, also have many memories of flying with Rick...

Yes, also have many memories of flying with Rick on the 214ST. Not often you can say you’ve known someone for nearly 51 years but I first met Rick on the 8 week ex-service groundschool crammer for...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Feb 2019, 13:14
Replies: 13
Views: 5,558
Posted By Democritus

Vale Rick Balfour

Another Bristow stalwart has passed away. Last week Rick Balfour felt unwell and called an ambulance. Subsequently his heart was restarted several times and he was put into an induced coma and on a...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Jan 2019, 15:45
Replies: 26
Views: 5,609
Posted By Democritus

Did some digging and found that the SWEB 206,...

Did some digging and found that the SWEB 206, G-AVYX, is still flying some 51 years after we took delivery from Agusta. It's in Australia and registered as VH-EXE. Looking very smart - just checked...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Jan 2019, 09:43
Replies: 26
Views: 5,609
Posted By Democritus

There were only three pilots, plus the boss,...

There were only three pilots, plus the boss, working for the SWEB Helicopter Unit at Bristol Airport in 1969 and I was one of them. I wonder which of us was the one who showed you around! Here's the...
18th Nov 2018, 11:39
Replies: 102
Views: 12,144
Posted By Democritus

I've just come across this thread and have a...

I've just come across this thread and have a couple of names for you but little else. I believe Peter Peckowski was ex-RAF and he was the Chief Helicopter Flying Instructor at British Executive Air...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Aug 2018, 08:44
Replies: 20
Views: 2,843
Posted By Democritus

Such sad news. John and I were on the same...

Such sad news. John and I were on the same ex-service 8 week CPL groundschool crammer at Kidlington in 1968 and he joined Bristow straight from there. Our paths crossed many times over the years...
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Jun 2018, 12:54
Replies: 20
Views: 4,720
Posted By Democritus

Have passed a message to Dave P - I'm sure he'll...

Have passed a message to Dave P - I'm sure he'll be here in due course or else he'll PM you.
Forum: Rotorheads
15th May 2018, 16:01
Replies: 3
Views: 913
Posted By Democritus

Slow speed yes, but this was only just out of a...

Slow speed yes, but this was only just out of a hover. He did have a camera fitted. Anyway, it seems they must have been looking for a suspected fault in a short length of line as engineers brought...
Forum: Rotorheads
15th May 2018, 13:56
Replies: 3
Views: 913
Posted By Democritus

PDG Power Line Inspection - Aberdeenshire today?

Having joined SWEB (now WPD) 50 years ago and flown the power lines for them for 5 years I was intrigued by the PDG AS350 that was inspecting a short section of 275kv line NW of Drumlithie,...
Forum: Jet Blast
11th Oct 2017, 12:45
Replies: 37
Views: 2,677
Posted By Democritus

Not me but a long departed best mate and...

Not me but a long departed best mate and helicopter pilot patented the Mindless Supermarket Trolley - so called because it didn't have a mind of its own. Safeways and others bought some but the Big...
4th Oct 2017, 16:13
Replies: 104
Views: 20,077
Posted By Democritus

Re the archive clip of a Wessex - look at 10.52...

Re the archive clip of a Wessex - look at 10.52 in on the BBC iPlayer. The Wessex has a yellow top to the fuselage. This indicates a Fleet Air Arm anti-submarine role Wessex HAS Mk1 and could well...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Sep 2017, 23:40
Replies: 27
Views: 6,221
Posted By Democritus

I set Crab's posts - along with those of Anfi and...

I set Crab's posts - along with those of Anfi and Krystal n Chips - to 'Ignore' not long after signing up here. However as my long time mate FD2 had posted I 'un-ignored' Crab today. Wish I hadn't...
Forum: Jet Blast
2nd Sep 2017, 23:55
Replies: 48
Views: 6,204
Posted By Democritus

Yes - SPM, very murky in the morning but at least...

Yes - SPM, very murky in the morning but at least I didn't have to worry about a short runway as I was in a helicopter ex-Battersea. Took them to LHR afterwards, can't remember where they were going...
Forum: Jet Blast
2nd Sep 2017, 20:26
Replies: 48
Views: 6,204
Posted By Democritus

I flew Jackie Stewart and the former King...

I flew Jackie Stewart and the former King Constantine of Greece to the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1980. Both very chatty. I didn't see any of the race though as I spent all my time with...
Forum: Jet Blast
23rd Aug 2017, 12:24
Replies: 252
Views: 120,489
Posted By Democritus

In the Radio Times, before the first episode was...

In the Radio Times, before the first episode was shown, the schedule was for 3 programmes. The first episode was given as 1/3. The second episode was shown as 2/2. Did someone pull the plug on 3/3...
Forum: Jet Blast
21st Aug 2017, 13:13
Replies: 95
Views: 8,718
Posted By Democritus

Traffic lights on green for me going straight...

Traffic lights on green for me going straight ahead on the inside lane at a crossroads junction. I'm doing 20mph having just come out of a 20 zone and slowing in case a pedestrian jumps out from in...
Forum: Jet Blast
19th Aug 2017, 14:13
Replies: 25
Views: 2,684
Posted By Democritus

When I was based at Portland in the mid 60's the...

When I was based at Portland in the mid 60's the Rampisham Masts near Dorchester were a known radhaz site. It was in August 1967 that a Westland test pilot was flying a Wessex HAS Mk3 (XP137) rather...
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