Archive for Helicopters

Cutting close

Ever wonder how they trim the trees around power lines? My guess is you probably never even thought about it until now… but just in case you want to know… check out this great video. All you need to do some trimming is a skilled pilot, a helicopter and of course the biggest saw you can ever imagine attached to that helicopter. The rest is pure destruction 🙂

Cutting close

Bell 47 in action

This is a great illustration of how a helicopter pilot manages to control his aircraft, in this case one of the most famous helicopter in the world, the Bell 47. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this is part of the great IMAX Straight Up: Helicopters in Action, a must see for all helicopter buffs out there…

Bell 47 in action

Hiller crash

This Hiller helicopter crashed while filming the 1978 film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”. The pilot was supposed to enter the frame at the same time the police car was rolling in… but he came a bit fast and had to flare hard thus hitting the ground with the tail rotor. Although the crash was unscripted it was used for the film. The funny thing is the crash used up more of the budget than all other aspects of the film combined.

Hiller crash

Ever wondered what a World War II airplane could do to a helicopter? Well this short video will quite clearly showcase the destruction an airplanes propeller can cause to a helicopter. That poor Jet Ranger “parked” nicely on the grass is nothing more than chewing material for that big brutes propeller.

Plane vs. Helicopter

Great footage taken at the Helicopter pilot school in France. The video is a bit old and shows training procedures with the Aerospatiale SA 318C Alouette II including takeoffs, landings, and no flare autorotations. The guys flying are military pilots from the french Army.

Helicopter pilot school

Heli pick up

Nothing really special here… just a guy in a helicopter collecting passengers. The special thing about it is the place. Check it out and see the great skill of the helicopter pilot.

Heli pick up

Helicopter gound resonance

Ground resonance is a hazardous condition during touchdown or at other times when the helicopter is running while sitting on the ground. A series of shocks to the landing gear can pass through to the rotor disk and cause an imbalance in the rotor system. Under extreme conditions, the imbalance causes violent oscillations that quickly build and result in catastrophic damage of the entire airframe. While filming an episode for MacGyver this Gazelle helicopter pilot encountered the first symptoms of ground resonance and managed to recover from this potentially dangerous situation by taking off. During takeoff, the helicopters door opened in flight but the footage was kept and was aired in the episode.

Helicopter gound resonance

Porsche 911 vs Gazelle helicopter

Tiff Needell, the host of the television show “5th gear” takes his yellow Porsche 911 GT3 against a Gazelle helicopter, in what he calls a race of speed and agility. Anyone can do a drag race against a jet fighter… but what about doing a full lap on the circuit?

Porsche 911 vs Gazelle helicopter

Bernd van Doornick had some 22,000 total flying hours and is credited with more than 5,000 people rescued. September 1, 2007 marked his last flight at an air show, Bernd van Doornick showing the crowd gathered at Bex (Switzerland) what an Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama can do. The Lama holds to this day the absolute altitude record for all types of helicopters since 1972: 12,442 m. Quite an impressive helicopter, and with a skilled man at the controls this helo can do impressive stuff.

SA 315B Lama extreme flying

Heli dive

Great way to depart the drop off point. Nothing like taking your helicopter into a monumental dive over the cliff face. Yeah… a pure adrenalin rush. After watching this video I thought to myself there is nothing I’d like to do more than to switch places with that lucky bastard flying that Ecureuil helicopter.

Heli dive