NRC Aerospace Contracts Eagle Copters Ltd. to Re-engine Its Bell 412 Fly-by-Wire Helicopter

Farnborough, UK, July 19, 2010—The National Research Council Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace—Booth H4/C19c) has contracted with Calgary-based Eagle Copters Ltd. to replace the engines in their Bell 412 HP Advanced Systems Research Aircraft (ASRA) with a Pratt and Whitney PT6T-9 Twin-Pac. The replacement engines have digital engine control instead of a manual engine governor, permitting more carefree operation of the aircraft near engine and torque limits.

“This project is an excellent example of how NRC Aerospace supports small and medium-size Canadian aerospace companies,” said Stewart Baillie, director of the NRC Aerospace Flight Research Laboratory. “NRC Aerospace gets new engines installed in its Bell 412 from a well-respected Canadian supplier, while Eagle Copters Ltd. acquires a new service they can offer to Bell 412 operators around the globe.”

The NRC Aerospace Flight Research Laboratory maintains and operates a small fleet of dedicated research aircraft, including a Falcon 20, a Convair 580, a Harvard Mark IV, a T-33, a Twin Otter, a Bell 412, a Bell 205A, a Bell 206 and an Extra 300. Researchers use these aircraft to support projects in the lab’s main program areas: flight mechanics, avionics, aircraft recorder technologies and airborne research.

Based in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, NRC Aerospace is Canada's national aerospace laboratory, undertaking and promoting research and development in support of the aerospace community in matters affecting the design, manufacture, performance, use and safety of aerospace vehicles. Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy through science and technology.

Based in Calgary, Canada, the Eagle Copters Ltd. group of companies specialize in helicopter leasing, sales, maintenance, overhaul, parts support, accessories and product development. Throughout all of the divisions– extensive product and service offerings make it wholly qualified to serve international helicopter needs. Eagle Copters Ltd. Calgary operation is a Platinum level Bell Helicopter authorized Customer Service Facility.