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Bell Announces Leadership Changes

Bell  Announces Leadership Changes

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today named Matthew J. Hasik executive vice president, Commercial Business. Hasik will lead the combined Commercial Sales and Marketing and Commercial Programs organization. Hasik succeeds Danny Maldonado, a 24-year company veteran who has been selected to be president and CEO of Textron Financial. “We have seen tremendous… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Dec-14

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5″

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5″

The NSW Police Force has launched two new state-of-the-art additions to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione, unveiled the new aircraft at the Aviation Support Branch at Bankstown Airport today (Sunday 30 November 2014). The Commissioner was joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General… Read more »

Source: NSW Police Force, 01-Dec-14

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Abu Dhabi Aviation purchases full-flight Bell 412EP simulator

Abu Dhabi Aviation purchases full-flight Bell 412EP simulator

CAE today announced it has signed a series of civil aviation training solutions contracts worth more than C$200 million with airlines and aircraft operators in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle-East. One of these orders is from Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA), the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, who has purchased a… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Oct-14

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Babcock announces that INAER Spain (INAER), part of Avincis,  has been awarded a further four-year £5 million contract to provide helicopter transport for search and rescue operations and other civil defence missions by the local government of Cantabria, Spain. INAER will operate a 24 hour service from Santander Airport using Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopters… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 14-Aug-14

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX), (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), a leading Canadian manufacturer of aerospace products, today announced that it has renewed an important multi-year contract with Bell Helicopter for the manufacturing of components and assemblies for several helicopter programs. Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will manufacture the main rotor hub and the tail… Read more »

Source: Héroux-Devtek, 18-Jul-14

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412’s

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412’s

Aero Dynamix, Inc. is proud to announce they have been granted another EASA NVG STC. This time the EASA STC is on a Bell 412EP, EASA STC number 10049194. This is the first of two 412EP’s Aero Dynamix will modify for the Faroe Islands operator, Atlantic Airways, which will use the modified aircraft for search… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 19-Jun-14

Bell starts new MSN number series for 412 EPI

Bell starts new MSN number series for 412 EPI

Bell have started a new series of Manufacturer Serial Numbers for the 412EPI model, with 37001 being the first. Serial numbers used so far for the 412 include the following number ranges by Bell themselves 33001-33213 B412, B412SP 33501-33508 B412 for Saudi Air Force 36001-36672 B412SP and EP models (36672 is latest known MSN, may… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-14

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

Captain Paul Shawcross Royal Navy handed over command of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury this week to Colonel Julian Facer. Colonel Facer was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1991 and is an experienced Apache Attack Helicopter pilot. His recently commanded 7 Training Regiment (AAC) at Middle Wallop, where… Read more »

Source: RAF, 29-May-14

Bell Expands Maintenance Training Offerings in Singapore

Bell Expands Maintenance Training Offerings in Singapore

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/Bell 412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the BTA’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-14

Heli Protection Europe buys Entrol simulator based on Bell 412

Heli Protection Europe buys Entrol simulator based on Bell 412

Heli Protection Europe (HpE) has purchased an entrol H21 FNPT II MCC helicopter simulator, which is based on the Bell 412. This simulator will be installed in Italy and it will be used for a fully new and advanced pilot training process, including studies related to Human Performance and Limitation, Crew Resource Management and the implementation of new procedures…. Read more »

Source: Entrol, 14-Apr-14

Bell approves Lord for 412 Spindle Bearing Re-bond Repair

Bell approves Lord for 412 Spindle Bearing Re-bond Repair

LORD Corporation now offers re-bond repair for the Bell 412 Spindle Bearing. According to Rodolphe Leroy, manager global sales, Business Development & Marketing, LORD Aerospace Aftermarket, LORD has implemented several changes to help lower direct operating costs (DOCs) for operators, as well as ease the maintenance burden in terms of cost and support. “We have taken… Read more »

Source: Lord Corp, 02-Apr-14

Philippines signs for eight Bell 412s

Philippines signs for eight Bell 412s

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada has signed a US$105-million contract with the Philippines to supply eight specialized helicopters manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. The contract was negotiated under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Philippines’ Department of National Defense. Prime… Read more »

