Don Dobbin took media on an uplifting journey Friday as the Canadian Coast Guard displayed the latest addition to its fleet.
Dobbin, a pilot from Wabush, demonstrated the new medium-lift helicopter on a trip to Cape Spear, then Cape St. Francis, then back to the hangar.
The coast guard says the Bell Textron 412 can carry more and travel faster and farther than the chopper it’s replacing.
The aircraft can travel up to 259 km/h, with a cruising speed of 226 km/h, and its range is up to 745 km. It can hold 13 passengers and has controls for two pilots.
The new chopper is one of two medium-lift helicopters in the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic’s fleet, which also includes seven light-lift choppers. Three light-lift and one medium-lift are based in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Here are some of the sights The Telegram took in on the ride.