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AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

Source: AAR, 29-Nov-11

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised two renewal options for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through October of 2012. The first option has a value of $99 million and is part of a task order awarded to AAR in October, 2010. The second option has […]

AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Nov-11

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has finalised the transaction with Bell Helicopter Textron for the acquisition of the 609 tiltrotor programme. All legal and regulatory approvals have now been successfully completed. The development of the AW609 tiltrotor programme is now moving forward under full AgustaWestland control with civil certification expected […]

EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

29-Nov-11

Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of $1M a year over the next 10 years will be in addition to what the State Government provides.  EMQ are looking at using the first year of the Rio Tinto funds to increase the fuel capacity (and thus range) of their three AW139s.  (see full story) Photos reproduced with prior permission […]

EASA certifies Bell 407GX

EASA certifies Bell 407GX

Source: Bell, 28-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that its newest version of the popular Bell 407 – the 407GX – has earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification following its certification by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this year. Since the Bell 407GX was introduced in March at […]

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-11

Air Evac Lifeteam have upgraded their base at Carrizo Springs Airport in Texas – about 125 miles south-west of San Antonio.  Known as “Lifeteam 71″, this base previously flew a LongRanger, they now have a Bell 407 in the same colour scheme Photos were released on AEL71’s Facebook page William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US […]

Bell gives notice to about 65 workers

Bell gives notice to about 65 workers

Source: Star Telegram, 25-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter has notified about 65 of its Fort Worth materiel buyers whose positions are being moved to Amarillo that Dec. 2 will be their last day of work, according to their union leader.  (see full story)

TC approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

TC approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

Source: Dart Helicopter Services, 24-Nov-11

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada approval of DART Aerospace’s Ltd. (DAS) Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. FAA and EASA approvals are pending. The Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ installs easily to existing Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ mounts. The step can be quickly mounted by one person […]

NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

Source: NTSB, 24-Nov-11

On November 15, 2011, at 0837 mountain standard time, a restricted category Williams Helicopter Corporation, UH-1H, N502AW, experienced a loss of power, made a hard landing, and came to rest on its right side about 3 miles northwest of the Valle Airport (40G), Grand Canyon, Arizona. The pilot operated the helicopter under the provisions of […]

US Army procure a Bell 412, contract valued at $10.5M

US Army procure a Bell 412, contract valued at $10.5M

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $10,537,813 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of one standard commercially configured Bell 412 enhanced performance helicopter with optional equipment requirements and complementary pilot and maintainer training.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas; Quebec, Canada; and Piney Flats, Tenn., with an estimated […]

CCAD returns third OH-58D to the fight

CCAD returns third OH-58D to the fight

Source: US Army, 22-Nov-11

A needed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior was returned to the fight when Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile handed the newly repaired KW’s log books to 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Col. John M. Morgan during a transfer ceremony held during the Luther Jones Professional Aviation Forum at the American Bank […]

Hawker Pacific to service Bell 429s from Bankstown

Hawker Pacific to service Bell 429s from Bankstown

Source: Australian Flying, 21-Nov-11

Hawker Pacific has added the Bell 429 Helicopter to its Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) at Bankstown Airport. (see full story)

Settlement reached in January 2010 Fish & Game crash case

Settlement reached in January 2010 Fish & Game crash case

18-Nov-11

The families of three state Fish and Game employees from Fresno who were killed when their helicopter hit a utility line last year will receive a cash settlement from Southern California Edison, according to the families’ attorneys.  (see full story) HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California […]

First operational deployment of upgraded H-1 with Northrop Grumman cockpit

First operational deployment of upgraded H-1 with Northrop Grumman cockpit

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Nov-11

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Avionics System played a key role in preparing the AH-1Z helicopter for its first operational deployment, marking the initial opportunity for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters to work together as a team. The AH-1Z and its sister aircraft, the UH-1Y, are deployed aboard the USSMakin Island with the 11th Marine […]

Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

Source: Brunei military, 17-Nov-11

The Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the contract award for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Support Helicopter Project to Sikorsky International Operations, Inc, United States of America. The project is for the supply of twelve (12) BLACKHAWK S-70i helicopters to replace the current fleet of Bell 212 and BO105 helicopters […]

