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French Gendarmerie Helicopter in Chamonix Rescues Skier

By Admin, 10/01/21

French Gendarmerie helicopter in Chamonix rescues injured skier from snow covered mountain with Eurocopter EC145. Helicopter performs maneuver 'appui patin' to land on the snow covered mountain with blades close to the mountain side to drop off and pick up crew. Pilot has over 5000 hours of flight time.

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When I did my EASA PPL flight test in the UK, my examiner convinced me to incoude in the plan a flight into French airpsace so I cousl experience another country's procedures. Once I agreed, we plotted a course to coast out over Folestone to Calais.. "It is the shortest route - if we have an engine failure, we will turn back and head to British waters.. The UK doesn't charge for SAR... the French do..."

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