Bulgaria Resumes Mi-17 Operations

The Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) posted a photo of an Mi-17 on its Facebook page on 4 June after it resumed operations with the transport helicopter and it returned to the 24th Air Base Krumovo, near Plovdiv, following life extension work at the TEREM-Letets aircraft repair plant in Sophia. With 200 additional flight hours before its next scheduled...

The Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) posted a photo of an Mi-17 on its Facebook page on 4 June after it resumed operations with the transport helicopter and it returned to the 24th Air Base Krumovo, near Plovdiv, following life extension work at the TEREM-Letets aircraft repair plant in Sophia.

The BuAF posted a photo of an Mi-17 on its Facebook page on 4 June after it resumed operations with the transport helicopter and it returned to the 24th Air Base Krumovo. (BuAF/Captain Dimo Vichev)
The BuAF posted a photo of an Mi-17 on its Facebook page on 4 June after it resumed operations with the transport helicopter and it returned to the 24th Air Base Krumovo. (BuAF/Captain Dimo Vichev)

With 200 additional flight hours before its next scheduled general overhaul, the helicopter can remain operational until February 2020. This will allow the BuAF to use the aircraft for aerial firefighting and retain the proficiency of Mi-17 crews, who lost their last operational helicopter in a crash at Krumovo on 11 June 2018.

Source: www.janes.com