Canada’s Yellowhead Helicopters took delivery of two Eagle 407HP helicopters in June. Powered by the Honeywell HTS900 turbine engine, the Eagle 407HP will be used to support a variety of missions including cone harvesting, aerial seeding, power and pipeline patrols, and fire suppression.
‘’Yellowhead’s remarkable rate of growth in supporting the forestry, mining, petroleum, utility and tourism industries has been achieved by offering its customers the ultimate combination of performance and value,” said Stephane Arsenault, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Eagle Copters.
“The 407HP reflects our company’s leading ability to provide innovative helicopter solutions across a broad spectrum of industries and we thank Yellowhead for its confidence in our products,” Arsenault added.
“We are excited to take delivery of the upgraded aircraft,” said Jacob Forman, CEO 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 [full authority digital engine control], the fuel savings and resultant reduction in CO2 emissions are also qualities that our company embraces,” he said.
Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. is a privately held Canadian company that has been providing commercial helicopter solutions to the public, industry and government since 1975.
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.