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Old 2nd Feb 2006, 20:48
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600,000 flight hours

Columbia Helicopters fleet of Boeing/Kawasaki Vertol 107-II helicopters has just surpassed 600,000 flight hours – the equivalent of 25,000 days or about 68.5 years in the air.

Columbia President Mike Fahey says: "One of our Vertols is the world's highest time helicopter. This latest benchmark proves that this is one of the most durable helicopters ever made. We've always said that Boeing designed and built a truly amazing helicopter. We salute both Boeing and GE - Aviation for their part in helping us to achieve this milestone."

The company acquired the first of its fleet of 14 active Vertols in 1969, when founder Wes Lematta purchased three aircraft that had been flying for Pan-Am in New York City, and has recently reached an agreement with Boeing to acquire the Type Certificates for the Vertol 107-II and Chinook 234.

In June 1982, Columbia Helicopters was hired by Sohio to participate in a test on Alaska's North Slope to evaluate the ability of the Boeing Vertol 107-II - to tow a fully-loaded hover barge over water, snow and ice. The Vertol's 600-foot long line was connected to a hover barge. Air blowers on the 170-ton barge forced a cushion of air under the barge, which was kept in place by rubberized skirt material. This first test was run around Prudhoe Bay with an empty barge, and was successful. During this and subsequent tests, the aircraft often flew with a nose-down angle approaching 25 degrees.
Next, the barge was loaded with 40 tons of cargo for another test run.

The final test was to tow the hover barge over a 50-mile course to the ‘Alaska Island’ drill site where Sohio had just completed an oil well. During the tow to the island, headwinds over 30 knots were encountered, and snow and ice build-up were also factors but the Vertol was able to bring the empty barge to the island successfully.


This now famous photograph was taken by Columbia Helicopters' photographer Ted Veal on the return trip to
Prudhoe Bay when the barge carried 50 tons of cargo, bringing the total weight to 220 tons.






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Old 3rd Feb 2006, 00:16
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Congratulations to Columbia Helicopters on achieving the 600,000 hours.

I worked alongside their crews (and aircraft) in PNG some 20 plus years ago and they taught me all about ‘production’ flying, The number of lbs hauled per flight hour was what they were all about…we (at that time) seemed to be focused on other less tangible things.

Columbia’s achievement was not made without the ultimate sacrifice being made by some dedicated and talented aviators. I remember even then that the jungle was home to the odd carcass of a BV107. Does anyone know the true total? I am guessing that their accident rate must be something like 1: 100,000 hours.
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Old 6th Feb 2006, 01:30
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Holy... .!!!
This is a AH-1G Cobra from the spanish navy.
This looks like the rotor is touching the ground the next moment.
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Old 6th Feb 2006, 04:09
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Where is the next shot of the explosion and firery crash. The rotor blade would have to contact the ground going by the angle and altitude.
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Old 6th Feb 2006, 05:58
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Zoom lenses foreshorten distance between subjects.

eg This picture of two aircraft in the stack for Heathrow



The DHL is at FL90 and the JAL at FL100.
(For non-pilots/non-ATC: 1000' vertical separation.)


There is also 1000' vertical separation between these two:



(Picture originally posted in the ATC forum by PPRuNe Radar)


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Old 6th Feb 2006, 06:05
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does look really close though. for aviators & non-aviators FL90 is not a flight level. flight levels do not start until 10,000 ft FL100.
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That's not correct re the UK - where the picture referring to Flight Levels was taken.
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Old 6th Feb 2006, 06:07
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Seen this photo? The effect is called "foreshortening", where because of the distance from the object and the amount of zoom needed to get the helicopter that big in the frame, it makes it look like objects in the foreground are directly beneath the object in the frame. In both these photos there is something else that is contributing to the illusion - in the hover barge picture, the reflection in the water makes you initially think the helicopter is right above it, and in the Cobra picture the shadow on the ground does the same. Given the angle of flight of the Cobra, it would have already hit the ground with the rotors. Have a close look at the shadow, at the offset of the skid supports, that will tell you the angle of the sun and therefore you can work out roughly how far up it actually was.

