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Bell awarded $13M for long-lead parts for 15 UH-1Y and 10 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $13M for long-lead parts for 15 UH-1Y and 10 AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $13,085,222 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and components required for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 10 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-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

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More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

Latitude Technologies (Latitude) announced that the company has received a FAA STC for the SkyNode  S100 flight following and flight date transceiver for installation in more than 800 Part 23 category aircraft.  Latitude has also recently received FAA approval of the SkyNode S100 including the IONode Flight Data Monitoring system for light helicopters including Bell… Read more »

Source: Latitude, 27-Mar-13

NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

Technically not “safety recommendations” but the latter part of the investigation report into the accident of Bell LongRanger ZK-ISF in January 2011 pulls no punches on what helicopter pilots should consider when flying over water. The pilot was not wearing a life jacket, and was in the water over two hours before being rescued. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Mar-13

Sacramento Metro Fire chooses Becker avionics for UH-1

Sacramento Metro Fire chooses Becker avionics for UH-1

The Sacramento Metro Fire Air Operations unit recently received a grant to upgrade its avionics and selected the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system for one of its UH-1 multi-mission helicopters. The aircraft is currently undergoing an avionics upgrade at Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS) facility in Woodland, CA-near Sacramento. The popular Becker DVCS6100… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Mar-13

L-3 Vertex win $12M contract for TH-57 support at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Vertex win $12M contract for TH-57 support at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $12,946,025 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-12-D-0003) for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Mar-13

Gainesville PD helicopter relaunches after 15 months

Gainesville PD helicopter relaunches after 15 months

Gainesville Police Department launched its helicopter back in the air Tuesday after a 15-month hiatus.Helicopter  (see full story).  File photo

Source: WUFT, 21-Mar-13

Bell endows professorship at West Texas A&M University

Bell endows professorship at West Texas A&M University

Extract from a newsletter covering multiple stories Dr. Matthew Jackson was named the Bell Helicopter Professor of Engineering.  His appointment will begin in 2013 and end in 2015.  Dr. Jackson presented a current research project at the Endowed Professorships and Chairs Convocation on February 20, 2013.  The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like… Read more »

Source: West Texas A&M University, 21-Mar-13

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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

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Brown Helicopter Signs Up for the 47GT-6 Helicopter

Brown Helicopter Signs Up for the 47GT-6 Helicopter

The 47GT-6 helicopter was announced by SB47 earlier this month at the Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, NV and will enter service in 2016. The 47GT-6 will be powered by the RR300 engine and will also include a new, modern Instrument Panel similar to that currently being developed by SB47 for use on the… Read more »

Source: Scott’s Bell 47, Inc, 19-Mar-13

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Retractable gear Bell 429 – First pictures

Retractable gear Bell 429 – First pictures

Here are some photos of the new retractable gear Bell 429 as announced at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas earlier this month. HeliHub.com understands that it is the wheeled variant which  has led to Bell pushing the certified maximum weight up from 7,000lb to 7,500lb, and while many national authorities have already agreed the higher figure,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-13

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Scott’s Bell 47 answers questions on their new turbine 47GT-6

Scott’s Bell 47 answers questions on their new turbine 47GT-6

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) today released a Question & Answer format information letter providing more details on their 47GT-6 helicopter launched recently at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Chris Meyer, SB47’s General Manager, stated “we are very pleased with the launch of the 47GT-6 and how it was received by our… Read more »

Source: Scott’s - Bell 47, Inc., 15-Mar-13

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Tanis announces preheat system for Bell 429

Tanis announces preheat system for Bell 429

Tanis Aircraft Products is proud to announce a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Bell 429 – Installation of Tanis Preheat System. Tanis manufactures the only heli-preheat system that thoroughly and safely heats all critical components. Helicopter preheat systems typically include heating elements for the engine, main rotor gear box, accessory gear box, tail rotor gear… Read more »

Source: Tanis Aircraft Products, 14-Mar-13

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Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for US Navy

