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  • Gazelle Cancelled from US Register

    N18BC SA341G, c/n 1051, was cancelled from the FAA register on 07-May-2019; fate unknown.

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  • SA342M F-MGAB 3476 as seen in May 2019 (Photo by David Goovaerts)

    The 'Roaring Three' takes to the skies!


    Members of both the 3 and 5 RHC pay tribute to lost crew at Etain-Rouvres in May 2019

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    • A new Gaz fuselage arrives at Stapleford on 15th May and which I 'think' may be the third frame this year


      A Gazelle on MW's ramp repositions during the arrival of the new Gaz frame

      Hoping Zis and/or Elipix can assist in identifying this bird! YU-HWF perhaps?

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      • The Story Behind this Year's Tiger Gaz


        The 2019 'Tiger Gazelle' as drawn by Gaëtan Marie

        The designer of this year's Tiger Gaz, Régis Rocca, has explained that his inspiration came from the movie 'The Fantastic Four' from which the title of this year's Gazelle 'The Roaring Three' was derived. The 'Roaring Three' refers to 3/3 Squadron 'Les Félins' who are part of France's 3rd Helicopter Regiment.

        Aircraft painter Sebastien Bault added that in in order to convey the 'Fantastic Four' theme, an electric blue scheme was chosen and which was combined with an overall honeycomb pattern to reflect the apparel worn by the movie's super heroes.


        This year's Tiger Gazelle drew inspiration from the 'Fantastic Four'


        Régis Rocca developing the theme for this year's Tiger Gaz


        Sebastien 'Harry' Bault applies the design to 'The Roaring Three'

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        • Michael Hsing's SA341F2 N981MH (cn.1419) as seen in California in May 2019




          Gaz 'n Alo ops from Mistral class assault ship




          A mini-Gaz catches grass alight at the Helicopter Scale Masters event last weekend in California

          For model enthusiasts: Check out this neat Bell 430.

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          • A question please on behalf of a young A & H pilot with fenestron experience on Cabri G2... with EASA papers.

            Is it "smart" and feasible, to build some turbine time on Gazelle, instead on some B206 or similar?

            If yes, where and what block h price can be expected?

            ps. Yes, we know it is EASA Annex 2 (now Annex 1) regulation, regarding operations & maintenance.

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            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              'Anything' is feasible .. but is usually subject to limiting factors, and cost is a fairly universal one. You can hour-build on just about any type, but the Gaz is going to be more expensive than a 206 and the 206/505 is going to be more expensive than the R66.

              For 'low cost' Gaz hours (and this is 'relative') you want to look at exchange rates in the destination country vs. your 'normal' currency, as well as domestic fuel prices in the destination country. If those two come into alignment, then its a question of tracking down a well-priced aircraft which would be available for a low time (I assume) pilot with limited turbine experience. Some owners may well want a more experienced driver on board.

              The countries with the largest civilian Gazelle populations are the UK, America, South Africa and Russia, but you may also potentially find a Gazelle at a fair price in Hungary, the Ukraine or elsewhere.

              If the pilot simply wants to build 'turbine time' then there is a company in Italy which produces 'something' like a turbine version of the Cabri and which will be more cost effective. You can read about it here: https://zefhir.eu/design/

              If the pilot really wants to fly the Gazelle, why not begin by contacting Hidroplan Nord in Hungary and ask them for a quote: https://www.hidroplannord.hu/

          • Thank You Sav for prompt answer.

            R66 is out of consideration, 505 maybe / but no fenestron.

            Perhaps than EC120 may be a better choice?

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            • 9Aplus
              9Aplus commented
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              Yes, my son. Thank You.
              He have already nice experience on engineering&flying side,
              now just to finish 'paperwork'.
              Target is C(AT)PL A & H and Part 66 B1 & B2 with major focus on Part 21

            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              That sounds great, we really wish him well.

              Aviafora's co-founder 'Filippo' (Phil Croucher) has written several pilot training books which your son may find useful, you may read about them here: http://www.electrocution.com/aviation/

            • 9Aplus
              9Aplus commented
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              Sav
              Thank you for recommendation, good books are always of good use...

          • Originally posted by 9Aplus View Post
            A question please on behalf of a young A & H pilot with fenestron experience on Cabri G2... with EASA papers.

            Is it "smart" and feasible, to build some turbine time on Gazelle, instead on some B206 or similar?

            If yes, where and what block h price can be expected?

            ps. Yes, we know it is EASA Annex 2 (now Annex 1) regulation, regarding operations & maintenance.

            9Aplus: ps. Yes, we know it is EASA Annex 2 (now Annex 1) regulation, regarding operations & maintenance.

            I don’t understand this what aircraft is annex 2 ?

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            • 9Aplus
              9Aplus commented
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              EASA today Annex 1 was before Annex 2 in this case: majority of Gazelle airframes still flying - mean, under national regulations, usually historic, ex mil or experimental, flying on restricted rules or permit to fly. Some CAA are not ready to accept that block time of non certified aircraft in way to allow/relase full ATPL H. My note was in regard to that...

          • Why when I try to post a picture /photo does it say invalid entry is there anyone who uses iPhone to post photos

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            • Savoia
              Savoia commented
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              Stefano, I've sent you a message.





          • SA342M F-MGAB 3476 during the NATO Tiger Meet in May 2019 (Photos by Anthony Pecchi)

            The 2019 Tiger Meet is underway and The Roaring Three now in action!






            SA341B G-HSDL (WA1227) as seen at Oban Airport on 16th May 2019

            I am 'thinking' (but haven't quite decided) of naming this bird 'Helga' incorporating the letters 'H' and 'G' for Howie's Girl!

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            • SA341D ZB625 (WA1905) possibly at Bourne Park NFI

              If anyone has any further info on the above photo, please advise; also if there are any ideas as to the identity of the dark Gaz to the right of 625.




              SAF Gaz 'Highway Patrol' along the E75 in Serbia

              Note, the above video is a recent 'Highway Patrol', distinct from the 'patrol' which took place over the highway in Niš near Belgrade in the clip below:




              SAF Gaz conducts a 'Highway Patrol' in Niš near Belgrade

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              • Airbus Awarded MoD Gazelle Support Contract

                Gazelle Platform Support / Reference number: P2G/0483

                Contract value: £ 6,079,145

                Description of the procurement: Provision of support to the MOD Gazelle AH Mk1 Helicopter fleet from 1.4.2019 until 31.3.2022. The service is to include the provision of capital and consumable spares items, the provision of a technical support service, a component repair and overhaul service, an additional tasking service and gazelle platform support management.

                Name of contractor: Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd, Langford Lane, Oxford Airport, Kidlington, Oxfordshire
                https://ted.europa.eu/TED/notice/udl...19&WT.rss_ev=a





                The Latest Shots of this Years' Tiger Gaz









                SA342M F-MGAB 3476 as seen at Base Aérienne in Mont-de-Marsan and surronding area during the NATO Tiger Meet in May 2019

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