Freedom Aero Service Develops Cost-cutting AS350/EC130 Repair Process
Freedom Aero Service has introduced two new repair processes for the Eurocopter AS350 and EC130. The FRS-12 process repairs the helicopter’s start card and FRS-16 modifies the master electrical (ME) box. Scott Durham said the FRS-16 process can save as much as 50 percent of the replacement cost by making the older-style ME boxes interchangeable with the latest version. “The start card was not repairable; your only option was to buy a new one at about $1,550. If replacement didn’t solve the problem, you were stuck with a new card you didn’t need. We have developed a process that tells if it’s good or not and lets us repair and return it to service,” Durham told AIN. “The ME boxes were configured to the specific electrical requirements of the accessories that were ordered during manufacturing, and the ME boxes were not interchangeable between aircraft with different accessories. We’ve developed a process to modify the older-style boxes to make them work with any combination of electrical accessories.” With a new box costing about $8,000 and a modification about $995 plus a $255 test fee, the difference is significant.