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Apr
17
2017

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - April 2017

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Helicopter Maintenance Blog* April 2017 [Read More...]



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Mar
20
2017

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - March 2017

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Looks like 2017 is the year of legacy retirements. Last month the Indian Army elected to retire their fleet of HAL built Lamas and Alouette IIIs. Now it hits closer to home. [Read More...]



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Feb
27
2017

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info -February 2017

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How convenient. Just as we start a year of Lama tips, one of the largest operators of SA315B and SA.316B type aircraft decides to retire their entire fleet. The Indian Army cited recent flight incidents and safety concerns as the reasons for grounding their fleet of approximately 44 aircraft. [Read More...]



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Jan
23
2017

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - January 2017

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As I mentioned last month, we will be focusing on SA315B Lama tips and tricks. But first, a note from our sponsor: the Lama is technically an Alouette III. Believe it or not! [Read More...]



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Dec
20
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - December 2016

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One of the reasons that drove me to start this blog was to build a database of obscure and unique maintenance tips before some of us croaked, or simply forgot them. In turn, once the level of data exceeds a certain point, I will create either an open-source data portal, or a small EBook: free to anyone who wishes to learn. [Read More...]



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Nov
17
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - November 2016

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One of the headaches during an engine installation is connecting the input drive shaft and rotorbrake disc/calipers on the engine side. This tip allows you to install and safety these components prior to engine installation. [Read More...]



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Oct
24
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - October 2016

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Battery powered helicopter* Who would have thought? For those who didn’t read about it, a company in California replaced the conventional powerplant on an R44 with lithium batteries and two electric motors. And flew it for 5 minutes. I wonder if my A&P certificate covers the maintenance on it. Or, maybe I will need to get an endorsement and have an AP&B certificate. With all these electronic gizmos on the horizon, we’ll have to add reciprocating engines, hydro-mechanical systems, and pilots to the “back-in the-good-old-days” list along with dope & fabric, wooden M/R blades, and Loran C. [Read More...]



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Sep
19
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - September 2016

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Looks like the FAA regulation of the drone industry is ramping up. The new FAR Part 107 went live the end of August, and the new Drone Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting September 16th. [Read More...]



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Aug
17
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - August 2016

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Back when the only inlet filter option for an Arriel engine was the bleed air type, it was a pain to comply with ground runs as the cowling had to remain installed with the filter bleed air line connected. There supposedly was a factory cap for the fitting on the engine that enabled removal of the cowling/filter assembly. But we, nor the tech reps, could ever procure one. [Read More...]



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Jul
22
2016

ROTORwrench…Tips, Tricks, and Info - July 2016

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ATA 76 - Rolls-Royce 250-C20 Series - Found another booklet, but this one is a real collector item: Chandler Evans (CECO) MC-40 Fuel Control System Questions and Answers. I still shudder when I hear the word CECO. Bleed, bleed, bleed…starts running through my mind. And I don’t mean the red stuff. For those who hadn’t had the pleasure, a CECO system used fuel pressure to control function instead of air pressure like a Bendix system. Air in the control side would cause all kinds of problems. One tiny bubble of air and it seemed like you were bleeding the system for hours, days, weeks…. [Submitted by Rw] [Read More...]



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