Alistair Mackinnon, known to us as A.J., is a friend of ours here at ramp. When we visit our friends, we don’t usually bring along any gifts, but we always carry a camera with us. A.J. offered to pick us up at the airport in Norwich himself. Naturally, we were expecting a car. But A.J. had something different in mind.
We’re going by helicopter?
Correct. You got here at just the right time.
Sounds great. What kind of helicopter is it?
It’s an MD 500D from McDonnell Douglas, manufactured in 1982. Well, parts of it at least.
Parts of it?
All components are replaced based on time or condition and are checked accurately and regularly. Every part that is necessary for operating at one hundred percent. Throughout the years, the parts have to be changed depending on life and condition, so effectively only the hull of the aircraft is original.