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  • 1566 Placed on US Register

    SA341G 1566 has been added to the FAA register as N7448Y on 22nd February. It is registered to a trust company (Aerospace Trust Management) so could be anywhere!

    Last information I had was when it was registered as SX-HDL which was cancelled back in 2010.

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    • Zishelix
      Zishelix commented
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      Thanks for info, Wilts!

      So #1566 taking back her previous registration while it was with Hoffman Aircraft Inc.

  • RN Display Team 'Sharks' in June 1977.

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    • Lebanese Air Force SA342 as seen at Rayak Air Base on 17th February 2019 (Photo by Jeroen van Veenendaal)



      SA342M1 Gazelle Viviane 'GAL' (cn.1862) as seen at the NATO Tiger Meet in Zaragoza, Spain in May 2016 (Photo by Jörgen Nilsson)



      RA-1314G as seen in Krasnaya Polyana, Krai, Russia on 20th February 2019

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Looking at the oil cooler hose on RA-1314G above, is it possible that this may be a 342?

      • Zishelix
        Zishelix commented
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        Nope, it's 341


      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Zis.



    • All photos taken by Rod Bearden at Wonderboom in 2018.

      ZU-RMY (5011) ex E-371
      ZU-RMZ (1423) ex E-344
      ZU-RNB (1881) ex E-356





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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Bravo Elipix!

        I wouldn't mind seeing a side-on view of RNB's colour scheme at some point.

        Lovely to see all these Gazelles wearing skid fairings including RMZ which seems to be on high skids. They must have made fibreglass moulds for those as well then, great stuff!

    • Another one from Rod Bearden ZU-RRW (1369), does not currently show on register !

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      • Review of the newly released War Thunder Gazelle with some interesting specification info


        Un Petit Morceau d'histoire de la Gazelle / A Little Piece of Gazelle History

        Regarding Jeanne D’Arc helicopter cruiser:

        She saw combat just once. In 2008, Somali pirates kidnapped 30 people aboard the French yacht Le Ponant . Jeanne D’Arc was part of the rescue force. French agents paid a ransom to free the hostages. And then Jeanne D’Arc promptly launched a Gazelle helicopter that chased down the fleeing pirates and recovered the money.
        https://nationalinterest.org/blog/bu...-carrier-45482




        Regarding Aviation 72, is seems as if a Test Pilot's School version of their desktop Gazelle is soon to be released.

        https://www.aviation72.co.uk//av7224...xz936-rae-1990

        Meanwhile, a solid wood desktop Gazelle is being offered as part of a 'winter clearance' sale for €45



        http://cotton.sportstoshop.com/index...ducts_id=11814

        There is also a metal Chinese Gazelle on offer for the reverse amount of $54



        https://www.ebay.com/itm/323257719984?rmvSB=true




        Digital Combat Simulator has released new colour schemes depicting Dubai Police and Yugoslav Air Force Gazelles.





        https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.c...files/3303616/

        https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.c...files/3303625/




        SA342M 'GJK' hover-taxi at Beauvechain Airbase in Belgium




        SA341H HA-LFL (cn.007) as seen at an unspecified location in February 2019




        Montenegrin Air Force SA342L1 Soko Gazelle 12938 (cn.158) as seen in Montenegro in February 2019




        SA341C RA-05708 (WA1045) overlooking Aibga Ridge from Abkhazia on 26th February 2019

        With our thanks to Sergey for this lovely photo!

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        • Chim-Nir SA342L 4X-BHH (cn.1787) as seen in Israel in 1990 (Photo by Jakob Hershkowitz)




          H-45 over Serbia

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          • Ecuadorian Army Gazelle


            Ecuadorian Army SA342L '363' NFI

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            • SA341C G-DFKI (WA1216) as seen at Peterborough Sibson Airport on 27th February 2019 (Photo by Oliver Holmes)



              SA342M Gazelle Viviane as seen at Lyon–Bron Airport on 1st March 2019

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              • Last week's heli flight.

                (Please note, the Gazelle flying sequences were speeded-up to make the film shorter).
                Last edited by md600driver; 2 weeks ago.

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                • Savoia
                  Savoia commented
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                  This is a wonderful thing you have done Stefano. You have made every Aviaforan very proud, bravo!

                  Nice to see Crabtree Junior chipping in too!

