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Hotels with Heilads

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:48 pm
by tiny
Hey all,

Just something i have been thinking about over the past few weeks & said i would start the ball roling....

What hotels in Ireland have you flown into in a Heli, and what was it like?? would you recomend it?? and so on..... Could be a very usefull post for everyone to have if you were heading away for a night or two rather than having to do a load of research.....

Chers

Tiny

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:05 pm
by JFH
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Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:24 pm
by hugoj_air
Tiny,

Over the last ten years or so, I?ve been attempting to build a database
of aviation sites in Ireland and that includes helipads. During that time
I have seen that the vast majority of hotels, around 90% will have a suitable area available for helicopter activity. Most of these would be in country areas where they would have at least a lawn or use of a field beside the hotel suitable for helicopter ops.
Very few would have dedicated marked landing areas, but these are becoming more prevalent even as we speak. Oddly enough the
Abbyglen Hotel JFH mentions was one of the first I noticed accepting helis.
I have'nt come across a list anywhere giving details of hotel helipads.
But there is the "Blue Book" Johansens hotel guide of Recommended
Hotels in UK & Ireland which indicates if helis are welcome.
In my area of north Donegal, I know of four hotels that has regular
visits but none have dedicated landing areas. So the only suggestion I can make is to contact each hotel to check if they accept helis and don?t forget to ask if that area has been used before for heli op?s. Or maybe
other helicopter pilots like JFH would be good enough to pass on their
own observations.


JFH,

If it?s ok with you, I?ll add the new info about the Abbyglen to my database re:
Jet A1 available and a first use date in the early 1980?s. By the way no part of the database is for publication.

Regards,
Hugo.

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:49 pm
by JFH
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Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:54 am
by Warthog
so how much would it be to land at a hotel pad?

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:11 am
by tiny
Warthog wrote:so how much would it be to land at a hotel pad?


Warthog

Generally they are free as the hotel wants your business, oh that and it looks good for any hotel to have the odd heli sitting outside on the lawn from time to time!!!!!!

Tiny

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:16 am
by tiny
JFH wrote:Abbeyglen hotel in Clifden in Connemara, Co.Galway.
Great place, great food and great craic.
No problems with fuel either as they provide Jet-A1!!!
Most(if not every helicopter that lands there) gets Red carpet and a bottle of champagne on arrival.
They keep a photo record of all the machines that have landed there since the early 80's! Its quite a big photo album as you can imagine :lol:


JFH
Thanks for that.... Is that a complementary service they provide or is it charged for??
Cool idea with taking pix of each heli!!!!

Chers
Tiny

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:23 am
by tiny
hugoj_air wrote:Tiny,

Over the last ten years or so, I?ve been attempting to build a database
of aviation sites in Ireland and that includes helipads. During that time
I have seen that the vast majority of hotels, around 90% will have a suitable area available for helicopter activity. Most of these would be in country areas where they would have at least a lawn or use of a field beside the hotel suitable for helicopter ops.
Very few would have dedicated marked landing areas, but these are becoming more prevalent even as we speak. Oddly enough the
Abbyglen Hotel JFH mentions was one of the first I noticed accepting helis.
I have'nt come across a list anywhere giving details of hotel helipads.
But there is the "Blue Book" Johansens hotel guide of Recommended
Hotels in UK & Ireland which indicates if helis are welcome.
In my area of north Donegal, I know of four hotels that has regular
visits but none have dedicated landing areas. So the only suggestion I can make is to contact each hotel to check if they accept helis and don?t forget to ask if that area has been used before for heli op?s. Or maybe
other helicopter pilots like JFH would be good enough to pass on their
own observations.


JFH,

If it?s ok with you, I?ll add the new info about the Abbyglen to my database re:
Jet A1 available and a first use date in the early 1980?s. By the way no part of the database is for publication.

Regards,
Hugo.


Hugo
If you have any in particular that you think other forum members would like please share them with us.....

As with JFH's hotel there, i think it could be a good idea if we could get a list of hotels that have done something special for you or ahve gone that extra mile for you just because you chose not to sit in traffic on the way to them!!!!!

Tiny

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:25 am
by hugoj_air
Tiny,

Sadly my observations would be as a ground based non pilot.
I've never had the privilage of arriving at any hotel via helicopter.
So I cannot give any info re that type of arrival. All I can offer
is the knowledge I have gathered over the last 10 years regarding
which hotels positivatly invite helicopter activity and even then only
as an observer.
I have constructed my database for use by road only, but some of
the information can be used in order to locate landing sites from the
air. but in saying that, while I do have a list of hotels, many still
need to be positivitly and precisly located!

Regards,
Hugo.

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:52 am
by corkspotter
Evening all,

Rented a helicopter for my wedding 2 years ago and landed at the Rochestown Park hotel, Co Cork, Staff there very helpfull when i was organising it.

Also I have photographed a few helicopters at the Sheraton Fota Island Hotel and Golf club, Fota Island, Co Cork.

Hope the above helps,

Paul

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:52 am
by historical-avi-irl.i8.com
The Lakeside in Blessington has the most pricarious heli-pad I have ever seen, it sits atop of a step hill, next to a tree, think I might have a photo of it somewhere if anybody is interested. Doubt it's used much cause of Baldonnel Op's.

I know the hotel in Waterville, in Kerry has a disused landing strip, which was, not sure if still suitable for heli's.



Hugo
If you have any in particular that you think other forum members would like please share them with us.....


Nearly any hotel or leisure centre appreciates the visits, always check beforehand, lets face you'd be pretty thick not to at this stage! However be forwarned, whatever insurance most have, won't cover any little incidences outside of your own control, i.e. vandalism, or smashing a rotor blade into a tree, cough cough... I didnt do it, I get remember an incident...

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:54 pm
by GoGoGadgetGoAround