Source: Canadian Govt, 31-Mar-14

Government FastFin Sales Soar at BLR Aerospace

Government FastFin Sales Soar at BLR Aerospace

Government and military sales of FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems are taking off, up 30 percent over two years, officials at BLR Aerospace say. Some 200 of the 600 FastFin Systems in operation worldwide are flown for government or military missions. Recent sales to the UK Ministry of Defense (four Bell 412 systems… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 25-Mar-14

New Bell 412EPI products receive STC approval

New Bell 412EPI products receive STC approval

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced it has received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for three new accessory options for the Bell 412EPI including a Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorder (CV/FDR), Bell Helicopter Vibration Monitoring system (BHVM) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness System (HTAWS). All three Bell 412EPI STC-approved products are all… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Mar-14

Bell sold 196 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2014, including 171 JRX

Bell sold 196 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2014, including 171 JRX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it secured customer commitments to purchase 196 new Bell helicopters at last week’s Heli-Expo show in Anaheim, CA. The customer signings followed the company’s product unveiling in front of a packed booth full of enthusiastic onlookers (see the video here.) Bell Helicopter for the first time revealed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Mar-14

Bell delivers two 412EPs to Petroleum Air Services

Bell delivers two 412EPs to Petroleum Air Services

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two Bell 412EP helicopters to Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services (PAS), both configured and fully equipped to meet oil and gas producers requirements (OGP) recommended by the leading international oil companies working in Egypt. Based in Cairo, PAS specializes in offering oil industry… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Feb-14

Northrop Grumman extends agreement with Bell to supply B412 navigation system

Northrop Grumman extends agreement with Bell to supply B412 navigation system

Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC -0.49% has entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, to supply its LCR-100 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Bell 412 helicopter through 2017. The LCR-100 and other Northrop Grumman navigation products will be showcased at HELI-EXPO 2014 in booth #502 Feb. 25-27 in Anaheim. Produced by Northrop Grumman… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Feb-14

Chongqing General Aviation buys two 412s and two 407s

Chongqing General Aviation buys two 412s and two 407s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced the sale of two Bell 412EPI and two Bell 407GX aircraft to Chongqing General Aviation Co., Ltd. The signing marks the first Bell aircraft to be used in China for parapublic missions, including firefighting and search and rescue (SAR). The four aircraft are the first Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Feb-14

Dart launches 39-inch Extended Height Gear for Bell 412

Dart launches 39-inch Extended Height Gear for Bell 412

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the introduction of a 39-inch extended height landing gear for the Bell 412 aircraft. Designed specifically for this aircraft, the landing gear will include an exclusive, stainless-steel, aft crosstube that is stronger, more durable, and corrosion-resistant. This unique landing gear was developed to provide additional ground clearance for belly-mounted… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 29-Jan-14

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

As parent company Textron reports it’s fourth quarter numbers, so they release the quarterly report on production volumes at Bell Helicopter.  While military production continues fairly flat (and is predicted to near halve), so they have been compensated by commercial helicopter deliveries up 13% from 188 to 213 units.  This covers Bell 206L3, 212, 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-14

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of emergency aerial services and aircraft maintenance has been awarded the air ambulance contract for the Balearic Islands through public tender. The new contract will strengthen INAER’s partnership with IB-Salut, for whom it has provided aerial emergency services since 2000. The contract will last for two years with the… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 22-Jan-14

Conklin & de Decker Release Life Cycle Cost 2014

Conklin & de Decker Release Life Cycle Cost 2014

Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of LIFE CYCLE COST 2014 Volume I. The most powerful aircraft budgeting and financial analysis tool available, LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) from Conklin & de Decker, provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers, and aircraft consultants with independently researched ownership and operating cost data for more… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 22-Jan-14

