Honeywell partner Eagle Copters will provide three helicopters to Yellowhead Helicopters, one of Canada’s best-known helicopter service companies. Under the agreement, Yellowhead will operate two Eagle 407HP aircraft, powered by the Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft engine, and one Eagle Single, which flies with the Honeywell T53 engine.
“With the engine and airframe upgrades to these proven Bell platforms, these helicopters will be added to the current fleet of 35 helicopters and enhance our ability to provide services to our customers.” said Jacob Forman, CEO and Accountable Executive for Yellowhead Helicopters.
“We look forward to the extra power and payload that the Eagle 407HP offers. The enhanced safety of the dual channel FADEC, the fuel savings and resultant reduction in CO2 emissions are also qualities that our company embraces,” he added
Barry Kohler, President and CEO for Eagle Copters noted, “We highly appreciate Yellowhead Helicopters looking to Eagle Copters for their helicopter solutions, especially choosing those that differentiate themselves. We are proud to develop and repurpose these helicopters while at the same time building in competitive benefits our customers demand which is critically important with today’s business climate.”
Using design and engineering licensed from Bell Helicopter, Honeywell and Eagle Copters launched the Eagle 407HP program to improve the performance of existing Bell 407 helicopters by replacing the standard engine with the Honeywell HTS900 engine. Under the partnership, Honeywell provides the HTS900 engine and configuration while Eagle Copters provides the aircraft, performs the engine installation and handles flight testing and certification. The partnership received a Supplemental Type Certificate covering the retrofit program in 2014.
The T53 family of engines has logged more than 30 years of service, and more than 50 million flight hours on some of the world’s most iconic helicopters including the Bell UH-1H Huey, Huey II and AH-1H Cobra, as well as the commercially certified Kaman K-Max, Bell 204 and 205B helicopters.