Bell Helicopter Expands Capabilities - Now Repairing Van Horn Tail Rotor Blades

March 02, 2016

HAI Heli-Expo– Louisville, Kentucky (March 2, 2016)– Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell Helicopter Blades repair operation has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to repair Van Horn composite tail rotor blades for Bell 206 Series models. 

The Broussard, LA based facility has more than 35 years of helicopter blade refurbishment experience.  The location will offer a variety of authorized repairs for the Van Horn composite tail rotor including:

  • Spherical bearing replacement
  • Data tag replacement
  • Replacement/Repair of damaged wire mesh
  • Refinish
  • Balance

Additional repairs for the tail rotor blade can also be made through Bell Helicopter engineering for damage such as skin perforations, voids and tip block damage.  The approval for replacement of the abrasion strip is also in the works. 

“We are pleased to continue to add repair capabilities and services at Bell Helicopter’s largest blade repair facility in Broussard, “ said April Peltier, manager,  Manufacturing and Repair Services, Bell Helicopter. “We look forward to assisting Bell 206 owners and operators by providing authorized refurbishment of the Van Horn composite tail rotor blades.“

For more information on repairing Van Horn Aviation composite 206 tail rotor blades, contact Bell Helicopter in Broussard, LA at (337) 839-2119.

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