Tiger Tugs launch 12,000lb helicopter mover

Tiger Tugs launch 12,000lb helicopter mover

Tiger Tugs announces the introduction of their new model 12.0 helicopter mover.  The new Model 12 can handle helicopters weighing up to 12,000 lbs.  This tug is ideal for handling aircraft like the Bell 212 and 412 safely and easily.  With our unique wireless remote control system you can maneuver your helicopter in tight hangar spaces effortlessly while… Read more »

Source: Tiger Tugs, 20-Jan-14

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 14-Jan-14

Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

The Colombian Navy has recently taken delivery of two Bell 412EPs, serialled locally as ARC-225 and ARC-226. These are Bell serial numbers 36639 test flown as N493AH and became ARC-225 with Colombian Navy, and 36640 test flown as N495FB and became ARC-226 with Colombian Navy Finished in a overall naval grey colour, the helicopters feature… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-14

CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

A dramatic rescue unfolded yesterday afternoon in downtown Kingston, Ontario, when a crew from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, saved a crane operator who was trapped above a massive building fire. Around 2 p.m. on December 17, a fire broke out in a student residence that was under construction… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 19-Dec-13

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

It has been widely reported in recent days that the City of New York has filed a lawsuit against Bell, effectively requesting them to supply a new helicopter for the one that crashed, which they claim was defective. See story in NY Daily News However, in looking at this situation, you also need to consider… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-13

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-13

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce the upcoming delivery of the first Bell 412EPI helicopter in the world to Abu Dhabi Aviation for offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The Bell 412 platform has been a vital part of our operations for many years. We chose… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Nov-13

Bell to showcase three civil and three military helicopters in Dubai

Bell to showcase three civil and three military helicopters in Dubai

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will have a strong presence at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the Middle East’s leading aerospace event, held at Dubai World Central November 17-21. Bell Helicopter will feature a number of commercial and military aircraft on static display, showcasing their outstanding capabilities to meet the unique mission requirements… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-13

Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

On Tuesday October 1st, 2013 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter service celebrated 15 years of service since 1998. Over fifteen years, Snowy Hydro SouthCare has performed over 5,300 missions, saving lives and impacting on countless communities across the ACT & South Eastern NSW region. The quality of service and care provided to the region is a… Read more »

Source: SouthCare, 09-Oct-13

Bell 412EPI model now available as an upgrade

Bell 412EPI model now available as an upgrade

Bell today announced an upgrade program to one of the company’s newest and most versatile helicopters – the Bell 412EPI. The upgrade will increase the operational flexibility of the rotorcraft to meet the future regulatory and mission needs of the industry. The program will focus on further testing and improvements of the rotorcraft’s Category A… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Oct-13

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group have decided to close operations in Alaska, where they currently operate three bases at Fairbanks, Valdez, and Deadhorse.  In a recent statement to employees, SVP of Global Operations Jeremy Akel cited the seasonal nature of the work there as being a factor, along with “providing services that are not aligned with [the company's] desire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-13

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

A helicopter accident at Horn Island has shown the challenges that can accompany night operations, as well as the speed with which things can suddenly go wrong. The accident occurred on 13 June 2013. At about 7.24 pm, a Bell 412 helicopter departed Horn Island, Queensland on a training flight to Prince of Wales Island… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 03-Oct-13

Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

In a ceremony held on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior inspected the first civil air ambulance helicopter for emergency rescue operations from onshore and offshore oilfields and facilities in Abu Dhabi – a Bell 412EP.  See full story

Source: Gulf Today, 02-Oct-13

Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

BLR Aerospace today announced that Heli Austria is the first European operator of BLR’s FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for the Bell 412. FastFin recently was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for installation and flight on Bell 412 helicopters. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship FastFin System enables performance improvements… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 25-Sep-13

Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today at Helitech International 2013 a signed agreement with Avincis Group for the sale of up to 20 helicopters comprised of the Bell 429, Bell412 and Bell 412EPI aircraft, largely for use in Life & Rescue operations. “We’re delighted to be able to further develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-13

EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on all Bell 412 helicopters.  FastFin is already EASA-approved for installation on Bell 204, 205, and 212 helicopters. Meet with BLR in Exhibit D30 during Helitech International, Sept. 24-26 in London. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 23-Sep-13

