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"Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby Minus1 » Fri May 04, 2018 11:54 am

There is an Augusta Westland AW169 using the verbal callsign "Special 33" buzzing around the Oxford area.
Polycon active on 419.1125
Aircaft registration is G-SASX

Currently with Oxford Approach on 125:090

Type and use of Polycon suggest it may be Coastguard heli on trials/servicing.
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Re: "Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby thelad » Fri May 04, 2018 12:34 pm

Specialist Aviation Services, kitted out with SAR/water Rescue gear. Dont think its anything to do with the Bristow CG side. Could be a loan aircraft.
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Re: "Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby jimh » Sat May 05, 2018 7:17 am

thelad wrote:Specialist Aviation Services, kitted out with SAR/water Rescue gear. Dont think its anything to do with the Bristow CG side.


Correct. I believe SASX is now their 'pool' aircraft. SAS have been rolling out a lot of AW169's to replace the aging fleet of Explorers used in EMS roles in the UK. It'll eventually replace G-SASR which was the 'pool' cab used when others were in with SAS for maintenance etc. They'll also use SASX for crew training, demo, sales etc. So it'll have the full spec, hence the Polycon fit. Not sure how many other EMS helos have polycon. I know G-HEMC did (still has?)
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Re: "Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby thelad » Sat May 05, 2018 8:23 am

Yes many Air ambos have Polycon as do some Police, Mil aircraft and the Bristow rig helis.
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Re: "Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby Alfie » Wed May 09, 2018 9:12 pm

thelad wrote:Yes many Air ambos have Polycon as do some Police, Mil aircraft and the Bristow rig helis.


Do you know if there are any specific frequencies for the police ones ?
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Re: "Special 33" heli with Polycon, Oxfordshire

Postby Minus1 » Thu May 10, 2018 12:02 am

Never heard anyone else suggest the police have Polycon.
Why would they? They don't use winches, and do have Airwave if a crew member needs to walk away from the heli.
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