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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 [...]

Minnesota National Guard dedicates retired AH-1 and UH-1

Minnesota National Guard dedicates retired AH-1 and UH-1

Source: St Cloud Times, 03-Oct-11

Honoring the history of Minnesota National Guard aviation, two Army helicopters were dedicated as part of a permanent display Thursday outside the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud. (Full story)  File photo

UH-1Y pilots fire first APKWS shots

UH-1Y pilots fire first APKWS shots

Source: US Navy, 03-Oct-11

The Navy and Marine Corps recently fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II from a UH-1Y helicopter at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif., Sept. 9-13. The recent shots, part of the program’s low-rate initial production phase, mark the start of APWKS testing on the UH-1Y [...]

HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

Source: HALO-Flight, 03-Oct-11

Driscoll Children’s Hospital and HALO-Flight, Inc. have begun a partnership that will result in an unprecedented level of service for critically ill and injured children of South Texas. Beginning in September, HALO-Flight will dedicate a helicopter exclusively to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. This partnership will significantly reduce the time it takes to transport patients to the [...]

ATK receives $58.7M ammunition contract for AH-1 and others

ATK receives $58.7M ammunition contract for AH-1 and others

Source: ATK, 29-Sep-11

ATK has received an order valued at more than $58.7 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Direct Fire Munitions Branch, Rock Island Contracting Center (RICC), Rock Island, Ill., to produce multiple variants of 20mm PGU-series ammunition. This is the third order under a contract originally signed in September 2008. If all options are exercised, [...]

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

Source: Doug Doty Foundation, 29-Sep-11

Hillsboro Aviation and The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation has teamed up to offer the non-profit foundation’s first Bell 206B3 JetRanger Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to help helicopter pilots advance to the next level in their training and make positive contributions to the aviation industry. The scholarship includes enrollment in Hillsboro Aviation’s [...]

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Source: Post-Standard, 29-Sep-11

Sheriff Kevin Walsh is trying to sell naming rights to Onondaga County’s Bell 407 as a way of keeping it flying in the face of budget cuts.  A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the company’s name displayed prominently on it.  While it will retain its “Air-1” radio call sign, it would [...]

Lockheed Martin awarded $16M for AH-1Z target sight systems

Lockheed Martin awarded $16M for AH-1Z target sight systems

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-11

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $16,650,000 firm-fixed-price contract for six spare AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The TSS provides target identification and tracking; passive targeting for integrated weapons, including Hellfire missiles; and a laser designation capability supporting friendly laser-guided weapons. Work [...]

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

Source: Bell, 28-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced today the completion of the final Safety Enhancement Program (SEP) OH-58D delivered to the Army as part of the Kiowa Warrior refresh program. The program experienced 13 years of on time deliveries. “Delivering each of the 292 [...]

Bell awarded $8.6M for cuff assemblies

Bell awarded $8.6M for cuff assemblies

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $8,622,105 for cuff assemblies. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2016. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-G-0003-THLN).

Where is Bell at Helitech?

Where is Bell at Helitech?

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-11

Helitech could almost pass by with no mention of Bell.  They have no exhibition stand, no helicopters in the static park and no plans to issue a press release to coincide with the event.  Bell are, however, sponsoring the conferences, including providing two speakers, as follows Wednesday 16:20-16:40 Product Safety, Operational Risk and Safety Management [...]

Bell awarded $10M for cuff and yoke redesign of H-1 upgrades

Bell awarded $10M for cuff and yoke redesign of H-1 upgrades

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,047,265 cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0003) for design and development activities in support of the cuff and yoke redesign of the H-1 helicopter upgrades. This delivery order will include initiating the design-build-buy activities, part/drawing release, and support analysis for detailed [...]

LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Sep-11

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $49.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008, followed by a second production contract [...]

EFW awarded $9.4M more for AH-1W helmet system

EFW awarded $9.4M more for AH-1W helmet system

Source: US DoD, 20-Sep-11

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,449,387 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0057) to provide hardware, installations, non-recurring engineering, technical data, and installation support of the Helmet Display Tracking System in AH-1W helicopters. Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (51 percent), Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and Melbourne, Fla. [...]

