sexta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2010

First Woman EH-101 Commander at Sqd.751

Yesterday, for the first time, on the Portuguese Air Force, a woman gainned the qualifications for EH-101 Commander, at Sqd.751.: Ltn. Vanessa Gonçalves.
She is the only female pilot of this squadron and it's definitely an event worth highlighting!

I did get her flying once, back in 2008, at Porto Santo.
Medic35 was returning to Porto Santo, after a Medevac to Madeira.
The woman's voice on the radio by the helo, imediately called my attention.

The problem with helos is that you never know exactly were they'll land. In this case, with luck, I made the right choice, and went to the area of runway 01 treshold (I think that at the time it was still runway 36).
They made a very nice landing! too bad It was backlight...
Great flaring...



Taxiing into military apron...


Military apron...

By that time she still had the seat on the left (with the sunglasses).
Helicopter seats work the oposite way of comercial airliners. While on airliners the commander seats on the left, on helos it seats on the right. Someone already told me why but I don't really remember...
Anyone can clear this up?
Terminating the last procedures on the cockpit, with the tow already engaged on the front gear...

Refuelling....thank God there's a new refueling truck at Porto Santo Airport. This one seemed to be falling into pieces...

Starting to tow the EH-101 into the Hangar.



Meanwhile, a great oportunity to remember the C-212 at Porto Santo: The nurse that made the medical care of the evacuated person is calling at the ambulance to collect her at the airport.



Dedicated to Ltn.Vanessa Gonçalves. Congrats on your upgrade!
Also a word of apreciation for all the guys at Sqd.751 for all the work you do "So others may live"

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