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 autorotation.
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.
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