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Bell 429 skids – Legal case goes back to court

Bell 429 skids – Legal case goes back to court

The Federal Circuit has recently allowed Textron Innovations Inc. to pursue its patent suit against Eurocopter over the design of the Bell 429’s skids, overturning a lower court ruling it said misinterpreted the application outlined by the patent. (see full story) See also the HeliHub.com story filed 31-Jan-12 Bell and Eurocopter decide to behave like… Read more »

Source: Law360, 14-Sep-12

SAM, Inc. adds LongRanger for Airborne LiDAR

SAM, Inc. adds LongRanger for Airborne LiDAR

Surveying And Mapping, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Corporate Aircraft Solutions, LLC, also know as Oasis Services, for the exclusive use of a rotary wing aircraft as a platform for airborne LiDAR deployment. The aircraft, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter, is based near SAM, Inc. headquarters in Austin, Texas and will allow the company… Read more »

Source: SAM, Inc, 13-Sep-12

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First Bell 407GX delivered for tourism

First Bell 407GX delivered for tourism

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two 407GX aircraft to Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., a New York based company offering tours, charters, aerial photography, lift work and custom projects. Helicopter Flight Services is the first to operate a Bell 407GX in a sightseeing capacity. Helicopter Flight Services operates… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Sep-12

Huey moves into Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

Huey moves into Wings of Eagles Discovery Center

It will be a few weeks yet before the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is open to the public at its new location.  But museum officials want to let people know that more than a year after they had hoped to reopen, that long-anticipated date is almost here.  (see full story)  File photo

Source: Star Gazette, 07-Sep-12

Tiger Tugs launches new version for Bell 429

Tiger Tugs launches new version 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, 05-Sep-12

Research Report – World’s 5 Leading Helicopter Manufacturers

Research Report – World’s 5 Leading Helicopter Manufacturers

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6h46ws/worlds_5_leading) has announced the addition of the “World’s 5 Leading Helicopter Manufacturers – Strategic Initiatives, Developments & Focus – Q1-Q3 2012 – Eurocopter, Bell, AgustaWestland, Sikorsky, Boeing” report to their offering. This report will be useful for… Comprehensive Strategic & Competitive Assessment of these 5 Key Industry Players Identification & Analysis of Imminent Market Opportunities… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 04-Sep-12

Paraguay Police UH-1H acquisition declared “irregular”

Paraguay Police UH-1H acquisition declared “irregular”

The National Public Procurement of June 12 this year has been declared illegal by the Paraguay Government.  The award made to Proibérica of $15M for three Bell UH-1H for the National Police is at the centre of the controversy (read full story, electronic translation)

Source: Defensa.com, 03-Sep-12

EFW awarded $38M for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracking System

EFW awarded $38M for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracking System

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $38,283,186 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide hardware, support equipment, and non-recurring engineering in support of the Helmet Display Tracking System (HDTS) on the AH-1W helicopters.  This contract includes cabling (P-Kits), fixtures, tooling, and non-recurring engineering associated with modifying the helmet design, adding moving map and other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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Bell awarded $59M more for OH-58 “A to D” upgrade program

Bell awarded $59M more for OH-58 “A to D” upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $59,036,571 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide modification of an existing contract in support of the OH58-A to OH58-D Cabin Conversion Program.  Work will be performed in Hurst and Amarillo, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2014.  One bid was solicited, with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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Bell Helicopter Named #1 in Product Support

Bell Helicopter Named #1 in Product Support

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been named number one in product support in Aviation International News’ 2012 Product Support Survey for the seventh consecutive year. Bell Helicopter topped the scores in nine of 10 categories surveyed and strengthened its position by 4% from 2011.  Consistently named the industry leader in customer… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Aug-12

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Aero-Smith Chosen by Bell to Support Product in Singapore

Aero-Smith Chosen by Bell to Support Product in Singapore

Aero-Smith, Inc. is very pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Bell Helicopter to support their product in Singapore. Aero-Smith will be tasked with providing flight training, maintenance training and new aircraft acceptance flights in Singapore and throughout eastern Asia in support of Bell Helicopter. Bell Helicopters has a support system for their… Read more »

