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Bell 212 FastFin gains FAA approval

28th October 2011 - 07:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


BLR Aerospace has announced an FAA-certified performance increase for its Bell 212 FastFin System. The certification will bring improved safety and performance for helicopters fitted with the equipment.

According to BLR Aerospace, the FAA 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.  BLR Aerospace expects the same approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

BLR Aerospace claims that with the FastFin System, most Bell 212 operators will increase their useful load between 10% and 15%.

Installation of the FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System kit involves modifying a helicopter tailboom with two parallel strips, and reshaping the vertical fin to optimize airflow around the tailboom.  This field installed kit delivers a range of important benefits to operators who fly the modified aircraft.

According to the company more than 75 FastFin Systems have been sold for Bell 412 helicopters since the system was FAA certified in July 2010.

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