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Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

26-Feb-2021Source: Veelo Technologies

  With their patented and innovative heating blanket solutions, Veelo Technologies helps composite rotor blade manufacturers and repair facilities keep blades out of the oven (OoO). Veelo’s heating blankets can be tailored for use in debulking and bonding applications and can be used in-situ, eliminating the need to transport long and bulky rotor blades to... Read more

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

19-Aug-2020Source: Van Horn Aviation

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification / Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC/PMA) on its updated composite mainrotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades contain different carbon fiber ply counts and orientations than the original VHA 206B main rotor blades. This... Read more

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

4-Mar-2020Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, the leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, today announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64 rotorcraft by designing, certifying, and building composite main rotor blades that will bring many dramatic benefits. Erickson... Read more

Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

8-Nov-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus further enhances its blade capabilities in the Pacific region with the opening of a new blade shop at its Blenheim facility in New Zealand. The new facility will reside under the same roof as its existing 3,500 square metre maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for military and civil engines, propellers and components. The... Read more

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

21-Aug-2018Source: Van Horn Aviation

Van Horn Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service... Read more

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

12-Jul-2018Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that AertoTex UK has licensed its powerful VABS software for the simulation of composite propellers, rotor blades, and other slender structures. Located in the United Kingdom, AeroTex UK has extensive experience in the area of structural dynamics, including... Read more

Seoul National University Leverages VABS software

Seoul National University Leverages VABS software

8-Jun-2018Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today Seoul National University is leveraging its powerful VABS software to accelerate and optimize design of composite helicopter rotor blades and high aspect ratio wings. Seoul National University has used VABS for a variety of structural optimization projects in... Read more

Boeing awarded patent for noise reducing profile for rotor blade tracking wedges

Boeing awarded patent for noise reducing profile for rotor blade tracking wedges

23-Jan-2018Source: USPTO

A tracking wedge, a rotor and a method for modifying a movement of air over a tracking wedge. According to aspects of the disclosure, a tracking wedge used to correct the tracking of a helicopter rotor blade may include one or more acoustic management mechanisms. The acoustic management mechanisms may change the manner in which air moves... Read more

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

15-Dec-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget... Read more

Merlin Technology Inc awarded patent for Emergency collective actuator and method for a helicopter

Merlin Technology Inc awarded patent for Emergency collective actuator and method for a helicopter

26-Oct-2017Source: USPTO

A helicopter includes a rotor system having a rotor with an adjustable pitch that is controlled at least in part by a pilot using a collective control and which helicopter generates a Low RPM signal that is indicative of a threshold low rotational speed of the rotor. An actuator arrangement can move the collective control by exerting a force... Read more

QinetiQ awarded patent for rotor blade anti-icing and de-icing

QinetiQ awarded patent for rotor blade anti-icing and de-icing

26-Oct-2017Source: USPTO

An electrothermal heater mat for anti-icing or de-icing of a helicopter rotor blade or other aerodynamic surface comprises a substrate, such as a flexible polyimide sheet, bearing tracks of a material of selected electrical resistivity, these tracks being formed by printing onto the substrate with a thermosetting ink loaded with electrically conductive (e.g. carbon) particles. Electrical bus... Read more

FAA issue exemption allowing ACSF UH-1 blades to fly

FAA issue exemption allowing ACSF UH-1 blades to fly

20-Oct-2017Source: ACSF

On Sept. 29, Advanced Composite Structures Florida (ACSF) received a long-fought-for Federal Aviation Administration exemption allowing the company to represent foreign military surplus composite main rotor blades as “suitable for installation” on restricted category UH-1 helicopters. The exemption allows ACSF to sell the rotor blades to restricted category operators and requires the company to issue... Read more

Heli-One Norway Opens New Blade Shop

Heli-One Norway Opens New Blade Shop

4-Oct-2017Source: Heli-One

Stavanger, Norway – Heli-One Norway, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is opening a new 3500 square foot stateof-the-art blade repair and overhaul shop at its facility in Stavanger, Norway. This shop has capability to carry out repair and overhaul for Airbus AS332, H225, AS350/355; and Sikorsky S-92 blades. This... Read more

