northseatiger
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One For The ABZ Chaps!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:18 pm

Yesterday I was driving along North Anderson drive, there were long tale backs Northbound and Southbound, as I sat in the Que the Sea King took off from the hospital, now my question is do they set the lights to stop traffic going down westburn road when the sea king (or helicopter of comparible size) is at the hospital ? or was this merley a coincedence ?

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philb
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RE: One For The ABZ Chaps!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:24 pm

My daughter lives on Westburn Rd and when I've seen the Sea Kings landing they have held the traffic.

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northseatiger
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RE: One For The ABZ Chaps!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:31 pm

Cheers, someone said they don't when the 135 is there but for Sea king/Puma they do, I thought they must have by the tail backs.

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philb
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RE: One For The ABZ Chaps!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:38 pm

Thinking back, the 135 seems to land without any fuss!

Having said that, given the way the area is built up, the traffic and the closeness of ABZ approch when landing northerlies, the interpolation of any chopper into the system is obviously carefully considered.

I regularly see the Irish S-61s at SNN, quite close to but they look a whole different machine close to traffic and buildings, especially on a gusty day!
 
Gary2880
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RE: One For The ABZ Chaps!

Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:38 pm

i dont think they do no. there are no lights really to stop traffic from going up westburn road too many side streets, last time I was at the cross roads beside the hospital the lights changed just as the seaking below was coming over the tops of the houses it just depends if you catch the lights or not

I've been there plenty of times when seakings EC135s even when the Merlin came in and traffic passes behind me quite happily as I photograph, the seakings pass over moving traffic on the road right next to ari most of the time and they are more than high enough by the time they reach the drive. once I was going up westburn road passing victoria park and a seaking was following up the road to the hospital right above me the noise was incredible.


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im tempted to cripple a small child just so i can get into the childrens ward to get a photo of one taking off from above that would look fantastic

I've heard on the scanner however aircraft being held from take off due to they would fly into its path as it landed/took off

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philb
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RE: One For The ABZ Chaps!

Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:20 am

Gary2880,

I'm sure you've seen far more helicopter arrivals there than I as I only get to visit at most a couple of times a year and don't always get to see a landing.

When I have, the traffic has been stopped for the Sea Kings but, on reflection I don't think I've seen one land in anything but wind and rain! That may be the answer.