Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two police officers injured after helicopter crashes at wilson airport - Charles D'Alberto

Nairobi, Kenya: Two police officers were injured after a chopper they were using for a training mission crashed within Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The chopper was taking off from the airport for a training session with an instructor and a trainee when it went down. It is not clear what caused the accident. Pictures of the chopper after the crash show its tail broken.

Those on board sustained non-life threatening injuries in the 1 pm incident and were taken to hospital. Officials said the helicopter reg 5Y-COP was in good condition at the time of the incident. Emergency services were mobilized at the scene after the incident which also affected the taking off and landing of planes.

The Bell type is one of the choppers that are available for police operations and the accident takes the National Police Service back as it will take long to replace or repair it.

The wreckage was preserved as investigators moved to the site to probe it. Police recently purchased a new helicopter and two other MI-17 helicopters are being refurbished to improve police ability to quickly move troops to any trouble spot and generally improve their mobility.

The National Police- both regular and Administration Police air wing currently has 14 aircrafts- six fixed wing and eight helicopters that provide air support to ground forces including tactical reconnaissance, night reconnaissance, air observation, and casualty evacuation, especially in remote areas.

The Agusta Westlands, an Italian Company was paid Sh683 million in the 2014/2015 financial year for the helicopter that can cruise up to 300kph

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The refined and attractive AgustaWestland AW009 - Charles D'Alberto

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The refined and attractive AgustaWestland AW009 is a cost-effective, multi-mission capable, light single-engine helicopter – an evolution of the rugged SW-4.

The mission-proven Rolls-Royce M250-C20R/2 (SP) engine ensures reliable, high performance; an optional M250-C30P engine upgrade will provide enhanced power handling for the most demanding mission.

An advanced ‘Genesys’ avionics display is now standard in every AW009 to ensure excellent situational awareness; pilots experience an intuitive, easy to fly platform with excellent range and endurance – essential for demanding training, law enforcement, passenger transport and utility operations.

The AW009 flying qualities and high inherent safety make it also an optimum helicopter to transport up to 5 people: 1 pilot and up to 4 passengers.

Leading features

The spacious cabin provides passengers with excellent comfort, ample legroom and individual adjustable crashworthy seats

Superior external visibility for pilots and passengers
Two rear sliding doors and two forward hinged doors allow for easy access
Spacious baggage compartment with direct external access of 0.85 m3 / 30 ft3 volume and internal length of 1.47 m / 4.81 ft
High Max Range and Endurance in light single engine helicopters class (up to MTOW=1,800 kg / 3,968 lb).


Rolls-Royce M250-C20R/2 (SP) engine / Rolls-Royce M250-C30P optionally available


1 pilot + 4 passengers / 2 pilots + 3 passengers

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

F-22 Raptor grounded by 20,000 bees - Charles D'Alberto

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The US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor may be the most advanced fighter jet in the world but even with $143 million-worth of stealth and supersonic capabilities, it proved to be no match for one unlikely adversary — a huge swarm of honey bees.

An F-22 aircraft from the 192nd Air Wing was temporarily grounded on June 11 after crew members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia discovered nearly 20,000 bees hanging from the jet’s exhaust nozzle following flight operations.

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Honey bees hanging from the exhaust nozzle of an F-22 Raptor engine on June 11, 2016 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

“I was shocked like everyone else because it looked like a cloud of thousands of bees,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Baskin, 192nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief, in an Air Force press release.

Rather than try to clear the bees from the jet themselves, crew members realized that honey bees are at risk of extinction and contacted local beekeeper and retired US Navy veteran, Andy Westrich, who proclaimed the hive the largest he had ever seen after being escorted to the aircraft.

Westrich used vacuum hoses to wrangle the thousands of bees into several large buckets and safely relocate the colony.

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Before transporting the bees to their new home at a local beer production facility, Westrich took them to his house and found that the hive weighed nearly eight pounds in total, according to the Air Force release.

But how do nearly 20,000 bees, weighing a collective eight pounds find their way onto the exhaust pipe of a fighter jet?

They likely came from a much larger bee hive somewhere else on the base, according to Chief Master Sgt. Gregg Allen, 192nd Maintenance Group Quality Assurance chief, who also happens to be a beekeeper.

“Bee hives are constantly growing and they eventually become overcrowded,” he said. “Around springtime, the bees will make a new queen, scout for a new location and take half of the hive with them to that location.”

