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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
has issued an emergency airworthiness
directive ordering checks on all EC 135 and
EX635 helicopter rotor hubs after cracking
was detected in an EC 135 main rotor hub
(MRH) shaft during a regular inspection.
"This condition, if not detected, could
lead to further crack propagation, possibly
resulting in main rotor hub failure and
consequent loss of the helicopter," says
the directive, issued on May 17. "The
investigation is on-going and the cause of the
cracking has not been determined yet."
EASA adds that further similar cracks have
been found in two other helicopters during
pre-flight checks. "In addition, it has been
determined that the identification of deformed
safety pins may not be sufficient to detect the
cracks on the MRH shaft," EASA says.
The authority says operators should carry
out "repetitive pre-flight visual inspections
of the main rotor blades attachment area in
the upper and lower hub-shaft flanges, and
repetitive visual inspection on the upper and
lower hub-shaft flanges and the blade bolt
area". Flight time between inspections must
not exceed six hours, EASA adds.
The twin-engine EC 135 is widely used
for executive transportation, as well as
for police and air ambulance missions.
In February last year, the company struck
an agreement with China's Zhong-Ou
International to produce the helicopter in
Zhejiang. Andrzej Jeziorski
EASA ORDERS EMERGENCY CHECKS ON
EC 135 HELICOPTER ROTORS
STRONG START TO 2012
Bombardier's Flexjet subsidiary will be the
first fractional jet management services
provider to offer the new Learjet 70 and
Learjet 75 light and super-light business jets.
Flexjet will be offering shares of the
Canadian manufacturer's newest aircraft,
which is scheduled to enter service in 2013.
"Technological innovations position the Learjet
70 and Learjet 75 aircraft as some of the
fastest, most innovative and productive aircraft
in the light jet category," the manufacturer says.
The Learjet 70 and 75 are "designed to
fly farther than any other light aircraft ever
built", offering higher cruise speeds, direct
routing and additional city pairs, compared
with current aircraft, Bombardier says.
"Enhanced cockpit technology provides
greater efficiency for pilots, while passengers
benefit from a seamless transition from their
traditional desks to their new office in the
sky," the manufacturer says. "Highlights
include a newly created workspace based on
ergonomics and modern style, enhanced seat
comfort and noise-reduction measures."
Flexjet's new Learjet models will feature
the company's latest interior design updates,
with honey-coloured wood, light-beige leather
seats and accents of red throughout the cabin
"The addition of these new aircraft means
Flexjet owners will continue to have access to
some of the most technologically advanced
aircraft available, and the youngest business
jets in the industry," the company says.
The new aircraft will replace the current
Learjet 40XR and 45XR models. Flexjet now
has a fleet of 82 aircraft and more than
1,000 customers. Andrzej Jeziorski
Speaking in mid-May at the European
Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
(EBACE) in Geneva, Gulfstream President
Larry Flynn said the company has enjoyed
a strong start to the year, delivering more
aircraft, expanding facilities worldwide
and preparing to introduce two new
aircraft into service.
"We are aggressively adding people,
parts and buildings all over the world
to make sure we fulfil our commitment
to customers to provide the best service
in the industry," Flynn said. "We added
more than 1,300 employees in 2011 and
have already added 700 this year."
The company is in the midst of a
US$500 million expansion that will
add production, product support and
engineering capacity at its Savannah
base. This follows the US$400 million
expansion completed in 2010.
Gulfstream announced late last year
a joint venture in China to build the first
factory service centre in the country by
a business-jet manufacturer. That facility,
Gulfstream Beijing, is a partnership
with local charter and management firm
Deerjet and maintenance provider Grand
China Aviation Technik. Gulfstream
expects the facility to open this year.
NEWS IN BRIEF
CESSNA AIRCRAFT says it is seeing high
levels of interest from Europe in its planned
Citation Latitude mid-size business jet,
scheduled to enter service in 2015. Speaking
at this year's EBACE show, Joe Hepburn,
the manufacturer's senior vice-president of
customer service, said: "We see the Citation
Latitude playing a significant role in the
continuing growth of the European mid-size
business jet market. We are experiencing
encouraging levels of interest in the aircraft,
particularly from customers who already own
or operate a mid-size Cessna Citation such
as the Citation XLS+ and are planning future
purchases. The logical next step is to buy a
new, more advanced Citation and the Citation
Latitude provides the perfect solution."
BOMBARDIER'S FLEXJET TO OFFER
LEARJET 70 AND 75 JETS
The new Learjet 70 and 75 models will replace current Learjet 40XR and 45XR aircraft.
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