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  • 50th Anniversary of the First Flight of the Fenestron



    SA340 F-ZWRA 002 conducts the first flight of the Fenestron at Marignane on 12th April 1968 (Photo: Sud Aviation Archives)

    Airbus Helicopters

    The Fenestron is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

    We’ll post pictures throughout the day and the first five to guess all of them will win an H160 model!

    https://twitter.com/AirbusHeli

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fenestron50?src=hash

    René Mouille avec le Fenestron (Photo: Zishelix Collection)

    Read more about René Mouille here.

    Post Your Fenestron Photos Today on Avia !!!


    Fenestron from the 1st RHC

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    • In Other News ..



      There is a Gaz brochure available on ebay in case anyone is interested, see here.

      We always encourage our members and readers to snap-up any Gazelle memorabilia when they can so that these may be preserved for posterity.

      If anyone does obtain this item (which has two days remaining) there are a number of Aviaforans would be appreciative of a scanned copy.

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      • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
        It is going to take a delegation of Aviaforans travelling to Russia to sort out the issue of these Russian Gazelles!
        Me and Mike are going in 901 to Minsk this summer for the World Helicopter Championships (click logo below) but I don’t think there are any Gazelles in the former Soviet Republic of Belarus.

        Here's my fenestron contribution;




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        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
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          Bravo Stefano! It is wonderful that you are supporting these events, providing representation for Britain and doing so in a Gaz. Great stuff!

          Yes, you are right, Belarus is mainly Mil helicopter territory.



      • Continuing our celebration of the Fesestron ..



        Airbus Helicopters

        ** Guess which helicopter this Fenestron belongs to competition **

        Here are the answers. Winners to be announced next week.

        Bon chance!



        https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fenestron50?src=hash

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        • Wonderful idea, Sav!

          Think it's appropriate to re-post this nice Tim Robinson collage of Gaz tails taken at Middle Wallop on April 8th, 2017.

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          • SA342J HA-LFH (cn 1775) as seen at Church Fenton in April 2018 (All photos courtesy of Team Haelo)

            Bottom photo: The Haelo Gaz is seen at her home hangar with her stable mate G-DLFN, an Aero L-29 Delfin, aka the Haelo Jet.

            With many thanks to Adriano for these shots!

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            • Gaz Squad News

              As the show confirmations begin to land on the doormat, it's clear that we will be very busy this year.

              Recent weeks has seen a lot of activity in support of our charities, we've hosted an event for BLESMA, we've delivered chocolate and the Easter Bunny to the children at Naomi House and we've facilitated school visits in support of Julia's House.

              Unfortunately our attempts to reach the World at War event in Weston super Mare were thwarted by poor weather.

              We have an additional three pilots with Display authorisations (DA's) and are working very hard on a new display with a subtle shift in focus, additional DA's gives us resilience and a little more flexibility. Manning shows with volunteers can be challenging, especially during the holiday season so additional display qualified pilots are always a very welcome resource.

              The aircraft are going to get a good scrub and polish at the end of the month as the team meet at Bourne Park to spend a day on aircraft husbandry and we're looking forward to opening our show season by displaying at the Abingdon show on 6th May.



              RA-0682G recording a speed of 298kmh/160kts earlier this month. This must be ground speed


              SA341G(S) C-FWYN (cn 1308) as seen in British Columbia c.1990's


              Another take on G-OGEO, seen here with AW109S EI-NBG (Photo: Dennis Penny)


              Johan 'Juba’ Joubert with SA341F ZU-RLE (1678) at Ermelo Airport in South Africa on 7th April 2018 (Photo: Jarryd Sinovich)

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              • Gazelle Technicians and Supervisors Required Immediately

                We have been asked to find mechanics and avionic technicians to join a 6 month+ contract working on scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, upgrade and modification of Gazelle aircraft in the South of the UK.

                We offer a good working environment, a good rate of pay and a guaranteed 45 or more hours per week along with a minimum contract term of 6 months.

