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Forum: Rotorheads
7th Nov 2022, 03:34
Replies: 30
Views: 8,842
Posted By FD2

Offshore Contract Renewals

It just goes on and on the same way. TUPE is avoided by some clever wangle or other. The keen young pilots bust a gut to give the best service they can, which is firstly professional pride of course,...
25th Nov 2021, 05:19
Replies: 403
Views: 187,557
Posted By FD2

Does 617 Squadron, 'The Dambusters', have RAF...

Does 617 Squadron, 'The Dambusters', have RAF ground crew as well as RAF and RN pilots? It's a bit of a long shot to blame the Navy - yet. If it was a dark blue fault then I'm sure a very cold...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Jul 2021, 21:19
Replies: 10
Views: 2,895
Posted By FD2

The funeral: https://ianmorrison.muchloved.com/ ...

The funeral: https://ianmorrison.muchloved.com/ 23rd July, 1300 at GreenAcres, Colney, Norwich.
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Jul 2021, 12:10
Replies: 10
Views: 2,895
Posted By FD2

Yes, he was great company during those Norwich...

Yes, he was great company during those Norwich days before he went off to join Rupert on the Hong Kong - Macau shuttle. Stacks of great stories including the one where a sea eagle smashed through the...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Jul 2021, 07:09
Replies: 10
Views: 2,895
Posted By FD2

Thanks for passing that on Peter. Great guy and...

Thanks for passing that on Peter. Great guy and excellent pilot, he'll be much missed. First met him at Sumburgh after his RN time when he and Dave Humble were based there and we disembarked a Sea...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th May 2020, 00:26
Replies: 610
Views: 336,847
Posted By FD2

Admittedly not using sonar, but what about Antrim...

Admittedly not using sonar, but what about Antrim Flight (dear old pinger Stanley) double depth charging the Argentinian submarine Santa Fe and forcing it to return to South Georgia, leaking like a...
Forum: Rotorheads
12th Jun 2018, 08:57
Replies: 20
Views: 6,730
Posted By FD2

Max: They took the main rotor blades off and...

Max:

They took the main rotor blades off and towed it back to Dyce in the small hours. It was flying again about 10 days later.

Fleur:

Please pm me.

S61 S92:
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Apr 2018, 20:56
Replies: 186
Views: 53,213
Posted By FD2

Sounds good enough to me apart from John's sonar...

Sounds good enough to me apart from John's sonar point (and there are bound to be a few other minor problems) - so I think I'll order a copy. Sneaking a peek inside the book on Amazon it looks very...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th Feb 2018, 21:06
Replies: 20
Views: 14,905
Posted By FD2

Agree with you Sir Niall - great machines - hope...

Agree with you Sir Niall - great machines - hope she's not written off.

First flown Nov 1977 LSI - Borgland Dolphin. Good grief - that's over 40 years ago...
Forum: Rotorheads
18th Jan 2018, 21:36
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

You've reached your own opinion on it crab and I...

You've reached your own opinion on it crab and I dare say mine wouldn't be so dissimilar but yes, there may well be extenuating circumstances.

As you say, we are unlikely to get to know the...
Forum: Rotorheads
18th Jan 2018, 18:05
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

I think you should just calm down and let those...

I think you should just calm down and let those in authority in this case decide on the real facts as opposed to assuming all the things you have - even though you're no doubt an expert after so...
Forum: Rotorheads
18th Jan 2018, 10:50
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

How do you know what their 'arousal level' was? I...

How do you know what their 'arousal level' was? I can see two people in the back on dispatcher harnesses who are sitting in their respective doorways. You still haven't given a clue as to how you...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Jan 2018, 20:55
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

Very good OFBSLF.

Very good OFBSLF.
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Jan 2018, 20:34
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

Not making excuses for them - I'm sure they can...

Not making excuses for them - I'm sure they can do that for themselves. Of course it was a mess, but I think it would be reasonable to hear what actually went on inside that aircraft before leaping...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Jan 2018, 17:58
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

I've watched the video upteen times and it...

I've watched the video upteen times and it appears to show a slow left turn which would have kept the tail wheel on the runway before a large input of right boot whisks it off. Even if the crewman...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Jan 2018, 10:13
Replies: 83
Views: 19,941
Posted By FD2

Very good assessment SASless - I don't think even...

Very good assessment SASless - I don't think even a fully operational SAR crew could have been quick enough to scream a warning to the handling pilot to stop him taxiing off the taxiway/runway.
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Oct 2017, 22:59
Replies: 10
Views: 5,768
Posted By FD2

'Safety culture'

KLM gave Shell a first class service with excellent punctuality and very well equipped aircraft (S76B with superb AFCS/autopilot). A person in Shell Aviation suggested that by getting the helicopter...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Sep 2017, 12:11
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Al-bert I think that the 'glory hunters'...

Al-bert

I think that the 'glory hunters' jibe was a rather unworthy and cheap shot but I hope you feel better for having got it off your chest - 38 years is a long time to feel so bitter. To think...
Forum: Rotorheads
26th Sep 2017, 11:04
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Al-bert Did you ever investigate why the RN...

