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  • A Gazelle CIM (Classroom Instruction Model) has recently arrived at Bourne Park with the intention of using it for static display at shows. It is marked as TAD.002 and was previously noted at Hartlepool College of Further Education. (see photo below at Hartlepool)



    Other Gazelle news.....

    XZ290 currently at Vector Aerospace, Fleetlands (ex AAC 5 Regiment - 665 Squadron)
    XZ326 Returned to AAC 667 Squadron from Vector Aerospace
    XZ340 currently at Vector Aerospace, Fleetlands (ex 29 Flight BATUS)

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Grazie mille Elipix!

    • Zishelix
      Zishelix commented
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      Thanks for info, Helipix!



  • SA341 F-ZWRK (04) c. late 60's

    Flashback Friday on Snow Gazelles!: Was this the first Snow Gazelle? We have no way of being sure, but certainly she was among the first.


    SA341 F-ZWRL (02) with SA341G F-WTNV (cn.1006) in the French Alps in the early 70's

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      • Savoia
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        Grazie mille Zis e Felice Anno Nuovo!

    • Young Eagles interview a Gazelle pilot (then) Lt Hannah Gould.

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      • Originally posted by Helipixman View Post
        What's better than a Snow Gazelle?
        Hmm .. its a fair question, and one which I have given considerable thought. After much refection, I have come to the conclusion that the only thing better than a Snow Gazelle .. is a Snow Gazelle with a dog or dogs!



        The 'Cyrilcraft' SA341B RA-05709 (WA1184) as seen by the Bratsk Reservoir (top two photos) in November and at Mostovoy Airfield in November 2018 (Photos by Kirill)

        The canine in the bottom photo is the Mostovoy Airfield dog, and who as it happens, is named after a French helicopter, namely the Lama. We therefore present here photographic evidence of a Lama guarding a Gazelle!

        Our thanks to Avia member Kirill for these lovely shots!

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        • Zishelix
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          Always like your contribution to the thread, Kirill. Thanks!

      • Snow and ice... dogs are in the hangar

        but cant upload....

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        • Zishelix
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          Hello GFLYER and welcome aboard! Thanks for join us, looking forward to see your Gazelle photos

          Please if possible to forward the photos on Savoia's PM. He will help you to post them as soon as he come back on the forum.

        • Savoia
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          GFlyer .. a warm welcome to Aviafora!

          Instructions on posting photos can be found here: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...es-on-aviafora

          If that doesn't work, just email your photos to aviafora1@gmail.com and the photos will be added to your post above.

          Brgds

          Savoia

        • Helipixman
          Helipixman commented
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          Welcome GFLYER Just had a look at your profile and it tells of quite a career in aviation particularly with the Gazelle. Would love to see the pictures of the Stretched 341G and stretched 342 IFR. As Savoia mentions he would be more than happy to post them for you.

          You mention in the early days what I assume are Cessnas, the 320 and 340. If so we do not have many 320 Skyknights left flying over here in the UK. I flew in Cessna 340s around the UK, absolutely loved them although my favourite is the Cessna 310Q (air racing was fun), babbling on again not helicopters.....

          Helipixman



      • Heli Cap SA341G F-BVUI (cn.1122) as seen on the Tignes glacier in the Rhône-Alpes in 1978 (Photo by Frédéric Rolland)


        Polizei Niedersachsen SA342J D-HOPP (cn.1695) as seen in Germany c.1980's (Photo by Detlef Böntgen)

        D-HOPP is now a member of Benegaz, flying as 2-WILD.


        SA342J F-HGUN (cn.1058) as seen at Courchevel in March 2016 (Photo by Patrick Gisle)

        Snow Gazelles are of course welcome at any time on Shrieking Gazelles, but Wednesday 2nd January will mark the final day of our 'concentrated' season of Snow Gazelles.

        So, if you have any more Snow Gazelles to offer, or if you wish to post some from our album .. please post away!


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        • HB-ZEU at Sameden (St. Moritz) Oberengadin in February 2004 (photo: Anton Heumann)

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          • Helipixman
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            I assume HB-ZEU may be in storage somewhere ? It is still officially registered to a Paul Schneiter (17.6.17) at an address in Gebenstorf. Had a look at the address on google maps and it show a garden full of cars (stored) so maybe the Gazelle is there also, but hopefully inside.

