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An annual event - the only thing I got was this super excellent helicopter.  By JRX design, it's the Aerospatiale 'Gazelle' - beautifully modeled and, never been in a chopper in my life, difficult to fly.  But like most things with engine powered machines, if you survive the learning phase, it's a piece of cake.

 

Just lifted off Fair Isle between the Orkney and Shetland Islands north of the Scottish mainland.

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A half hour and here's Sumburgh at the south end of the Shetlands.

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Giving way to fixed wing traffic, I'll be landing at the east end.

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Great shots OND. However, as you are a RL fixed wing pilot I would like to remind you that: If the wings are travelling faster than the fuselage it is a helicopter and therefore it is unsafe. Or better explained an upside down ceiling fan. (I miss Jack who laughed at this "true" description of a bizarre engineering feat ):D

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16 hours ago, flyingleaf said:

Great shots OND. However, as you are a RL fixed wing pilot I would like to remind you that: If the wings are travelling faster than the fuselage it is a helicopter and therefore it is unsafe. Or better explained an upside down ceiling fan. (I miss Jack who laughed at this "true" description of a bizarre engineering feat ):D

My wings were always faster but I really worked at getting to the landing at the same time :).

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