Emergency AD: Airbus EC120B with Air Comm Air Conditioning
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:58:00 -0500
The FAA has issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2015-24-51 for Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters that have an Air Comm Corporation (Air Comm) air conditioning kit installed in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate No. SR00491DE. This Emergency AD was prompted by a report that the operator of an Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B heard an abnormal noise during flight that gradually became more pronounced resulting in a precautionary landing. While applying power to land, the helicopter yawed left. Application of the right pedal did not correct the rotation requiring the pilot to perform a hovering auto rotation. A preliminary investigation showed that the mating splines of the air conditioner system’s pulley and the tail rotor output pinion had worn away allowing the pulley to rotate freely on the output pinion. Failure of the drive pulley and tail rotor output pinion during flight may result in the loss of tail rotor drive and subsequent loss of directional control.
Border agents take to skies to protect region
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:44:00 -0500
(Las Cruces Sun-News) - Todd Gayle of El Paso grinned as excitement filled his eyes when he was asked what he most enjoyed about his job. "It’s a lot of fun — I get to fly."
RAF and Royal Navy Involved in 2,000 mi. Round Trip to Rescue Cruise Passenger bitten by Seal
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:36:00 -0500
(ITV) -The RAF and Royal Navy were tasked with nearly a 2,000-mile round trip to rescue a British cruise passenger who had been bitten...
Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:26:00 -0500
(NPR) - Is there ever a time when cool trumps science? It's a question that becomes relevant when you consider NASA's plans to put a helicopter drone...
Chance to tell your Westland Helicopter stories as part of Lottery project
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:01:00 -0500
(Western Daily Press) - Past and present employees of Westland Helicopters are being urged to pass on their memories as part of a Heritage Lottery-backed...
Four Die in Helicopter Crash During Ft. Hood Training
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:30:00 -0500
(Austin American-Statesman) - A Fort Hood helicopter on a routine training mission crashed Monday afternoon, killing four crew members...
Flight Training as Master Class in Business
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:01:00 -0500
3 Things Pilots Know About Crisis Management (Fast Company) - [P]ilots are trained in crisis management. We're taught to think through a range of potential mishaps, memorize checklists, and plot courses of action in advance. Executives can do the same.