Eagle Australasia successfully completed the first 407HP conversion for Heli Niugini in March. The conversion finished within the allotted timeframe as previously announced by Eagle Australasia CEO Grant Boyter. It is Eagle Group’s ninth conversion to date,delivered on time and on budget.
A team of threefrom Eagle Canada were flown into the country to train and assist the Australasia team with the conversion. The process mainly involves replacing a standard 407 engine with a 1,021shp (751kW) HTS-900 engine.
According to Eagle Canada Vice President David Whiting, the demand for Eagle 407HP conversions is growing. The re-engine program is fast becoming a success due to the fact that the converted aircraft reduces fuel consumption and increases shaft horsepower compared to the original factory fitted Rolls-Royce 250-C4B7. Furthermore, the re-engine 407HP is capable of lifting an additional 227 kilograms of payload at certain altitude.
This was proven during a trial in Papua New GuineaJanuary this year when a variety of internal and external loads were carried out at 6500 feet, with a density altitude of 8000 feet.
“With initial results coming in as anticipated, the aircraft was then taken up over 10,000 feet to prove its performance at ‘hot and high,’ and after multiple lifts at 11,300 feet (density altitude 13,000 feet) the words ‘Awesome’ and ‘What a beast’ were heard reverberating around the mountains,” said Grant Boyter, Eagle Australasia CEO, after the trial.
The converted 407HP will give Heli Niugini more capacity to outperform anything in its class above 5,000 ft. and can outlift a Bell 212 above 8,000 ft. giving the company a distinct advantage over the competition.
A second 407HP conversion is scheduled for June for a general utility and charter provider based in Indonesia.