                • Helipixman
                  Helipixman commented
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                  Fantastic and well done Steve... its always wonderful to bring a smile to other peoples faces.

              • Well done, Steve! It's a great deal to bring joy in another person's life. A good deed indeed

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                • SA341C RA-05708 (WA1045) as seen at Arabika Massif in Abkhazia in February 2019 (Photo by Sergey)







                  SA341 RA-2520G as seen at Novonezhino Airfield in Russia in 2018



                  SA341B XX444 (WA1248) as seen at RAF Wattisham, date unknown

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                  • ~ GAZELLE PRODUCTION LISTS ~

                    Aviafora is pleased to continue its cooperation with Rotorspot in making the latest Gazelle Production Lists available to our members and readers.

                    These production lists are an aggregation of Aérospatiale, Westland, ABHCO and Soko built Gazelles, and contain details of each aircraft's registration and construction number together with the aircraft's previous registration/s and current status (ie. whether operational, withdrawn from use, written-off, etc.). These lists identify each Gazelle variant, both civilian and military, including stretched versions.

                    Over the past year, Avia member Jos (Rotorspot's owner) has installed a number of new features on his site, and which means that our readers may now access this information online via the following links:

                    Aérospatiale, Westland & ABHCO List

                    Soko List

                    At the top of each list is an option to download this information should you wish to save this to your device.

                    If you have any issues with downloading, or if like me you would like to have a single combined list, Jos will be pleased to assist you. If you are requesting a single (combined) list, please let Jos know your preference of format, ie. XLS, CSV or plain text.

                    You may contact Jos at: rotorspot@yahoo.com

                    Rotorspot currently offers access to over 158,300 civil helicopter registration entries, both current and historical.

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                    • Rotorspot
                      Rotorspot commented
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                      Thanks for having posted this, Enrico. My database is continuously updated with new information, which gets uploaded to my website on a monthly basis. Any updates or comments are welcomed at the same email address as mentioned in Enrico's post.
                      BTW, the website currently offers access to 163,330 civil rotorcraft registrations (plus numerous military serials).

                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Grazie Jos! Yes, I should have thought that your database had climbed beyond last year's figure.

                      Well done on an amazing job. Rotorspot provides an invaluable resource to the helicopter industry and we are most grateful for your efforts.



                  • E7-AAB 'roof shot', Bosnia 2018


                    Tunisian Air Force SA341 L61-110 as seen in February 2019

                    Can anyone say whether these Tunisian Gazelles carry a letter designator after the '341' model number?


                    Unidentified Gazelle in Bosnia in 2018


                    Unidentified Gazelle in the UK on 20th February 2019 (Photo by Andy Lee)

                    The shot above 'could' be G-CBKD, not sure though.

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                    • 'BDC'


                      SA341F2 'BDC' as seen at Punta Gorda Airport in Florida on 20th October 2018

                      This craft is on the 'N' reg, although I haven't been able to put a finger on it yet.




                      A new Gazelle airframe delivered to the MW hangar this week being readied for painting

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                      • BDC is N341RD

                        The Gazelle at MW is probably one of the ex stored military, looks like she still has camo paint inside the fenestron housing. So that's now two at MW we await the indentities ?

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                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Grazie per la registrazione Elipix!

                          GazEn could perhaps advise us, but I suspect he is busy, he may even be painting it!



                      • SA342K CN-AIO (cn.1376) as seen at Marignane on 27th February 1976 (Sud Aviation Archives)

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                        • Gazelle Vne test in Serbia




                          SA341B XZ347 (WA1713) as seen in Wiltz, Germany in July 1988 (Photo by Paul Schaller)

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                          • Concorde Over Sharks

                            Royal Navy Sharks at RAF Mildenhall Air Fete in 1984 (Photo: Jose Lopez Jr)

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                            • Savoia
                              Savoia commented
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                              Nice one Zis!



                          • SA341C ZU-HBH (WA1418) as seen at Middelburg Airport in South Africa on 9th March 2019

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                            • Originally posted by wiltshirespotter View Post

                              Canadian Gazelle De-Registered

                              Gazelle on the move.... C-GEPX SA341G 1262 (the one time G-SFTF) has been cancelled from Canada to the USA.

                              This is now reserved as N341ZL, ownership unknown.

