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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

Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Carrollton, Georgia

Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Carrollton, Georgia

The base is being temporarily housed at Tanner Medical Center while company officials seek a permanent location. (see full story)

Source: Douglas County Sentinel, 03-Jan-13

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Iran’s new Toufan 2 helicopter looks rather like a Cobra

Iran’s new Toufan 2 helicopter looks rather like a Cobra

Iran has unveiled its latest combat helicopter Toufan 2 during a ceremony attended by the country’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi. (see full story)

03-Jan-13

Bell awarded $418M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell awarded $418M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $418,851,869 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to provide additional funding for the procurement of long lead parts and components required for the manufacture of 15 Lot 10 UH-1Y and 10 Lot 10 AH-1Z helicopters for the Marine Corps.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jan-13

Bell assigned new rotor hub patent

Bell assigned new rotor hub patent

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,336,815) developed by Richard Rauber, Arlington, Texas, Frank B. Stamps, Colleyville, Texas, and James Lee Braswell Jr., Colleyville, Texas, for a “constant-velocity drive system for gimbaled rotor hubs.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A constant-velocity… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Jan-13

Turkish Forestry Dept orders five Bell 429s

Turkish Forestry Dept orders five Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat for Defence Industries for the supply of five Bell 429 aircraft. The Bell 429s will be operated by the Turkish General Directorate of Forestry (TGDF) to protect forest resources and coordinate firefighting operations…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jan-13

Air Methods to acquire 20 Bell 407GX

Air Methods to acquire 20 Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement with Air Methods for the supply of 20 Bell 407GX aircraft. Air Methods will dedicate the helicopters to air medical transport for critically ill and injured patients throughout the United States. “Air Methods’ order for 20 new Bell 407GXs is part of our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jan-13

Bell signs $243M deal for 407 cabin manufacture in India

Bell signs $243M deal for 407 cabin manufacture in India

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company (NYSE: TXT), has signed a Memo of Understanding (MoU) with Dynamatic Technologies to explore establishing Dynamatic® as a sub-contractor for its Bell 407 Air Frame Cabin Assembly, Air Frame Component and Details. The estimated business volume of the work proposed is approximately $243 million USD over a ten year… Read more »

Source: Dynamatic Technologies, 21-Dec-12

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Bell awarded $28M more for H-1 upgrade contracts

Bell awarded $28M more for H-1 upgrade contracts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $15,307,118 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to provide systems engineering and program management services in support of the H-1 Upgrade Program.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas and is expected to be completed in December 2013.  Contract funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-12

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Bell to expand facilities in Tennessee

Bell to expand facilities in Tennessee

See story from six weeks ago where HeliHub.com noted Bell’s consideration of this expansion program Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it will expand its completion and customer delivery facilities located in Piney Flats, Tenn. This announcement represents a $10.1 million investment by Bell Helicopter and was achieved through collaboration with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-12

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Venezuela approves Bell 429, including weight increase

Venezuela approves Bell 429, including weight increase

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) has validated the Bell 429  to operate in Venezuela. Additionally INAC has endorsed the operation of the Bell 429 at 3402 kg (7,500 lbs.). This approval, based on Transport Canada’s certification, makes Venezuela the thirteenth country to endorse… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-12

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Pawan Hans plans expansion in Uttar Pradesh

Pawan Hans plans expansion in Uttar Pradesh

Pawan Hans has revealed plans to expand its helicopter services in Uttar Pradesh, with continued focus on passengers with pilgrimage and religious interests.  The Indian operator has already launched a daily helicopter service between New Delhi and Vrindavan in Mathura district and is planning to serve the Buddhist Circuit spread over Eastern Uttar Pradesh and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-12

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Matrix Composites awarded contract for US Army’s Reduced Weight Missile Launcher program

Matrix Composites awarded contract for US Army’s Reduced Weight Missile Launcher program