Source: Aero-Smith, 29-Aug-12

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Strategic Venture to Serve Bell Helicopter Network Announced

Strategic Venture to Serve Bell Helicopter Network Announced

Cadorath Group and Meridian Aviation Consulting LLC have joined forces to establish Meridian Helicopters LLC. The new venture will focus on providing reworked parts distribution support as well as consulting, brokering and technical support for the global Bell Helicopter network. “Our goal is to be the most trusted and valued parts supply chain partner in… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Group, 29-Aug-12

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Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Aeromed has relocated its emergency medical helicopter from LaBelle to Fort Myers as of 10 a.m. today to provide coverage in Lee County while MEDSTAR is out of service. Lee County Emergency Medical Services temporarily suspended its MEDSTAR flight operations on Tuesday, August 21 to begin reconfiguration toward national accreditation standards. MEDSTAR is expected to… Read more »

Source: Lee County, 29-Aug-12

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HMLA-269 transitions to UH-1Y

HMLA-269 transitions to UH-1Y

Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 gained proficiency in the new UH-1Y “Venom” Hueys by practicing flying and landing in confined areas aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Aug. 9. The UH-1Y is the newest model of the Huey, and is commonly referred to as the ‘Yankee’ for the letter ‘Y’ in its… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 28-Aug-12

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Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 configured for emergency medical services (EMS) in Europe to Air Zermatt in Switzerland. Air Zermatt, in need of a rugged and reliable aircraft for rescue missions, selected the Bell 429 for its unmatched ability to operate at high… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Aug-12

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FAA rules block heavier Bell 429

FAA rules block heavier Bell 429

It is unlikely to have slipped the attention of most industry observers that Bell is seeking to get the gross weight of the Bell 429 increased from 7,000 to 7,500 pounds.  In fact they have been quite vociferous about it, issuing a new press release seemingly every time another country agrees, often without even a… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 20-Aug-12

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“Friends of Henry 1” launched to support Sonoma Sheriff’s Bell 407

“Friends of Henry 1” launched to support Sonoma Sheriff’s Bell 407

Launched by a cross-section of Sonoma County professionals in early 2012, Friends of Henry 1 seeks to ease budget challenges which threaten the continuation of Henry 1, the North Bay Region’s rescue helicopter program, operated by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Friends of Henry 1 actively seeks public and private donors to keep this vital… Read more »

Source: Friends of Henry 1, 15-Aug-12

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Little Rock Police re-introduce helicopters after 9 years

Little Rock Police re-introduce helicopters after 9 years

The City of Little Rock is bolstering it’s police force with yet another crime-fighting tool. The department is re-introducing it’s helicopters to deter crime from above. (see full story).  Although the report does not mention the helicopter type, HeliHub.com research notes that the city Police Department has had two Bell OH-58s – registered N900PD and… Read more »

Source: Arkansas Matters, 15-Aug-12

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PKL Services wins $16M USMC contract

PKL Services wins $16M USMC contract

PKL Services, Inc.*, Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $16,079,221 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00421-09-C-0023) to exercise an option for organizational level maintenance on the following Marine Corps aircraft platforms:  AH-1W, UH-1N, CH-53D/E, and CH-46E.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (48 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent); Iraq/Afghanistan (22 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-12

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Brazil certifies BLR Aerospace’s FastFin on B204, 205 and 212

Brazil certifies BLR Aerospace’s FastFin on B204, 205 and 212

 The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has certified the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on Bell 204, 205 and 212 helicopters. ANAC certification for BLR’s Bell 412 FastFin system is forthcoming. Brazilian operators of these Bell medium helicopters may now join their worldwide counterparts in realizing significant performance… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 15-Aug-12

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Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre in order to enhance the capabilities of BDA flight instructors. The Helicrew allows BDA Qualified Flying Instructors to further hone and test their training procedures through a variety of simulated situations. Helicrew is designed to… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 14-Aug-12

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National Airways delivers first Bell 407GX in Africa

