Originally Posted by Biggles
I have often considered this. I live under the Chinnok flightpath for Odiham/Lineham and we get quite a few each day crossing over. Never seen one with a RIB on it yet. Would be worried if i did.
I'd be worried. They do have an unenviable reputation for dropping out of the sky, and are often not popular with the crews. Assuming that all helicopters defy the laws of physics (by rights they should screw themselves into the ground) the stresses two rotors places on an airframe are incredible.
Having said that, when they work they're superb and load carrying capability is incredible.