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Loads of chinook helicopters been flying over all day with something hanging underneath. can't see what it is hanging. Years ago they had guns hanging hope its not that again.
had Apaches yesterday flying very low. something is going down but all the mod will say is they are preparing for deployment.
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had Apaches yesterday flying very low. something is going down but all the mod will say is they are preparing for deployment.
See them all the time when driving back and forth between Ipswich.

Even had them land at my flying club both Apaches and Chinooks

I'm sure that 3 and 4 regiment are based out of Wattisham just down the road which I think is where Prince Harry was based for a while when he flew them.
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See them all the time when driving back and forth between Ipswich.

Even had them land at my flying club both Apaches and Chinooks
Back in the late 1970s, I did the practical navigation part of my PPL test from Biggin Hill to Ipswich airport. Had to fly a triangle but can't remember which other airport I had to go to.
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Back in the late 1970s, I did the practical navigation part of my PPL test from Biggin Hill to Ipswich airport. Had to fly a triangle but can't remember which other airport I had to go to.
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Could be one of many, Ipswich airport has long gone now, sadly I understand it wasnít a bad airfield, this whole area is dotted with hundreds of airfield, used and unused.

Iím working on my ppl at the moment
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Good luck with your PPL. How far have you got?

I gave it up when the cost of the medical got too expensive for the amount I flew.

Do you still use the CRP-1 circular plastic slide rule for navigation? Or has that been overtaken by an electronic version now?
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I’m very early on, working my way through the wealth of books and waiting for the restrictions to be lifted to get back in the air. Basically I started my training at the beginning of this year which was followed by a barrage of hurricanes and then a massive pandemic. So air time has been very limited.

Yep we still use the slide rule and paper maps (I believe airlaw requires you to carry the paper map).

Eventually I’d like a plane, I think no matter what a share is the best place to start it seems and the club has a few shares in various planes up for sale starting at about £2k for a jodel
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Yep we still use the slide rule.
Have you got your own one? I've still got mine if you want it for free.

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the club has a few shares in various planes up for sale starting at about £2k for a jodel
Jodel? .... is check it for woodworm part of the pre flight?
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Have you got your own one? I've still got mine if you want it for free.
I've got one but thank you for the very kind offer, they are quite expensive, i was fortunate enough to pick up a huge bundle of pooleys stuff from someone who had obviously given up, for about £100 on eBay, which came with knee board, all the books a highlands map the "computer" and other things like rulers and setsquares.

you could probably get £30 or more on eBay for it, its not like they update them.... ever!!

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Jodel? .... is check it for woodworm part of the pre flight?
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Exactly thats why they are so cheap and so many people want to move on to other things.

I really have my heart set on a 177 Cardinal.... Just need to convince my wife, one way I am doing this is by pointing out that Paris is only an hour or so away rather than the 7 hrs it takes in the car. I'm also toying with the idea of building my own Vans.
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