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Helitech 2018: Lord provides strong tails

9th October 2018 - 11:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London


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Lord, a rotary components supplier, is seeking to break into the European market with its Bell 206 elastomeric tail rotor trunnion kit which will be displayed for the first time at Helitech International 2018 in Amsterdam. 

Designed for a helicopter's tail rotor it provides a life extension by three years or equivalent of up to 2,500 flight hours.

‘We are going to show the trunnion bearing that we make out of elastometric bearings,’ said Rodolphe Leroy, marketing, sales and business development manager at Lord.

He continued: ‘It’s a smooth ride for the pilot and it also extends the life of the blade in the tail rotor.’

In the US, Lord has converted more than 1,000 Bell 206s with this kit and Leroy is hoping that with the technology being shown in Europe for the first time it will have a strong pickup by 206 operators across the region.

‘It’s an STC so it doesn’t come standard on the Bell platform. It’s a similar design to the 407 so people that are operating that are familiar with this,’ he commented to Shephard.

Lord will be providing training sessions at the exhibition on how to alleviate stresses and strains to platforms and to educate crews on how best to inspect elastomeric components.

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