All posts tagged Sud-Aviation

I-BCAR – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Luca De SASS ZACCHIA for this image of the BC318 I-BCAR … pacefully resting at Tamiòn, San Giovanni di Fassa (TN), July 2020.


Thanks to Gianluca GALLO for this unique image of the Aerospatiale SA315B Lama I-DENY operated by Airstar Aviation … ready perform aerial works at Giaros Island (Greece), April 2018.

I-BXWB – Helicopter History

Again new images are now available, as part of the historical area of the website, related to the Aerospatiale SA315B Lama I-BXWB. This was the first Lama to join Air Walser fleet in March 1999 … bought from Switzerland, where she was previously operated as HB-XGG.

I-BXWA – Helicopter History

Other new images are now available, as part of the historical area of the website, related to the Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III I-BXWA. This was the first helicopter to join Air Walser fleet early in 1997, followed by many Lamas and other interesting Agusta-Bell and Bell helicopters. These images were taken at Trontano Base in March 2005.

I-SESI – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Silvano ZAMPIERI for this image of the Sud-Aviation SA315B Lama I-SESI operated by Giana Helicopter … taking off from Masera Heliport (VB), September 2018.


Few historical images added to the website … related to the Sud-Aviation SA315B Lama I-GELP operated by Elilombardia from 1979 till 1995, when she was sold to Air Glaciers in Switzerland and registered HB-ZFU.

F-GCCZ – Helicopter History

Great colors from 30 years ago … Sud-Aviation SA342J Gazelle Secours Aerien Francais F-GCCZ taking off from Courchevel Altiport in a perfect winter day, early January 1990.

I-SOCO – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Emanuele GHIROLDI for this new image of the Sud-Aviation SA315B Lama I-SOCO operated by Eli-Fly … one of the very few Lama still operational in Italy. The image was taken at Pian di Borno (BS), January 2020.

A look back at the maiden flight of the high-altitude helicopter that broke barriers.

The Alouette III SA3160, flown by Jean Boulet and Robert Malus, completed its maiden flight in Bourget on 28 February 1959.

Marignane, 28 February 2019 – Airbus Helicopters NEWS ARTICLE.

This 3rdgeneration Alouette was characterised by its extended cabin capable of holding six passengers alongside the pilot and was equipped with sliding doors. Its main rotor was 11 metres in height, compared to 10.2 metres for the Alouette II and its payload was increased by 250 kg.  

A contender for high-altitude flights.

The Alouette III had notched up successes very quickly. On 12 June 1960, the first prototype landed on the summit of Mont Blanc with seven people on board, demonstrating its excellent performance at high altitudes. Some months later, on 6 November 1960, the 2nd prototype landed on the summit of the Deo Tibba mountain in the Himalayas at an altitude of more than 6,000 m during a demonstration in India. During a demonstration tour in Africa, the Alouette III landed on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, some 6,000 metres above sea level on 18 February 1973 and then on the summit of Mount Kenya, 5,500 m above sea level, a few days later. The helicopter quickly established itself as a helicopter capable of flying at very high altitudes.

A worldwide success story.

The first aircraft of this series was delivered to Burma on 25 July 1961. The Alouette III was the first helicopter for which the serial manufacturing process took place entirely in Marignane, France. More than 1,400 aircraft were manufactured for 120 customers in 80 countries, including South Africa, Portugal and the Netherlands. In turn, France ordered 180 aircraft for its armed forces and para-public services. The Alouette III was also manufactured under license in India, under the name ‘Chetak’, in Pakistan, Romania and in Switzerland, with a total of more than 600 prototypes.

The Alouette III fleet accumulated more than 7 million flight hours by the end of 2018. Today, nearly 180 aircraft still continue to be in service.