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25th Oct 2021, 13:24
Replies: 163
Views: 115,466
Posted By Xmit

'.... in addition to the new Sea Searcher radar...

'.... in addition to the new Sea Searcher radar and TANS.'

You're right - I'd forgotten about the Mk5's new TANS (TANS G?) I recall that it was significantly better than the Mk2's - even without...
24th Oct 2021, 18:10
Replies: 163
Views: 115,466
Posted By Xmit

The Sea King M5's new passive ASW equipment had...

The Sea King M5's new passive ASW equipment had to be removed because it was next-to-useless against a conventional submarine threat. Although it had the Sea Searcher radome, it was still fitted...
22nd Oct 2021, 20:04
Replies: 163
Views: 115,466
Posted By Xmit

Agreed; however, my intention wasn't to focus on...

Agreed; however, my intention wasn't to focus on the low cost and sophistication of the Argentine submarines compared with ours. Rather, it was to draw attention to their effectiveness in tying down...
22nd Oct 2021, 18:03
Replies: 163
Views: 115,466
Posted By Xmit

Agree regarding the number of Sea Harriers but,...

Agree regarding the number of Sea Harriers but, if there were no submarine threat, more deck space would have been available and I'm pretty sure that we could have deployed more RAF GR3s. These...
22nd Oct 2021, 16:41
Replies: 163
Views: 115,466
Posted By Xmit

Perhaps the real success of the Argentine...

Perhaps the real success of the Argentine submarine campaign was that it forced us to counter it. Numerous Sea Kings, and the odd Wessex, were required to maintain a constant screen around the...
2nd Aug 2020, 07:37
Replies: 99
Views: 29,341
Posted By Xmit

In my experience, increased spending doesn’t...

In my experience, increased spending doesn’t necessarily mean increased capability.....
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Dec 2019, 18:13
Replies: 25
Views: 6,573
Posted By Xmit

I agree that MS FS and other PC graphics are...

I agree that MS FS and other PC graphics are better than those found in many simulators, but graphics quality isn't the whole story...especially for night/IMC operations. A full-motion simulator...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Jul 2019, 07:56
Replies: 4
Views: 2,413
Posted By Xmit

That's sad news. Chris was my instructor at 705...

That's sad news. Chris was my instructor at 705 back in 1981; I couldn't have wished for a better start to my helicopter flying career.
Forum: Rotorheads
16th Nov 2018, 21:40
Replies: 41
Views: 15,926
Posted By Xmit

Merlins served operationally in Iraq (UK) and...

Merlins served operationally in Iraq (UK) and Afghanistan (UK, Italy and Denmark). An RAF Merlin pilot was awarded an DFC while serving in Iraq. That sounds like front line service to me.
Forum: Rotorheads
3rd Dec 2017, 12:25
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

Agreed, but you'd be surprised how frequently we...

Agreed, but you'd be surprised how frequently we see pilots of all experience levels making this error - both on the ground and in the air. Perhaps the capability and reliability of modern autopilot...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2017, 15:26
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

Yes - one would hope that the pilot would notice...

Yes - one would hope that the pilot would notice that the contols were moving....but sadly that's not always the case.

Sometimes pilots don't physically monitor the controls, especially on the...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2017, 13:43
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

That's correct, but with ASE only engaged (ie no...

That's correct, but with ASE only engaged (ie no AFCS modes) the parallel actuators still operate and extend ASE authority to 100%. Although slow compared with the series actuators, they are...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2017, 11:35
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

SEP20. Now I have to add some more characters!

SEP20. Now I have to add some more characters!
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2017, 07:51
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

The AP on the AW101 is 100% authority attitude...

The AP on the AW101 is 100% authority attitude and heading hold system. It isn't SAS. It does have a manual trim mode which is similar to SAS, but it's not routinely used because it deprives the...
Forum: Rotorheads
30th Nov 2017, 06:51
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

How would such a system work? If I were taking...

How would such a system work? If I were taking off from the deck of a small ship at night (or any time actually) I would want to be assured that the AP was fully engaged prior to lifting. A WOW...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Nov 2017, 07:54
Replies: 111
Views: 78,700
Posted By Xmit

For ground taxying the AW101, we recommend that...

For ground taxying the AW101, we recommend that the non-handling pilot puts his or her feet firmly on the inner section of the yaw pedals to resist any unwanted input from the handling pilot. This...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Jan 2017, 18:44
Replies: 69
Views: 19,262
Posted By Xmit

Agreed - but I think your analogue AFCS was a...

Agreed - but I think your analogue AFCS was a duplex system, unlike the supposedly more advanced Sea King!
Forum: Rotorheads
15th Nov 2013, 12:56
Replies: 121
Views: 35,298
Posted By Xmit

VSF Most 101 SAR operators seem to hover at...

VSF

Most 101 SAR operators seem to hover at around 60', which is a compromise between hover references, flyaway performance and downwash impact. UK variants (and others) have a hover trim...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Nov 2013, 18:15
Replies: 304
Views: 79,515
Posted By Xmit

TC - I recall from visits to the ARCC that the...

TC - I recall from visits to the ARCC that the Sea King had an ROA of 240nm, while the S92's was 250nm with its internal tank fitted - hardly a huge gain in capability. I know that it's useful to...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Nov 2013, 09:07
Replies: 304
Views: 79,515
Posted By Xmit

TC, I'm interested to know which SAR (or...

TC, I'm interested to know which SAR (or maritime) rotary platforms match the AW101's unrefuelled radius of action - one of the key capabilities which I'm sure led to its selection by Canada and...
Forum: Rotorheads
6th Nov 2013, 20:02
Replies: 304
Views: 79,515
Posted By Xmit

Thomas I must say that, having spent a large...

Thomas I must say that, having spent a large proportion of my flying career operating over water and inhospitable terrain, I find the concept of 'massively over redundant systems' difficult to...
Forum: Rotorheads
17th Apr 2013, 09:12
Replies: 632
Views: 152,978
Posted By Xmit

TC - As I understand it, the Merlin’s redundancy...

TC - As I understand it, the Merlin’s redundancy was designed in to enable routine independent long-range ASW and ASUW operations from frigate-sized ships by day and night with a single pilot – roles...
2nd Mar 2007, 19:57
Replies: 37
Views: 11,296
Posted By Xmit

It was much safer being the Exocet decoy than...

It was much safer being the Exocet decoy than trying sleep on 5 deck during the day!
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