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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:13 pm
 


Title: Most RCAF Cyclone helicopters undergoing repairs after cracks discovered
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Posted By: DrCaleb
Date: 2021-12-05 05:35:56
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:13 pm
 


There was another article posted today by the CBC:
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Cracks in the tails of 19 Royal Canadian Air Force Cyclone helicopters are a cause for concern, says an expert.

Michael Byers, a professor and defence policy analyst at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said the cracks could be indicative of much larger problems with the aircraft.

"Each of these helicopters costs more than $150 million, and the oldest helicopter in the fleet is only five years old," he said on Sunday. "So the fact that there is this problem does raise some very serious concerns as to the quality of the helicopters, the safety of the helicopters."

Only two of Canada's 23 Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters are currently fit to fly. The rest of the multibillion-dollar fleet is in need of repair.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-sco ... -1.6274439

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:20 pm
 


WTF!!!



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 6:36 am
 


What a bargain we got to replace the Sea Kings!


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Standard problem with new issue equipment. This is actually a good thing. Finding this kind of material failure now is a million times better for the safety of the air crew, as opposed to discovering it after a fatal crash occurs. This is why every single aero vehicle in this country, civilian & military alike, is subject to such high levels of inspection and regular parts replacement over the course of their operational service.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:14 am
 


Thanos Thanos:
Standard problem with new issue equipment. This is actually a good thing. Finding this kind of material failure now is a million times better for the safety of the air crew, as opposed to discovering it after a fatal crash occurs. This is why every single aero vehicle in this country, civilian & military alike, is subject to such high levels of inspection and regular parts replacement over the course of their operational service.


Yeah, I vaguely remember we found cracks in the wing/engine mount shortly after we got Ff-18s back in the 80s, and they had a pretty good safety record overall. Now if we could only replace them with something made in the 21st century...


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 6:58 pm
 


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Yeah, I vaguely remember we found cracks in the wing/engine mount shortly after we got Ff-18s back in the 80s, and they had a pretty good safety record overall. Now if we could only replace them with something made in the 21st century...


Out of all the federal ministries, Defence is probably the most fucked up one right now. If it's not equipment problems, it's sexual abuse allegations.


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That's upper management though. Down below the grunts will always do their job, and that definitely includes the air maintenance people. Not a pilot sitting in the seat who's ever regretted that his crew chief and mechanics all have intense OCD when it comes to doing their designated role properly.


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Thanos Thanos:
That's upper management though. Down below the grunts will always do their job, and that definitely includes the air maintenance people. Not a pilot sitting in the seat who's ever regretted that his crew chief and mechanics all have intense OCD when it comes to doing their designated role properly.


My father was an Aeroengine Technician in the RCAF for more than 20 years, and he proudly told me that no aircraft he ever worked on ever crashed.

I don't know about standards now, but when he was still in, they sent techs to training courses every year, even if they already were maintaining the plane they were supposed to be 'trained' on. Dad almost retired in anger before the Air Force sent him on his third training course on the C-130 Hercules, and he retired before they ever got a chance to send him a fourth time. :lol:

He had no problem learning new aircraft (or on a new version of a plane), but making him take the same course over and over on the same model (C-130E) drove him bonkers.

After that, he went to a local company that won the contract to maintain Hercs for the Air Force and nobody ever asked him again to 'train' on a plan he'd serviced for almost three decades.


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