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  • S5-HCR


    SA341H S5-HCR (cn.027) as seen at Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia on 14th October 2006 (Photo by Milan Korbar)

    Zis's Gaz!

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    • Zishelix
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      Ah, sweet memories




  • >>>>>>> AVIAFORA EXCLUSIVE JOB LISTING <<<<<<<





    Gazelle Helicopter Pilot Required

    Sochi Heliski are pleased to announce the opportunity for a Gazelle type-rated helicopter pilot to join our heli-ski operations for our 2019 winter season. This season will commence on 1st January 2019 and conclude on 31st March 2019.

    The successful applicant will find themselves stationed in the picturesque towns of Adler and Sochi in southern Russia and will also be engaged in assignments within neighbouring Abkhazia. Flying will primarily involve transporting skiers and their equipment among the western reaches of the majestic Caucasus mountains.

    Applicants should possess the following:
    • A minimum of 2000 hours rotary-wing flying experience of which 1000 hours should ideally be on turbine helicopters
    • A minimum of 500 hours flying experience on the SA341/2 Gazelle
    In respect of attitude to flying, we are looking for someone with a clear commitment to professionalism who is capable of performing flying operations with skill, care and consideration within a mountainous environment at altitudes of up to 8500ft.

    In terms of personal character, we are looking for someone who is flexible and understanding and who is prepared to build effective relationships with our pilots, ski guides and customers. Those with a positive, helpful and friendly attitude are sought.

    In return we will provide:
    • All airfares to and from Sochi in southern Russia
    • All local transportation and accommodation
    • Management of all administrative requirements involving the issue of permits and licences from the local Civil Aviation Authority
    Salary: The salary for this three-month assignment is negotiable and will be discussed with individual applicants.

    Sochi Heliski is both honest and realistic about its capabilities, perhaps summarised by the phrase 'We are what we are'. With this in mind, we openly acknowledge that our remuneration package does not compete with the highest international salaries. We are a small operation working (as many companies do) within the constraints of a finely balanced budget. But, we are committed to ensuring that we do not accept compromise.

    We are looking for someone who is willing to assist in building our commitment to developing safe and professional helicopter services. This vacancy would be ideal for someone who has an interest in flying the Gazelle helicopter and who will genuinely appreciate the challenges of delivering a professional service within our unique (and beautiful) environment.

    If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, then why not consider doing something different this winter and come join our team!

    Interested applicants should send their CV to:

    Maxim Anufrikov
    Email: max-rodeo@yandex.ru
    Phone: +7 928 453 6016

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    • ZU-RLD


      SA341F2 ZU-RLD (cn.1659) as seen in South Africa in July 2015 (Photo by Gavin Rynders)

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      • Israel 4X-BHG s/n 1097 in 1990's



        #1097 is still airworthy in South Africa as ZU-RLU



        Photo taken at Port Elizabeth in February 18th, 2018 by Austin Ferreira.

        Some more photos of 4X-BHG
        http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=1214#post1214
        http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=4359#post4359
        http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=1250#post1250

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        • Savoia
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          Both on high skids!

          Quite why they insist on flying ZU-RLU without engine covers - I just don't know.

      • ZA776


        SA341B ZA776 (WA1818) as seen aboard HMS Ocean in the Gulf region c. 2005

        Seen fitted with gunsight and with what was arguably the worst (in terms of aesthetics) exhaust housing ever developed for the Gazelle.


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        • Originally posted by Savoia View Post

          Both on high skids!
          Both the remaining Israeli Gazelles had high skids as they were used for spraying. I have some photos of them in a really sorry condition from when I bought them.

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          • Savoia
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            Great stuff Stefano!

            High skids seem difficult to come by on the used market however.

            Interestingly the Lebanese Air Force seem to prefer their birds on higher skids.

          • Zishelix
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            Any chance to see the pics?

        • Chest patches, freshly embroided



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          • Originally posted by Zishelix View Post

            Any chance to see the pics?
            Are you sure its photos of dusty abandoned Gazelles that you want to see?


            Chim-Nir's SA341G (cn.1097) at Herzlia Airport in Israel in 2004



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            • SA341G F-BUUX (cn.1084) as seen at Basel-Mulhouse Airport on the French-Swiss border in 1976 (Photo by Urs Ruf)

              Belonging to Coudert Butchery (Boucherie Coudert) and advertising 'Jambon & Saucissons' (ham and sausages) on the tailboom!



              Go to original post.

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              • 'Ginger' (G-CBSK/ZB627) and G-CBSI/XZ934 at Cosford Air Show 2016. Photo: Enda Burke

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                • SA342L ZU-RHH (cn.1787) as seen in South Africa in April 2014

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                  • New South African Gazelle

                    Seen here at Wonderboom National Airport on 19-Sep-2018



                    This is ex French ALAT Gazelle 1369, an SA341F2.

                    XZ316 was reported on this Forum as having gone to South Africa, and herewith is a picture of her at Grand Central Airport on 18-Sep-2018.

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                    • Zishelix
                      Zishelix commented
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                      Much appreciated both info, Jos!

                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Grazie Jos! Looks like she has new paint, or at least not too long ago. Is XZ316 in fact WA1599 or another Gaz using a British Army registration?

                      Is that a baggage door one can see below the nav light?

                  • Originally posted by Savoia View Post
                    Grazie Jos! Looks like she has new paint, or at least not too long ago. Is XZ316 in fact WA1599 or another Gaz using a British Army registration?

                    Is that a baggage door one can see below the nav light?
                    Yes, it’s a baggage door, although sealed up. The aircraft is wearing the same paint it had when it left the UK. This is not an original army airframe, but one which has been painted that way for museum effect.

                    Also, she has an Astazou XIV/H engine and engine covers, and as some of you will know, the British Army never had any 342's!

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                    • Zishelix
                      Zishelix commented
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                      So, any idea about ID of the specific SA342 airframe?

                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Grazie Stefano!



                  • SA342M1 Viviane 'GAU' (cn.1957) seen at an undisclosed location during maintenance

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                    • Zishelix
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                      Probably Afghanistan in summer 2012.

                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Grazie Zis!

                  • HN-45M GAMA (licencly SA.342L) during The Century of Winners 1918 – 2018 Serbian Military Drill held recently (Photo: Dragan Trifunovic)

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                    • Savoia
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                      Nice one Zis!



                  • 3RHC (3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

                    Whether on the ground, in the trenches during the Battle of Verdun, or in the air, the war for peace was raging.

                    At the time, equipped with legendary Breguet, Morane-Saulnier and Nieuport aircraft, aces such as René Fonck (75 wins), Georges Guynemer (53 wins) and Charles Nungesser (43 wins), contributed outstanding service. These names continue to inspire pilots young and old of both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.



                    Check out the latest Gazelle for sale here.

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                    • Lebanese Air Force SA342L L813 (cn.1759) as seen in Lebanon in 2018

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                      • Savoia
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                        Grazie Jos. Yes, it is clearly 815. Hopefully we will identify her construction number before too long.

                      • Zishelix
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                        The specific machine is from those batch of 9 SA.342Ls Arab Emirates donated to Lebanon back in 2007, ex U.A.E.141 I think.

                      • Rotorspot
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                        U.A.E. 141 did become L816.


                    • Ecuadorian Gazelle NFI

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                      • SA341C XW891/CU49 (WA1163) from 705 Squadron, probably at RNAS Culdrose, in 1979

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                        • The Haelo Gaz landing


                          RCAF Chinook with Gazelle in June 1979

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