            He has also owned two Lamas, HB-XMR & HB-XTU both of which are de-registered and either for rebuild or spares ?

            I remember the photo showing it on a low loader way back on 28.10.13 so where is it now ?

            Any ideas ?
            Last edited by Helipixman; 2 weeks ago. Reason: Addition of information about Lamas

          • Rotorspot
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            There is no recent report of HB-ZEU. I have heard that she may indeed be stored in the collection of Paul Schneiter at Würenlingen. He also owns SE313B Alouette 2 HB-XQT.

          • Savoia
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            Grazie Jos!



        • SA342J F-GFDG (cn.1204) as seen at Courchevel on 13th January 1989 (Photo Zishelix Collection)

          As Zis knows, this shot of 'FDG' is one of my favourite Snow Gazelles, even if the quality isn't tip-top.


          RA-1347G as seen in Russia in February 2017


          (Photo by Avia member Warty)

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          • ~ 2018 Snow Gazelles Season ~

            Final Day




            RA-05708 in Abkhazia


            RA-05706 near St. Petersburg


            RA-05703 landing

            Snow Gazelles Returning Home to Roost!

            RA-05706 landing near St. Petersburg



            RA-05703 landing

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            • G-CBZL Cancelled from Register

              G-CBZL (WA2010) was officially cancelled from the register on 21.12.18 and described as permanently withdrawn from use !!! (Doubt it was going to be used again after its crash on 22.11.03, quoted as substantial damage).

              Last I heard from the owner was that the airframe went to an engineer somewhere, does anyone know where this one is ?

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              • Savoia
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                Hopefully we can track down the airframe Elipix.

                An excerpt from the accident report reads: 'However, as he commenced transition to the hover, he suddenly saw cables directly ahead. He applied collective and rearward cyclic control but struck the cables; the tail section of G-CBZL detached after being struck by the main rotor and the subsequent ground contact was hard.'
                https://assets.publishing.service.go...pdf_027264.pdf

              • Zishelix
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                Thanks for info, Helipix!



            • Heli-Dog 'Artouste' as seen at Eli-Fly's Esine base in Brescia

              Further up the page we were blessed with a lovely photo from Kirill, of Russian heli-dog 'Lama' who we saw guarding a Gazelle. In response, I thought it was only fitting to reveal Italian heli-dog 'Artouste' who lives at Eli-Fly's Esine base in northern Italy where he is responsible for guarding Lamas!



              A drawing of XX453 as seen at Boscombe Down in 2017



              SA341G G-SFTH (cn.1155) as seen at Southampton's Eastleigh Airport in 1986

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              • Gazelle Squadron's G-ZZEL (WA1152) at Cosford Air Show in June 10th, 2018 (Photo by Grahame Wills)



                Another one interesting photo of the same machine here.

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                • Savoia
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                  Bravo Zis, that's a nice shot!

              • Originally posted by Rotorspot View Post
                There is no recent report of HB-ZEU. I have heard that she may indeed be stored in the collection of Paul Schneiter at Würenlingen. He also owns SE313B Alouette 2 HB-XQT.
                Paul has the Gazelle and Alouette from Mr Graf.

                Hopefully the Gazelle will come to Crabtree early in 2019, maybe even the Alouette!

                Steve

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                • Helipixman
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                  That's wonderful news Steve

                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
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                  Bravo Stefano! She surely has one of the most unique construction numbers!



              • SA341G G-RALE (cn.) as seen at Middelburg (Midden-Zeeland) Airport in the Netherlands c. late 80's (Photo by Marijn Aarts)

                Seen here apparently visiting the 'Avia Shop'!

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                • ETPS SA341D XZ936 (WA1743) as seen at Boscombe Down in the company of a Lynx on 9th June 1990 (Photo by Malcolm Clarke)

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                  • Wishing all of our Russian readers a very Merry Christmas!

                    To find out why Russia celebrates Christmas Day on 7th January, click here.

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                    • SA342L HA-LFQ (cn.1854) as seen at RAF Waddington on 6th July 2014 (Photo by Keith Pisani)

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                      • SA341G(S) YU-HHH (cn.1307) as seen at Stapleford in January 2019 (ex G-OLDH)




                        An unidentified 'black cab' being overhauled in the MW Hangar in January 2019



                        Unidentified GazSquad Gaz as seen over Somerset in June 2018 (Photo by Simon Hackett)

                        Not too much information accompanying this shot, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think the chap on the left could be someone called Craig; I think I recognise the shoulders.

