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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Does anyone know how often the 2 EC135s from the GASU are used for air ambulance?
    Never. Not equipped or staffed to handle casualties.
    Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    No but
    why did we need 8 alouettes?
    who and why was it decided that half as many airframes was enough to replace them?

    why did we need 4 dauphins?
    who and why was it decided that half as many airframes was enough to replace them?

    why did we need 6 light strike jets and 7 trainer aircraft ?
    who and why was it decided 8 airframes was enough to replace 13 and thus remove our jet capability?

    Answer to all of the above is to do with the dept of finance and a limp wristed left leaning pile of backward looking govts, who've never taken defence seriously. Sadly I sometimes think that the worst thing that ever happened in this country was NOT being in a war post independence, it may have been the only way we would've taken it with more than a pinch of salt.

    The following is an actual underlying train of thought that runs through most citizens / politicians brains.
    We're Irish, we love a pint and the craic and having a dance and a giggle and sure everyone loves us, were great and we dont even need an army as were loved so much.
    You are forgetting that 4 x S92s should have been in the mix as well.

    The idea was that the Gazelles, Alouettes and Dauphins were supposed to be all replaced with a single type. “Squirrel type” was mentioned in order to get commonality with the relatively new(at the time) GASU Squirrel. As we know the Squirrel was replaced by the EC135 in GASU service.

    Why 8 Alouettes? Detachment at Finner, detachment at Monaghan and SAR.

    Why 5 Dauphins? SAR detachment (1 at various places), 2 for the NS HPVs.

    Everything else was spare capacity for VIP, army co-op, air ambulance, etc etc etc.

    Why were those figures chosen? Probably something to do with having a min amount available at one time

    The decision on replacing the Warriors and Fougas with a single type was based on 1 higher performance aircraft type being capable of doing basic and advanced training. The fleet size would have been based on have x amount available.

    It is saving money of course it is. But there is also method in the madness.

    Look at when these decisions were made. Post GFA.

    Also every additional aircraft type reduced the pool of pilots and techs to work on them.

    Is it ideal no but as far as I’m concerned the fewer types the better.

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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    AIRCORPS112 operating as ALPHA WHISKEY 274 conducting Night Vision Landings at UH Galway on Tuesday last week.

    Picture:David McGrath

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    No words needed. Great job by all and so well carried out.

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    Recent HIQA report on P1 transplant transfers to UK
    https://www.hiqa.ie/sites/default/fi...TA-Nov2017.pdf

    Long term recommendations additional IRCG aircraft or GASU-type AC op



    Short term night P1 air ambulance missions is now contracted out to Capital Air Ambulance UK
    https://flyinginireland.com/2018/01/...ance-contract/
    Last edited by DeV; 2nd January 2018 at 08:44.

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