Hi everyone - I've just got my account activated.
My name is Eoin, I'm structural engineering student.
For years i've been interested in SAR from both the sea and air aspect. naturally, i was a little pissed when the air corps ended search and rescue operations.
it ended any realistic chance i had of becoming a SAR pilot.
but i see the AW139's are fitted with winches
.... anyone know whats the story there??? are the air corps gearing up to get back into that arena, or are they there purely there for light lifting, or something??
i think i read somewhere that the helicoptor was built with maritime operations and SAR in mind, among other roles...
I'd love to find out more, anyone have any ideas???