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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Eagle Copters Wins Nod on Bell 212 Single-Engine Conversion

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Eagle Copters has obtained a Transport Canada supplemental type certificate for its Eagle Single conversion of the Bell Helicopter. The Alberta, Canada-based maintenance and sales shop aims to gain U.S. FAA approval of the modification by the end of this year.

Eagle replaces the 212’s twin engines with a single Honeywell 1,800-shp T5317BCV to decrease the aircraft’s empty weight, boost its useful load, and enhanced other operating efficiencies.

Great Slave Helicopters, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, took delivery of the first two Eagle Single modifications.

"We see unlimited potential for this aircraft in the forest-fire suppression market," said Great Slave President and CEO Adam Bembridge. "To our knowledge, it is currently the only rotary-wing aircraft with the lifting capacity to accommodate a complete fire crew and their equipment, plus carry an adequate fuel load to support extended range initial attack forest fire suppression missions."

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