Bell Helicopters has announced a new partnership with BLR Aerospace to incorporate a new performance upgrade for the 412EP helicopter.
The BLR FastFin system was designed as a tail rotor enhancement with dual strakes along the left side of the tail boom to control aircraft rotorwash and a reduced area vertical fin for increased usable thrust. This gives the 412EP increased takeoff and landing capability and improved crosswind capabilities.
“At Bell Helicopter we are on a mission to make our customers successful. Identifying ways to make our aircraft more productive and cost-effective plays a major role in the success of that task,” said Larry D. Roberts, Bell Helicopter senior vice president, Commercial Business. “Adding the BLR FastFin System to the Bell 412 provides our customers with an immediate performance enhancement that will allow them to effectively, efficiently and safely complete their mission without changing their helicopter.”
The FastFin system kit is being offered through Aeronautical Accessories Inc for retrofit, while it will be available as an option in new build 412EPs.