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  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
    Ha ha, I didn't think you could miss this!

    And it isn't just that there is no strobe/beacon on the tailfin specifically, but that the aircraft doesn't have a beacon anywhere, just nav lights.

    The funny thing is that it has been like this for many years now.
    Is there a legal requirement to have a strobe on the top of the tail boom?

    Looks like there maybe one underneath!

    There not many Gazelles flying with high skids.

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Ciao Stefano! Toooo long since we heard from you last!

      Probably I worded it incorrectly, because what I meant was that I don't think there is a legal requirement for a beacon to be fitted to the tailfin specifically (though that is the identified installation location of the manufacturer) but there is usually a requirement in the Air Navigation Orders/Federal Aviation Regulations (or equivalent) for an aircraft to be fitted with a functioning beacon.

      Having said that, there were a string of aircraft which I regularly flew in, in the 70's and early 80's (JetRangers) on which the beacon never functioned or, in some cases, was removed and never replaced. These include the British Airways JetRanger G-AWGU and Colin Chapman's (Team Lotus) G-AYTF. There were others too!

      On the JetRanger (depending on how the craft had been tracked - tail and main rotors) there could be sufficient vibration to upset the operation of these beacons. The military Kiowa had the beacon located on top of the engine cowling, just for'ard of the exhausts, while early JetRangers had beacons both on the tailfin and on the for'ard section of the belly.

      Regarding F-GFCI, I have a stack of photos of this craft, including several close-ups, but have yet to see any evidence of a beacon.

  • Wedding Gazelles

    Flashback from page 83:

    The following photos were captured while 'Gertrude' (YU-HES) was on wedding duty at Knowlton Court in Kent.







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    • .. and another one taken on Sept 18th 2015 at Kasteel van Leeuwergem in Belgium


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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Ha ha, this is excellent XB, but very bad that we haven't seen this until now!

    • Looks like we're in a Wedding Mood today!

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Word is that there was a wedding 'somewhere' in Europe today!

    • Pre-Wedding Gazelles!

      So, in our previous round of Wedding Gazelles we were able to display a yellow Gaz flying wedding duties as well as a Gaz belonging to an Avia member on wedding duty.
      I wonder is there any way of combining these elements?


      HA-LFH at Stubton Hall in Nottinghamshire in June 2012


      LFH was on 'wedding duty' seen here delivering the bride with her hair in rollers!


      LFH at Stubton Hall


      The happy couple

      All photos by Andy Hook courtesy of Zishelix.

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      • Zishelix
        Zishelix commented
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        Looking all these wedding pics, let me share this life wisdom with you guys: 'Unlike man/woman, properly maintained machine would never let you down'. I hope you won't mind me these words



    • Gazelle Down: Russia

      A Gazelle helicopter carried out an emergency landing near the confluence of the Shevli and Uda rivers of the Tuguro-Chumikansky district, Russia.

      After a hard landing, the aircraft caught fire. The occupants had time to evacuate before the helicopter caught fire. On the way to a nearby hunting lodge, one kilometer from the scene, one person allegedly had a heart attack, as a result of which he died.

      Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia Statement: "During a hard landing, the aircraft ignited. People had time to evacuate before the helicopter caught fire. On the way to a nearby hunting lodge, one kilometer from the scene, one person had a heart attack, as a result of which he died, it was reported.

      The person who died of a heart attack after a hard landing of the helicopter was Colonel-General of the Federal Security Service of Russia in 1946, after working for Sibur. I flew to the Amur Region from Moscow. Also on board was an entrepreneur from the Khabarovsk Territory, he has a serious spinal injury, "the administration said.
      https://chelorg.com/2018/05/21/sk-ha...vsk-territory/

      https://www.5-tv.ru/news/203847/
      • We are trying to get an ID on this bird. If anyone finds out, please post the details.
      • Some saying this was a 342.

