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Rory
21-10-2010, 08:40 PM
Note:
- I had no fancy camera equipment, just a good digi-cam so the photos in this thread will be average at best.

I reckon the Northloop 'Trip Reports' Forum may be getting minimal use for the imminent months, now that we are entering the 'down-season' so I thought I'd do a brief pic report on my day's activities today.
It won't be as wordy as my previous reports but I hope you enjoy nonetheless.

One of my best friends is a helicopter pilot and every once in a while, I join him for a spin.
Today was one of those days...

The machine: Robinson R44 -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2271.jpg

Onboard and preparing for take-off -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2273.jpg

Just after take-off and beginning climb -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2279.jpg

Up to 1000ft -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2281.jpg

Heading SE,
the Port of Cork shipping facility -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2283.jpg

Looking downriver -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2285.jpg

Heading E,
over Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown) Cathedral -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2287.jpg

Haulbowline Naval Base (HQ of the Irish Navy) -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2288.jpg

Heading S/SE,
Spike Island, a former prison in the middle of the harbour -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2289.jpg

Close-up of Spike Island -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2291.jpg

Crosshaven, home of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (1720)... the oldest yacht club in the world -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2295.jpg

Heading S,
coastal waters looked nice -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2297.jpg

The entrance to Cork harbour viewed from the South -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2300.jpg

At this point. Air Traffic Control requested us into a 'holding pattern' which means we do banked 360į turns at static altitude over a specific location. This is necessary if other aircraft are inbound on flight-paths in our area. We stay clear of them in 'holding pattern' until they're through and then we proceed -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2302.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2304.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2305.jpg

Heading SW,
clear of other aircraft so on down the coast, Robert's Cove -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2317.jpg

Looking South out to sea -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2319.jpg

Spotted this from the air, a track of some sort :chin: -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2321.jpg

Thought this looked nice -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2323.jpg

Summer Cove, including the Bulman pub (a great live music spot) -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2324.jpg

Kinsale, another sailing mecca of the region -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2325.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2328.jpg

Heading N/NW,
back inland and back over residential ground -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2333.jpg

The western side of the city -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2334.jpg

Cork, viewed from NW -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2337.jpg

Final approach to landing -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2341.jpg

Closer...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2342.jpg

Closer...

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2344.jpg

and down -

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP2347.jpg

Weather was beautiful (for October), the flying was most enjoyable...
what else would you be doing on a Thursday! :D :thumb:

Edit - here's a video I took last year of us taking off from Cork Airport in another Robinson R44 -
http://www.vimeo.com/9422030 ('http://www.vimeo.com/9422030') :thumb:

Darren Langeveld
21-10-2010, 08:49 PM
:thumb:

Mark
21-10-2010, 08:59 PM
B)

Dan
21-10-2010, 09:04 PM
:thumb:

orsonbuggy
21-10-2010, 11:04 PM
Nice one Rory - looks like a great day out - stunning weather and scenery :thumb:

Floyd
22-10-2010, 06:44 AM
10/10 I enjoyed that. Thatnks for sharing :thumb:

Nige
22-10-2010, 07:28 AM
Never been in a helicopter.

Thanks for sharing. :thumb:

Neil Mac
22-10-2010, 08:02 AM
Very nice, Rory :thumb:

Is it just my eyesight, or are there no ships in the Navy HQ?

I've been in a helicopter exactly twice. First time was some lunatic doing his own personal stunt show over Knockhill circuit. Second time was up to the top of Fox Glacier in NZ, including landing and wandering around on millions of tonnes of ice. I assumed the pilot must be ex-military, so I asked him what he did before. "sheep farmer, mate". At this point, the huge crevices a thousand feet below looked a bit more scary...

miller
22-10-2010, 08:16 AM
Im off to Cork City for three days this afternoon :D :drink: :drink: :drink:

Excellent pics, spent a few days in Kinsale a year ago. Nice place!

Rory
22-10-2010, 09:20 AM
Neil - I know it doesn't look jammers but, from the photo, I can spot 2 (maybe 3) mid-sized frigates tied up on the lower left side of the inner square dock... the rest must have just slipped out to the shops. ;)

Miller - have a great time in Cork this weekend, are you coming for the Jazz weekend?
I'll be down west at the Fastnet Rally, should be good. :D

Glad y'all enjoyed the pics. :thumb:

N/B
22-10-2010, 10:20 AM
Super-cool, Helicopters are fun.
R44 starred in the latest Jay Kay vid effort, correct?

The only 'copter I've been in was an ex'Nam Huey over Cape Town. That was like a flying Land Rover Defender.

Armour
22-10-2010, 10:31 AM
Enjoyed that Rory :thumb:

Track is maybe a small mx track?

