BLR’s FastFin Gains Government Approval in Canada

Transport Canada has approved BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation on Canadian registered Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters.

The H125 FastFin System was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is available to the aftermarket and as a factory-installed STC option on new Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters.

There are already 25 H125 FastFin systems with operators in Europe and North America. Said BLR President Mike Carpenter: “It’s a proven, value-enhancing technology that helps make missions more efficient and productive.” The system uses airflow management to increase the effectiveness of the H125/AS350 anti-torque system for significant increases to useful load and aircraft stability. According to BLR, benefits include a useful load increase up to 130 lbs and a 10 percent improvement in pedal margins.

Currently, there are more than 700 Airbus helicopters operating across Canada.  The H125 FastFin system is available from Airbus Helicopters Canada, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services and Avialta Helicopters.