Helipaddy Diaries

Helicopter Landing in the Netherlands
Helicopter Landing in the Netherlands

Netherlands Windmill and field

For landing information see this landing guide to THE NETHERLANDS for successful travel tips by helicopter. Use your Apple or Android device to use the Helipaddy app to find amazing helicopter landing sites.

Helicopter Landing in Norway
Helicopter Landing in Norway

white and green concrete cathedral beside mountain

For landing information see this landing guide to NORWAY for successful travel tips by helicopter. Use your Apple or Android device to use the Helipaddy app to find amazing helicopter landing sites.

Helicopter Landing in Italy
Helicopter Landing in Italy

Tuscan Hills in Italian countryside

For landing information see this landing guide to ITALY for successful travel tips by helicopter. Use your Apple or Android device to use the Helipaddy app to find amazing helicopter landing sites.

Event Calendar
Event Calendar

 

Easily find events on the days when you wish to fly.  Events are also sent to you via the Helipaddy monthly newsletter and they are also available in App.

Helicopter Landing in Morocco
Helicopter Landing in Morocco

Ait Benhaddou, An Ancient Fortress in Morocco

For landing information see this landing guide for MOROCCO for successful travel tips by helicopter.  Use your Apple or Android device to use to use the Helipaddy app to find amazing helicopter landing sites.

SERA regulations pitfall
SERA regulations pitfall

How the European regulators can get it wrong.

Helicopter Landing in Croatia
Helicopter Landing in Croatia

Croatian islands and adriatic sea

For landing information see this landing guide to CROATIA for successful travel tips by helicopter. Use your our Apple or Android device to use the Helipaddy app to find amazing helicopter landing sites.

Editing Private Pads Online
Editing Private Pads Online

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Pilots can now edit their private sites from the online dashboard, making it easier to keep your personal sites updated. Read on for further details on adding personal sites and your pilot dashboard.

Refuelling with Air BP card
Refuelling with Air BP card

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We have now put together some maps to help you find BP’s Avgas outlets in Europe and Africa! Read on for links.

AvBuyer Oculus Rift Competition
AvBuyer Oculus Rift Competition

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Now here’s a competition that we can get behind - talk about helicopters, win an Oculus Rift! Simply make a short video about your heli and submit it to AvBuyer to enter. Read on for info on how to win one of the most anticipated pieces of tech ever!

 

Referral codes
Referral codes

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Helipaddy referral codes explained - invite your friends to Helipaddy!

Flying North
Flying North

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Last month Helipaddy spent the weekend with Alastair Fothergill, executive producer of Silverback Films and the producer and director of various major BBC wildlife series. We spoke about the skills required for the harsh conditions above the arctic circle.

Short Notice Landing Sites
Short Notice Landing Sites

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All landing sites in Helipaddy require prior permission (“PPR”) before you can land, no different from airfields and actually much more important.  We are now categorising the ones that require only short notice.  Read on..

Aerodrome Checkbox Help
Aerodrome Checkbox Help

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All the information needed to fill out the checkboxes for sites with an ICAO code

Establishment Checkbox Help
Establishment Checkbox Help

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De-mystifying the checkboxes when filling out pad information.

Helipaddy Categories and Info
Helipaddy Categories and Info

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We occasionally see sites being added with the wrong category or owners wondering how to include their info, so we’ve outlined the basics here!

Private sites and Friend Sharing
Private sites and Friend Sharing

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One of the many useful features in Helipaddy is the ability to add and share your own pads with rich data, allowing you and your friends to store points and navigate to them. This article explains what ‘Private’ pads are and how to share them with your friends

Good Hotel Guide partnership
Good Hotel Guide partnership

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March 29th - Helipaddy, the world’s largest moderated database of helicopter landing sites and points of interest, now contains around 5000 moderated sites.  Their strategy is now on making it easier for pilots to find the best places to go. To help with the UK, they have partnered with The Good Hotel Guide…

Adding comments in Helipaddy
Adding comments in Helipaddy

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Commenting in Helipaddy is simple to do and is the best way to let other pilots know what you thought of a landing site. Not only will these comments help other pilots make informed decisions, but they let the landing site owners and operators know how they can improve the experience of visiting pilots and their friends. Here’s how to do it!

