New Beta II -2 Tail Rotor Blades look like Garbage
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jabr800
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New Beta II -2 Tail Rotor Blades look like Garbage

02-11-2014 03:45:09

Replaced the original tail rotor blades, to the 2000 model Beta II, last summer at annual time, with the -2 replacement blades, per the change in the maint. manual.

After 46 hours of use, and just over 6 months on the machine, they look like garbage.

First, this is a very well cared for personal only machine, hangered every day of it's life, and not flown in the rain.

One pilot only operation and the blades are cleaned off after every flight.

Don't know if this is a result of poor paint prep. on Robinsons Part or why these blades would look so bad in such a short time.

Anyone know if this would be covered under a parts warranty, since they are less than a year old.

See attached pictures.

Thanks.

Jeff
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ChoppaDocta
Member Since : 2008
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02-10-2014 05:02:55
Thats definitely corrosion. You live anywhere near salt air? When you say wiped down do you mean washed with soap and water or just wiped with something like simple green? Simple green is corrosive especially when used full strength. might send this pic to robinson and get them to advise.
jabr800
Member Since : 2008
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02-10-2014 05:08:05
Close to 50 miles away from any Salt Water body in Central Florida.
My old -1 Blades never did this after 10 years in the same environment.

Washing process is just sponge and water and microfiber rag.

Any more thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

Jeff
FSH
Member Since : 2011
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02-10-2014 05:12:57
Robinson started using water based paint last year. I have seen main rotor blades with excessive paint ware in as little as 25 hours. New blades coming out of Factory now seem better. They are aware of the problem.
Cayuse
Member Since : 2015
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02-25-2014 01:54:06
I recently attended the Safety Course.  They mentioned that they had to change their paint to comply with California EPA regulations.  As far as the fuselage is concerned, they recommended not buying paint from Robinson and purchasing paint outside of California.