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                        • Helipixman
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                          Have had a look at the black Gaz cab and its got me stumped ?

                          I thought it would be easy to identify, not many have the windscreen wipers fitted. Looked through my photos and nothing matches so far. Will keep looking though.

                          Helipixman

                        • xbdt
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                          Why has someone removed my posts? It is not the first time!

                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Ha ha .. fear not XB .. your posts are not removed .. I would never do such a thing!

                          However, vBulletin (whose software we are using at present) automatically crops the comments section so that a maximum of three comments are displayed. To see the earlier comments go to the top of this comments section where you will see that the top 'bar' (in blue) will indicate (on the left side) the total number of comments (8 at the time of writing) then look at the right side where you will see the number of comments on display, ie. the last three (in this case numbers 6 through 8). Next to these numbers you will see a small black 'up arrow' within a small white box, if you click on this, then the previous comments will appear.

                          As mentioned before, we are going to overhaul the forum up ahead, and will introduce new software which will be much easier to use and which will also provide a user-friendly photo hosting and uploading feature.

                      • Gazelle Pre-Flight Check

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                        • Savoia
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                          Ah yes, an oldie — but a good'un!

                          I've always thought this driver bears a passing resemblance to the actor Brian Cox.



                      • New in South Africa
                        ZU-RNV SA341F2, c/n 1608, ex ALAT 1608; registered 11-Dec-2018 to Aerospatiale SA34X P/L

                        Change of Ownership USA/UK
                        N341GG SA341G, c/n 1181; registered 03-Jan-2019 to Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc Trustee (Bungay, Suffolk)

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                        • Zishelix
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                          Thanks for info, Jos!

                      • G-CBKD

                        A trio of shots depicting ex-Navy bird 1130.


                        SA341C G-CBKD (WA1130) as seen at an unidentified location on 12th August 2007 (Photo by Paula Bate)


                        SA341C G-CBKD (WA1130) as seen at Sleap Airfield in Shropshire on 1st May 2011 (Photo by Anthony Williamson)


                        SA341C G-CBKD (WA1130) as seen at Stapleford Aerodrome on 2nd December 2011 (Photo by David Reeves)

                        Former Royal Navy cab, ex-XW86, built in 1973 and assigned to 705 Squadron at Culdrose in July 1979. She flew with the Culdrose designator CU-50, and has been registered to 'Flying Scout' in Montgomery, Wales since 2003.

                        Any clues as to the unidentified location of the first shot, and does anyone have a shot of this bird from 2018?

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                        • G-CBKD

                          Not sure about the location of top shot, could it be Welshpool, nearest airfield to owners.

                          Why a shot in 2018 ? I saw it in the hangar at Stapleford Tawney minus rotors in September 2017 as per photo below.

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                          • Savoia
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                            Lovely stuff Elipix! I should not be surprised that you have a recent shot of her, and that is what I was looking for in the reference to 2018, as I was wondering whether she was still active. Her owner seems to have had her for a fair while now.

                            Also, you are completely correct on the ID of her location in the first shot, its Welshpool. Grazie mille Elipix!

                          • Helipixman
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                            I note from my records that G-CBKD had 8,388 hrs as of 12.1.16 and then 8,390 as of 16.4.18 according to G-info.

                            She has a valid permit until 15.4.19.

                        • G-GAZA

                          The Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle (c/n 1187) dates back to 1974. And for a helicopter that is already more than 44 years old this one looks good! Well, the colour scheme could have been more attractive, but this helicopter has a sexy look. The French designers succeeded well at that time!

                          Between 1967 and 1996, 1,775 copies of the Gazelle were built. Many of them have been given a military function, including at the Royal Air Force in the UK. However, the G-GAZA is not an old military box, it was originally manufactured for civilian use, as evidenced by the type designation SA341G.

                          The Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle was the first helicopter that was allowed to make a Cat.1 IFR landing with only one pilot. This device was therefore usable in most weather conditions.

                          The G-GAZA has a long history in England. However, the career started in the US. There it flew until 1882 as N87712. Then it was registered as G-SFTG with the Specialist Flying Training, a flying school. In 1986 the British rally driver Malcom Wilson became the owner of the aircraft. That party lasted until September 1988, when the helicopter was written from the British register. It was reportedly confiscated because of drug smuggling.



