Safety bulletin N 16 from 12/08/2013
Grounding Aeros Combat Hang Gliders Produced in 2011, 2012 and 2013
During the last week we had information of two in-flight crossbeam accidents on our latest Combat gliders. Fortunately, both pilots were unharmed.
The first accident happened on August 2nd, and while the investigation was still on the way, we received news about the similar accident that happened on August 8th.
After a thorough investigation made by the representatives of Aeros together with the representatives of the crossbeam manufacturer, based on both accident reports and a personal check of one of the gliders, the reason of this structural failure has been discovered. In both cases it was caused by an infrequent manufacturing defect that went undetected by our quality control system.
This Safety Directive covers all Combat hang gliders with a carbon crossbeam manufactured in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
To avoid any further incidents, we strongly recommend to STOP FLYING all Aeros Combat hang gliders manufactured between 2011 and 2013 until their crossbeams are inspected by our authorized dealers. Please, contact an Aeros dealer nearest to you for the carbon crossbeam inspection on your Combat hang glider.
The same additional test procedures will immediately be implemented in our production process as well.
In case of any questions do not hesitate to contact Aeros at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY AND HAS TO BE ACHIEVED BEFORE THE NEXT FLIGHT!