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EASA OKs EC225 Replacement Vertical Bevel Shaft
Airbus Helicopters has completed the redesign and certification of the bevel gear vertical shaft fitted in its EC225 heavy helicopters.
Failure of the component — a critical part inside the main gearbox — caused the ditching of two EC225s into the North Sea in May and October 2012, prompting a nine-month halt in operations for both the EC225 and the military version, the EC725. The stopping of operations created issues for oil and gas operators across the globe.