Thu, Jun 02, 2005
AD Number: AD/AS 355/87 Untimely Firing of Squibs 8/2005
355 E, F, F1, F2 and N helicopters equipped with Goodrich electric
hoist 76370- XXX fitted with any type of motor except Auxilec
Requirement: 1. Deactivate the squib and affix
placards in the cockpit and in the cabin near the hoist operator in
accordance with paragraph 2.B. of Eurocopter Alert Telex (AT) No
25.00.84 dated 25 May 2005.
2. Comply with the operating instructions specified in paragraph
2.D of Eurocopter (AT) No 25.00.94.
3. Comply with the operating instructions specified in paragraph
2.B of Eurocopter (AT) No 25.00.94.
Note: DGAC UF-2005-087 refers (EASA 2005-4691).
Compliance: For requirement 1. - Before the
next hoisting operation
For requirement 2. - Immediately following Requirement 1.
For requirement 3. - Prior to installing a hoist. This
Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 2 June 2005.
Background: The French Direction de
L’Aviation Civile has advised of the discovery of a potential
risk of untimely squib firing which would cause the cable to be
cut. Consequently the DGAC and Eurocopter has required the squib
function to be inhibited, the manual cable cutter to be operated
and operational procedures to be adapted.
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