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Ards February 2017
« on: February 01, 2017, 02:00:17 PM »
2017-01-01

12:55 arr / 13:55 dep AS55 G-NETR as PDG62.  After departure operated to the north of Ards until about 14:40, we had some good views from the Duck Ponds.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 04:08:39 PM »
2017-01-03

14:30 arr AS55 G-NETR as PDG62.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 11:14:16 AM »
2017-02-04

11:05 arr / 12:30 dep R44 OY-HZE

12:15 arr / 13:20 dep* BE33 N121JF

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 01:24:07 PM »
N121JF probably in from Sleap. 1328 - Just heard on 130.85 say destination EGCV / Sleap.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 03:04:41 PM »
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1503 - inbound from Enniskillen:

OY-HZE - R44.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 07:44:03 PM »
A few more shots of residents, on the 21 approach this afternoon.  Incredible blue sky but that meant the approach was directly into the Sunshine.

TL20 G-CGLZ



Blade 912 G-MZIT



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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 11:05:48 PM »
Nice shots Smudge.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2017, 11:43:46 PM »
Very nice photos,must have been a day for the thermals today.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2017, 10:06:40 AM »
Rather different today, overcast and windy.

2017-02-06

09:50 dep AS55 G-NETR as PDG62 to operate near Larne.  Arrived 2016-07-03.

11:35 arr AS55 G-NETR.  Hello again!
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 10:32:54 AM »
2017-02-07

11:00 dep AS55 G-NETR as PDG62. 

Didn't catch it departing but here it is resting in the rain about an hour earlier.



Numerous gulls, oyster-catchers and lapwings in background. 

There was also an egret on the grass out to the west of the clubhouse, there are three of them that are often seen around the canal.  Perhaps they nest somewhere on the airfield.  Didn't have a long-lens with me so this is all you get today:



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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 11:59:19 AM »
G-NETR - went over here heading towards Banbridge a while ago.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 02:11:49 PM »
12:00 arr / 13:00is dep EC20 G-IZOB

13:50 arr / 14:45 dep AS55 G-NETR
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 04:33:22 PM »
1633 - PDG62 - G-NETR - AS55 - routing in from the west.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2017, 09:06:00 AM »
2017-02-08

09:10 arr AS55 G-NTWK as PDG63 to make a matching pair.


Hmm AS55 G-PDGT is currently near Prestwick as PDG64, a tripler would be worth seeing :)
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2017, 09:43:20 AM »
0943 - PDG64 just called 128.3

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2017, 12:14:51 PM »

09:52 dep AS55 G-NETR as PDG62 back to base.

Just arrived at the fence as G-NETR was departing, beautifully bracketed by the other two PDG helis. 

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10:19 dep AS55 G-NTWK as PDG63 for gasline survey.



09:46 arr / 10:25 dep AS55 G-PDGT for powerline work.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2017, 12:18:24 PM »
Also appears that Kitfox G-RSSF has moved-out recently.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2017, 12:35:25 PM »
Super shots Sir.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2017, 03:44:23 PM »
Ta! Small Smudge 'helped" but somehow we managed to catch a few photos.

14:45 arr / 15:35 dep C42 G-CIIN

15:50 arr AS55 G-PDGT parked for the night.

16:55 resident R44 G-KELI departed to the SW and didn't return, presumably camping somewhere overnight.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2017, 09:30:45 AM »
2017-02-09

09:15 dep G-PDGT as PDG64 for more powerline work, due back this afternoon.

11:35 arr / 12:35 dep AS55 G-PDGT heading back to base.

Colleague AS55 G-NTWK appears to be up in EGAE.

17:25 arr AS55 G-NTWK nicely lit-up.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2017, 09:33:37 AM »
2017-02-10

09:19 dep AS55 G-NTWK for more powerline work.  Heading out westwards.

10:10 arr / 10:55 dep R44 OY-HZE from / to the NW.

11:02 arr AS55 G-NTWK.
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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2017, 09:58:00 AM »
2017-02-11

09:10 Resident VEZE G-KENZ departed heading north, did not return today.

09:45 Resident TAIL G-CFON up for a jaunt, don't see it up often but always lively.  Interesting type, designed in the early 1950s by racing pilot Steve Wittman.  150 mph cruise and 30 mpg! 

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2017, 01:02:32 PM »
1300 - engineering test - Ards to Ards:

PDG63 - G-NTWK - AS55.

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2017, 03:55:40 PM »
12-02-2017

1554 - recently departed Oban heading south:

G-KENZ - VEZE.  Returning here perhaps?

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Re: Ards February 2017
« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2017, 04:26:26 PM »
G-KENZ - VEZE.  Returning here perhaps?

Yep just arrived 16:25 onto 03.  Wind gusting 20 kts but that's a bit softer than earlier.