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1st June 2006

Trip number 5 with a slightly different flavour, a visit to the Queens Helicopter Flight (QHF) at Blackbush in Surrey. A total of thirteen members and guests assembled for this first mid week ‘Fly Out’. Paul Bazire and Ian Slater, on his first trip with the group, accompanied by his guest John Nixon in G-AVNS. Andy and Amanda Ramsay with Guests Lee and Anne Ware in G-DCKK. Paul and Andrew Hutson in G-BHWH. Kieron Boost and Guest Tony Johnson in VB. Julian Mitchell and Alex Kenning departing from Panshanger in G-BRBH. Well broken Cumulus at around the 2,500ft mark caused some turbulence, but excellent visibility was the order of the day for the 50 minute flight around the top of the Heathrow zone. A slight detour to avoid the gliders being launched at Wycombe and then routing down to Blackbushe for an overhead join and right hand circuit onto Blackbushe’s generous runway 07.


With landing fees paid it was off to the ‘Biggles Bistro’ for a pre visit lunch. Unfortunately despite having been pre warned, 13 arriving at once caused the system to be seriously overloaded to the point of crashing. An hour and 15mins later Andy Ramsay’s table – still waiting – were looking very suspiciously at other peoples chips! Finally refuelled, we were picked up by cars and Land Rovers from some of the QHF crew and staff and taken over to the secure area. A very interesting and informative presentation was given by Chris Pittaway the Chief Pilot of the QHF, detailing the history of the Flight and the aircraft flown today. We then split into groups and were given a tour of the Premi-Air hanger with an opportunity to view up close the many different helicopter types with an explanation of how they work and some of the finer technical details. It was then into the separate area which is home to the beautiful and sparkling maroon Sikorsky S76C of the QHF. With an opportunity to sit in the cockpit with the electrical systems up and running, and an explanation of the layout, gave an excellent insight into what a complex beast a modern multi-million pound helicopter is.


The now traditional group photo was taken and then it was back to the club side of the airfield and the return home in even clearer skies. Once again a very successful and in this case quite unique day out. Thanks to all for taking part, especially thanks to the QHF.


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North Weald Flying Group operate out of the Squadron at North Weald Airfield.

The airfield is 10 miles south of Stansted and can be seen from the M11. Follow signs from the A414 and on entrance to the field, follow the perimeter track all the way around the field until you arrive at the distinctive Squadron building.

phone: 01992522090