National Airways delivers first Bell 407GX in Africa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Airways Corporation, a Bell Helicopter independent representative, delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Africa. The 407GX will be operated by a private customer in a corporate capacity. “The technology found on the Bell 407GX is unique in the helicopter industry,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Aug-12

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China approves the Bell 429

China approves the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has received its airworthiness certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the Bell 429. The certification follows the first complete assembly and successful flight testing of a 429 at a CAAC 145 service facility. “We are very excited to see… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Aug-12

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Ahlers to supply Dual Tachometer for Bell 407

Ahlers to supply Dual Tachometer for Bell 407

Ahlers Aerospace has been selected by Bell Helicopter as the supplier of the Dual Tachometer for the Model 407. Ahlers designs and manufactures new instruments and electronic devices for the aviation industry. Ahlers is also a certified repair station for instruments and accessories. For more information contact Ahlers at 972-567-9852 or visit our website at www.ahlersaerospace.com

Source: Ahlers Aerospace, 03-Aug-12

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First Bell 429 in Western Europe goes to Air Zermatt

First Bell 429 in Western Europe goes to Air Zermatt

Swiss operator Air Zermatt has taken delivery of the first Bell 429 to be registered in Western Europe – the 67th production example and now flying as HB-ZSU.  Painted all red, the helicopter has a hoist fitted to the starboard side and would thus be used for mountain rescues. In Eastern Europe there are already… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Aug-12

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Bell Canada appoints VP of Value Streams

Bell Canada appoints VP of Value Streams

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the addition of Raymond Leduc as vice president of Value Streams at its facility in Mirabel, Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the manufacturing activities of the Mirabel plant and for leading the value stream organization towards operational excellence in an ever increasing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Aug-12

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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

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EA denied motion to dismiss Bell’s counter-claims in battlefield helicopter lawsuit

EA denied motion to dismiss Bell’s counter-claims in battlefield helicopter lawsuit

A federal judge has denied a motion by Electronic Arts to dismiss counter-claims in a trademark lawsuit filed by Textron Innovations and Bell Helicopter Textron related to helicopters depicted in its popular Battlefield games. (see full story)

Source: GamePolitics.com, 01-Aug-12

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Ducommun awarded AH-1Z titanium contract

Ducommun awarded AH-1Z titanium contract

Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) has received a contract from Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), to produce titanium firewall and baffle assemblies for the AH-1Z Cobra – the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest attack helicopter. Ducommun AeroStructures will produce the assemblies at its Coxsackie, N.Y. facility through 2013. “We’re very pleased to expand our relationship with Bell Helicopter to support the AH-1Z program,”… Read more »

Source: Ducommun, 01-Aug-12

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Bell and Cessna open AsiaPac Service Facility in Singapore

Bell and Cessna open AsiaPac Service Facility in Singapore

Bell Helicopter, in partnership with Cessna Aircraft Company, opened a new regional service center in Singapore at Seletar Aerospace Park. Bell Helicopter and Cessna are Textron companies (NYSE: TXT). The new state-of-the-art facility offers customers a one-stop shop for comprehensive repair, completion, fulfillment, maintenance and customization solutions. “The grand opening of our Asia Pacific service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Jul-12

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Lebanon files request for six Huey IIs

Lebanon files request for six Huey IIs

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today 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. The Government of Lebanon has requested a possible sale of 6 Huey II helicopters, spare and… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 31-Jul-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

Last Thursday 26th July, East Anglian Air Ambulance had some demo flights with the Bell 429 demonstrator aircraft which was in the UK for the recent Farnborough airshow.  Registered C-FTNB, the helicopter did a number of flights from EAAA’s operational base at Norwich Airport. The same helicopter was also noted on 18th July at North… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-12

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Argentina approves higher-weight Bell 429

Argentina approves higher-weight Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil in Argentina has joined the growing number of countries who have approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada’s certification. Transport Canada approved operation of the Bell 429 at 7,500 lbs. in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Jul-12

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Mecaer Aviation Group wins Bell 525 landing gear contract