Scott’s Bell 47 improves seats and interiors with Oregon Aero

Scott’s Bell 47 improves seats and interiors with Oregon Aero

Source: Scott's Bell 47, 17-Nov-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc., is excited to announce an agreement with Oregon Aero, Inc. to development an improved Seat System and modern Interior solutions for the model 47 fleet. Oregon Aero, Inc. is a leader in engineering, testing, certifying and manufacturing advanced seating & interior systems for aircraft and other applications. The company has […]

Kenya Wildlife Service adds Bell 407

Kenya Wildlife Service adds Bell 407

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-11

Kenya Wildlife Service has recently taken delivery of a brand new Bell 407 helicopter at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.  This has given the organisation an increase of internal capacity for aerial surveys, and to transport workers to locations where they need to deal with vital situations. At the handover, KWS Executive Director Julius Kipngetich said that […]

Bell honours relationship with Horizon Flight Training Academy

Bell honours relationship with Horizon Flight Training Academy

Source: Bell, 16-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter’s President & CEO John Garrison presents Hareb Thani Hareb Al Dhaheri, CEO for Horizon Flight Training Academy, with a model of a Bell 407 to recognize the long-standing relationship between the companies. Horizon Flight Training Academy currently operates the largest fleet of training helicopters in the Middle East. It will have 15 Bell […]

GAMA welcomes Bell into membership

GAMA welcomes Bell into membership

Source: GAMA, 16-Nov-11

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced that its Board of Directors has voted to expand the Association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers and to accept one of the world’s leading companies, Bell Helicopter, as the first GAMA member from this sector of general aviation products. “We are very excited about working formally to […]

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Source: Cheyenne RMC, 14-Nov-11

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is expanding its emergency care across the region with the addition of an AirLife Denver medical helicopter service in Cheyenne. The new service is a partnership between Cheyenne Regional and HCA-HealthONE, which operates AIRLIFE Denver. Cheyenne Regional’s new blue and sonic green helicopter will be stationed in Cheyenne and will provide air ambulance […]

V-22 Osprey makes Dubai Air Show debut

V-22 Osprey makes Dubai Air Show debut

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-11

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company [NYSE: TXT] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced that the V-22 Osprey titlrotor will be featured at the Dubai International Air Show in the United Arab Emirates from November 13 – 17. “The Dubai Air Show is one of the […]

FAA approve Meeker-AirFilm mounts for Bell 429

FAA approve Meeker-AirFilm mounts for Bell 429

Source: Meeker-AirFilm, 13-Nov-11

Meeker-AirFilm  are pleased to announce we have received: FAA / STC’s : SR02377LA and SR02376LA for our Bell 429 nose and aft mounts for: camera / sensor / searchlights. Working directly with Bell Helicopters, the mounts were developed to allow 429 operators to meet various mission requirements The nose mount offers these distinct features: nose […]

Helicopter Seychelles takes to the skies again

Helicopter Seychelles takes to the skies again

Source: Helicopter Seychelles, 12-Nov-11

Cheers and rejoicing erupted among Helicopter Seychelles staff tonight as the company received approval to resume full commercial passenger flights. The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the operator following a lengthy and complex application process. Passenger flights will begin on Sunday.  The company will offer day and night-time […]

Bell showcases civil and military products in Dubai

Bell showcases civil and military products in Dubai

Source: Bell, 12-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase the Bell 429, Bell 407AH as well as the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor during the 2011 Dubai Airshow. This marks the first time the V-22 and Bell 407AH will be on public display in the Middle East. “Bell Helicopter will have three of its game-changing […]

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System aces helicopter testing

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System aces helicopter testing

Source: BAE Systems, 12-Nov-11

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently successfully fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) from a UH-1Y helicopter, in preparation for fielding in 2012. The successful shots, which took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, Sept. 9-13, mark the start of APKWS […]

Firing of Bell executive was legal, judge rules

Firing of Bell executive was legal, judge rules

Source: Star-Telegram, 12-Nov-11

Judge ruled that Michael Prieto and his lawyer Hal Gillespie failed to prove that he was fired for investigating whether Bell was overcharging the U.S. government on military contracts. (See full story)

