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All-night maintenance work allowed helicopter to keep flying


Last updated 3/13/2008 at Noon

The County of San Diego’s two firefighting helicopters are subject to being taken out of service for maintenance.

Annual maintenance work grounds each helicopter for three to four weeks, usually during the April-May timeframe when wildfire risk in the county is lowest.

In addition to the annual maintenance, a three-day maintenance period is required after every 100 hours of operation. Those maintenance requirements mean that only one helicopter is operational during the other helicopter’s servicing.

That maintenance period after every 100 hours also means that the100-hour threshold c...

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