Mecaer Aviation Group wins Bell 525 landing gear contract

Mecaer Aviation Group Wins Contract to Design and Manufacture the Wheeled Landing Gear System for the New Bell Helicopter 525 “Relentless”. Italy based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has capitalized on its experience in building helicopter, business and general aviation landing gears to become a key supplier to, industry leader, Bell Helicopter Textron of the complete… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 23-Jul-12

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Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that 429 launch customer Mercy One of Des Moines, Iowa will receive a second Bell 429 helicopter from Air Methods. Mercy One currently operates an air medical critical care configured Bell 429 and will add a second helicopter, equipped with United Rotorcraft emergency medical services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-12

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Amarillo City Commission gives Bell $5 Million

Amarillo City Commission gives Bell $5 Million

During a meeting Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a $5-million Amarillo Economic Development Corp. incentive package for a Bell Helicopter expansion to bring manufacturing of the company’s newest civilian craft — the 525 Relentless — and 100 jobs to the city. (see full story)

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 19-Jul-12

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GKN Aerospace details involvement in Bell 525 program

GKN Aerospace details involvement in Bell 525 program

GKN Aerospace has been selected to provide Bell Helicopter with key metal and composite structures across the new 525 Relentless helicopter fuselage. This major work package includes composite and aluminium fuselage panels and structural parts installed in the cockpit, cabin and tailboom. Manufacture will begin in late 2012 with initial deliveries scheduled for 2013 and… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 19-Jul-12

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Pacifica Engineering named Key Supplier to Bell 525

Pacifica Engineering named Key Supplier to Bell 525

-Pacifica Engineering, Inc. today announced that it has been selected as a key supplier for Bell Helicopter’s new 525 Relentless program. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company, engaged in an extensive selection process of which Pacifica Engineering, Inc. participated throughout the process. Bell Helicopter has developed an industry leading Helicopter in the 525 Relentless, and will… Read more »

Source: Pacifica Engineering, 17-Jul-12

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KUKA Systems selected as supplier partner for Bell 525

KUKA Systems selected as supplier partner for Bell 525

Bell Helicopters has named KUKA Systems, the global leader in assembly line design, as its supplier partner for developing the manufacturing line for the new Bell 525 Relentless super medium-class commercial helicopter. “The production line will assemble the entire airframe – from ‘nose cone to tail cone’ “, says Robert Reno, Group Vice President, Aerospace Division, KUKA Systems Corporation… Read more »

Source: KUKA Systems, 16-Jul-12

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Bell delivers second 429 to Fairfax County Police

Bell delivers second 429 to Fairfax County Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 helicopter to the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD). FCPD’s second multi-role Bell 429 is configured for both law enforcement and emergency medical service operations. “We rely on the power, speed, size and accessibility of the cabin, and the exceptional… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to provide pilot training on Bell 429 helicopters. The Bell 429 pilot training program blends theoretical knowledge instruction with specific aircraft training tasks that are conducted in the advanced flight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Transport Canada has approved the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Bell 429 United Rotorcraft air medical critical care interior. Bell Helicopter is featuring a Bell 429 in this interior configuration at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. The United Rotorcraft air medical critical… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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Rolls-Royce receives $183M service contract for US Army Kiowa Warrior engines

Rolls-Royce receives $183M service contract for US Army Kiowa Warrior engines

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received a contract valued at US$183 Million to service M250 engines, which power the US Army’s fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters. The contract, to support 500 M250 engines on more than 300 aircraft, begins in July 2012 for a year, and the Army has options to… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 10-Jul-12

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Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the appointment of Heli-Charter Ltd. as its new independent representative for the United Kingdom. “We are delighted to be working with Heli-Charter. They have a top rate facility and offer the kind of world class experience we require for our customers,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-12

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Era Training Center extends USAIG Safety Bucks Program to B206 customers

Era Training Center extends USAIG Safety Bucks Program to B206 customers

As an approved training provider for USAIG Safety Bucks customers, Era Training Center LLC (ETC) provides industry relevant training programs to the global helicopter industry. In early June 2012, ETC provided Bell 206B helicopter recurrent training to Aircoastal Helicopters, an FAA Approved Part 135 operator in Palm Beach, Florida. As a longtime USAIG customer, Aircoastal… Read more »

