Some 20 years after buying their fleet of four Bo105s, the Czech Police have finally retired the type.Â A total of four were acquired, two in 1991 with the second pair following the year after.Â Two were lost in accidents, one in April 1992 and the other in August 1999.
The Bo105 has been on the line for retirement ever since the Czech Police started to acquire EC135s in 2004, an acquisition policy which has now resulted in eight aircraft – the most recent of the Turbomeca-powered fleet delivered in 2008.Â A further five Bell 412s complete the fleet.
The remaining pair of Bo105s continued in operation until late 2010 when they were sold to Blue Sky Service in the town of Brno.Â Blue Sky were not reachable when HeliHub.com tried ascertaining what they will be using their two aircraft for.
Given the Czech Republic has a section of their register (prefix OK-) set aside for Government and Police aircraft, it was necessary for Blue Sky to re-register their acquisitions as OK-AAA and OK-BBB.
Heading photo credit ZdenÄ›k VanÄ›k
Photo credit Petr Soukop
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