The Flying Monkeys

Serious Flying.......
.......Should be Fun!

LFAT Flyout - 19.09.09

A plan had been hatched to go the Scilly Isles to celebrate Ian James' birthday.
 
Spanner in the works = Ian wasn't going to go, because he was away!
 
Instead a few of us (16) planned for LFAT
 
Aircraft: EC120, P68, C177 and PA28
 
Mitch took off to drop Dee, Paul and Harish off at Redhill, then return to Thurrock to pick up
Kim, Helen, Graham and drop in to North Weald to pick up Debbie & Rob, before heading off to LFAT.
Rob, Dave, Karen and Samantha departed Thurrock direct to LFAT.
James, John and Jenny departed Stock then via North Weald to LFAT

 
 
Dee & Paul pre-flight the EC120 at Redhill
 
 
 
Harish in the back armed with PLB                                             Air Taxi..... Preparing for Take-off
 
 
 
Vis wasn't great
 
 
Coasting out at Folkestone
 
 
Coasting in at Boulogne
 
 
Base for 14 LFAT.....Vis improving....a bit...
 

We made our approach on 14, then cut across the grass to the Helipad.
....Bang in the centre of the pad!
 
 
Successful landing by Captain Samantha
 
 
Karen & Samantha at Le Touquet
 
 
Samantha & Karen looking round the market at Le Touquet
 
 
As there were 16 of us,
we decided to meet under the clock tower in the middle of the market before going for lunch!
 
 
 
Lunch in town, some chocolate, a recce to ensure the beach was still there........
 
 
.....And it was! Samantha, Dave & Karen at the water park...by the beach!!

.............and then a stroll back to the field.
 
 
Getting ready to head back...the wind had shifted 180 degrees.
 
 
Mitch checking out the Heli.....yep we need one of these!

(Kim, you'll have to wait for that Corvette..)
 
 
Dee reversing the route on the GPS
 
 
Paul looking for the checklist and charts
 
 
Lift Off!
 
 
EC120 tracking the coast up to Cap Griz-Nez



View across the channel
 
 
G-BN & G-NS formation back to North Weald
 
 
Back at Redhill...preparing to head home to Essex
 
 
Our ferry flight arrives at Redhill to take us back to Thurrock.
 
 
Samantha Flying back to North Weald........working the radio too!!