Emergency ADs lower Agusta Vne

 - May 5, 2008, 5:47 AM

Operators of the Agusta A109E Power twin-turbine helicopter and the Agusta A119K Koala single-turbine helicopter were required by emergency ADs issued last month to reduce Vne speeds by 20 kt. The FAA said there are continuing problems with tail-rotor cracks, and that reducing the Vne decreases tail-rotor loading. Additional tail-rotor hub and blade mods necessary for the A119K are not required for the A109E.