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Challenge 2011 Entry document

G-GERS Helicopter R44 Clipper II G-GERS Date of flight: 30th June 2011

Pilots Tim Virdee PPL(H) Peter Waldron PPL(H) Observer Andy Moorhouse CPL(H)


Contents Page Introduction 1 Background 2 The Pilots & Experience 2 The Theme 4 3 The Guild of Fine Food & Action Against Hunger 5 Pre Flight 4 The Menu 5 Flight Planning 6 Research and Selection of Landing Sites 7 Timed Arrivals 8 Details of Equipment 9 Pre-flight Spreadsheet 10 Route Plan on CAA 1:500,000 Chart

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Day of the Challenge 11 Weather Reports and Narrative 12 Flight Narrative 13 Fuel locations, Uplifts in litres plus Receipts 14 Maps of Landing Sites and circuits at each Site 15 Planned/Achieved Times & Distances 16 Actual Track on CAA 1:500,000 Chart 17 Weight and Balance Calculations

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Post Flight 18 Post-flight Spreadsheet 19 Dawn to Dusk Flight Summaries and Detailed Reports

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Conclusion 20 Difficulties and Achievements 21 Declarations Appendix 22 Newspaper Clippings/Cheques 23 Sample Permission to Land Forms 24 DVD of the Mission

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2 Tim Virdee’s house - preparation for mission

1 Background : The Pilots and Experience An introduction from Peter Waldron “Having just completed a series of challenges in the rotor world with the Helicopter Club of Great Britain and winning the Club Slalom in 2010, qualifying into the British team for the Swiss nationals, my appetite for aviation challenges was well and truly wetted. The time to take on the Dawn to Dusk Challenge had arrived. To be precise, in the World Helicopter Flying Championships, Timed Arrivals require teams to fly 45 minutes or so to a chosen selection of destinations, on a map handed to them in a sealed envelope five minutes before take off. The crew are required take a note of the insignia painted on some of the turning points or other details to prove that they had been there. Teams are then required to cross the finish line

at a pre determined time line with points deducted if early or late, etc! The challenge I had in mind would be the definitive timed arrival. I couldn’t wait to broach the subject of Dawn to Dusk to my chosen crew member, who I knew had all of what was required in order to work a challenge such as this, time, experience and a similar inclination for a mission. As it turned out, I didn’t have to sell the idea with too much effort. Mr Tim Virdee mirrored my excitement and joined the mission. The challenge was on. All we had to do was incorporate an idea within the parameters of the D2D challenge, and do what we both loved to do, fly helicopters.”


The Pilots

3 Peter Waldron has flown helicopters for 7 years, holds CAA PPL (H), has 750 hours experience with approximately 680 on type. He won the 2010 HCGB Club Slalom and represents the British Team in the World Helicopter Championships.

Having just completed a series of challenges in the rotor world with the Helicopter Club of Great Britain and winning the Club Slalom in 2010, qualifying into the British team for the Swiss nationals, my appetite for aviation challenges was well and truly wetted. The time to take on the Dawn to Dusk Challenge had arrived.

Tim Virdee has also flown helicopters for 7 years, holds CAA and FAA PPL’s (H), has 350 hours experience with approximately 300 on type. He entered the HCGB 2011 Games for the first time and won the Club Class Timed Arrival competition.

I’m organising the calculations for the time on-route, circuit time, landing time, time on the ground, and take off. I’ve got three minutes to get out of the helicopter, introduce myself, make the Landing Zone safe, pose for the cameras, grab the freight, apologise for my quick retreat, make my way back to the helicopter, stow the freight, strap my self in, organize the data, for the next route


2 The Theme The task was to collect fresh food and drink ingredients from small producers around the country, which would be used for a menu designed by an award winning chef. The pilots would deliver these back to a designated location for them to be prepared as a meal for thirty people and to raise money for an appropriate charity. The mission was that of very precise timing. The pilots had a very narrow time window in which to fly the mission, due to every commitment under the sun from family, business, aircraft, aircraft maintenance schedules, and of course the wonderful and challenging English weather.

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Out of 100 award winners from the Great Taste Awards Competition 2011 (see below), they would not only have to choose successfully those producers that made up the menu, but also research those that they could land at, circumnavigate to and from, in one day.


3 The Guild of Fine Food

The pilots needed to include a partner with whom they could combine their idea for the mission, with the ability to provide a professional and known entity within the food world. So they set about researching all within the food industry and landed on The Guild of Fine Food. The pilots found the Guild Of Fine Food, contacted the family owned firm proprietor John Farrand and made the pitch. It was a resounding success. The amalgamation of the challenge with their proven family business, and representation of thousands of family-business micro food producers turned out to be a no brainer.

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The Guild of Fine Food - www.finefoodworld.co.uk The Guild was formed in 1995 with a mission to support and encourage artisan food and drink producers and the independent delicatessens, farm shops and food halls who mainly stock and sell their food and drink. With over 1300 members across the UK, it organises and implements a network of activities designed to promote excellence in all sectors of the trade and build closer links between producers and retailers. The Great Taste Awards has, in 17 years, become the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink in the UK. Each year experts blind taste over 7000 foods in London and at the Guild’s purpose-built test kitchens and training centre in Wincanton, Somerset and the best are awarded one-, two- and three-star gold.


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Founded 30 years ago, ACF International | Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programmes in over 40 countries benefitting five million people each year. With head offices in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the United States and Canada, our international network shares its combined resources, breadth of experience and technical expertise in pursuit of a world without hunger. Every year, our 4,600+ field workers help nearly 5 million people in over 40 countries worldwide.

TINE FRANK


Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger agreed to give the use of their Love Food Give Food programme for this project.  

• Action Against Hunger has been collaborating with the food industry for over a decade to combat child hunger. Love Food Give Food unites food lovers across the World in turning their passion for food into action against hunger

• As part of this appeal the charity is asking foodies to host a dinner party. Getting involved is simple. Simply pick a date for your Love Food Give Food dinner party; invite some friends; pick a menu; and cook up a storm! At the end of the evening, guests are invited to make a contribution to their meal in the form of a donation in support of Action Against Hunger.

• By donating to Action Against Hunger food lovers will make a big difference in helping malnourished children and their families worldwide

• Action Against Hunger has over 30 years of experience in saving the lives of malnourished children and providing families with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. 92p of every £1 raised goes directly to their programmes and services

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4 The Menu The challenge now was to have a menu compiled by an award winning chef, for the pilots to scrutinise the ingredients, and decipher from that, the producers of those ingredients. Then choose the producers, from the top 100 Three Star Award Winners for 2011. Award List was available 12th June.

Cocktail snacks Buffalo Jerky  Black Olive Paste on Toasted Rye and Seed Bread with Vine Tomatoes Potato Chips with Dill and Mint Beetroot Crisps

Starter 3-Star Hams and Organic Eggs with Black Truffle Salt, Seasonal Leaves

Fish Course Hot Roast Smoked Salmon with Salad, Roasted Nori Seaweed Vinegar and EVOO

Sorbet

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Gooseberry Sorbet

Main 12 day Hung Jacob Lamb from Northfield Farm, Potatoes Roasted in 3 star Beef Fat, Seasonal Vegetables, Quince, Damson and Port Jelly

Dessert Treacle Tart with Buffalo Vanilla Ice Cream A “Cranachan” of Cherries, Scottish Heather Honey, Buffalo Cream and South African Biscuit

Cheese Assiette of Six Cheeses, Goats Butter and Crackers

Coffee, Tea and Petits Fours 2 Star Coffee, Oolong Tea Nougat

Beverages Apple Juice Elderflower Wine Tonic Ginger Beer Laverstoke Lager Laverstoke Ale White Wine Red Wine Sparkling and Still Water


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With over twenty confined areas to plan, navigate to and successfully land and take off from, the pilots needed reliability of flight navigation equipment, as well as back up and a reliable space to work in. Consequently (and in addition to the CAA charts), with glass screen tech in the form of Memory Map, on two iPads running various CAA charts and OS 1:50,000 Landranger maps, they would be able to interrogate all the data at their disposal and have a spare for when one inevitably froze (which it did!).

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5 Flight Planning

The challenge was a series of “micro challenges”. They would have to design individual scenarios, for each site prior to and during the actual mission.