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                            • SA341F2 N497MM (cn.1384) as seen at Page Field in Lee County, Florida in March 2019 (Photo by Robert Feliciano)

                              5U-MHF


                              Niger Air Force SA342M 5U-MHF (cn.1531) as seen at Air Base 101 in Niamey, Niger in March 2019

                              French ambassador Alexandre Garcia is seen here visiting the Niger Air Force base in Niamey earlier this month.

                              ZU-HBH


                              SA341C ZU-HBH (WA1418) as seen in South Africa in March 2019 (Photo by Chrisjan Visser)

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                              • Helipixman
                                Helipixman commented
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                                Bravo Savoia

                                Some wonderful finds there, have not seen shots of N497MM & 5U-MHF, you have made my day with two additions to my Gazelle photo archive

                              • Savoia
                                Savoia commented
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                                Grazie Elipix.

                                Yes, we are always glad when we are able to source previously unseen aircraft. I believe in the future we will see a few more hitherto unseen birds. Fingers crossed.



                            • Tim Peake with unidentified SA341B at Middle Wallop on 23rd April 2018 (Photo by Andy Brooks)

                              Not sure if Avia member Andy can help us with the ID for this craft. She was flown to Wallop by the British astronaut to attend a fund-raiser at the Museum of Army Flying.




                              Check out the latest Gazelle for sale on the GazMart

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                              • SA341G JA9153 (cn.1260) as seen at Iruma Airport in Japan on 16th October 1976 (Photo by Masahiro Yamasaki)

                                A newly released image of Sony corp's first Gazelle.

                                According to Zis, this craft was sadly written-off after a hard landing at Tokyo Heliport on 8th June 1988.

                                See more Sony Gaz here.




                                Serbian Gazelle mountain flight, March 2019

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                                • Rotorspot
                                  Rotorspot commented
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                                  Nice picture. JA9153 in fact crashed when landing at the Takayanagi Factory in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture on 16-Mar-1979, and was cancelled as destroyed on 27-Mar-1979.

                                  The one that crashed at Tokyo Heliport on 08-Jun-1988 was JA9164, c/n 1022 (which was repaired as N505HA).

                                • Savoia
                                  Savoia commented
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                                  Grazie Jos. I shall try and add this info to our accident database.






                              • SA341H RA-1341K (cn.003) as seen in Moscow, Russia in August 2018




                                SA342J YU-HEV (cn.1393) departure in 2016

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                                  • SA342M Viviane 'CXI' (cn.2079) as seen in Côte d'Ivoire in 2003 (Photo by Benjamin Dhouailly)

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                                    • Gazelle Engineers Required Immediately

                                      Excel Technical Consulting have an immediate requirement for experienced Gazelle Engineers for a UK-based contract starting immediately, running until October 2019.

                                      You will be part of a team supplying high quality maintenance in support of our client's Gazelle operations. Your duties will involve carrying-out daily checks as well as aircraft maintenance. A minimum of six-months exposure to Gazelle maintenance during the past two years is required.

                                      Your work regime will entail a 45 hour week, Monday through Friday, paid at a competitive rate.

                                      So ,if you have recent experience on the Gazelle and are available to start ASAP, then we would like to hear from you today!!!
                                      http://www.jobsinaviation.com/jobs/a...al-consulting/

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                                      • Heli-Dog 'Jak' as seen with RA-05708 in Tsalkoti, Abkhazia in March 2019

                                        Avia member Sergey is very kindly introducing us to a new heli-dog 'Jak', seen above with RA-05708 and below with 'Riziy' (Redhead) who recently appeared in Heli-Dogs.


                                        Heli-Dog 'Riziy' as seen with new heli-dog 'Jak' with RA-05708 in Tsalkoti, Abkhazia in March 2019

                                        Once again, our great thanks to Sergey for these lovely shots!

                                        To see more rotary canines, visit Heli-Dogs.


                                        N341ZL Update

                                        Mark Rowlands, owner of N341ZL, advises that he has begun receiving enquiries for his aircraft.

                                        Aviafora is pleased to assist Gazelle owners and buyers in sourcing and selling Gazelles and related equipment through the GazMart.

                                        Mark has also sent us a different photo of N341ZL and which is now showing on the GazMart.


                                        Calling Gazelle Owners with Dogs!

                                        Do you have a Gazelle .. and do you have a dog?

                                        If so we'd like to see them together in a photo .. if you can manage it.

                                        Please send your photos to: aviafora1@gmail.com

                                        Grazie mille!

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