Japan certifies the Eagle Single

Japan certifies the Eagle Single

24-Feb-2023 Source: Eagle Copters

The Flying Orca Eagle Single is now certified to operate in Japan. Eagle Copters Ltd., K-R Aircraft Inc., and Akagi Helicopters Co. Ltd. have successfully worked together to complete the certification of the Eagle Single in Japan. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to convert a Bell 212 helicopter to an Eagle Single is now certified by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

Eagle Copters Ltd. collaborated with K-R Aircraft Inc. and Akagi Helicopters Co. Ltd. to make this certification possible. Eagle Copters is very thankful to work with these like-minded partners to bring this unique aircraft to Japanese skies where it will be equipped to perform multi-faceted missions.


The Eagle Single is the workhorse in the Bell Medium Helicopter Market and is designed to be the helicopter of choice amongst Bell Medium Helicopter operators. The Eagle Single, by virtue of a 9-passenger Supplemental Type Certificate approval process, converts the respected Bell 212 Helicopter from a twin engine to a single engine providing overall more capability with lower operating costs. This all-commercial helicopter ensures lasting value, product support, part commonality, aftermarket accessory availability, and unmatched performance. The Eagle Single is currently certified in Canada, USA, Australia, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, and now Japan.


As a by-product of the conversion, the Eagle Single has a resulting loss of weight from removing one engine, the original heavy avionics and associated wiring, producing a medium helicopter in the 5,900 lb empty weight range.


While maintaining the Type Certificate of the Bell 212, owners and operators alike enjoy the inherent benefits of the Bell 212, such as the 11,200 lb gross weight limitation, common Bell 212-part numbers, dual hydraulics, enhanced 212 airframe structure and the availability of the aftermarket accessories commonly found on today’s working machines.


While performance of the helicopter alone has set a new standard, there are additional benefits from the program. Traditional cost of operation is reduced, allowing for more operating profits. Reliability is enhanced by incorporating modern-day avionics and upgrades to the instrument panel, fuel panel and collective head design.

Ozark Aeroworks, an Eagle Copters partner, recently purchased the T53 Engine Series Type Certificate from Honeywell Aerospace. This ensures Eagle Copters, through Ozark Aeroworks, is well positioned to produce and service the T53 Engine used in the Eagle Single thus reducing overall operating costs.


The Eagle Single is designed to be the workhorse of the Bell Medium Helicopter market specializing in a variety of different mission applications. Eagle’s team of experts will work with customers to customize and configure the Eagle Single to meet specific mission requirements, making it one of the most versatile helicopters.

Mission applications include:

  • Personal and film production
    • Eagle Copters completed an Eagle Single for a company that flies the aircraft specifically for film productions
    • This Eagle Single included full mechanical and cosmetic upgrades and is well documented throughout the film industry having appeared in some notable productions
  • Firefighting
    • A few Eagle Single Helicopters have been configured specifically for firefighting missions around the world including USA, Canada and Australia
  • Utility
    • One of the most popular Eagle Single configurations is for utility work
    • The 5,900 lb empty weight range and 11,200 lb gross weight limitation make the Eagle Single the helicopter of choice for utility work
  • Forestry
    • The Eagle Single configured for forestry work has been crucial for organizations implementing natural resource management, emergency stabilization of burned forest areas, rehabilitation of burned and disturbed areas, and aerial seeding of remote forested areas.
  • Search and Rescue
    • The Eagle Single equipped for search and rescue is with a government agency in the USA and is outfitted with external hoist operations and full night vision goggles (NVG) capabilities.

The Eagle Single has been certified to fly in the following jurisdictions:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Indonesia
  • Japan

Eagle Copters Ltd. is looking forward to bringing the Eagle Single to more markets with its extensive mission capabilities and highly competitive capital and operating costs.

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