Eagle Copters’ 407HP receives TC certification
December 10, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
Dec. 10, 2014, Calgary - Eagle Copters Ltd., a world leader in helicopter sales, leasing, product development and engineering, has announced the receipt of Transport Canada (TC) certification for its Eagle 407HP.
After an extensive certification effort, the wait for this conversion is finally over. By virtue of a Supplemental Type Certification (STC), the upgrade replaces the OEM-installed Rolls Royce C47 turbine engine with a "next-generation" Honeywell HTS900 turbine engine, significantly improving the Bell 407 helicopter’s high altitude and hot ambient temperature performance.
Among the standout advantages it offers to operators seeking even better performance from the Bell 407 – considered to be one of the most versatile helicopters in operation today – the Eagle 407HP conversion introduces increased shaft horsepower, ultimately improving the payload capability of the helicopter. This results in an increased capability over a wider operating spectrum. Additional key benefits provided by the Eagle Copters conversion include increased speed, reduced fuel consumption, and the incorporation of a true dual-channel FADEC engine control system.
“Today’s announcement reaffirms Eagle Copters unwavering commitment to product development and the introduction of exciting, highly-valued upgrades across multiple platforms,” said David “Spyke” Whiting, VP Sales and Marketing for Eagle Copters. “We thank our customers and the industry for being patient with this program and believe that most will agree that the significant advantages have been well worth the wait.”
Whiting added: “This announcement is particularly rewarding for us as a company since it represents the completion of a long and arduous journey. Although the certification basis is a Supplemental Type Certificate, the effort felt more like that of an OEM.”
FAA validation is well under way and the company has now begun taking firm orders for the conversion, optimistic that FAA certification and other foreign validations will not be far behind.