Northrop Grumman to Produce More MQ-8C Fire Scouts for US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Fire Scout endurance upgrade, designated the MQ-8C and based on Bell Helicopter’s 407, will provide ship commanders with increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the current MQ-8B… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 13-Mar-13

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions… Read more »

Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, 13-Mar-13

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Bell booked 50 orders at Heli-Expo 2013

Bell booked 50 orders at Heli-Expo 2013

It was impossible to miss Bell Helicopter this week in Las Vegas at HELI-EXPO 2013, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition. Taking center stage as the show’s largest exhibitor, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) greeted record crowds of almost 20,000 event attendees who filled the Bell Helicopter booth to speak… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an enhanced relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry.  Bell Helicopter is the exclusive sponsor in the development of PSAAC’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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Bell appoints new Russian Sales Representative

Bell appoints new Russian Sales Representative

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the appointment of Helidrive as its new independent representative for Russia. Helidrive is the first Bell Helicopter authorized independent sales representative in northwest Russia.  Bell Helicopter and Helidrive also announced recent purchase agreements for five aircraft – two Bell 429s and three Bell 407GXs. “Russia… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Mar-13

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Bell offers early retirement to some employees

Bell offers early retirement to some employees

Bell Helicopter is making early retirement offers to employees age 55 and older as it moves to tighten its belt in the face of looming budget cuts in Washington. (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 09-Mar-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam announces plans to open base in Potosi, Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam announces plans to open base in Potosi, Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam broke ground Monday for its newest air ambulance base in Potosi on the campus of Washington County Memorial Hospital (see full story)

09-Mar-13

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Bell lays off 15 hourly workers

Bell lays off 15 hourly workers

Fifteen hourly workers have been laid off at Bell Helicopter, a union official has confirmed. (see full story)

Source: Sky Talk blog, 08-Mar-13

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Honeywell HTS900 powered Eagle 407HP Begins Flight Testing

Honeywell HTS900 powered Eagle 407HP Begins Flight Testing

 Honeywell (NYSE: HON) previously announced that the HTS900 turboshaft engine was chosen by Eagle Copters Ltd. for its re-engine program for the Bell 407, named the Eagle 407HP. The concept of this engine conversion program originated in 2009 and now, after the successful conclusion of integration and ground testing, the Eagle 407HP is in the… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Mar-13

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Vertical Aviation orders two turbine-powered 47GT-6 helicopters

Vertical Aviation orders two turbine-powered 47GT-6 helicopters

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) announced today that Vertical Aviation LLC of Scottsdale, AR, has agreed to purchase 2 47GT-6 helicopters and also signed up to become their dealer and customer service facility for the United States Southwest Region. The 47GT-6 helicopter was announced by SB47 at the start of the Heli Expo 2013… Read more »

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 07-Mar-13

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Bell 429 Cargo Basket available through Aeronautical Accessories

Bell 429 Cargo Basket available through Aeronautical Accessories

Bell Helicopter has announced it is distributing a new cargo basket under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, produced by Aero Design Ltd. for the Bell 429 aircraft. The new product was developed jointly through Bell Helicopter and Aero Design. The quick release cargo basket received Transport Canada certification supplemental type certificate SH12-58 in Nov.  2012 and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

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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

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Aeronautical Accessories exclusively distributes Tanis preheat system for Bell 429

Aeronautical Accessories exclusively distributes Tanis preheat system for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce that, through its Aeronautical Accessories brand, it is the exclusive distributor of Tanis Aircraft Products’ new preheat system for the Bell 429 aircraft. The Heli-Preheat system provides numerous benefits for operators in cold climates. When used for the prescribed time, benefits can include an increase in reliability and safety… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

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Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced an agreement for the sale of 30 Bell helicopters – 24 Bell 407 and six Bell 206L-4 helicopters – to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent provider of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

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PT6T-9 Twin-Pac to power upgraded Bell 412EPI