• The pilots laid down very strict rules as to their prospective airmanship relating to the final flight decisions concerning all the confined areas that they would be encountering

• With 1,400 producers to choose from it was a daunting task to choose suppliers. They knew that the Guild of Fine Food would soon be judging at Great Taste Awards 2011. At this point, the judges would select 100 Three Star winners who would be going through to the final, later in the year. It would be these 100 finalists’ products that the chef would create a menu from

• These small food and drink producers would be the ultimate stars of the show, who would turn out their fine produce, at a designated time on a certain day, chosen at short notice

• The variables that needed to be fixed were challenging. There were all of a sudden, lots of players that needed to be organized and directed. There was a huge PR angle that was suddenly prevalent. News and media were going to be present at chosen pick up sites

• There was undeniably a question of good airmanship, along with the potential human factors that would inevitably arise from such a long mission. The pilots needed to be sure that this mission, even though split with PIC and navigator, could be safely executed. They had reliability with the machine that they had decided to use, and also trusted each other’s individual skills, having flown great distances together before

• The challenge was a series of “micro challenges. They would have to design individual scenarios for each site prior to and during the actual mission. The pilots needed to practice for the flight many times, in order to test equipment, flight skills and indeed technical knowledge, but the weather on the day would dictate the over all mission challenge

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• They also created a second flight plan based around the chosen flight mission, so that a second helicopter could arrive and leave at specific times to film at chosen locations. Another set of permissions was created, sent and chased. Rules relating to film crew in helicopters, with GA pilots were interrogated, possible flight changes in the timetable were calculated and in turn briefed to the film crew pilot, Andy Moorhouse, so that they would be able to re-compute if necessary


• The chosen machine had air-conditioning, necessary with the quantity of perishable food that would be potentially up lifted. They re-organised all the compartments within the machine choosing, ahead of time, areas that would suit specific foods that were planned

• All communication with the potential pick up locations (once written permission had been granted) was organised by the pilots until the day of the mission, when the PR team would be contacting the local press at each location and encouraging them to be on site at the pre designated time

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• Collapsible cooler bags and plenty of cooler blocks were purchased. Bubble wrap was used to line the under-seat compartments so that it effectively insulated the perishable produce

• The pilots anticipated on the weight and balance calculations that they could safely handle up to an extra 110 kgs, of freight, but packaging had to be kept to a minimum

• Other equipment needed by Mission Control, was a personal satellite tracker, manufactured by GS Trak. This device would output their lat and long co-ordinates (as well as speed and altitude) every thirty seconds and beam them to a dedicated website www.onaround.com. Producers were able to monitor the track in near real-time so they would know (together with phone calls from Mission Control) exactly when to expect the helicopter

• The pilots had to calculate adjusted weight over fuel burn, as the helicopter got heavy with the produce they would pick up

• They decided on “Call Off Rules”, where one of the pilots would make the break off decision, if there was a confined

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area that was too confined. This was actually needed during the flown mission when a supplier wanted to film the helicopter landing in the office car park – it was just too dangerous so they aborted and chose a nearby field that the supplier owned

• The mission had to be flown exactly as planned. For example, two extra minutes spent on each confined area, translated into almost an hour of extra time, which translates into fuel burn


6 Research and Selection of Landing Sites

A series of detailed Google Earth Satellite and (where available) ground pictures were produced for every site before the marathon of research and PPR phone calls began. The pilots needed to know size, slope, overhead cable/other obstructions and practice noise abatement.

• Four suppliers wanted to supply produce but their sites were not suitable for landings. A few phone calls to local farmers (and one to Thornbury Castle) later and the pilots had solutions

• Using a fuel burn of approximately 1 litre per minute, the pilots pre-calculated the amount of fuel the helicopter would burn between and during landings (they would leave rotors running other than for re-fuel stops)

• Before the challenge and on the day itself, Mission Control telephoned all fuel-stops and pre-arranged credit card payments so that the pilots would be able to stick to schedule. At Dunkeswell, air traffic was very quiet so the radio operator ran out to re-fuel the helicopter himself!

• Telephone research and studying satellite pictures paid off. The pilots identified virtually every confined area site in well under the 3 minutes they had allowed for, consequently, overall airborne time was significantly less than they had originally estimated. They ended up landing back at base 3 minutes earlier than estimated, having left home some 11 hours earlier!

15 Example: • Company Glennans Ltd • Product Description Handcooked beetroot crisps • Helistop number 8 • Nautical Miles to fly 41.28 • Leg Time 25.91 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 31.91 minutes


7 Timed Arrivals

The mission was that of very precise timing. There were stop clocks attached to the cyclic control to monitor fuel burn and calculate the time of each leg to the second.

• The satellite tracking device would also ensure Mission Control could check the location in near real time showing the precise location, speed and altitude.

• The pilots achieved nearly all the planned timings, one or two suppliers kept the helicopter on the ground for well over the scheduled 3 minutes, but they easily able to made up the time on subsequent legs.

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8 Details of Equipment

With over twenty confined areas to plan, navigate to and successfully land and take off from, the pilots needed reliability of flight navigation equipment, as well as back up and a reliable space to work in. Consequently (and in addition to the CAA charts), with glass screen tech in the form of Memory Map, on two iPads running various CAA charts and OS 1:50,000 Landranger maps, they would be able to interrogate all the data at their disposal and have a spare for when one inevitably froze (which it did!). Other equipment needed by Mission Control, was a personal satellite tracker, manufactured by GS Trak. This device would output their lat and long co-ordinates (as well as speed and altitude) every thirty seconds and beam them to a dedicated website www.onaround.com. Producers were able to monitor the track in near real-time so they would know (together with phone calls from Mission Control) exactly when to expect the helicopter.

• Main GPS Honeywell Skymap III • 2 x iPads with Bluetooth links to 2 x GNS5870 Satellite Locators, hard wired into auxiliary power circuit. Running CAA 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 OS Landranger maps on Memory Map software. • 1 x TR203 GPS Tracker wired into auxiliary power circuit. This was sending data packets to www.onaround.com every 30 seconds and logging location every 5 seconds. • 1 x Garmin Nuvi car GPS to identify suppliers by postcode as back up. Also wired into auxiliary power circuit. • 2 x Manual Stop Watches mounted on cyclic control (fuel burn and leg time respectively). • 3 x 1:250,000 CAA Charts • 1 x 1:500,000 CAA Chart Southern England • 5 x Collapsible Cooler Bags, various sizes • 15 x Frozen Cooler Blocks

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9 Pre-flight Spreadsheet

Tim  the Virdee   &  Pwas eter   Waldron   Dawn  to  Dusk  Flight  Planned A great amount of planning needed to be completed to ensure mission flown accurately and within the extreme time criteria the pilots had set.  Planned  Average  Speed

110 MPH

Departure  Time Departure  Time

95.59 KTS ESTIMATED  FUELBURN  >>>>>>>>>>>>>> NauPcal 1  MINUTE  ENGINE  RUNNING  =  1  LITRE Miles Leg Circuit Ground Sub  Tot 0.87

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07:00:00 Planned 07:01:54 Actual

EsPmated Litres Hours Since Since TIMINGS  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ARRIVAL  TIMES Refuel Re-­‐fuel Leg Circuit Ground Es'mated Actual

Helistop Number

Statute Miles

Sweet  Raspberry  Vinegar

1

39.60

34.41

21.60

3.00

3.00

27.60

21:36

03:00

03:00

07:24:36

07:22:44

Quiby  Ltd  T/A  Weald  Smokery

Hot  Roast  Smoked  Salmon

2

23.00

19.99

12.55

3.00

3.00

18.55

12:33

03:00

03:00

07:43:09

07:40:19

The  Food  Emporium

Truffle  salt  +  Seaweed  Vinegar

3

21.40

18.60

11.67

3.00

3.00

17.67

11:40

03:00

03:00

08:00:49

07:57:25

Hill  Top  Smokehouse

Free  range  pork  

4

67.70

58.83

36.93

3.00

3.00

42.93

36:56

03:00

03:00

08:43:45

08:38:48

Confektz

Chocolate  Honey  Nut  Nougat

5

14.40

12.51

7.85

3.00

3.00

13.85

07:51

03:00

03:00

08:57:36

08:50:24

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  PETERBOROUGH

6

44.00

38.23

24.00

3.00

25.00

27.00

24:00

03:00

25:00

09:24:36

09:17:18

Northfield  Farm

Jacob Leg of Lamb

7

27.90

24.24

15.22

3.00

3.00

21.22

15:13

03:00

03:00

10:07:49

10:02:19

Glennans  Ltd

Hand  cooked  beetroot  crisps

8

47.50

41.28

25.91

3.00

3.00

31.91

25:55

03:00

03:00

10:39:44

10:35:54

AlternaPve  Meats  Ltd.

Beef  fat  for  roas'ng  potatoes

9

35.80

31.11

19.53

3.00

3.00

25.53

19:32

03:00

03:00

11:05:16

11:01:41

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  SHOBDON

10

43.80

38.06

23.89

3.00

25.00

26.89

23:53

03:00

25:00

11:32:09

11:28:55

Rowlestone  Farmhouse  Ice  Cream

Gooseberry  Sorbet

11

21.00

18.25

11.45

3.00

3.00

17.45

11:27

03:00

03:00

12:11:36

12:21:06

Daylesford  Organic

Organic  eggs

12

54.00

46.92

29.45

3.00

3.00

35.45

29:27

03:00

03:00

12:47:03

12:49:30

Two  Trees  Trading

Pasteurised  pure  apple  juice

13

33.90

29.46

18.49

3.00

3.00

24.49

18:29

03:00

03:00

13:11:32

13:11:07

Bramley  &  Gage  @  Thornbury  Castle An  all  natural  tonic  water

14

10.80

9.38

5.89

3.00

3.00

11.89

05:59

03:00

03:00

13:23:31

13:23:41

Somerset  Cheese  Company

Semi  hard  goats  milk  cheese  

15

33.40

29.02

18.22

3.00

3.00

24.22

17:13

03:00

03:00

13:46:44

13:45:16

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  DUNKESWELL

16

35.40

30.76

19.31

3.00

5.00

22.31

19:19

03:00

05:00

14:09:03

14:06:40

Quickes  APPROACH  FROM  WEST!!!

