8-Jun-2016 Source: HeliHub.com
Both the German and Brazilian military have reportedly grounded their Cougar/Caracal fleets in the light of the EASA grounding directive made earlier this month. Following the CHC accident off Bergen on 29th April, only civilian aircraft have been grounded to date, largely driven by the way the certification authorities work. Military certification is approached a little differently, and tends to be more driven by the manufacturers than the likes of EASA.
Germany operates three AS532UL Cougars on VIP work, one of which is seen below
Brazil has over 60 of these helicopters across Air Force, Army and Navy operations. Further examples are on order with Helibras with a target fleet of around 75 when all have been delivered.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com