PT6T-9 Twin-Pac to power upgraded Bell 412EPI

HELI-EXPO – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE:TXT), has selected Pratt & Whitney’s Canada’s (P&WC) PT6T-9 Twin-Pac® engines to power its upgraded Bell 412EPI helicopter. The announcement was made during the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada. P&WC is a United Technologies Corporation company (NYSE:UTX). “The PT6T family of turboshaft engines has… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 07-Mar-13

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Honeywell to provide APU and environmental control system for Bell 525

Honeywell to provide APU and environmental control system for Bell 525

Honeywell HON +0.83% announced that it has been selected by Bell Helicopter to provide the auxiliary power unit (APU) and environmental control system for Bell’s new 525 Relentless helicopter platform, which is scheduled for first flight in 2014. The Honeywell RE100 APU provides significant system weight savings over competing systems. The APU also gives operators… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 07-Mar-13

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Moog to build primary flight control actuation for Bell 525

Moog to build primary flight control actuation for Bell 525

Moog Inc. MOG.A +0.31% MOG.B +0.16% announced today that it finalized the terms of a contract with Bell Helicopter for the design, qualification and manufacturing of the primary flight control actuation on the new Bell 525 Relentless helicopter. Last February, Bell Helicopter launched the 525 Relentless Program, a Super Medium(TM) twin capable of carrying up… Read more »

Source: Moog Inc, 07-Mar-13

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TEGAM bond meter selected for Kiowa Warrior

TEGAM bond meter selected for Kiowa Warrior

The TEGAM Model R1L-BR1 bond meter is a purpose built, rechargeable battery powered portable instrument for ground bond measurements. The R1L-BR1 comes with BCP-10 Kelvin Probes and KAK-1M Kelvin Alligator Klips, all housed within a ruggedized case for protection during transport. It has been selected for deployment in support of the Kiowa Warrior Armed Reconnaissance… Read more »

Source: TEGAM, 07-Mar-13

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Scotts launches RR300 turbine powered 47GT-6

Scotts launches RR300 turbine powered 47GT-6

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) became the talk of Heli Expo 2013 today with their announcement that they will return the Model 47 to production as a new turbine powered helicopter with the Rolls Royce RR300 engine. The model will be named the 47GT-6. This historic announcement was made today at 12:30PM on day… Read more »

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 06-Mar-13

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Shadin Avionics announces AIS Fuel Flow system on new Bell 412EPI

Shadin Avionics announces AIS Fuel Flow system on new Bell 412EPI

Shadin Avionics, a global leader in aircraft fuel management solutions, announces the installation of the Shadin Avionics AIS Fuel Flow system on the Bell 412 Helicopter EPI. Shadin Avionics continues its legacy of fuel management solutions by offering the new AIS Fuel Flow “Behind the Glass” system. The 412 EPI installation includes the new Shadin… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 06-Mar-13

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Sacramento Metro Fire chooses Becker system for UH-1

Sacramento Metro Fire chooses Becker system for UH-1

The Sacramento Metro Fire Air Operations unit recently received a grant to upgrade its avionics and selected the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system for one of its UH-1 multi-mission helicopters. The aircraft is currently undergoing an avionics upgrade at Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS) facility in Woodland, CA-near Sacramento. The popular Becker DVCS6100… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Mar-13

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Bell 412EPI – with integrated glass flight deck and BLR upgrades

Bell 412EPI – with integrated glass flight deck and BLR upgrades

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today introduced an upgrade to one of the company’s most versatile and reliable helicopters – the new Bell 412EPI. The upgrade improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX ProTM fully integrated glass flight deck, which provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Mar-13

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Bell 407GT – the armed version of the 407GX

Bell 407GT – the armed version of the 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), introduced today at HELI-EXPO 2013 the new Bell 407GT, the armed version of the Bell 407GX, its state-of-the-art light commercial helicopter. The commercially qualified Bell 407GT incorporates the performance and reliability of the Bell 407 platform with the Garmin G1000HTM flight deck, providing critical flight information at… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Mar-13

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Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Aces New Platform Test

