FBHeliservices (FBH) in the UK has contracted Emteq’s Canadian office to design, certify and manufacture a wire-strike protection kit for its fleet of AS350BBs. FBH also asked Emteq to design, certify and manufacture a nose-area deflector (NAD). In the event of a wire strike in the nose area, the NAD will direct the cable toward the upper or lower cutter.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the Piaggio Avanti based upon an operator report of a short circuit between a generator power cable and an anti-ice shutoff valve, which was caused by chafing between the cable and the valve. The insulation of the cable and surrounding sleeve were worn off as a result.