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  • SA.341G HB-XFW (s/n 1124) sitting at Lugano-Agno Airport in Switzerland in 1976. Pilot Erwin Schafrath Leggi in the cabin.



    Another shot of XFW here.

    Sadly lost at San Bernardino Airport few days after this photo.

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Nice shot Zis! Are you saying the pilot has his leg in the cabin?



  • Cyprus Considering Four More Gazelles

    The Cypriot National Guard is considering an offer from France to purchase four additional Gazelles. This acquisition will run alongside an additional requirement for four medium-size aircraft to complement the Guard's existing AW139's.

    Thus it seems that the overall requirement for eight aircraft may be met between Airbus and Agusta.

    http://e-amyna.com/promhtheia-oktv-e...thniki-froura/

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    • Goodbye G-OGAZ, Hello N71FR!

      G-OGAZ was cancelled on 20-Oct-2017 and registered as N71FR on 20-Nov-2017 with Gazelle Helicopters Ltd, Virgin islands.

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      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Grazie Jos!

      • Zishelix
        Zishelix commented
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        Thanks for info, Jos!

        Btw, re G-OGAZ... when Gazelle pilots suffer from 'gas' this is what they take - probably from having too many baked beans for breakfast!

      • Savoia
        Savoia commented
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        Lol! Too funny Zis!



    • SA341G RA-05706 (WA1802) with AS350B3 'Belka' RA-07298 near St. Petersburg in November 2017


      SA341G RA-05706 engine start near St. Petersburg in November 2017




      SA341C G-SIVJ (cn WA2012) as seen at Ha'penny Green on 18th Novenber 2017


      SA341B (WA1635) at SEAE, Arborfield in June 2017 (Photo: Jim Millett)

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      • French ALAT Gazelles taxing at Aéroport d'Angers Marcé in May 2015 (Photo: E. Jamier)

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        • Russian Gazelle RA-1691G at Ouzon Caldeira, Kamchatka region in July 20th, 2017 (Photo: Pascal Brugier)



          This should be one of demobed UK machines, serial number still unknown. Please if anyone can shed some light on Russian Gazelle fleet?

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Nice one Zis. Would indeed be great if we could track down her construction number.

          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Lets' hope someone will help us about

        • RA-1691G is listed in the Russian aircraft register as a 'Strekoza-7M', no c/n being shown, registration date 30-Mar-2015, still current.

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          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Strekoza means Dragonfly on Russian, probably name of the company she belongs.

            Pity www.mintrans.ru doesn't contain RA/RF aircrafts register... or at least I can't find it

          • Rotorspot
            Rotorspot commented
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            The official Russian aircraft register can be found at
            http://favt.ru/opendata/7714549744-gosreestrgvs/
            Go to bullet number 16 and choose a register date.

          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            Nice, just to download some software for reading cyrilic script

            Thanks Jos!

        • Stretched SA.341G F-GIJR (s/n 1407) at Toussus Le Noble in July 1993. (Photo: J. L. Brunet)



          One more pic of the same bird here :

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          • Savoia
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            Became G-EHUP, now YU-HWF.

        • The Gazelle Squadron Display Team's stickers







          Gary The Dancer, I assume

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          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            'Oh c'mon guys, artists doesn't bother with such technical details.' - Ah, but any artist worth their salt would delight in addressing such details!

            '.. it would be called silent gazelles,' - Indeed. I think there may actually be a technical term for when a Gaz becomes silent, something about whisper mode, or so I recall!

          • Zishelix
            Zishelix commented
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            With all due respect I think our comments on these caricatures are surplus. The Gazelle Squadron Display Team guys are obviously OK with quality of the artist work and that's all that matters.

          • Savoia
            Savoia commented
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            Ah Zis, I think commenting on these drawings is 'fair game' as these are all light-hearted remarks.

        • Afghanistan, just one of so many battlefields Gazelles took part all over the world in last five decades. The shift for this one ALAT SA.342L coded 'GBN' was over in October 2012 and she's ready to be 'airmailed' home



          Photo taken at Kabul International Airport

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          • Just a nice pic



            Photo probably taken at the French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc.

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            • QinetiQ SA341B XX449 (WA1443) as seen at Salisbury Plains Training Area on 30th November 2017 (Photo: Nick Thompson)

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              • Royal Navy Helicopter Display Team, season 1990.



                I wonder if any of these guys read Aviafora?

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                • Westland-built SA341G available for $400k on Gazelles For Sale.

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                  • Zishelix
                    Zishelix commented
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                    As far as I know the specific airframe was planned to become an 341G (civil reg reserved) but it wasn't ready on the time and finished as 341B later.

                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    The curious thing is that she appears on the civil register for two years (1974-76) as G-BCHN. Also, the first military records I can find list her service life as beginning in 1980. Were Westland perhaps due to provide additional Gazelles to the Army and this civvie machine was a convenient option (albeit involving an engine change)?

                  • Zishelix
                    Zishelix commented
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                    Let's hope someone will show up here and help us solve this enigma



                • SA342J F-GAMK (cn 1006) as seen at Aéroport d'Annecy in 1981

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                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Notice how it appears as if the lower door brace (which usually splits the lower door section into two panels) appears to be missing on this craft.

                • Mark Weir

                  Over the past 24 hrs Ellis Butcher has posted a number of 'micro-clips' of the late HA-LFB:





                  To read Avia's tribute to Mark, click here.

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                  • Fly babies, fly!

