Transport Canada issues STC for Van Horn composite B206 tail blades

Transport Canada issues STC for Van Horn composite B206 tail blades

27-May-2010 Source: Van Horn Aviation

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada for VHA’s 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade. Transport Canada issued its STC after reviewing the documents associated with FAA STC SR0229LA issued in February for the same product.

“We’ve had several Canadian 206 operators interested in flying our blades for the increased tail rotor authority and power at high altitudes,” said VHA president James Van Horn. “Our rotor blades also offer double the service life at a list price just slightly higher than the OEM blades, which will help operators reduce direct operating costs in these harsh economic times.”

The VHA 206B/L tail rotor blade features corrosion and damage-resistant carbon fiber skin, titanium root fitting, electroformed nickel abrasion strip, and stainless steel pitch bearings. Its NASA-designed laminar flow airfoil and shaped tip reduce overall aircraft noise by up to 40% according to FAA-mandated acoustics testing. Customers currently flying VHA blades for reduced noise benefits include the City of Pasadena (California) Police Aviation Unit, Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters, and a large-scale EMS unit.

About Van Horn Aviation

Based in Tempe, Ariz., Van Horn Aviation specializes in the design, certification and manufacturing of aftermarket dynamic components for various rotorcraft. In addition to the 206B/L tail rotor blade, VHA also produces an aftermarket carbon fiber tail rotor blade for various models of the UH-1.  For more information, contact VHA distributor TRACE Worldwide at 310-791-5500 or visit

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