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  • SPECIALIST FLYING TRAINING Ltd.

    G-ICRU cont……



    I always wondered if the letters ICRU did mean something. Given Warmco’s other aircraft registrations are more obvious, perhaps ICRU is some sort of heating system related acronym!

    I only read the AAIB report very recently. Any sloping ground training at Carlisle airport could be compared to mountaineering in Norfolk! At the time, I was told that the student made contact with an ‘airfield obstruction’ during too low a hover taxi. Whether or not he was allowed to continue his training, I do not know, but I remember he received praise for continuing to pull all the circuit breakers, as the fire crews were trying to pull him from the wreck.

    Being written off in May 84 was made even worse given that she had only just completed an annual inspection in March.



    G-ICRU during her annual inspection in Feb 84.


    nosco
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    • Helipixman
      Helipixman commented
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      I always thought that ICRU was a play on 'Icy are You' for a Warmco company !

      But the owner told me that he is a wine lover and that the registration stands fo No.1 CRU as in a great/fine wine, the best !

      Hope this helps.

      Helipixman

    • noscoavia
      noscoavia commented
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      #1 vintage!.... 35 year mystery solved, thank you (and the previous owner) very much!

      Cheers,
      nosco

  • SPECIALIST FLYING TRAINING Ltd

    Bell 206A G-BBFE sn 29

    G-BBFE seen in mid-1984, running up just outside the SFT Ops building. The SFT hangar, just to the left, was draughty, invariably damp and very cold in winter. It was dismantled when Haughey Air built a new facility on the site in 2007.



    BBFE, along with G- AVTE, were acquired by SFT via Heli-Leeds and with G-ICRU they constituted the ´originals´ that John Davy started the SFT Iraqi training contract with.

    ´Buffy´ as she was often known, was at times the least serviceable aircraft in the company! To add insult to injury, she had a terrible paint job.

    In July 83, I took a rather poor grainy photo of a masked-off BBFE. I’m not sure what sort of paint scheme she had with Heli-Leeds, but for some reason she was required to be repainted. One of the staff members had convinced ‘someone’ that he knew how to spray paint, however the end result was very poor.



    Early 1985 saw BBFE declared surplus to requirements, advertised for sale and dispatched southbound on a trailer destined for Heliwork. Looking at the CAA registration card, Heliwork must have converted her to ´B´ model spec at that time. She went on to have a surprisingly long subsequent career. Having started off originally as ZS-HCD in South Africa and then 9J-ADT in Zambia, from Heliwork she went to Spain as EC-EFE and then finally to Curacao as PJ-PLD. She was written off in March 2002 after getting entangled with a kite, reportedly while being used by the Police.

    G-AVTE Bell 206A sn 66

    I will make mention of G-AVTE at this point, as she was the only 206 in the SFT fleet that I never got a photo of. She was unfortunately destroyed very early into the contract, on 25 Sept 83.

    There are some shots of AVTE displayed earlier in this thread.

    nosco
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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Some interesting history there Nosco, grazie!

  • Morefly Bell 205A-1 LN-OPC sn30232


    Taken March 1989, Bristow Redhill.

    OPC arrived January 89 for sheet metal repairs to the MGB oil-cooler bay area, having accidentally landed on a tree stump. From Alesund Norway, she had flown to Goteborg Sweden and then took the ferry to Felixstowe UK.



    Later sold to become HB-XXD, she was destroyed 17/10/91 when the rotor separated during an external load operation.

    nosco

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    • Savoia
      Savoia commented
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      Some lovely and unique nostalgia there Nosco!

      Sad about her demise.

      Do you happen to remember whether Bristow's operated the 205 in the UK at all?

    • noscoavia
      noscoavia commented
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      I've never heard of any Bristow 205 being used in the UK . They were mainly used in the tropics.Indonesia,Iran,Egypt and Trinidad come to mind.
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