Performance - BLR Aerospace

By: Blr Aerospace  09-12-2011
Keywords: Helicopter, Tail Rotor

Improve Your Aircraft's Performance

The performance increases enabled by BLR Aerospace products are certified and proven in use daily on a range of Bell helicopters, Hawker Beechcraft King Airs and a various piston-powered aircraft. Some of the enhancements are astonishing and dramatic – and others are more moderate. From increased lifting capability to a faster rate of climb, BLR’s performance-enhancing technologies are helping operators fly more efficiently, effectively and safely.


FastFin® Systems

The FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System modifies the helicopter tailboom with two parallel stall strips (Dual Tailboom Strakes) and a re-shaped vertical fin, optimizing airflow around the tailboom. This simple modification results in dramatically improved handling, productivity and safety, among other benefits. Bell 412 operators can realize up to a 1250 pound increase in useful load (a 91 percent increase). Amazing!

Dual Tailboom Strakes

BLR Aerospace began working to enhance helicopter performance in 1998 based on work that NASA’s Langley Research Center was doing in support of tailboom strakes technology. The U.S. Army had asked NASA to study its problems with loss of tail rotor effectiveness. NASA found that main rotor wash was being accelerated as it went around the curved tail boom. This acceleration of airflow and resultant increased pressure acted against the boom, causing a force movement disadvantageous to controlling the helicopter. BLR Aerospace began working with NASA and acquired an exclusive NASA technology-transfer license to research products resulting from this data. Today, Dual Tailboom Strakes are available for a variety of Bell helicopter models.

Turbine Airplanes

Winglet Systems

Having a BLR Winglet System installed on your Beechcraft King Air will reduce induced drag so you can fly faster or improve fuel economy, or some of both. Winglets also enable reduced time to climb, extended range, improved handling, improved OEI climb, improved high altitude performance and improved slow flight.

Keywords: Helicopter, Tail Rotor

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FastFin® Systems - BLR Aerospace

The FastFin® System incorporates BLR’s proven Dual Tailboom Strakes with a vertical fin modification that improves airflow to make tail rotor management easier, safer, more efficient, and more productive. FastFin will dramatically expand the lifting capacity of your helicopter, increase peformance and enable greater stability in all flight regimes, including high and hot hover conditions.


Winglet Systems - BLR Aerospace

Climbing between FL 280 and 320 I’m seeing 900 feet per minute – about 400-500 feet per minute in additional climb. The new Winglets look terrific and add an exciting appeal to the aircraft. At FL290 we are seeing 5 knots of additional cruise. I am way above book at 288 knots true.


Ultimate Performance Package - BLR Aerospace

A series of product enhancements from industry-leading companies come together to deliver big benefits in the new King Air B200GT. The addition of BLR Aerospace Winglets increases lift and reduces drag and stall speed. Yet, because of their composite construction, the Winglets add very little weight. All performance information is included in the new BLR Flight Manual Supplement.


Dual Tailboom Strakes - BLR Aerospace

BLR’s strake design has been optimized for: ease of installation, improvements to handling qualities, performance improvements for climb and hover operations, an increase in overall yaw control safety margins, and all while providing operators reductions in direct operating costs.