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Old 5th Jul 2017, 22:11   #41 (permalink)
 
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Have to agree with SuperF, he's right on the money.
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 01:43   #42 (permalink)


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Old 17th Jul 2017, 13:11   #43 (permalink)
 
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Discredits the CAA. Doesn't discredit Phil Kemp though.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 21:14   #44 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the links to the video regarding your certification and engineering qualification activities, you have certainly started with the right approach toward Repetitive Heavy Lift operations. I wondered if Rolls-Royce had applied the same criteria and life reductions to the Gnome as the CT58 utilized in these type of Operations? I am also very impressed that an OEM actually got involved in sanctioning this type of operation, as most every other one disappears as fast as possible if Logging or RHL is mentioned, unless from risk mitigation when things aren't going right. Did they strain gauge the aircraft in operation, or purely a system evaluation and assessment?

A lot of the comments on here regarding the suitability of the Wessex for this type of operation are made by people with absolutely no idea about operating helicopters in this type of operational environment, and the accelerated wear and damage propagation that can occur. Helicopter Logging is not an unsafe operation, but is an extremely unforgiving environment for all the systems in the machine - the kind of issues that will surface in any fleet in a lifetime measured in decades, may appear in the first year. As a result of the accelerated wear on the systems, it is crucial that increased detailed inspections on all the known weak points are incorporated into the Inspection and Overhaul schedules, but lots of new ones will appear. It can be very challenging to provide adequate maintenance oversight in a cycle of troubleshooting, repair and part replacement. I have no insight into the financial side of the operation, but with a good purchase price and the size of the parts package, maybe all of this will come together, although I see the rates as being much lower than I am used to from my experience of production logging operations.

As I stated in my initial comment, the only way to prove the concept is to go and work the ship and see how it goes. The trial portion allows you to see the functionality and capability of the aircraft, the evaluation and the incorporation of risk reduction elements to the airframe and systems, and the final proof is putting the hours on it and seeing if it all works.

I stand by my judgement of this type and operation based on my personal experience, but wish you every success in getting it going. Maybe I'm just too old for all that hard work! Stay safe and good luck.
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Good luck 'Fordy'!

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Old 17th Aug 2017, 05:20   #46 (permalink)


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The 5 Wessex helicopters in question will be going up for a no reserve auction in New Plymouth NZ where they have been stored undercover ever since.
Probably start of October
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Old 17th Aug 2017, 10:11   #47 (permalink)
 
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That one looks suspiciously like an ex-84 Sqn (Cyprus) Mk5 that was converted to a Mk 2 but retained the drop tank.
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Old 17th Aug 2017, 12:34   #48 (permalink)
 
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Probably one of the Mk5s from the previous venture. Helicopter International in its July-August issue records the HeliLogging aircraft as Mk 2s XR511,XS675,XT606,XT680 and XV730.
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Old 17th Aug 2017, 16:08   #49 (permalink)
 
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Yes, I have XR511 in my logbook from 1986 in NI as a Mk 2, the others are very close (within 1 or 2) to a number of others, all Mk 2s so I think you are correct.
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All Mk 2s according to UK Serials. Transported to NZ 6/1/2004.

I wonder how magnesium is after thirteen years.
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Old 17th Aug 2017, 17:45   #51 (permalink)
 
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There was a huge cache of spares with these aircraft back 10 years ago.I guess they'll be up for sale too if a certain D.B. Wilson at Biggin hasn't snaffled them already. It would be nice to get one of these for The Helicopter Museum as the last report I had suggested they were basically in good nick, but I suspect transport costs would kill it.
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Old 17th Aug 2017, 20:12   #52 (permalink)
 
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I was at the Helicopter Museum a couple of weeks ago. They have a few Wessex carcasses outside.
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