It’s a chicken-and-egg sort of question: did helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron make Red Bull’s aerobatic MBB Bo105 famous or did Red Bull make Chuck Aaron famous for his helicopter aerobatics? The short answer is “yes.”
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Oxford-based A2B Heli Maintenance is expanding the portfolio of helicopter types it works on. It plans to add Bell and AgustaWestland types to the current Sikorsky S-76 and Eurocopter EC120, AS350/355, EC135, AS365, EC155 and BO105. A2B, which holds EASA Part 145 approval, offers a range of services, from line maintenance to pre-buy survey and training.
Director Andy Bloxham expects to service 10 to 15 aircraft per yearas the three-year-old company becomes established. Under its airworthiness management activity, it already oversees 21 helicopters. A2B has seven employees.
On September 26, the Canadian Coast Guard recovered an MBB BO105 helicopter that crashed and sank in the M’Clure Straits of the Arctic Ocean earlier in the month, killing all three men aboard. Post-mortem examinations of the victims revealed that the three likely survived the impact but succumbed later from the effects of cold-water induced hypothermia. The commander of the icebreaker Amundsen was among the victims.
A Canadian Coast Guard MBB (Eurocopter) Bo-105 on a research support flight crashed into the Arctic Sea on September 10, killing all three people aboard. The helicopter was operating from the icebreaker Amundsen when it went down in the M’Clure Strait off the coast of Banks Island in the Western Arctic.
The FAA is revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive for the Eurocopter BO105A/C/LS/LS A-3 and 105S. The earlier AD proposed inspecting for debonding of the erosion protective shell (abrasion strip) on the leading edge of each main rotor blade. This SNPRM proposes to revise those inspection requirements by identifying specific dates of replacement of the applicable parts and identifying a specific inspection method to discover debonding of an abrasion strip.
The FAA announced September 7 that it would launch an investigation into the Lee County, Fla. MedStar helicopter EMS program. MedStar is operated by the county’s Division of Public Safety and flies a Bell 430 and an MBB BO105. Lee County abruptly shuttered MedStar, at the time it said temporarily, August 21 and terminated its pilots and top managers following reports of operational deficiencies and billing irregularities; however, the program had been under strain since the Aug.
American Eurocopter recently received level-D certification and is now authorized to repair and overhaul tailbooms and stabilizers for the EC 135. The company can now perform all tailboom repairs for the EC 135, EC 145, BO 105 and BK 117 at its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.
M7 Aerospace has launched a program to support Rolls-Royce 250-series engine operators by teaming with Essential Turbines of Dorval, Quebec. The engine is installed in numerous helicopter models, including Bells, Sikorsky S-76s, MD Helicopters, Agusta 109s, Eurocopter AS 355s, MBB BO105s and others.
DRF Luftrettung at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport has obtained an EASA Part 147 certificate as a training organization. The certification allows the company to hold EC 135, BK 117 and BO 105 helicopter type rating courses for aircraft technicians. “The training course takes five weeks and consists of an engine course as well as theoretical and practical training of two weeks each.
After nearly two decades, India’s first indigenous rotorcraft is poised for civil certification in that nation this month, with FAA/ JAA approval expected within the year. And as its creators reveal more details of its design, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) emerges as a capable, cleverly executed design, clearly able to hold its own against any modern design from the West.
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