Military Black Hawk Helicopters Given Green Light in Australia
Australia – (News4us.com) January 24, 2012
The Australian Army’s Black Hawk helicopters have returned to full flying operations following the lifting of a recent maintenance suspension.
The military Black Hawk helicopter suspension which was put in place on the 19th of January 2012, following the identification of a number of fractured bolts during a routine maintenance check has now been officially lifted.
Major General Michael Slater, the Commander of Forces Command stated. “The Army Operational Airworthiness Authority has lifted the precautionary suspension following airworthiness advice from the Technical Airworthiness Authority”.
“The suspension demonstrates Army’s commitment to safety.
The temporary safety precaution was established while a thorough engineering investigation was carried out following the discovery of the defective bolts”.
Major Slater went on to say. ”The engineering investigation indicated that the defective bolts were confined to a single manufacturer’s batch and were not a fleet wide issue. The defective batch of bolts has been quarantined from future use.”
The Black Hawk aircraft which number 34 in total are part of the Australian Army Airborne fleet and are currently deployed operationally in Timor Leste.
The remainder of the fleet are based at Holsworthy in NSW the army camp which was not to long ago featured in the national news as the target of now jailed terrorists.
Images and footage of the Australian Army Black Hawk Helicopters and its serving members courtesy of the Australian Department of Defence.
For further information visit the Australian Department of Defence
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