Yellowhead Eagle 407HP Fleet Passes 1,000-Hour Mark

Two Honeywell-equipped Eagle 407HP helicopters operated by Yellowhead Helicopters recently passed an operational milestone by recording 1,000 hours of flying time in less than a year.

Yellowhead President and CEO Jacob Forman called the Honeywell HTS900 engine that powers the 407HP “powerful, reliable and precise.”

Eagle 407HP Yellowhead

“We ordered the two upgraded 407HP helicopters in April 2016 for the extra power and payload they offer, fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, and the enhanced safety of the dual channel FADEC (full authority digital engine control),” said Forman. “Over the last 10 months, we have been extremely happy with the performance of these units, in particular during the busy 2016 fire season.”

“As part of our Worldwide Fleet Management platform, we strive to provide every client with an unparalleled range of top-end helicopters, service and customized solutions,” explains Barry Kohler, President and CEO of Eagle Copters Ltd.

“We work closely with customers like Yellowhead, understanding that a durable and reliable machine is only one part of the business; close communication and access to parts, support and expertise is what supports them in their mission and avoids AOG at all costs,” he added.

The Honeywell HTS900 offers improved performance at high altitudes and under hot, ambient temperatures. The effectiveness can be estimated by using Eagle’s “Hot and High” Payload Calculator tool online at www.hothighandverycool.com.

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.