Van Horn Begins Testing Composite Main Rotor Blades for MD500 Series

 - April 27, 2011, 5:50 AM

Encouraged by preliminary ground and flight results on an MD530F, Van Horn plans to continue testing later this year for blades that are designed to increase the helicopter’s internal gross weight and blade life limit, while decreasing fuel consumption, noise emissions and the time required to track and balance the blades.