In response to the collision with terrain that occurred at Jaspers Brush, New South Wales on 4 February 2012, the helicopter manufacturer released Service Bulletin 78A (SB-78A) on 21 February 2012. This bulletin brought forward the date of compliance as stated in the earlier Service Bulletin 78 from 31 December 2014 to 31 December 2013.
In addition, the manufacturer has advised that, in conjunction with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the manufacturer is examining other methods to ensure greater compliance with that upgrade. This examination will take into account the rate at which the bladder-type fuel tanks, and the other associated components, are able to be manufactured. In respect of the rate of production of the bladder-type tanks, the manufacturer advised that they were:
...also in the process of acquiring FAA certification for an additional manufacturer of the bladder type tanks to increase the availability of the upgraded tanks.
The issue of an Airworthiness Directive is being considered.
Also on 21 February 2012, the manufacturer released Service Bulletin 82 that required the replacement of the rotor brake switch to reduce the chance of a possible ignition source in the event of a fuel leak.
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by helicopter manufacturer will, when completed, adequately address the safety issue.