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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:17 pm    Post subject: Civil Gazelles Reply with quote

Hi All I am new to this forum but am glad to find what seems to be a useful and lively source of information.

I have flown a Jetranger for the last year or so but having found I have so many more friends than I realised before I flew Helicopters (!!?) I am looking for something with more speed and a bigger capacity. A Gazelle has been suggested but I have heard that these can be expensive to run and have a 12 year re-build schedule.

Does anyone in the group have any Insight into this ?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could give my mate a call at London Helicopter Centre, he's a mechanic there, and looks after quite a lot of machine types. He'll be able to tell you, or find out, what the score is, in an impartial way. PM me if you want his details.

There's also a company based at Stapleford:

MW Helicopters
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Stapleford Aerodrome
Tel : 01708 688115

They maintain and sell Gazelles, and often have 5-10 of them at their hangar at any one time. They are specialists, and apparently the biggest Gazelle dealers in the UK.

They also maintain Squirrels and other machines too. Maybe worth a call.

You might also be able to get a contact with Bob Fairall through my mate at LHC. He owns two Gazelles, one which he flies, and one which he bought for spares. He's got a mate who owns one too. Nice chap.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did my type rating on the Gazelle with MW Helis. They maintain the SA341 and SA342 as well as the AS350/355 as Adam said but also the A109. Theyt have a TRTO for over 10 different heli types.

The Gazelle is a great machine and cruises along really well but generally they cost about ??450 +VAT an hour so are expensive. They are becoming hard to maintain due to spare parts so you will see a lot of them going over to other registers - namely the Yugolslavia reg (YU). The instructor over at MW is Al Gwilt and Stuart - both great guys.

if you want any more details just drop me a PM.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rich wrote:
They are becoming hard to maintain due to spare parts so you will see a lot of them going over to other registers - namely the Yugolslavia reg (YU).


There were quite a few Gazelles manufactured under licence by Soko of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of them are still actively flying, a large proportion of which with military and police services in Bosnia and Serbia, as well as a substantial amount on civil registers as well. They're somewhat cheaper than the standard French or British-built models, but I don't really have any service information on them and their state and overall quality. The few that will be released into the civil market have probably taken some beating through the years.
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