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-11

There has been a fatal accident of a Bell AH-1W at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California, killing both occupants. The HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 19-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Camp Pendleton, US-California (2F)

Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

19-Sep-11

There has been a fatal accident of an Agusta-Bell 412 in the Granada region of Spain, killing all three on board.  Although a firefighting helicopter, it was not active in that role but  on a ferry flight The HeliHub.com page for

Bell recognized by Texas veterans

Bell recognized by Texas veterans

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, was recognized by the Texas Veterans Commission at its 64th Annual Statewide Training Conference held in Houston, Texas. Bell Helicopter’s Military Aircraft Assembly and Delivery Center in Amarillo, Texas received the Large Employer of the Year Award for its successful efforts to hire veterans and its continued [...]

Three Bell 429s for Australia’s Navy

Three Bell 429s for Australia’s Navy

Source: Australian MoD, 19-Sep-11

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Royal Australian Navy has signed a new contract with Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429 helicopters aimed to maintain and develop the skills of junior Naval helicopter aircrew. The contract is worth around $26 million over four years and includes support and maintenance. Mr [...]

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-11

JetRanger from the German operator Rotorflug was operating out of Jerez airport in Spain on a filming detail when it had a problem and force landed in a narrow Spanish street.  HeliHub.com safety data records this accident at:- 18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-11

MICHAEL ARMY AIRFIELD, Utah — The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, on Sept. 16. The MUSIC exercise is the largest [...]

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

SCOOP! OSF Life Flight, run by St Francis Medical Center in the Illinois city of Peoria, is set to move from using Bell 230s.   Currently they fly four of the type, registered N830SF, N840SF, M870SF and N880SF, two registered to OSF Aviation LLC in 2002 and two in 2007. In recent days, four Eurocopter [...]

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is to petition County Executive Joanie Mahoney to get their “Air-1″ Bell 407 put back in the county budget for next year.  The budget Mahoney presented to the county Legislature on Wednesday assumes that the sheriff will raise all of the money for Air-1 through donations and by charging fees [...]

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

Heliswiss is celebrating one of its JetRangers passing 18,000 flight hours on 31st August.  Delivered new in 1980 from the Agusta production line, and serialled 8606, this aircraft was flown in Austria as OE-DXV until purchased by Heliswiss in March 1986.  Later the same year they passed it to their Spanish associate Heliswiss Iberica for [...]

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

Source: El Dorado Sheriff, 13-Sep-11

On Saturday, August 20, Sheriff John D’Agostini unveiled the newest member of the Sheriff’s fleet – a Jet Ranger helicopter, call sign “EAGLE ONE.”  The presentation of EAGLE ONE was conducted at the Annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds when the helicopter, complete with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office decals, landed [...]

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Source: ESCC, 13-Sep-11

“The Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark, a unit of Enterprise State Community College, has formed a partnership with Bell Helicopter-Ozark to develop the Aviation Maintenance Training Program,” says Dr. Nancy Chandler, ESCC president. “This program provides paid, part-time work experiences where AAC students can gain practical skills and knowledge while they complete their Associate in [...]

Slave Lake honours pilot killed fighting fires

Slave Lake honours pilot killed fighting fires

Source: Metro News, 12-Sep-11

Slave Lake in northern Alberta will honour Bell 212 pilot Jean-Luc Deba of Montreal, who was killed while fighting the wildfires that whipped through the town in May.  (See full story) .  Helihub.com page for this accident – 20-May-11 C-FJUR Bell 212 Slave Lake, Canada (1F).  File photo

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,014,909) developed by five co-inventors for a “control system for vehicles.” The co-inventors are Kenneth E. Builta, Euless, Texas, James E. Harris, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, Bryan P. Honza, Grapevine, Texas, Jeffrey W. Epp, Bedford, Texas, and Kynn J. Schulte, Arlington, Texas. The abstract of [...]

Bell honours Canadian military with V-22 demo

Bell honours Canadian military with V-22 demo

Source: Bell, 07-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today celebrated its long standing partnership with the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) during a ceremony at the company’s Mirabel, Canada facilities. Members from the Canadian Forces were on hand to be recognized and thanked by Bell Helicopter leadership for their continued dedication to defending national [...]

