By now, you will all know that another Super Puma, this one operated by CHC, has ditched just west of Sumburgh near the Shetland Islands. This tragic accident claimed 4 lives of the 18 souls on board the aircraft. I’m sure everyone will join me in extending best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of those that perished.
This accident is tragic enough but the fact that the flight was apparently just 2 miles short of its destination makes the tragedy somewhat crueller, added to this is the consideration that the impact was probably not the cause of the terrible loss of life, but some other factor which I believe to be related to difficulties experienced in exiting the wreckage. It’s a horrific thought to contemplate that the passengers survived the crash but died trying to free themselves. Read More→
The Jetbox, becomes G-JTBX
After 4 years of ownership I decided to change the registration of my faithful steed. I’m not sure why I chose to do it now and not last year when it was grounded for the best part of 9 months, but I did.
It’s a reasonably simple process in that a CAA CA1 form needs to be filled out detailing the new registration and any change of ownership (there wasn’t). After that you send this, along with the appropriate fee to the CAA who will make the required changes to their register. Simultaneously, the CAA arrange for a new certificate of registration and also an ARC and radio license.
I also had to notify my insurers and arrange for my transponder to be changed to reflect the new registration. Throughout all of this, the aircraft must also be grounded, but the CAA do have a typical 3 day turnaround and as I was going on holiday anyway for two weeks I wasn’t too concerned. Finally, I had to have the old designation removed and replaced with the new one. Bye bye EWAW, hello JTBX !
I have to say, it was weird climbing into the aircraft and using the new callsign, but I love it – and it sounds great.
Helicopter Bravo X-RAY sounds so much better!
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Eurocopter open day at Oxford Kidlington recently. The primary purpose of this open day was to introduce prospective customers to the Eurocopter range, the EC120B, their ‘entry level’ helicopter in particular. I have very little hands on experience of the Eurocopter range, although I have visited their factory at Marianne, Marseille and I’ve flown in a few Squirrel’s. However that’s not really a lot. I’ve always loved the look of the EC120 and I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to sit in one. The only other time i’ve managed to do this is at the Eurocopter stand at Cholmondeley Paegeant of Power and co-incidentally a few days ago when I sat in my pal Roy Murphy’s recently acquired machine G-FCKD (see the video here). Read More→