Croft Farm runs an Airday for people who care about aircraft. Clive Langmead introduced us to the team that runs that day.
A helicopter at the Airday
And Clive flew an R44 helicopter as the only helicopter in a mix of many fascinating fixed wing aircraft at the Airday. Clive ended up flying junior helicopter enthusiasts. Yet again showing the appeal of helicopters.
And a great time was had by all. Well done them!
A Robinson Raven-2
The Robinson R-44 is a great helicopter to introduce people to helicopters. It is piston powered and very flexible. Have a look at the feature at Wikipedia.
Clive has been flying the Robinson for a few years. He converted from fixed wing flying onto helicopters in one. The R-44 was the helicopter that Clive used to take Adrian on their 2008 reconnaissance in Mozambique. Have a look at their video. Clive went out to Mozambique again in an R-44 in August 2008, to link up with friends near Inhambane.
The aircraft is popular for small organisations in Africa. Helicopters give access. In places where a road trip might average 16 kph (10 mph) they speed people around at over 100 kph (80 mph). This makes them very useful for all sorts of management tasks in Africa. They are used in game management, for access to agricultural work, and often people buy R-44s as for personal helicopters.
The Airday gives us the chance to engage new enthusiasts in our story and the work of helicopters in Africa.