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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2017-24-02

PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters.

ACTION: Final Rule; request for comments

SUMMARY:  This AD requires amending the rotorcraft flight manual to establish a minimum airspeed limitation for the autopilot cruise height mode.

This AD is prompted by two reports of uncommanded helicopter climbs and descents.

The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products.

COST: The FAA estimates that this AD affects 16 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, making the required changes to the rotorcraft flight manual are estimated to require 0.5 work-hour and no parts are needed for a cost of $43 per helicopter and $688 for the U.S. fleet.

DATES: This AD becomes effective December 13, 2017. Comments must be received by January 29, 2018.



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