Kamov KA32A11BC at YYJ

I sometimes see it flying in and out, and here it is at rest.

  1. #1 by Old Fussbudget on December 15, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    It followed me home…may I keep it?

    • #2 by albell on December 15, 2010 - 7:55 pm

      Its cute with its little friend.

      • #3 by Old Fussbudget on December 16, 2010 - 7:50 am

        I wish you’d moved that APU out of the way…little friend or no.

        And I wish stupid wordpress didn’t make me confirm by following a link every time I subscribe to a post. While I’m being cranky, I wish you’d take me off moderation. No reason, just ’cause I’m cranky. I bet *you* made that stud pull out. The toaster said you did and it would never lie.

      • #4 by albell on December 16, 2010 - 8:18 am

        I’m looking in to it. Its not immediately clear to me how I can make a “preferred customer status” condition for comments. But then again I’m not the sharpest blogger in the shed.

      • #5 by albell on December 16, 2010 - 8:20 am

        If its still on the pad today, and if I drive by that way, I’ll see if I can’t get another shot. And who knows, maybe another of VIH’s fleet will be in. Its getting to be a “at the airport” regular feature.

  2. #6 by msouth on December 16, 2010 - 6:34 am

    Makes you suspicious of the designers. “How much of that is functional, and how much did you do just to make it look cool?” Or maybe “cute” instead of cool. It’s like the PT Cruiser of helicopters.

    Fly it?…Hug it?…Fly it?…Hug it? I can’t decide!

    • #7 by albell on December 16, 2010 - 7:29 am

      I’ve noticed that aircraft companies have a particular design aesthetic to some degree or another. Helicopters are good examples of that. BTW here are some specs on the Kamov:

      “This document covers the KA-27 Helix A, the KA-29 Helix B, and the KA-32 Helix

      The Ka-27 was designed to replace The KA-25. The first prototype flew in December 1974. Variants include the Ka-27PS search and rescue version and Ka-28 ASW model. The Ka-29 combat/transport helicopter and Ka-31 surveillance variant are in operational service. The primary function of the KA-29 Helix B amphibious assault helicopter is delivery of percision-guided weapons, weapons designation, and troop transport.

      There are two versions of the Ka-32 helicopter: transport Ka-32T and shipborne Ka-32C. The Ka-32T version is designed for cargo and passenger transport both inside the cabin and externally on a sling, logging in hard access areas, to fulfill civil engineering and installation work, construction, search/rescue missions, medevac and off-shore oil rings servicing operations and various types of aerial survey. The Ka-32C version is designed for carrying out ice prospecting during the steering of the convoys of ships, their unloading, performance of rescue operations at sea and acting as ambulances. The Ka-32 has two TVZ-117 turboprop engines which provide higher power and safety under extreme conditions.

      Country of Origin: Russia
      Builder: Kamov
      Role: Various
      Rotor Span: 51.64 ft/15.75 m
      Length: 34 ft/10.4 m
      Height: 18 ft/5.5 m
      Weight: 11,000 kg
      Engine: 1 x TB 3-117 VM
      Speed: 260 km/h
      Ceiling: 5000 meters
      Range: 432 nm
      Internal Fuel: 432 kg
      Payload: 800 kg
      Crew: 1
      Sensors:
      KA-27 Helix A: Radar; MAD; dipping sonar; 12 sonobuyoys, RWR
      KA-29 Helix B: RWR, directional ESM, dorsal EW pod
      Armament:
      KA-27 Helix A: E45-7A torp or B-1 DC, Nuclear DB4
      KA-29 Helix B: UB-20 rocket pods, AT-6 Spiral4
      Cost: ~$1,500,0004

      • #8 by Old Fussbudget on December 16, 2010 - 7:58 am

        I had a model of a Kaman utility helo as a kid and it was dead cute. That’s the one with the interleaved rotors side-by-side. I think it’s the short-and-fat aspect (pun intended) that contributes to the cuteness factor. And I keep getting Kaman and Kamov Kamfused in my mind.

        Russian naval vessels have often been quite beautiful, much more so than US ones. Especially more than some of those slab-everythinged horrors we’ve built lately.

      • #9 by Old Fussbudget on December 16, 2010 - 8:09 am

        Just wanted to point out that the builders don’t call it a Helix — that’s a NATO designation where all helo names begin with H, bombers with B, fighters with F etc.

        I’m amused at the rough cost of a million five plus four tenths of a mill.

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