HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

11-Jul-2013 Source: HSSG

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly.

EASA has accepted both the root cause of the EC225 ditching and the solutions as identified by Eurocopter. Following independent validations by Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), SHAININ Engineering and Professor Burdekin who carried out a holistic review on behalf of HSSG of the root cause, crack propagation, the additional safety barriers and the new shaft design proposed by Eurocopter.

HSSG recognises the nervousness of the workforce about the return to service and remains committed to ensuring sufficient information is provided at all stages of the journey towards flight.

Les Linklater of Step Change in Safety said: “The HSSG is already speaking to the workforce and engaging at all levels so that the effectiveness of the measures outlined by EASA are fully understood. The HSSG stands ready to respond to any concerns raised by the workforce”.

HSSG will keep the workforce informed of proceedings in a number of ways including meetings, webex, and the knowledge centre on the Eurocopter website which provides a wide range of information.

CAA’s statement here

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