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The FAA has published a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109, A109A, A109A II, A109C, A109K2, A109E, A119, A109S, AW119 MKII, and AW109SP helicopters. This AD requires inspecting certain tail rotor (T/R) pitch control links (pitch links) for freedom of movement, corrosion, excessive friction of the spherical bearings, and cracks.

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The FAA has issued a superseding emergency airworthiness directive for all serial numbers of Enstrom Helicopter models F-28A, F-28C, F-28C-2, F-28C-2R, F-28F, F-28F-R, 280, 280C, and 280FX, as well as model 480 with serial numbers 5001 through 5006. The superseding AD is the result of an ongoing investigation into a fatal accident earlier this year.

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The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-04-14 for Agusta S.p.A. Model A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII helicopters. AD 2014-04-14 required removing certain rod end assemblies from service because of reports of fractures. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2014-04-14 but expands the scope of applicable rod end assemblies.

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The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 407 helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the aft fuselage upper skin for a crack and the upper left longeron assembly for a crack, corrosion, or defect.

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An emergency airworthiness directive is being sent to owners and operators of Agusta helicopters, prompted by a report of an in-flight failure of tail rotor pitch control link on an Agusta Model AW119 MKII helicopter. This EAD requires inspecting certain pitch links for freedom of movement, corrosion, excessive friction of the spherical bearings, and cracks.

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An emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) is prompted by an error in the Illustrated Parts Catalog that incorrectly identifies applicability of a certain part-numbered blade on Agusta Model A109A and A109A II helicopters. This EAD requires replacing an affected blade with the approved part-numbered blade for the applicable model. This condition, if not corrected, could result in blade failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

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The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Sikorsky Model S-76A, B, C, and D helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the tail rotor drive shaft flange-to-shaft attachment hardware for correct assembly and correct torque of the fasteners.

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The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Model 412 and 412EP helicopters with certain static inverters installed. This AD requires revising the Rotorcraft Flight Manual and installing a placard in full view of the pilot to limit flight to visual flight rules only and prohibit night operations.

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Although the investigation into a fatal accident involving an Enstrom Helicopter in Colorado late last month is ongoing, evidence has surfaced that has prompted the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive with testing that must be carried out before any further flight. The AD affects Enstrom Model F-28A, 280, F-28C, F-28C-2, F-28C-2R, 280C, F-28F, F-28F-R, 280F, 280FX helicopters, all serial numbers; and Model 480 helicopters with serial numbers 5001 through 5006.

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The FAA is publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter France) Model EC130T2 helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the attachment points where the fan attaches to the main gearbox (MGB) oil cooler hopper (hopper) and replacing any cracked hopper with an airworthy hopper.

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