A version of this article appears in the April 28 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. While it was overshadowed by the grounding of the Boeing 787, the nine-month operational halt of the EC225 helicopter during 2012 and 2013 was a costly one for Eurocopter, now Airbus Helicopters. Two ditchings in the North Sea, later linked by U.K. air accidents investigators, led to an extraordinary investigation and better understanding of metallurgy within the dynamic environment of the ...

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