Manufacturing 412/212 Flight Test Blades

VHA personnel have begun the process of manufacturing flight test blades for the 412/212 tail rotor blade program. The first set of flight test blades will be serial numbers 005 and 006, as four blades are already in Texas for the FAA Part 29-required bird strike test. The bird strike test, which will be completed at a test lab during the first week of November, will determine whether the blades will allow a helicopter traveling at V(H) or V(NE) to continue flying to a safe landing after the blades impact a 1kg (2.2 lb) bird. After the blades pass the bird-strike test, the program will continue to the actual flight test phase.