Courtesy Columbia Helicopters site http://www.colheli.com/

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Old 6th Feb 2006, 06:07
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Possibly the wrong forum to ask but for us non airline pilots is it really that common to be that close? 1000' seems awfully close.

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does look really close though. for aviators & non-aviators FL90 is not a flight level. flight levels do not start until 10,000 ft FL100.
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Not quite.......diferent systems around the world. And in the UK I belive TA/TL is quite low. (FL50?)
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There's more information about the Columbia Vertol on this thread -

600,000 hours



This sequence illustrates the effect of zoom lenses very well.
Watch the focal length (bottom corner) changing.



I think the most accurate view is at 50mm, but my knowledge of the technical aspects of photography is very limited.

(Apologies for the advert embedded in the picture. Hope it's OK just this once.)
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2: capt hllywood & born2fly_au

1000 ft is awfully close horizontaly, but it is the vertical separation, aircraft use it to fly on different layers called levels. Horizontal nubers are MUCH greater.

In US, the transition altitude is 18000, in Europe usually much lower. In London airspace, FL 90 is a FLIGHT level, in Amsterdam FL 40 IS a flight level. Airspace design.

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Old 6th Feb 2006, 09:34
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In Australia Flight levels start at 10,000 FL100. set the altimeter to 1013.
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Im not a chopper pilot but get to use them regularly during floods.
Have been enjoying this thread so thought I'd post.
Apologies for the lack of technique but we were on a mission.

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Okay, due to popular demand (okay, one person asked), here are some shots of mine with full-size download options. Apologies if you've seen them before.

Caloundra



Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/ARH-002-Caloundra.jpg



Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/ARH-005-BNE.jpg



By the way, the two guys you can see reflected on the helmet are the pilot and engineer. In the official Defence Media picture that appeared in several magazines (which is better than my picture I must admit), you can see three people reflected in the helmet, one of them in a suit - that was me showing the pilot and engineer the picture I'd just taken.

Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/ARH-005-Launch.jpg



Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/ARH-Silhouette.jpg

Chinook blade


Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/Chinook-blade.jpg

Squirrel over Sea World


Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/Se...quirrel-15.JPG



Click here to download full size version: http://www.geosim.com.au/~michael/VH-WCN.jpg
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WTB,

All those photos and only one of a helicopter....nice underslung loads in the rest however. (That by the way...is a hint!)
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Originally Posted by HeliEng
Ian,

That has got to be the most brilliant thing I have ever seen!!!!

I WANT ONE!

A radio controlled R22, with guns on! What more could you want out of life?
A 530FF with a pilots seat!!!!!
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Gothenburg´s ambulance helicopter


Seen leaving medical crew on a pier in the archipelago - the pier was to small to house the S76 helicopter.

The helicopter is based at Säve airport ( South Western Sweden) and takes off on approx 1600 calls a year.
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Interesting; doesn't the door has to be closed in flight, as part of the structure?
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@ spheriflex; Doors in helicopters are not stressed components (normally)
But I know some guy's who stress the doors on our squirrel.

happy Landings
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Old 10th Feb 2006, 22:20
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I read all 101 pages of this topic and I loved it verry much!

Unfortunatly I don't fly but I want to go for my PPL soon
Here some photo's that I've made (almost) all in the Netherlands:

Appache



Cougar



A duck fly by...


Another one with photo's of me, there will be verry much posts from me, because I've got verry much pictures, but I'm only allowed to post 15 pictures in 1 reply


Cougar


A helicopter of the fire brigade in Loulé, Portugal




World Harbour Days, Rotterdam, The Netherlands






Christoph Europa 2 D-HHTS EC135 on Rotterdam Airport, The Netherlands



Some helicopters at the Aviodrome, Lelystad Airport, The Netherlands













That's it! A thing I really want to do is take some air-to-air pic's of helicopters, but it's so expensive to fly in a helicopter
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