Upgrade to Composite Main Rotor Blades!
The VHA 206B main rotor blades use the same carbon fiber materials and construction methods to the company’s successful 206B/L tail rotor blades, which have been available as an STC/PMA aftermarket component since 2009. Both blades feature carbon fiber skin and spars, an efficient NASA-designed laminar-flow airfoil, and tapered tip.
The corrosion-resistant composite design contains stainless steel and nickel abrasion strips that cover the entire length of the blade for erosion and lightning strike protection. A single trim tab facilitates the track-and-balancing process. The VHA blades use the identical installation configuration as the OEM blades, allowing direct replacement without hub modification.
As of May 2017, VHA 206B main rotor blades are flying in four countries on two continents. Some customers are reporting overall aircraft speed increases of 3-5 kts using the VHA main and tail rotor blades.
Since our blades are different by design, there are a few differences with installing and flying our blades. For more information, read our 206B Main Rotor Blade READ ME FIRST document.
– FAA STC SR02577LA for 206B JetRanger only
– Transport Canada STC SH16-46 for 206B JetRanger only
– 18,000-hour service life (more than triple the life of the OEM blade)
– Overhaul required every 2,800 hours (entails replacement of grips, root bolts/nuts and bushings)
– Single trim tab for easier tracking and balancing
– Efficient NASA RC(4)-10 laminar flow airfoil
– Corrosion resistant composite materials
– Stainless steel and electroformed nickel abrasion strips cover the entire length of the leading edge for erosion and lightning strike protection
– No new equipment needed for installation, tracking or balancing
– Approximately same weight and dimensions as OEM blade
– Each set shipped with trim tab zeroing tool, set of tie downs, and two blade crates. Trim tab bending (206-CS-T001) may be ordered separately.
Length – 188.0 inches from tip to end of grip plate
Chord – 13.0 inches
Thickness – 3.308 inches (at Grip Pads)
Part Number and Pricing Information
The VHA 206B main rotor blade is available exclusively through Aeronautical Accessories (1-800-251-7094)
– Part number: 20631000-101 (Standard white blade with VHA Blue Tip), 2063000-101-Black (high visibility with black stripes), 2063000-101-Orange (hi-viz orange)
– Replaces Bell part numbers: 206-010-200-133, -137, -139, -145, -149, -151
– List Price: Contact Aeronautical Accessories
Three-year/2,800 flight-hour warranty against manufacturing and material defects
(excludes damage due to erosion)
Blade Track and Balance Information
Our VHA 206B main rotor blades are shipped in balanced pairs. However, static and dynamic balance may be performed in the field in accordance with VMM-MR-206B-501 Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (available on our Documents page).
Each main blade contains one trim tab for easier track and balance. However, many operators find they need little to no adjustment of the trim tab. Also, we recommend adjusting pitch links prior to adjusting the trim tab. For more information, read our 206B Main Rotor Blade READ ME FIRST document.
VHA has developed trim tab bending (206-CS-T001) and zeroing (206C31412-13) tools to assist in track and balance procedures. Alternatively, any 206B tab bending and angle measuring tools may be used. For more information and PDFs of paper charts that can be used to balance VHA 206B main rotor blades, click here.
To view a how-to video about adjusting the trim tab, click here.
The first full-scale prototype was completed on February 27th, 2013 for display at 2013 HAI Heli-Expo, with an updated blade design displayed at the 2014 Heli-Expo. Baseline flight testing using OEM metal main rotor blades and VHA tail rotor blades occurred from October to December 2014.
The first flight test blades were manufactured October 2014. First ground tests and hover tests occurred on December 10. Flight testing continued through December 23, 2014. During this flight testing, the engineers determined that the blade design required a little tweaking due to mild vibration at certain airspeeds. Otherwise the blades flew well, and test pilots flew several patterns with the composite blades.
After a slight design change, flight testing resumed in February 2015 with a new set of blades. Flight strain survey and acoustics testing were completed in April 2015. VHA received FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) in June 2015, shortly after which the company began fatigue tests. The fatigue tests included testing of the blades, hub, control system, and other components. After fatigue testing completed in January 2016, all of the data was compiled and certification documentation was submitted to FAA. VHA 206B JetRanger blades received FAA STC in February 2016 and Transport Canada STC in October 2016. They are now available to our customers for purchase through Aeronautical Accessories.