Something about helicoptors that I don't fancy at all, you wouldn't get me going up in one :shame:

Rory
22-10-2010, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by N/B+Oct 22 2010, 11:20 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (N/B &#064; Oct 22 2010, 11:20 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> R44 starred in the latest Jay Kay vid effort, correct? [/b]
Correct, as was fleshed out in this thread -
http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index...showtopic=31192 ('http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index.php?showtopic=31192') ;)

<!--QuoteBegin-Armour@Oct 22 2010, 11:31 AM

Something about helicoptors that I don&#39;t fancy at all, you wouldn&#39;t get me going up in one [/quote]

I can understand that and a lot of people would feel the same way. However, having spent some time in helicopters, they aren&#39;t quite like &#39;flying rocks&#39; like a lot of people think. They can get in and out of confined spaces that would be impossible for a plane and are far more maneouverable and versatile by nature.

I think maybe people are put off by the fact that choppers don&#39;t have wings,... if something goes wrong, you can at least glide a plane down to land, hopefully. However, there is a procedure in choppers called an &#39;auto-rotation&#39; which controls descent by adjusting the pitch of the top rotar blades against the up-draught of air as the machine drops. This means that, if there is an engine failure, a good pilot should be able to control their descent and land the machine safely.

I did many Cessna flying hours years ago and have a student pilot&#39;s licence (or had, it&#39;s probably long since expired). I planned to get my private pilot&#39;s licence in time but, since I&#39;ve experienced helicopters via my friend, my focus has moved to them. I hope to get my licence when I can afford the hugely expensive training.

leavingeasy
22-10-2010, 03:19 PM
I&#39;ve got nearly 10,000 flying hours now.

20 mins of those are rotary (a Sea King, I don&#39;t mess about with pistons) I can honestly say that it was some of the most fun flying I have ever done and I&#39;d love to get my heli-licence (but it&#39;s fooking expensive&#33;)

It&#39;s hard to look good in a bone dome&#33;

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/Yeovilton30.jpg

But some can carry it off&#33;

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/Yeovilton30-3.jpg

I&#39;m not one of them&#33;

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/Yeovilton30-1.jpg

Rory
22-10-2010, 03:22 PM
^^ Now that&#39;s a serious machine, very cool&#33; :thumb:

Dave B
22-10-2010, 07:35 PM
Great pics Rory.
:thumb:

Oh, PMd you.

Jim Cameron
23-10-2010, 11:02 PM
I spend lots of time in helicopters, big and small.

Not bothered really.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z305/SpinInstructor/Northloop/BATUSphone044.jpg

That thing you were in looks a bit flimsy, where do the guns go?

Jim Cameron
23-10-2010, 11:20 PM
Bigger:

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z305/SpinInstructor/video/th_IMG_0066.jpg ('http://s188.photobucket.com/albums/z305/SpinInstructor/video/?action=view&current=IMG_0066.mp4')

Rory
24-10-2010, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Oct 24 2010, 12:02 AM
That thing you were in looks a bit flimsy, where do the guns go?
:lol: Typical.

That twin-rotor monster must handle like a dream, surely interesting to fly though.
Chinook, isn&#39;t it?

Rory
24-10-2010, 04:30 PM
A bit of worthless triviaÖ

the helicopter Iíve spent most time in is the Robinson R44 - Echo India - Delta Foxtrot Whisky,
the same machine in which Colin McRae travelled to compete in the 2005 Rally of the Lakes, Killarney
(as per this thread - http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index...howtopic=31637) ('http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index.php?showtopic=31637)').
So Iíve shared a co-pilotís seat with the late great Colin McRae. :D :(

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP0694.jpg

http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/sizzle_01/IMGP1422-1.jpg

Dave B
25-10-2010, 05:54 PM
The moors outside Huddersfield out towards Holme Moss...

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/Picture128.jpg

Nowt like as nice as the coast around &#39;kinsale though.


And this is an Apache Longbow. We were to have a proper briefing before we entered the hangar, the flightmajorleftenant chap had to begger off so a Staff Sgt was asked to do it...he walked us to the card entry door, looked &#39;hard&#39; at us and said. &#39;Don&#39;t (Oops I said the F word)ing touch owt, it&#39;s all (Oops I said the F word)ing expensive...&#39; And that was it. Seriously. :D
It had the desired effect . :thumb:

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/DSCF0239.jpg

And a Lynx flight simulator...

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/DSCF0207.jpg

miller
26-10-2010, 08:39 AM
I and thought my eyesight was going when i thought i saw an Apache Helicopter over Nottingham recently&#33;&#33;

Didnt know they ran the Apache&#39;s over here&#33;

Neil Mac
26-10-2010, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by miller@Oct 26 2010, 09:39 AM
I and thought my eyesight was going when i thought i saw an Apache Helicopter over Nottingham recently&#33;&#33;

Didnt know they ran the Apache&#39;s over here&#33;
I didn&#39;t realise Nottingham was THAT rough...

I&#39;ve seen Apaches tracking down the A1M. Looked like fun. :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
26-10-2010, 06:11 PM
I thought you said the only reason they fly is becauae they repel the earth oakie :whistle:

alclark
27-10-2010, 10:53 AM
Very cool thread&#33;

Rory
28-10-2010, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Dave Boulder@Oct 25 2010, 06:54 PM
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g205/boristhebold/Picture128.jpg

Nowt like as nice as the coast around &#39;kinsale though.
I beg to differ Dave, that ^ pic is stunning&#33; :thumb: