21-Oct-2011 Source: BLR Aerospace
BLR Aerospace, a name synonymous with outstanding performance enhancement technologies that increase the capabilities of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft by manufacturers such as Bell Helicopter and Hawker Beechcraft, today announced an FAA-certified performance increase for its Bell 212 FastFinÂ® System.
The FAA has approved a Flight Manual Supplement (FMS) certifying up to 500 pounds of additional out-of-ground effect hover performance for Bell 212s equipped with FastFin.Â The same approval is expected soon from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With the FastFinÂ® System, most Bell 212 operators will increase their useful load between 10% and 15%.
â€œHelping the Bell helicopter community fly more productively and more safely is a priority for BLR,â€ said Dave Marone, BLRâ€™s vice president of Sales and Marketing. â€œThe FastFinÂ® System clearly delivers the performance benefits operators need and want.â€
Installation of the FastFinÂ® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System kit involves modifying a helicopter tailboom with two parallel strips (known as Dual Tailboom Strakes), and reshaping the vertical fin to optimize airflow around the tailboom.Â This field installed kit delivers a range of important benefits to operators who fly the modified aircraft.
More than 75 FastFinÂ® Systems have been sold for Bell 412 helicopters since the system was FAA certified in July 2010, and EASA certification is imminent. The systemâ€™s advantages â€” including up to 1,250 pounds of additional in-ground effect hover â€” are so strong that Bell Helicopter has made the FastFinÂ® System standard on new Bell 412EPs.
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