Al-bert

Did you ever investigate why the RN refused your offer? I'm quite sure mud can be slung in both directions and perhaps you ought to read my post more thoroughly before issuing silly...
Forum: Rotorheads
26th Sep 2017, 03:42
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Albert Your post is rather nasty and...

Albert

Your post is rather nasty and puerile. Perhaps you can supply some instances of the RN 'killing survivors', for our enlightenment?

I was pointing out that the helicopters are equipped...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Sep 2017, 20:40
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Crab Woof! Woof! Just drop that bone,...

Crab

Woof! Woof! Just drop that bone, there's a good boy! Mop again Mrs Crab!

I think TC is referring to when the RN is at sea. None of us would deny the outstanding work done by 771, 772,...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th Sep 2017, 11:21
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Ding! Ding! Fetch the mop Mrs Crab! One comment,...

Ding! Ding! Fetch the mop Mrs Crab! One comment, possibly from 'dark blue', but constructive and the other highlighting your little obsession. Not quite the response you were hoping for with the...
Forum: Rotorheads
23rd Sep 2017, 21:24
Replies: 27
Views: 7,189
Posted By FD2

Pavlov got his dogs to drool at the mere sound of...

Pavlov got his dogs to drool at the mere sound of a bell. Any mention of RN SAR now produces a similarly excited reaction from Crab. Still smarting from earlier encounters old chap? Still feel you...
Forum: Rotorheads
4th Apr 2017, 07:35
Replies: 298
Views: 115,192
Posted By FD2

Make that two!

Make that two!
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Apr 2017, 03:42
Replies: 298
Views: 115,192
Posted By FD2

Jay - how can you just quote a few incidences...

Jay - how can you just quote a few incidences where nothing really resulted from a callout and translate that into a condemnation of the usefulness of service in overall? Perhaps a little research...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th May 2016, 05:25
Replies: 38
Views: 27,202
Posted By FD2

Alpine Adventures owner's AOC suspended: ...

Alpine Adventures owner's AOC suspended:

Alpine Adventures choppers grounded | Radio New Zealand News (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/305206/alpine-adventures-choppers-grounded)
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Jan 2016, 10:20
Replies: 54
Views: 10,170
Posted By FD2

Crab: Are you quite sure you're not making...

Crab:

Are you quite sure you're not making this stuff up as you go along? :hmm:

I'm sure some dates and other evidence to support at least some of your claims would be welcomed by your fans....
Forum: Rotorheads
4th Jan 2016, 10:14
Replies: 54
Views: 10,170
Posted By FD2

Crab: Did you ever actually have any RN...

Crab:

Did you ever actually have any RN exchange pilots in the RAF SAR units or are you just making this stuff up as you go along? ;)

Anyway, I think the world is now your oyster - a man of...
Forum: Rotorheads
4th Jan 2016, 10:03
Replies: 54
Views: 10,170
Posted By FD2

Trog: Many thanks - that really rings bells...

Trog:

Many thanks - that really rings bells in the memory now - I think it was reported in 'Flight Deck'. I also think the pilot was M.P.C. (Splot at the time?)
Forum: Rotorheads
4th Jan 2016, 04:26
Replies: 54
Views: 10,170
Posted By FD2

Crab: Yes, I'm sure they can these days but...

Crab:

Yes, I'm sure they can these days but only after doing the appropriate courses and passing lots of written tests. Also they'd need to do lots of planning and a risk assessment - just in...
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Jan 2016, 19:22
Replies: 54
Views: 10,170
Posted By FD2

Geoff - I think that was 814 Squadron from HMS...

Geoff - I think that was 814 Squadron from HMS Hermes evacuating British residents from Cyprus. They thought that winching down some of the little old ladies from a great height might have caused...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Jan 2016, 01:20
Replies: 241
Views: 42,921
Posted By FD2

Crab: I'm not condoning someone breaking the...

Crab:

I'm not condoning someone breaking the law several times. Hypothetical 'what ifs' don't wash I'm afraid - we can all dream up various weird circumstances to support our arguments but human...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Jan 2016, 01:08
Replies: 241
Views: 42,921
Posted By FD2

Sid: You're trying very hard to dissemble...

Sid:

You're trying very hard to dissemble this but perhaps you 'protest too much'. I never said that I condoned flying after drinking, merely that there was a different take on these things 50...
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Jan 2016, 21:39
Replies: 241
Views: 42,921
Posted By FD2

Sid: I never claimed to have been 'involved'...

Sid:

I never claimed to have been 'involved' in a flying sense but I was present at the time, albeit as a junior officer under training (before my flying training). Even so I was still allowed to...
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Jan 2016, 20:49
Replies: 241
Views: 42,921
Posted By FD2

Crab: I don't think anyone could argue that...

Crab:

I don't think anyone could argue that what he did was 'wrong' and 'broke the rules' and he has been punished for it. I think that a lot of annoyance has been caused by your black and white...
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