According to Westrich, the queen likely landed on the F-22 to rest, and since honey bees do not leave the queen, they swarmed around the jet and eventually collected there.
The F-22 was able to resume flight operations once the bees were safely cleared.

A multi-role, fifth-generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor began taking part in combat missions against ISIS in September 2014 after years of cost overruns and mechanical issues.

It was originally designed and built to replace other fighter and ground attack aircraft in the U.S. military’s arsenal, but after years of cost overruns and mechanical issues, the Air Force acquired only 188 of them from aerospace maker Lockheed and doesn’t plan to have any more produced.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

JetBlue turbulence puts 24 in hospital - Charles D'Alberto

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At least 22 customers and two crew members have been taken to a hospital for evaluation after a JetBlue flight experienced rough turbulence, according to Katherine McMillan, an airline spokeswoman.

“It was like a dream, people were flying out of their seatbelts and hitting their head on the ceiling, it was very scary,” passenger Rhonda Renee said. A flight attendant was assisted off the plane by medical personnel.

The flight was en route from Boston to Sacramento, and had to be diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota.

It’s believed that weather played a role in creating the bumpy flying conditions.
“There was a frontal boundary moving across the central plains that caused bad weather conditions in that region at the time of the turbulence,” said CNN weather producer Michael Guy.

JetBlue has sent a replacement aircraft to Rapid City to take the remaining passengers to Sacramento, the airline said in a statement.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hectic day for Coastguards & paramedics, rescue helicopters coastguard attend six call outs - Charles D'Alberto

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Fishguard and St Davids coastguards, along with a rescue helicopter,were despatched to the Blue Lagoon, near Abereiddy where a man had jumped at the lagoon and sustained a spinal injury. One of six call outs they attended on Thursday. PIC HM Coastguards.

Fishguard coastguards had a hectic day on Thursday, attending a total of six call outs, including three helicopter evacuations, in one afternoon.

The first call came shortly after midday alerting rescue teams to a woman who had fallen and suffered a suspected broken leg on the coast path near Abereiddy.

Coastguards from St Davids and Fishguard were dispatched and the walker was quickly found. However, due to her location, it soon became clear that it wasn’t going to be easy to evacuate her from the rocks.

Hectic day as Fishguard Coastguards, as well as paramedics, rescue helicopters lifeboats and St davids coastguard attend six call (From Western Telegraph)

The coastguard search and rescue helicopter was sent and winched the woman on board before taking her to Withybush Hospital.

While watching the excitement of the helicopter landing a young boy had fallen on rocks and cut his face. Coastguards were sent to his aid and helped paramedics who dealt with his injuries.

The teams left Abereiddy only to be immediately re-tasked to two swimmers in difficulty. One swimmer made it back to the beach exhausted and having swallowed seawater, the second was retrieved from rocks and escorted to safety, he was then attended to by paramedics.

Later that afternoon coastguards and the rescue helicopter were despatched to the Blue Lagoon, near Abereiddy where a man had jumped at the lagoon and sustained a spinal injury. He was airlifted to hospital by rescue 187.

Having just arrived back at station in Fishguard the crews were tasked again at 6.16pm, this time to Porthgain and a man who had fallen 30ft from the harbour wall on to the sand as the tide was out.

The casualty sustained numerous injuries and was airlifted by air ambulance heli med 57

Coastguards thanked members of the public at Porthgain and customers at the Sloop Inn and The Shed for their patience help and understanding.

At 8.09pm teams received their last call out of the day, they helped the RNLI lifeboat search the shoreline, following reports of a man and three children cut off by the tide. Nothing was found and coastguards and lifeboats were stood down.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Deputy Hit With Shrapnel In Helicopter Shooting - Charles D'Alberto

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Officials in northwestern Minnesota say a sheriff’s deputy was injured Monday morning by shrapnel in a shooting.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy was in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter when gunfire struck the vehicle’s cab, causing acrylic shrapnel to hit the deputy. Earlier in the day, dispatcher reports had suggested the deputy has been shot with a high-powered rifle.

The shooting happened around 10 a.m. in rural Fosston, near the border of the Polk and Clearwater counties.

The chopper was flying over a rural area of Clearwater County after being tipped off to some suspected drug activity.

Clearwater deputies quickly looked for a suspect and say they found 71-year-old Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, Minnesota, hiding in the woods. He was taken into custody.

The deputy was treated at a hospital and released, the sheriff’s office says.The incident is being investigated on the local, state and federal levels.

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