No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

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No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby ColinD » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:28 pm

Runways falling apart - Harriers grounded due to FOD damage and so are we for two weekends whilst they do emergency repairs to the airfield. Please continue to turn up as we have aircraft servicings as well as the curry evening on Sat :( :(
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Jon » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:51 pm

That explains the flyable forecast then.
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Alex » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:41 pm

Stupid question....... (before all you ex-servicemen give me some 'cause its the RAF' answer)

How does runways falling apart prevent us from winch launching off the grass with the winch made of the special less lethal when it falls on your head or the power lines rope?
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Jim King » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:04 pm

this thing called flying ...remind me wot does it entail :?:
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Pete » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:55 am

Apparently the work is also on the south taxiway, and the workmen have an aversion to anything being dropped on them. We broke four weak links on Sunday, so I would guess that with double the targets to hit, the chances of us throwing something their way is quite large!

Dunno if we could just operate the motorglider off the grass though... Guess we'd have to see where the chaps are working.

[Not an official answer, but my interpretation of the available info!]

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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby ColinD » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:54 am

I am speaking with wittering to see exactly where they will be working with a view to use the MG off of the grass. As Peter has said, they need to do work on both the southern taxiway as well as the main runway, so I hope to get some dispensation for the MG use - will keep you posted
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Alex » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:28 am

To use the MG only (for say field landing check...) surely we just need a small section of either the northern, southern, main or grass to opperate from. It is highly unlikely that the MoD/RAF have employed enough contractors and/or leased enough machines to have all of these areas seconded for 4 days!

Imagine approaching over the A1 in the MG to land on the piano keys........... I can hear the radio reports of a light aircraft landing on the A1 already! LOL
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby ColinD » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:50 am

Hey Alex, teach granny to suck eggs.........................................
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Jon » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:16 am

Anyone who wants to go through some questions for the bronze paper this weekend I am willing to help - Jim & Ivor?
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Re: No flying weekends - 23/24 & 30/31 Jan

Postby Alex » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:19 am

yeah tried that once..... doesn't work, perhaps I shouldn't have hard boiled them first though?
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