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August 21, 2021

ADAC Luftrettung Takes Delivery Of Its First Two Five-Bladed H145s

The New Version Of Airbus’ H145 Was Unveiled At Heli-Expo 2019

ADAC Luftrettung, a major European Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operator, has taken delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s. Furthermore, the German HEMS operator will upgrade its current fleet of 14 four-bladed H145s to the five-bladed rotor system. "By investing in new aircraft alongside the upgrade of our existing H145 fleet, we are focusing on state-of-the-art flight technology for rescue missions. This benefits people in need and our crews alike and improves our emergency medical care in the air for the long term. In this way, we will continue to ensure patient and flight safety, which are our top priorities, at the very highest level in the future," said

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Mercy Flight Central Contracts for IFR-Variant AW119Kx

Delivery Of The First Aircraft Expected In 2022

Leonardo has reported that Mercy Flight Central has signed a contract for four IFR- certified AW119Kxs for EMS transport missions. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2022. These new IFR capable aircraft will allow in-flight critical care and the transport of patients within Mercy Flight’s 150-mile service radius. The AW119Kx in its latest variant is reportedly the first single engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements without compromise, which will allow Mercy Flight pilots to operate the aircraft safely during low visibility and the challenging weather conditions common in this region, due to avionics from Genesys Aerosystems and redundant flight systems.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-16-13 Requires Repetitive Inspections Of The Vertical Fin Vibration Absorber Installation

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model A109S and AW109SP helicopters with a certain part-numbered vertical fin vibration absorber installation installed. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the vertical fin vibration absorber installation and the surrounding structure and depending on the inspection results, removing certain parts from service. This AD also prohibits installing certain part-numbered vertical fin vibration absorber installations on any helicopter. This AD was prompted by a report of cracks and damage detected on the vertical fin absorber installation and surrounding structure

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AD: PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters

AD 2021-17-13 Prompted By A Report Of A Damaged Wheel Braking System Pneumatic Line Fitting

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain PZL Swidnik S.A. Model PZL W-3A helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a damaged wheel braking system pneumatic line fitting installed on the left-hand (LH) main landing gear (MLG) leg. This AD requires modifying the LH MLG leg. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective September 7, 2021.

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