Article on the State of the Robinson Helicopter Market
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Article on the State of the Robinson Helicopter Market

06-22-2012 04:47:17

As a follow up to my 2009 article "The State of the Used Robinson Helicopter Market" I have written "Robinson Helicopter Market Update - New Helicopter Demand Returning" which you can see at:

http://r44sales.com/article_robinson_helicopter_market_update.html

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R44inCincy
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06-21-2012 06:53:59
Good article, thanks. I have the bladder upgrade scheduled, and I'm aware that MRB may be an issue down the road. But I'll confess my ignorance on the crankshaft--what's the potential issue there?
R44Sales.com
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06-21-2012 07:05:31
I am referring to the Lycoming Crankshaft SB-566, SB-569A,and SB-569A-1, as well as FAA AD 2006-20-09)?  If a crankshaft is affected and the SB was not complied with, crankshaft replacement is due at 12 years (or 2000 hours if the helicopter was not flown more than 40 hours per month since manufacture).
rotormatic
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06-23-2012 04:17:21
Minimum requirments for part 91 operations:

1. Annual inspection in accordance with 43 appendix D, and other items listed in part 43.15(b) and (c).

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=5ea884c246e69a2b121c8e1f8efcc215&rgn=div9&view=text&node=14:1.0.1.3.21.0.363.14.55&idno=14

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=5ea884c246e69a2b121c8e1f8efcc215&rgn=div8&view=text&node=14:1.0.1.3.21.0.363.11&idno=14

2. Retirement life parts must meet requirments in airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance manual (FAA approved page).

3. AD's must be complied with.

See:

http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/pol_adjudication/agc200/interpretations/data/interps/2011/MacMillan.pdf
R44Sales.com
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06-23-2012 04:31:56
The 12 year inspection. I thought the Robinson's life span is 12 years or 2,200 hours, which ever comes first.
Is it possible to get a legal 12 year inspection on a machine that has less than 2,200 hours and continue to fly it until you exhaust the 2,200 hours?


Yes it is.  However, if a helicopter is close to 2200 hours, the cost of the twelve year inspection may make it more practical to skip over to a full 2200 hour overhaul.
simon
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06-23-2012 11:48:40
The 12 year inspection. I thought the Robinson's life span is 12 years or 2,200 hours, which ever comes first.
Is it possible to get a legal 12 year inspection on a machine that has less than 2,200 hours and continue to fly it until you exhaust the 2,200 hours?