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                    • Savoia
                      Savoia commented
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                      Baby-X is there too!



                  • SA342L 241 (1854) as seen at Baldonnel Casement Aerodrome on 19th August 2004 (Photo: Marinus Dirk Tabak)

                    And another take on 1854 from a few days ago ..


                    SA342L ZU-RZR (1854) as seen at Bylthdale in South Africa on 1st December 2017 (Photo: Kathy McSeveney)

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                    • N341DT Update

                      Time to show my new bird, after one year of overhaul and recent respray N341DT.

                      The weather is not perfect but I'll post some nice pictures when the sun shines again.









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                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        Thanks guys, yes the padding is part of the sound proofing kit. If you look at the old N341DT pictures the padding was already there and I removed the existing battery side panel furnishings as I do not like that.

                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        Out of curiosity, the silver siding that one sees to the battery, is this part of the battery itself or it is a cover into which the battery slides, and crucially, can it be painted black?

                      • xbdt
                        xbdt commented
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                        The battery is stainless steel and that is what you see. I wouldn't recommend painting this as the battery acid vapours will eat the paint anyway.



                    • Guernsey Register Update

                      Some registration details as found on the online Guernsey aircraft register dated 01-Dec-2017:

                      2-ALOU SE313B Alouette II, 1583; 20-Oct-2017; Steven Atherton (ex G-CICS)
                      2-PJBA SA341G Gazelle, 1392; 20-Oct-2017; Steven Atherton (ex HA-PJB)
                      2-WMAN SA341G Gazelle, 1277; 20-Oct-2017; James Wightman (ex HA-LFJ)

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                      • Savoia
                        Savoia commented
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                        Grazie Jos.

                        All announced many weeks ago on Avia, together with news that G-EZEL is to become 2-GAZL.

                      • Zishelix
                        Zishelix commented
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                        Thanks Jos! Up to date as always



                    • As a result of XB's efforts in transforming N341DT into a truly superb aircraft
                      Aviafora is pleased to offer this award for Outstanding Quality in Overhaul and General Finish
                      for a job extremely well done!

                      We shall also call upon Aviafora's North-of-England Emissary 'Stefano' to buy you a bottle of
                      locally brewed Theakston's 'XB' for a job well done next time you visit Crab Tree Farm!




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                      • Gazelle à la Chinoise

















                        Unidentifed Gazelle as seen in China in April 2013

                        If Chinese private pilots start buying the Gaz, we could see a sudden shortage of Gazelles!

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                        • xbdt
                          xbdt commented
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                          Definitely a civil 341G, luggage door, large avionics bay, t/r drive shaft cover (went to US at a certain time), intake silencer...

                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          Ah yes, she has all the signs of being 1182 (including the tail-mounted strobe which appears to be a Whelen unit), well done Zis and XB!

                          Probably bought by a war bird enthusiast.

                        • Helipixman
                          Helipixman commented
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                          At last she turns up... I was told by the seller/Agent from Northern Ireland that she had gone to China ages ago.

                      • Please if anybody know what are these antennas on the roof of XX405 an XZ345?



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                        • Savoia
                          Savoia commented
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                          We need to come up with another Gaz antenna pictagram, the first one is here: http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum...=1112#post1112

                          But it doesn't answer your question sadly.

                          I am also still searching for an answer to the antenna mounted on the for'ard underbelly of F-GFCI.

                        • noscoavia
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                          TCAS? Avionics upgrade package, installed by GAMA aviation, 2015.

                        • Zishelix
                          Zishelix commented
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                          Thanks Nosco! It could be TCAS. Any idea how many UK mil Gazelles are equipped with this system?

                      • Photo of SA341F2 ZU-HHP (cn 1597) taken at unknown location in South Africa by Demetris Plastourgos



                        Another nice photo of the same machine here.

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                        • Aerotec Bought By Secamic

                          French aerospace company Secamic have announced their takeover of the Aerotec Group.

                          Located at Valence Airport, Aerotec specialise in the maintenance and overhaul of Gazelle helicopters.

                          Aerotec is to be renamed as Secaero.
                          https://www.journal-aviation.com/act...-aerotec-group

                          http://www.secamic.com/

                          http://www.aerotecgroup.com/

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                          • First Ever Gazelle Registered in Romania



                            YR-BOS, pictured at Oradea Airport on 12-Dec-2015

                            Colour scheme matches with that of HA-LFP, Soko Gazelle, c/n 008, which was cancelled 24-Jul-2016, fate unknown.

                            Unless there is another one in this colour scheme.

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                            • md600driver
                              md600driver commented
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                              Her owner lives in Romania

                            • Zishelix
                              Zishelix commented
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                              Most likely former HA-LFP. An eye catching c/s... hopefully new owner will consider respraying

                              Great news, thanks Jos!



                          • Capt. Steph with SA342M1 Viviane 4186 in Gao, Mali, 2017

                            http://www.sudouest.fr/2017/12/08/ca...16121-4778.php




                            SA341F ZU-RNE (1467) at Wonderboom AFB on 11th June 2016

                            Following on from Zis's shot of ZU-HHP another South African 341F

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                            • G-GAZA


                              SA341G G-GAZA (1187) as seen at Nottingham Airport on 24th May 2009 (Photo: an Busby)

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                              • SA342 receiving 200hr inspection in December 2017


                                SA342 Viviane on exercise in 2017

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                                • Serbian Air Force Gazelles NFI

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