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  • Unique Crabtree Gazelle Confirmed

    As previously mentioned on Shrieking Gazelles, the Crabtree Gazelle stable has recently taken delivery of an SA342M (cn.1615). This is now confirmed as being the only privately owned SA342M in Europe, and is thought to be one of only two privately owned examples in the world.
    Our congratulations to Avia member Stefano.

    Staying with the Crabtree stable ..



    SA341G(S) N901B (cn.1410) as seen at Sywell on 31st August 2018




    SA341F ZU-RIH (cn.1175) as seen at Wonderboom Airport in South Africa on 23rd September 2018 (Photo by Sebastian Sowa)

    If we have any Avia members or readers with an interest in South Africa, then please do 'your bit' for those currently in need and share the word of what is happening with as many as possible.

    Thank you.


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    • SA342J(S) F-HGUN (cn.1058) as seen 'somewhere' in France. Now flying as N342ET NFI

      While not perhaps not instantly obvious, there is in fact a JetRanger parked behind HGUN.

      More 901 ..


      SA341G(S) N901B (cn.1410) as seen at Breighton Aerodrome on 23rd September 2018

      Another take on 901's recent visit to Crabtree Aerodrome!

      Click here to read ZU-RLE's accident report.

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      • SA342M 3615/BWA at Nancy-Essey Airport in October 19th, 2004. Photo by Jerome Mervelet.

        Now owned by an Aviaforan and the first (and only) SA342M registered in the UK!

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        • Lambair Gazelle CG-VIT (cn.1137) lifting company Cessna 180 CF-UGI in Manitoba, Canada in the 1970's
          (Photo courtesy of the Lamb Family Archives)


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          • SA341F s/n 1467 with intermediate registration N1467G before it become ZU-RNE. Photo taken at Pretoria Wonderboom Airport in October 9th, 2013 by Joe Evans.

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            • SA341H 12721 (cn.100) as seen at Niš Constantine Airport in Serbia on 14th October 2013



              SA341C G-DFKI (WA1216) as 'possibly' seen at her home helipad c. June 2018



              SA341G(S) N901B (cn.1410) as seen at Breighton Aerodrome on 23rd September 2018 (Photo by Graeme Lovell)

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              • These toys getting better everyday!


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                • RAF Shawbury Gazelle patch



                  and a French one

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                  • Nice shot of XZ393 over Salisbury Plain in June 23th, 2014 (Photo: Chris Lofting)

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                    • YU-HOT


                      SA341G(S) YU-HOT (cn.1390) at Belgrade Airport in Serbia on 7th October 2018

                      It's actually quite are to see a Serbian civilian registered Gazelle in Serbia!

                      YU-HOT Departing Belgrade Airport:


                      Rudder control, rudder control, rudder control .. please !!!

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                      • New South African Gazelle

                        After having enjoyed my holiday, it is time to get back to business as usual.

                        I noticed that G-CLBC has been mentioned already, and my congrats for that acquisition.

                        But this one, new in South Africa, has not:

                        ZU-RZM Soko SA341G, c/n 022, ex HA-LFO; registered 21-Sep-2018 to Freightway Logistics P/L

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                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          Thanks for info, Jos! Welcome back

                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Well back Jos, a well deserved break I'm sure!

                          Is this the first Soko Gaz in SA?

                        • Rotorspot
                          Rotorspot commented
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                          Yes, it is the one and only SOKO Gaz in SA.

                      • G-CBGZ departing the Gazelle 50th Commemorative Fly-in at Middle Wallop in April 8th, 2017 (Photo: Paul Langshaw)


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                        • G-IBNH (s/n 1033) at Compton Abbas in October 14th, 2012. (Photo: Mark Empson)



                          Another one nice pic of the same machine here

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                          • N552T

                            Cannot remember seeing this before, it changed it's registered owner on 26.7.18 to GA Flying LLC, Montana.