Hand  made  cheddar

17

17.30

15.03

9.44

3.00

3.00

15.44

09:26

03:00

03:00

14:26:29

14:24:25

Burts  Potato  Chips

Crisps

18

32.00

27.81

17.45

3.00

3.00

23.45

17:27

03:00

03:00

14:49:56

14:46:23

Luscombe  Organic  Drinks  Ltd.

Hot  Ginger  Beer

19

14.60

12.69

7.96

3.00

3.00

13.96

07:58

03:00

03:00

15:03:54

14:58:48

Avilton  +  Hillside  Speciality  Foods  

Gorgonzola  +  Oatmeal  Biscuits

20

19.80

17.21

10.80

3.00

3.00

16.80

10:48

03:00

03:00

15:20:42

15:20:55

Waypoint  to  avoid  D012!

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The  African  Biscuit  Company

South  African  biscuit

21

54.00

46.92

29.45

3.00

3.00

35.45

29:27

03:00

03:00

15:56:09

15:54:31

Wan  Ling  (Land  at  Chebbard  Farm)

Oolong  tea  (  Autumn  2010)

22

5.03

4.37

2.74

3.00

3.00

8.74

02:44

03:00

03:00

16:04:53

16:05:15

Long  Crichel  Bakery  Ltd.

Treacle  Tart

23

15.20

13.21

8.29

3.00

3.00

14.29

08:17

03:00

03:00

16:19:10

16:17:52

Fudge's  /  Dorset  Village  Bakery  Ltd. Wafers  with  cheddar  cheese

24

15.30

13.30

8.35

3.00

3.00

14.35

08:21

03:00

03:00

16:33:31

16:33:38

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  COMPTON  ABBASS

25

9.87

8.58

5.38

3.00

25.00

8.38

05:23

03:00

25:00

16:41:54

16:45:21

Pride  of  Place  (Food  &  Drink)  Ltd.

Olive  Paste

26

28.60

24.85

15.60

3.00

3.00

21.60

15:36

03:00

03:00

17:25:30

17:28:15

Time  to  celebrate!!

Back  to  Tim  Virdee  Home

27

47.00

40.84

25.64

2.00

25:38

02:00

17:56:08

17:53:24

TOTALS

812.30

705.87

443.07

80.00

7.38

1.33

Company

Product  DescripPon

Stra]a

HOURS Planned  Airborne  Time

8.72

147.60

105.55

135.82

150.87

27.64

49.24

66.00

589.07

589.07

1.10

9.82

2.46

1.76

2.26

2.51 0.82

07:22:08 01:20:00 02:26:00 08:42:08

Actual  Airborne  Time


Tim Virdee & Peter Waldron Dawn to Dusk Flight Plan Summary for 30th June 2011

• Distances were initially planned in statute miles for safety reasons: the pilots knew they would burn just under 1 litre per minute and if plans changed during the mission, it was would be easy for them to translate distances/fuel burn in their heads • Latitude and longitude was confirmed for every site and carefully entered into the spreadsheet. Postcodes were verified too as a back up so that a standard car GPS could be used to locate sites • Fuel stop offs were planned to optimise planned flight times and breaks of 25 minutes allowed for when re-fuelling at three of the four re-fuel stops so that fatigue did not set in

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10 Route Plan (in blue) on CAA 1:500,000 Chart

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11 Weather Reports and Narrative

Spot wind forecasts from the Met Office looked excellent with generally less than 11 knots at the pilot’s intended cruising altitude.

A 5 KT

Produced by the Met Office at 300342 UTC www.metoffice.gov.uk Crown Copyright

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SURFACE VIS AND WX

CLOUD

0C

FORECAST FOR 12 UTC ON 30 JUN 2011 VALID BETWEEN 09 AND 15 UTC 60N 0230W

60N 0730W

60N 0230E

O SL W

B1

B

TR

G OU TR

OU GH

H

B C

UK Low-Level Spot Wind Chart (Form 214)

A

SLOW 10 KT

Forecast Weather below 10000 FT Valid 300800 to 301700 Z JUN 11. Fronts/zones valid at 301200 Z

C

B

22

D

5 KT

10 W

+

+ B1

B1

5W

5730N 10W

5730N 05W

C

15 KT

55N 0730W

55N

SLOW

D

10 KT

All heights in 100’s of feet above mean sea levelWinds (KT) / Temps (DEG C) at 2000 FT AMSL XXX means above chart upper limit Speed of movement in KT Cloud amount (Oktas) MOD / SEV ICE FEW: 1-2 SCT: 3-4 MOD / SEV TURB Temperatures in DEG C BKN: 5-7 OVC: 8 TS / CB implies GR Hill FG implies VIS <200 M

300330 Z F215

EGPF *55N 0230W

5E * ENZV

0

5730N 0230E

55N 05E

55N 00E

10 W

EIDW * 5230N 0730W 5230N 05W

This forecast may be amended at any time. at Issued by Met Office Exeter Forecaster: Duty Forecaster Contact telephone 0870 900 0100 © Crown Copyright 2011

* EGPC 5730N 0230W

302400 Outlook OutlookUntil: Until ddtttt Z: Z SH IN ZONE B MOSTLY DYING OUT. 50N

50N 05W

EGGP * 5230N 0230W

* EGGD 50N 0230W

5E

5230N 00E

* EGLL

5230N 05E

50N 0230E

* EBBR 50N

* EGJJ Data is for LAT/LONG positions shown at top of each box Altitudes are above MSL in thousands of feet Temperatures are in degrees Celsius

* LFPG


• There was an outside air temperature of 13.5 Celsius at 1,500 feet at 06:15 UTC! Visibility was absolutely fantastic throughout the day.

• Despite the forecasted showers/rain and potential thunderstorms, the helicopter only encountered adverse weather in Gloucestershire and around Bristol causing the flight track to change course very slightly on two occasions.

A

10 KT

W SLO

5 KT

B

D

AREA

5 KT

Produced by the Met Office at 301002 UTC www.metoffice.gov.uk Crown Copyright

SURFACE VIS AND WX

CLOUD

0C

FORECAST FOR 18 UTC ON 30 JUN 2011 VALID BETWEEN 15 AND 21 UTC

A B

TR OU GH

5 KT

UK Low-Level Spot Wind Chart (Form 214)

Valid 301400 to 302300 Z JUN 11. Fronts/zones valid at 301800 Z

C

20 KT

Forecast Weather below 10000 FT

+

+

B1

5W

B1 5730N 10W

C

10 KT

H

15 KT

D

5730N 05W

55N 0730W

55N

TRO UG

B

All heights in 100’s of feet above mean sea levelWinds (KT) / Temps (DEG C) at 2000 FT AMSL XXX means above chart upper limit Speed of movement in KT Cloud amount (Oktas) MOD / SEV ICE FEW: 1-2 SCT: 3-4 MOD / SEV TURB Temperatures in DEG C BKN: 5-7 OVC: 8 TS / CB implies GR Hill FG implies VIS <200 M

300915 Z F215

010600 Outlook OutlookUntil: Until ddtttt Z: Z RAIN SPREADING TO FAR NW.

* EGPC 5730N 0230W

EGPF *55N 0230W

5E * ENZV

0

5730N 0230E

55N 05E

55N 00E

10 W

EIDW * 5230N 0730W 5230N 05W

10 KT

This forecast may be amended at any time. at Issued by Met Office Exeter Forecaster: Duty Forecaster Contact telephone 0870 900 0100 © Crown Copyright 2011

60N 0230E

10 W

B1

C

60N 0230W

60N 0730W

50N

50N 05W

EGGP * 5230N 0230W

* EGGD 50N 0230W

5E

5230N 00E

* EGLL

5230N 05E

50N 0230E

* EBBR 50N

* EGJJ Data is for LAT/LONG positions shown at top of each box Altitudes are above MSL in thousands of feet Temperatures are in degrees Celsius

* LFPG

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12 “The Day of the Flight” as told by pilot Peter Waldron

“The morning began by alarm clock at 5am. We then went on to confirm individual responsibilities relating to the crew choice initiatives. It soon became apparent that, due to Tim’s family commitments the night before, I was to be the initial PIC, with Tim assuming the Navigation department. With all the pre-flight processes and procedures that needed to be accomplished, this was going to take a little longer than previously considered. After meeting the film crew, it was over to the hangar and into the machine. We spent a full half hour inspecting. We instantly considered that the best scenario for the check was to wheel the machine out and, after firing up the helicopter, “fly” the first leg of the mission with everything powered up, in our minds eye, but still on the ground. Everything behaved flawlessly; sat tracking devices, bluetooth connections, glass screen tech relating to iPads and normal Bendix King Sat equipment. Cross check on the parchment, CAA Maps 250 and 500 (both looking at each other with incredulity, for we knew that the in-flight navigation without sat tech, on the timed arrival, could tax even the bravest attempt, to find the confined areas, within the split timing that we had chosen for our 22 individual pick ups).

