Given the volume of emails and phone calls that HeliHub.com has received in recent days, mainly from outside the helicopter industry, we are taking this opportunity to put one key point down in writing.
They key area of investigation is the main rotor gearbox and the suspension bars which sit at an angle to hold the rotorhead assembly in place. The EC225 installation here is sufficiently different that the manufacturer is clear that the older AS332 models are not affected by whatever happened.
The AS332L, AS332L1 and AS332L2 are NOT implicated in the situation at all, and only the EC225 is being looked at.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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