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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Craig,
Think flying from a major airport makes things slightly more complicated which is why, at our school, you tend to notch up a lot of hours before you go solo. Goto pass your comms course first and be comfortable with all the airport procedures. Brilliant grounding for the future though!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy PASSED! Very Happy

After a string of "bad luck" non flying days and 1 cancelled test which involved waiting for 5 hours for the fog to lift (it didn't!) I can proudly reveal that yesterday I finally clinched my PPLH!

65 hours R22 and bucketfull's of cash later i'm finally going to be able to show some of my family and friends what it's all about....

Now then, where are those paracetamols.... d'oh!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WELL DONE GUS! Congratuations! Very Happy Cheers!

(Were you in dear old TINK? I wonder if it's that aircraft that is responsible for the weather, rather than me...! As you know, for me, it took three months to get the NavEx done, due weather, and faulty governor switch.... Rolling Eyes )
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might well ask!
Yes, it was dear old TINK!
I too ended up waiting, about 2 months, to do my qualifying Nav Ex!
The planned trip to Welshpool was firstly postponed due to tha fact that the airfield was under water (for about a month!) the next time i was scheduled to go, it was the weather, next the aircraft was broke and then finally on my fourth attempt they didn't have a firefighter on duty (ironic me being a firefighter!)
I did try and suggest that there would be one there when i got there but it just didn't wash!
Fortunately the fire cover turned up after lunch, but even then i ended up flying a different R22 (which i'd never flown before) MINUS A DI, (which wasn't really an issue as it was a calmish day) and last minute was told to scrap my origional plan and fly straight to Welshpool doing my first planned stop (at Hawarden) second! What a day!
Bringing my solo time up to the required amount then had to wait until i had a decent day, which put things back about another month.
Finally, test day was abandoned due to fog, and had to wait another MONTH till the examiner was back and i could make the date!!!
Hence yesterdays test (IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE I MIGHT ADD!)
Good job it wasn't today (North west grey wet and windy today!)
Thanks for the congrats, what do ya think of my sad website then! Wink
I trust it was ok to put a link to your diaries James?!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Gus!

I had a look at your "sad website" - your words not mine Wink and saw that the Helicentre has a R22 Mariner... perhaps somewhere to fulfill my ambition of getting my skids wet.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Stevie,
Unfortunately the Mariner now lives in Majorca, at the helicentre's soon to be, warmer establishment. Could be tied in with a holiday though! Cool
Yea, well i call the website sad but i'm secretly quite proud of it! Especially seeing as i did it all myself! The only thing i bought was the name! I do get a bit of stick from the odd person. I get the impression that it qualifies me a sort of "anorak", but who cares... (beats trainspotting! Though there's nothing wrong with trainspotting, before anyone jumps on me!)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gus

Well done, it took me about 3 years from start to finish to get my original test done all those years ago.

Your website isn't sad, if your an anorak then I really should get my coat, I might have developed a couple of websites related to helicopters myself Laughing .

I've plumbed you into the links page on Griffin under personal sites.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many many congratulations Gus... hope to see you at some of the fly ins this year!

Apparently (according to another forum) the CAA are turning round licence applications in around 10 working days at the moment - so you might even have that back pretty soon!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Craig, thats great news, and thanks Gary, i'll include similar links to your sites when i get round to writing page 3!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gus,

Good looking website indeed - by all means include the links, no problem. But, umm, "JTR"? Smile
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Yea ok James i can't spell! "JTL's Training Diary" now rectified! Wink
Back to the real world today, working over easter...
Still smiling! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Gus
Or should I say captain Gus.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo! Gus. A big WELL DONE!

Hope you enjoy many hours of Summer flying - that's if you have any pennies left of course Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers JP & Catwoman, and well yes Catwoman, cost is a painful issue...
I guess if you want something like this badly enough you grin and bare it.
Interestingly, i haven't yet met or spoken to anyone who regrets the outlay,
I think that says it all.
STILL smiling!
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Gus,

You must be really chuffed. Smile Thumbs Up Cheers!

Why don't you pop a link into our Web Links section if you haven't already done so. There is a category there for Helicopter websites and personal sites.

Happy flying, and hope to see you at a get-together sometime (speaking of which we MUST have one of those over the summer).


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