FAA/EASA certify Dart skidtube wearplates for Bell 206L/407

FAA/EASA certify Dart skidtube wearplates for Bell 206L/407

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 11-Nov-11

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd’s (DAS) stainless steel Run-on Landing Wearplates for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 Standard Skidtubes and Float Skidtubes. DART Aerospace’s Ltd. (DAS) traditional wearplates and wearpads are designed for durability under normal wear conditions. However, training and run-on landings […]

Paravion’s Emergency Compact Ground Handling Wheels

Paravion’s Emergency Compact Ground Handling Wheels

Source: Paravion Technology, 11-Nov-11

Paravion Technology, Inc has recently released another innovative product fueled by customer demand and operational necessity. The EGHW-100 kit is a pair of compact emergency ground handling wheels which easily stow in a small area of the baggage compartment or other storage area during flights. Quick and simple to use in the situation of an […]

HeliFlite awarded Platinum Safety Rating by Argus International

HeliFlite awarded Platinum Safety Rating by Argus International

Source: HeliFlite, 10-Nov-11

ARGUS recognizes HeliFlite’s ongoing commitment to safety by renewing their Platinum Safety Rating through 2012. “It is great to see operations like HeliFlite, who acknowledge the importance of building an organization focused around safety and quality, maintain the ARGUS Platinum Rating”, said ARGUS President and CEO, Joseph Moeggenberg. “HeliFlite should be proud to be one […]

Third fatality from New York B206 crash

Third fatality from New York B206 crash

Source: CNN, 08-Nov-11

A 60-year-old woman on Sunday became the third person to die as a result of a helicopter crash last month in New York’s East River, said a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner’s office. (see full story)

Dubai Air Wing sell JetRanger to German operator

Dubai Air Wing sell JetRanger to German operator

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-11

The Dubai Air Wing have recently sold an Agusta-Bell 206B JetRanger III to Germany.  Previously operating in the Middle East emirate as DU-144, the JetRanger is now registered as D-HAMM with Agrar Heliflug, and was noted at their heliport at Ahlen.  It is serial number 8692, built in 1985 Agusta built less than fifty more […]

FAA proposes AD for main rotor yoke on Bell 204/205/212

FAA proposes AD for main rotor yoke on Bell 204/205/212

Source: FAA, 04-Nov-11

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2011-1188; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-46-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212 Helicopters Preamble Information AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ———————————————————————– SUMMARY: This document proposes superseding four existing airworthiness […]

Bell to invest $240M in Fort Worth expansion

Bell to invest $240M in Fort Worth expansion

Source: Star-Telegram, 02-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter plans to build a new office building and training academy at its east Fort Worth headquarters complex and relocate hundreds of employees who now work at Alliance Airport and other area locations. (see full story)

Canadian forces complete 200th mission in Jamaica

Canadian forces complete 200th mission in Jamaica

Source: Canadian Forces, 02-Nov-11

The first half of October was incredibly busy for Task Force Jamaica; the team reached a new milestone and completed our first weather-related mission since our deployment in mid-August. During the weekend of 15–16 October, while most Jamaicans were enjoying a long weekend culminating in National Heroes’ Day (celebrated annually on the third Monday in […]

Bell and CCAD deliver first A2D Kiowa Warrior to US Army

Bell and CCAD deliver first A2D Kiowa Warrior to US Army

Source: Bell, 01-Nov-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, in partnership with Corpus Christi Army Depot and the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Management Office, delivered the first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Wartime Replacement Aircraft to the United States Army at a special ceremony. The aircraft was the first of a contracted 19 in the Army’s Wartime Replacement […]

Turkey requests three AH-1Ws plus parts, training

Turkey requests three AH-1Ws plus parts, training

Source: DSCA, 31-Oct-11

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Turkey for three AH-1W SUPER COBRA Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $111 million. The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of three AH-1W SUPER COBRA […]

Donaldson markets inlet barrier filters for Bell 230s

Donaldson markets inlet barrier filters for Bell 230s

Source: Donaldson, 31-Oct-11

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of the Donaldson Company, Inc.  announced today that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the Bell 230 helicopter. The aircraft will be added to an existing Supplemental Type Certificate for the Bell 430 helicopter. With this new IBF solution, […]

