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Airwork Helicopters obtains FAA supplemental type certificate for composite tail rotor blades

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 24, 2017

Airwork Helicopters chief executive Myles Tomkins and the CASA approved advanced composite Bell 206 tail rotor blades. (Airwork Helicopters)
Airwork Helicopters chief executive Myles Tomkins and the CASA approved advanced composite Bell 206 tail rotor blades. (Airwork Helicopters)

Composite tail rotor blades made by Caboolture’s Airwork Helicopters has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Airwork is the first Australian company to have received an FAA STC.

The Kevlar and carbon fibre rotor blades for the Bell 206 series of helicopters received the FAA’s approval on March 22 2017.

Airwork founder and chief executive Myles Tomkins has said previously the composite tail rotor blades were quieter, had twice the life of the standard Bell 206 tail rotor blades and had a 30 per cent cost advantage.

They also offered a higher margin of safety due to their increased strength and higher thrust for an equivalent power setting.

In May 2015, Airwork obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Australian Parts Manufacturing Approval (APMA) from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to manufacture the composite tail rotor blades, following four years of development.

Comments (2)

  • Paul Bredereck

    says:

    Good on Myles. He has worked long and hard on this. For a small Aussie company to obtain an FAA STC is a huge achievement!

  • Gerard

    says:

    Well done Myles and team it took a long time but it has been worth it, this is a really big deal and its great to see an Australian company manufacturing parts with the best of them.

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