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Powering off, the filming boys were about, and we were very much awake, and focused for the mission. T-Minus 60 seconds, and counting, the machine is ticking over, the equipment is all powered up, the stop clocks are primed for actuation and alarm, for lift off. T-Minus ten seconds, light on the skids, and we are off, and up, into the wind, lift off... to the first confined area. Once in the cruise we are paradoxically calm!  At last we could concentrate on the mission ahead, as apposed to the “what if” scenarios of the unknown.”


“Flight” – as told by pilot Tim Virdee

“From the moment that Peter was carefully and skillfully taking us onto our first leg, the landscape changed below us into unfamiliar territory, the eyes slowly came to rest on the now familiar bank of instruments and indicators that would hopefully take us to twenty two confined area landings and take offs, all within split second accuracy, allowing us to instantly recognise course and speed changes in order to maintain our pre-planned timings. We had two iPads, Bendix King Skymap III on the binnacle, a satellite tracking device linked to a working on line website available to the general public, and of course Sebastian at Pooleys (I wonder if he watched on the day?). As co-pilot, I could be in touch with Mission Control on the ground (Wincanton and Stratford) via Bluetooth mobile facilitated in the head set, examining, processing and commanding all of the potential pick up points dotted generously around the country. They would let us know if there were any problems, since the track on the website would be updated, every thirty seconds, blinking our way round the countryside at variable speeds and altitudes. Text messaging was used to confirm our arrivals and departures and the satellite tracker had an alarm button that, when pressed, would text message our location to Mission Control. We are into the first five minutes of the first leg, heading 125.5 degrees magnetic. The stop clock counting down the mission time another one on the fuel burn and the sat nav recording the necessary altitudes to maintain and time to initial arrival. One nav was taking into consideration the CAA Maps, controlled air space, danger areas, and all the pre ordained areas of concern, relating to air traffic control. The other taking care of the OS map, tracking over confined areas, indicating towns and necessary geography and topography in order to familiarise ourselves with the impending confined landing area. The task in the left hand seat this time would be to keep the pilot in touch with the mission time and area familiarization. Every inch of each leg would be recorded and we would be keeping an eye on the timing, the fuel burn, weight and balance, and handling the incoming freight distribution in the rear. The confined area is all of a sudden four minutes away, and we are both scanning for other aircraft, trying to familiarise ourselves with the landing area. Peter is running through his checks, I’m organising the calculations for the time onroute, circuit time, landing time, time on the ground, and take off. I’ve got three minutes to get out of the helicopter, introduce myself, make the Landing Zone safe, pose for the cameras, grab the freight, apologise for my quick retreat, make my way back to the helicopter, stow the freight, strap my self in, organize the data, for the next route. I’m running back to the machine and Peter’s already powering up, scanning the field, and making all the necessary signs and signals, inviting me back to the ship. I’m in and belted, and we are in the air. I haven’t got time to wave, but straight back on the clocks, and nav equipment, re-tasking the necessary equipment in order to deliver us to the next confined area, on time, on track and safely outside controlled air space.”

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13 Fuel locations, Uplifts in litres plus Receipts

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Connington Shobdon Dunkeswell Compton Abbas

133.80 84.07 115.85 115.47

TOTAL

449.19


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14 Maps of Landing Sites and circuits at each Site

• The pilots would have to learn and recognise these confined areas, 22 of them in all, and decipher all the necessary noise abatement, safety, and geographical consequences. Much of the planned landing and take off criteria changed hourly, from potential producers pulling out, to new ones wanting to be involved. Distances would alter and the refuel opportunities would change

• They needed to fly to all the confined areas, within an extremely precise, pre-designated time so the producers wouldn’t be left hanging around with perishable food. Helicopters hover, but flight means Avgas, and lots of it. They burn Avgas even when they are on the ground. If the pilots ended up incorrectly spotting one of the chosen landing sights, spending too long trying to find it, or miss calculated the wind speed and direction, the timing would be put out for all the other sites, calculations would need to be re-done, calls made, fuel uplifts challenged within safety allocations, it would be a disaster

• The pilots practiced circuits in new confined areas, calculating the potential time requirement to set up a circuit, on successful identification of the target, spot the hazards (overhead wires, trees, animals, people etc) and land successfully. They knew that they would need to pick up produce with rotors turning, no shut down, except for refuel.

• Each supplier was asked to provide a written consent form granting the pilots permission to land

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• With each site, the pilots discussed every pick up, the size weight and perish-ability of the produce. They wanted to make sure they were not handed large cases that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate. They then calculated the weight of all the produce

• With over twenty confined areas to plan, navigate to and successfully land and take off from, the pilots needed reliability of flight navigation equipment, as well as back up and a reliable space to work in. Consequently (and in addition to the CAA charts), with glass screen tech at their disposal in the form of Memory Map, on two iPads running various CAA charts and OS 1:50,000 Landranger maps, they would be able to interrogate all the data at their disposal and have a spare for when one inevitably froze (which it did!)


Stratta - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #1 with helicopter circuit track

Planned route statistics

• Company Stratta • Product Description Sweet Raspberry Vinegar • Helistop number 1 • Nautical Miles to fly 34.41 • Leg Time 21.60 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 27.60 minutes

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Quiby Ltd T/A Weald Smokery - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #2 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Quiby Ltd T/A Weald Smokery • Product Description Hot Roast Smoked Salmon • Helistop number 2 • Nautical Miles to fly 19.99 • Leg Time 12.55 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 18.55 minutes

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The Food Emporium - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #3 with helicopter circuit track

• Company The Food Emporium • Product Description Truffle Salt & Seaweed Vinegar • Helistop number 3 • Nautical Miles to fly 18.60 • Leg Time 11.67 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 17.67 minutes

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Hill Top Smokehouse - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #4 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Till Top Smokehouse • Product Description Free range pork • Helistop number 4 • Nautical Miles to fly 58.83 • Leg Time 36.93 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 42.93 minutes

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Confektz - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #5 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Confektz • Product Description Chocolate Honey Nut Nougat • Helistop number 5 • Nautical Miles to fly 12.51 • Leg Time 7.85 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 13.85 minutes

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Connington RE-FUELLING - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #6 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Connington RE-­FUELLING • Product Description Av Gas • Helistop number 6 • Nautical Miles to fly 38.23 • Leg Time 24.00 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 25.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 27.00 minutes

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Northfield Farm - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #7 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Northfield Farm • Product Description Jacob Leg of Lamb • Helistop number 7 • Nautical Miles to fly 24.24 • Leg Time 15.22 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 21.22 minutes

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Glennans Ltd - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #8 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Glennans Ltd • Product Description Handcooked beetroot crisps • Helistop number 8 • Nautical Miles to fly 42.28 • Leg Time 25.91 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 31.91 minutes

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Alternative Meats Ltd - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #9 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Alternative Meats Ltd • Product Description Beef fats for roasting • Helistop number 9 • Nautical Miles to fly 31.11 • Leg Time 19.53 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 25.53 minutes

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Shobdon RE-FUELLING - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #10 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Shobdon RE-FUELLING • Product Description 100 LL Av Gas • Helistop number 10 • Nautical Miles to fly 38.06 • Leg Time 23.89 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 25.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 26.89 minutes

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Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice Cream - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #11 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice Cream • Product Description Gooseberry Sorbet • Helistop number 11 • Nautical Miles to fly 18.25 • Leg Time 11.45 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 17.45 minutes

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Daylesford Organic - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #12 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Daylesford Organic • Product Description Organic eggs • Helistop number 12 • Nautical Miles to fly 46.92 • Leg Time 29.45 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 35.45 minutes

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Two Trees Trading - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #13 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Two Trees Trading • Product Description Pasteurised pure apple juice • Helistop number 13 • Nautical Miles to fly 29.46 • Leg Time 18.49 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 24.49 minutes

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Bramley & Gage at Thornbury Castle - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #14 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Bramley & Gage at Thornbury Castle • Product Description All Natural Tonic Water • Helistop number 14 • Nautical Miles to fly 9.38 • Leg Time 5.89 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 11.89 minutes

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Somerset Cheese Company - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #15 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Somerset Cheese Company • Product Description Semi Hard Goats Milk Cheese • Helistop number 15 • Nautical Miles to fly 29.02 • Leg Time 18.22 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 24.22 minutes

