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21-10-2010, 08:40 PM
- 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 -


Onboard and preparing for take-off -


Just after take-off and beginning climb -


Up to 1000ft -


Heading SE,
the Port of Cork shipping facility -


Looking downriver -


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


Haulbowline Naval Base (HQ of the Irish Navy) -


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


Close-up of Spike Island -


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


Heading S,
coastal waters looked nice -


The entrance to Cork harbour viewed from the South -


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 -




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


Looking South out to sea -


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


Thought this looked nice -


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


Kinsale, another sailing mecca of the region -



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


The western side of the city -


Cork, viewed from NW -


Final approach to landing -






and down -


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

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

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

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...

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!

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:

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.

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:

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.

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;


But some can carry it off&#33;


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


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.

Oh, PMd you.

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

Not bothered really.


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

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

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')

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?

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 :(



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


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:


And a Lynx flight simulator...


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:

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

28-10-2010, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Dave Boulder@Oct 25 2010, 06:54 PM

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