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50 years to this day BO105 flew for first time

Old 16th Feb 2017, 18:20
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50 years to this day BO105 flew for first time

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Old 16th Feb 2017, 20:35
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Looks like the Aussies might have gotten a hold of D-HMBB at some point!


The "Bo" spent 40+ years flying the lighthouses off the Irish coast. It must have been a half-decent machine.


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Old 16th Feb 2017, 21:00
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Hmmm.... First time I remember seeing one was in the '70s. I had no idea it was as old as the Bell 206!
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Old 16th Feb 2017, 21:15
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Also 50 years of the Gazelle.
105's made me a lot of money, fine piece of German engineering.
The Gazelle was the first helicopter I worked on 1975.
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Old 16th Feb 2017, 22:40
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Oh, I feel old! I first flew the Bo-105 on my conversion course coming up to 44 years ago on 2 June 1973 with the late lamented Pete Peckowski at Shannon. Only did one year on the Irish Lights though. Flew the type elsewhere for 6 years and loved it!
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Old 17th Feb 2017, 02:41
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HDSU was a demo in Oz in 1985 and Herr Blumel took me for a demo. To an old 2-blader like me, it was an eye-opening experience when he demonstrated pushovers over cliffs and hills.

The 105 wasn't much of an improvement in overall crew space over a 206, so we ended up buying a BK instead. And then crashing it in the sea. Rats.
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Old 17th Feb 2017, 07:00
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Brilliant machine ! have a look in 'Bond 105s' PPRuNe

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Old 17th Feb 2017, 11:36
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I think that someone on the design team hated pilots.
Had cause to fly from Strubby to North Denes out to a light vessel and back then return to Strubby all rotors running. I got out on the vessel and twice at Denes. By the time I got back to Strubby I was crippled by the appalling seats and could hardly walk.
Asked the captain (Dennis Anderson) how on earth he could just sit there for so long.
"Oh you just get used to it"
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Old 17th Feb 2017, 12:10
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Probaby the oldest and highest time aircraft still flying S.45 G-BATC built in 1972 with 21,000 hours on the clock.

Photograph of Aircraft G-BATC

Not even had a stretched fuselage replacement and getting close to G-BAMF's 22000 hours.
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Old 17th Feb 2017, 12:43
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The nation's first HEMS machine was G-AZTI and that was almost 30 years ago and she was OLD even then. First flew the beast on the Met Police contract back in 1980 but then spent a while offshore in the Fulmar.

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Old 18th Feb 2017, 11:35
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Originally Posted by ericferret View Post
Probaby the oldest and highest time aircraft still flying S.45 G-BATC built in 1972 with 21,000 hours on the clock.

Photograph of Aircraft G-BATC.
A regular visitor to North Denes in the 70s, when operated by Management Aviation, often I seem to remember with Geoffrey Bond at the controls?
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Old 18th Feb 2017, 18:03
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A regular visitor to North Denes in the 70s, when operated by Management Aviation, often I seem to remember with Geoffrey Bond at the controls?
I finished the Auk/Fulmar contract in 1986 in a Dauphin and ended up flying with Geoff Bond on the Cornwall air ambulance in 89 in G-AZTI 😜
Good times....
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 13:29
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Yesterday in Antarctica.......................
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 16:09
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Yesterday in Antarctica.......................
No floats?
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 16:27
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Floats............?
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 16:44
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I can't see the details in the photo, which country is using them in Antarctica?

I believe the max ext. load for the BO105LSA3SL is 1350 kgs. Practically, with 60% fuel at sea level ISA conditions will it lift that?
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 17:55
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My first flight in a B105 was a C model DH-DJE at a conversion course at MBB factory at Ottobrun 16th Jan 1978.

First solo revenue flight was in G-AZTI, 28th Feb 1978. Longside-Aberdeen-Piper A-Aberdeen-Piper A-Claymore A-Longside. Flight time 7hrs 5 mins. My bum still hurts!

A few other registrations from the NSH / MAL days

G BDMC
G BCDH
G AZOR
G BCXO
G AZTI
G BEZJ
G BDYZ
HB XFD
G BAMF
G BAFD
D HDGC
G BGKJ
G BATC
G BGKP

Great machines to fly
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 18:18
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105's are fun but really struggle in the heat, even the superlifter.
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 18:37
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"My first flight in a B105 was a C model DH-DJE at a conversion course at MBB factory at Ottobrun 16th Jan 1978."

That's a coincidence Hugh - so was mine! Long time no see.
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Old 19th Feb 2017, 19:44
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Hello Mike. How are you doing? I assume you are having to put up with retirement as well. It's terrible never having a day off now.

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