A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
– Douglas Adams –
“The road to success is always under construction”
Get it right….CIVIL ENGINEERS
A bridge is built for us to pass over; it is a work of utility, and which should endure. It should be in keeping with its object, solid, clean, simple, well executed without vain ornament.
– Paul Sejourne –
Aeroplanes are not designed by science, but by art in spite of some pretence and humbug to the contrary. I do not mean to suggest that engineering can do without science, on the contrary, it stands on scientific foundations, but there is a big gap between scientific research and the engineering product which has to be bridged by the art of the engineer.
– Walter G Vincenti –
A oldly but a goodie – this here is crazy sh@t, check out the bloody wrinkles in the fuselage skin, no prizes for guessing where the centre of the fuselage bending moment is!
AW139, currently, from off the top of my head, there are about 10 in the country, 3 with EMQ (Emergency Management Queensland) and a couple based at CHC YSBK with the Air Ambulance and the rest are either on mines or doing offshore rigs.
These aircraft are pricey, however you do get a pretty premium package if you can see past some of the minor issues they have had in the past. The one thing I do love about these machines is the really modern, up to date cockpit and avionics, although I would feel a bit more at ease knowing there was a mechanical instrument in there somewhere :) Even the poor old standby attitude indicator is an electronic display!
Nonetheless, making these aircraft NVG compatible is pretty easy, they are more or less pretty well compatible outta the factory, excluding a few non compliant items and all the local mods its pretty well ready to.
Something you don’t see that often, uncontained engine failure, this looks pretty darn bad, a hole large enough for a boy to fit thru! yep there is that layer here thats meant to keep all the shredding metal inside.
I can only imagine the fireworks coming out the back of it as it dropped it’s guts!
VH-SLA, quite a famous aircraft in our books – for more reasons than one too!
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) BK117, one of the great EMS helicopters used in Australia, similiar to the Bolkow (BO105) which is used fairly extensively in the UK? The BK117 is a real workhorse great for modding for EMS, plenty of space, can easily accommodate two stretchers and avioncs upgrads are quick feasible. NVG is a serious option on these aircraft, there is an increasing number of BK117’s in Aus getting fitted out with NVIS/NVG compatible lighting systems.
Well, here’s one single reason, look at what a single blade does in a single revolution of the mast!! no wonder they crack, delaminate, depart etc..
Helicopter Rotor Blade Video, slow mo.
Imagine sitting the front row on a smash-8 when this one cleaned up the GPU, check the position of the fully departed prop!
Next they will need to introduce/invent a TCAS for ground use :) Imagine explaining this one…”ahh boss, got something to tell ya, you know GPU 25? its gonna need some repairs”
Quite frankly, a let down crappy weather and and the same old crap there, gee i wonder what they are gonna do in two years time? dump and burn, hornets and…well the caribous will be retired by then,so no more wheel barrowing those bad boys…
Well this does all look fine and dandy, but for the life of me I cannot see a backup ASI or Altimeter.
Compare this to the old school 1970 era Lear 35/36
Glass Cockpit Failure
This has to come pretty close to the ugliest plane I have seen at our airport! The light blue paint job certainly did not do it any favours! This big bad boy is a twin engine (LEONIDES 531/8, whatever the hell those are! 9-cylinder supercharged aircooled radial piston engine – 550 odd HP) taildragger, another strike against it! I feel sorry for the pax, talk about a vertigo trip and you have not even lifted the tail! It feels like your climbing everest when trying to get to the cockpit!
Nonetheless we should concentrate on its good points…top speed? 145kts, well thats pretty good considering the size of the wings and the fuse, on that note you could probably land it in a footy field with those flaps and slats :) This one i think was built around 1958, there were also military models, this may explain the tri-tail configuration to help against enemy fire – I think damage tolerance had a different meaning back then :)
What else we got? the cabin is very roomy with plenty of emergency egress exits – all in the roof?! reminds me a little of the Shorts skyvan, come to think of it, thats gotta be the ugliest aircraft ever built and still flying. So, Twin Pioneer you off the hook here, the second ugliest plane on the airport (note the skyvan has a real uncarriage setup:) )
An interesting note about this particular aircraft, on the left had side of the fuse (internal) there is a whole stack of hand scrawled notes/calculations, maybe the flight engineer ran out of paper?! Imagine that, mid-transit and heres your flight engineer calculating landing distances based on weight etc on the fuselage skin, that would be a sight.
Head on over to the gallery for a full series of pictures on this ugly duckling – a few of some great british engineering with chains, hydraulics and the like!