Sep 092015
 
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Harbin Aircraft Z-19 E, export version by AVIC

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The aircraft is displayed with a wide range of armament: KD-9 air-to-ground missiles, 57 mm rockets, TY-90 air-to-air missiles, and a 23 mm machine gun pod. 90 mm rockets are displayed on the side. However, considering the heavy rocket launcher, it may not be possible for the Z-19E to fly with both the 90 mm rockets and the anti-tank missile launcher.

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The rotor head is highly inspired from the Eurocopter Star Flex design, as seen for example on the Ecureuil and Dauphin.

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The rocket launcher is equipped with a protection to deviate the blast from the rocket motors.

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The picture below displays the fenestron as inherited from the Dauphin of the former french company Aérospatiale, now Airbus Helicopters. This design doesn’t feature the stator seen on the EC135. Furthermore, the angle between the blades remains constant, unlike the method commonly in use to reduce the perceived noise level.

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Left-hand side of the fenestron inherited from the Dauphin

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Right-hand side of the fenestron inherited from the Dauphin. NATO 0.156 is the reference of a lubricant oil

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The twin air-to-air missile would be TY-90, and the machine gun pod a 23 mm calibre.

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The missile are believed to be KD-9 laser guided anti tank missiles, in the same class as the Hellfire.

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The Z-19E is equipped with the same weapon fixture as ATE installed on the Mi-24 Mk 3 Super Hind (seen here with Denel Ingwe missiles), and already installed on the WZ-10.

ATE Super Hind Mk 3 weapon fixture

ATE Super Hind Mk 3 weapon fixture

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Infrared formation position light

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Strobe light

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The IFF antenna displayed below is similar to that of the Z-20 (look-alike of the american Black Hawk) as explained on chinese-military-aviation.blogspot.com.

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IFF antenna

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Electro Optical Sight

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Source: mil.huanqiu.com via defence-blog.com and en.people.cn

Jul 252015
 
H225 front

Part 4: to Yangon, Bangkok, Hanoi, attempting Macau

After landing, you refuel. It will not only be easier to start early the next day, but it will also lower the condensation in the fuel tank.

Refueling in Yangon

Refueling in Yangon

ready for take-off

ready for take-off

The aircraft is manned with 3 crew members: a pilot, co-pilot, and a flight engineer. The flight engineer is usually not necessary, but regarding the duration of the journey, his presence is comforting.

EC225, view of the cockpit

EC225, view of the cockpit

Nice landscape

Nice landscape

Landing by night in Da Nang

Landing by night in Da Nang

Filing the flight plan to Macau

Filing the flight plan to Macau

Top of clouds

Top of clouds

Unfortunately, the visa was not ready to permit the entrance into the Chinese airspace. The aircraft then had to fly back and spend the night in Macau…

Part 5: from Da Nang (Vietnam) to Macau (China)

Da Nang to Macau

Da Nang to Macau

The last leg, from Da Nang to Macau

The last leg, from Da Nang to Macau

final landing in Macau

final landing in Macau

so much smoke for this trip!

so much smoke for this trip!

More smoke on all the rear fuselage

More smoke on all the rear fuselage

removing the internal auxiliary fuel tank

removing the internal auxiliary fuel tank

H225, rear door open

H225, rear door open

clean-up before delivery

clean-up before delivery

delivery to COHC after the 7510 NM journey

delivery to COHC after the 7510 NM journey

After a 15-day journey covering a distance of 13908 km (7510 nautical miles) in a total flight time of 66 hours, this EC225, the fourth in a series of seven ordered in 2011, was delivered on time to its Chinese customer.

Apr 142014
 

Every year and a few steps away from the lake of Constance, southern Germany, the airport of Friedrichshafen hosts the AERO trade fair, gathering many manufacturers from the light general aviation.

Ultra Lights and gliders, small and light aircraft, gyrocopters and helicopters, navigation systems and digital maps, everybody had something to keep himself busy.

Of course, I headed for the helicopters. The exhibition is mostly European. Robinson was not present, as well as bigger manufacturers like AgustaWestland or Airbus Helicopters.

e-volo

e-volo is a young German company aiming for an electric “multicopter”. The Volocopter is a dream to every young engineer: the elegant concept featuring 18 electric motors (55 to 90 kW) proved its feasibility with an indoor unmanned flight last year (November 2013), and outdoor “real” flights are expected with excitement.

The aircraft will be certified as Ultra Light with a gross weight of 450 kg and 2 persons side by side.

Cruise speed would be at least 100 km/h, longer than 1 hour and higher than 6500 ft.

e-volo VC200

e-volo VC200

e-volo VC200

e-volo VC200

GUIMBAL

The two-seater is worldwide famous, but not yet big enough to seriously compete against the almighty Robinson. The Cabri is now fitted with a cargo hoist up to 220 kg and models produced after S/N 008 can be easily retrofitted.

GUIMBAL Cabri with 220kg hoist

GUIMBAL Cabri with 220kg hoist

GUIMBAL Cabri cockpit

GUIMBAL Cabri cockpit

SAGITA Helicopters

SAGITA Helicopters is a Belgian company created in 2008, working on a new helicopter design based on a Ljungström turbine. The bulky hull covers a centrifugal turbine, that powers both of the rotor plates. The 2 pairs of blades are contra-rotating coaxial rotors. According to the brochure, the transmission system requires no lubrication or cooling!
The air intake is located at the rear of the fuselage and the exhaust is a thin gap between the hemispheres of the rotor head.

Despite succesful flight tests of a 1/5 scale model and wind tunnel experiments, the full scale prototype is expected to make its maiden flight only next year.