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Dunnkeswell RE-FUELLING - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #16 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Dunnleswell RE-FUELLING • Product Description 100 LL Av Gas • Helistop number 16 • Nautical Miles to fly 30.76 • Leg Time 19.31 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 5.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 22.31 minutes

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Quickes Cheese - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #17 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Quickes Cheese • Product Description Handmade Cheddar • Helistop number 17 • Nautical Miles to fly 15.03 • Leg Time 9.44 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 15.44 minutes

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Burts Potato Chips - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #18 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Burts Potato Chips • Product Description Crisps • Helistop number 18 • Nautical Miles to fly 27.81 • Leg Time 17.45 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 23.45 minutes

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Luscombe Organics Drinks Ltd Hot Ginger Beer - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #19 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Luscombe Organics Drinks Ltd • Product Description Hot Ginger Beer • Helistop number 19 • Nautical Miles to fly 12.69 • Leg Time 7.96 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 13.96 minutes

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Avilton + Hillside Speciality Foods - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #20 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Avilton + Hillside Speciality Foods • Product Description Gorgonzola + Oatmeal Biscuits • Helistop number 20 • Nautical Miles to fly 17.21 • Leg Time 10.80 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 16.80 minutes

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The African Biscuit Company - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #21 with helicopter circuit track

• Company The African Biscuit Company • Product Description South African Biscuits • Helistop number 21 • Nautical Miles to fly 46.92 • Leg Time 29.45 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 35.45 minutes

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Wan Ling - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #22 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Wan Ling • Product Description Oolong Tea • Helistop number 22 • Nautical Miles to fly 4.37 • Leg Time 2.74 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 8.74 minutes

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Long Crichel Bakery Ltd. - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #23 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Long Crichel Bakery Ltd • Product Description Treacle Tart • Helistop number 23 • Nautical Miles to fly 13.21 • Leg Time 8.29 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 14.29 minutes

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Fudge’s Dorset Village Bakery Ltd - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #24 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Fudge’s Dorset Village Bakery Ltd • Product Description Wafers and Cheddar Cheese • Helistop number 24 • Nautical Miles to fly 13.30 • Leg Time 8.35 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 14.35 minutes

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Compton Abbass RE-FUELLING Researched and Chosen Confined Area #25 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Compton Abbass RE-FUELLING • Product Description 100 LL Av Gas • Helistop number 25 • Nautical Miles to fly 8.58 • Leg Time 5.38 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 25.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 8.38 minutes

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Pride of Place (Food & Drink) Ltd. - Researched and Chosen Confined Area #26 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Pride of Place (Food & Drink) Ltd • Product Description Olive Paste • Helistop number 26 • Nautical Miles to fly 24.85 • Leg Time 15.60 minutes • Circuit Time 3.00 minutes • Ground Time 3.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 21.60 minutes

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Time to celebrate!! Researched and Chosen Confined Area #27 with helicopter circuit track

• Company Back to Tim Virdee’s Home • Product Description Entire Itinerary • Helistop number 27 • Nautical Miles to fly 40.84 • Leg Time 25.64 minutes • Circuit Time 2.00 minutes • Ground Time 0.00 minutes • Sub Total Mission Leg Time 27.64 minutes

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15 Planned / Achieved Times and Distances Nautical miles and planned achieved ratio • Planned 705.87 nautical miles • Actual 704.53 nautical miles • Ratio 100% or 1:1 Slight differences in flight plan were caused by: • Avoiding heavy/clouds in Gloucestershire and around Bristol • Avoiding controlled airspace at Bristol and the MATZ at Boscombe Down as instructed • Flying around D147 as instructed

56 Airborne time and planned achieved ratio • Planned 08:42:08 airborne time • Actual 08:09:54 airborne time • Ratio 107% or 1:1.07 Small differences explained by: • The pilots had allowed 3 minutes for each Landing Site to correctly identify it prior to landing • On the day (and as so much research had gone into flight planning), the full 3 minutes was only used on a couple of occasions so the mission ended up running well ahead of time


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16 Actual Track (in red) on CAA 1:500,000 Chart

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Satellite Trace (in blue)

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17 Weight and Balance Calculations

Weight Balance Calc at Connington G-GERS after full fuel

Weight Balance Calc at Shobdon G-GERS after full fuel

Sample R44 (Robinson R44)

Sample R44 (Robinson R44)

Item Basic Empty Weight Pilot P1 Fwd Left Pax Right Aft Pax Left Aft Pax Removable Controls Right Front Door Left Front Door Right Rear Door Left Rear Door

84 kg 84 kg 11 kg 0 kg yes yes yes yes yes

Zero Fuel

Weight lb

Long Arm "

Long Moment in-lbs

Lat Arm "

Lat Moment in-lbs

Item

1510 185 185 24 0 0 0 0 0 0

106.5 49.5 49.5 79.5 79.5 40.3 49.4 49.4 75.4 75.4

160815 9167 9167 1928 0 0 0 0 0 0

0.5 12.2 -10.4 12.2 -12.2 -16.2 24.0 -24.0 23.0 -23.0

755 2259 -1926 296 -0 -0 0 -0 0 -0

Basic Empty Weight Pilot P1 Fwd Left Pax Right Aft Pax Left Aft Pax Removable Controls Right Front Door Left Front Door Right Rear Door Left Rear Door

1905

95.1

181077

0.7

1384

Zero Fuel

84 kg 84 kg 15 kg 10 kg yes yes yes yes yes

Weight and CG OK Zero Fuel Main Fuel Tank Aux Fuel Tank

60

83 kg 50 kg

All Up

1905 183 110

95.1 106.0 102.0

181077 19396 11244

0.7 -13.5 13.0

1384 -2470 1433

Zero Fuel Main Fuel Tank Aux Fuel Tank

2198

96.3

211716

0.2

347

All Up

Long Moment in-lbs

Lat Arm "

Lat Moment in-lbs

1510 185 185 33 22 0 0 0 0 0

106.5 49.5 49.5 79.5 79.5 40.3 49.4 49.4 75.4 75.4

160815 9167 9167 2629 1753 0 0 0 0 0

0.5 12.2 -10.4 12.2 -12.2 -16.2 24.0 -24.0 23.0 -23.0

755 2259 -1926 403 -269 -0 0 -0 0 -0

1935

94.8

183530

0.6

1223

83 kg 50 kg

1935 183 110

94.8 106.0 102.0

183530 19396 11244

0.6 -13.5 13.0

1223 -2470 1433

2229

96.1

214170

0.1

186

Weight and CG OK

293 395 Full refuel at 09.17 G-GERS

Total Fuel Total Occupants Flight Details

Computed by iBal 1.19: 2011-07-19 16:01:01 +0000

2500 lb

Long Arm "

Weight and CG OK

Weight and CG OK Total Fuel Total Occupants Flight Details

Weight lb

293 425 Full refuel at 11.28 G-GERS

Computed by iBal 1.19: 2011-07-19 16:02:10 +0000

2500 lb

90.0"

Fwd

2400 lb 92.0"

90.0"

92.0"

2300 lb

2300 lb

94.0"

2200 lb

94.0"

2200 lb

No suspended load

2100 lb

No suspended load

2100 lb

96.0"

96.0"

2000 lb

2000 lb

Fwd

Aft

1900 lb

98.0"

No suspended load

1800 lb

L

R

100.0"

1700 lb

Fwd

1900 lb

No suspended load

1800 lb

Aft

98.0"

L

R

100.0"

1700 lb 102.0"

1600 lb

1500 lb 90.0"

Fwd

2400 lb

104.0" 92.0"

94.0"

96.0"

98.0"

100.0"

102.0"

104.0"

Aft

-3.5" -3.0" -2.5" -2.0" -1.5" -1.0" -0.5" 0.0" 0.5" 1.0" 1.5" 2.0" 2.5" 3.0" 3.5"

102.0" 1600 lb

1500 lb 90.0"

104.0" 92.0"

94.0"

96.0"

98.0"

100.0"

102.0"

104.0"

Aft

-3.5" -3.0" -2.5" -2.0" -1.5" -1.0" -0.5" 0.0" 0.5" 1.0" 1.5" 2.0" 2.5" 3.0" 3.5"


Weight Balance Calc at Dunkeswell G-GERS after full fuel

Weight Balance Calc at Compton Abbass G-GERS after full fuel

Sample R44 (Robinson R44)

Sample R44 (Robinson R44)

Item Basic Empty Weight Pilot P1 Fwd Left Pax Right Aft Pax Left Aft Pax Removable Controls Right Front Door Left Front Door Right Rear Door Left Rear Door

84 kg 84 kg 40 kg 20 kg yes yes yes yes yes

Zero Fuel

Weight lb

Long Arm "

Long Moment in-lbs

Lat Arm "

