The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation and flight on all Bell 412s. It was previously approved for Bell 204, 205 and 212s. The FastFin System improves useful load, wind azimuth tolerance and hover stability for Bell medium helicopters. “With FastFin installed, Bell 412 operators can realize significant increases in useful load, in some cases as much as 1,250 pounds,” said Dave Marone, v-p of sales and marketing for BLR Aerospace.
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive for the Bell 212 and adopting requirements for Bell 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B and 210 helicopters with certain part-numbered main rotor hub inboard strap fittings. The AD requires magnetic particle inspection of the fittings for a crack, and if a crack exists, replacing the fittings with airworthy fittings.
The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and EASA have approved applications of BLR Aerospace’s FastFin system. The Japanese agency approved installation of the FastFin on the Bell 412EP, and EASA on the Bell 205. The FastFin upgrade is also EASA approved on the Bell 212. An EASA certification program is under way for the Bell 412, according to BLR (Booth No. N3724).
The EASA has certified the FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for the Bell 205. It follows recent certification for the Bell 212, and Bell 412 certification is under way. “With FastFin, most operators will receive between a 10- and 90-percent increase in useful load depending on specific model and density altitude,” said Dave Marone, vice president of sales and marketing for BLR Aerospace.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Cadorath Aerospace has added 15 new Bell helicopter repairs to its list of services. The company’s design and engineering department has an ongoing program to develop approved repairs for the Bell product line and is nearing almost 800 repairs now available.
“Bell Loves BLR” might sound like street graffiti, but it’s not far from the point.
Iran appears determined to not only maintain its enormous fleet of hundreds of Bell helicopters in the wake of the ongoing U.S. arms embargo against it, but also to make indigenous and unauthorized copies of them. In 2006, Bell filed suit against Iran for making unauthorized knock-offs of several models including 206s and 205s.
New digital libraries for the Bell 204B, 214B/B1, 214ST, 222, 222B, 222U, 230, 430, 427 and 412EP are now available on the ATP NavigatorV desktop viewer. The digital format allows ATP to combine the newest airframe libraries with the company’s existing Bell libraries for the 47, 205, 206, 212, 407 and 412. It is possible to access, search and manage all libraries from a single place.
Honeywell Engines comes to Heli-Expo with five turboshaft models ranging in age from venerable to brand-new and in power from 1,000 shp to 5,000.
Boundary Layer Research has won FAA approval for a hover-performance increase of up to 250 pounds for Bell 204Bs, 205A-1s and UH-1Hs fitted with its tailboom strake modification kits. Known as the Performance Pack, the new clearance is the result of high-density-altitude flight tests conducted last summer near Greybull, Wyo.
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