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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by kwn » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:29 pm

Just had one of this seasons 214s fly over South towards Rockingham. You sure hear them before you see them.

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:27 am

Not wrong about that one.

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by kylep » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:34 am

I'm not sure if this is the same model, but one did a drop in front of us last weekend at Salt Ash, NSW. Certainly more 'thunderous' than the 350s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH6y1D8kcVo

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:17 am

Kyle, that is indeed a Bell 214

Here is the updated list for this years fire season aircraft. Kindly borrowed from a FB group ;)
Note that the Fire spotters are now call bird dog.

Here is an update mate
VH-AQL BIRDDOG 622
VH-LKQ BIRDDOG 640
VH-DXZ BIRDDOG 641
VH-KTG BIRDDOG 642
VH-DXM BIRDDOG 643
VH-CVI BIRDDOG 644
VH-BKH BIRDDOG 645
VH-DXL BIRDDOG 646
VH-LKV BIRDDOG 647
VH-KUE BIRDDOG 648
VH-DXU BIRDDOG 649
VH-DUQ BOMBER 601
VH-NIY BOMBER 602
VH-NIN BOMBER 603
VH-DUN BOMBER 604
VH-NIZ BOMBER 605
VH-NIA BOMBER 606
VH-DUJ BOMBER 607
VH-DUA BOMBER 608
VH-DUW BOMBER 609
VH-JID BOMBER 610
VH-NIP BOMBER 611
VH-NID BOMBER 612
VH-JTQ FIREBIRD 622
VH-YUQ FIREBIRD 623
VH-JRI FIREBIRD 624
VH-XRG FIREBIRD 625
C-GTWI HELITAK 671
N234PH HELITAK 672
N49732 HELITAK 673
N216PJ HELITAK 674
N217PJ HELITAK 676
C-FXNI HELITAK 677

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Magnus » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:17 pm

Reference to this years aircraft with pics & specs
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hk424tspp8ukwk5/Aircraft.pdf

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:42 pm

Clearly someone has not updated the info. There is no PZL M-18A Dromaders, and No AS350 Air Attack, it is AS355F1, The AT602's are not listed and at last count there are 10 Air Tractor 802's this year.

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:12 pm

FYI everyone
At Jandakot in front of the control tower there is
Helitak 672,673 and Firebird 623

Usual parking spot for the Water Bombers there is
Bomber 604,607,608,609

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by kyeboi » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:26 pm

Had the 2 bell 214s come over today around 2pm heading to Ocean Farms, mean sounding helitaks, could hear them for km's.
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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Did a grey/multi coloured Helicopter fly with the 2 Bell 214's Kyeboi?

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by kyeboi » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:59 pm

not with them no, but I did see a lot of choppers today maybe one mite have been if you show me a pic I mite be able to tell you if there was one.
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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by kyeboi » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:08 pm

Also I have a question you mite be able to answer, what choppers can fly at night? I have had many debates with my mate he recon most choppers can but I told him only polair and rescue 65! who else?
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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:19 pm

All depends if they are night ifr/vfr rated and or approved. Rescue 65, polair are the only ones I am aware of.

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Nafenn » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:34 pm

kyeboi wrote:Also I have a question you mite be able to answer, what choppers can fly at night? I have had many debates with my mate he recon most choppers can but I told him only polair and rescue 65! who else?
Any chopper that is approved can fly at night (stupidly broad answer, i know) provided that the pilot is appropriately trained.

Any flight at night must comply with the appropriate laws which restrict operations. POLAIR and Rescue 65 do operate at night, because the choppers and pilots are capable, the Water bomber pilots more than likely are trained to fly at night, but because of restrictions on the work they do (water bombing) they are not able to work at night.

Additional useless information:

At night an aircraft under Visual Flight Rules must operate a minimum of 1000' above the highest obstacle within 10nm of the aircraft, unless it is taking off or landing. [within 3nm of the aerodrome/landing area] - Civil Aviation Regulation 174B

The exception to the above is a helicopter operating under the VFR with the pilot using Night Vision Goggles (for the purposes of search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, aerial fire fighting) and meet several conditions. Civil Aviation Order 82.6

I do not believe that DFES is approved for NVG operations
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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Helitak_670 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:00 pm

I am pretty sure I explained that in simple terms..... [-X

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Re: Helitak Thread

Post by Nafenn » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:56 am

Helitak_670 wrote:I am pretty sure I explained that in simple terms..... [-X
congratulations, want a cookie? :roll:

I gave the information behind the simple answer.
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