EJProjects Licenses VABS for Composite Rotor Blade Simulation

EJProjects Licenses VABS for Composite Rotor Blade Simulation

2-Oct-2017Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient highfidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that EJProjects has licensed its VABS software for use in simulating composite rotor blades. Based in the Netherlands, EJ-Projects is an engineering consultancy with specialties in modeling and simulation, loads, aeroelasticity and structural engineering. The company’s primary focus... Read more

ACS expands for growth in rotor blade repair volume

ACS expands for growth in rotor blade repair volume

29-Sep-2017Source: UH-1 OPS

Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) expands to accommodate growth in rotor blade repair volume, programs for Military and European operators. Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) announced completion of its Sanford, Florida facility expansion from 10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, additional repair technicians, program directors and quality management personnel.  The recent expansion was necessary to accommodate... Read more

Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional  pounds back to the solider

Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional pounds back to the solider

23-Jan-2017Source: Boeing

One of the critical technologies for the Chinook’s future is now proven. During recent flight tests at Boeing’s facility in Mesa, Ariz., the aircraft demonstrated the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB) give an additional 1,500 pounds back to the solider. Developed by Boeing and the U.S. Army, the ACRB is a new fully composite blade... Read more

Helicopter Blades Market 2016 Global Industry Analysis

Helicopter Blades Market 2016 Global Industry Analysis

7-Nov-2016Source: ReportsnReports

ReportsnReports.com adds new research report – Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global helicopter blades market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of main rotor blade and tail rotor blade. Complete Report Available @... Read more

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

28-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Robert Anthony Lloyd, the former chief pilot of Nevada Department of Wildlife has admitted to the theft of two blades of a state helicopter. Lloyd sold the two blades off the Bell Jet Ranger 206 for $42, 000 to Peregrine Helicopters, stating that they had over 2 121 hours left in them, when they only... Read more

HTC makes Metal Main Blades available for Bell 204, 205, UH-1

HTC makes Metal Main Blades available for Bell 204, 205, UH-1

25-Oct-2016Source: Helicopter Technology Company

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce they are now offering Metal Main Rotor Blades for commercial Bell Helicopters 204B, 205 & 205A-1 along with various UH-1 model restricted category helicopters.  The HTC Part Number 204P2100-101 Main Rotor Blade is a direct replacement the Bell Helicopter – Textron Part Number 204-011-250-113 Main Rotor Blade.... Read more

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

16-Aug-2016Source: Univ Texas Austin

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S.... Read more

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

14-Aug-2016Source: Rostec

The experience from the Russian Airforce’s helicopter operations in Syria showed that the full metal blades of lift rotors should be replaced with new ones made of composite materials. Viktor Bondarev, the Colonel General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces, shared with Izvestia that the Mi-28NM upgraded military helicopter will be the first to... Read more

S-64 Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

S-64 Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

26-Jul-2016Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) and Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) are pleased to announce the first flight of its advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-64 Aircrane and CH-54 Skycrane. “As a legacy aircraft services provider, we are constantly seeking ways to innovate and improve upon existing platforms to ensure these aircraft stay competitive,” said Dale... Read more

Russian Helicopters launches system to detect hidden rotor blade damage

Russian Helicopters launches system to detect hidden rotor blade damage

26-May-2016Source: Rostec

Russian Helicopters has designed a unique system for detection of hidden damage to the blades of rotary-wing machines. The know-how allows manufacturers and operators of helicopters to scan rotor and tail rotor blades for troubleshooting purposes. The system application is aimed at increasing the lifetime of blades and will contribute towards flight safety. Specialists of... Read more

First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

13-Apr-2016Source: Van Horn Aviation

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) CEO Jim Van Horn and President Dean Rosenlof traveled to Valley Center, Calif., to witness the first installation and flight of VHA 206B main rotor blades on a customer’s helicopter. Bob Hoag, owner and operator of Hummingbird Helicopters, has been flying VHA tail rotor blades on his JetRangers for several years... Read more

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

Boeing awarded $10M contract for Apache tail rotor blades

10-Mar-2016Source: US DoD

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $9,849,966 modification (0030) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for Apache helicopter rotary tail blades.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,849,966 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting... Read more

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

3-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell Helicopter Blades repair operation has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to repair Van Horn composite tail rotor blades for Bell 206 Series models. The Broussard, LA based facility has more than 35 years of helicopter blade refurbishment experience. The location... Read more

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

2-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce plans to add in-house AW139 main rotor blade repair capability at its Stavanger, Norway facility. This new capability is expected to be fully implemented by July 2017. AgustaWestland has approved the capability and will begin training Heli-One’s technicians... Read more

Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

12-Nov-2015Source: Deccan Herald

An associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here has developed a real-time online health monitoring system for tail rotor flexbeams that can “greatly reduce the chances of helicopter accidents.”See full story.... Read more

Heli-One adds S92 blade service capability in Norway

Heli-One adds S92 blade service capability in Norway

6-Oct-2015Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the world’s largest helicopter support and maintenance service provider, has announced new capability to service Sikorsky S-92 main rotor blades from its facility in Stavanger, Norway. This new offering will improve the efficiency of S-92 operators by reducing the shipping time and cost, said Antony DiNota, President of Heli-One. “Putting in-demand services in convenient... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

Sikorsky awarded $25M five-year contract for Black Hawk blade repairs

1-Oct-2015Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $25,719,410 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for the maintenance and overhaul of Blackhawk helicopter blades.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2020.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,... Read more

HTC launches Metal Main Rotor Blades for UH-1

HTC launches Metal Main Rotor Blades for UH-1

10-Sep-2015Source: HTC

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce they are offering Metal Main Rotor Blades for UH-1 helicopters.  The HTC Part Number 204P2100-101 Main Rotor Blade is a direct replacement for the Bell Helicopter – Textron Part Number 204-011-250-113 Main Rotor Blade. HTC designs and produces its own line of Helicopter Main and Tail Rotor... Read more

Dornier Composite Main Blades now available for UH-1

Dornier Composite Main Blades now available for UH-1

25-Aug-2015Source: Stone Aviation

Stone Aviation International (SAI) and Advanced Composite Structures Florida (ACSF) are pleased to announce that Owners and Operators of restricted category Bell UH-1H helicopters may now use Dornier Composite Main Rotor Blades with approved serial numbers in accordance with ACSF’s Eligibility Process and Continued Airworthiness Program . UH-1H owners and operators in restricted category may... Read more

Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

27-Mar-2015Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerosystems division (Kaman) has been awarded an extension to its current contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture skin and skin to core components for the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. This five-year follow on contract has an expected value in excess of $25 million. The components will continue to... Read more

Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

23-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $32,493,960 firm-fixed-price contract for rotary wing blades. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 39-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a May 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of... Read more

Rotor Blades Ltd To Exhibit At Heli UK Expo

Rotor Blades Ltd To Exhibit At Heli UK Expo

24-Feb-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Rotor Blades Limited, repair and vital source of blade support for the region will be exhibiting at Heli UK Expo on the 29th – 31st May 2015. Rotor Blades Limited (RBL) provides customers in Europe and Africa with a new level of quality rotor blade repair capability. The natural expansion of Bell Broussard, Louisiana, into... Read more

PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

PAS MRO Awarded Long-Term Contract for UH-60 Rotor Blade Tip Cap Overhaul

14-May-2014Source: PAS MRO

PAS MRO, a Woman-Owned Small Business, has been awarded a 5 year contract from the US Army for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 Helicopter Rotor Blade Tip Cap. The maximum potential value of the entire contract is $6,365,650.00. Repair & Overhaul of the Tip Caps will be conducted at PAS MRO’s Irvine, California... Read more

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite main rotor blade for the Bell 206 product line. Van Horn Aviation has agreed to design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades with input from Bell Helicopter Engineering. This will... Read more

Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First CH-53K Rotor Blades

Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First CH-53K Rotor Blades

1-Nov-2013Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully completed the initial phase of testing for the first-ever main and tail rotor blades manufactured for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program. Designed specially to help meet the Marine Corps requirement to lift the aircraft’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 pounds, the all-composite blades are the largest and... Read more

KCF Technologies receives SBIR funding to develop wireless strain sensor for rotor blades

KCF Technologies receives SBIR funding to develop wireless strain sensor for rotor blades

4-Oct-2013Source: KCF Technologies

KCF Technologies has received funding to continue a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop a wireless strain sensor for helicopter rotors. The strain sensor, known as the Smart Rod End, is a push rod end that has a load sensor embedded in the shank of the rod end. The rod end is targeted... Read more

ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

5-Aug-2013Source: ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $15 million fromSikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for the production of composite tail rotor blade components on the S-76D™helicopter. The work will be performed at the new Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under this contract, Exelis... Read more

New Hardide blade coating completes test phase with AgustaWestland

New Hardide blade coating completes test phase with AgustaWestland

2-Jul-2013Source: Hardide

Hardide Coatings, the provider of advanced surface coating technology, has successfully completed the first of two test phases to approve the Hardide coating as a replacement for hard chrome plating on an application for AgustaWestland, the major European helicopter manufacturer. The second test phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 and,... Read more

Boeing awarded $36M Apache blade contract

Boeing awarded $36M Apache blade contract

30-Apr-2013Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $36,599,871 modification (No. 0013), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-10-G-0006), to procure composite main rotor blades and associated support equipment for the Apache Block III configuration.  Fiscal 2012 procurement contract funds are being obligated on this award.  The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the... Read more

Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

26-Apr-2013Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,361,600 contract for main rotor blades. The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract. Location of performance is Texas, with a Dec. 31, 2015 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2015 Navy funds. Defense... Read more

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade

22-Mar-2013Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Penn., was awarded a $17,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  This is a modification for the design and engineering services in support of the CH-47 Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, with an estimated completion date of March 18, 2017.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.... Read more

Van Horn to develop composite tail blades for Bell 212/412

Van Horn to develop composite tail blades for Bell 212/412

7-Mar-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 212 and Bell 412 product lines. Van Horn Aviation has agreed to design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades with Bell Helicopter Engineering participating... Read more

DLR tests effect of blowing air out of rotor blades

DLR tests effect of blowing air out of rotor blades

12-Feb-2013Source: DLR

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Göttingen have discovered a way to make helicopters more manoeuvrable. In a globally unique wind tunnel experiment, they have been blowing air through holes in the rotor blades to actively influence airflow. As though someone is wielding a sledgehammer The rotor... Read more

Sikorsky granted patent for “Main rotor blade with integral cuff”

Sikorsky granted patent for “Main rotor blade with integral cuff”

20-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Sikorsky have been granted patent number 8,353,673 for “A main rotor blade assembly includes a main spar with an integral cuff. The main spar is directly to a rotor hub assembly through the integral cuff”.  Two particular sections of interest from the official US Patent & Trademark Office website posting are listed below Background of... Read more

Shake’d Technologies promotes new track-and-balance option

Shake’d Technologies promotes new track-and-balance option

1-Jan-2013Source: Shake'd Technologies

One of the largest “big ticket” items faced by the helicopter maintenance industry today is the issue of rotor track and balance (RT&B). If there were a way to make the process of rotor track and balance more efficient it would be a huge boost to the helicopter operator, saving both time and money. While... Read more

X2 rotor blade technology to be recognised in Innovation Hall of Fame

X2 rotor blade technology to be recognised in Innovation Hall of Fame

29-Oct-2012Source: Clark School

The innovator behind the rotor blade technology used on the fastest helicopter produced will be inducted into the A. James Clark School of Engineering‘s Innovation Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. Ashish Bagai, a Clark School aerospace engineering alumnus, is an aerodynamicist. He was principal engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $42M contract for rotor blade upgrade/overhaul work

Sikorsky awarded $42M contract for rotor blade upgrade/overhaul work

7-Oct-2012Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $42,019,356 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the upgrade and overhaul services of the main rotor blade. Work will be performed in Shelton, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2015.  The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received.  The U.S.... Read more

Boeing awarded $6M for Chinook blade overhaul

Boeing awarded $6M for Chinook blade overhaul

20-Jul-2012Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Penn., was awarded a $6,832,402 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the overhaul services in support of the Chinook aft and forward rotary blades.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The... Read more

EASA approves Van Horn composite blades for B206

EASA approves Van Horn composite blades for B206

8-May-2012Source: Van Horn Aviation

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for VHA’s 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade. “Operators on five continents are already experiencing the benefits of flying VHA tail rotor blades, including reduced pedal forces and greater tail rotor authority at high... Read more

NEW! MD540F – an MD530F with six composite blades, glass panel and more

NEW! MD540F – an MD530F with six composite blades, glass panel and more

9-Apr-2012Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) released details recently of its new armed scout helicopter – the MD 540F, the newest addition to MD’s fleet of single engine turbine helicopters. The 540F is an upgrade to the popular MD 530F; boasting a 6-bladed, fully articulated rotor blade system made up entirely of composite material, in addition to... Read more

