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Forum: Rotorheads
30th Aug 2021, 15:37
Replies: 16
Views: 5,140
Posted By Dave B

Such glaring errors as using a Yellow Helicopter...

Such glaring errors as using a Yellow Helicopter in a series about the RN, spoil a good series. When I was working at Redhill, Two S76s were painted to look like SAS machines, the black paint used...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th May 2021, 16:40
Replies: 48
Views: 17,195
Posted By Dave B

Probably not relevant but I seem to remember from...

Probably not relevant but I seem to remember from my years ago on 206s, that it is possible to fit the main gearbox support links the wrong way round, as they are handed, and this can affect the...
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Feb 2021, 12:11
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Sad picture, but I guess we all end up like that....

Sad picture, but I guess we all end up like that. The powers that be were never sentimental about aircraft, I speak as one who worked on the last Two Beaufighters in service. At the end these Two...
Forum: Rotorheads
22nd Dec 2020, 12:55
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Anybody who worked on Hunters, single engine...

Anybody who worked on Hunters, single engine Wessex, or Belvederes will be familiar with Avpin. We had a guy on Belvederes who swallowed some, on that aircraft the Avpin tank was up high on the side...
Forum: Rotorheads
1st Dec 2020, 12:44
Replies: 38
Views: 12,893
Posted By Dave B

Two months for heavy maintenance, ? we used to be...

Two months for heavy maintenance, ? we used to be able to do a major check on a 212 in Two weeks, I thought progress meant improving things.
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Nov 2020, 15:30
Replies: 34
Views: 8,155
Posted By Dave B

I talked to a Sikorsky rep once about why they...

I talked to a Sikorsky rep once about why they did not upgrade the S61 with more powerful engines, and composite rotor blades. He said that Sikorsky were quite willing to do it, but they wanted the...
Forum: Rotorheads
24th Oct 2020, 11:55
Replies: 38
Views: 12,893
Posted By Dave B

Thanks Mark. It was fun, we finished the air test...

Thanks Mark. It was fun, we finished the air test by flying round the Emperors Palace.
That evening we went to downtown Yokohama for a chinese meal as my Japanese guide did not like Japanese food....
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Oct 2020, 18:32
Replies: 38
Views: 12,893
Posted By Dave B

I surveyed it in Tokyo, BA club class, care of...

I surveyed it in Tokyo, BA club class, care of the Barclay Brothers, best flight I ever had.
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Oct 2020, 15:42
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Sorry Sycamore I was never very good at keeping...

Sorry Sycamore I was never very good at keeping diaries, but this would have been Summer 1965, after the New Zealand Regiment took over the area, from the Gurkhas, I was in charge of maintenance at...
Forum: Rotorheads
21st Oct 2020, 12:19
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1584x1036/heli_120001_small_0b1150f7a49e451bb9a02aec2ba16d9169963376.jpg
Hill top Jambo 1965
Far East Driver, does this bring back any memories.
Forum: Rotorheads
10th Oct 2020, 15:31
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Not to my knowledge NutLoose, but I never worked...

Not to my knowledge NutLoose, but I never worked on any of the Navy versions, perhaps they had extra gear. Anyone who has read Richard Pikes book helicopter boys, will have read about the Bristow...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Oct 2020, 18:31
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Sycamore My only worry was that someone not...

Sycamore
My only worry was that someone not using the right gear, and not being familiar with the job, may get hurt. As an ex Wessex chief engineer, I must have done many gearboxes, but the...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Oct 2020, 12:36
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

blue up If you are still intending to remove...

blue up
If you are still intending to remove the major components, I would suggest you must get the correct tools, slings, and stands to mount the bits on. With the amount of Wessex in service with...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Oct 2020, 16:46
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

If you want to remove the gearbox after the head...

If you want to remove the gearbox after the head is off, you have to allow for the mast forward tilt. Deflate the rear oleo, pump up the front oleos and get as much nose up as you can. You then need...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Oct 2020, 16:30
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

You need a special tool kit called a Hydrapack...

You need a special tool kit called a Hydrapack ram for undoing the top nut. As someone has said, you seem to be trying to remove the head and gearbox together. Is there not an old Wessex man around...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Sep 2020, 12:23
Replies: 46
Views: 9,757
Posted By Dave B

There is a well known story about 22 squadron SAR...

There is a well known story about 22 squadron SAR in the sixties, when they still had the Whirlwind 10. One of the pilots posted in was a failed fast jet pilot, and he was disgruntled about being...
Forum: Rotorheads
4th Sep 2020, 18:15
Replies: 86
Views: 15,039
Posted By Dave B

Get hold of a copy of the Haynes "Owners Workshop...

Get hold of a copy of the Haynes "Owners Workshop Manual".for the Wessex By Lee Howard, ISBN 978 1 78521 117 1. Lots of pictures, drawings and stories.
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Jul 2020, 10:55
Replies: 40
Views: 11,599
Posted By Dave B

A well known story in Bristows is about the early...

A well known story in Bristows is about the early days of the 206. A French pilot was taking off from a rig in the gulf, when he decided he was not happy with the CofG. He could not attract the...
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Jul 2020, 16:05
Replies: 16
Views: 6,421
Posted By Dave B

Wow, how things have changed over the years, in...

Wow, how things have changed over the years, in Borneo in the early sixties, during the confrontation, this was a regular happening. The army would make a clearing by blowing trees up, the whirlwind...
Forum: Rotorheads
19th Dec 2019, 16:22
Replies: 379
Views: 87,797
Posted By Dave B

When I worked at Redhill, over 20 years ago now,...

When I worked at Redhill, over 20 years ago now, there was a small hanger next door, belonging to Cierva. They were working on a twin piston Helicopter called the Grasshopper, it had contra rotating...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Sep 2019, 16:13
Replies: 10
Views: 2,090
Posted By Dave B

A bit of thread creep, but many years ago in Port...

A bit of thread creep, but many years ago in Port Harcourt Nigeria, Barny Swinton Bland flying a Whirlwind series 111 on floats, went down with vibration from a lifting blade pocket. He was floating...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Aug 2019, 18:23
Replies: 15
Views: 5,024
Posted By Dave B

Were they the Kings aircraft, if so. I am glad...

Were they the Kings aircraft, if so. I am glad they had a happy ending. The reason for my post was to warn of the dangers of having a quick look under an aircraft that size on skids.
I have also...
Forum: Rotorheads
13th Aug 2019, 12:25
Replies: 15
Views: 5,024
Posted By Dave B

If we are talking 214STs on skids, don't...

If we are talking 214STs on skids, don't ever,ever, go underneath one without it being supported on jacks. One of the most frightening incidents of my 40 years in aviation maintenance, was the...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th May 2019, 16:37
Replies: 12
Views: 4,396
Posted By Dave B

Juan Cierva, Raoul Hafner. Definition of a genius...

Juan Cierva, Raoul Hafner. Definition of a genius is someone capable of original thinking.
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Apr 2019, 16:18
Replies: 29
Views: 8,037
Posted By Dave B

G-BIBG was inherited by BHL when Caledonian...

G-BIBG was inherited by BHL when Caledonian closed down. We always had a problem with CofAs , as one particular surveyor objected to the overhead switch panels, which he said were a crash hazard....
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