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AW139 Tail Rotor Blades
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject: AW139 Tail Rotor Blades Reply with quote

See Agusta Westland Technical Bulletin 139-265 issued 25 August 2011.

Tail Rotor blades must be checked!

http://www.agustawestland.com/system/files/139-265.pdf
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After Gulf's last incident we checked ours... result was 2 had cracks. Been waiting for replacements for months.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the TR blades composite on the 139 Flip? Am I also right in thinking it's part of the blade cuff that is the problem?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's the blade fork which is the current area of concern. I believe the fork's construction is a sacrificial layer of composite matting over fibreglass.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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