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Insane landing of helicopter onto ship in high seas

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posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:16 AM
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This video shows a landing conducted by a Prism Defence Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer during development of Ship Helicopter Operating Limits for the Lynx Mark 90B helicopter onboard the KNUD RASMUSSEN class Offshore Patrol Vessel.



Prism Defence (www.prismdefence.com) specialise in Ship Helicopter Integration, and provides a wide range of services within this realm. In particular, Prism are responsible for the development of Ship Helicopter Operating Limits. This involves safely taking the helicopter to the edge of the envelope; that is, the point at which more extreme conditions would make the aircraft unsafe to fly.
The limits are based on a combination of environmental factors and ship motion. Operating helicopters onboard ships is extremely complex, due in part to the difficulty of landing a helicopter on a moving platform, but also due to numerous practical engineering issues.


Some amazing skills by the pilot here, what a landing !!
Not only is he waiting for the ship to be stable, but he also has to deal with the high winds that are rocking the helicopter.

What say you ATS ?




posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:24 AM
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I would have needed new shorts !!



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:24 AM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

I'd fly with those guys any day!

That's some pretty awesome flying right there.

Thanks for posting the video.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:30 AM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

That's OK, I didn't need to keep my breakfast anyway after watching that video.......


Seriously though, that has to take some serious skill.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:37 AM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

What......

I almost threw up just now.

uhg I feel sick.
edit on 1-6-2015 by KnightLight because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:40 AM
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Balls of Titanium, Geeeez that was some very skillfull piloting



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:46 AM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

Not bad....

a barrel-roll would've been nice!



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 10:48 AM
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Once again "timing is everything" Just don't hurry and wait for your shot!




posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 11:17 AM
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In honor of this pilot.... I just crapped myself.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 11:41 AM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

Holy balls.

Still, I guess it must have been easier to land that thing, given that the weight of the pilots nuts must have ROOTED that chopper to the deck the moment the wheels made contact with it!



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 12:02 PM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

meh, I have seen it better done with CGI.

Yeah, pretty amazing. However the guy standing on the deck has got some cojones as well ,standing there with the helicopter trying to land just above him. Yikes.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 12:07 PM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge

I wonder if this was computer aided or pilot skill alone. Eventually computers will make landings like this an everyday event as the human factor is taken out of the fold.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 12:25 PM
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originally posted by: SubTruth
a reply to: SecretKnowledge

I wonder if this was computer aided or pilot skill alone. Eventually computers will make landings like this an everyday event as the human factor is taken out of the fold.


Yeah, hopefully they don't forget to the enable the “pedestrian detection” option.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 02:36 PM
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the helicopter has a "hook" in her belly bottom?.
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posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 03:29 PM
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originally posted by: drwire
the helicopter has a "hook" in her belly bottom?.


No!
As mentioned earlier:




the weight of the pilots nuts must have ROOTED that chopper to the deck





posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 04:00 PM
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would a catch net not be easier.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 04:13 PM
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a reply to: SecretKnowledge
That pilot does have nerve, and it's an excellent, well-timed landing.

But, if you really want to try your nerves of steel, get on a ship like that that's bouncing up and down in high seas, and have a crane operator try to lower a personnel carrier so you can step onto it. The timing has to be perfect and even if it is, you have a good chance of missing the carrier when you try to step on it if the ship suddenly dips down due to the seas and the carrier is suddenly way above the ship.

It's basically just a big donut-shaped ring you stand on with some ropes connecting it to the crane, and you try to hold on for dear life while you get transferred from the ship in high winds (I know it takes nerves, I've done it):

Test your nerves


The seas aren't even high in that video so I don't know why the crane operator has such a problem, maybe high winds? But usually the two go together. If you didn't get seasick from the boat ride, that crane ride might do the trick.


edit on 1-6-2015 by Arbitrageur because: clarification



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 08:14 PM
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Holy #balls.... IMO i think it looked a lot worse from the ship side video than the helo.
I need clean undies from watching that.



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 08:20 PM
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Wow that pilot has skills
, gigantic shiny brass balls too



posted on Jun, 1 2015 @ 08:44 PM
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Awesome! I don't know how long he was planning on staying but I believe the helicopter would have been a smoother ride than that ship.

I imagine you'd have to have the brakes already locked before you land on a ship like that right?
Once it hit the deck it didn't budge an inch.



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