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  • N58283 at Bourne Park

    All images taken by friends of mine roughly between 2004 and 2008. Note the bottom picture has the engine removed. So this begs the question, if it was not at Bourne Park from approx 2014 onwards where was it ? and where was it off to on the trailer.







    Helipixman

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    • Fene Strong
      Fene Strong commented
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      Not seen those covers before, would want to be able to see the welds there really.

    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Ciao FS! Is the condition of the welds part of the technical inspection on the Gaz? Is this in any way similar to the inspection of the mounts on the Scout? Because on the Scout thread I was asking why they were never painted and there was a reply explaining that this was for inspection purposes.

    • Fene Strong
      Fene Strong commented
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      They used to have clear lacquer over the welds so you could see if there was an issue, they were also crack tested i think every 100 hours using NDT (magnetic ink method)

  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post

    I wonder if the Gaz Squad will put more Gazelles onto the Guernsey register?
    2 reg only allows aircraft with a civilian type certificate 341G, 342J, 313B, 318C (all Alouette 313's and 318's were manufactured as civilian machines before being used for military purposes).

    SA341B's, C's, D's, E's, F's and H's are not eligible for 2 reg as they do not have a civilian type certificate.

    FYI: Another new entry on the 2 reg is 2-HAWK, an Alouette 318C cn.2068 previously HA-WKY.

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Great info Stefano, much appreciated!



  • From NATO Tiger Meet .. to NATO Exercise Adriatic Strike


    Montenegrin Gazelles arriving in Slovenia on 2nd June for exercise Adriatic Strike 2018


    Montenegrin Gazelles providing close air support in Slovenia on 3rd June during exercise Adriatic Strike 2018


    Flashback to Adriatic Strike 2016

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    • G-DFKI New Interior


      SA341C G-DFKI (WA1216) at an unknown location (but possibly somewhere near Skegness) on 2nd June 2018 (Photo: Sean Scott)

      It seems as though DFKI may be getting a new interior.

      YU-HMC in Ireland


      SA341G (1136) YU-HMC as seen at Waterford Airport in Ireland on 1st June 2018

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      • Fene Strong
        Fene Strong commented
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        Control rod cover missing.

      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        I think they were removing various covers for the purpose of installing a new interior.

        This does beg the question though .. if the rear seat pax leans back too hard, does this affect the aircraft's attitude?

        How I wish Bell would have employed this arrangement with the control rods in the 206 series instead of having the awful 'broom cupboard' (as it was known) slap bang in the middle of the centre pax's field of view.

        Bell weren't the only ones, as even the early model Dauphins had a control rod tunnel just aft of the driver's seat, albeit slightly offset from centre.

      • Fene Strong
        Fene Strong commented
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        We had the 'Broom' cupboard on the Lynx, although it was out of the way.




    • SA341H HA-LFX (cn.090) belonging to Hidroplan Nord departing Budaörs airfield



      SA341D G-CBSI XZ934 (WA1736) as seen at Old Warden on 3rd June 2018 (Photo: Andrew Goldsmith)

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      • WA.1248 XX444/K on static display at RAF Wattisham in July 3rd, 2018 (Photo: G. Crisp)



        This aircraft was demobbed in 1996 and has been preserved at Wattisham Museum since 2005. She never actually had desert c/s while in service.

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        • Pity such this distinctive Tiger c/s being stripped off



          'Bandit Nightmare' over Poznan, Poland during NATO Tiger Meet 2018 (Photo: Piotr Wroblewski)

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          • Lt Milan Joksimović, Assistant Commander of Navigation in the Montenegrin Air Force speaks about Montenegro's involvement in Exercise Adriatic Strike 2018 and their specific function in providing Close Air Support


            Gazelle helicopters from the Montenegrin Air Force participating in NATO’s air policing mission filmed over Montenegro in June 2018

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            • C-GEPX


              SA341G C-GEPX (cn.1262) NFI

              Is this aircraft still actively flying in Canada?

              Ex G-SFTF.

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              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
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                Not sure is it airworthy but it's for sale http://automeilleur.ca/helico.htm

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Grazie Zis! Is this the last of the Canadian Gazelles?

              • Zishelix
                Zishelix commented
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                Sadly but true... C-GEPX is the last of it's kind in Canadian register

            • N341DT


              N341DT as seen at Cholet Le Pontreau Airport on 2nd June 2018 (Photo: Romain Roux)

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              • xbdt
                xbdt commented
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                Yes this was N341DT endurance test, we flew through very bad weather to get there but arrived after 300nm flight (2h30mins). We had a very nice weekend with our friends!

                https://s22.postimg.cc/jaxxj9avl/345...50760448_o.jpg

              • Savoia
                Savoia commented
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                Grazie XB! Lovely to hear about this expedition - we remain so proud of the fine work you have done with 341DT.


