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« on: April 23, 2014, 19:28:56 »

Yes folks. The new Forest of Dean Control (FoD Control) is up and running! We completed on 1st April (no jokes please) and moved all our kit into the 1950ís two bedroom retirement bungalow over Easter. Four days, five loads using a 7.5 ton Mercedes Sprinter with tail lift. Lots of stories, bruises, cuts, stubbed toes and generally knackered. And four or five loads with the Land Rover as well. Formal change of address notifications will be sent out Ė eventually Ė but anyone who wants to know earlier please email or text.

OK some details for you.

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In the village of Whitecroft, Lydney on the southern edge of the Forest of Dean.

Facilities.
As stated earlier, a two runway bungalow!! Well thatís what it was originally. (You didnít seriously think we were going to fit all the kit from the four runways at Sheffield into a little two runway bungalow did you). The property now benefits from a side extension, rear extension, conservatory and dormer loft conversion. So now the facility sports a full three double runways (en-suite to main) with a reasonable ablution room, utility room, kitchen with separate dining room and the conservatory on the ground floor. Upstairs there is a 20ft lounge and a study/single runway. Outside there is hardstanding for three large or four small aircraft but there is plenty of additional hardstanding around and about. There is also a double hanger with inspection pit and decking and summer house in the garden. There will also soon be a patio and storage facilities for the classic spares etc.

As ever with a new facility, it does have some little disadvantages! Here are the main issues:

Location
It is half way up a hill. Great in terms of flooding but quite knackering after a day out trying to hike up the short sharp hill!

Communication
Whitecroft is in a dead area! And I mean dead! Unless you are on the Orange Network there is absolutely no mobile phone or data signal here! Obviously we have good internet access so calls over VOIP like Skype is OK. O2 do an app that allows phone calls over wifi (so Sam is OK) and I have a Vodafone Sure Signal so Iím all right!

Refuelling
I know this is important to some but there is a real downside here. The nearest establishment that serves unleaded fuel using manual delivery or gravity feed techniques is a bit of a trek! The place is nice as it usually has a minimum of three grades of unleaded fuel and up to five. There are also two grades of diesel (apple based of course) on manual pumps. They also do bar meals and have a small but very good restaurant. Sam and I took a stroll to the place for a meal just to find out how long it takes. We didnít rush but it must have taken us a good three minutes to get there! About three and a half to get back due to the hill!! There is reputed to be another establishment a similar distance the other way but we havenít been there yet!

Pollution
Unfortunately, the new facility can suffer both noise and air pollution if the wind is in the wrong direction. We have already smelt the ash filled air and heard the whistle, horn and hiss from the local attraction! Not that we really mind as seeing the Steam Train trundle across the sight line is quite pleasant!!

So thatís enough hilarity for the moment. As you can imagine there are boxes everywhere so please give us some time to get sorted before planning arrivals! If an emergency arises I am sure we could cope but please bear with us.

Obviously a formal commissioning meeting will need to be organised. No plans as yet and with everything else going on it may be difficult to get something this year. However, keep an eye on the forum for further announcements and details.

So this is Twinky and Spanners signing off from FoD Control!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 19:54:43 »

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 22:19:49 »

Flight plan booked for June
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 14:20:53 »

OK fellow buzzards. A little update for you all!

Internally, nearly all repair and maintenance issues completed. Still decisions to be made as regards decoration so that hasn't started yet.

Externally, repair and maintenance tasks on-going. Storage bases done, Decking prepped for repaint, new balustrade nearly complete, Patio hardcore down. Still some roof works to go and few other little tasks.

More importantly, most boxes now unpacked with kitchen and living spaces ready and (wait for it)  Runway two now up and running. Limited operations may now commence. First up will be a formal inspection visit and report by C in C the Head Brewer Juggler ETA 6 June!

Watch this space for further info and reports!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 18:39:59 »

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2014, 15:49:19 »

Ok Peeps. The following will be put on facebook but with specific invites so if you haven't seen it there let me know!!

As discussed at the little event in Penrith on 26th September we have identified a possible date for the formal FoD Control Commissioning. Weekend of 5-7 June 2015. All facilities should be up and running so normal rules will apply!!

This also happens to be the weekend of the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival in Cardiff. So the plan will be to use the Train to visit said event on the Saturday. Get it in your diaries now and confirm attendance closer to the date!!

That's all for now folks!
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