Wednesday, 16 February 2011
However, less romatically, when we tried to push the helicotper back into the hangar we kept falling over on the ice...even with my tough Timberland pink boots!
In the end I had to start-up and hover backwards until we were off the ice and in the edge of the hangar. Trickey but it worked!
I hope we are into Spring now....
The LPC was good - unusually nothing went wrong (!) but I did learn not to believe the weather forecast, which originally claimed it was going to be wet and windy. It was a babe of a day, with puffy little clouds around Southend, and 8 knots of wind. Lovely.
The only problem is the cost - I feel the CAA gets most of its income from pilots who can least afford to pay it - ie the ones who have to keep current to get work, however much or little work they get. A very odd system.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
There appear to have been other more basic concerns too, both around the co-operation and training aspects, and around the location of helicopter SAR bases. The first concern was voiced by rescuers who were nervous of the 70% reduction in staff in the new service, and the suitability of the Sikorsky S92, given its extra weight. The second set of fears was exacerbated by the news that RAF Kinloss is to close, closely followed by the likely closure of RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Leuchars. All going as part of the Coalition's cost cutting programme.
Now we have the leaking of commercially sensitive information and the knowledge that CHC is itself under investigation by the MoD police.
While we are told that the government is keen to reopen the bidding process and that they wish to continue with the privatisation of the SAR in the UK, the most likely outcome is a considerable period of reflection. Let’s hope that from this reflection comes a wise outcome. We can only continued to watch the news and see what happens.