Helicopter down on Catalina, 3 dead


#1

3 dead, 3 injured near Two Harbors.

Company’s website has pictures of their helicopters. I can’t tell what type they are: islandexpress.com/


#2

The ones on their website look like AStars.


#3

Yep, AS350D ASTARs.


#4

as350d? don’t those have the problematic lycoming turbines?


#5

Lycoming LTS 101 600A, according to the faa reg info.


#6

didn’t an operator in hawaii have so many incidents with the d model that most people stopped using them for 135 ops, much less over water?


#7

Whether or not the 350D is problematic, these folks appear to operate four of them as their sole aircraft.


#8

aviationtoday.com/rw/publics … 12162.html

or, Here’s Honeywell’s side of the story.

tinyurl.com/4mx3gb

It should be noted however, that the U.S. Coast Guard is re-engining all their HH-65 Dolphins due to an extraordinarily high rate of engine failures on the LTS-101