The approved part replacement business can be a tough one...
especially when you're competing with the likes of mighty Bell
Helicopter. But... Van Horn Aviation is one company hitting the
market with what they think may be a better idea when it comes to
replacement Tail Rotor blades for the Bell 206 and other popular
VHA tells Aero-TV that their 206 tail rotor blade take advantage
of high-tech materials, a more efficient airfoil design, and
advanced construction techniques to deliver great performance at
double the life of current blades on the market. The composite tail
rotor blade features a carbon fiber spar and skins, titanium root
fitting, and a nickel abrasion strip, resulting in a lighter but
stronger rotor blade.
“Our 206 tail rotor blade incorporates an advanced
NASA-developed airfoil and shaped tip,” said VHA president
James Van Horn.
“The combination of the thinner airfoil and shaped tip
result in a 40% reduction in the helicopter’s overall sound
exposure level according to FAA-mandated noise emission tests
conducted by an independent company in May. During flight testing
we also noticed significantly reduced pedal forces as compared to
the OEM blade.”