Scott’s Bell 47 appoints Director of Customer Support & Services

Scott’s Bell 47 appoints Director of Customer Support & Services

Source: Scott’s Bell 47, 01-Sep-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of a new member to their leadership team, Mr. Don Maguire, as Director of Customer Support & Services effective immediately. Don brings extensive experience in the aerospace business, including over 30 years of rotorcraft experience. Don started his career in helicopter maintenance with a [...]

LockMart wins $50M contract for AH-1Z sensors

LockMart wins $50M contract for AH-1Z sensors

Source: US DoD, 01-Sep-11

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $49,950,000 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 18 AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS) that will be integrated into the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. This integration is part of the USMC H-1 upgrade program to remanufacture legacy aircraft with state of the art designs [...]

B407 vision and lighting kits now available

B407 vision and lighting kits now available

Source: Bell, 31-Aug-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has received FAA approval for new vision and lighting accessory kits for Bell 407 helicopter models.  The Aeronautical Accessories branded, STC certified kits are available for immediate shipment. The new Aeronautical Accessories vision and lighting kits are available in four configurations designed to improve visibility. [...]

Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Aug-11

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan  —  Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 awarded 18 Marines with combat aircrew wings at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. The combat wings signify service in a combat environment, compared to the basic wings all aircrew receive when their initial training is complete. The crew chiefs of HMLA-267 who received their combat [...]

USS New Orleans preps for AH-1Z first deployment

USS New Orleans preps for AH-1Z first deployment

Source: US Navy, 29-Aug-11

USS NEW ORLEANS, At Sea – Amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) hosted deck-landing qualifications (DLQs) for Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters during a pre-deployment exercise, Aug. 11. Declared combat-ready by the U.S. Marine Corps in September 2010, the AH-1Z Cobra will undergo its first operational deployment as part of Amphibious [...]

Rebtech adds NVG compatibility to Virginia State Police 407s

Rebtech adds NVG compatibility to Virginia State Police 407s

Source: Rebtech, 29-Aug-11

As the result of a competitive bid award by the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit, REBTECH has teamed with Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC) to provide the first night vision compatible cockpit and cabins for the agency’s Bell 407 helicopters.  Installation of the REBTECH night vision Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was completed at the PAC facility [...]

UH-1Y crew chief awarded for seat design

UH-1Y crew chief awarded for seat design

Source: US Marine Corps, 26-Aug-11

Sgt. Zachary Lucas, a UH-1Y crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, was recognized for his technical innovation with a $5,000 check Aug. 19 at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. Lucas, 26, from St. Louis, Mo., was awarded with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a check for Department of [...]

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Aug-11

Marion, IL – Todd Test, flight paramedic for the Marion, Ill. Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2011 Region 1 Flight Paramedic of the Year award. Test’s region consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. The Flight Paramedic of the Year is presented to the paramedic who [...]

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 24-Aug-11

The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2011 Region 1 Base of the Year. Region 1 consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that best exemplifies the [...]

GES® and Bell Helicopter – A Lasting Partnership

GES® and Bell Helicopter – A Lasting Partnership

Source: GES, 23-Aug-11

Global Experience Specialists (GES) a leader in exhibition, event and retail marketing services announced that it completed another successful product launch for long-time client Bell Helicopter. The most recent product launch was at Heli-Expo 2011, the largest trade show dedicated to the international helicopter community. GES delivered a sophisticated, high-impact experience to showcase and debut two new [...]

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 23-Aug-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47), OEM for the Model 47 helicopter, today announced a reduction of their Main Rotor Blade spares pricing to $45,000 per blade, -13 & -21, and $45,500 for the -23. This reduction is driven by the customer survey responses received over the past 6 months and is afforded by their [...]

Canadian Forces part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing closes

Canadian Forces part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing closes

Source: Canadian Forces, 23-Aug-11

The Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) Air Wing officially ended its operations today at Kandahar Airfield in a ceremony attended by key leaders of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as well as the Canadian Forces (CF) members currently deployed at Kandahar Airfield.  This comes on the heels of the end of the CF’s combat [...]

