Landing a helicopter on the helipad of a warship is not easy.
Landing it in bad weather may be a sort of nightmare.
The following video shows a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy‘s Kamov Ka-28 “Helix”, one of the 8 twin contra-rotating rotor choppers reportedly flying with the Chinese Navy, trying to land on a Type 054A Frigate. As the footage shows, the pilot performed at least a couple of attempt before eventually managing to put the helicopter, an export version of the Russian Ka-27 on the warship.
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Too bad it didn’t crash and take the ship with it.
I can tell you’re not a pilot! … and not much of a human being for making a statement like that!!!
Somebody should tell them about RAST.
Coaxials are usually better able to handle side-winds. That said, the PLA Navy is on a steep learning curve. Perhaps after what I just saw they will make quick study of the benefits of RAST!
I’d say good on the pilot for aborting the 1st two landing attempts. Many a pilot has gotten in big trouble by having a bad case of get-there-itis and pressing a bad situation on landing instead of going around and trying again. That dude earned every penny that day. Freakin’ scary!
Ching Chang Ching Chang Chung. I no see ship with smarr sritty eye, and scare so bad my 2 inch peepee shrink to one inch!
THIS TIME THE PLA NAVY DID NOT COPY THE CANADIAN “BEAR TRAP”!