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Four dead as U.S. HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashes in UK

A RAF Lakenheath-based HH-60G Pave Hawk, a helicopter used for combat search and rescue, to recover downed aircrew or personnel in hostile environment at war, crashed off the north Norfolk coast.

The helicopter, belonging to the 56th Rescue Squadron with the 48th Fighter Wing, was involved in an incident during a training mission outside Cley-Next-The-Sea.

Based on the first reports, four crew members aboard the helicopter died in the incident.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


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China’s Black Hawk helicopter clone makes first flight

On Dec. 23, at 14.11 Local Time, Chinese medium lift utility helicopter dubbed Z-20 made its first flight.

As the image (published on a Chinese Internet website and then made available by Alert5) shows, the chopper is clearly based on the U.S. Black Hawk type (China operates 24 Black Hawk procured in 1983 as S-70C-2).

Still, it features some peculiar things: the 5-blade rotor, a larger cabin and a different landing gear and tail.

Z-20 is believed to be a 10-ton chopper that will be used to replace Mi-17 and Mi-171 helos within People’s Liberation Army.

Image via Alert5



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These images will bring you aboard a rescue chopper during a SAR training mission at sea

Last month, Sardinia Island, Italy, was hit by a tornado, dubbed “Cleopatra” that cost the life of 16 people including 4 children.

Aircraft, helicopters and personnel belonging to all the Italian Armed Forces and Corps joined the relief efforts throughout the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Among the units called to support the rescue operations there was also the 670^ Squadriglia, based at Decimomannu airbase, with its AB-212 helicopter.

AB212 2

The 670^ Squadriglia is tasked with Search And Rescue and its crews daily train to undertake these missions in the mountains or (considered the location of the base on an island), more frequently, at sea.

AB212 3

In Summer 2013, The Aviationist was invited to take part in a training mission in the Gulf of Cagliari. Alessandro Caglieri and Gian Luca Onnis boarded the AB.212 helicopter and shot the images and footage of the helicopter winching ops.



Image credit: Gian Luca Onnis and Alessandro Caglieri

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Stunning GoPro video shows Marines helicopter underwater escape training

U.S. Marines must be ready to face any emergency situation and be capable to egress a helicopter, upside down, underwater.

For underwater escape training, a system dubbed “helo dunker” is used.

It consists of a mock up helicopter that is plunged into a pool, and then flipped over as a real aircraft would do upon impact with the water.

U.S. Marines are required to test their ability to fight their way clear of restraint and harness to surface and this is what this particular exercise looks like.

H/T to
Business Insider’s Geoffrey Ingersoll for the heads up

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Polish made Black Hawk helicopters in the Colombian Army. Featuring advanced avionics.

Sikorsky Aircraft has announced (a bit late) that it has passed another two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the Colombian Army.

The S-70i version of Black Hawk is being produced in PZL Mielec works in Poland. Beside Colombians the Polish made choppers are used by Saudi Arabia, Armed Forces of Brunei and Mexican Police. What is more the Mielec works also supplies parts for the Black Hawks that are to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The latest two choppers differ from the earlier deliveries. They have new avionics system.

The helicopters have been taken on charge on Aug. 13, 2013 in Sikorsky West Palm Beach factory in Florida. Later they flew a 30 hour trip t0 Tolemaida AB in Colombia, covering a distance of approximately 5,560 km.

The peculiar feature of the chopper is the HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System) that was developed by Sikorsky in collaboration with Sandel Avionics.

It is similar to TAWS that is present in the fixed-wing aircraft, but at the same time it is adapted to the peculiar features of helicopter flying. The HTAWS works together with the GPS and INS (Inertial Navigation System) navigation systems, digital maps, radar altimeter, heading indicator and air data computer. This allows the HTAWS to provide very accurate data about the position of the chopper, along with e.g. positions of the electric power transmission lines, roads, terrain etc. Voice alerts are provided to warn the pilots.

The system features four sensitivity modes — Normal, Low, Tactical, and Obstacles Only. The last one reduces the number of false alerts in low altitude operations.

Colombia uses seven S-70i along with 96 UH-60L choppers that make it one of the largest Black Hawk Operators.

Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist

Image Credit: Sikorsky


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