Concurrent with unveiling its new composite blades for the MD500 series, Van Horn Aviation (VHA) president Jim Van Horn announced the company is in the process of purchasing a 23,000-sq-ft facility in Tempe, Ariz., in which to manufacture the new blades once the building is occupied this summer.
VHA’s current facility houses three machining centers, an automated fabric cutter, water jet, clean room, paint booth, inspection center, autoclave and industrial oven; the new facility will allow VHA to run simultaneous tail- and main-rotor production lines while also working on new products. “We have a long list of blade programs we intend to tackle over the next 10 years, and this new facility will provide a good launch pad for new developments far into the future,” said Dean Rosenlof, VHA general manager.
“With in-house manufacturing of 206 and UH-1 tail-rotor blades, while also designing and prototyping composite main rotor blades, we’ve outgrown our current leased facility,” said Van Horn. “Over the past six months VHA has added staff and equipment to meet increased demands for our tail-rotor blades, and we obtained a 25-foot autoclave to accommodate main rotor blades.”