Photo courtesy of Van Horn Aviation
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation’s new composite 206L LongRanger main rotor blades made their first flight Feb. 8.
Based off of the 206B JetRanger blade certificated last year, the LongRangers completed ground tests, hover flight, forward flight reaching speeds of more than 100 kt and turns with up to 45 deg of baking. Testing was performed at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona.
The LongRangers are 22 inches longer than their predecessors, but feature the same carbon fiber skin and spars, a NASA-designed laminar-flow airfoil, tapered tip and stainless steel and nickel abrasion strips for erosion and lightning strike protection.
Van Horn expects FAA certification of the blades by the end of 2017. The company will be exhibiting at booth 6906.