SAGITA helicopter mock up

SAGITA helicopter mock up 

SAGITA helicopter mock up from behind

SAGITA helicopter mock up from behind

Ljungström turbine from Wikipedia

Ljungström turbine from Wikipedia

DYNALI Helicopter Company

DYNALI is another Belgian helicopter manufacturer. The first model, the H2, was under powered and got replaced by the H2S, powered by a Subaru engine. The H3 was on display.

The H3 is available as a kit for 100 000 EUR or ready to fly for 110 000 EUR. The H2S is more performing and comes with a slightly higher price of 125 000 EUR ready for flight.

With a gross weight of 450 kg,  the H3 qualifies as a Class 6 ULM in France.

DYNALI H3 with an open canopy

DYNALI H3 with an open canopy

ITALIAN ROTORS Industries

Unfortunately, the staff was not available to talk about the aircraft. Nevertheless, the brochure is very detailed and plenty of information.

The two-seater is powered either with a Thunderbird 130 shp or with a Lycoming O-320 B2C (four cylinders and 160 shp) and qualifies as a French ULM with a gross weight of 450 kg.

IRI T-Line

IRI T-Line

IRI T-Line from behind

IRI T-Line from behind

IRI T-Line, cockpit interior

IRI T-Line, cockpit interior

IRI T-Line dashboard

IRI T-Line dashboard

ALPI AVIATION

Yet another Italian helicopter manufacturer! Unfortunately, they were already packing and there was nobody to discuss with.

Syton AH130

Syton AH130

Syton AH130 dashboard

Syton AH130 dashboard

Syton AH130, detail of the tail rotor

Syton AH130, detail of the tail rotor

KONNER Helicopters

Konner is an Italian helicopter manufacturer producing its own Diesel turbo engines. The TK250 produces 250 shp at 2300 rpm.

The warm welcome with big slices of prosciutto was noteworthy.

The aircraft seems to come in any colour you could imagine, inside as well as outside. It can be powered with aviation fuel (kerozene, JP-4…) as well as diesel. Example was taken from a customer in Micronesia using the helicopter as help for fishing. The aircraft is provided with the same fuel as the ship: diesel.

KONNER K1

KONNER K1

KONNER K1 cockpit

KONNER K1 cockpit

Konner K1, detail of the joystick

Konner K1, detail of the joystick

KONNER K1, detail of the tail rotor

KONNER K1, detail of the tail rotor

KONNER K1

KONNER K1

HELIPARK GmbH

This German company started the development of the HPC450, a small helicopter. The model has never flown yet, but the display looked promising and we could expect a maiden flight soon.

HELIPARK HPC450

HELIPARK HPC450

HELIPARK HPC450 engine

HELIPARK HPC450 engine

HELIPARK HPC450, detail of the tail rotor

HELIPARK HPC450, detail of the tail rotor

HELIPARK HPC450, detail of the flight controls

HELIPARK HPC450, detail of the flight controls

HELIPARK HPC450 from behind

HELIPARK HPC450 from behind

 

AIRBORNE Technologies

Beside the manufacturers, another company displayed its airborne sensors. The Bo105 fuselage might have been there for demonstration purpose only; I wouldn’t know where the pilot would seat otherwise 🙂

Airborne Technologies Bo105 Mockup

Airborne Technologies Bo105 Mockup

Airborne Technologies Bo105 Mockup, operator console

Airborne Technologies Bo105 Mockup, operator console

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Oct 292012
 

US Coast Guards published an awesome video today. The cameras are installed in the helicopter.

Winch

Winch

in the rear of the cargo cabin

in the rear of the cargo cabin

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday, and two remain missing.

The 14 people were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel at approximately 10:15 a.m. with no life threatening injuries.
Crews aboard a C-130 Hercules and an MH-60 Jayhawk are searching for the two missing crew members. Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm and the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin are en route to assist with the search.
The vessel is reportedly sunk, but the mast is still visible.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.
The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and established communications with the Bounty’s crew.
Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The first Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.
The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.
The vessel was reportedly taking on water and without propulsion. On scene weather was reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

 

The sunk ship was famous as it was a replica of the HMS Bounty. The 180 ft long (55 m) and three-masted ship was built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty and was also featured in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie (source).

 

Oct 162012
 
A109 SP of Swiss REGA on rescue duty at Axalp 2012
REGA-Bogen!

REGA-Bogen!

A109 SP of Swiss REGA on rescue duty at Axalp 2012

A109 SP of Swiss REGA on rescue duty at Axalp 2012

A109 SP of Swiss REGA on rescue duty at Axalp 2012

A109 SP of the Swiss REGA on rescue duty at Axalp 2012
(special for Rupert)

and for the end of this post, a short video featuring the aircraft operating:

Oct 162012
 
Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 on passenger transportation duty

Switzerland flies Cougar AS532 UL. 8 of them were displayed at Axalp 2012.

They also flew on VIP transportation duty, conveying special guests to the high-altitude airshow.

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012

Cougar AS532 UL launching flares at Axalp 2012

Cougar AS532 UL launching flares at Axalp 2012

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 during live demo

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 during live demo

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 on passenger transportation duty

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 on passenger transportation duty

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 on passenger transportation duty

Cougar AS532 UL at Axalp 2012 on passenger transportation duty

Oct 162012
 
Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012
Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012


Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Pilatus PC-21 display at Axalp 2012

Oct 162012
 
EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012
EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012


EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on transport and surveillance mission at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on rescue demo at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012

EC635 on rescue demo at Axalp Fliegerschiessen 2012