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Operators: XAG P100 Pro rotor assembly maintenance requirements

XAG P100 Pro maintenance programmes within 102 UAOC expositions already contain requirements for visual inspection of rotor bolt to motor housing contact points (‘B’ in image below). We now urge all operators to conduct detailed visual inspection of the propeller clamp to seesaw holder contact points as well, where there is also potential for cracking and fatigue. This will require the use of a flashlight or bright lighting (‘A’). This visual inspection should be done in the daily/pre flight and post flight inspections and during any periodic checks.

If any damage or cracking is seen, do not operate the craft and contact your maintenance provider about having it inspected and parts replaced if necessary.

From 01 February 2024, the CAA will require the above to be formally included in XAG P100 Pro maintenance programmes for 102 UAOCs. We strongly encourage all current XAG P100 Pro operators to follow this maintenance advice with immediate effect, and formally add this to their manuals at the next update. The 102 Team is continuing to research and monitor this design in New Zealand and internationally.

At this time this is a precautionary requirement, based on SME knowledge of UA design, on a craft type with low fleet operating hours in New Zealand. The CAA will continue to share information with the sector and operators as it comes to light. To do this, we need our sector to be vigilant and responsive. Please report any concerns or occurrences related to this design to the CAA promptly, using the 005 process.

For any further information on this matter please contact the Part 102 team by phone or via certification@caa.govt.nz.

XAG P100 Pro rotor assembly

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