Aerocare provides NewsChannel 11 a statement The NTSB and the FAA investigated after Aerocare suffered a "yaw" or sudden misdirection October 20th in the skies over Amherst. The pilot regained control and no one was hurt. Aerocare was one of four helicopters nationwide to suffer this kind of problem.
Aerocare's cheif pilot says in a written statement that the manufacturer sent replacements for the parts that were suspected of causing the problem. The new parts mean that aerocare can once again fly at full speed which is 140 knots, or roughly 160 miles per hour.
Cheif Pilot Patrick Gerdemann says "Aerocare's pilots practice different types of mechanical failures ... Fortunately, the pilot was very experienced with this type helicopter and did an excellent job returning the ship safely to Lubbock." We have Gerdemann's entire statement copied below.
|From: William Gerdemann |
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:45 AM To: Snead, Benjamin Subject: AeroCare Incident
The NTSB recently tested the new vertical stabilizer control system tube adapters submitted by MD Helicopters, Inc. The new adapters passed NTSB stress tests and are being released to the operators. AeroCare received the new adapters and installed them on the helicopters; this installation removed the speed restriction from the airframe.
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