Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

16-Dec-2013 Source: Bond Air Services

We note that Eurocopter has today issued a Safety Information Notice 2673-S-28 to operators of the EC135 across the world confirming that some of their aircraft have a fault in the fuel indication and alert system which means that warning system may not work properly.  This was a fault discovered by Bond during normal service operations on Wednesday 11th, which we immediately reported to Eurocopter and the appropriate authorities.  We understand other operators have since conducted similar tests and found similar problems with their aircraft.  As soon as we discovered this issue, in line with our commitment to the highest standards of safety, we took the prudent decision to temporarily suspend service operations whilst we conducted checks on our fleet of EC135s.  The results of these tests were subsequently validated by Eurocopter, and appropriate repairs made before returning the aircraft to service. We also took the decision to increase safety barriers by mandating that all our EC135s should maintain a minimum of 90kg of fuel onboard at all times.

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