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Bell to install BLR Fastfin on new 412s

July 21, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

July 21, 2010, Everett, Wash. - Bell Helicopter on Monday announced its intent to install  BLR’s FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System as standard equipment  on new Bell 412 helicopters. 

This announcement coupled with the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent  certification of its Bell 412 FastFin System, has officials at BLR Aerospace flying high.
“We are proud to partner with Bell Helicopter in contributing to the success of such a  proven multi-mission platform,” said Dave Marone, Vice President of Sales and  Marketing for BLR Aerospace.  “We consider this a game-changing event for BLR’s  FastFin technology and are confident that it will provide immediate value for the Bell 412  operating community. We thank everyone at Bell Helicopter for their steadfast support.”
In addition to installation on new Bell 412 EPs, which will begin immediately as factory-installed modifications, BLR is accepting orders to retro fit the system on any Bell 412  fielded aircraft for fleet operators of 9 or less aircraft.  Bell Helicopter affiliate,  Aeronautical Accessories is accepting orders for fielded fleet operators with 10 or more  aircraft. 
Certified performance data show a range of improvements for Bell 412 helicopters. Most  operators using the FastFin system will realize at least a 275-pound increase in useful  load, plus significant safety, stability and wind azimuth benefits. 
Depending on operating altitudes, the system can pay for itself in 1-2 years for many  operators flying 400 hours annually. Operators may realize up to a 1,250 pound  increase in useful load when flying at 5,000 feet on a hot day.
 “Providing our customers with a complete mission solution is one of Bell’s top  priorities,” said Larry D. Roberts, Senior Vice President Commercial Business. “The  FastFin System delivers the kind of performance benefits that allow Bell helicopter  operators to more effectively and efficiently complete their missions. We are pleased to  partner with BLR to provide our customers with this increased benefit.”
“This decision verifies what so many operators already know,” Marone said. “FastFin is  an enhancement that improves operations in an immediate and measurable way.”
Installation of the FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System kit involves  modifying a helicopter tailboom with two parallel strips (known as Dual Tailboom  Strakes), and reshaping the vertical fin to optimize airflow around the tailboom.  These  simple changes deliver a range of important benefits to operators who fly the modified  aircraft.
 “No matter the mission, today’s operators are looking for every competitive advantage,”  Marone said. “Our technology expands the envelope and helps operators achieve  maximum return on their capital investments.”


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