A trip to Mecca
A trip to Mecca

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Sarah Chenevix-Trench and Paddy Wills report from Torrance on the current Robinson Safety Course

R44 rebuild
R44 rebuild

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We recently popped in to HQ Aviation, NW of London, to discuss what one does with a UK-based R44 at the end of it’s shelf life. HQ’s engineering team had detailed knowledge of rebuilds and showed us one near completion in the hangar. Helipaddy themselves own an R44 hitting end-of-life in 200 hours so having to start thinking about the options.

Great historic flights
Great historic flights

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Appealing to our sense of adventure, we’ve looked back at some of the great, mainly record-breaking, flights to wonder what they would be like to actually do! See https://helipaddy.com/historic_flights

Compatibility with Skydemon, Foreflight, Earth
Compatibility with Skydemon, Foreflight, Earth

New feature

You can export any pad or list of pads in KML, CSV, or GPX format. Simply add or favourite the pad(s) in the Helipaddy app, log in to your Helipaddy online dashboard, and scroll down to my pads. You will see three buttons on the right, above the table: Excel CSV, Skydemon GPX (which is the same file format as that needed for Foreflight) and Earth KML. Simply download any of these file formats that you wish to have your pads in.​

 

 

Good news: you can store rich detailed site information on all of your private SkyDemon waypoints in Helipaddy! Then you can just export them to SkyDemon as you need, and not lose any data. We interface with Skydemon in two ways:
 

1.Single destination plot

To plot your route to a Helipaddy pad in Skydemon:

  • In the Helipaddy app, click on a pad and then click on the label that pops up in the bottom left corner to open the pad view
  • In the pad view, click on the sharing symbol top right
  • Select ‘Open in…’ and choose Skydemon
           

Your route from your current position is plotted in Skydemon and the waypoint is labelled!
 

2.Import pads

To view Helipaddy pads as waypoints in Skydemon:

 

This is not automated nor approved by Skydemon but it an effective workaround for those that tend to use the iPhone, iPad or Android for navigation.

  • Favourite a few sites in Helipaddy (view the site in the App by clicking on its label and click the star) or add a few private sites.
  • Login to your online dashboard (click LOG IN from the helipaddy.com homepage)
  • Scroll down to My Pads and click the Skydemon GPX button - this will save my_pads.gpx to your Downloads folder.
  • Open Skydemon desktop version
  • Click on Waypoints in the toolbar, select Import and choose my_pads.gpx (your existing Skydemon waypoints are not overwritten)
  • Finally, Save to Cloud
           

Your Helipaddy pads are now visible on all your Skydemon devices!

 

3. Planning a trip in Helipaddy and then viewing in Skydemon

Keep an eye on this space - soon you will be able to view your Helipaddy Trips as routes in Skydemon!


 

1. Viewing Helipaddy pads as locations in Google Earth

 

This is not automated nor approved by Google but is an effective method.
 

  • Favourite a few sites in Helipaddy (view the site in the App by clicking on its label and click the star) or add a few private sites.
  • Login to your online dashboard (click LOG IN from the helipaddy.com homepage)
  • Scroll down to My Pads and click the Earth KML button - this will save my_pads.kml to your Downloads folder.
  • Right click on the my_pads.kml and choose to open in Google Earth
           

2. Viewing a Helipaddy trip as a route in Google Earth

 

Coming soon!