                To be considered ideally you will be able to show recent experience of working with the Gazelle, but we will also consider technicians who havent worked on the aircraft for up to 10 years, or those that have worked on other light military helicopters.
                We are also looking for supervisory staff, and offer a higher rate for these additional responsibilities.

                We will be looking for technicians to start throughout April and May, so even if you are not available for a little while yet get in touch and see what we have to offer - we look forward to hearing from you!
                http://www.aviationjobsearch.com/job...-in-uk/9952917



                SA342J F-GCCZ (cn.1393) NFI

                Zis, are you able to confirm whether this bird flew with Air Provence as seems to be indicated on her boom?



                SA341C XW868 (WA1130) as seen at RAF St. Mawgan in 1978

                The above craft became G-CBKD evidently based on the Wales/Shropshire border.

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                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
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                  Okay.

                  Just to advise though that 'Cie' in French is an abbreviation for the word company, like 'Co.' in English.

                • Rotorspot
                  Rotorspot commented
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                  According to the French DGAC the ownership of 1393 is as follows:
                  15-11-1979 AIR AFFAIRES EJA FRANCE SARL
                  31-12-1981 CM-CIC BAIL
                  30-10-1986 SAF HELICOPTERES SAS
                  10-12-1986 FRAISSINET AVIATION S.A.
                  22-05-1998 M W HELICOPTERS LIMITED
                  03-02-2005 cnx as sold abroad

                  I suppose Air Provence was an operator, not an owner.

                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
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                  Grazie Jos!

                  Now flying in the UK as YU-HEV.

              • N71FR


                SA341G(S) N71FR (cn.1274) at home in the BVI April 2018 (Photo: SW)

                A lovely addition to our 'Dogs & Gazelles' collection.

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                • G-EZZL


                  SA341D G-EZZL (cn.1104) as seen on the Advance Helicopters apron at Shoreham on 28th April 2016 (Photo: Daryl Willcox)

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                  • Two Montenegrin Gazelles escort the first of three Bell 412EP’s to be delivered to Vojska Crne Gore (the Armed Forces of Montenegro) on 13th April 2018. The two Gazelles escorted the craft in a flight over the capital Podgorica prior to the official handover which took place on 14th

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                    • SA341G N2FW (cn.1363) captured during an air-to-air photo shoot over Los Angeles

                      Gazelle Pilot: Bob Muse
                      Astar Camera Pilot: John Tamburro

                      Enjoy!

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                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        Very nice XB! Five stars *****

                      • Zishelix
                        Zishelix commented
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                        Very professional!

                    • Experimental SA-349.2 (c/n 1201) exF-ZWRN at the Musee de l'ALAT et de l'Helicoptere in Dax

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                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        The swashplate/MGB assy looks very different, also the cowlings are different. Interesting to see Aerospatiale made a tail drive shaft cover also.

                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        By construction no. 1201 would they not have been producing t/r driveshaft covers for the civilian market?

                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        I have some pictures of the mechanics under the covers. will post these in a new thread.

                    • it also appears to have 355 twin Hydraulic servos ,which leads to the question of where would the 2nd hydraulic pump be located and yes the swashplate appears different.

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                      • SA-349.2 had stronger transmission and considerably modified main-rotor blades in order to achieve higher manoeuvrability. The specific Gazelle had a busy life because it was used for many studies including the evaluation of a new concept of main rotor (Biflex and Triflex), the aerodynamic at high speeds for rotorcraft and the vibrations damping.





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                        • xbdt
                          xbdt commented
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                          Interesting to see a cog belt behind the igb, maybe it was made to drive the second hydraulic pump.

                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Very interesting indeed! Grazie Zis.



                      • Flashback from Feb!


                        SA341G(S) N901B (cn.1410) as seen at Breighton Aerodrome on 4th February 2018 (Photo: David Marshall)

                        Avia member 'Stefano' (possibly with young Michael aboard) at what is known among some Aviafornas as 'Crabtree Aerodrome'.


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                        • SA342 Gazelle Viviane 'GCH' as seen on the Niger-Chad border in December 2015

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                          • RN Display Team's 'Sharks' pilot sitting in his HT.3 reading Polish PKL Gazelle publication. Photo taken at Redhill Helitech 1995 by the author of the publication Miłosz Rusiecki

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Nice one!

