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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Matt Smith » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:48 pm

Renegadenemo wrote:Hmmm. Sounds more like masochism to me. It certainly was when we did it!.......
The lake is a great open water place to practice line laying skills in the dark and murk for those of us whom cave dive!

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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:45 pm

The lake is a great open water place to practice line laying skills in the dark and murk for those of us whom cave dive!
Ahhh - never thought of that. Most of my diving mates were into caves back in the day but, even though I tried it a few times, I could never get used to there being no brass in there. Rocks at the top, rocks at the bottom and rocks in the middle. Did a few cave pushes in Menorca but it never took hold of me - bit like golf and football I s'pose. Laid plenty of lines through shipwrecks though.
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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:47 pm

Just the dreaded paperwork to fill in, bung the CAA a few quid, and I am qualified!
Marvellous! Well done. Did mine at Gamston - remember it like it was yesterday! Congratulations.
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Post by kneeslider » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:54 pm

Cheers for the plaudits Bill, I guess that now the challenge to keep current starts. I am lucky in that I did the majority of my training with mates who are proper commerical pilots, so I did a lot of instrument flying (if not in actual IMC) and going in and out of a whole variety of different airfields/airports from 600m farm strips up to Cambridge airport, the home of Marshall Aerospace.

I was up with my instructor mate a few weeks ago in the right seat of a Piper Cheyenne (pressurised twin turboprop) in some pretty foul weather, and it was great to see how much harder 'proper' pilots have to work, in that sort of environment with a more complex aeroplane than I am used to. In fact, it put me in mind of the health and safety zealots who would surely have such things banned given half the chance.

It is amazing what humans can accomplish with the correct level of training, and experience to reduce risk to a manageable level. Something the H&S brigade seem incapable of comprehending. Once we accept their agenda, then the whole world becomes the poorer.

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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:40 am

I've not done any serious fixed-wing stuff but I was fortunate enough to once spend a couple of hours strapped into the FO's seat of a real, live 747 sim at Bournemouth while various pilots flew difficult scenarios. I was probably the worst copilot they ever had the misfortune to fly with because I didn't have a clue and when tasked with landing the plane one time I slammed it into the runway because a 74 captain sits a smidge higher up than any helicopter pilot...
I was, however, fortunate enough to have to hang on through near collisions, wind-shear, engine failures and, often, a combination of all of the above and the professionalism displayed was humbling.
As I struggled to work out which suddenly rattling engine to retard the thrust lever on I'd usually find the captain had run out of patience in the second and a half since it went off with a bang and taken the job out of my hands. No place for H&S fools up there!
Keep at the flying and if you have half as much fun in the air as we did you'll have a great time. You should ask Alain or John about our adventures - not me. They're both reading this...
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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by lsrdatabase » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:26 am

Hi All,

I thought I would change the subject somewhat, and revive this theme. Hopefully more posts will follow.

We, my wife and I, went to Bristol to see the FULL SIZE Bloodhound SSC Show Car. This was on show recently at the Farnborough Air Show, and if you haven't seen it yet, you really are missing out. It is absolutely Beautiful!

I've added a couple of photographs (more on my site at http://www.rainbowcoloured.co.uk I also had a go on the BH 'Driving Experience'. This is astoundingly realistic!

Would you believe it? The wheel bearings came straight off the shelf.

Regards to All, Fred


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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Mike Bull » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:30 am

Good call, Fred.

What fun! If those bearings are off the shelf, it boggles the mind as to what they'd usually be used for? Imagine walking into the parts counter of the nearest Halfords and asking for a set of them! :D

As for my weekend, it was the usual Bluebird Saturday, followed by a photo sortie to a very windy Tynemouth on the Sunday-
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-and more Bluebird on the Bank Holiday.
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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Graham Milne » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:29 am

Not so much what I DID but more like what I'm GOING to do this weekend. Tomorrow morning I fly off on holiday to the Balearic Islands, and then when I get home after 10 days in the sun I've got a few nights booked at the Black Bull for some Coniston time before going back to work on the 20th of Sep.

I'll be arriving in Coniston on the 14th, on the very night that my beloved Glasgow Rangers take on the mighty Man Utd at Old Trafford, so I'll be watching that in the Crown as from what I remember the Black Bull nor the Yewdale has a television. If anyone here is in Coniston on the 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th and feels like a few beers with my good self then be sure to let me know.

Last time staying in the Black Bull I was wakened at a very early hour by the sound of over 100 screaming MK1 and Mk2 Ford Escorts roaring through the village, great sight.
Looks like one of those new 'Japanese' sportscars..............

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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by malcolm uk » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:26 pm

The weekend before last was an endurance record attempt - of the land variety. Will be on TV next month. You may see me in the background. Fifth Gear is the programme to watch out for.

This last weekend it was Brighton Speed Trials in the damp weather. This was then followed on the Sunday with a Bluebird Supporters Club visit to Filching Manor. A chance to see some recovered parts from K7 after the accident, some parts that were not on K7 in 1967 and other memorabilia from the Campbells, including Gina's Agfa Bluebird boat and the Across the Lake 'buck'.

The work on K3 is progressing well and when she floats out and then runs it will not be with the R engine (although that was on display).

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Re: What did you do at the weekend?

Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:55 pm

Malcolm,

What's the plan with K3? I heard she was going to get her bottom wet again. Fabulous news for old machinery in general. Rumour has it that our tribute act may be rolled out this year too. Things are hotting up!
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