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Old 20 December 2008, 17:38   #31
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Cod - you are implying this couldn't have happened on a Sea King. Not sure that is correct.
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Old 20 December 2008, 18:25   #32
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Well, Stornoway and Shetland operate S92's which if you have seen one up close seem to be considerably larger than the old s61's.
Having also seen one fly around with a good pilot at the helm it is obvious that they are quite manouverable. They are certainly very large inside.
The military are still the last option for extraordinary situations as they can use different flight rules and have low light gear on board.
Air ambulances and CG have to operate under civilian rules anyway. I have to admit I am looking forward to the first S92 trying to land at my facility, its a good bit longer than half the diameter of the pad, air ambulances are considerably shorter!
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Cod - you are implying this couldn't have happened on a Sea King. Not sure that is correct.
No I am not - it's the size that's the main problem - or lack of it - and no matter how good they are nothing will change that!!!
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Old 12 February 2010, 09:35   #34
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"The Soteria Consortium has been chosen to provide a harmonised Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service for the UK well into the 21st century, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Transport announced today (9 Feb 10).

The MOD and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) together currently provide a 24-hour military and civil helicopter SAR service for the UK SAR region from 12 bases around the UK.

This Search and Rescue helicopter service is provided by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea Kings and a civilian helicopter service under contract to the MCA.

This capability will be replaced over the next decade through a single contract placed with Soteria that will retain a proportion of military aircrew working alongside civilian aircrew trained to the same high standards. The service will continue to be managed jointly by the MOD and the MCA."

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/De...iderChosen.htm

http://www.soteriasar.com
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very sad news when you see how much good work they have done!!!

The helicopters they will be using aren't as suitable and even more worrying - what about 22 years of crew experience??? I think this is a dangerous stupid descision probably made purely on the grounds of cost!!!

http://northtonight.grampiantv.co.uk...7775&newstype=

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bad news

Unfortunately theres a chopper hovering outside my house at the moment,which means they are looking for someone in the river.
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Unfortunately theres a chopper hovering outside my house at the moment,which means they are looking for someone in the river.
Its the police helicopter looking for you !!!!
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I wish it was lifes been boring lately! Sadly I fear some poor sole was lost in the river Southampton water.
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Sadly I fear some poor sole was lost in the river Southampton water.
Nasty plaice to end it...
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Nasty plaice to end it...
Something fishy about the whole incident apparently....
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