Monday, June 23, 2014
$5.7B Cyclone Maritime Helicopters Lack Key Safety Requirement
CBC | By James Cudmore Posted: 06/23/2014 5:00 am EDT | Updated: 06/23/2014 10:59 am EDT
H-92; CH-148 ; AW 101
The Conservative government has agreed to accept new helicopters to replace Canada’s 50-year-old fleet of Sea Kings even though they don’t meet a key requirement recommended for marine helicopters by Canada’s air safety investigator, CBC News has learned.
The government announced Wednesday it had finally signed a renegotiated contract with helicopter-maker Sikorsky for 28 new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters at a cost of $5.7 billion.
Now, CBC News has learned the details of what the government has agreed to forego in order to conclude a long-awaited new deal with Sikorsky, and it includes a formerly mandatory safety measure: a 30-minute run-dry standard for its main gear box.
The importance of the ability to fly for 30 minutes after a loss of lubrication in the main gear box was reinforced by an investigation into a deadly 2009 crash of a Sikorsky-built helicopter.
“Sikorsky and the Canadian government have agreed on all technical requirements for the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter,” says Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson. “The gearbox meets all FAR Part 29 requirements by the FAA, including those related to loss of primary lubrication.”
This is another amazing “flying” objects development for Canada’s “armed” “forces”…!
Between the FERRARI F-35’s that USA can pay for, and loose on and loose F-35’s in crashes or other problems…! Small countries cannot…! And the Sikorsky’s “HELI’S”…! Y WOULD BET THAT 30min dry gears flying safety, is not much if you are at 1hr from a landing spot! WHY NOT LAND AND “WALK” ON WATER? THAT IS A NECESSARY FEATURE ! FLOATERS AND TO FLOAT ! Another HELI can come to the rescue…!
A 30min dry gear box safety life can fail also!
TO BEST A AW 101 PROBABLY means the Cyclone CH-148 is in an ALTOGETHER PACKAGE, more better or complete…!
30 min’s only gives 15 min out to sea and 15 min back, …! At a 50% combination of the 30 min’s! IT COULD BE 14MIN OUT TO SEA AND THEN 16 MIN BACK; OR 16 MIN OUT TO SEA, and 1 MIN AWAY FROM LAND…!
OR 30 MIN VERTICAL SAFE CLIMB…! OR 15 MIN CLIMB AND 15 MIN SAFE DESCENT TO WATER FLOAT…! OR 30 MIN SAFE WATER FLOAT…!
BUT BELIEVE ME, A DRY GEAR IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT CAN HAPPEN EASILY, BEFORE A “RED LIGHT” GOES ON, TELLING YOU TO LAND ON WATER OR LAND, NOW OR SOON…!