NTSB Factual Report – 15-Oct-11 YV-O-126 Bell 412

NTSB Factual Report – 15-Oct-11 YV-O-126 Bell 412

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

This is the text from the Factual Report, the contents of which are the responsibility of the NTSB.  As this is not the Final Report, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon:- On October 15, 2011, at 1933 UTC, a Bell 412SP, YV0126, registered to and operated by Electrificacion del […]

NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 4, 2011, at 1525 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N63Q, registered to a private owner, crashed […]

Bell delivers three 412s and a 429 into Mexico

Bell delivers three 412s and a 429 into Mexico

Source: Bell, 27-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered four Bell aircraft into Mexico – three Bell 412s and the first Bell 429 into Mexico earlier this year. The three Bell 412s were delivered to Heliservicio Campeche to support its oil & gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Bell Helicopter […]

Lifeline at Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony marks 30 years

Lifeline at Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony marks 30 years

Source: Rockford Register Star, 26-Oct-11

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center celebrates 30 years of its Lifeline medical helicopter program Wednesday, and staff say health system officials have invested in major equipment upgrades and training during the last few years to make the aircraft more dependable and in demand for the region. (see full story)

China certifies Bell 429

China certifies Bell 429

Source: Bell, 24-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has received type certification for the Bell 429 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. “This is an important milestone as Bell Helicopter continues to grow its presence within the Asia Pacific region,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for Bell Helicopter’s Commercial […]

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 5 years at Batesville

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 5 years at Batesville

Source: The Panolian, 24-Oct-11

Strong community support, a hometown crew and a steadfast mission to always do what is best for their patients: the essential ingredients to a recipe for success that has allowed the Batesville Air Evac Lifeteam crew to faithfully serve northwest Mississippi since first taking flight in 2006.  (See full story)

Bell awarded $6.6M transmission contract

Bell awarded $6.6M transmission contract

Source: US DoD, 21-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $6,675,000 for transmission assemblies. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. The date of performance completion is Nov. 30, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-G-0003/ZB63).

FAA approves B212 performance increase with BLR FastFin

FAA approves B212 performance increase with BLR FastFin

Source: BLR Aerospace, 21-Oct-11

BLR Aerospace, a name synonymous with outstanding performance enhancement technologies that increase the capabilities of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft by manufacturers such as Bell Helicopter and Hawker Beechcraft, today announced an FAA-certified performance increase for its Bell 212 FastFin® System. The FAA has approved a Flight Manual Supplement (FMS) certifying up to 500 pounds of […]

New instrument panel for Bell 47

New instrument panel for Bell 47

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 21-Oct-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc., is excited to announce an agreement with Instrument Specialties Co., Inc. (INSCO) to design & build new Instrument Panel Assemblies for the model 47 helicopter. INSCO will partner with AeroPanel Corporation & Geneva Aviation to provide a turnkey solution for a modern cockpit interface to be made available for upgrade […]

North Flight Data, AEL partner to develop FDR for Bell 206

North Flight Data, AEL partner to develop FDR for Bell 206

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

NORTH Flight Data Systems LLC is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam to partner together to develop a flight data recording system for the analog Bell 206 platform in a continuing effort to invest in safety through Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA). NORTH Flight’s C-2000 system is a […]

Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 20-Oct-11

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference that they delivered a new Bell 407 EMS Helicopter to Missouri based Air Evac EMS, Inc., (Air Evac Lifeteam) the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States.  Air Evac Lifeteam operates more than 110 Bell 206 Long Ranger […]

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-11

The InfoDefensa website is reporting that Paraguay is negotiating with Taiwan for eleven Bell UH-1H helicopters.  This follows ten from the same source in 2004 and a Bell 427 in July (see HeliHub.com story). Due to the way that the UH-1s were acquired by Taiwan, the far East country needs to apply to the US […]

Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service in the United States, awarded Philips a contract to supply 127 HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillators. The HeartStart MRx units will be deployed across all of Air Evac Lifeteam’s bases, which number 104 in 15 states, over the next six months. The HeartStart MRx meets […]