Iraq requests twelve Bell 412EP for SAR

Iraq requests twelve Bell 412EP for SAR

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of 12 Bell 412 EP helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $300 million. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 12 Bell 412 EP helicopters equipped with Star… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 31-Jul-13

Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham plc (‘Cobham’ or ‘the Group’) today announces that it has completed the acquisition of the 50% shareholding that it did not already own in FB Heliservices Ltd, FB Leasing Limited and FBS Limited (together ‘FBH’), from its long standing joint venture partner, Bristow Helicopters Limited (‘Bristow’).  The transaction comprises cash consideration of £74 million… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 15-Jul-13

Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said the helicopter will be used by the Indonesian military (TNI), which is tasked with patrolling the border.  see full story  File photo

Source: Jakarta Globe, 15-Jul-13

Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Latitude Technologies continues to push forward expanding the company’s portfolio of IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system STCs, announcing the addition of a Transport Canada STC for the IONode ION100 advanced data acquisition unit for Bell medium helicopters including the Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412 model types.  This is the first IONode standalone… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 09-Jul-13

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 01-Jul-13

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced foreign approval of seven products distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Approvals were received in May from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration, Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the following products: Ukraine validation of STC SH3289SO, Cabin Floor Protectors… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-13

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Starlite have announced that their application to operate non-scheduled charter and aerial work services in Tanzania was recently granted by the Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite was awarded the licence owing to their compliance with the rules and regulations, laid down by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite offers expert… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 13-Jun-13

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the launch of a skidtube step that provides a flat non-slip surface to stand on, increasing security for hoist operator or spotters for the Bell Medium aircraft.  The step received approval from Transport Canada, FAA, EASA, and Japan. The Skidtube Step installs on the DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes and installs… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 11-Jun-13

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG Aviation, Inc. recently received notification of contract award from the City of Houston to support their fleet of Bell 412 aircraft. RSG Aviation responsibilities will include all twin-engine helicopter component overhaul/exchange and repair services/support for the for a thirty-six month period. Houston PD air support division, with a fleet of 16 helicopters, has quickly… Read more »

Source: RSG Aviation, 11-Jun-13

Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) will be exhibiting at Canada’s Defence & Security Showcase (CANSEC), taking place at the Ernst & Young Centre in Ottawa, Ontario from May 29th – 30th, 2013 (Booth #809). Vector Aerospace continues to be active in providing helicopter operators with robust, cost effective cockpit upgrade solutions.  Their latest concept,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-May-13

Argentine Air Force to add two Bell 412s

Argentine Air Force to add two Bell 412s

Argentina’s local Boletin publication details Government decisions – and reference number 181/2013 has this week reported the purchase of two Bell 412s from Canada. One of these will be a new-build aircraft and the other a pre-owned example. Prices are quoted as $10M and $7M respectively, but does not cover the detailed specification or delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-13

Bell showcases versatile aircraft at AeroExpo 2013

Bell showcases versatile aircraft at AeroExpo 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), visited with many customers and enthusiasts last week in San Pedro Totoltepec, Mexico at the 10th annual AeroExpo held April 18 to April 20 at Toluca International Airport. Five Bell Helicopter aircraft were displayed at the event, including three corporate-configured Bell 407s, as well as a Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Apr-13

Uniflight win US Park Police maintenance contract

Uniflight win US Park Police maintenance contract

Uniflight LLC of Grand Prairie Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a contract by the US Department of the Interior for Helicopter maintenance services in support of the U.S. Park Police. The contract awarded to Uniflight is for one base year and four additional option years.  The contract is for the maintenance… Read more »

Source: Uniflight LLC, 24-Apr-13

Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

Uniflight LLC of Grand Prairie Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a contract by the Houston Texas Police Department to provide maintenance support for the department’s helicopters. The contract awarded to Uniflight is for one base year and two additional option years.  The contract is for the support of Bell Helicopter 412… Read more »

Source: Uniflight LLC, 16-Apr-13

AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators announced today that it has entered into simulator maintenance and support agreements with Bond Air Services and INAER Helicópteros Off-Shore. Under the support agreements, AeroSimulators will be responsible for the delivery and provision of spares, support equipment, maintenance and re-certification services, as well as on-site training and documentation. These support services will cover an… Read more »

Source: AeroSimulators, 08-Apr-13

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

A proposal to relocate the Albion Park Rail-based rescue helicopter to Nowra has met the same fierce community opposition directed towards the plan to move the chopper to Sydney  (see full story).