Lat Moment in-lbs

Item

1510 185 185 88 44 0 0 0 0 0

106.5 49.5 49.5 79.5 79.5 40.3 49.4 49.4 75.4 75.4

160815 9167 9167 7011 3505 0 0 0 0 0

0.5 12.2 -10.4 12.2 -12.2 -16.2 24.0 -24.0 23.0 -23.0

755 2259 -1926 1076 -538 -0 0 -0 0 -0

Basic Empty Weight Pilot P1 Fwd Left Pax Right Aft Pax Left Aft Pax Removable Controls Right Front Door Left Front Door Right Rear Door Left Rear Door

2013

94.2

189665

0.8

1626

Zero Fuel

84 kg 84 kg 49 kg 50 kg yes yes yes yes yes

Weight and CG OK Zero Fuel Main Fuel Tank Aux Fuel Tank

83 kg 50 kg

All Up

2013 183 110

94.2 106.0 102.0

189665 19396 11244

0.8 -13.5 13.0

1626 -2470 1433

Zero Fuel Main Fuel Tank Aux Fuel Tank

2306

95.5

220305

0.3

589

All Up

Long Moment in-lbs

Lat Arm "

Lat Moment in-lbs

1510 185 185 108 110 0 0 0 0 0

106.5 49.5 49.5 79.5 79.5 40.3 49.4 49.4 75.4 75.4

160815 9167 9167 8588 8763 0 0 0 0 0

0.5 12.2 -10.4 12.2 -12.2 -16.2 24.0 -24.0 23.0 -23.0

755 2259 -1926 1318 -1345 -0 0 -0 0 -0

2099

93.6

196500

0.5

1061

83 kg 50 kg

2099 183 110

93.6 106.0 102.0

196500 19396 11244

0.5 -13.5 13.0

1061 -2470 1433

2392

95.0

227140

0.0

24

61

Weight and CG OK

293 503 Full refuel at 14.06 G-GERS

Total Fuel Total Occupants Flight Details

Computed by iBal 1.19: 2011-07-19 16:03:34 +0000

2500 lb

Long Arm "

Weight and CG OK

Weight and CG OK Total Fuel Total Occupants Flight Details

Weight lb

293 589 Full refuel at 16.42 G-GERS

Computed by iBal 1.19: 2011-07-19 16:06:03 +0000

2500 lb

90.0"

Fwd

2400 lb 92.0"

90.0"

Fwd

2400 lb 92.0"

2300 lb

2300 lb

94.0"

2200 lb

94.0"

2200 lb

No suspended load

No suspended load 2100 lb

2100 lb 96.0"

2000 lb

2000 lb

No suspended load

Fwd

Aft

1900 lb

1800 lb

98.0"

L

R

100.0"

1700 lb

Fwd

Aft

1900 lb

1800 lb

98.0"

L

R

100.0"

1700 lb 102.0"

1600 lb

1500 lb 90.0"

96.0"

No suspended load

104.0" 92.0"

94.0"

96.0"

98.0"

100.0"

102.0"

104.0"

Aft

-3.5" -3.0" -2.5" -2.0" -1.5" -1.0" -0.5" 0.0" 0.5" 1.0" 1.5" 2.0" 2.5" 3.0" 3.5"

102.0" 1600 lb

1500 lb 90.0"

104.0" 92.0"

94.0"

96.0"

98.0"

100.0"

102.0"

104.0"

Aft

-3.5" -3.0" -2.5" -2.0" -1.5" -1.0" -0.5" 0.0" 0.5" 1.0" 1.5" 2.0" 2.5" 3.0" 3.5"


18 Post-flight Spreadsheet

Tim  Virdee  &  Peter  Waldron  Dawn  to  Dusk  Flight   Tim  PVlanned/Actual   irdee  &  Peter  W Flight   aldron   Plan   Dawn   Summary   to  Dusk   for  F3 light   0th  PJune   lanned 20  Planned  Average  Speed

110 MPH

Departure  Time 07:00:00 Planned Departure  Time 07:00:00 Planned  Planned  Average  Speed Departure   110 MPH Time 07:01:54 95.59 KTS Actual Departure  Time 07:01:54 Actual EsPmated EsPmated 0.87 ESTIMATED  FUELBURN  >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Litres Hours 0.87 ESTIMATED  FUELBURN  >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Actual Actual LitresActual Hours Actual Actual NauPcal 1  MINUTE  ENGINE  RUNNING  =  1  LITRE Helistop >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Statute NauPcal 1  MARRIVAL   Since Since TIMINGS   INUTE  ENGINE   TIMESRUNNING   Airborne =  1  LITRE GroundSince Fuel Since TIMINGS   Cumm >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NauPcal DEPARTURE  ARRIVAL   TIMES TIMES TRACK  > Company Miles Leg Circuit GroundProduct   Sub  TDot escripPon Refuel Re-­‐fuel Number Leg Circuit Miles Ground Miles Es'mated Leg Circuit Actual Ground Time Sub  TTime ot Refuel Burn Re-­‐fuel Fuel   Leg Burn Circuit Miles Ground Es'matedEs'mated Actual Actual TRUE 95.59 KTS

Helistop Number

Statute Miles

Sweet  Raspberry  Vinegar

1

39.60

Stra]a 34.41

Quiby  Ltd  T/A  Weald  Smokery

Hot  Roast  Smoked  Salmon

2

23.00

The  Food  Emporium

Truffle  salt  +  Seaweed  Vinegar

3

Hill  Top  Smokehouse

Free  range  pork  

Confektz

Company

Product  DescripPon

Stra]a

3.00 Sweet   27.60 Raspberry  Vinegar

21:36 1

39.60 03:00

34.41 03:00

07:24:36 21.60

07:22:44 3.00

3.00 00:20:50 27.60 00:01:59

00:22:49

00:22:49 21:36

03:00 34.27

07:27:36 03:00 07:24:36 07:24:43 07:22:44 124.0

Quiby   19.99 Ltd  T12.55 /A  Weald  S3.00 mokery

3.00 Hot  R18.55 oast  Smoked  Salmon

12:33 2

23.00 03:00

19.99 03:00

07:43:09 12.55

07:40:19 3.00

3.00 00:15:36 18.55 00:02:18

00:17:54

00:40:43 12:33

03:00 19.97

07:46:09 03:00 07:43:09 07:42:37 07:40:19 27.0

21.40

18.60 The   Food  E11.67 mporium 3.00

3.00 Truffle   17.67 salt  +  Seaweed  Vinegar

11:40 3

21.40 03:00

18.60 03:00

08:00:49 11.67

07:57:25 3.00

3.00 00:14:48 17.67 00:02:54

00:17:42

00:58:25 11:40

03:00 18.50

08:03:49 03:00 08:00:49 08:00:19 07:57:25 326.0

4

67.70

Hill   58.83 Top  Smokehouse 36.93 3.00

3.00 Free  42.93 range  pork  

36:56 4

67.70 03:00

58.83 03:00

08:43:45 36.93

08:38:48 3.00

3.00 00:38:29 42.93 00:01:56

00:40:25

01:38:50 36:56

03:00 58.74

08:46:45 03:00 08:43:45 08:40:44 08:38:48 31.0

Chocolate  Honey  Nut  Nougat

5

14.40

Confektz 12.51

7.85

3.00

3.00 Chocolate   13.85Honey  Nut  Nougat

07:51 5

14.40 03:00

12.51 03:00

08:57:36 7.85

08:50:24 3.00

3.00 00:09:40 13.85 00:01:35

00:11:15

01:50:05 07:51

03:00 12.53

09:00:36 03:00 08:57:36 08:51:59 08:50:24 288.0

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  PETERBOROUGH

6

44.00

RE-­‐FUELLING 38.23 24.00

3.00

25.00 RE-­‐FUEL   27.00 PETERBOROUGH 147.60 2.46

24:00 6

44.00 03:00

38.23 25:00

09:24:36 24.00

09:17:18 3.00

25.00 00:25:19 27.00 00:02:00 147.60 00:27:19 2.46

02:17:24 24:00

03:00 37.78

09:49:36 25:00 09:24:36 09:43:01 09:17:18 294.0

Northfield  Farm

Jacob Leg of Lamb

7

27.90

Northfield   24.24 15.22 Farm

3.00

3.00 Jacob 21.22 Leg of Lamb

15:13 7

27.90 03:00

24.24 03:00

10:07:49 15.22

10:02:19 3.00

3.00 00:19:18 21.22 00:05:57

00:25:15

00:25:15 15:13

03:00 24.69

10:10:49 03:00 10:07:49 10:08:16 10:02:19 303.0

Glennans  Ltd

Hand  cooked  beetroot  crisps

8

47.50

Glennans   41.28 L25.91 td

3.00

3.00 Hand  31.91 cooked  beetroot  crisps

25:55 8

47.50 03:00

41.28 03:00

10:39:44 25.91

10:35:54 3.00

3.00 00:27:38 31.91 00:02:51

00:30:29

00:55:44 25:55

03:00 39.87

10:42:44 03:00 10:39:44 10:38:45 10:35:54 288.0

AlternaPve  Meats  Ltd.

