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Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

A team from the Royal Navy’s ‘emergency service’ has saved the day – and potentially £20m – with a speedy fix for the Army. The Service Modifications team at 1710 NAS has developed a system for the Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter to be adapted to airlift casualties from the battlefield. And within two days… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Jun-16

Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

On Tuesday 31 May 2016, the Gazelle Squadron Display Team flew to RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Display Authorisation Evaluator. The CAA display authorisation is a mandatory process for any pilot that wishes to perform a flying display in the UK, and involves many months of planning, practicing and evaluating… Read more »

Source: Gazelle Squadron, 06-Jun-16

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15-Jul-15 G-BXTH Airbus SA341G Abbeyshrule, Ireland

Helicopter ended up on its side on a narrow strip of grass between hotel and canal after main blades struck building.  Unclear from early press reports whether it was an intentional or emergency landing.  Pilot “detained on suspicion of endangerment”

15-Jul-15

06-Jul-15 YU-HET Airbus SA342J Stapleford, UK

During ground run post-maintenance, the SA342J Gazelle took off to 10ft and then dropped to the ground.  MW Helicopters engineer on board was reportedly not a qualified pilot – and was not injured in the accident.  Starboard skid ripped off, tail boom badly creased.

06-Jul-15

19-Sep-14 RA-1233G Eurocopter SA341G Vasilievsky Island, Russia (1F)

Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory.  After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately.  The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu.  Passenger survived

19-Sep-14

02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion… Read more »

02-Jun-14

Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering Ltd, the Fairoaks Airport, UK based EASA Part 21J and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Approved Organisation Status company, has been awarded a contract to supply the design solution and major parts for a Traffic Alerting System, GPS and 8.33kHz VHF Comms upgrade to a number of Airbus Helicopters’ Gazelle helicopters for… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 11-Apr-14

Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

Paramount donates Gazelle helicopter to combat rhino poaching

The Paramount Group has donated a Gazelle helicopter to South African National Parks to fight rhino poachers in the Kruger national park, South Africa’s largest game reserve. See full story [File photo]

Source: DefenceWeb, 29-Nov-13

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Niger Air Force gets new helicopter hangar

Niger Air Force gets new helicopter hangar

The Niger Air Force has inaugurated a new hangar for its recently acquired Gazelle helicopters  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 23-Oct-13

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UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

A British helicopter instructor has been sentenced to six months jail for falsely signing off the training records of a student pilot to get him a pilot’s licence. The Judge said that it was impossible to say whether these actions were contributory to the “newly qualified” pilot and his wife losing their lives in their… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Post, 04-Feb-13

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French special forces pilot killed on the ground in Mali

French special forces pilot killed on the ground in Mali

The West Africa nation of Mali is currently going through a significant period of unrest – and France is the only foreign nation involved in the problem of Islamists invading the northern part of the country. French special forces lost helicopter co-pilot Damien Boiteux after he was hit by shrapnel on the ground – while… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-13

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British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

The jury found the instructor guilty of making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority. He will be sentenced next month.  (see full story). File photo

Source: BBC, 10-Jan-13

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UK – Instructor denies charge of false representing student skills in flight test

UK – Instructor denies charge of false representing student skills in flight test

Iain King, of Wetherby, appeared at York Crown Court on Monday where he denied making false representations to procure a private pilot’s licence for Mr Spencer, who was flying the helicopter. (see press story). This relates to the accident of Gazelle YU-HEW on 26 January 2008 which resulted in the fatal injuries of the pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-12

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British Gazelle pilot sparks anti-terrorist alert

British Gazelle pilot sparks anti-terrorist alert

A badly reported story in the UK on Saturday needs clearing up!  According to the Ministry of Defence, “two QRA Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby when a small civilian aircraft was transmitting inadvertently on an emergency frequency and was out of radio communication with Air Traffic Control.  Authorisation was given for one of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-12

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Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

Five decades of Eurocopter helicopter operations by the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie were celebrated today at the 2012 Marrakech Air Show, where a commemorative plaque was presented to the military service. The Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie Air Squadron operates a fleet of Eurocopter rotorcraft that covers the company’s product range, with an inventory including SA3130 Alouette II,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Apr-12

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UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

UK helicopter fleet trains in “Pashtun Jaguar” exercise

Seventeen aircraft from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) are taking part in a major pre-deployment exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, providing support for British land forces due to begin operations in Afghanistan during April. (see full story)

Source: Flightglobal, 14-Mar-12

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UK – MW Helicopters adds three ex-Army Gazelles

UK – MW Helicopters adds three ex-Army Gazelles

Gazelle specialists MW Helicopters yesterday registered three more ex-military Gazelles.  The three are now registered G-CHBJ, CHBN and CHBR – previously XX440, XZ307 and ZA733 respectively. All three were previously stored at the Fleetlands depot near Portsmouth and had been allocated instructional airframe serials A2702/3/4 respectively, but departed by road during December 2011 – the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-12

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10-Jan-12 G-WDEV Eurocopter SA341G Salisbury, UK

Helicopter down in wooded area.  3POB – owner/pilot Andy Ridings was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with chest and head injuries, along with another man who was suffering from back pain and head injuries.  The third is believed to have suffered a dislocated ankle.  Second/third POB were Mike Rosser and Ian Sutton

10-Jan-12

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02-Sep-11 12752 Soko 341H Gazelle Herceg Novi, Montenegro (3F)

Helicopter made contact with a wall and crashed onto rocks close to the shoreline.  The crash killed pilot Lt. Šahbaz Belhadin (44), Major Ivan Obradovic (36) and Vidoje Tomic (35), a sergeant first class.