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Aces New Platform Test

BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS®) is headed for a new platform. A Bell Helicopter test pilot fired seven APKWS 70-millimeter rockets from a Bell Helicopter 407GT at Yuma, Arizona, as part of a qualification of the weapon’s safety and suitability on that platform. By completing the guided shots, Bell has qualified the… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 05-Mar-13

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Bristow Academy Announces Agreement with Aero Dynamix

Bristow Academy Announces Agreement with Aero Dynamix

Bristow Academy announced today an agreement with Aero Dynamix to use Aero Dynamix night vision systems to enhance its night vision training program, as well as offer the installation of Aero Dynamix night vision systems to its customers worldwide. Both companies are industry leaders in night vision applications – Bristow Academy in rotary pilot training… Read more »

Source: Bristow Academy, 05-Mar-13

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Donaldson announces Canadian STC for LongRanger inlet barrier filter

Donaldson announces Canadian STC for LongRanger inlet barrier filter

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is pleased to announce a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the Bell 206L/LR helicopter.  The IBF provides critical year-round engine protection in all environments, from typical ramp operations to off-airport and remote… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 05-Mar-13

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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

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ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU announced today that they received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 205A-1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new STC was completed for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department. This aircraft will be used for aerial firefighting, search and rescue, airborne law enforcement and hoist equipmen. “This is the seventh aircraft modification… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Mar-13

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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

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Bilingual pilots launch Ravco training program

Bilingual pilots launch Ravco training program

Eight Foreign National military pilots graduated with flying colors today from RAVCO’s inaugural Spanish language mountain helicopter course at its Leadville Mountain/High Altitude Training and Test Site.  The three week training program featured advanced instruction and techniques flying in some of most technical and demanding flying environments available in the United States. “This is graduate… Read more »

Source: Ravco, 03-Mar-13

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Israel Certifies Bell 429

Israel Certifies Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Bell 429 has earned Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) type acceptance to operate in Israel, as well as approval to fly at an increased maximum gross weight of 7,500 lbs. Israel marks the sixteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-13

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Bell at Heli-Expo – Relentlessly focused on its customers

Bell at Heli-Expo – Relentlessly focused on its customers

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a number of aircraft and program updates at HELI-EXPO 2013, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI) in Las Vegas March 5-7. Bell Helicopter invites show attendees to its opening event on March 5, at 11:30 a.m., where… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-13

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Astronics Max-Viz-1500 approved for Bell 206/407 in China

Astronics Max-Viz-1500 approved for Bell 206/407 in China

Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system has received approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for retrofit installation in Bell B206B/206L-4/407 helicopters. Astronics Executive Vice President Elliott Troutman said, “Astronics concurs with Bell Helicopter’s assessment that China will be the world’s strongest helicopter growth market with a need for 2,000 aircraft during the… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 01-Mar-13

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HFI to display three heritage helicopters at Heli-Expo 2013

HFI to display three heritage helicopters at Heli-Expo 2013

At HELI-EXPO 2013, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is proud to again feature a Heritage of Helicopters display in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. HFI has secured the loan of these historic aircraft from several museums and foundations, and curators from these museums will speak about their respective rotorcraft and their unique… Read more »

Source: HFI, 01-Mar-13

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Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

WCAU-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Philadelphia, has rolled out a newly-added LongRanger 4 (see full story). HeliHub.com editor note – this is a 2004-build aircraft, operated by Helicopters Inc

28-Feb-13

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STS Component Solutions expands into rotorcraft market

STS Component Solutions expands into rotorcraft market

STS Component Solutions is pleased to announce the expansion of their service and support offerings into the helicopter and business jet markets.  This growth is a result of the development of some new OEM partnerships that have been established with the Donaldson Company, Skurka Aerospace and Esterline Mason in addition to increasing our current portfolio… Read more »

Source: STS Component, 28-Feb-13

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Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

