We've been busy!
We've finished our mandatory ground training for 2018 and are now starting to turn our attention towards adding to our list of display qualified pilots and improving our display routine with an added emphasis on pleasing the photographers amongst you.
We've currently got 3 aircraft fully serviceable with the prospect of a 4th on the horizon. Bourne Park is a cold place at the best of times, however the recent extreme conditions has tested even the hardiest of souls and we applaud loudly the endeavours of our fantastic engineers.
Welcome to The Gazelle Squadron
We've been busy!
Happy New Year from the team.
Over the final months of 2017 we've been busy converting aircraft radios, cleaning and polishing helicopters servicing our ground support equipment and in a week or so we'll be getting together for the first of our pre-season training days. Generally the first training day of the season will include our mandatory training, helicopter handling, airfield health and safety, First Aid, Flight Safety briefs and an update on the forthcoming season. All members of the team undergo the mandatory training.
The Gazelle Squadron and the wider rotary community are mourning the loss of Mike Green who sadly lost his life in yesterday's mid-air collision over the skies of Buckinghamshire.
Mike has been flying for many decades and was a pilot and instructor of immense military and civilian experience, there are numerous helicopter pilots within the UK who have been trained or assessed by him over the years.
Rotary aviation mourns the loss of a true gentleman and we send our prayers, thoughts and deepest condolences to his family.
Rest in Peace Mike.
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.
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