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Norway, UK Airbus helicopter ban remains. The respective CAAs maintain their EC225LP and AS332L2 embargos until further notice despite their European peers’ actions to the contrary. The no-fly ban extension, which includes SAR (search and rescue) operations, comes after consulting British aviation authorities, they say. The UK CAA confirms “that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2.”

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Norway, UK Airbus helicopter ban remains

Published on Monday, 10th October, 2016 at 10:11 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

The respective CAAs maintain their EC225LP and AS332L2 embargos until further notice despite their European peers’ actions to the contrary.

An H225 helicopter
An H225 helicopter
Photo: Airbus Helicopters


The no-fly ban extension, which includes SAR (search and rescue) operations, comes after consulting British aviation authorities, they say.

The UK CAA confirms “that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2.”

Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) decided, Friday, to allow the use of Airbus’ EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma.

In a statement, the Agency lists a “set of very stringent protective measures which enable the decision to allow these types of helicopters to return to flight.” These relate to the gearbox and the chip detectors.

These parts are magnetic switches that protrude into the flow of oil in engines and gearboxes, usually situated near the oil filter. 

The oil should not usually contain any metal particles during normal operation, but small particles of metal will break off and get into the oil if a component is beginning to wear badly or break up.

These then stick to the magnet of the chip detector as they flow past it and will short out the two contacts, thereby setting off an alarm to the pilot that something is wrong.

EASA dictates mandatory daily inspections (or after 10 flight hours. whichever comes first) of these, as well as examination of the oil filter every 10 flight hours “with very stringent criteria,” reads their statement.

“All main gearboxes that have suffered from unusual events will be withdrawn from service. Unusual events include external events that might shock the gearbox but without visual evidence of damage,” the Agency also says.

EASA ordered inspections of the EC225 LPs after 13 people lost their lives in April’s fatal crash at Turøy near western Norway’s Bergen Flesland Airport.

Manufacturer Airbus also grounded these aircraft (now known as H225s) in relation to commercial flights following the tragedy.

Both the Norwegian and UK CAAs are still awaiting the final report on their findings regarding the crash from the Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) “before considering any future action.”

“EASA has been closely monitoring the analysis and tests conducted by Airbus Helicopters. We maintain our full support to the investigation led by the Accident Investigation Bureau of Norway (AIBN) for the accident. This action continues to address the initial safety recommendation on EASA and we will address any further recommendations addressed to EASA,” says the Agency.


Published on Monday, 10th October, 2016 at 10:11 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: h225, ec225, helicopter, bergen, crash, paywall.





  
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