 

Meeting at the LAA
Meeting at the LAA

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Helipaddy were chuffed to be invited to look round the LAA’s class 1 operations base in Central London. The helipad itself is above the Royal London Hospital. Read on…

Pilot log now in dashboard
Pilot log now in dashboard

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Helipaddy has a flight-logging system built-in. We couldn’t decide whether it is a pilot log, Hobbs, a datcon or a techlog. The main advantage for users is that the app auto-detects landings and makes logging flights super easy. You can view, add ad export flight logs from the dashboard at https://adm.helipaddy.com/account/techlog/datcon/

Robinson Safety Course
Robinson Safety Course

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Paddy & Sarah are in Torrance, Los Angeles, California for the Robinson Safety Course this week. This is a valuable 3/4 day technical course with a mixture of ground school and flying. Read on about the new R44 Cadet..

Track landings
Track landings

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If you click on a pad in the app and then click on the label to view details, you are invited to click on the I LANDED HERE button. Read on for details…

How do I edit a site?
How do I edit a site?

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Helipaddy works because the community of members are constantly reporting errors or observations. If you have any comments about a landing site, you can also add an anonymous comment. Otherwise read on ..

Pad moderation explained
Pad moderation explained

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Moderation is a vital part of the Helipaddy system because it helps keep data quality as high as possible. In fact, we believe that Helipaddy is the most accurate database of landing locations that exists. Read on to see how it works.

Email preferences
Email preferences

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We have simplified email preferences so you can switch off anything you don’t want from the settings page at https://adm.helipaddy.com/account/preferences

Quick add pad
Quick add pad

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Now you can add a pad without even logging in - just click ADD SITE from any of the Helipaddy web pages. Or it’s not hard to remember the link: helipaddy.com/add

Online pad management
Online pad management

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We’ve made a few improvements to the list of landing sites, helipads and points of interest in your online dashboard. You get some cool features, too. For example, add a marker anywhere in the map and see up to 10 places to eat within walking distance. Neat!

Improved list pages
Improved list pages

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We have done a bit of work on our tagged list pages for Premium pilots! Check out the new lists in this article and log on to your dashboard to explore them.

Chateau de Curzay
Chateau de Curzay

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Helipaddy recommends Chateau de Curzay for a weekend getaway, and describes how to get there and what to do on the way!

GPS coordinates in trip view
GPS coordinates in trip view

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Helipaddy trip pages now show the GPS coordinates of all trip stops making it very handy for planning trips! Read on…

Air BP and Air Total
Air BP and Air Total

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In France it is common to find that, like Breighton in the UK, airfields operate a self-service pump. However, this pump does not take credit cards and will be affiliated to either Air BP or Air Total.

Christmas fuel in the UK
Christmas fuel in the UK

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Are you open for fuel in the UK at Christmas?

Motoring by Heli with the VSCC
Motoring by Heli with the VSCC

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Since 1934 the Vintage Sports-Car Club has provided a platform for people to enjoy pre-war cars competitively and socially. Helipaddy will be keeping a close eye on all of VSCC’s upcoming events to keep you in the loop with all their exciting news!

Establishments that charge
Establishments that charge

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We are often asked about establishments that charge our members for landing. We do try to discourage the practice. This post deals with the reasons the hotels give for charging such exorbitant fees and lists a number of establishments who certainly aren’t making a positive contibution to the heli-community.

Night Rating London
Night Rating London

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For London-based pilots - how to get your night rating this October and do a Flying Skill for the AHP certificate at the same time.

Ballygarry House
Ballygarry House

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Ranked number 5 in Ireland on TripAdvisor, Ballygarry House is a personal favourite for a number of the staff here at Helipaddy.

Suffolk Lunch
Suffolk Lunch

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Confirmed 2016 date! Saturday 27th August (this is the Bank Holiday weekend).
Come and join our Annual August Fly-in Lunch!

Day trip to Girona
Day trip to Girona

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A short trip in an R44 from France to Spain via the Pyrenees to visit Girona

Flying South through France
Flying South through France

An adventure to the south of France using only Helipaddy (in particular the ‘Trips’ function) and an R44!

 
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Flying in French
Flying in French

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Some handy French words to know when flying over in France

Customs airfields in France
Customs airfields in France

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A few less obvious ones that are all within fuel range of London

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