VHA in the News

VHA Featured in HeliWeb Magazine

Van Horn Aviation was featured in a company spotlight published in the March 2014 issue of HeliWeb magazine, formerly known as The Helicopter Newspaper. The article provides some background on how the company started, describes its current facility and capacity, and looks ahead to future projects.


To read the full article online, click here.


The Van Horn Way Highlighted in Vertical Magazine

The April/May 2013 issue of Vertical magazine featured a six-page story entitled, “The Van Horn Way” written by veteran helicopter pilot Jason Calquhoun. The story describes how Van Horn Aviation’s small business approach to solving problems has facilitated success in both product development and working with OEMs.

To read a digital version of the photo-intensive print article, click here.

To read the website version of the article, click here.


VHA Featured in HeliMX

HeliMX editor Fred Polak visited VHA’s Tempe, Arizona, facility to interview VHA President James R. Van Horn regarding the general manufacture and repair of composite components. While at the facility, Fred took numerous photos that appeared in the article, and selected a photo of VHA painter David Beltran for the front cover of HeliMX’s August/September issue.

To read the article, click here.



VHA Featured in ALEA Air Beat Magazine


The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)’s Air Beat magazine contacted VHA regarding a corporate profile to run in its July/August issue. VHA contacted several law enforcement customers for the article, including Lt. Michael Ingram of the Pasadena (CA) Police Department’s Air Ops Section and Sgt. Nick Cory of the Tulsa (OK) Police Department’s Air Support Unit, who were both featured in the article.


Click this link VHA corp profile Jul-Aug 2012 Air Beat to read the article.


VHA Featured in A2Z Metalworking Magazine

Responding to increased demands for its tail rotor blades and looking toward future production needs as main rotor blades continue to be developed, VHA has upgraded and purchased several new computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining centers over the past year. All of this activity caught the attention of A2Z Metalworker magazine, which ran an article on VHA, its facility, and its relationship with machine broker Ellison Machinery, in the May/June 2013 issue of its Southwest edition.


To download a PDF copy of this article, click here.


VHA 206 Blades Featured in Rotor & Wing Article

Van Horn Aviation’s 206/OH-58 tail rotor blades were featured on page 44 of Rotor & Wing’s September 2011 issue. The article, titled “The Supplemental Type,” included blurbs and photos of STC’d aftermarket products available for various helicopters. Of the 11 STC’d products included in the article, only four blurbs included photos, including our rotor blades installed on a Papillon Grand Canyon Bell 206.


To read the full article, click this link and go to page 40.


VHA Featured in RotorHUB Sidebar

Van Horn Aviation’s tail and main rotor blade programs were highlighted in the June/July 2011 issue of RotorHUB magazine. While the feature story, titled “Spooling Up With a New Generation,” focused mainly on improvements to various classes of engines used in rotorcraft, it also contained a sidebar devoted to aftermarket composite rotor blades. The sidebar highlighted Carson Helicopters’ S-61 blades, Northwest Helicopters’ Huey main rotor blades (still in development), and VHA’s production Huey and 206 tail rotor blades plus our MD 500 main rotor blade program.



To read the full story, click here


VHA Featured In NASA Spinoff 2010 Yearbook

Van Horn Aviation’s use of the NASA-developed RC(4)-10 laminar flow airfoil on the VHA 206B/L tail rotor blade was featured in Spinoff 2010, an annual publication highlighting NASA technologies adapted for consumer use. The article discusses the impact of using this airfoil on the performance of the Bell 206, including reduced noise and drag, and includes quotes by VHA President Jim Van Horn who served as an engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the early 1980s.



Aero-News Network posts Heli-Expo Interview with VHA President Jim Van Horn

aerotv-hai-vanhorn-0510bJim Campbell, editor-in-chief of Aero News Network, interviewed VHA President James Van Horn at the 2010 Heli-Expo in Houston. In the interview, James Van Horn discusses the high-tech materials and more efficient airfoil design that allows greater performance than ever before with OEM blades.

To view the related article, click Aero-News VHA Article. To view the video of the interview, the Aero TV Network logo below.

Aero-TV:Aero-TV: Van Horn Rotor Blades — Tail Rotor Replacements For Bell’s 206