FAA approves Bell 206 tail skid
LORD Corporation has received FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) approval for optional installation of its tail skid weight on the Bell 206 family of two-bladed, single- or twin-engine helicopters, the company announced on 12 October.
The tail skid weight is included in the LORD elastomer tail rotor trunnion bearing kit (P/N LB2-1010-20-1). It is now available as an optional installation and only required as needed to assist in the dynamic balancing of the tail rotor hub assembly.
The LORD tail rotor trunnion is engineered to reduce maintenance time and increase flight time of the Bell 206. The self-centring elastomeric bearing in the hub aims to speed up and simplify installation without impacting the currently-used static balancing procedures. After the bearing is installed in the tail rotor hub and blade assembly, installation on the aircraft remains the same.
Dynamic balancing is achieved with the same equipment and procedures currently used. The kit eliminates lubrication at 50 hours or after rain and snow exposure, eliminates grease from the blade feathering bearings and the blades themselves, and increases hours between maintenance.
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