                            Helipixman

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                          • SA341C G-BZDV (WA1150) as seen in mid-September 2018 prior to launching for the Southampton Boat Show


                            SA341C G-CBGZ (WA1915) as seen at an unknown location in 2009


                            SA341F2 ZU-RNE (cn.1467) as seen at Wonderboom Airport in South Africa


                            SA341B XZ315 (WA1596) as seen at Middle Wallop in July 1982

                            XZ315 seen wearing Aussie roundels, probably for a helicopter competition.

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                            • Helipixman
                              Helipixman commented
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                              Dennis K will know but I think the Enstrom behind it is G-PALS ?

                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Yes, Denissimo would know, but I can also confirm that this is PALS.



                          • The very clean looking Australian based Gazelle, ex-British Army XX409 which you can see here, is now for sale.

                            The situation I mentioned about here of a Gazelle flying under a bridge in St. Petersburg, has been resolved with a fine of about $2000 for the pilot which you can read here.


                            I-OLLY

                            Not many pics of I-OLLY overall white painted can be found, but here is one:



                            I believe Sav will help us about this article.

                            Speaking of I-regd Gazelles, anyone able to direct me where to look for I-ATOM WA341G photo(s)?

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Thank you for helping with the 'Gaz News'.

                              I do have one more shot of I-OLLY in all white when she was wearing EliDolomiti titles. Regarding I-ATOM I have been unable to obtain anything yet.

                              The article speaks of the terrible accident involving I-OLLY in 2001, more of which one can read about from earlier in the thread: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...?p=845#post845



                          • SA341F2 N1198G (cn.1198) as seen at Simenstad Municipal Airport in Wisconsin on 8th September 2018 (Photo by Jeremy Dando)



                            SA341B as seen at Middle Wallop in July 1982 (Photo by Stuart Mitchell)

                            Zis, you are pretty good at this sort of thing, do you recall a post a while back (I can't remember if it was me or you) which showed a Gaz at Wallop fitted with a camera? I'm sure the bird above is the same craft, but I can't seem put a finger on it at present, as I am trying to identify the registration. Can you assist?

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                            • Zishelix
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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Well done Zis! You are very good at fishing-out info from past posts, bravo, for she is indeed XW847! I wouldn't have found it because I thought that post was from a few months back when in fact it is from last November, but there we are.

                            • Zishelix
                              Zishelix commented
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                              Indeed, time flies when you're having fun

                          • G-GAZA waits for a Gyroplane to depart Middle Wallop in April 9th, 2017 (Photo: WhirlyBirdPhotos)

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Nice one!

                              I sometimes wonder why autogyros are not more popular (although I understand that in the UK their numbers are rising) for they seem to be fairly fuel-efficient and require only a very short take-off area. It would be nice to see some bespoke 'autogyro' strips instead of seeing them always flying from airfields and which to me defeats one of their primary advantages.

                          • Autogyros popularity in the UK does seem to be rising. This may be due to the fact it is possible to buy them with an enclosed cockpit. This must make it feel more like a helicopter at a fraction of the cost. Personally I would feel uneasy flying in anything open to the elements. I remember flying in a Jetranger with all doors off for a para jump - could not wait to be back on the ground.

                            Helipixman

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Autogyros are easier to store than micolights and possibly more enjoyable to fly, certainly greater visibility. The only thing they might not be so good for is flying in formation with geese!

                              There are now several attractive enclosed-cockpit gyros, so let's see what happens.



                          • SA341G D-HARI (cn.1019) as seen in the Gulf of Mexico in the 1980's

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                            • How the Fenestron Works

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                              • Air-to-Air Extravaganza!


                                SA341B (WA1152) G-ZZEL as seen in April 2018 (Photo by Simon Hackett)

                                I don't have a location for this shot, but taking a complete stab-in-the-dark, and based on memories from my time in the UK, it 'could' be north of Redhill (southbound) with the M23 to port .. and it might also be somewhere completely different!


