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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin+ performance system for the AH-1 Cobra. The system is now available to the aftermarket through BLR’s exclusive worldwide distributor, Attack Logistics.
BLR’s AH-1 FastFin+ System is comprised of aerodynamic modifications to the tailboom and vertical fin, a new modern technology Inlet Barrier Filter, and an innovative modification to the engine oil cooler system.
Performance benefits of the FastFin+ System include an increase in useful load up to 1,100 pounds when engine temperature limited and more than 1,500 pounds when directionally control limited, a 30°C reduction in engine temperature in hot and high conditions, a 10% increase in tail rotor pedal margin in hover and low speed flight when operating in challenging wind conditions, and a significant improvement in engine air filtration extending time between engine overhauls. BLR’s AH-1 FastFin+ Performance System includes new Flight Manual Supplements with increased performance and expanded operational capabilities.
“The BLR FastFin+ system removes nearly all the operating limitations that AH-1 operators and fleets currently face. The FastFin+ System technology has dramatically increased the operating capabilities of the AH-1 Cobra and provides un-paralleled performance found only in modern attack helicopters,” said Mike Carpenter, president of BLR Aerospace, adding that this just another example of how BLR’s patented FastFin system can dramatically improve the performance of an existing helicopter.
This press release was prepared and distributed by BLR Aerospace.