told me he's enjoying flying the Coyete microlight.
Your in Lanzorote. Your missing all the rain, I'm sure your sorry.
As for N222WX, it was Ian who seen it, I was driving and looking for the
turn off for Coonagh. I'll have to ask him what colour it was.
If you have an interest in helicopters try this little trip while you?re in Lanzarote. Driving southwest on the GC 720 turn left just before the village of Uga to take the mountain road to Playa Blanca via Femes. Keep a sharp lookout on the right side of the road to see something really cool .
GPS coordinates are N28 55 50.3 W13 45 04.4
Yes Eamon is a real gent, The Cyote uses about 50ft of runway its really cool. Today is the busiest day at the airport so I?m off spotting, Saw a pullmantur 747 about 30 minutes ago.
Just as a footnote on the N222wx. I'm 99% sure that it's former identity is EI-BOR, Westair's Bell 222 which was based in Shannon for as far back as I can remember.
It was re-reg'd and went off to the UK a while back.
Obviously it's back in our skies again!
Many happy memories in that particular helo.
And kudos on the road-trip !
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Here we have an interesting, but very successful, variation on the standard airspace control/procedures
All traffic within 15 n.m of Shannon is provided with separation by Shannon ATC, but in the Coonagh cut-out (roughly O'Brien's Bridge - Croom) airspace below 1,000 ft is uncontrolled
A helicopter leaving Radison steering S.E. very soon does not have ATC separation if remaining below 1,000 ft
What to do about Coonagh ?
There is only one safe line of action : if in the vicinity of Coonagh's traffic zone, either conform with their established pattern (800 ft circuit to South of the field) or avoid altogether
Attempts to establish separation by Radio call are misguided - there is no requirement for R/T listening watch either by local traffic or by the A/G base station.
An assumption, after two unanswered calls, that there is no activity could be assumed to be a plan for self-destruction
This is surely the basic of basics
But judging by the amount of 'yapping' that currently goes on in the FIR there are many that think "multis in verbis iacet salus"
In particular there seems to be an expectancy that an A/G facility at an uncontrolled airfield can deliver traffic information sufficiently complete to provide separation assurance.
If it is all possible I think the pilots should be told to keep a traffic watch and announce themselves on 129.90 and N222WX has never once announced himself on that frequency. Shannon should advise them to switch and not stay on 124.75 , even though non radio traffic seems to be popular, like yesterday evening.
A Radio Broadcast in the FIR is a very blunt weapon - distracting many to whom it has no relevance - and possibly illegal in absence of danger
The VFR circuit of an uncontrolled aerodrome is actually a very safe place indeed, from the point of view of collision risk - low closing speeds and minimalisation of possible conflict points
If everyone maintains the discipline radio has no role, except as a non-routine valuable aid to cope with unforseen situations
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