                                SA341G N700SH (cn.1154) as seen at Zomergem in Belgium (Photo by Tom Buysse)

                                Not sure on the date for this shot, but hoping XB may be able to assist.


                                SA341G(S) YU-HVZ (cn.1295) as seen in Belgium on 12th June 2018 (Jimmy van Drunen)

                                We did already post some air-to-air's of HVZ from this sortie, although this particular shot has not been posted until now.

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                                • KurtLefebre
                                  KurtLefebre commented
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                                  Air to Air (N341AS-N700SH) picture taken by Tom Buysse on a return flight from Semmerzake (Belga radar) to EBZM 26 June 2015

                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Grazie millie Kurt, much appreciated!

                                  Please let us know if you have any more recent photos of the 'Kurtcraft'.

                              • N341AS 'New Look'

                                Today I am pleased to present a newly repainted N341AS. Tail number markings and interior finishing will be done next week.

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                                • Zishelix
                                  Zishelix commented
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                                  Nice modern livery... although I prefer those vintage one it had.

                                  I hope XB will consider to remain at least those genuine 'Gazelle' inscript on the tail

                                • Helipixman
                                  Helipixman commented
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                                  Xbdt

                                  I personally think this is a wonderful scheme and very classy. All over black with a hint of silver grey and I'm glad there is no sunburst on the tail... too many like that. New ideas for schemes are always welcome. Keep the fresh ideas coming

                                • xbdt
                                  xbdt commented
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                                  Thank you Helipixman, it is in fact dark blue (bmw monaco blue and the grey is Lotus carbon grey I think it was).
                                  The fenestron tunnel is also painted grey. The tail number and some other details are now in the same grey also. (I will post some pictures next time when I'll put her outside).



                              • The conclusion of Exercise Baccarat 2018



                                SA342M Viviane 'GAL' blade removal October 2018



                                SA341G F-GEHB (cn.1099) NFI

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                                • Zishelix
                                  Zishelix commented
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                                  This F-GEHB photo was taken in June 2016. I'd love to know where's she now.

                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Grazie Zis!

                                  There is a 'possibility' that F-GEHB is 'connected' with one of our members. We shall see!



                              • SA341C G-IBNH (WA1033) as see in the UK during the summer of 2018 (Photo by Jordan Holland)


                                SA341F2 ZU-RED (cn.1285) as seen over Port Elizabeth in South Africa (Photo by Tod Burns)


                                SA341B XZ349 (WA1720) as seen with another Gazelle and a Scout at Middle Wallop on 22nd July 1990 (Photo by Graham Tiller)


                                Unidentified Gaz cab

                                Zis any clues as to which bird this might be?

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                              • USA Gazelle Updates

                                N2LN (1310) Cancelled 12.7.17 due to registration expiry
                                N341GL (1413) Cancelled 22.3.18 due to registration expiry

                                N383GZ changed owner to Excel Power Ventures Inc, 5.7.18
                                N419GZ changed owner to Michael Hsing, 16.7.18

                                Apologies if these have been posted before.....

                                Helipixman

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                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Grazie Elipix!



                              • Serbian Air Force driver Anja grabs a handful of blade!


                                Serbian Air Force 341's 12806 and 12833


                                SAF Gaz 'boom shot'

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                                • One more for Sav's favorite Snow Gazelle section

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Always nice to see, but just to let you know .. the 'Snow Gazelles' (for the past few years) have begun on or around 20th December in the days immediately running-up to Christmas - so hopefully you will still have one or two remaining for then!

                                • A couple of shots of E7-VDH Soko Gazelle (060) ex YU-HFL, Jrv12817. NFI



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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Lovely shots Elipix, bravo!

                                • I-OLLY Here is another shot of this Gazelle in all white complete with Jolly Club titles and Eli Dolomiti on mast housing.

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                                  • Savoia
                                    Savoia commented
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                                    Ah .. once again .. Elipix pulling rare photos from the depths of his commendable collection!
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