Matrix Composites, Inc. announced today the award of a significant contract from Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) to produce carbon fiber reinforced composite Hardback assemblies for the U. S. Army’s Reduced Weight Missile Launcher (RWML) Program. The project was awarded to Matrix Composites to continue the US Army’s Armed Scout Helicopter (ASH) and Joint Attack Munition… Read more »

Source: Matrix Composites, 19-Dec-12

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New B206/R44 charter operator at Hawthorne, California

New B206/R44 charter operator at Hawthorne, California

Star Helicopters, one of the leading helicopter tour operators in Los Angeles, is proud to begin operating charter and air taxi helicopter rides with an FAA Part 135 certification. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all aircraft operators carrying passengers for hire in point-to-point helicopter rides or charters and commuter flights must carry this… Read more »

17-Dec-12

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Lebanon receives six Huey IIs

Lebanon receives six Huey IIs

In late July 2012, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon for six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $63 million.  Full details of the DSCA request can be viewed here. HeliHub.com can… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK awarded contract for AAR-47 missile warning systems

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a $48-million production contract from the U.S. Navy for the manufacturing of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The award encompasses production of new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, as well as options for retrofitting weapon replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of ATK’s Countermeasures Signal Simulator (CSS) to… Read more »

Source: ATK, 12-Dec-12

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Able expands Bell 206 offerings with two PMA approved parts

Able expands Bell 206 offerings with two PMA approved parts

Able Aerospace Services, a leader in dynamic component repairs, overhauls, and approved replacement part solutions, announced today the availability of a new Bell 206 Main Rotor Strap Fitting and Pin replacement part (PMA). Operators of Bell 206 helicopters can now further reduce operating costs by utilizing these exclusive FAA-certified PMA parts along with other cost-saving… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace Services, 12-Dec-12

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US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

Industry executives said the Air Force bidding rules were so narrowly framed that they effectively excluded their aircraft from the competition. They said the terms favored Sikorsky’s Black Hawk and would not reward extra capability offered by bigger aircraft. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 12-Dec-12

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Santa Barbara County refurbish UH-1 for fire and sheriff tasks

Santa Barbara County refurbish UH-1 for fire and sheriff tasks

Commissioned into service Monday at Santa Ynez Airport, state-of-the-art Copter 3 is able to provide law enforcement functions as well as aerial firefighting, search and rescue, air ambulance service, and the transport of Special Enforcement Team (SET) members. (see full story)  File photo

12-Dec-12

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Replacement Cyclic Friction certified for Bell 206B, 206L and 407

Replacement Cyclic Friction certified for Bell 206B, 206L and 407

AERO Design Ltd. proudly announces Transport Canada certification of our Replacement Cyclic Friction Assembly for the Bell 206B, 206L Series, and 407, Supplemental Type Certificate SH12-59. The Replacement Cyclic Friction Assembly is a direct replacement for the original knob and shaft assembly used to tighten the cyclic friction. The replacement part removes the typical wear… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 12-Dec-12

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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

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Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

The Evansville, Indiana, Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2012 National Community Service Base of the Year. The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area. Lonnie Dardeen, program director for… Read more »

Source: Deaconess Hospital, 10-Dec-12

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National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

National Grid to be first UK Bell 429 customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Grid  Electricity Transmission Plc has purchased the first Bell 429 to be operated in Great Britain. The aircraft will be used for inspection and maintenance of power lines. “We required a versatile and reliable aircraft to support our mission, which is providing power… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Dec-12

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Challenge Aero takes first 407GX in the CIS

Challenge Aero takes first 407GX in the CIS

The first Bell 407GX in the Commonwealth of Independent States has been delivered into the Ukraine.  Challenge Aero took delivery this week of UR-CLM, serial 54340 in a blue and white scheme.  The helicopter is in a VIP configuration for corporate transport, and was delivered to Challenge by Jet Transfer, the Bell representative in Russia… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 05-Dec-12

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Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) companies, announced today the opening of the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab and Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems’ Huntsville, Ala., location, these labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field equipment to enable rapid… Read more »

