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NEWS | Oct. 17, 2023

General Aircraft: Use Aircraft Maintenance Manuals for Composite Repairs

BLUF:  Use the appropriate aircraft manuals for composite repairs on helicopters.

U.S. Army Spc. Carson Slinger, a crew chief with Task Force Knight Hawk, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, supporting 4th Infantry Division, checks the tail rotor during maintenance inspections.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar Gollaz
Mechanics, when you perform composite repairs on your helicopter, always use the appropriate maintenance manuals. For Blackhawk helicopter composite repairs, use TM 1-1520-237-23&P (Apr 23), TM 1-1520-246-23&P (Apr 23) and TM 1-1520-280-23&P (Apr 23). For Apache composite repairs, use TM 1-1520-Longbow/Apache (Aug 23).  For Chinook helicopter composite repairs not specifically covered in TM 1-1520-271-23&P (May 23), use TM-1500-204-23-11 (Aug 13) Advanced Composite Material General Maintenance and Practices.
Make a note that while TM 1-1500-204-23-11 does contain composite repair procedures they should only be used if a repair is not listed in the appropriate aircraft maintenance manual and after consulting with quality control personnel. Remember, aircraft maintenance manuals take precedence over the general aircraft maintenance manuals.
You can find the TMs listed above on the ETM website HERE.

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