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Canadian Coast Guard shows off newest chopper in fleet

Don Dobbin, a pilot from Wabush, sits in the Canadian Coast Guard’s brand new medium-lift helicopter.
Don Dobbin, a pilot from Wabush, sits in the Canadian Coast Guard’s brand new medium-lift helicopter.

Don Dobbin took media on an uplifting journey Friday as the Canadian Coast Guard displayed the latest addition to its fleet.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s new Bell Textron 412 helicopter flies over Cape St. Francis on a sunny Friday.

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 controls for the Canadian Coast Guard’s new helicopter, a Bell Textron 412 that the Coast Guard says flies faster and further, and can carry more weight than the one 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.

A chopper ride with the Canadian Coast Guard provided this bird’s-eye view of MUN’s Ocean Sciences Centre.
Cape Spear, as seen from a helicopter over land.
The most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear, is photographed from above.
Workers groom the East Coast Trail at Blackhead.
Fort Amherst as seen from above.
This photo, taken from a Coast Guard helicopter, shows signal hill in the foreground and downtown St. John’s in the background.
Parts of Middle Cove and Torbay can be seen in this photo, which was taken from a helicopter.
This aerial photo shows the Northeast Avalon community of Flatrock.
Houses dot the coastline in Pouch Cove on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula.

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