Howard County Police receives Aero Dynamix NVG conversion

Howard County Police receives Aero Dynamix NVG conversion

Source: Aero Dynamix, 23-Aug-11

Aero Dynamix Inc. is very proud to announce the completion and delivery of the Howard County Police night vision goggle modified Bell 407 aircraft. ’We are very pleased to be working with a large number of law enforcement agencies on the conversion of their aircraft for night vision goggle operations’ stated General Manager Dennis Trout. [...]

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-11

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will use a Helimod helicopter simulator leased from Ryan Aerospace to help train Australian Army pilots to fly Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Delivery is expected before the end of this year. “Under our Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract, Boeing has traditionally taught students to fly [...]

New EMS B429 lands in New Mexico

New EMS B429 lands in New Mexico

Source: San Juan Regional Medical Center, 21-Aug-11

Four Corners residents might have noticed an unfamiliar sound and object in the air as San Juan Regional Medical Center’s new Bell 429 air ambulance landed at the hospital over the past weekend and its pilots began training flights. The Bell 429 AirCare helicopter replaces the hospital’s previous Bell 222 model, which was leased for [...]

PKL Services awarded $15M contract modification for USMC helicopter maintenance

PKL Services awarded $15M contract modification for USMC helicopter maintenance

Source: US DoD, 17-Aug-11

PKL Services, Inc.*, Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $15,876,931 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 Corp aircraft platforms:  AH-1W, UH-1N, CH-53D/E, and CH-46E.  Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, San Diego, Calif. (30 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent); Iraq/Afghanistan [...]

Canada sends three 412s to support Jamaica for 2011 hurricane season

Canada sends three 412s to support Jamaica for 2011 hurricane season

Source: Canadian DND, 12-Aug-11

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that in response to a request from the Government of Jamaica, Canada is deploying three CH-146 Griffon tactical helicopters and 65 Canadian Forces personnel to support the Jamaica Defence Force during the 2011 hurricane season. “Our government is committed to ensuring that our Canadian Forces are [...]

Bell appoints new Managing Director in Europe

Bell appoints new Managing Director in Europe

Source: Bell, 11-Aug-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Patrick Moulay has been selected as the new Managing Director for Commercial Business for the Europe and Russia regions. Moulay’s selection was the result of a broad search to find the right talent in terms of knowledge, commitment and energy to represent Bell Helicopter in [...]

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Source: Aerosonic, 10-Aug-11

Aerosonic Corporation, a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that it has received a new contract award from Defense Logistics Agency in support of the US Army Aviation Command. The contract is to supply AAU/32A Encoding Altimeters used on the UH60 Blackhawk and OH58 Helicopter Fleet. The [...]

FlightSafety announces new manager for Daleville Learning Center

FlightSafety announces new manager for Daleville Learning Center

Source: FlightSafety, 10-Aug-11

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Mitch Alexander has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Learning Center in Daleville, Alabama. “Mitch’s proven leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of training center operations, and commitment to provide our Customers with high quality training programs and services, made him the ideal choice for this important role.” said [...]

Bell Boeing submits five year fixed price proposal for 174 V-22 Ospreys

Bell Boeing submits five year fixed price proposal for 174 V-22 Ospreys

Source: Bell Boeing, 08-Aug-11

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter – Textron [NYSE: TXT] and the Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has submitted its proposal to the U.S. government for a second multiyear procurement (MYP II) contract for the production and delivery of V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.   The five-year, fixed price [...]

Bell’s top rank in product support validated by second independent survey

Bell’s top rank in product support validated by second independent survey

Source: Bell, 07-Aug-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been named number one in product support in Aviation International News’ 2011 Product Support Survey for the sixth consecutive year. As the top scorer in eight of the 10 categories surveyed, Bell Helicopter strengthened its position as the industry leader in customer support. Earlier this year, [...]

UK: Private owner extracts three JetRangers from Sterling Helicopters

UK: Private owner extracts three JetRangers from Sterling Helicopters

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Aug-11

In recent months we have charted the lack of progress of helicopter operations by the Longmint Group, particularly focusing on Sterling Helicopters.  In one article, we noted that a private company Toby Blackwell Ltd had commenced legal proceedings against Sterling Helicopters, noting that they had bought three JetRangers from Sterling and then opened a leaseback [...]