      This photo has appeared in one news report, but we have no confirmation that this is the craft in question

      "The person who died of a heart attack after a hard landing of the helicopter was Colonel-General of the Federal Security Service of Russia in 1946, after working for Sibur. I flew to the Amur Region from Moscow. Also on board was an entrepreneur from the Khabarovsk Territory, he has a serious spinal injury," the administration said.
      https://inforesist.org/v-habarovskom...ovosti-rossii/

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      • Helipixman
        Helipixman commented
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        If it helps I think the owner of the Gazelle could be Sergey Melnichenko a businessman from the Amur region. If not he was reported as being on the Gazelle but it didn't say as pilot. I seem to recall his name mentioned somewhere before ? and sure I have seen a picture of him with an R44 before.

        Apparently they were looking for somwhere to land for a fishing trip.

      • Rotorspot
        Rotorspot commented
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        The article at https://www.newsru.com/russia/21may2018/vertolet.html
        states that it is a Gazelle 342 owned by IP Melnychenko from Belogorsk (Amur Region).
        The only Russian 342 I have in my database is RA-0608G (c/n 123).

      • Zishelix
        Zishelix commented
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        I think the reg changed into RA-0682G few years ago
        http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=8317#post8317



    • Gazelle Technicians and Supervisors Needed ASAP!

      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 haven't 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.jobsinaviation.com/jobs/a...al-consulting/

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      • G-CDNO


        SA341B G-CDNO (cn 1385) as seen at Sleap Airfield on 19th May 2018 (Photo: Mick Osbaldeston)



        'The Bandit' during week two of NATO's Tiger Meet 2018 being held in Poland

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        • Family visit with N341DT, time to mow their lawn!

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          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Lol, 341DT ditched into the Sea of Grass

            Nico one XB, thanks for share!

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            First there was 'Puss in Boots' .. then there was Gaz in Grass!

            Great photo XB!



        • SA341D G-ONNE (WA1089) landing near Cambridge on 20th May 2018


          SA341D G-EZZL (cn 1104) as seen at Coventry on 15th May 2018


          SA341G(S) YU-HEY (cn 1320) as seen departing Sywell on 13th May 2018 (Photo: Steve Coe)

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          • A toy? No, it's a piece of hand-crafted excellence!

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            • RA-0682G in Russia, May 2018



              SA342M CXI in the Ivory Coast



              The Bandit Gaz in Poland May 2018

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              • SA-342M Start-Up Checklist

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                • G-OLDH

                  G-OLDH was cancelled on 18.5.18 to Serbia becoming YU-HHH



                  Almost certainly taken at Stapleford (NFI)

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                • SA341G(S) F-GEQB (1280) as seen in France c.1980's

                  Is this craft still flying?

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                  • Zishelix
                    Zishelix commented
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                    Sadly no. After spending some time in UK (G-ZELL between 1990 and 1995), went to Greece where it crashed in September 1996.

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Grazie Zis. I wonder what happened to the remains of the airframe?



                • Gaz Squad Gazelles at Blackbushe on 2nd July 2017 (Photo: Jo Ayres)

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                  • ZU-RLU


                    SA341G ZU-RLU (cn 1097) as seen in South Africa in 2018

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                    • G-ZELL in the UK before going to Greece.


                      G-ZELL





                      Photos from the Helipixman collection (top one with thanks to GL)

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                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        Wow, beautiful Elipix! 10/10 as always.














                    • SA341C RA-05708 (WA1045) as seen in Abkhazia, Russia in May 2018

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                      • YU-HHH does anyone know if this is staying in the UK ?

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                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Keeping my fingers crossed that GazEngineer will show up and offer some insight to this bird's future.



                      • SA341F2 'GHZ' N918GZ (cn 1672) as seen landing at French Valley Airport, Riverside County in California

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                        • SA341B ZB693 (WA2009) as seen at SPTA on 29th October 2013 (Photo: Tony Osborne)



                          SA341D XZ933 (WA1735) as seen at RAF Valley on 18th August 1979



                          Rainbow over Stapleford

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                          • Hi guys!

                            Last night I was driving towards the M3 motorway at junction 5, and spotted this Gazelle.

                            It was very difficult to get a shot of it while stuck in traffic, and when the cars started moving I couldnt get a shot of its registration. Its not a paint job I recognise, and the registration was in the range of N2..... at the very front under the cockpit glass.

                            I wondered if anyone knows what this is and if its new to the UK? Thanks.


                            Unknown Gazelle by Paul Varcoe, on Flickr

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Paul, as Zishelix has mentioned .. a super warm welcome to Aviafora, it is great to have you aboard - many congratulations on your first photo - the first of many we hope!

