I was of two minds whether to display the Dragonfly landing and as the outcome was okay I went ahead and it is only displayed on this web site. If anyone objects or it upsets the pilot then I will withdraw the photos? My intention is to give support and I congratulate the pilot in managing the circumstances with a safe outcome. Well done.
I've had a Robin "drop out from below me" when a strong headwind suddenly seemed to disappear as I crossed the threshold at North Shore. Being much smaller and prop driven, a judicious and rapid application of throttle softened things out to a thump but it scared the proverbial out of me nonetheless.
Its not really a relation to the NH-90 (altough Agusta is a member of NH helicopters which makes the NH-90). The NH-90 is militarychopper and is a bit bigger.
The AW-139 is designed as a civilian helicopter by Agusta and Bell (Bell pulled out later in the programme). Its now a Agusta Westalnd chopper after Agusta merged with Westland. Designed as a replacement for Puma, Bell 212/412 (which HNZ is replacing the AW-139 with - has two on order), Bell 205 helicopters and had success in sales in the oil industry (which HNZ is being used for), medevac and SAR roles.