02-Sep-11

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20-Aug-11 Eurocopter SA341G Rbayh, Tunisia (2F)

Two crew killed when Gazelle went down close to Libyan border in south of Tunisia

20-Aug-11

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11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

Since the signature of the contract with the Qatar Ministry of Defense two years ago, DCI was in charge of executing major overhaul on 11 Gazelle helicopters. Generally speaking, a major overhaul operation is carried out every 12 years or after 4,000 flight hours and consists of complex and demanding preventive maintenance that guarantees flight… Read more »

Source: DCI, 27-Jun-11

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11-May-11 Eurocopter SA341 Rose, France

Precautionary landing in field after engine problems

11-May-11

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08-Mar-11 HA-LFB Eurocopter SA341 Honister, UK (1F)

Authorities were alerted after the non-arrival of  a helicopter due from a short flight in Cumbria.  Local press reports give the owner/pilot’s name as Mark Weir.

08-Mar-11

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26-Dec-10 UR-MANN Eurocopter SA341 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (4F)

Pilot listed as Vadim Vlasenko, and the three passengers were all fashion models – 19-year-old Catherine Vetchynkina , 19-year-old Yana Bondarenko and 22-year-old Zlata Mashyrova

26-Dec-10

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03-Dec-10 Eurocopter SA342M Jbeil, Lebanon

The Army Command stated on Friday that a Gazelle was forced to make an emergency landing in the Jbeil area near the Afqa cave after a technical malfunction.

03-Dec-10

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12-Oct-10 Eurocopter SA341 Saint-Remèze, France

Heavy landing on training flight

12-Oct-10

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The Gazelle becomes extinct in New Zealand

The Gazelle becomes extinct in New Zealand

With the Westland WA341G Gazelle ZK-HTB3 recently departing for “Russia” and with ZK-HTF3 having been revoked back on 24-04-2003; It is now the turn of ZK-HBH3 to shuffle off. Westland Gazelle HT Mk2 , c/n 1418 , first flew on 24-02-1976 and was delivered to the Royal Navy as XX441 on 07-04-1976. It served with 705 Squadron and carried the… Read more »

Source: NZ Wings, 06-Oct-10

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22-Sep-10 Eurocopter SA341 Plaisance-du-Gers, France

Gazelle from 5RHC was involved in low level training, and crashed in an open field.

22-Sep-10

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France to keep its promise of arming Lebanese Gazelles

France to keep its promise of arming Lebanese Gazelles

France is aware that Israel has “protested” about the French decision [to deliver such weapons to Lebanon] and that Washington raised “serious questions” about the arms deal.

Source: Ya Libnan, 06-Sep-10

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British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

British CAA changes regulation of ex-military aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to the regulation of permit to fly ex-military aircraft. Following a number of incidents and accidents involving ex-military aircraft over recent years, the CAA is taking steps to clarify the purposes for which ex-military aircraft can be operated. The CAA is therefore acting to remind the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 16-Aug-10

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Ecuador to buy seven Gazelles

Ecuador to buy seven Gazelles

Ecuador’s Defense Minister Javier Ponce announced that the country will buy seven Gazelle helicopters to reinforce the Army’s operations on the border with Colombia

Source: El Universo, 22-Jul-10

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02-May-2010 YU-HEH Soko SO341 Krnješevci, Serbia

Accident from low level, no serious injuries.  Report states helicopter spinning before crashing.

02-May-10

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20-Jan-10 (Serial TBA) Eurocopter SA341 nr Sidi Allal Bahraoui, Morocco (2F)

20-Jan-10

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Montenegrin army to overhaul 11 helicopters

A source in the Defence Ministry has told Vijesti that in the forthcoming period this ministry is planning to overhaul and modernize 11 Gazelle type helicopters.

Source: Emportal, 01-Dec-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Gazelle in Hungary – very colorful scheme

Source: Airliners.net, 30-Apr-09

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Thieves steal half a helicopter

Source: Metro, 31-Mar-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Cyprus Air Force SA342L Gazelle

Source: Airliners.net, 09-Mar-09

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Eurocopter and UK MoD sign Through-Life Support Contract for RAF Pumas and Gazelles

Eurocopter and UK Ministry of Defence sign Through-Life Support Contract for Royal Air Force Puma and Gazelle Helicopters

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-08

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