Source: Textron, 04-Dec-12

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ExecuJet Africa Adds Helicopters to Charter Fleet

ExecuJet Africa Adds Helicopters to Charter Fleet

ExecuJet Africa has teamed up with Acher Aviation, leaders in off-shore helicopter operations, to offer a range of services including helicopter management and charter, as well as specialised support to the oil, gas, mining and resource exploration sectors. ExecuJet’s fleet now includes three helicopters from Acher Aviation, including a Bell 407, an Agusta 109 Power… Read more »

Source: ExecuJet Africa, 04-Dec-12

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Bell delivers first 429 from Singapore Service Center

Bell delivers first 429 from Singapore Service Center

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 from its new Singapore facility. The corporate-configured Bell 429 was delivered to PT Whitesky Aviation in Jakarta, Indonesia. With the latest delivery, PT Whitesky Aviation operates a fleet of five Bell Helicopter aircraft, including two Bell 429s and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Dec-12

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Taiwan donates two UH-1Hs to Guatemala

Taiwan donates two UH-1Hs to Guatemala

Guatemala has this week received a gift of two Bell UH-1H helicopters from Taiwan.  (see full story)  File photo

Source: PrensaLibre, 29-Nov-12

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Tiger Tugs launches transporter for Bell 429

Tiger Tugs launches transporter for Bell 429

Tiger Tugs announces the introduction of their new model 8.0B helicopter transporter.  The new Tiger Tug Model 8.0B is specifically designed for the Bell 429.  Special outrigger arms reach out and down to gently lift the 429 using the ground handling wheel bolts.  With our unique wireless remote control system, you can maneuver your helicopter in tight… Read more »

Source: Tiger Tugs, 28-Nov-12

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General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 28-Nov-12

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Aeronautical Accessories refreshes online presence

Aeronautical Accessories refreshes online presence

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., doing business as Aeronautical Accessories,  announced today the release of its new website http://www.aero-access.com, a redesigned internet presence that provides current and prospective customers access to numerous tools and technical resources and simplified purchasing options. In addition to a refreshed “look and feel,” the new website offers an expanded search capability of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Nov-12

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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

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VVMC Bell 407 back in the air after arson attack

VVMC Bell 407 back in the air after arson attack

A lot of the repairs were “cosmetic,” he said. Many of the plastic fittings had melted and were changed out. The wiring harness from the control panel of the cockpit was changed. Fibreglass windows were replaced. The craft’s blades were changed out as well – the work cost around $250K (see full story) The story… Read more »

28-Nov-12

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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

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Barfield wins five year US Army OH-58D contract

Barfield wins five year US Army OH-58D contract

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, global contracting support provider for the Army’s tactical aircraft, awarded Barfield a 5-year contract for the maintenance of its Alkan Electro Mechanical Release units, placed on the US Army’s Bell 406 Helicopters. Within the scope of this contract, Barfield will provide depot level repair solutions from its facility in Miami… Read more »

Source: Barfield, 28-Nov-12

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URS awarded Rotary Wing Flight Training contract at Fort Rucker

URS awarded Rotary Wing Flight Training contract at Fort Rucker

URS Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide Rotary Wing Flight Training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Under the contract, URS will provide undergraduate helicopter training to more than 1,200 U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and international military aviators annually. Commenting on the contract,… Read more »

Source: URS Corporation, 27-Nov-12

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Virginia – AirCare 4 swaps out EC135 for a Bell 407

Virginia – AirCare 4 swaps out EC135 for a Bell 407

AirCare 4 in Virginia – based Front Royal-Warren County Airport – have recently changed helicopter type.  Operator PHI Medical has swapped out the Eurocopter EC135 they had previously used and repplaced it with a Bell 407. PHI spokeman Glenn Deaton is quoted in local media saying it was “purely a business development decision to move… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-12

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Goodrich Sensors wins $6.9M uplift on UH-1Y & AH-1Z HUMS contract

