Lord Corporation has received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its enhanced main driveshaft transmission boot for the Bell 412 HP and 412EP, and according to the North Carolina-based company (Booth 545), customers using the PMA parts can save more than a third of the cost compared with a new purchase from the OEM.
The transmission boot, which is now available through the company’s website, uses an elastomeric material that provides coupling lubricant resistance. This results in extended part lifespan, which translates to reduced ground time. The elastomer is integrated into the part and protects the driveshaft couplings from dirt, water, oil, and other contaminants. The chemical composition of the elastomer allows it to maintain its mechanical properties with little or no degradation at elevated temperatures, while the part’s metal surface coatings provide increased corrosion protection.
“We are thrilled to offer this PMA to the marketplace because it allows operators to reduce costs without compromising on safety,” said Rodolphe Leroy, the company’s manager of global sales, business development, and marketing. “With parts in stock and the availability to ship globally, there is minimal downtime for the customer.”
The PMA program meets or exceeds Bell’s component repair and overhaul maintenance program’s suggested removal period of 1,200 hours and also includes a recycling option, allowing users to choose an environmentally preferred option for disposal.