Watch: AFM helicopter among the attractions at this year’s International Air Show
This year’s edition of the International Air Show ended this evening, with a wonderful spectacle that drew hundreds of people who gathered on the coast of Qawra and elsewhere in the North of Malta. On Sunday morning, hundreds of people gathered to watch planes and helicopters at close range and talk to the pilots and technicians.
The AugustaWestland 139 helicopter is an essential tool in search and rescue missions carried out by the Armed Forces of Malta. It carries up to 12 people, is capable of flying up to 4 hours and can fly long distances from Malta.
This helicopter was among the attractions for hundreds of people who flocked to the airport on Sunday morning to take a closer look at some of the planes and helicopters that came for this edition of the international exhibition of the air.
Sergeant Pierre Cassar explained to the public that the AW139 is equipped with all the equipment to evacuate or rescue people from land or sea. On display were some of the equipment used in these operations.
“I’m a rescuer, meaning we explain to them that we have certain equipment that we carry people carry with especially at sea. We do not wear a flying suit which is what I am wearing now but a wet suit and I displayed the way we are dressed for a mission at sea. ”
The 26th edition of the international air show was attended by air forces from various countries with military aircraft including from France, Germany, and Turkey. The Italian presence was felt especially with helicopters of different entities such as the Guardia in Finanza, the Polizia di Stato, the Vigili Del Fuoco, and the naval force.
After a four year hiatus, there was great anticipation for this event – especially from amateurs – most of them camera in hand who also got a chance to talk pilots and technicians.
The international air show was first organized by the Malta Aviation Society in September 28 years ago.