Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 Dust Off!

A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Bell 429 training helicopter made an appearance at the 2016 Tyabb Airshow. 3 are operated by RAN No. 723 Squadron in Nowra, NSW and are used to maintain and develop the skills of junior Naval helicopter aircrew (delivered in April 2012).

RAN Bell 429 arrives at the 2016 Tyabb Airshow
RAN Bell 429 arrives at the 2016 Tyabb Airshow
RAN Bell 429 prior to the start of the 2016 Tyabb Airshow
RAN Bell 429 prior to the start of the 2016 Tyabb Airshow
RAN Bell 429 training and utility helicopter Tyabb Airshow 2016
RAN Bell 429 training and utility helicopter

Junior aircrew initially conduct lead in training in the Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel helicopter. They then move on to the Bell 429 which acts as a lead in trainer for the more advanced navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk and NHIndustries MHR-90 Taipan ship-borne helicopters. In June 2012 Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Peter Laver said “The introduction of the Bell 429 will expose crews to some of the most advanced technology in rotary wing aviation today.

Preparing RAN Bell 429 for take-off from Tyabb Airshow 2016
Preparing the RAN Bell 429 for take-off from Tyabb
Preparing the Bell 429 for take-off from Tyabb Airshow 2016
Preparing the RAN Bell 429 for take-off from Tyabb
Preparing the Bell 429 for take-off from Tyabb Airshow 2016
Last pre-flight inspection

This example was on static display but flew in over the airshow early that day and took off in a great hurl of grass and dust after the show. It caused a bit of excitement in the remaining crowd at the end of the day!

RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
The crowd were moved well away prior to take-off
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
Starting to lift off
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
The Bell 429 is up and the dust is lifting too!
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
RAN Bell 429 take-off
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
A true dust off!
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
All manner of grass and dust headed to the crowd!
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
Clear
RAN Bell 429 take-off Tyabb Airshow 2016
Farewell

 

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