Nov 232013
 
ZS-TDT, Ecureuil AS350

End of September 2013, beginning of spring time.

The day was rather grey, not providing much hope for a VFR weather. Shortly before my arrival at the airport, I was surprised to follow two trucks carrying wrecks. 2 Bo-105, easy to recognize, but not to identify. No clear markings were displayed, only the distinctive olive colour would let you imagine a previous life in the air force.

No clue where they came from, or what happened. Continue reading »

Oct 302013
 
Alouette II landing

Once every month, the South African Air Force museum in Zwartkop, Gauteng, flies its helicopters. This small air show is opened to the public, but only few people actually come. Unlike major crowded meetings, this makes the event very nice to attend.

What would you see there?

Helicopters, of course, and other aircraft, such as the Harvard. The helicopters are military, with the corresponding colour and markings. Consequently, it is not so easy to distinguish them from the landscape. Photographers would complain that the subject does not really stand out.

Alouette II landing on parking

Alouette II landing on parking in front of the South African Air Force museum, Swartkop, Gauteng

Alouette III after flight inspection with a pilot getting pretty

Alouette III after flight inspection with a pilot getting pretty

Alouette III in approach

Alouette III in approach

Alouette III in flight

Alouette III in flight

Alouette III on ground

Alouette III on ground

Alouette III landing

Alouette III landing

Alouette III landing on taxiway

Alouette III landing on taxiway

Alouette III landing

Alouette III landing

Alouette III landing on taxi

Alouette III landing on taxi

Alouette III parking

Alouette III parking

Alouette III parking

Alouette III parking

Alouette III parking and taxi

Alouette III parking and taxi

Red Alouette III passing by

Red Alouette III passing by

Red Alouette III approaching

Red Alouette III approaching

Alouette III parked on the shadow

Alouette III parked on the shadow

Alouette III showing off

Alouette III showing off

Atlas C4M Kudu ZU-CWZ

Atlas C4M Kudu ZU-CWZ

Harvard on low pass

Harvard on low pass

2 Harvard in formation

2 Harvard in formation

3 Harvard in formation

3 Harvard in formation

Harvard formation approach

Harvard formation approach

Harvard on parking

Harvard on parking

Harvard taxiing

Harvard taxiing

Harvard tour

Harvard tour

Sunglasses reflection

Sunglasses reflection

Zwartkop South African Air Force Base, Alouette II and Alouette III

Zwartkop South African Air Force Base, Alouette II and Alouette III

Sep 222013
 
EC130 mercy helicopter at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Today was a cold spring day at Grand Central airport, in Gauteng province, South Africa. Strong crosswinds let only a few helicopters take-off.

 

Bell 407 and R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Bell 407 and R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Bell 407 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Bell 407 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

EC130 mercy helicopter at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

EC130 mercy helicopter at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

EC130 mercy helicopter at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

EC130 mercy helicopter at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Bell 407 and R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Bell 407 and R44 at FAGC airport, Gauteng province, South Africa

Jun 262013
 
Project Zero in flight, by AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland released a picture of the Project Zero prototype. Only unmanned hover flight has been tested yet, with the rotors in horizontal position.

Source: http://ow.ly/i/2saia

Project Zero in flight, by AgustaWestland

Project Zero in hover, (C) AgustaWestland

It is so easy to ask! AgustaWestland was kind enough to answer.

 

Jun 222013
 
Presentation of Project Zero in Paris Air Show 2013 by Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland

Will it ever be displayed in flight?

Despite the offical AgustaWestland’s statement that the tilt rotor prototype flew several times within the last 2 years, many aeronautics enthusiasts expect the Italian manufacturer to release pictures of the demonstrator in flight.

Front view of the AgustaWestland's Project Zero under dome at Paris Air Show 2013

Front view of the AgustaWestland’s Project Zero under dome at Paris Air Show 2013

Presentation of Project Zero in Paris Air Show 2013 by Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland

Presentation of Project Zero in Paris Air Show 2013 by Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland

Presentation of Project Zero in Paris Air Show 2013 by Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland

Presentation of Project Zero in Paris Air Show 2013 by Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland

Side view of the AgustaWestland's Project Zero under dome at Paris Air Show 2013

Side view of the AgustaWestland’s Project Zero under dome at Paris Air Show 2013

Source: http://www.agustawestland.com/mediagallery

 

Side view of AgustaWestland's Project Zero in Le Bourget, Paris Airshow 2013

Side view of AgustaWestland’s Project Zero in Le Bourget, Paris Airshow 2013

Source: http://media.aerosociety.com/aerospace-insight/2013/06/17/paris-air-show-day-zero/8225/

Jun 212013
 

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Eurocopter X3 broke a world speed record with 255 kt in level flight (@10,000 ft), 5 kt more than the Sikorsky X2.

For the second time in its existence, this very same fuselage was made famous: the first event happened 22 years ago, when the Dauphin DGV became a world fastest helicopter with 372 km/h.

 

2013, June 7th D-Day

 

Catch it if you can: teaser

 

Catch it if you can: Eurocopter people sharing their experience

 

When the X3 met the TGV, French high speed train