Four weeks ago, HeliHub.com ran two stories on Bell 429s being delivered into Nigeria Jan 23 –Nigerian Police receive a Bell 429 Jan 24 –First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA And then on Friday February 22nd, Bell issued the following:- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Feb-13

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Change of leadership at Scott’s – Bell 47

Change of leadership at Scott’s – Bell 47

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) announced today a change of leadership related to the successful completion of their start-up phase, after acquisition of the Bell 47 Type Certificates in 2010. Chris Meyer, formerly of Northwest Airlines Corp, has been appointed General Manager of SB47, and Neil Marshall is departing from his full time role… Read more »

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 24-Feb-13

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FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, according to FAA records (see full story). Details on the accident referred to can be found at 10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Source: LA Times, 21-Feb-13

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Nigeria validates higher weight Bell 429

Nigeria validates higher weight Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has validated the Bell 429 for operation in Nigeria and endorsed the Bell 429 gross weight increase to 3402 kg (7,500 lbs.). Nigeria is the fifteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Feb-13

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Cadorath announces 178 new Bell extended repairs

Cadorath announces 178 new Bell extended repairs

Cadorath Aerospace announcedit’s development of 178 new Bell Helicopter repairs in 2012. The Cadorath Aerospace design and engineering department continues to develop approved repairs for the Bell Helicopter line numbering close to a total of 900 repairs now available. Cadorath Aerospace completed a long list of new extended repairs throughout 2012 on the Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 20-Feb-13

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Bell unveils product line up for IDEX

Bell unveils product line up for IDEX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), revealed its exhibitor booth on opening day at the IDEX Air Show in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Bell Helicopter prominently displayed 1/10th scale models of a V-22 Osprey, AH-1Z, 407AH and UH-1Y in its booth, in addition to a UH-1Y Yankee utility helicopter on static display. A new… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-13

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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

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ASA releases new flashcards for R22 and TH-67

ASA releases new flashcards for R22 and TH-67

Check out our new Helicopter Flashcards for the Robinson R22 and TH-67 training helicopters. Civilian and military students, instructors, and pilots of all levels will find these flashcards serve to greatly facilitate memorization and understanding of the systems and functions of each aircraft. The R22 Helicopter Flashcards Study Guide contains nearly 400 flashcards covering the… Read more »

Source: ASA (Aviation Supplies & Academics), 15-Feb-13

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Flagstaff hospital’s helicopter fills in for DPS

Flagstaff hospital’s helicopter fills in for DPS

Flagstaff Medical Center’s air arm is stepping in to help with search and rescue missions in northern Arizona at a time when the state Department of Public Safety’s Flagstaff-based helicopter is grounded much of the time due to budget constraints. (see full story)  Editor note – the helicopter at this hospital is a Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Arizona Daily Sun, 15-Feb-13

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Meridian Helicopters moves to new facility

Meridian Helicopters moves to new facility

Meridian Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Cadorath Group, has moved into a new facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. Meridian Helicopters provides reworked parts distribution support, consulting, brokering and technical support for the global Bell Helicopter network. “Our new facility provides us the ability to have five helicopters in progress at any one time. Meridian Helicopters business… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 15-Feb-13

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LifeFlight Eagle buys two Bell 407GX

LifeFlight Eagle buys two Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement with LifeFlight Eagle for the supply of two Bell 407GX aircraft. LifeFlight Eagle will utilize the helicopters to transport critically ill and injured persons in the Kansas City, MO area. “Our current fleet of Bell 407’s has demonstrated a high degree of safe,… Read more »

14-Feb-13

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Sundown Flight: Final flight of the UH-1N Huey

Sundown Flight: Final flight of the UH-1N Huey

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter 269 bid fair winds and following seas to the UH-1N Huey as it completely transition to the new up-to-date model UH-1Y Huey, Feb. 5. The squadron held a “sundown” ceremony for the aircraft to commemorate its final flight with the squadron. Col. Scott S. Jensen, Marine Aircraft Group 29… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Feb-13

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2nd MAW squadrons team up to prepare for WTI

