Very Sad Day Has Arrived

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    Profile photo of simon simon 

    I bought my R44 Clipper new and flew it up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada straight from the factory. It has been an excellent machine. I have flown it virtually every hour it has been in the air.
    I had a hard landing that required a rebuild at 300 hours. Now, it is at 1,800 hours and over 12 years old. So, unflyable.
    What to do?
    A factory rebuild is the obvious but very expensive solution. Does anyone have any experience with Canadian rebuilders or the elusive 12 year inspection and partial rebuild.
    I only use it myself, largely for pleasure

    Profile photo of Robinson Heli Parts RotorcorpAtlanta 


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    Profile photo of 13snoopy 13snoopy 

    Why does your aircraft need a rebuild? The 12 year calendar issue is not legally enforceable. It is NOT an FAA requirement. I realize you are in Canada, but I believe they view it as the FAA does.

    Profile photo of 13snoopy 13snoopy 

    FAA Approved fatigue life limited parts page in the R44 maintenance manual details what is required by FAA to be replaced. Your insurance or commercial usage make dictate otherwise, but for private use in the USA, ONLY the list on that particular page in the R44 maintenance manual.
    It’s deemed the Airworthiness Limitations Section for Fatigue Life Limited Parts. It is Section 3.300 in Robinson Maintenance Manual.

    Profile photo of simon simon 

    Thanks, one and all

    Profile photo of Digbyflyer Digbyflyer 

    Hi Simon.
    There is a guy in Fredericton N.B. CYFC that is refurbishing them. His name is Pat and I have his contact info if you like.


    Profile photo of Mobrien Mobrien 

    Hi ,

    There is a good local shop to you Westcoast helicopters in Nanaimo , I just bought a clipper from them in dec it had a 12 year commercial inspection done by them , it only had 400 hours at that time so it made sense to do that going that option is about 70 to 80 thousand cheaper than the 2200 hour and still leaves the ship able to fly commercially , you can go for a 12 year private inspection it is around 40 to 50 thousand Canadian plus the rotor blades about 60 thousand Canadian right now so for around 100 thousand you could re certify it to fly privately , with 1800 hours it makes no sense for you to do a commercial 12 year you would be bettor of with the 2200 hour .

    There is a big dispute over whether or not you can just replace the time lifed components and fly according to the CARS regs you can but the transport Canada inspectors say otherwise , its all fine until you have an accident and they come after you , its the extra 40 to 50 thousand you have to pay to comply with that pull the gear boxes clutch etc for inspection by Robinson .

    Give me a call if you want more info I had spent a lot of time trying to figure all this out

    250 794 1664
    Fort St John , Bc

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