            • SA341D G-CBSI ex-XZ934 (WA1736) as seen at Old Warden on 3rd June 2018 (Photo: Dan Elms)


              ZB627 and XZ934 (two ex-RAF Gazelles) at the 'Fly Navy' Day at Old Warden on 3rd June 2018

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              • Gaz Down Under


                SA341B XX409 VH-OIX (WA1351) as seen in South Australia on 9th June 2018 (Photo: Philip Hosking)

                Seen together with XZ338 VH-OIZ.


                SA341B XZ338 VH-OIZ (WA1682) as seen in South Australia on 9th June 2018 (Photo: Peter Ede)

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                • G-LOYD

                  SA341G Gazelle c/n 1289 previously G-SFTC and N47298.

                  Owned by an Aviafora member, just wonder if this is in storage or soon to make a re-appearance ?





                  Seen after its heavy landing at Marehay, Ripley, Derbyshire on 15.2.89 (Owned at the time by Apollo Manufacturing)



                  Seen here after rebuild and repaint at Helitech, Duxford 2005


                  All photos Helipixman collection.

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Lovely shots Elipix!

                    Any clue as to where the top shot was taken?

                  • Helipixman
                    Helipixman commented
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                    I think it was Nottingham Tollerton, that was one of its bases when owned by Ian Lloyd.

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Grazie Elipix!

                • Here is a shot of a Gazelle on rebuild not sure if this is also G-LOYD ? Looks like its in the same building though.



                  Maybe the current owner will know ?

                  Helipixman
                  Last edited by Helipixman; 11th June 2018, 22:09.

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                  • Helipixman
                    Helipixman commented
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                    Doubt it would be Bourne Park the accident happened in 1989. Well before they were involved with Gazelles.

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Indeed, I failed to read your comments properly, my bad.

                    Thruxton perhaps?

                  • md600driver
                    md600driver commented
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                    Not sure where that is but if it is G-LOYD then this was several years before I bought her.
                    Steve



                • Unidentified Gazelle, recently repainted, as seen at Grand Central Airport in South Africa on 5th June 2018


                  RA-1314G as seen in Sochi, Russia in May 2018


                  YU-HHH at Stapleford

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                  • ZU-RTB & HA-LFK


                    ZU-RTB at Pont de Val in Parys, South Africa


                    HA-LFK at an unknown location

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                    • Oh yes, rotorwake boarding here we come!





                      SA341C RA-05708 (WA1045) providing rotorwake boarding services in Abkhazia in June 2018

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                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        You cannot compare the underpowered 206 with the gazelle; the gaz would simply lift the boat out of the water with no problem! :-) Anyway, lifting, towing and pulling with a helicopter remains a risky business.

                      • Zishelix
                        Zishelix commented
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                        You're right XB, it depends on the machine and pilot's skills. Posting this link with no intention to encourage our Russian friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oop8FdjM5vQ

                      • Helipixman
                        Helipixman commented
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                        So many accidents happen this way. Lifting being another one. Only yesterday a fatal accident happened in North Uist Scotland. A PLM Dollar Group AS350B Squirrel was working at a fish farm and ditched in a loch. The cause has not been reported as yet maybe lifting at the time ? Condolences to all involved.

                        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-44468318

                        Helipixman

                    • Originally posted by Savoia View Post


                      HA-LFK at an unknown location
                      This is at the Hidroplan hangar in Hungary.

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                    • SA341B G-ZZEL (WA1152) as seen at RAF Cosford on 10th June 2018 (Photo:Craig Martin)




                      From the Turbine Meeting in Freudenberg, Germany on 2-3 June 2018

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                      • SA341G(S) YU-HVZ (cn.1295) as seen in the Netherlands on 12th June 2018 (Photo: Jimmy van Drunen)


                        In company with EC130 OO-SUZ


                        Jimmy at work in the R44 photoship PH-HGD

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                        • RA-1314G


                          RA-1314G (aka satan's Gazelle) as seen in Sochi, Russia in May 2018

                          BAG in Cyprus


                          SA341B ZB665 (cn WA1932)​ on UN duties over Cyprus on 17th November 1990

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                          • 'Gertrude' at Booker


                            SA341G YU-HES (cn.1057) as seen at Booker Airfield on 14th June 2018 (Photo: Brian Nichols)

                            This is a reminder that helicopters were designed to land 'everywhere' or else we may just as well buy a plank and use airports, or forget helicoptering altogether and simply drive. However, there are always those who need reminding, or perhaps even initial explaining, of the fundamental characteristic of helicopters to land wherever possible. It's why people buy them and charter them and operate them!

                            Bosnian Miscellaneous


                            This may be ex YU-HFL (cn.060) seen in June 2018 possibly in Bosnia

                            This craft may now be on the 'E7' register.


                            An ​Astazou 14M in for service

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                            • More Black Pete ..


