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Aussie Regulator Has Advice for Robinson R66 Pilots

Slow Down When Encountering Turbulence – the Robbies Don’t Appreciate Rough Handling The Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a preliminary report on an in-flight breakup of a Robinson Helicopters R66 that took place in October of 2023, providing advice for turbulent operations in the wake of their ongoing investigation. After reviewing the data and investigating the wreckage, the ATSB has advised helicopter pilots to take some caution when encountering turbulence. Recognizing a low-g condition, slowing down to maneuvering speed, and taking it easy can lessen the stresses imposed on a light aircraft – and that wariness might have saved a life last October.

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