October update

  • Posted on: 17 October 2017

In mid-September we enjoyed the hospitality of RAF Brize Norton at their families day and of course the RAF Scampton airshow which, given that the weather didn't play nicely served to pull a metaphorically damp curtain down on our show season, . We also provided our Sharks aircraft for a static display at HMS Daedalus.

We are now looking forward to a winter of training and giving our airframes a deep clean and the TLC that they deserve.

August update

  • Posted on: 3 August 2017

Well the UK summer weather has been pretty miserable but thankfully it hasn't curtailed any of our events so far

Since July 1st, we've displayed at Blackbushe 75, RNAS Yeovilton, RAF Marham and the Silverstone Classic where Russ and Andy performed as a two ship in very gusty conditions over a 3 day period.

Now as the nation goes on holiday we're in a slightly lower gear with a less demanding schedule.

Gazelle Squadron is operational for 2017.

  • Posted on: 12 April 2017

The Squadron is now fully prepared and the 2017 season is under way, our display pilots performed their routine in front of a CAA examiner at Kemble in early March and succesfully received their Display Authorisation.

G-ZZEL, which is still in it's civilian colours received it's permit to fly in early April and it is hoped that XZ321 our Gulf war Gazelle will receive it's permit before the end of April, this is the result of an outstanding effort over the Winter and Spring seasons by our engineers at Falcon Aviation.

A busy start to 2017

  • Posted on: 3 March 2017

The Team are working hard in preparation for 2017 .

We have enjoyed a number of successful training days over the winter during which the crews have been rehearsing and familiarising themselves with formation practices

At the same time, the groundcrews and technicians have been labouring to prepare the 2 new airframes for the season, these new aircraft which include our Op Granby Gazelle are awaiting CAA inspections to secure their permit to fly certification.

UK Gazelle helicopters to have lives extended until 2025

  • Posted on: 26 July 2016

IHS Jane's have reported today, 26 July 2016, that the Westland Gazelle AH.1 is to remain in service with the British Army Air Corps until 2025, making the type 54 years old when it is due to be retired.

The British Army's Westland Gazelle AH.1 observation and utility helicopters are to remain in service for another nine years, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

This extension will take the Gazelle past its 50th anniversary in UK military service in 1971 and make it the oldest helicopters in active UK inventory.

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