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Composite Tail Rotor Blades for Bell 206 JetRangers Available! Now Approved in Canada!

Together with Australian manufacturer Airwork Helicopters, Dakota Air Parts is proud to offer composite tail rotor blades for the Bell 206 JetRanger Series helicopters. AMT-206-1 tail rotor blades are a direct replacement for both long and short blades with no gearbox modifications needed!

The blade design incorporates a non-symmetrical airfoil section and a swept tip. The blades are primarily fabricated from unidirectional Graphite (carbon fiber) and Aramid (Kevlar™) continuous fibers suspended in an epoxy matrix.

The nickel abrasion strip is designed to protect the blade under harsh operating conditions, like those encountered in agricultural work. The abrasion strip is 1-3/8 inches wide and covers 23% of the chord, providing protection to all of the blade surfaces exposed during flight, ensuring that erosion doesn’t impact the blade structure.

Operators flying in areas with stringent noise restrictions will find these blades especially valuable. Helicopters operating with the AMT-206-1 tail rotor blade demonstrate noise levels compliant with Stage 3 Noise requirements with an overflight noise level of 80.0 dB.

The AMT-206-1 composite tail rotor blades offer a 30% cost advantage with twice the life over the standard 206 tail rotor blades. Additional features include:

●     5,000-hour time life, twice the life of standard OEM blades.

●     30% lower hourly operating costs.

●     Higher margin of safety due to increased strength.

●     Corrosion-resistant and impervious to saltwater.

●     Replaceable bushings and abrasion strips.

●     Significant noise reduction, 68% reduction over OEM blades.

●     Improved ground clearance.

●     Complies with FAA Stage 3 noise requirements.

●     Tested for over 51 million cycles.

The blades are manufactured in Australia under an Australian Parts Manufacturing Approval (APMA). In addition, they have CASA and FAA STCs and are now approved in Canada with a TCCA STC!

●     FAA STC: SR02644LA.

●     CASA STC: STC-SVR520.

●     TCCA STC: SH18-66.

●     APMA: 410142.

Distribution and sales are managed by Dakota Air Parts and Airwork Helicopters with Airwork managing sales in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea while all other regions are serviced by Dakota Air Parts. Air Services International of Phoenix, Arizona (www.asimro.com) is also a product representative.

For more information on the AMT-206-1 tail rotor blades, as well as to view a set of the blades, please visit Booth #4646 during HELI-EXPO or online at www.dakotaairparts.com!

About Dakota Air Parts Intl., Inc. (www.dakotaairparts.com)

Dakota Air Parts specializes in buying, selling, and support of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, turbine engines, and parts — OEM and aftermarket. Supported platforms include UH-1, AH-1, OH-58, CH-47, UH-60, Bell 205/206/212/412, MD 500 series, Honeywell T53 and T55 engines. Dakota is a U.S. Department of State and ATF registered exporter/importer. For more information about Dakota Air Parts call 701-297-9999 or visit www.dakotaairparts.com.

About Airwork Helicopters (www.airwork.com.au) Airwork Helicopters is widely regarded as one of the best helicopter pilot training facilities in Australia. Located at Caboolture Airport north of the Brisbane Airwork Helicopters provides engineering services, flight training, aerial agriculture services, aerial work and charter flights. For more information about Airwork Helicopters call +61 7 5495 8000 or visit

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