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Adrian
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Gazelle (aka SA 341) Reply with quote

Hi All

Any people type rated on the Gazelle care to share experiences? For instance is it similar to the EC-120 / other single turbines?

Having three blades, high cruise speed, seems like a logical choice, but there doesn't seem to be many available for SFH?

Also startup seems simpler than the EC-120.

Anyway, would welcome thoughts as considering getting a type rating for it, to then use for pleasure flying.

thanks

Adrian
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great machine to fly, however like all they have their foibels. Main one is the fenestron in a very large fin. Makes spot turns interesting in a strong wind. If you are taking 5 in one you really need a stretched one and preferably a 342 with the bigger engine. They are fuel thirsty, arond 35 to 40 gallons an hour depending on which engine it has.
Insurance companies dont like them as quite a few have gone down, all pilot error, it is loke the 500 the true ferrari of the helicopter world !
Expect to sfh one for about 600 an hour.
Best going to MW helicopters at Stapleford or contact Al Gwilt as he is mustard in one.
Have fun with them I still enjoy 25 years later getting in one ( fly one based in Devon reasonable regularly )
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved the EC120, nice pilot friendly cockpit and simple to fly. As 500 said, you have to be careful with the fenestom, but it is a little more forgiving then the Gazelle. 80-85kg fuel per hour around 120kts. Pain in the behind to get spares from Eurocopter.

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