Source: Illawarra Mercury, 03-Apr-13

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Following a concerted public effort within the geographical area of Bardufoss, the Royal Norwegian Air Force have moved two Bell 412s to Bardufoss.  This will meet the campaign’s target to provide a better spread of aviation resources throughout the country, particularly for emergency situations. Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has also said that these helicopters are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Mar-13

Australian Helicopters wins two Queensland EMS contracts

Australian Helicopters wins two Queensland EMS contracts

Australian Helicopters has been selected as the new helicopter provider to support both Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service (CQRS), based in Mackay, and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS), based in Rockhampton, to assist with emergency response on behalf of Queensland Health. The services will transition over in July 2013 from incumbent operators at both the… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 19-Mar-13

Van Horn to develop composite tail blades for Bell 212/412

Van Horn to develop composite tail blades for Bell 212/412

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 212 and Bell 412 product lines. Van Horn Aviation has agreed to design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades with Bell Helicopter Engineering participating… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

BLR sells 600th FastFin System

BLR sells 600th FastFin System

BLR Aerospace opens Heli-Expo 2013 with 600 FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems sold to date, and a rapidly expanding military presence. Overall, the company continues to deliver strong growth. Sales increased over 30 percent in 2012, and BLR’s global military footprint skyrocketed with large fleet-wide conversion sales to Colombia, Peru, Pakistan, and the… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 05-Mar-13

FlightSafety now offers B212/412/430 training in Dallas

FlightSafety now offers B212/412/430 training in Dallas

FlightSafety International announces that it now offers training for Bell Helicopter operators at its newly expanded Learning Center in Dallas, Texas. “The relocation of our Bell Helicopter training programs to the Dallas Learning Center will significantly enhance the service our Customers receive and further increase the quality and value we provide,” said David Davenport, Senior… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 03-Mar-13

Starlite lease in two Bell 412s for Namibia contract

Starlite lease in two Bell 412s for Namibia contract

South African operator Starlite Aviation are leasing in two Bell 412s from Falcon Aviation Services in the UAE, with delivery expected imminently.  The pair have been leased in for an initial twelve months to support an offshore oil exploration contract off the coast of Namibia, starting in March 2013.  They will initially be based at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-13

Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

The Flight Safety Investigative Report and Epilogue of the fatal air accident involving the Griffon helicopter CH146434 that occurred on July 6, 2009, near Kandahar Air Field, is now available on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety website. The Flight Safety Investigative Report describes factual data and includes a comprehensive analysis of all factors… Read more »

Source: Canadian military, 06-Feb-13

Bell civil helicopter sales up 50% in 2012

Bell civil helicopter sales up 50% in 2012

Bell is waiting until Heli-Expo at the start of March to release detailed figures on its 2012 production, but HeliHub.com can reveal that the output from its civil helicopter lines was up just over 50%, rising from 125 helicopters in 2011 to 188 in 2012.  These high-level figures have been put together from press releases… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

Transwest Helicopters to overhaul two Gulf of Mexico Bell 412s

Transwest Helicopters to overhaul two Gulf of Mexico Bell 412s

Transwest Helicopters Ltd, who in October 2011 relocated from the Chilliwack Airport in Southwest British Columbia to the Oliver Airport in the Southern Interior, is pleased to announce that the company has won a contract to overhaul two Bell 412 helicopters at its brand new hangar facility in Oliver British Columbia Canada this winter. These… Read more »

