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G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby m0lsx » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:04 am

I have just spotted G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.) on Flightradar24.
I often see the Helicopter used by the Electricity companies to inspect overhead lines in remote areas. But G-NTWK is a new on for me.

https://www.railengineer.uk/2011/07/08/birds-eye-view-from-network-rails-helicopter/

Network Rail also has its own helicopter, with an operating cost of around £1,300 per hour....

The aircraft is a Eurocopter AS355 Twin Squirrel, built in France. Network Rail’s is leased from PDG Helicopters who also supply the experienced pilots and arrange all the servicing. As a twin-engined machine, it is allowed to operate over cities where a lot of its work is carried out.

It has no fixed base. Servicing takes place at Cumbernauld in Scotland or near Wolverhampton, but the helicopter spends its nights at airfields all over the country.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby m0lsx » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:09 am

Strangely G-WPDE (Electricity) is also now visable on my page, being just north of Chesterfield.
JCB also has one or two Helicopters, that pop up from time to time.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby thelad » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:45 pm

Network rail have 2 they seem to use alot from checking for hot spots with the electrics to providing overhead support at incidents. BTP also have the use of them.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby alpha_india » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 pm

m0lsx wrote:Strangely G-WPDE (Electricity) is also now visable on my page, being just north of Chesterfield.
JCB also has one or two Helicopters, that pop up from time to time.

The JCB helicopters are in and out of CITB Bircham Newton quite often.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:56 am

alpha_india wrote:The JCB helicopters are in and out of CITB Bircham Newton quite often.


My first job after leaving School (1976) was at Bircham Newton & I have trained there too. Plus I now drive past it every time I head to my mothers, so I know it well.
But I mainly see JCB 1 & 2 flying around the Country.
But it is strange what you see flying around & where. Last week I saw Claw41 flying loops around the Wash. The Wash being the Sea bay between Norfolk & Lincolnshire. Claw41 had flown up from Pretoria South Africa!!! Presumably this was the South African Air Force using the Bombing range there, but I was surprised to see a South African aircraft doing that..
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby milly » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:21 pm

m0lsx wrote:........Last week I saw Claw41 flying loops around the Wash. The Wash being the Sea bay between Norfolk & Lincolnshire. Claw41 had flown up from Pretoria South Africa!!! Presumably this was the South African Air Force using the Bombing range there, but I was surprised to see a South African aircraft doing that..


If you saw it then you'd have seen that it was an USAFE F15. Nothing at all to do with South Africa
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:47 pm

The track on Flightradar24 showed it to have come from Pretoria. I accept that some details that are shown are user inputted. But the flight track was from Pretoria.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby thelad » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:02 pm

CLAW is a Yank F15 C/S, sometimes if FR24 cant work out where a aircraft came from it will guess (not sure how it works) i have watched aircraft on it that have left a small airfield near York yet they say that it left Leeds Bradford Airport.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:16 pm

thelad wrote:CLAW is a Yank F15 C/S, sometimes if FR24 cant work out where a aircraft came from it will guess (not sure how it works) i have watched aircraft on it that have left a small airfield near York yet they say that it left Leeds Bradford Airport.



I wish I had grabbed a photo of the the full journey as it clearly showed the flight path as being from Pretoria. I can understand a difference of a few miles. But a whole continent is different.
I checked the flight path & it clearly showed the whole path between Pretoria & the Wash. Time wise it would not make sense for FR24 to make such a mistake either.
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Re: G-NTWK (NeTWorK Rail.)

Postby jimh » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:36 pm

m0lsx wrote:I wish I had grabbed a photo of the the full journey as it clearly showed the flight path as being from Pretoria. I can understand a difference of a few miles. But a whole continent is different.
I checked the flight path & it clearly showed the whole path between Pretoria & the Wash. Time wise it would not make sense for FR24 to make such a mistake either.


What date/time was this m0lsx? I have a premium account for FR24, that has playback.

Just to confirm, the subscribers/reporters on Fightercontrol forum have CLAW 41 logged (r/t and eyeball) as a 494th FS F15E in the Lakenheath area on the 31, 29, 16, 10 and 9th August.
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