Fort Rucker’s OH-58D Kiowa fleet grounded

Fort Rucker’s OH-58D Kiowa fleet grounded

Source: Army Times, 20-Oct-11

Army aviation leaders grounded its fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Fort Rucker, Ala., on Tuesday because of “specific system concerns,” according to an Army release. (Full story)

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety project

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety project

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country, has entered the second level of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management System Voluntary Pilot Project, further bolstering the company’s commitment to safety and risk management.Air Evac Lifeteam Director of Safety Dave Hardin explained that Air Evac Lifeteam’s voluntary participation in the […]

Two new Bell 429s with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio Systems

Two new Bell 429s with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio Systems

Source: Becker Avionics, 18-Oct-11

Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY and San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM recently took delivery of new Bell 429 light-twin EMS helicopter equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio Systems, the DVCS6100. The Bell 429 for Mercy Flight was completed and delivered by Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and the San Juan Regional […]

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-11

Evergreen Helicopters have acquired two low-time Bell 214STs from the Saudi royal family.  Previously allocated to operations from superyacht “Prince Abdul Aziz”, the fourth largest private yacht in the world at 147m in length, the pair have last week been registered with the FAA as N511EV and N512EV.  They are serial numbers 28105 and 28115 […]

Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

Source: Halo Flight, 14-Oct-11

HALO-Flight, Inc., the only air ambulance serving the sixteen counties surrounding Corpus Christi, is expanding its fleet of emergency service vehicles. A third Bell 407 helicopter is expected to be delivered in early 2012. With this addition, HALO-Flight’s fleet will include three rotor-wing aircraft and one Specialty Care Transport ground ambulance. “HALO-Flight is focused on […]

Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

Source: Brownsville Herald, 13-Oct-11

The new McAllen base will be one of Air Evac Lifeteam’s 104 bases in the country and the 21st base in Texas, the company said in a statement. –

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-11

Swiss helicopter operator HeliSwiss has acquired a Bell 206B JetRanger 3 from Germany to replace the helicopter they lost in an accident in April (see details).  Rhe Bell arrived at HeliSwiss’ base at Bern on Monday of this week still carrying its German registration D-HGMS and will in the next few days be registered locally […]

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated  several ground breaking capabilities that will enable interoperability among  multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army […]

Bell appoints new VP for V-22 Osprey program

Bell appoints new VP for V-22 Osprey program

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today the appointment of Michael “Willy” D. Andersen as Vice President and Program Director for of the V-22 Osprey and deputy director of the Bell-Boeing Program office. In this dual role, Andersen will report directly to Mitch Snyder, executive vice president of military programs at Bell […]

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

Source: FlightSafety, 11-Oct-11

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) in Mexico for two Level D simulators and three Level 7 qualified flight training devices. FlightSafety has now received approval for 274 of its simulators and flight training devices from the DGAC in Mexico. “The approval […]

LifePort awarded STC for Bell 407 armor flooring

LifePort awarded STC for Bell 407 armor flooring

Source: LifePort, 10-Oct-11

AUSA, Wash., D.C., Maryland – LifePort, Inc. announced today it has been awarded a commercial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 407 helicopter with lightweight Ballistic Protection System (BPS). This is LifePort’s first STC approval for a BPS in a civil utility helicopter. LifePort is a Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) company – the […]

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-11

Turkish police have detained 16 people, including 13 military officers (11 active, 2 retired from duty), as part of an investigation into a helicopter crash that killed a politician. President Abdullah Gul has voiced suspicion about the circumstances of the crash after two components, including the flight recorder went missing following the March 2009 accident […]

FAA certifies Bell 407GX

FAA certifies Bell 407GX

Source: Bell, 10-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that its newest version of the popular Bell 407 – the 407GX – has earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification following its certification by Transport Canada earlier this year. Since the Bell 407GX was introduced in February at the 2011 HELI-EXPO annual convention in Orlando, […]

UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

Source: US Marine Corps, 10-Oct-11

The rotors of the aircraft made the once peaceful flight line a whirlwind of chaos. In true military fashion the birds flew in slow and came to a hover over their designated spots. While still hovering, the aircraft turned and proceeded to touch the ground, one at a time. This landing started a new chapter […]

