AD on Rotorcraft Tailboom for Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 Helicopters

June 27th, 2014

The FAA is publishing a new airworthiness directive 2014-07-52 (AD) for certain Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France) Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters. This AD requires repetitively inspecting certain reinforcement angles of the rear structure to tailboom junction frame (reinforcement angles) for a crack, and repairing any cracked reinforcement angle. This AD is prompted by a report that cracks were found in the reinforcement angles on several AS355 helicopters. These actions are intended to detect a crack in the reinforcement angle, which if not corrected, could result in loss of the tailboom and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD becomes effective June 25, 2014 to all persons except those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD (EAD) 2014-07-52, issued on March 28, 2014, which contained the requirements of this AD. pdf icon 2014-07-52.pdf


AD on Power Plant for Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam Model P2006T Airplanes

June 27th, 2014

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive 2014-11-09 (AD) for Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam srl Model P2006T airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a cracked engine mount. They are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective July 15, 2014. pdf icon 2014-11-09.pdf


AD on Fuselage Structure for Eurocopter AS365 Helicopters

June 16th, 2014

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive 2014-11-02 (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters to require repetitively inspecting frame number (No.) 9 for a crack. This AD was prompted by a report of a crack in frame No. 9 on an AS365 helicopter. The actions of this AD are intended to detect a crack and prevent loss of structural integrity and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective July 15, 2014. pdf icon 2014-11-02.pdf


AD on Tail Rotor Drive Bearing Bell 214 Helicopters

June 16th, 2014

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-11-05 for Bell Model 214B, 214B-1, and 214ST helicopters with certain tail rotor hanger bearings (bearing) installed. AD 2013-11-05 required inspecting the bearing to determine whether an incorrectly manufactured seal material is installed on the bearing. This new AD retains the repetitive inspection of the bearings and also requires replacing the defective bearings. This AD was prompted by a report that certain bearings were manufactured with an incorrect seal material that does not meet Bell specifications. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the bearing and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. The New AD is 2014-12-01 DATES: This AD is effective July 14, 2014 pdf icon 2014-12-01.pdf


AD on Engine Controls for Eurocopter D225 Helicopters

June 4th, 2014

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive 2014-11-08 (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters to require measuring the operating load of the cockpit fuel shut-off controls and replacing the tangential gearbox if the operating load threshold is exceeded. This AD was prompted by the jamming of the left-hand (LH) side of the fuel shut-off and general cut-off controls (controls). The actions of this AD are intended to prevent the jamming of the controls so that a pilot can shut down an engine during an engine fire or during an emergency landing. DATES: This AD is effective July 8, 2014. pdf icon 2014-11-08.pdf