Beef  fat  for  roas'ng  potatoes

9

35.80

AlternaPve   31.11 19.53 Meats  Ltd.3.00

3.00 Beef  25.53 fat  for  roas'ng  potatoes

19:32 9

35.80 03:00

31.11 03:00

11:05:16 19.53

11:01:41 3.00

3.00 00:22:56 25.53 00:01:28

00:24:24

01:20:08 19:32

03:00 31.69

11:08:16 03:00 11:05:16 11:03:09 11:01:41 265.0

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  SHOBDON

10

43.80

RE-­‐FUELLING 38.06 23.89

25.00 RE-­‐FUEL   26.89 SHOBDON 105.55

23:53 10

43.80 03:00

38.06 25:00

11:32:09 23.89

11:28:55 3.00

25.00 00:25:46 26.89 00:02:00 105.55 00:27:46 1.76

01:47:54 23:53

03:00 38.22

11:57:09 25:00 11:32:09 12:06:36 11:28:55 188.0

Gooseberry  Sorbet

11

21.00

Rowlestone   18.25 11.45 Farmhouse   3.00 Ice  Cream 3.00 Gooseberry   17.45 Sorbet

11:27 11

21.00 03:00

18.25 03:00

12:11:36 11.45

12:21:06 3.00

3.00 00:14:30 17.45 00:01:33

00:16:03

00:16:03 11:27

03:00 18.22

12:14:36 03:00 12:11:36 12:22:39 12:21:06 183.0

Daylesford  Organic

Organic  eggs

12

54.00

Daylesford   46.92 29.45 Organic

3.00

3.00 Organic   35.45 eggs

29:27 12

54.00 03:00

46.92 03:00

12:47:03 29.45

12:49:30 3.00

3.00 00:26:51 35.45 00:01:50

00:28:41

00:44:44 29:27

03:00 47.03

12:50:03 03:00 12:47:03 12:51:20 12:49:30 90.0

Two  Trees  Trading

Pasteurised  pure  apple  juice

13

33.90

Two   29.46Trees  T18.49 rading

3.00

3.00 Pasteurised   24.49 pure  apple  juice

18:29 13

33.90 03:00

29.46 03:00

13:11:32 18.49

13:11:07 3.00

3.00 00:19:47 24.49 00:03:10

00:22:57

01:07:41 18:29

03:00 29.52

13:14:32 03:00 13:11:32 13:14:17 13:11:07 246.0

Bramley  &  Gage  @  Thornbury  Castle An  all  natural  tonic  water

14

10.80

Bramley   9.38 &  G5.89 age  @  Thornbury   3.00 Castle 3.00 An  all   11.89 natural  tonic  water

05:59 14

10.80 03:00

03:00 9.38

13:23:31 5.89

13:23:41 3.00

3.00 00:09:24 11.89 00:02:48

00:12:12

01:19:53 05:59

03:00 9.37

13:26:31 03:00 13:23:31 13:26:29 13:23:41 218.0

Somerset  Cheese  Company

Semi  hard  goats  milk  cheese  

15

33.40

Somerset   29.02 C18.22 heese  Company 3.00

3.00 Semi  24.22 hard  goats  milk  cheese  

17:13 15

33.40 03:00

29.02 03:00

13:46:44 18.22

13:45:16 3.00

3.00 00:18:47 24.22 00:01:53

00:20:40

01:40:33 17:13

03:00 28.96

13:49:44 03:00 13:46:44 13:47:09 13:45:16 180.0

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  DUNKESWELL

16

35.40

RE-­‐FUELLING 30.76 19.31

5.00 RE-­‐FUEL   22.31 DUNKESWELL 135.82 2.26

19:19 16

35.40 03:00

30.76 05:00

14:09:03 19.31

14:06:40 3.00

5.00 00:19:31 22.31 00:02:00 135.82 00:21:31 2.26

02:02:04 19:19

03:00 30.36

14:14:03 05:00 14:09:03 14:13:23 14:06:40 238.0

Quickes  APPROACH  FROM  WEST!!!

Hand  made  cheddar

17

17.30

Quickes   15.03 APPROACH   9.44 FROM   3.00 WEST!!! 3.00 Hand  15.44 made  cheddar

09:26 17

17.30 03:00

15.03 03:00

14:26:29 9.44

14:24:25 3.00

3.00 00:11:02 15.44 00:02:22

00:13:24

00:13:24 09:26

03:00 15.10

14:29:29 03:00 14:26:29 14:26:47 14:24:25 249.0

Burts  Potato  Chips

Crisps

18

32.00

Burts   27.81 Potato   17.45 Chips

3.00 Crisps23.45

17:27 18

32.00 03:00

27.81 03:00

14:49:56 17.45

14:46:23 3.00

3.00 00:19:36 23.45 00:02:31

00:22:07

00:35:31 17:27

03:00 27.97

14:52:56 03:00 14:49:56 14:48:54 14:46:23 224.0

Luscombe  Organic  Drinks  Ltd.

Hot  Ginger  Beer

19

14.60

Luscombe   12.69 O7.96 rganic  Drinks   3.00Ltd.

3.00 Hot  G13.96 inger  Beer

07:58 19

14.60 03:00

12.69 03:00

15:03:54 7.96

14:58:48 3.00

3.00 00:09:54 13.96 00:09:00

00:18:54

00:54:25 07:58

03:00 12.67

15:06:54 03:00 15:03:54 15:07:48 14:58:48 83.0

Avilton  +  Hillside  Speciality  Foods  

Gorgonzola  +  Oatmeal  Biscuits

20

19.80

Avilton   17.21 +  H10.80 illside  Speciality   3.00 Foods   3.00 Gorgonzola   16.80 +  Oatmeal  Biscuits 10:48 20

19.80 03:00

17.21 03:00

15:20:42 10.80

15:20:55 3.00

3.00 00:13:07 16.80 00:04:47

00:17:54

01:12:19 10:48

03:00 17.27

15:23:42 03:00 15:20:42 15:25:42 15:20:55 36.0

Waypoint  to  avoid  D012!

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A

N/A N/A

N/A N/A

N/A N/A

N/A

N/A N/A

46.47 N/A

The  African  Biscuit  Company

South  African  biscuit

21

29:27 21

54.00 03:00

46.92 03:00

15:56:09 29.45

15:54:31 3.00

3.00 00:28:49 35.45 00:05:00

00:33:49

01:46:08 29:27

03:00 4.25

15:59:09 03:00 15:56:09 15:59:31 15:54:31 92.0

Wan  Ling  (Land  at  Chebbard  Farm)

Oolong  tea  (  Autumn  2010)

Long  Crichel  Bakery  Ltd.

Treacle  Tart

62 Rowlestone  Farmhouse  Ice  Cream

21.60

3.00

3.00

3.00 3.00

1.76

Waypoint   N/A to   N/A avoid  D012! N/A

N/A N/A N/A

54.00

The   46.92 African  29.45 Biscuit  Company 3.00

3.00 South   35.45 African  biscuit

22

5.03

Wan   4.37Ling  (Land   2.74 at  Chebbard   3.00 Farm) 3.00 Oolong   8.74 tea  (  Autumn  2010)

02:44 22

03:00 5.03

03:00 4.37

16:04:53 2.74

16:05:15 3.00

3.00 00:05:44 8.74 00:02:35

00:08:19

01:54:27 02:44

03:00 13.37

16:07:53 03:00 16:04:53 16:07:50 16:05:15 333.0

23

15.20

Long   13.21Crichel   8.29 Bakery  Ltd. 3.00

08:17 23

15.20 03:00

13.21 03:00

16:19:10 8.29

16:17:52 3.00

3.00 00:10:02 14.29 00:03:45

00:13:47

02:08:14 08:17

03:00 13.53

16:22:10 03:00 16:19:10 16:21:37 16:17:52 59.0

Fudge's  /  Dorset  Village  Bakery  Ltd. Wafers  with  cheddar  cheese

24

15.30

Fudge's   Bakery  L3.00 td. Wafers   13.30 /  Dorset   8.35 Village   3.00 14.35 with  cheddar  cheese

08:21 24

15.30 03:00

13.30 03:00

16:33:31 8.35

16:33:38 3.00

3.00 00:12:01 14.35 00:04:13

00:16:14

02:24:28 08:21

03:00 8.04

16:36:31 03:00 16:33:31 16:37:51 16:33:38 287.0

RE-­‐FUELLING

RE-­‐FUEL  COMPTON  ABBASS

25

9.87

RE-­‐FUELLING 8.58 5.38

05:23 25

03:00 9.87

25:00 8.58

16:41:54 5.38

16:45:21 3.00

25.00 00:07:30 8.38 00:02:00 150.87 00:09:30 2.51

02:33:58 05:23

03:00 25.47

17:06:54 25:00 16:41:54 17:09:42 16:45:21 83.0

Pride  of  Place  (Food  &  Drink)  Ltd.