Dart announces Brazilian approval of Heli-Rappel Kit on medium Bells

Dart announces Brazilian approval of Heli-Rappel Kit on medium Bells

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 04-Aug-11

DART is pleased to announce they have received Brazilian approval for their Heli-Rappel™ Kit for the Medium Bell aircraft models. Transport Canada and FAA approvals have been previously received. Installed in the roof structure of the cabin, the Heli‑Rappel™ provides a secure and safe system for deploying personnel into the field from a hover position [...]

Bell awarded $54M for OH-58D control display system

Bell awarded $54M for OH-58D control display system

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $54,490,905 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the production of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior control display system version cabin conversion.  Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  [...]

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-11

Local sources in the capital Colombo are reporting that that Sri Lankan Air Force are to buy two Bell 412s.  The report states that representatives are already with Bell in Texas discussing details of the acquisition. The SLAF already operates eight Bell 412s.  Unusually, the Air Force also operates pseudo civil flights under the operating [...]

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA approval of their Vertical Reference Door Kit

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA approval of their Vertical Reference Door Kit

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 03-Aug-11

DART is pleased to announce that they have received Transport Canada, FAA and EASA certification for their Vertical Reference Door Kit for Bell 204/205/210/212//214/412 model of aircraft. DART’s Vertical Reference Door improves visibility and allows the pilot to maneuver with precision when conducting any sort of vertical reference work.  In addition to offering a complete [...]

Bell awarded $12M contract for H-1 parts for US Navy

Bell awarded $12M contract for H-1 parts for US Navy

Source: US DoD, 01-Aug-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $12,507,896 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide for the repair coverage of seven items required to support the H-1 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected to be completed Nov. 30, 2013.   Contract funds are Navy Working Capital Funds and will [...]

Erlanger Life Force receives CAMTS accreditation

Erlanger Life Force receives CAMTS accreditation

Source: Erlanger Health System, 28-Jul-11

Erlanger Health System’s air medical program, LIFE FORCE, has received a three-year accreditation for achieving high priority in patient care and safety from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). As of July 15, 148 accredited medical services are through CAMTS. LIFE FORCE is one of three air medical services in Tennessee that [...]

New commandant for UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New commandant for UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

28-Jul-11

The current Group Captain, ‘Jock’ Brown is leaving RAF Shawbury after 2 years to take up a vital and exciting role in Afghanistan. His replacement is Captain Paul Shawcross from the Royal Navy who arrives from the same role. (full story)

Dart’s Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basket™ for LongRanger and 407 certified by FAA, TC and EASA

Dart’s Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basket™ for LongRanger and 407 certified by FAA, TC and EASA

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 28-Jul-11

DART is pleased to announce FAA, Transport Canada and EASA approval of their Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basket™ for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. The new PATENT PENDING DART Quick Release Heli-Utility-Baskets™ for light Bell aircraft feature an innovative mounting system that allows one person to quickly install or remove the basket in less [...]

First two deliveries made as Russia certifies Bell 429

First two deliveries made as Russia certifies Bell 429

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-11

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has this week announced the completion of the certification process for Bell’s light twin model 429.  This will open the way for sales Jet Transfer, Bell’s distributor for in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.  Shortly after this achievement, and the handover of certificate number PT325 to the manufacturer, Jet Transfer announced the [...]

Bell awarded $550M contract for 19 UH-1Y and 14 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $550M contract for 19 UH-1Y and 14 AH-1Z

Source: US DoD, 27-Jul-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $549,999,711 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-10-C-0015) for long lead materials and components associated with the manufacture and delivery of 19 lot eight UH-1Y build new aircraft; eight AH-1Z remanufactured aircraft; and six lot eight AH-1Z build new aircraft.  This [...]

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Source: Lexington Institute, 27-Jul-11

The U.S. Army has been seeking a successor to the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter for over a decade, and it has been a frustrating experience. The first attempt, called the RAH-66 Comanche, was canceled after it ran up $7 billion in development bills on a design that was too costly and complicated. The Army then [...]

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-11

At the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale last October, Bell announced that Air Evac Lifeteam had placed an order for sixteen Bell LongRanger IV helicopters.  HeliHub.com has heard that one of these has been allocated to their base at Woodward in Oklahoma, whch opened in May 2007, and went live on 1st July.  [...]