23-May-2013 Source: HeliHub.com
From Bristow’s latest financial statements comes this quote
Recently, Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225, which are being reviewed by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The definitive solution to the problem will be a redesign of the gear shaft which could take more than a year to complete. However, interim solutions are under consideration, including minor aircraft modifications and new maintenance/operating procedures for mitigating shaft failure and enhancing early detection, which could result in Bristow’s return to revenue service for the EC225 aircraft in the third quarter of our fiscal year 2014.
The current situation will continue until the necessary modifications are made to the EC225 fleet, the airworthiness regulators remove the operating restrictions, and we are confident that the interim modifications will allow us to operate the aircraft safely. Until then, this situation could have a material adverse effect on our future business, financial condition and results of operations.
So, in summary they tell us
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com