Bell opens new call centre

Bell opens new call centre

Source: Bell, 07-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT), has implemented a new call center for customers of its Aeronautical Accessories brand and its Repair and Overhaul operation in Piney Flats, Tenn. The call center simplifies the process of incoming customer calls and increases routing capabilities, resulting in reduced overall call time and more rapid inquiry resolution. […]

Bell sells 429 and 407GX in Europe

Bell sells 429 and 407GX in Europe

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the signing of three purchase agreements, which included the Bell 429 and Bell 407GX, received during the 6th International Business Aviation Exhibition Jet Expo in Moscow and the Helitech Conference in Duxford, United Kingdom – continuing to grow its presence in the European and Russian markets […]

Bell wins environmental award

Bell wins environmental award

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), was recognized for its recycling program by the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association (NTCRA) at the Green Awards event on Wednesday, Sept. 28.  Bell Helicopter was claimed winner of the Stupendous Recycling Service category. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized for our recycling program at Bell […]

HeliFlite introduces private helicopter airport transfer services

HeliFlite introduces private helicopter airport transfer services

Source: HeliFlite, 05-Oct-11

HeliFlite announces 24/7 airport helicopter transfer services. Airport transfers are available to and from private area airports: Teterboro (TEB) and White Plains (HPN) as well as international hubs such as Newark (EWR), John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The flight time into any of the 3 New York City heliports is under 15 […]

120,000th student completes training at Bell’s Training Academy

120,000th student completes training at Bell’s Training Academy

Source: Bell, 05-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that on Friday, August 2, Shannon Halter became the 120,000th student to complete training from the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA). Pictured below, Trey Wade, Director of the Bell Helicopter Training Academy and Charles Fisher, Manager Technical Training for Bell Helicopter present Shannon Halter of United […]

Dart announces TC approval of B412 Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator

Dart announces TC approval of B412 Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 05-Oct-11

DART Helicopter Services announces Transport Canada Approval of DART Aerospace’s Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator for the Bell 412/412EP model of aircraft.  FAA approval has been previously received. The DART Step Actuator Release System replaces electrical linear step actuators with pneumatic actuators. This modification is designed to permit the passenger steps to remain in the […]

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M to convert one UH-1N to Huey II standard

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M to convert one UH-1N to Huey II standard

Source: US DoD, 04-Oct-11

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems of Warner Robins, Ga. is being awarded an estimated $8,395,974 cost plus award fee contract modification to modify and disassemble a UH-1N aircraft and convert it to a TH-1H aircraft. The cabin is inspected to find any cracks and corrosion which are repaired as required. The outdated obsolete analog avionics package […]

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M for AH-1Z target sight system

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M for AH-1Z target sight system

Source: US DoD, 04-Oct-11

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $14,089,047 firm-fixed-price order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00164-11-G-JQ97) for target sight system (TSS) spare parts and program support. This acquisition is for AN/AAQ-30 TSS spares that will be utilized for the current TSS that are installed into AH-1Z Cobra attack […]

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-11

Follow the HeliHub.com reports at the page for this accident – 04-Oct-11 Bell 206 New York, US-New York (1F) [File Photo] William P Johnson – HeliHub.com

Bell supports True Patriot Foundation Mission

Bell supports True Patriot Foundation Mission

Source: Bell, 03-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT), presented the True Patriot Love Foundation with a donation of $10,000 to further their mission of supporting members of the Canadian military and their families. The donation was presented as part of a ceremony held at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel, Canada facility, on September 6, in honor of the […]

CPI Aero wins $1.4M in new orders from Bell

CPI Aero wins $1.4M in new orders from Bell

Source: CPI Aero, 03-Oct-11

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero(R)”) announced today that it has received new purchase orders totaling $1.4 million from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, for the manufacture of various assemblies for the AH-1Z ZULU attack helicopter. The new orders were for additional requirements to a contract CPI Aero announced in March 2011. Including the new […]

Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Source: Canadian National Defence, 03-Oct-11

Thirteen members from CFB Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter (TH) Squadron flew to Nanton, Alta, home of the Bomber Command Museum and the Lancaster FM159, to celebrate the Squadron’s 70th anniversary, the museum’s 25th anniversary and the unveiling of newly acquired Halifax Bomber parts. It was a weekend filled with immense passion, amazing stories and the […]