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It's 20,000 but can easily do more especialy with a dope on a rope and 60 knots on the nose. What's the book say for the B3?

Just out of curiosity...How do you know it will do more?

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Just out of curiosity...How do you know it will do more?

 

Actually I don't know anything, I'm just an armchair pilot...

 

I would find it hard to believe that anyone has ever tried to bring a 214 into a hover over 20,000 ft.

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If you fly an aircraft above it's service ceiling and do something amazing, even saved someone's life, the way the operator would likely be thanked upon landing is with the suspension of their operating certificate maybe?

 

There B3 service ceiling is 22,000 ft but there must be more to the story because Eurocopter (France) had a big press release about the last B3 record rescue at 25,000 ft. Maybe Eurocopter has issued special exemptions to operators like them.

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Seems to me manufacturers are all too happy to boast about events where limitations are exceeded when lives are saved or remarkable feats are accomplished (like the B3 on Everest), but all too happy to suspend a C of A when someone does something foolhardy (like a 407 doing loops and barrel rolls at an airshow)... :rolleyes:

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I would find it hard to believe that anyone has ever tried to bring a 214 into a hover over 20,000 ft.

I did this with ben VH and checked out the performance charts and still had 2000lb of useable lift . The charts are accurate for this machine. miss you Ben

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From what I have heard over the years, and what you say above, the 214 will hover at 20,000ft.

Now you only need another 5,600ft to get to the rescue site.

Good luck with that.

 

The 214 is a great ship for pulling logs in the BC Interior, or installing ski lifts at altitude, (especially before the K-Max became available)....but Everest rescues might be the wrong mission for it.

 

 

For some more reading about the pilot, Simone Moro, who has been flying since 2009.....

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/mountaineering/everest-2012/Simone-Moro-The-Alpinist-Grows-Wings.html?page=all

 

and another story about helicopter rescues on Everest, and what can go wrong.....

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/mountaineering/Giving-Everest-the-Bird.html?page=all

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For some more reading about the pilot, Simone Moro, who has been flying since 2009.....

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/mountaineering/everest-2012/Simone-Moro-The-Alpinist-Grows-Wings.html?page=all

 

I know he is not a rocket surgeon, but it is an interesting read. Mostly the politics involved. Can you imagine if Canada banned any aircraft over 20 years old? They would shut the Coast Guard down tomorrow! And all the heavy lifters... And most of the float planes on the west coast... And.......

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