Last Sunday I was in my bedroom and what sounded like a Comanche was coming over! It was in fact one of the local air ambulances. It sounded quite quiet but with a whine, which was the high-RPM of the fenestron anti-torque system.
It did in fact land only a few hundred meters from my house. Shortly later it took-off, went, then came back and landed again, before taking-off again. So I got two opportunities for photos - and some low-level ones at that...
... I did get a few pics, and later identified the helicopter as a Eurocopter EC135, as East Anglian Air Ambulance (my local division) operate two of them. This is probably my first time in real-life that I have ever heard the fenestron. It sounded absolutely awesome, and just like that of the Comanche!
Really great pictures, Flyboy!!
Yeah, I love the sound of a Fenestron. I remember the first time I heard one was on an Aerospatiale HH-65C Dolphin. I don't know what you heard on the EC-135, as I imagine it'd be lower with the irregular blade spacing, but this thing sounded like something from Star Wars!
I've got loads of video of my local Air ambulance (G-NWAA) I'll be posting it on this forum over the next few weeks
Airbus Helicopters EC135 with new tail, streamlined landing gear and 5 bladed Blue Edge rotor.
Sorry, if in wrong section!
-- Edited by Hell(i)Master on Friday 2nd of January 2015 08:51:58 PM