Archive for G-JTBX

I’m back!!!

After a prolonged absence, for no other reason than I’ve been busy and because some weird stuff happened to the site (thanks to Guy and Dave at returnondigital for getting it back on line) i’ve returned and hope to return to my frequent blogging.

My aviating has remained consistent throughout my absence and I’m racking up hours each week as usual. I’ve recently returned from Las Vegas, where temperatures reached 48f, forcing me to take out a 44 on a trip around the place at 07:30 to remain within temperature limits. Read More→

City Heliport Manchester

Ever since my machine returned from its expensive 300hr maintenance last year I’ve kept it hangared at Barton. Unfortunately, the hangar I was in, is the former fixed wing maintenance hangar, which was at the time vacant. I’d been told that I could use it on a week by week basis, but that Barton were actively seeking a new maintenance company to re-occupy it, and provide engineering services to the fixed wing aircraft. Recently, and regrettably I was notified that a new maintainer had been found and that they would be looking to occupy the hangar. I was being evicted ! Read More→

HCGB Air Games 2012

Despite one of the worst weather forecasts this year the Helicopter Club of Great Britain’s Air Games was, again, a resounding success. The poor weather managed to hold off, for the majority of the weekend, but it did leave the competitors battling 30kt winds for most of the competition day. 16 crews managed to commute down to Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton despite the forecast. Although, regrettably, there were a few drop outs requiring the organisers to re-shuffle the running order. They also decided that the wind was too strong to continue with the Parallel Slalom event and instead changed this to a Fender Drop which allows the competitors to remain into wind (mostly) for the event. Read More→