Hanga Talk

“This is great news for H125 operators and an important addition to the BLR product portfolio,” said company President Mike Carpenter. Carpenter added that pre-certification sales have been brisk, and 10 H125 systems have been sold to date.

Precision Heli-Support Chooses FreeFlight Systems RANGR for ADS-B STC on MD Helicopters

Precision Heli-Support has chosen the FreeFlight Systems RANGR Series as its platform for developing an FAA ADS-B compliant system for the MD Helicopters 369, 500N, and 600N rotorcraft. This cost-effective solution will allow operators flexibility in equipping their aircraft to meet NextGen airspace requirements.

The FreeFlight Systems RANGR Series is one of the most versatile certified ADS-B units on the market, with prices starting at $2,995 to meet the FAA’s 2020 mandate for ADS-B Out compliance. With additional configuration options, customers can also reap the benefits of ADS-B In, to access free weather and traffic information on a tablet or on various integrated displays.

Jerry Guevara, general manager of Precision Heli-Support said, “Discussions on ADS-B have steadily increased over the past 10 years, and for most the reality has set in that 2020 is no longer far away. Our focus is to provide our customers with a seamless, low cost transition so that they can continue to fly the skies safely with minimal downtime.”

FastFin uses advanced airflow management to increase the effectiveness of the H125 anti-torque system. The certified performance data shows the dramatic improvements operators can expect, including up to 130 pounds increased useful load and a 10 percent improvement in pedal margins.

Additional benefits include a reduction in pilot workload, easier control in precision hover-hold operations, and better management of the yaw axis when hovering in challenging crosswinds.

Though they are based on the same aerodynamic principles, the H125 FastFin differs from BLR’s flagship product for Bell mediums. It does not modify the vertical fin, but is comprised of an advanced tailboom aerodynamic cowling (ATAC), a tailboom strake, and vortex generators.

One thousand of BLR’s performance-enhancing FastFin systems have been installed on various light and medium helicopters worldwide. With this FAA certification in place, additional approvals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada, and Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) are expected to follow by year-end.

ASU Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin®

Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System

for installation on H125 helicopters, the company announced recently. The system is now available to the aftermarket and as a factory-installed STC option on new Airbus H125 helicopters. Mathilde Royer-Germain, vice president of Airbus Helicopters’ light helicopters program, congratulated BLR on the certification milestone, adding, “The additional performances brought by the BLR FastFin system will benefit our H125 operators performing very demanding missions, especially in hot and high conditions.”

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) Inc., recently sponsored the first ever MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award that was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, during a donor reception. “This new award is just one way for us to continually honor the helicopter air ambulance operators and the numerous men and women that save lives every day across the country,” said ASU President Jim Winkel. “The MedEvac Foundation does great work taking care of families that have lost loved ones, providing education opportunities and other critical things within the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).”

The winner of the award is Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) out of Asheville, North Carolina. Pilots Dutch Fridd and Matthew Witt were recognized at a ceremony held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“The MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award allows the recognition of extraordinary contributions to the medical transport industry, and with AMTC located in Charlotte this year, it seemed particularly fitting to honor North Carolina-based program MAMA and their pilots,” said MedEvac Foundation International Chairman Dave Thomson. “Their work in gaining FAA approval for NVG technology took tremendous effort and commitment, and has had a lasting impact on safety in the air medical community. It is an honor to have ASU sponsoring and supporting this award, underscoring the significant role that MAMA, Mr. Fridd, and Mr. Witt have played in our shared history.”

28 Jan/Feb 2017

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