Source: Era Training Center, 06-Jul-12

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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

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Bell appoints Director of Military Program Office Operations

Bell appoints Director of Military Program Office Operations

ell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the recent addition of Keith Flail as the director of Military Program Office Operations. In this role, he is responsible for executing the daily actions of the Program Office and will lead the functional program management and core process teams. Mitch Snyder, Executive Vice President for Military… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jul-12

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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

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Bell 525 – key suppliers named

Bell 525 – key suppliers named

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the latest list of key suppliers for the Bell 525 Relentless, the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter. “This is an important milestone for the 525 Relentless program as we transition from the preliminary design phase into detailed design,” said Larry Thimmesch, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Jul-12

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Bell awarded $10M delivery order for UH-1Y / AH-1Z parts repair

Bell awarded $10M delivery order for UH-1Y / AH-1Z parts repair

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded June 29 a not-to-exceed $10,883,860 for delivery order 0007 under a previously awarded contract (N00383-09-D-003N) for repair coverage of 66 items required to support the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected to be completed by June 29, 2013.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-12

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North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac is celebrating 30 years and more than 20,000 successful flights serving communities in northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The Med Evac crew has planned a celebration event that is open to the public on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greeley Central High School field, 1515… Read more »

Source: Banner Health, 02-Jul-12

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Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac plans to open a new base in July at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg (see full story)

Source: Times Daily, 29-Jun-12

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Bell details helicopters they will show at Farnborough 2012

Bell details helicopters they will show at Farnborough 2012

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its upcoming participation in the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2012. Bell Helicopter will provide flight demonstrations, have two state of the art commercial aircraft on display, and will showcase its mock up of the new Bell 525 Relentless super medium helicopter for the first time… Read more »

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Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

Volusia County sheriff’s officials are finalizing an agreement with the state to resolve environmental rules violations at the department’s helicopter facility at the DeLand Municipal Airport. A January inspection by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection found the department failed to fill out paperwork required for monthly inspections of the fuel tank used to store… Read more »

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, 27-Jun-12

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Helijet launches Vancouver sightseeing tours with LongRanger

Helijet launches Vancouver sightseeing tours with LongRanger

Helijet, based in Vancouver and best known for their scheduled services with Sikorsky S76s, has recently launched sightseeing tours of the British Columbia city with a Bell LongRanger.  Three tours are available, 10, 20 or 30 minutes in length:- From Vancouver Harbour Heliport, fly along the tree‐lined coast of Stanley Park to English Bay, before… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 27-Jun-12

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Bell’s maintenance centre in Czech Republic wins Ukraine approval

Bell’s maintenance centre in Czech Republic wins Ukraine approval

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Aviation Service a.s., its maintenance service facility in Prague, Czech Republic,  has received a Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration. Having already achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 approval, this will allow Bell Helicopter to begin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Jun-12

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Royal New Zealand Air Force sends UH-1s to assist Papua New Guinea elections

Royal New Zealand Air Force sends UH-1s to assist Papua New Guinea elections

Two Royal New Zealand Air Force UH-1H Iroquois helicopters have been loaded on to a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 for deployment to Papua New Guinea, with a third to follow on a further C-17 on Friday. New Zealand and Australia are providing support to the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission and authorities to ensure… Read more »

Source: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 26-Jun-12

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Four companies awarded $12M for logistics support of H-60, H-1, CV-22 progams

Four companies awarded $12M for logistics support of H-60, H-1, CV-22 progams

Creative Business Solutions, Inc., Mitchellville, Md.; Cirrus Technology, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; Infinite Services and Solutions, Inc., Columbus, Ga.; and Standard Technology, Inc., Warner Robins, Ga., are being awarded a $12,000,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable no-fee contract to provide logistics support for the acquisition, fielding, and sustainment of H-60, H-1 (variant), CV-22, and other special mission aircraft modification… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-12

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EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on Bell 205 helicopters. BLR Aerospace recently received EASA approval for FastFin on Bell 212 helicopters and certification efforts are underway for the Bell 412. Following up on the successful FastFin certification for Bell 212s,… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 19-Jun-12

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HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