Composite Technology opens bi-directional whirl tower for rotor blade balancing

Composite Technology opens bi-directional whirl tower for rotor blade balancing

17-Feb-2012Source: Sikorsky

Composite Technology Inc. (CTI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, today opened one of the world’s most powerful structures to dynamically balance helicopter main rotor blades. Designed by Sikorsky to test main rotor blades that rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise, the bi-directional whirl tower will enable helicopter operators and... Read more

Composite Technology adds S76 and S92 capability in Singapore

Composite Technology adds S76 and S92 capability in Singapore

14-Feb-2012Source: Composite Technology

Composite Technology, Inc. (CTI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, today announced new capabilities to support Sikorsky’s S-76® and S-92® helicopter rotor blade repair and maintenance through its venture in Singapore:  Composite Technology International Pte. Ltd (CTIS). CTIS is a venture among CTI, Eurocopter South East Asia and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Engineering. The facility will offer... Read more

Innovation – significant reduction in rotor blade tip noise

Innovation – significant reduction in rotor blade tip noise

13-Feb-2012Source: Helios

HELIOS Hubschraubertransport GmbH presents the patented new SilentEcoWing – System to producers and experts at Heli Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The project was inspired by nature: A bird gliding almost  soundlessly. „We reflected how to minimize the noise generated at the rotor blade tips“, said Mr. Walter Enthammer, the General Manager. The result of... Read more

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

9-Feb-2012Source: Kaman

 The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN), continues to develop new chapters in its storied history with the unmanned K-MAX®; successes and opportunities in subcontract manufacturing; and rotor blade development and production. Kaman will showcase its products and services in Booth 5222, Hall C, at the Helicopter... Read more

Humpback whale secret may help helicopters fly faster

Humpback whale secret may help helicopters fly faster

1-Feb-2012Source: DLR

Modern helicopters could be significantly faster and more manoeuvrable – if aerodynamics did not impose limitations on them. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Göttingen have now discovered and flight-tested a way to increase manoeuvrability using an idea they got from observing humpback whales. Unwanted turbulence Helicopters... Read more

Scott’s Bell 47 develops composite main blades for model 47 fleet

Scott’s Bell 47 develops composite main blades for model 47 fleet

26-Jan-2012Source: Scott’s Bell 47

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) today announced that they have contracted with IAC Ltd. to develop new composite main rotor blades for the model 47 fleet. IAC is an internationally recognized main and tail rotor blade repair & overhaul service provider in Fort Worth, Texas with FAA certifications to inspect & repair all major... Read more

VABS 3.6 reduces realistic composite blade modeling to seconds

VABS 3.6 reduces realistic composite blade modeling to seconds

22-Jan-2012Source: AnalySwift

AnalySwift, LLC, a leading provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for aerospace and energy composites and other advanced materials, announced today the release of VABS 3.6. This is the latest version of VABS, which is the tool of choice for efficient and accurate modeling of composite slender structures such as wind turbine blades, helicopter rotor blades, high... Read more

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

23-Aug-2011Source: Scott’s – Bell 47

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47), OEM for the Model 47 helicopter, today announced a reduction of their Main Rotor Blade spares pricing to $45,000 per blade, -13 & -21, and $45,500 for the -23. This reduction is driven by the customer survey responses received over the past 6 months and is afforded by their... Read more

BLR Aerospace delivers 200th UH-1 FastFin® tail rotor enhancement

BLR Aerospace delivers 200th UH-1 FastFin® tail rotor enhancement

6-Jun-2011Source: BLR Aerospace

BLR Aerospace, the well-known developer of innovative performance modifications for helicopters and business aircraft, recently delivered its 200th FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for a Bell UH-1H helicopter. More than one-third of the certificated UH-1 fleet has been modified with FastFin, making it one of the company’s top-selling products, according to Dave Marone,... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

24-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Van Horn Aviation, the manufacturer of helicopter rotor blades, is expanding its presence in Tempe (Arizona) with the purchase of a new facility four times the size of its existing location.  The move from a leased unit near Rural and Broadway roads is to a 23,000 sq.ft unit it is purchasing near Elliott Road and... Read more

