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Old 10th Nov 2021, 10:37
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Airbus Helicopters H225 flies on sustainable fuel


Airbus Helicopters flew a H225 with sustainable fuel..

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Old 10th Nov 2021, 13:20
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 15:41
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Is it too ironic, given the 225's history, that it almost says 100% SAFE on the tail? Close but no cigar......
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 21:37
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Every hour - Land, check the fuel level and change the MRGB?
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Old 10th Nov 2021, 21:56
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Forgive my ignorance, but I've never seen a mention of the difference in performance of SAF vs conventional fuels. Are we safe to assume that SAF matches conventional fuels on performance or would it be too cynical of me to wonder if there is a reason why this isn't usually reported on?
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The current development focus on safety, far from optimising, yet.
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Originally Posted by UpAndDownAndUpAndDow View Post
Forgive my ignorance, but I've never seen a mention of the difference in performance of SAF vs conventional fuels. Are we safe to assume that SAF matches conventional fuels on performance or would it be too cynical of me to wonder if there is a reason why this isn't usually reported on?
SAF has a higher energy density than fossil fuels
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Let’s hope the rotorhead doesn’t fall off.
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Old 12th Nov 2021, 13:34
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Originally Posted by minigundiplomat View Post
Let’s hope the rotorhead doesn’t fall off.
Well, considering only one rotor head ever fell of a 225 in hundreds of thousands of hours (may be even millions) it seems fairly unlikely.

I wonder if, when viewing any other type of helicopter, you cite its history of mechanical failures and say “I hope that doesn’t happen again”. No, I though not.
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Old 13th Nov 2021, 03:08
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Well, considering only one rotor head ever fell of a 225 in hundreds of thousands of hours (may be even millions) it seems fairly unlikely.
1 rotor head fell off in about 400k 225 hours. Its millions of hours if you add the 332 family, but then add another rotor head falling off G-REDL.
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Old 13th Nov 2021, 14:23
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1 rotor head fell off in about 400k 225 hours. Its millions of hours if you add the 332 family, but then add another rotor head falling off G-REDL.
as far as I have read, action has been taken by Airbus because of these events to prevent them in the future…. So indeed it is a bit silly to bring this up every time a 225 is mentioned. We don’t do the same about gearboxes of a S92 or horizontal stabilizers of blackhawks etc etc.

Here the topic was flight in SAF which I think is a cool initiative, by whomever and regardless of the aircraft type..
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Wait for the first SAF-fueled R66
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1 rotor head fell off in about 400k 225 hours. Its millions of hours if you add the 332 family, but then add another rotor head falling off G-REDL.
In my opinion REDL was an avoidable maintenance error so I disregard that one. One failure is of course not statistically significant so whether it was 400k hrs or 4 million doesn’t tell us much! What we do know is pilots cause accidents much more frequently. Fortunately the brave new world sees helicopters flying without pilots, so that one can be ticked off the list!
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as far as I have read, action has been taken by Airbus because of these events to prevent them in the future…. So indeed it is a bit silly to bring this up every time a 225 is mentioned.
Firstly, I didn't actually bring the subject up. Secondly, the 332L2 and 225 departing rotor heads however caused changed the industry forever.

Regarding action taken by Airbus to prevent them happening again, even the latest Airbus Helicopters super medium product requires an MGB change at 800 hours. When an Airbus Helicopter super medium or heavy has an MGB installed that routinely makes a TBO of 4k or 5k hours, I will be more convinced.
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Originally Posted by casper64 View Post
as far as I have read, action has been taken by Airbus because of these events to prevent them in the future…. So indeed it is a bit silly to bring this up every time a 225 is mentioned. We don’t do the same about gearboxes of a S92 or horizontal stabilizers of blackhawks etc etc.

Here the topic was flight in SAF which I think is a cool initiative, by whomever and regardless of the aircraft type..
The difference in the examples you use is:
The actual reason for the S92 gearbox failure was identified and fixed - also if you were flying an S92, still fitted with Ti filter studs, and they failed, you should be able to avert disaster by landing/ditching immediately.
Airbus admit they do not know why the gearbox failed in an unsurvivable way. They identified some potential causes and took steps to mitigate these causes. If the failure occurs again - everyone dies, and it’s “back to the drawing board” for further fixes.
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Originally Posted by Twist & Shout View Post
The difference in the examples you use is:
The actual reason for the S92 gearbox failure was identified and fixed - also if you were flying an S92, still fitted with Ti filter studs, and they failed, you should be able to avert disaster by landing/ditching immediately.
Airbus admit they do not know why the gearbox failed in an unsurvivable way. They identified some potential causes and took steps to mitigate these causes. If the failure occurs again - everyone dies, and it’s “back to the drawing board” for further fixes.
That is a VERY coarse summary of the Airbus briefing…. You never know what “dormant failure” might kill you until it does… That goes for any aircraft taking off. I am sure Airbus has done its homework… another similar event would basically kill the company.

But we still are no talking about SAF… do the exhaust fumes smell like French fries? 😉
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Does any of this gearbox stuff have anything to do with the original post?
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Old 16th Nov 2021, 04:39
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But we still are no talking about SAF… do the exhaust fumes smell like French fries? 😉
According to the article,
The H225 test helicopter flew with an unblended SAF derived from used cooking oil, provided by TotalEnergies
And only deep frying leaves used oil. Which brings the next issue : how many kilogrammes of french fries must be cooked per flight hour? Given 2 liters of oil in a 1 kg deep fryer, and 10-15 uses before piping it to Total...
And only 50% of the helicopter engines run on 100% SAF, too
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Originally Posted by Petit-Lion View Post
According to the article,

And only deep frying leaves used oil. Which brings the next issue : how many kilogrammes of french fries must be cooked per flight hour? Given 2 liters of oil in a 1 kg deep fryer, and 10-15 uses before piping it to Total...
And only 50% of the helicopter engines run on 100% SAF, too
well, clearly they wanted to do it safe. What I understood is 1 engine ran on 100% SAF and the other on regular Jet A1. So if all flight testing goes well I would assume the aircraft could fly completely on SAF. Interesting question would indeed be: how much used cooking oil would all (fastfood) restaurants in, in this case France, produce per day?
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 21:35
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And so it begins

Wow, seems to be a real problem. Surge of cooking oil thefts in restaurants. Wall Street Journal.
Soggy French Fries? Blame the Cooking Oil Price Spike. ‘It’s Pretty Much Liquid Gold.’
https://www.wsj.com/articles/soggy-f...ld-11637336419
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