                              I just love XB's process of elimination, ha ha, excellent! He whittled it down to just five (which I think was amazing) and then Zis zeroed in on the craft in question. Great teamwork guys!

                              Stefano, if you are reading this, please check out Paul's lovely shot of your 'Army Girl' here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/varcs/40786859884/sizes/l

                              For those of you who enjoy aviation photography, check out this shot taken by Paul last year: https://www.flickr.com/photos/varcs/39654852464/sizes/l

                            • Paul V
                              Paul V commented
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                              Thank you everyone! For those who dont know me, I work with Andrew Morley at Threshold.aero.
                              Fascinating working out xbdt! Had no idea about the Rambo connection either!

                            • N48284
                              N48284 commented
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                              This was certainly not stored or based at Bourne Park between 2014 and 2017 as this is when i was based there.
                              Last edited by N48284; 3 weeks ago.

                          • We have to dig up its history before the truck arrives at destination :-)











                            Probably Mr Bella (Mr Cheater) also on these pictures.

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                          • Originally posted by N48284 View Post
                            This was certainly not stored or based at Bourne Park between 2014 and 2018 as this is when i was based there.
                            Time flies, but I think if you check you will find that it was.

                            It came from Tennessee and I went to look at it while I was in the States. I decided against buying it, but someone else did and he kept it at Bourne Park. He also has a 120 and a mil Gazelle.

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                            • Helipixman
                              Helipixman commented
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                              Totally agree with md600driver. I have photographs of it at Bourne Park.

                            • N48284
                              N48284 commented
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                              Trust me if it had been there in that time period I’d have logged it and have photos, when did you get photos of it Helipixman?

                          • Sadly, attractive new livery didn't last for long... removing Tiger Meet c/s


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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              I think it would be more 'sporting' if they kept such craft in this livery from one Tiger Meet to the next.



                          • Air Grischa's Westland-built SA341G HB-XFW (cn WA1124) engages in load-lifting operations in the southern canton of Ticino in 1977
                            (Photo: Michele Ceresa via Markus Herzig)


                            Go to original post.

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                            • SA342L1 YU-HEA (cn.118) as seen in Belgrade, Serbia on 27th May 2018

                              Didn't Zis mention YU-HEA recently?

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                              • ALAT Gaz


                                SA342's from the 5th RHC as seen in Djibouti on 23rd August 1990 during Gulf War 1

                                A Work in Progress





                                Perhaps in the Ukraine?

                                The rear (white) nav light seems to be an LED unit (perhaps not an Aérospatiale item?).

                                RA-0682G


                                This departure of SA342 RA-0682G is believed to have been taken just a few day ago, meaning (hopefully) that this wasn't the craft involved in the accident of 21st May


                                Remembering the Bandit!


                                The Bandit in Poland, May 2018


                                The Bandit patch is now available at a cost of €8

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                                • Two UK Gazelle Cancellations

                                  G-EZEL cancelled 24.5.18 becoming 2-GAZL registered to The Gazelle Squadron Display Team Ltd on the same day (it had been like this for a while so officially cancelled at last).

                                  G-OLDH cancelled 18.5.18 becoming YU-HHH.

                                  Helipixman

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                                  • N48284
                                    N48284 commented
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                                    Seen on 18th April at Thruxton


                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Nice work guys!

                                    I wonder if the Gaz Squad will put more Gazelles onto the Guernsey register?

                                    Andy, what 'is' that craft to the right of 2-GAZL? It looks like an Enstrom 480 with JetRanger skids!

                                    Does anyone have an ID for the Gaz in the post above this (possibly taken in the Ukraine) is it likely to be a Soko bird?

                                    YU-HHH doubtless has meaning to someone, but this ID doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. I suppose on the airwaves she will default to 'triple hotel' but not all controllers like such terminology.

                                  • N48284
                                    N48284 commented
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                                    The Enstrom is G-ENHP, seems that 2-GAZL was a swap for The Cabri G2 G-SDTL with Bill Pitcher, so I doubt the Sqn will change them to the 2 Reg im not sure of the rules for aircraft displaying in air displays on the 2 reg?
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