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Old 13th Dec 2019, 15:34
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Originally Posted by The Sultan View Post

Good point. Another design flaw to add to the list. I have seen a bearing which had Brinelling (subtle impact damage to balls and races due to installation or handling errors) which spalled at locations around the circumference of the races at ball spacing intervals well before the overhaul/inspection interval. We have also seen what happens to an Airbus 225 when a transmission is dropped during shipping and the bearings not replaced (not proven, but a leading contender to have resulted in separation of the rotor).

The tail is a severe vibratory environment on any rotorcraft. More so on an ABC type with inherently brutal vibration levels. As all this is common knowledge, you would think Sikorsky would run the tail at no thrust while they expand their hover envelope if they could. Points to a serious drive system issue.
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