Air International 2019-01
Main: Parapublic
The WP-3Ds can fly for more than nine hours and range out to more than 2,500 nautical miles in their storm-chasing flying activities.
NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF 'Kermit' photographed in October 2016 following a major overhaul and upgrades.
The Orions will typically make four passes through a hurricane on one flight from different directions. This was the eyewall of Hurricane Katrina viewed from the WP-3D.
The view from inside Hurricane Matthew in 2016, as seen from WP-3D N43RF 'Miss Piggy'.
Close cooperation between the crew is necessary in the challenging environment flying into hurricanes. Here is the flight deck of WP-3D N42RF during an August 2017 flight into Hurricane Harvey.
A flight director on N43RF during the ocean winds project, one of the climate research projects in which the WP-3Ds are involved outside of hurricane season.
Gulfstream IV-SP N49RF (c/n 1246) 'Gonzo', ised for obtaining measurements from high altitude, departs Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in August 2017.
Airgreen AW169 I-ROBS flying in the high mountains of its typical daily operating environment.
Winching a rescuer and stretcher. Note the large sliding door that allows the stretcher to be brought into the cabin while the helicopter flies away, and the seated position of the helicopter technician, with his feet on the footboard.
In winching operations at high altitude in very cold temperatures, the AW169 gives the pilot plenty of confidence in maintaining its position even when operating with a single engine at heavy weight.
A HEMS crew. From left to right: a doctor from 118 Piedmont Health Service, a rescuer from CNSAS, a pilot from Airgreen, a helicopter technician from Airgreen and a paramedic from 118 Piedmont.
A view of the passenger cabin in fully equipped HEMS configuration. On the left are the two front seats, at centre the stretcher, and the on right the two rear seats, with the stretcher in between.
The cockpit features three large displays and, below, the two touchscreen displays, designed to provide an intuitive working environment for pilots..
A close-up on a display showing an image in synthetic vision, which in conjunction with the helicopter terrain awareness warning system aids the pilot's situational awareness.
The pilot can manage the touchscreen displays on the integrated display control unit by using a button on the cyclic pitch control.