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Old 9th October 2013, 19:39   #1
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It is indeed a proud moment for HAL! Helicopter Dhruv clocks 1,00,000 flying hours!

Full article - http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/he...e-otherstories

Any pilots on this forum who got a chance to fly this machine? Please do share your experience!!
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It is indeed a proud moment for HAL! Helicopter Dhruv clocks 1,00,000 flying hours!

Full article - http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/he...e-otherstories

Any pilots on this forum who got a chance to fly this machine? Please do share your experience!!
bhpian dhanushmenon is a Naval aviator for the Dhruv helicopters.

I am sure he is also part of this.

Proud to know him.
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Old 10th October 2013, 12:50   #3
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bhpian dhanushmenon is a Naval aviator for the Dhruv helicopters.

I am sure he is also part of this.

Proud to know him.
Thanks figo_mba for the ping. Had not noticed this thread.

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It is indeed a proud moment for HAL! Helicopter Dhruv clocks 1,00,000 flying hours!

Full article - http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/he...e-otherstories

Any pilots on this forum who got a chance to fly this machine? Please do share your experience!!
vinair, the aircraft indeed is a state-of-the-art machine.
The Dhruv is more commonly known as ALH or Advanced Light Helicopter.

It has all modern and latest technologies incorporated into it and is not a reflection of the Indian Aeronautical development.
The helicopter initially was a joint venture of HAL and Eurocopter. However, as the sanction came through in the shape of "smiling Budha" with Indian Nuclear tests, eurocopter pulled out of fray. HAL went ahead to develop the aircraft and brought forth the shining results as you see.

The eurocopter cousin of the ALH is doing its service with other nations. Its called BK 117.

There are MK I, MK II and MK III variants currently in service in the various arms of the Indian defence forces and even abroad.
A weaponised version of MK III, called Rudra, is under prototype testing and will soon be inducted into service.
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Hey Dhanush bhai,

Thanks for the details. Please accept my pat on back. You have a long way ahead. Now I know how passionately you named your son
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Awesome!! Congrats and thanks for sharing the details.
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Thanks figo_mba for the ping. Had not noticed this thread.



vinair, the aircraft indeed is a state-of-the-art machine.
The Dhruv is more commonly known as ALH or Advanced Light Helicopter.

It has all modern and latest technologies incorporated into it and is not a reflection of the Indian Aeronautical development.
The helicopter initially was a joint venture of HAL and Eurocopter. However, as the sanction came through in the shape of "smiling Budha" with Indian Nuclear tests, eurocopter pulled out of fray. HAL went ahead to develop the aircraft and brought forth the shining results as you see.

The eurocopter cousin of the ALH is doing its service with other nations. Its called BK 117.

There are MK I, MK II and MK III variants currently in service in the various arms of the Indian defence forces and even abroad.
A weaponised version of MK III, called Rudra, is under prototype testing and will soon be inducted into service.
Thanks for that info buddy!! Having lived a good part of my life in HAL quarters (my dad worked with the HAL Fire Brigade and retired after serving for 41 years!!), I have always looked at these machines with great awe and just the sound of these machines makes me glee to this very day!!When ever I hear a chopper hovering above, I still look at them (to this very day!) with the same glee in my eyes!!
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Hey Dhanush bhai,
Now I know how passionately you named your son
Ha ha. You got that part wrong. Dhruvin, my son, was born one year before I converted to ALH. However, in future, like speed.demon has told me, I can tell my son that "You are so awesome that HAL named an aircraft after you!!!"

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Awesome!! Congrats and thanks for sharing the details.
My pleasure

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Thanks for that info buddy!! Having lived a good part of my life in HAL quarters (my dad worked with the HAL Fire Brigade and retired after serving for 41 years!!), I have always looked at these machines with great awe and just the sound of these machines makes me glee to this very day!!When ever I hear a chopper hovering above, I still look at them (to this very day!) with the same glee in my eyes!!
41 years is quite something!
Hats off to your dad for that.

Well, your fascination towards helicopters is quite understandable as for all those years of growing up, the whine of the engine wouldve become second nature to you.
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Ha ha. You got that part wrong. Dhruvin, my son, was born one year before I converted to ALH. However, in future, like speed.demon has told me, I can tell my son that "You are so awesome that HAL named an aircraft after you!!!"
Hey that is interesting anyways.

Any other hands on experience you would want to share with us? (As long as its not confidential) We are interested
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You took these snaps during aero India 2013?

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Any other hands on experience you would want to share with us? (As long as its not confidential) We are interested
There's nothing confidential about it jacs. It is a wonderful aircraft to fly.
Very stable and does everything expected without a huff.
The AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) in the aircraft is the champion of all systems in the aircraft (Somewhat equivalent to the autopilot).

It can acquire a target while flying and make approach to it and recover at hover at a pre programmed height. Calculations of wind and corrections are all done by the helicpoter itself.
All this is done hands free.

The pilot just need to press a button and sit back and watch the show

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You took these snaps during aero India 2013?
Yep, spent the whole day working on my tan
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Yep, spent the whole day working on my tan
Even I was there.
I am already tanned enough. Didnt have to work much on it
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