                              SA341G(S) YU-HVZ (cn.1295) as seen Lübeck-Blankensee Airport in Germany on 6th June 2018 (Photos: Matthias Krutzina)

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                              • SA341G ZU-RLU (cn.1097) as seen at Wonderboom Airport on 9th June 2018 (Photo: Bruce Perkins)

                                Catch up with the latest posts on ..


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                                • SA341G HB-XIL in Switzerland (Photo: Zishelix)

                                  Go to original post.

                                  North American Gaz


                                  Hughes 500C N9235F as seen at Montreal International Airport on 14th August 1975 (Photo: Gaetan Imbeault)

                                  Hoping that Zis can help us to identify the two-tone beige and green Gaz!

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Well done Zis! You seem to be 'au fait' with these early North American Gazelles. Assuming that the 'VH' in the registration was for Vought Helicopters. Was this their first bird?

                                  • md600driver
                                    md600driver commented
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                                    It’s N341VH

                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Grazie Stefano.

                                    I don't think I've seen a shot of this bird before, or at least not in these colours. Hopefully Zis may have a clearer image.

                                • N58283


                                  SA341G N58283 as seen at Bourne Park on 19th June 2018 (Photo: Andrew Morley)

                                  Nice one Andy!

                                  If anyone has a chance to ask the lads at Bourne Park what those triangles at the skid joints are, this would be appreciated. The entire skid, one has to say, appears somewhat unique.

                                  ~ ~ ~

                                  Find out here what is planned next in Europe and keep up-to-date with SC!

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                                  • md600driver
                                    md600driver commented
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                                    When the heli was in USA it fell off a truck and the skids were damaged. The owner had some skids and legs made, the triangles are where the leg joins to the skids.

                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Grazie Stefano!

                                    Hmm .. in the wake of the horrific 2016 Puma crash in Norway, Airbus decreed that all Puma main transmissions which suffer any kind of shock (even a hard landing) are to be withdrawn from service.

                                    While the Gazelle's 'skinny' transmission weighs only a fraction of that on the 'Super Pew', one wonders whether some precaution might nevertheless be advisable after being involved in a drop? It would be interesting to know whether the craft's transmission was inspected post-drop.

                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZbTN6pM2SE&t=388s



                                • SA341B VH-OIZ (WA1351) as seen near Adelaide, South Australia on 9th June 2018 (Photo: Peter Ede)


                                  VH-OIW as seen in Barossa, Australia in April 2017 (Photo: Ryan Hothersall)


                                  SA341D ZU-RNO (WA1999) as seen at Wonderboom Airport on 12th June 2018


                                  SA341D G-RBIL (WA1199) as seen at Elstree on 19th June 2018 (Photo: Tony Twinn)

                                  Been a while since we last saw the 'Gerbil'.

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                                  • N48284
                                    N48284 commented
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                                    In the shots from Oz, OIW has EXPERIMENTAL on the door and OIZ has LIMITED. Whats the difference between them? and is it something to do with one being ex Navy and the other ex Army?

                                • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
                                  Grazie Steano!

                                  Hmm .. in the wake of the horrific 2016 Puma crash in Norway, Airbus decreed that all Puma main transmissions which suffer any kind of shock (even a hard landing) are to be withdrawn from service.

                                  While the Gazelle's 'skinny' transmission weighs only a fraction of that on the 'Super Pew', one wonders whether some precaution might nevertheless be advisable after being involved in a drop? It would be interesting to know whether the craft's transmission was inspected post-drop.

                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZbTN6pM2SE&t=388s
                                  One would hope that all the required checks were carried out. It was signed off by a qualified person.

                                  I did go to Tennessee to look at this heli, but I decided not to make an offer.

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    As you say, hopefully everything is in order. One just needs to remain vigilant and owners/operators need to be faithful in declaring any damage/incidents/accidents to their craft to potential buyers, as one simply cannot put a price on safety.

                                  • Fene Strong
                                    Fene Strong commented
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                                    As i understand it, as with any shock checks are to be carried out but i don't believe parts have to be withdrawn from service if checks are passed.



                                • SA341G(S) YU-HOT (cn.1390) as seen at Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon on 25th June 2018 (Photo: Ian Simpson)

                                  It looks as if the birds quite like this aircraft too!



                                  SA341G(S) N901B (cn.1410) as seen at the Weston Air Festival on 24th June 2018 (Photo: Peter Harrison)

                                  Nice to see Stefano 'stretching' 901's legs!

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                                  • South Africa

                                    For those with connections to or an interest in South Africa, I recommend the documentary 'Farmlands' released yesterday by Canadian journalist Lauren Southern.

                                    Lauren released excerpts from this documentary earlier in the year while working on the editing process, but this is now the completed film.

                                    What you see and hear in this documentary you will (sadly) rarely see and hear in the mainstream media.

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