HeliFlite(TM) is pleased to announce the expansion of its fleet with the addition of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter. The HeliFlite fleet features a complement of five Bell 430 and two Sikorsky S-76B executive helicopters. HeliFlite only operates executive class twin-engine, dual pilot aircraft which accommodate 6-8 passengers. All aircraft are Category A certified and equipped… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 19-Jun-12

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Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods/LifeNet have partnered to base southwest Iowa’s only air ambulance at Clarinda Regional Health Center.  The Clarinda-based air ambulance will serve an initial area within a 40-mile radius of Clarinda and will have the ability to transport patients to medical centers in Omaha, Lincoln,… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 15-Jun-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam, a leading provider of air medical transportation to rural communities, today announced a major expansion of its facilities that will enhance the Company’s ability to deliver air medical transportation services throughout the country, and position it for future growth. The facilities expansion includes opening a new headquarters building in O’Fallon, Missouri, nearby St…. Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 14-Jun-12

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Bell is Community Impact Deal finalist

Bell is Community Impact Deal finalist

The City of Fort Worth waived certain development fees and entered into a 19-year economic development program agreement.  Bell Helicopter will get a $4.4 million tax abatement from the county for the new headquarters. (see full story)

Source: Dallas Business News, 12-Jun-12

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AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

Med-Trans Corp. has announced the transition of their two Carestar air medical programs to their well-known AeroCare brand.  The life saving programs will collectively serve West Texas and New Mexico 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning June 1st. The region will benefit from the superior clinical care and exceptional reputation established by… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 06-Jun-12

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US Army delivers first WRA program OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

US Army delivers first WRA program OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

The Army will deliver the first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior to be upgraded under the Wartime Replacement Aircraft (WRA) Program in a roll-out ceremony at Corpus Christi Army Depot on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 10:00 am in Hangar 44. This is the first OH-58D aircraft that will replenish the fleet. CCAD Commander, Col. Christopher B…. Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Jun-12

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Griffons provide fire power in Exercise Maple Strike

Griffons provide fire power in Exercise Maple Strike

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton but under the command of 1 Wing Kingston, Ont., took part in Exercise Maple Strike at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright from April 15 to 27. Ex Maple Strike allowed 408 Tac Hel Sqn to participate as an asset for joint tactical air controller (JTAC) training…. Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 04-Jun-12

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South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

The contest to supply 50 attack helicopters has been reduced to three bidders – Boeing’s Apache, Bell’s Cobra and the T129 Mangusta being bid jointly by AgustaWestland and partner TAI (see full story)

Source: Hurriyet, 01-Jun-12

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HMM-262 receives new Venoms

HMM-262 receives new Venoms

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced) received three UH-1Y Venom helicopters at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma May 21 and 25. The squadron, a part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, received the new helicopters as part of a Corpswide transition of the UH-1N to the UH-1Y helicopter,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 01-Jun-12

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Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

LifeFlight, the medical helicopter program based at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, turned 30 on Tuesday. During that time, the air ambulance has made more than 10,000 patient transports. (see full story)

Source: Evansville Courier & Press, 31-May-12

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ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots. “The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of… Read more »

Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 31-May-12

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Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

The Bell OH-58 is being donated by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon, just north of Salem. It can no longer afford to have an air operations program. (see full story)  File photo

Source: Sacramento Bee, 30-May-12

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India becomes 10th country to approve increased weight for Bell 429

India becomes 10th country to approve increased weight for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today India’s Director General of Civil Aviation has joined the growing number of countries who have approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada’s certification. India is the tenth country to approve the 500 lb. increase to 7,500 lbs. Transport… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-May-12

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Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-12

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UH-1 takes up place in the Great Gallery of Museum of Flight

UH-1 takes up place in the Great Gallery of Museum of Flight

Following a lengthy restoration, the Museum’s Vietnam veteran Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopter takes a place of honor in the Great Gallery. This new, permanent exhibit was officially opened during a brief ceremony near the exhibit on Saturday 26th May at 11am. The ceremony was open to the public, and was attended by members of the… Read more »

Source: Museum of Flight, 28-May-12

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