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Helicopters not manufactured with a crash-resistant fuel system

Issue number: AO-2013-055-SI-03
Who it affects: All owners and operators of helicopters not fitted with crash-resistant fuel systems
Issue owner: United States Federal Aviation Administration
Operation affected: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2013-055
Date: 04 June 2015

Safety issue description

Although certification requirements for helicopters to include a crash-resistant fuel system (CRFS) were introduced in 1994, several helicopter types certified before these requirements became applicable are still being manufactured without a CRFS.

Response to safety issue by the United States Federal Aviation Administration
The FAA advised that they agreed with this safety issue and that it was consistent with the results of their own research. However, no advice of intended safety action in relation to this issue was provided.

 

Recommendation

Action organisation: US Federal Aviation Administration
Action number: AO-2013-055-SR-026
Date: 04 June 2015
Action status: Released
The ATSB recommends that the United States Federal Aviation Administration take action to increase the number of helicopters manufactured in accordance with the 1994 certification requirements for helicopters to include a crash-resistant fuel system.

ATSB response:

Response to safety issue 
In accordance with international convention, a copy of the draft investigation report was provided to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) via the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation civile (BEA). No response was received from EASA in relation to the identified safety issue or advice received of any intended safety action in response. 
 
ATSB comment/action in response 
The ATSB recommends that the European Aviation Safety Agency take action to increase the number of helicopters manufactured in accordance with the 1994 certification requirements for helicopters to include a crash-resistant fuel system. 
 

   
Current issue status: Safety action pending
 
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Last update 04 June 2015