Goodrich Sensors wins $6.9M uplift on UH-1Y & AH-1Z HUMS contract

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., doing business as Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems, Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded a $6,879,152 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-F-4003) to exercise an option for the procurement of 28 integrated mechanical diagnostic and health usage monitoring system kits in support of the AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircrafts.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-12

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PCS Aerospace to oversee upgrade of six Congolese Bell 212s

PCS Aerospace to oversee upgrade of six Congolese Bell 212s

PCS Aerospace & Marketing is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to handle the overhaul and upgrade of six Bell 212 helicopters, including airframe, components, MANT turbines for the company of the Republic of Congo. It’s a big step for our company growth, establishing important precedents quality aviation industry, civil, commercial and military… Read more »

Source: PCS Aerospace, 20-Nov-12

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Bell customers sign for 16 helicopters at Airshow China

Bell customers sign for 16 helicopters at Airshow China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that it has signed purchase agreements for 16 aircraft during the 2012 China International Aviation HAerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, Nov. 13-18, 2012. “Customers are excited about the high quality products and support that Bell Helicopter is bringing to the Chinese market,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Nov-12

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Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

A pair of law enforcement Bell OH-58s came into contact with each other on Saturday, just as one was in the process of landing and the other taking off.  Pasadena Police are now two helicopters down, but still have four others immediately available according to a local television interview. Both helicopters ended up on their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-12

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Bell appoints Customer Service Facility for 407s in China

Bell appoints Customer Service Facility for 407s in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has appointed H&P General Aviation Service Co., Ltd. (H&P) in Guangzhou, China as a Bell Helicopter authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF). H&P is authorized to perform field maintenance on Bell 407 aircraft. “We are pleased to appoint H&P as a Bell Helicopter authorized Customer… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-12

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Bell appoints Customer Service Facility for 429s in China

Bell appoints Customer Service Facility for 429s in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has appointed Shanghai Kingwing General Aviation Co., Ltd., (Kingwing GA) as a Bell Helicopter authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF). Kingwing GA currently provides charter, training, leasing overhaul and operational management from five bases in Eastern China. As a Bell Helicopter authorized CSF, Kingwing is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-12

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Bell signs for first Chinese maintenance training facility

Bell signs for first Chinese maintenance training facility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to  assist with the establishment of a maintenance training facility for Bell 206L and 407 helicopters in the Guangdong province of China. Bell Helicopter and Guangzhou Civil Aviation College (Guangzhou College) signed the MOU at Airshow China… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-12

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China approves gross weight increase for Bell 429

China approves gross weight increase for Bell 429

Bell has announced that China has approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) approval makes China the twelfth country to endorse the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada’s certification. The increase in the maximum gross weight of the Bell 429… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-12

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Bell launches online news room in Chinese

Bell launches online news room in Chinese

Bell Helicopter is making it easier for Chinese-speaking journalists to access information and visual media through a streamlined online news room in Chinese launched in conjunction with Airshow China The news room is a central hub that provides quick, easy access to the Bell Helicopter media relations team, approved digital assets including video with Mandarin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-12

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Bell increases North American sales team

Bell increases North American sales team

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the addition of Ryan Denton and Will Fulton as regional sales managers in North America. In these roles, Denton and Fulton are responsible for sales activities within their respective regions in North America. “Ryan and Will are outstanding additions to our Commercial Helicopter Sales team…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Nov-12

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EMS pilot fined for harassing wildlife

EMS pilot fined for harassing wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has cited a medical helicopter pilot from Arizona for harassing wildlife after a group of hunters observed him flying his ship very low over an elk herd in a canyon southwest of Grand Junction. (see full story)  Classic Lifeguard fly four Bell 407s and four fixed-wings  

Source: KOAA, 09-Nov-12

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Air Evac’s Jackson crew celebrates 5,000 safe flights

Air Evac’s Jackson crew celebrates 5,000 safe flights

The pilots, flight nurses and paramedics who work at Tennessee’s first Air Evac station celebrated a major milestone — more than 5,000 missions flown safely. (see full story)

