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Sa 316/319 Iii Alouette


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No hands on experience with the Allouette III, but lots with Allouette II and Gazelle. Great machines, but concerns??? One big one: EXPENSIVE both for parts and fuel, but ya gotta love the power!!!

 

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Has anyone have experience with this aircraft? If so what are a few of the concerns?
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I have six years on the 315, 316 and 319. These are great helicopters.

 

No major issues. Few things are to be mentioned. Avoid using LOM rotor blades on the 316/319. Heavy vibrations usually occured at approx 9000 ft.

 

On the 319 (Astazou XIV engine) avoid winch operations above 9000 ft (power loss).

 

I recommend to greas the main rotor head after flying in rain and give special attention to the spacer cable bolts.

 

Other then that, have fun!

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Has anyone have experience with this aircraft? If so what are a few of the concerns?

Love the aircraft as an AME. Worked on it many years with The Dutch Airforce. Very durable and incredibly easy to maintain. Used to fly them on straight diesel in the summer without changing filter cleaning cycle, yes it's true. Somewhat of a gas gussler but he, the hpower has got to come from somewhere. Make sure you bring a grease gun cause it likes some grease every post flight.

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Love the aircraft as an AME. Worked on it many years with The Dutch Airforce. Very durable and incredibly easy to maintain. Used to fly them on straight diesel in the summer without changing filter cleaning cycle, yes it's true. Somewhat of a gas gussler but he, the hpower has got to come from somewhere. Make sure you bring a grease gun cause it likes some grease every post flight.

 

 

Yup........... Grease the M/R and T/R EVERY DAY add fuel (**** near anything) and they're like the Duracell Bunny; they keep goin' and goin'. Old technology but once you know the systems, pretty darn simple. Go anywhere do anything with one anyday!

 

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