Source: Transwest Helicopters, 03-Feb-13

Australian Helicopters and Flying Doctor on standby to secure soldier safety

Australian Helicopters and Flying Doctor on standby to secure soldier safety

Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd (AHPL) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) have joined forces to provide emergency medical evacuation during Australian Army training exercises in remote areas. The partnership between the two organisations will ensure that Australian soldiers receive the best possible care and support, according to AHPL Managing Director, Scott Swift…. Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 18-Jan-13

Sikorsky Helitech partners with Euravia to support P&WC PT6T engines in Australasia

Sikorsky Helitech partners with Euravia to support P&WC PT6T engines in Australasia

EURAVIA is pleased to announce the signing of a two year teaming agreement with SIKORSKY HELITECH, Australia to provide P&WC PT6T engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in the Asia Pacific region. Based in Lancashire, England, EURAVIA specialises in aftermarket services for a wide range of P&WC PT6 engines. The strategic partnership will support… Read more »

Source: Euravia, 14-Jan-13

Japan approves BLR FastFin on Bell 412EP

Japan approves BLR FastFin on Bell 412EP

The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has approved the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation on Bell 412EP helicopters. Nagano FFDR (Fire Fighting, Disaster, Relief, and Rescue) has selected the FastFin System for its Bell 412EP helicopter and will become the nation’s first operator to install and use the system. Nagano… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 03-Jan-13

Bell 412 tows 4,600 sq.metre banner – again

Bell 412 tows 4,600 sq.metre banner – again

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that a Bell 412, owned by Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, flew along the shore of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while displaying the world’s largest aerial banner in celebration of UAE’s National Day on December 2. “This is our 5th year of flying… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Dec-12

CareFlight to fly more children across New South Wales

CareFlight to fly more children across New South Wales

National aeromedical charity CareFlight has been selected by the NSW Government to fly medical teams from the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) from January next year. Starting on 1 January, CareFlight will provide two helicopters to fly the NETS teams and patients from all over NSW to leading metropolitan hospitals in Sydney, Newcastle… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 28-Nov-12

Air Ambulance Victoria celebrates 50 years

Air Ambulance Victoria celebrates 50 years

Air Ambulance Victoria has marked its 50th year of flying patients in critical life-threatening emergencies with a special celebration at Essendon Airport. Over 100 people attended, including Minister for Health David Davis, Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella, past patients and their families, past and current staff including flight paramedics, pilots, navigators and members from emergency… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Victoria, 28-Nov-12

CAE Bell 412 simulator in Mexico earns FAA Level-D approval

CAE Bell 412 simulator in Mexico earns FAA Level-D approval

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Simulation has qualified the CAE Bell 412 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Toluca, Mexico to Level D, the highest standard for flight simulation training devices. The simulator was initially approved by Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). CAE Mexico is Mexico’s first helicopter training facility to use an… Read more »

Source: CAE, 01-Nov-12

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

Nigerian Police add two more Bell 412s

The Nigerian Police have recently added two more Bell 412EPs to bring their fleet of the type to six.  Serials 36576 and 36577 – test flown as N455ZT and N4554L – arrived last week in Lagos after shipment across the Atlantic.  Both aircraft are shown on the FAA register as 2011 builds and have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-12

CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has welcomed a partnership with Aviation Australia what will see the Queensland non-profit reimbursed for $15,000 per year worth of underwater escape training at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane Airport facility. (see full story)

Source: Australian Aviation, 16-Sep-12

FB Heliservices wins two year Albanian training contract

FB Heliservices wins two year Albanian training contract

Cobham Aviation Services joint venture FB Heliservices has been awarded a two year contract to provide helicopter flying training to the Albanian Ministry of Defence. FB Heliservices will provide a series of courses which will provide multi-engine type conversion, glass cockpit familiarisation, instrument flying and Search And Rescue training to 12 Albanian Air Force pilots… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 02-Aug-12

NYPD takes delivery of counter-terrorism Bell 412

NYPD takes delivery of counter-terrorism Bell 412

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of a Bell 412 helicopter to the New York Police Department. The NYPD currently has three Bell 412s in service for a variety of missions ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and more recently, combating terrorism. “The mission has… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jul-12

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.  Both were firefighting.  The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.  Both helicopters were operated by INAER. We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jul-12