At 1pm this afternoon 5 helicopters on the ground at the Milford Inn Hotel were:
EI-NPG Agusta 109E Anson Logue/William Moffett
EI-JAL Robinson R.44 II Heliwest Ltd
EI-BIJ A-B 206B Jet Ranger Madeva Properties Ltd
G-JILY Robinson R.44 Ravan DB Heaney
G-IFTS Robinson R.44 Astro GP Jones
The helicopters are in Donegal for the International Motor Rally and local
newspapers indicated that the Garda helicopter would be available for
use during the rallye. But a member of the hotel staff told me that EI-NPG
was in fact been used by the Gardi.
of the special stages ( roads closed for the rally) and to-day
alone I counted 21 over flights of helicopters. Normally in this
area if we see one or two heli's a week here we think it's very
busy. As you say Michael they don'tseem very well co-ordinated.
I'm surrounded by trees and on a couple of occasions heli's
passed behind the tree's, did'nt see them but I did smell the
exhaust fumes from both. I'm not saying they were doing any
thing dangerous or against the rules.
Yesterday threeof the copter's were circling around another start
area at about 600ft and just after they cleared a light aircraft
tracking W passed that very point at about the same level. They
may have been in contact on the radio.
The two Hughes passed overhead me this morning and on the
reciprocal this afternoon. One was silver and the other multi
cloured with an N reg.
Apperantly there were 5 on the ground at the Rosepenna Hotel
Downings at lunchtime and at 5pm a friend told me another 4
were parked at Kelly's Car Showroom's Port Road Letterkenny
with a refueling bowser for those who needed it. Joe Kelly owned
a few helicopters in his time. I can only imagine what it would have
been like if the weather had been better. We had drizzle most of
and going around in circles, with followers who think they own
the roads. I suppose it only happens one day a year in our area,
so we can put up with it. The great effect is that it now attracts
more and more helicopters, but they would seriously need to
think about the safety aspect and formalise some type of control.
It's just getting a bit on the dangerous side.
As you can gather I have absolutely no interest in motor sports.
Odd is'nt it some people traval the lenght of the country to be here
for the rally. On the other hand it's all around me once a year and
I could'nt care less.
P.S Not all the the fans are Muppets. Its kind of like soccer though, it does attract an awful loutish element. I was always respectful and mostly obeyed the speed limits
— Cecil Day Lewis
have said "some". I fact I traveled the 15 miles to Letterkenny
on Sat around 11 am and returned about 1.30pm and was pleasantly surprised that the mojority of driver's were acting responsibly. But
in the town I came across a group of 5 cars wheel spinning there
way out of a side road into traffic. But that was all.
Ya I remember about 6 or 7 years ago a single heli appeared to be
following the rally. Then up to 3 or 4 last year, but this weekend at
least 12 different machine's were noted here in my home area. Some
may not have actually been interested in the rallye, the two Hughes
369's gave that impression.
A number of rally drivers are now helicopter pilots and/or owners.
G-CBYY R44 Raven from Newtownards
G-SKII Bell 206 JetRanger
EI-BAJ Bell 206 JetRanger in Celtic Helicopter colours
An Augusta 109, could get the reg too far away
And a Hughes 500, all black in colour, too far to make out reg
Does any one know if there is a hughes 500, all black in colour in ireland these days??
machine was been tailgated by the N reg heli tracking NW at high
speed with no deviation. That was at about 11.30am and returned
in the opposite direction in exactly the same way early afternoon.
All the other heli's were circleing above the start of the stage's.
Could you pass on the registration's and owner's to us if you know
Glad to hear about mandatory briefing before the rally, sounds like
there was control after all. I do realise in situations such as this,
each pilot is responsible for the safety of his/her crew, passengers,
and aircraft and maintaining a safe distance around themselves.
Just that a lot of machines seemed to be doing their own thing.
Where in Letterkenny was the briefing.
Redwolf is looking for the reg of the black Hughes, any ideas. I did
not see this one myself.
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