Olive  Paste

26

28.60

Pride   24.85of  Place   15.60 (Food  &3.00  Drink)  Ltd.3.00 Olive  21.60 Paste

15:36 26

28.60 03:00

24.85 03:00

17:25:30 15.60

17:28:15 3.00

3.00 00:18:33 21.60 00:00:43

00:19:16

00:19:16 15:36

03:00 40.69

17:28:30 03:00 17:25:30 17:28:58 17:28:15 55.0

Time  to  celebrate!!

Back  to  Tim  Virdee  Home

27

47.00

Time   40.84to  celebrate!! 25.64

2.00

25:38 27

47.00 02:00

40.84

17:56:08 25.64

17:53:24 2.00

00:24:26 27.64 00:02:0049.24 00:26:26 0.82

00:45:42 25:38

02:00

TOTALS

812.30

705.87

443.07

80.00

66.00

589.07

443.07

80.00

66.00 08:09:54 589.07 01:17:08 589.07

07:22:08 01:20:00 704.53 02:26:00

7.38

1.33

1.10

9.82

7.38

1.33

1.10

HOURS Planned  Airborne  Time

3.00

8.72

3.00 Treacle   14.29 Tart 25.00 RE-­‐FUEL   8.38COMPTON   150.87ABBASS 2.51 Back  27.64 to  Tim  Virdee   49.24Home 0.82 589.07

07:22:08 TOTALS 01:20:00 812.30 02:26:00 705.87 HOURS Planned   08:42:08Airborne  Time

N/A N/A

Actual  Airborne   8.72Time 08:09:54

N/AN/A

N/A N/A

N/A N/A

17:56:08

N/A84.0

17:53:24 101.0

9.82 RaPo  Planned:Actual 08:42:08

1.07

106.58%Actual  Airborne   RaPo   TimeP


Tim Virdee & Peter Waldron Dawn to Dusk Flight Plan Summary for 30th June 2011

n  Summary  for  30th  June  2011

Actual Cumm Fuel  Burn

Actual NauPcal DEPARTURE  TIMES Miles Es'mated Actual

TRACK  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TRUE VariaPon MagnePc

Ground Speed Product KTS Weight  Kg Postcode

North

East/West

Landing Approved

00:22:49

34.27

07:27:36 07:24:43

124.0

1.5

125.5

99

2.0

BN20  0DJ

50  45  34

00  12  26  E

YES

00:40:43

19.97

07:46:09 07:42:37

27.0

1.5

28.5

77

3.0

TN5  7QL

51  03  15

00  27  01  E

YES

00:58:25

18.50

08:03:49 08:00:19

326.0

1.5

327.5

75

0.5

TN14  5LS

51  18  43

00  10  51  E

FIELD  NEAR

01:38:50

58.74

08:46:45 08:40:44

31.0

1.5

32.5

92

6.0

IP14  2HL

52  08  30

01  01  15  E

YES

01:50:05

12.53

09:00:36 08:51:59

288.0

1.5

289.5

78

1.0

IP29  4AB

52  12  22

00  41  45  E

YES

02:17:24

37.78

09:49:36 09:43:01

294.0

1.5

295.5

91

PE7  3PX

52  28  08

00  15  05  W

YES

00:25:15

24.69

10:10:49 10:08:16

303.0

1.5

304.5

75

10.0

LE15  7QF

52  42  05

00  48  02  W

YES

00:55:44

39.87

10:42:44 10:38:45

288.0

1.5

289.5

90

1.2

ST14  8HU

52  53  50

01  51  09  W

YES  FIELD

01:20:08

31.69

11:08:16 11:03:09

265.0

2.5

267.5

81

1.5

SY4  5UN

52  52  20

02  43  45  W

YES

01:47:54

38.22

11:57:09 12:06:36

188.0

2.5

190.5

89

HR6  9NR

52  14  50

02  52  87  W

YES

00:16:03

18.22

12:14:36 12:22:39

183.0

2.5

185.5

76

7.0

HR2  0DW

51  56  22

02  54  32  W

YES

00:44:44

47.03

12:50:03 12:51:20

90.0

1.5

91.5

105

1.0

GL56  0YG

51  55  43

01  38  17  W

YES

01:07:41

29.52

13:14:32 13:14:17

246.0

1.5

247.5

89

15.0

GL2  7AT

51  44  05

02  22  10  W

YES

01:19:53

9.37

13:26:31 13:26:29

218.0

2.5

220.5

60

11.0

BS35  1HH

51  36  86

02  31  89  W

YES

01:40:33

28.96

13:49:44 13:47:09

180.0

2.5

182.5

93

3.0

BA4  6TL

51  07  50

02  32  30  W

YES

02:02:04

30.36

14:14:03 14:13:23

238.0

2.5

240.5

95

EX14  4LG

50  51  60

03  14  08  W

YES

00:13:24

15.10

14:29:29 14:26:47

249.0

3.0

252.0

82

2.0

EX5  5AY

50  46  30

03  36  04  W

YES

00:35:31

27.97

14:52:56 14:48:54

224.0

3.0

227.0

85

1.2

PL6  7BP

50  26  32

04  06  53  W

YES  IND  PK

00:54:25

12.67

15:06:54 15:07:48

83.0

3.0

86.0

77

25.0

TQ11  0LT

50  27  56

03  46  51  W

YES  FIELD

01:12:19

17.27

15:23:42 15:25:42

36.0

2.5

38.5

79

4.0

EX2  8LB

50  41  51

03  30  49  W YES  GARDEN

N/A

46.47

84.0

2.5

86.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

01:46:08

4.25

15:59:09 15:59:31

92.0

2.5

94.5

98

1.5

DT2  8QY

50  43  11

02  17  29  W

YES

01:54:27

13.37

16:07:53 16:07:50

333.0

2.5

335.5

46

1.0

DT2  7LW

50  46  59

02  20  21  W

YES  FARM

02:08:14

13.53

16:22:10 16:21:37

59.0

2.5

61.5

79

2.0

BH21  5JU

50  53  28

02  01  56  W

YES

02:24:28

8.04

16:36:31 16:37:51

287.0

2.5

289.5

66

6.0

DT10  2RN

50  57  34

02  22  14  W

YES

02:33:58

25.47

17:06:54 17:09:42

83.0

2.5

85.5

69

SP5  5AP

50  58  03

02  09  22  W

YES

00:19:16

40.69

17:28:30 17:28:58

55.0

1.5

56.5

80

SP11  8PW

51  12  63

01  36  00  W

AIRFIELD

101.0

1.5

102.5

100

N/A

00:45:42

ctual

704.53 1.07

N/A

86 106.58%

RaPo  Planned/Actual  NauPcal 100.19%

1.0

RH14  0PB 103.9

YES

• By compiling all the data from the satellite tracking device, iPads and stop watches, the pilots were able to confirm their exact airborne, ground and take off times. This was then verified with Mission Control prior to in putting on to the post flight spreadsheet.

• Calculations were computed to confirm ground speed for each leg as well as overall.

• The document also confirms true and magnetic tracks as well as cumulative fuel burn.

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19 Dawn to Dusk Detailed Reports and Flight Summaries

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20 Conclusion - Difficulties and Achievements

The list of parameters that the pilots needed to encompass grew exponentially by the day. More and more difficulties arose from the initial simple concept.

• The list of parameters that the pilots needed to encompass grew exponentially by the day. More and more difficulties arose from the initial simple concept

• For GA helicopter pilots, they felt that this is about as hard as it gets. They had to conduct extremely precise research on over 20 confined areas that would be flown in to and out of in one day. Many more than most GA helicopter pilots would land at in several years!

• All confined area landings were completed successfully with only one having to be moved to a field 100 meters away from the target site due to safety concerns from the pilots.

• Despite many assurances during phone calls on pre-flight planning, overhead cables were discovered that the suppliers had omitted to mention! It took extreme concentration to ensure safety was observed as the primary focus at all times

• It is worth mentioning that as a serious conclusion relating to Human factors, and good airmanship, even

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with two crew, towards the end of this challenge day, the pilots really questioned how much information such as ground wires, etc. they were aware of. Or were they on fully automatic!

• Timed arrivals were calculated to the second and were either achieved or beaten throughout the day.The mission was predominantly flown as anticipated using the good airmanship that the pilots had acquired during the previous seven years and without compromising their own or any third party’s safety

• Some foodstuffs were extremely heavy (such as 25 kilos of organic drinks from one stop alone). Together with fuel, the pilots had calculated that they were at all times within limits for an R44 fitted with emergency pop out floats and air conditioning. (For example, there was 8 legs of lamb under one of the rear seats with 6 kilos of ice plus 25 kilos of soft drinks on top of the seat that would need to be counter-balanced with produce on the other side of the aircraft.)


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22 Appendix - Press & Media coverage

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23 Sample Permission to Land Forms

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24 DVD of the Mission

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