2nd MAW squadrons team up to prepare for WTI

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 provided command and control functions as well as strike and escort support during an exercise for various 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing assets Jan. 31. The exercise was conducted to prepare Marines for the Weapons and Tactics Instructors course, where pilots from every branch of Marine aviation learn how to… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Feb-13

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RSG completes Bell 429s for European and Latin American customers

RSG completes Bell 429s for European and Latin American customers

In December 2012, RSG received its first two Bell 429s for completion at their Fort Worth, Meacham Field location. The first 429 will departed in January for a Latin American customer and the second will depart for Europe this month after a signature, first class RSG completion treatment. The aircraft arrived green from Bell’s, Mirabel… Read more »

Source: RSG, 13-Feb-13

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Bell awarded patent for twin-tail tiltrotor

Bell awarded patent for twin-tail tiltrotor

WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization has recently published details of an application from Bell for “An aft-loading aircraft with a twin T-tail assembly is provided. In one example embodiment, the aft-loading aircraft includes a fuselage portion having an aft opening with a cargo door, a first and second vertical stabilizer attached to the fuselage… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-13

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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

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DeSoto County Sheriff adds JetRanger

DeSoto County Sheriff adds JetRanger

DeSoto County Sheriff  is buying a 1976-build Bell Jet Ranger helicopter from the Georgia State Highway Patrol (see full story) File photo

06-Feb-13

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PKL Services awarded $16M more for USMC helicopter maintenance

PKL Services awarded $16M more for USMC helicopter maintenance

PKL Services Inc.,* Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $16,321,932 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00421-09-C-0023) to exercise an option for reset organizational level maintenance services in support of Marine Corps AH-1W, UH-1N, CH-53D/E, and CH-46E aircraft platforms.  Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, Calif. (30 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent); Iraq/Afghanistan… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Feb-13

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ExecuJet Africa showcasing helicopter charter at Mining Indaba 2013

ExecuJet Africa showcasing helicopter charter at Mining Indaba 2013

ExecuJet Africa, the continent’s leading business aviation company, is once again exhibiting at the Mining Indaba 2013 event from 4-7 February in Cape Town. The company will be showcasing its full suite of business aviation services, including helicopter charter solutions. ExecuJet Africa will be at stand 1919 highlighting its services of helicopter management, rotary wing… Read more »

Source: ExecuJet Africa, 04-Feb-13

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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

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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

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Court denies Bell’s approach in trade secrets row

Court denies Bell’s approach in trade secrets row

A Texas federal judge on Wednesday shot down Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.’s bid to block an aircraft repair company from selling a fuselage repair fixture (see story)

Source: Law360, 01-Feb-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded H-1 mission computer contract by US Navy

Northrop Grumman awarded H-1 mission computer contract by US Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC -0.64%  has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide Gen II mission computers for the H-1 Upgrade helicopter program. Under the $9.3 million firm-fixed-price order, Northrop Grumman will supply Gen II mission computers and trays for the H-1 Upgrade program’s Lot 10 production aircraft. Deliveries… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 31-Jan-13

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St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent Health officials have announced plans to expand access to its air medical program with the opening of a new air medical base of operations to be located at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. The new StatFlight base, scheduled to open in late spring 2013, will place a new state-of-the-art helicopter, a Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: St. Vincent Health, 28-Jan-13

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Three more 407s delivered to Iraqi military

Three more 407s delivered to Iraqi military

The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command with U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and Program Executive Office Aviation facilitated and delivered three Bell 407 Scout helicopters to Iraqi Army Aviation today. This marks the sixth completed delivery of Iraqi Armed 407 Scout helicopter through Foreign Military Sales that began in 2010. “Many of the organizations… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Jan-13

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First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

Yesterday we recorded a Bell 429 arriving in Nigeria last Thursday for the Nigerian Police – but actually it was one of a pair arriving on the same shipment.  The second, in a striking orange and white scheme is for NEMA – the National Emergency Management Agency – and is in an EMS configuration. Still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-13

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