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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Van Horn Secures Bell Blades Deal

Bell Helicopter has inked a distribution agreement with Tempe, Ariz.-based Van Horn Aviation involving a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the 206 composite tail rotor blade. The contract was signed during Heli-Expo this week. The STC, No. SR02249LA, allows installation of the Van Horn blades on the Bell 206B and L variants. The blades are available through Aeronautical Associates, a Bell subsidiary in Piney Flats, Tenn. Bell’s Engineering division worked with Van Horn to review the STC from various standpoints, including design, manufacture and certification. R. Danny Maldonado, senior vice president and chief services officer for Bell, notes that the STC meets the manufacturer’s “rigorous engineering standards.”
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