I’ve now updated my helicopter weight and balance spreadsheet to include the Robinson R44. I have maintained the same format for both the R22 and the R44 so that the look, feel, and use is the same for both. The R22 page simply has the rear seats and doors greyed out.
Last weekend I visited Reunion 6 a science fiction convention in the West Midlands run by SFB Events. Contrary to popular belief, sci-fi conventions are not full of geeks wearing Star Trek uniforms, and nerds hoping to some day teach a girl about this human thing called love. Oh no, they’re full of geeks looking for three days of constant partying with their friends, with a few celebrity guests from popular TV shows thrown in just in case anyone gets bored!
Reunion is no exception. This year the event was held at the Quality Hotel Walsall – a new venue for this their sixth year. The star guests were Rene Auberjonois (Odo – Deep Space Nine), Louise Jameson (Leela – Dr. Who), Bodie Almos (Brendan ‘Hot Dog’ Costanza – New Battlestar Galactica), and Jennifer Halley (Diana Seelix – New Battlestar Galactica).
Friday night begins with the Opening Ceremony, followed by several party games including “MasterGeek”, and the first of three discos. The “Alumni” ticket holders also get an intimate cocktail party where they can mingle with the guests and enjoy the infamous Chocolate Fountains! During the day there are question and answer sessions where you get to quiz the guests about their work on your favourite show. Saturday evening had a fancy dress competition with the theme The Wacky Racers and Hanna-Barbera, with the winners judged by the star guests.
The whole weekend passed incredibly quickly, and soon the closing ceremony was upon us. The guests handed out prizes for the winners of the fiction, art and fancy dress competitions, and once more the music played late into the night for the last of the entertainment.
All in all a great weekend enjoyed by everyone. SFB Events also run another convention based in Bournemouth called the SFBall. Guests already announced include Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin – New Battlestar Galactica), Robert Picardo (The Doctor – Voyager), Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari – Babylon 5), and Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto – Babylon 5). Tickets are selling fast and I strongly suggest you book now before it’s too late!
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