09-Nov-12

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Bell’s participation at Airshow China reflects growing presence

Bell’s participation at Airshow China reflects growing presence

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will have a strong presence at the 2012 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition(Airshow China) as it continues to enhance its position in the growing Chinese aviation marketplace.  Airshow China will take place in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China Nov. 13-18, 2012. “China is facing an unprecedented demand for training,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Nov-12

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Bell partners with SAIT Polytechnic for Maintenance and Repair Training

Bell partners with SAIT Polytechnic for Maintenance and Repair Training

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SAIT Polytechnic to make its classrooms and labs at SAIT’s Art Smith Aero Centre in Calgary, Alberta available for Bell Helicopter to use in the delivery of approved maintenance, repair training and certification programs. Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Nov-12

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10th CAB Kiowa pilots receive awards from France

10th CAB Kiowa pilots receive awards from France

Two U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilots from 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, received the Cross of Military Valor with Silver Star, one of the highest French military awards, during a ceremony Oct. 23, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Capt. Benjamin H. March and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keenan A. Bachmeyer each earned the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Nov-12

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Northrop Grumman awarded $9.2M order for H-1 mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $9.2M order for H-1 mission computers

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $9,282,864 firm-fixed-price modification to a delivery order issued previously against basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0016).  This modification provides for the procurement of 54 GEN II mission computers and trays for the H-1 upgrades Lot 10 production aircraft.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Nov-12

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Bell receives STC for LongRanger radar altimeter mount kit

Bell receives STC for LongRanger radar altimeter mount kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a Radar Altimeter Mount Kit for the Bell 206L, Bell 206L-1, Bell 206L-3, and Bell 206L-4 helicopter models. The Radar Altimeter Mount Kit provides two flat mounting locations for installation of… Read more »

Source: Aeronautical Accessories, 06-Nov-12

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Bell ready to expand again in Tennessee

Bell ready to expand again in Tennessee

After headcount reductions in 2009 and 2010, Bell now appears ready to expand its “Edwards & Associates” completion/resale facility in Tennessee and is looking to City and State help to do so (see full story)

Source: TriCities, 06-Nov-12

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Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has had a helicopter since 2001. It’s the only police helicopter in hundreds of miles, the next closest is in Albuquerque.  The unit comprises just Gross, two deputies trained as tactical flight officers and a civilian contract pilot (see full story)

05-Nov-12

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Good Samaritan Hospital ready to upgrade to Bell 429

Good Samaritan Hospital ready to upgrade to Bell 429

Good Samaritan Hospital’s AirCare medical transport service is upgrading to a Bell 429 helicopter in mid-November. Pilots from Rodgers Helicopter Services have begun training on the new aircraft at area airports. (see full story)

Source: KearneyHub, 05-Nov-12

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Bell awarded $33M contract for Huey II aircraft and services

Bell awarded $33M contract for Huey II aircraft and services

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $33,410,210 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of Bell Helicopter Huey II Aircraft and related support services.  Work will be performed in Hurst, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Nov-12

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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

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Mecaer signs multiple contracts shead of NBAA 2012

Mecaer signs multiple contracts shead of NBAA 2012

Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) of Borgomanero, Italy, is continuing its recent growth by signing multiple contracts in advance of NBAA, 2012. Exhibiting at the convention in booth 4538, MAG will display a range of its landing gears, including those for the Eclipse E550 very light jet which launched initial production in June of this year… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 30-Oct-12

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Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it will showcase two of its newest aircraft, the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) 2012 in Seattle, Oct. 22-24. The Bell 407GX and Bell 429 will be on static display, both configured for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), highlighting the capability of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-12

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Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs for 5 more completions

Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs  for 5 more completions

Wysong Enterprises (Wysong) announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle that they have completed their 5th EMS Equipped Bell 407 this year and signed contracts for four more 407 aircraft completions this week.  In addition to the 407s, Wysong also will begin work on another EMS Eurocopter AS-350 in January. “We are… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 23-Oct-12

