ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb 24, 2014 — Throughout Heli-Expo 2014, operators of Bell Medium helicopters may visit BLR Aerospace (Exhibit 5743) for a custom return on investment (ROI) report that will instantly estimate their individual payback period and ongoing savings for the investment made in the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System.
“Operators who take advantage of the analysis will better understand how FastFin installation impacts them financially, in addition to the proven operational advantages it delivers,” said Dave Marone, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BLR Aerospace. “When you factor in the additional useful load, access to higher density altitudes, improved stability and increased wind azimuth tolerance, FastFin offers a compelling value proposition with empirical benefits while enhancing safety.”
With FastFin installed, most operators will receive between a 10 and 90 percent increase in useful load depending on specific model and density altitude. The FastFin system includes two parallel stall strips on the tailboom and a reshaped vertical fin. FastFin optimizes airflow around the tailboom, dramatically improving tail rotor authority and wind azimuth tolerance. FastFin also improves aircraft stability, positively impacting operating costs by reducing cycle fatigue in structures and torque requirements on tail rotor rotating components.
In 2010, Bell Helicopter made FastFin standard equipment on new Bell 412EPs, and today more than 600 FastFin systems are operating worldwide, supporting diverse missions across all rotorcraft market segments. From firefighting to heliskiing, from sea level to the most challenging density altitudes, FastFin delivers when needed most.
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