                          It took until 1992 before this Gazelle was registered again, then as G-GAZA, and with that registration it still flies now. This heli has now made more than 2,650 flight hours.


                          On September 4, 2018 we found the G-GAZA at Stapleford (EGSG). A field where incidentally (unfortunately behind closed doors) dozens of old RAF Gazelles are stored.
                          This article first appeared on AirOnline.nl on 4th January

                          http://www.aironline.nl/weblog/2019/...stapleford-uk/





                          This model depicts the unique SA341 'C' which exists within the history of Lower Saxony as a civilian variant of the Gazelle.

                          Unfortunately, the information accompanying some photos is so oblique that it is nigh on impossible to figure out any clear details. However, I 'think' this model may be housed at Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg, which is to say Bückeburg Helicopter Museum, which is located in Bückeburg, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, on the border with North Rhine Westphalia, situated some 30 miles (48 km) to the west of Hannover.

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                          • Zishelix
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                            The Museum at Bückeburg indeed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm6hXGlKHv4 (see 6:40 min)


                          • Savoia
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                            I shouldn't be surprised that you knew the location of this mini-Gaz .. and even have a photo of its underbelly - LOL!

                            I think the museum's philosophy is that the 'C' stands for civilian.


                        • Gazelle History Challenge!

                          Having read about G-GAZA (above) reminded me of the investigation we performed on the old Nostalgia Thread to find the UK-based JetRanger which had remained in single ownership the longest. I believe we settled on G-CTPS, the Agusta-built 206 delivered to Tony Aspinall, owner of Hothfield Carpets in Skipton, Yorkshire, and who owned her from June 1978 until July 2011, a total of 33 years.

                          Elipix, with your extensive Gazelle ownership records, could you help us identify which Gaz has remained in single ownership the longest?

                          I am suggesting G-GAZA from the above post, registered to the 'Auster Aircraft Company' (ie. Ivor Vaughan, CBE) since October 1998, making 21 years this year.


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                          • Helipixman
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                            That's a great shout xbdt.

                            I was initially just looking at UK registered examples, doubt many will better C-GDUG

                            According to FAA site N47315 c/n 1278 was registered to Horizon Helicopters Inc on 11.12.80 and cancelled on 14.10.14 (34 Years) but I doubt i was airworthy for much of that time so does this count ?

                          • xbdt
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                            Savoia, I sold N341AS last year to a Belgian citizen but he is not on this forum. I had it repainted and it got a new leather interior also.

                          • Savoia
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                            Grazie XB. I remember the new paintwork for the X-Craft, but wasn't sure if/when she had finally been sold. Thanks for the update. I guess now she is no longer the X-Craft!



                        • Gazelle and Fenestron Designer Passes Away

                          Sad news, last night, René Mouille (94) died.



                          René Mouille was chief engineer at Sud-Est, later Sud-Aviation then Aerospatiale. He designed the Alouette, Puma and Gazelle helicopters, as well as the fenestron.

                          https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/news...-industry.html

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Mouille

                          http://www.helico-fascination.com/re...e-du-genie-a-l

                          https://vtol.org/news/vfs-remembers-...BB59Gj7LxiRWqY
                          Last edited by xbdt; 5 days ago.

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                          • Savoia
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                            Grazie XB. I think René was the last of the 'famous three', the other two being Jean Boulet and Denis Prost.

                            Bon voyage et adieu René. Merci pour votre travail!


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                          • SA341C ZK-HTB (WA1299) as seen at Christchurch on 27th September 2006 (Photo by Hugh Mitton)

                            Interesting to observe the 70° angle (or thereabouts) of the collective. That angle is a wee bit more pronounced than some of the types I've flown, even in the hover.

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                            • SA341B G-HSDL (WA1227) as seen recently at an unknown location (Photos by Jack Havery)

                              An Englishman in Portugal


                              SA341G G-IZEL (WA1098) as seen at Faro, Portugal on 29th May 1993 (Photo by Pedro Aragão)

                              The above photo is a newly released and different view of a similar shot taken of the same aircraft by the same photographer.

                              G-IZEL is of course the ex-McAlpine bird G-BBHW which sadly crashed on 10th January 2012 as G-WDEV, evidently due to a loss of engine power.

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                              • Serbian Air Force Gazelle (Photo by Dragan Trifunovic)

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