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Bell promotes Kiowa Warrior Block II capabilities

Bell promotes Kiowa Warrior Block II capabilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is participating in the voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) the week of Oct. 22 with the Bell Helicopter Block II OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. The U.S. Army is conducting these VFD’s as part of their effort to replace to the current OH-58D scout helicopter. Scout helicopters fulfill a vital… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-12

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New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

As of Monday, October 15th, Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) along with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods launched MercyOne-Clarinda, a medical helicopter program based at CRHC serving all of southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri, and southeast Nebraska. MercyOne manages the medical portion of the program and Air Methods operates the helicopter. A ribbon cutting ceremony (click… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 18-Oct-12

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Bell awarded $391M contract for long lead parts for 15 UH-1Ys

Bell awarded $391M contract for long lead parts for 15 UH-1Ys

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $391,426,326 firm-fixed-price modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-11-C-0023) to provide lot 9 long lead parts and components required for the manufacture of 15 UH-1Y new aircraft; three AH-1Z remanufactured aircraft; and seven AH-1Z new aircraft.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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Bell awarded $8.6M US Navy blade contract

Bell awarded $8.6M US Navy blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded contract W58RGZ-12-G-0001-THBD.  The award is a firm fixed price, sole source contract with a maximum $8,613,657 for blade assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Navy.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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Bell awarded $6.6M US Navy yoke assembly contract

Bell awarded $6.6M US Navy yoke assembly contract

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded contract W58RGZ-12-G-0001-THBE.  The award is a firm fixed price, sole source contract with a maximum $6,563,718 for yoke assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using military service is Navy.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy Working Capital… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

With all of the innovations that have taken place on the battlefield and in the air over the last 37 years, it might be difficult for some to believe that the Army is still using helicopters that were in use during the Vietnam War. Yet, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter is still widely used… Read more »

Source: US Army, 17-Oct-12

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French Court rules in favour of Bell over 429 skids

French Court rules in favour of Bell over 429 skids

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced in the case of Eurocopter vs. Bell Helicopter, a three Judge panel of France’s Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris recently ruled that the Bell 429 production skid gear does not infringe Eurocopter’s French landing skid gear patent. All Bell 429s have been and will continue to be… Read more »

16-Oct-12

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Bell breaks ground on new global HQ

Bell breaks ground on new global HQ

As predicted by HeliHub.com 24 hours ago, courtesy of the Star-Telegram….. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has commenced construction for its new global headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Mayor Betsy Price joined John Garrison, President… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Residents in Lawrence County, Ohio will soon have an air ambulance helicopter to call their own. (see full story)

Source: WSAZ, 15-Oct-12

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Bell to break ground on new headquarters

Bell to break ground on new headquarters

Bell Helicopter breaks ground on a new headquarters and administration building, part of the $235 million modernization of its aging east Fort Worth headquarters complex (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 15-Oct-12

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Army UH-1H finds new home with Air Force

Army UH-1H finds new home with Air Force

The Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland recently landed a new training tool that upgrades the helicopter maintenance courses it offers to students from Latin American partner nations. The arrival of an Army UH-1H helicopter at IAAFA’s 318th Training Squadron is expected to meet the growing needs of students who are here… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 15-Oct-12

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Hurlburt Field bids farewell to Huey

Hurlburt Field bids farewell to Huey

It’s been a fixture on the base’s flightline for decades, marked by its noticeable difference in design from the larger C-130s and elaborate CV-22s operated by 1st Special Operations Wing Airmen. Yet perhaps now the only way one can see a UH-1 Huey at Hurlburt Field will be the one honored in the base’s Airpark. The final flight of Huey,… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 12-Oct-12

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Bell CEO feels threatened by Google and Apple

Bell CEO feels threatened by Google and Apple

You might not consider Apple and Google to be competitors of a 75-year-old vertical-lift-aircraft manufacturer, but Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison does. (see full story)

Source: Industry Week, 12-Oct-12

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