Van Horn starts flight testing MD500 main blades

Van Horn starts flight testing MD500 main blades

13-Apr-2011Source: Van Horn Aviation

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests of its composite MD 500 main rotor blades during a four-hour test session at the MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) facility in Mesa, Arizona aboard a MD 530F® test aircraft. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the April... Read more

Federal Program Integrators awrded $7M contract for Rotor Blade Facility

Federal Program Integrators awrded $7M contract for Rotor Blade Facility

12-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Federal Program Integrators, LLC, was awarded a $7,187,408 firm-fixed-price contract March 31, 2011.  The award will provide for the production equipment, enabling the Rotor Blade Facility to work more efficiently.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine; San Antonio, Texas; and Corpus Christi, Texas; with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012.  One... Read more

Bell awarded $12M eight year blade contract

Bell awarded $12M eight year blade contract

1-Apr-2011Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract against a basic ordering agreement with a maximum $12,059,100 for blade assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Navy.  The date of performance completion is June 30, 2019.  The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity... Read more

MD Helicopters and Van Horn Aviation debut composite rotor blades

MD Helicopters and Van Horn Aviation debut composite rotor blades

15-Mar-2011Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, and Van Horn Aviation, L.L.C. (Van Horn) are demonstrating co-developed composite main rotor blades for the MD 530F® aircraft in Booths 1618 (MDHI) and 1521 at Heli-Expo 2011, held March 5th – 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The... Read more

Bell to distribute Van Horn B206 composite tail blades

Bell to distribute Van Horn B206 composite tail blades

7-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Van Horn Aviation LLC for the 206 composite tail rotor blade supplemental type certificate (STC) No. SR02249LA. This STC allows for installation of the Van Horn composite tail rotor blade onto the Bell 206B and 206L series aircraft. ... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

12-Feb-2011Source: Van Horn Aviation

Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently signed an offer to purchase on a 23,000+ sq. ft. facility in Tempe, Ariz., significantly expanding the company’s available manufacturing space compared to its current location. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the expansion is required to accommodate current and future rotor blade programs.... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

9-Dec-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

TEMPE, Ariz., December 8, 2010 – Composite tail rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently added two Canadian companies as authorized dealers for its composite tail rotor blades. AOG Heli Services (www.aogheliservices.com) based at Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ontario, and Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. (www.avialta.com) based at Villeneuve Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, have... Read more

New rotor blade processing facility to be built at NAS Corpus Christi

New rotor blade processing facility to be built at NAS Corpus Christi

12-Aug-2010Source: US DoD

Ewing Construction Co. Inc.*, Corpus Christi, Texas, is being awarded a $10,325,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of rotor blade processing facility at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.  The work performed provides for labor, materials and equipment for design and construction of an addition to existing Building 49.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, and... Read more

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

9-Jun-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

OH-58 helicopter operators now have an aftermarket choice for tail rotor blades. The FAA recently issued an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Van Horn Aviation (VHA) 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade to include OH-58A+ and OH-58C models after reviewing flight and engineering data submitted by the company. “The City of Pasadena (California)... Read more

Transport Canada issues STC for Van Horn composite B206 tail blades

Transport Canada issues STC for Van Horn composite B206 tail blades

27-May-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada for VHA’s 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade. Transport Canada issued its STC after reviewing the documents associated with FAA STC SR0229LA issued in February for the same product. “We’ve had several Canadian 206 operators interested in flying... Read more

Aerojet awarded rotor blade components contract for Apache Block III

Aerojet awarded rotor blade components contract for Apache Block III

11-May-2010Source: Aerojet

Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has been selected by The Boeing Company to supply heavy alloy weights for Boeing’s revolutionary Composite Main Rotor Blade (CMRB) in support of the AH-64D Apache Block III (AB3) program. Under the initial contract, Aerojet will deliver completed rotor weights to support Boeing’s production of... Read more

Kaman cuts composite blade development time by approx 80% with FiberSIM® Software

Kaman cuts composite blade development time by approx 80% with FiberSIM® Software

28-Feb-2010Source: Vistagy

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that Kaman Helicopters, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN) has entered into an agreement to license FiberSIM® composites engineering software. The software will be used to streamline the design-to-manufacturing process for large composite helicopter blades by providing early visibility into... Read more

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