                              Looks like this craft could have done with a fresh lick of paint though!

                            • N48284
                              N48284 commented
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                              surely you mean HT.2?

                            • Zishelix
                              Zishelix commented
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                              Oops, you're right, HT.2 indeed... XZ942/CU42



                          • SA341D's XW899 (WA1192) and XW870 (WA1146) as seen at Greenham Common in August 1976


                            Wishing our Members and Readers
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                            a Happy St. George's Day





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                            • The Blue Eagles as seen at Biggin Hill in 2004 (Photo: Alistair McQuarrie)

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                              • SA341C ZU-HBH (WA1418) as seen at Coves Airfield in South Africa on 21st April 2018



                                SA341H HA-LFX (cn.090) as seen at Nové Zámky Airport in Slovakia on 27th September 2014 (Photo: Varga György)

                                Zis/XB, HA-LFX is a Soko Partizan, but these don't usually have the 'box' on their aft belly (do they?). I tend to associate this with BAG's (British Army Gazelles). What is that box anyway?

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                                • xbdt
                                  xbdt commented
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                                  The box is a NADIR (that is what the french mil uses). It is a navigation antenna and computer etc... but I do not know the exact details.

                                • Zishelix
                                  Zishelix commented
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                                  Soko produced about 20 HI-42 for surveillance and reconnaissance missions (artillery support mainly) equipped with NADIR, #090 was one of them.

                                  Animation how it works here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzwIfRYyBx4

                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Grazie grazie XB e Zis .. molto apprezzato!

                              • The first registration of SA.341G s/n 1414 was test/ferry F-WIPJ than sold to Italy and become I-ETBA (later F-GDFR, EC-EET & F-GKYC).



                                Since looks impossible to find any photo of this Gazelle with it's Italian or Spanish registrations, I wonder if some Aviaforan can help?

                                Last info I have about #1414 is from 1997. Anyone able to shed some light on her present condition?

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                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Do you think she could have be broken up for parts?

                                • Zishelix
                                  Zishelix commented
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                                  I rather think she's just long term parked somewhere

                              • G-CBKA (ex XZ937) at Breighton in 2010 (Photo: Terry Fletcher)



                                One more photo of the same Gaz here

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                                • Serbian Gazelles in Belgrade in 2014 (Photo: Marko Dimić)



                                  RA-0682G as seen in Estonia on 14th April 2018


                                  RA-0682G near St. Petersburg on 22nd April 2018


                                  Little one asleep in RA-0682G on 22nd April 2018

                                  I think this says something about the effectiveness of Bose headsets!


                                  RA-0682G departing an undisclosed location near St. Petersburg on 21st April 2018

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                                  • SA341C G-GAZL (WA1078) as seen at Breighton in June 2006 (Photo: John Thompson)


                                    SA341B 3D-HGZ (WA1600) as seen in Johannesburg, date unknown (Photo: S. Greer)

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                                    • Nice! And one more of 3D-HGZ taken at Johannesburg in December 12th, 2013 (Photo: Stephan Rossouw)

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                                      • Savoia
                                        Savoia commented
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                                        Very nice! I suppose this may have been taken at a similar time to the previous post.



                                    • ALAT SA342 at Gap–Tallard Airport in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in 2009 (Photo: André Bour)

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                                      • Russian Gazelle update

                                        RA-1739G SA341C Gazelle HT.2, c/n 1299, was cancelled from the Russian aircraft register somewhere between 22-Mar-2018 and 25-Apr-2018. Fate is unknown.

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                                        • Zishelix
                                          Zishelix commented
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                                          Thanks for info, Jos!

                                      • Can't recall we already had this photo of 'Union Jack' N901B here



                                        Photo taken during HeliDays at Gmunden-Flachberg, Austria in September 9th, 2016. (Photo: Michael Noestlinger)

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                                        • SA341H Soko Gazelle 12657 (cn 025) as seen in Montenegro​



                                          I-PTEC start and depart

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