There have been/are AB206's on the NZ register before. This one is only the first A
planned to sell it into North America in the future
In that situation a first of type inspection would need to be executed.
Sorry, will never happen due to TC from Agusta not being accepted or applied for by the manufacturer
due to licencing agreements.
There are about 15 AB206's in Aus which have been operated for years and there are a couple of AB 412's there as well.
The point of K-J's question was NZ CAA policy to address Bollettino Tecnico AB206-06-004 Interchangeability of Agusta Bell
and Bell Helicopter Parts and the statement - For helicopters not under the authority of FAA; MOT or EASA, the Operators shall follow
the policy defined by the Civil Aviation Authorities
having jurisdiction on the aircraft and over the area of operations.
No doubt the aircraft as a private machine has a lot going for it.
Low fuel burn over a B
Normally light and fast especially with low gear and a lot smoother.
No start cycle counts although a lower TBO yet if you take a 20/20B with a HSI thrown in there probably isnt a huge difference.
In the temperate climate in NZ temps would not be a big issue. There is a fallacy that a 20 runs cooler than an 18. They run pretty much the same except the limits are lower down the dial on an 18 so it "looks" hotter.
One thing I would check is that the MAX N1 stop is set correctly! One day you might need it!
I have operated a machine not unlike this on fixed bags at up to 45C. We probably could have sold the torquemeter as it was never an issue but it did the job fine.
Ditch the orange seats though - what were they thinking? Some sort of search and rescue aid?