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BLR Aerospace

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2010
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BLR Aerospace (BLR) designs, develops, manufactures and markets airframe aerodynamic enhancements for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. BLR’s 17-year history of aerodynamic innovation has produced nearly 60 FAA STC approvals for aftermarket aircraft modifications such as winglets, vortex generators, helicopter tailboom strakes and patented FastFin. Helicopter operators who would like a new aircraft but can’t wait years for delivery are instead making dramatic improvements to their existing helicopters—with help from BLR Aerospace. BLR’s patented FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system, for example, improves productivity and safety while reducing pilot workload. The FastFin system modifies the tailboom with two parallel stall strips (dual tailboom strakes) and a resculptured vertical fin, optimizing airflow around the tailboom for dramatically improved handling.

With these simple changes, helicopter operators once limited to less than fully productive payloads can lift more. They achieve greater in-flight stability and operate in higher density altitudes with greater payloads. More and more operators are flying new and more challenging missions because BLR technology makes it possible.

Proven BLR tailboom strakes and FastFin, available for a range of helicopter models, deliver benefits including improved payload and unprecedented stability of flight. More than 600 systems are in use and have flown more than 1 million flight hours. BLR Aerospace is a NASA Technology Transfer licensee.


FastFin is available for Bell 212s and a range of UH-1 derivatives. The Bell 212 system is certified and ready for immediate delivery to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Certified dual tailboom strakes are available for the Bell 204B, 205A-1, 205B, 206B/L and 412.

BLR’s legacy is improving the performance of both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. "That’s all we do, and we do it very well," the company says. For more information contact Dave Marone, vice president, sales and marketing.

BLR Aerospace, LLC 9730 29th Avenue West, Hangar C-106 Everett, WA 98204 Phone: 1-800-257-4847 or 1-425-353-6591 Fax: 1-425-355-3046 Web:

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