If you check out the relevant statistics for the Civil Aviation Authority you discover that there are 896 private helicopters have been registered in the UK. The IAA stats are available but it’s harder to disaggregate the helicopter figures. Yet Slugger understands that back in 2004 there were a staggering 114 new registrations alone. Given that big sporting events like the Donegal International rally now have tight regulations on helicopter traffic (and charge 500 to park one of the things). First Post reckons its a sign of a rising Irish Oligarchy. H/T to Declan for the stats!
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