This video includes flight demonstrations, interface with rescuers on the ground, and includes a display of two new helicopters, the EC135(T3) and the Bell 429, as well as a Soviet-era MI-8 operated by the Croatian Air Force. Commission President Pat Fauchere (Switzerland) begins with a summary of the work of the commission. Marin Lukas (Croatia) narrated the afternoon demonstration of the Bell 429 and MI 8. The aircraft demonstrated many of the same long-line techniques that were presented in the morning on the rock face. Various methods of transition between the mountain and the aircraft were shown, including the "load transfer" and "rope cut" methods. At the airport there was a Eurocopter EC135(T3) demonstration with interview of the pilot Diethelm Berndt (Germany) in the cockpit. The EC135 aircraft has become the standard for emergency and rescue services world-wide. The new T3 version has increased performance through the addition of longer blades and a new air intake. Finally, the Bell 429 aircraft was presented by the Air Zermatt pilot Robert Andenmatten (Switzerland). There was a special effort to bring both aircraft from Germany and Switzerland to demonstrate capabilities and work in conjunction with Croatian Mountain Rescue. The final credits section of the video includes footage from the water rescue demonstration carried out by rescuers from the HGSS, involving rescue divers and the MI-8 Helicopter crew. Special Note on the Soviet MI 8 Helicopter: During an official visit to the United States in September 1959 Nikita Khrushchev took a flight in the S-58 presidential helicopter for the first time and was reportedly extremely impressed. Upon Khrushchev's return he orders the creation of a similar helicopter and asked that it be ready in time for the return visit of the American president. Two months after the engines were completed the third prototype designated V-8A equipped with two engines, made its first flight piloted by Nikolei Ilyushin on 2 August 1962. The Soviet military originally showed little interest in the Mi-8 until the Bell UH-1's involvement in the Vietnam War became widely publicized as a great asset to the United States, allowing troops to move swiftly in and out of a battlefield and throughout the country. It was only then that the soviet military rushed a troop carrying variant of the Mil Mi-8 into production. It was introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1967 as the Mi-8. The Croatian Air Force continues to fly these machines and they provide a highly effective rescue capability.+ More details
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