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Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Source: Becker Avionics, 10-Jan-12

Fairfax County Police Department near Washington DC recently took delivery of the first of two new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopters equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100. Fairfax’s new 429 was completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation / PAC International in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their second 429 is currently undergoing […]

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-12

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been selected by the Turkish National Police from a field of several companies to enter final negotiations for an award for 15 Bell 429s with an option for five additional aircraft. “This selection represents the culmination of the efforts of a dedicated […]

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

In a ceremony on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport, the Polish Air Force VIP squadron 36SPLT (Specjalnego PuÅ‚ku Lotnictwa Transportowego = Special Air Transport Regiment) was disbanded. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defence Czeslaw Mroczek, Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. pil. […]

CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

Source: CAE, 05-Jan-12

CAE today announced that Mexico’s first business jet and civil helicopter training centre is open and ready for pilot training. New full-flight simulators (FFS) for the Bombardier Learjet 40/45 aircraft and the Bell 412 helicopter were recently qualified to Level D-equivalent standards by Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC). The new CAE training centre […]

NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

Source: NTSB, 05-Jan-12

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 December 26, 2011, at 0554 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N5016M, operated by SK Logistics, d.b.a. SK […]

Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,359,785 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-10-C-0035) to exercise an option for logistics products and services in support of H-1 helicopter upgrade program.  Services to be provided include logistics management support; technical material for maintenance planning; design interface; supply/material support; technical […]

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded an $8,880,685 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for 52 GEN II mission computers for the H-1 upgrades Lot 9 production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Woodland, Calif., and is expected to be completed in January […]

Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Source: Texas Christian University, 27-Dec-11

Engineering students are getting real life career experience in their senior project for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, Tristan Tayag, professor of the engineering department, said. Bell propositioned half of the senior engineering class to create a heads-up display for a helicopter cockpit. Lauren Lueders, senior design project manager, said. The display would provide visual cues to […]

MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

Source: US Navy, 23-Dec-11

The Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) at China Lake completed two major restoration projects for the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA), an AV-8A Harrier and a J-model AH-1 helicopter. Both aircraft are prominently displayed in front of the MAD headquarters at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake. In 2010, MAD members and volunteers repainted the […]

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 23-Dec-11

One million members! The Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance company reached a milestone today with the announcement they have signed up their one millionth Air Evac Lifeteam member. “This is a great achievement for the company overall,” said Vice President of Membership Keith Hovey. “But more importantly, it means that a million people will not […]

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-11

Bell took one of their demonstrator aircraft to the Dubai airshow, and started a demo tour from there on.  The helicopter entered UK airspace at Manston on Friday and is understood to be carrying out a demo flight for one specific potential customer in the Oxford area. Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the aircraft […]

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

Source: University of Utah Healthcare, 16-Dec-11

With the goal of better serving southern and central Utah regions, University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed and Mountain View Hospital welcomed guests today to celebrate AirMed’s new 24-hour aircraft base at Mountain View Hospital in Payson. The new base in Payson was a strategic move for AirMed, as the crew relocated to Mountain View […]

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell […]

Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Source: USPTO, 16-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,078,395) developed by Kenneth E. Builta, Euless, Texas, James E. Harris, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, and Billy K. Gore, Euless, Texas, for a “control system for automatic circle flight.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A flight […]

Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

15-Dec-11

The City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve a tax abatement for the expansion of Bell Helicopter’s headquarters in which the company will reap $13.5 million over 20 years if it meets requirements. (see full story)

REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

Source: REACH, 15-Dec-11

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and Methodist Healthcare (Methodist) announce the expansion of their partnership providing emergency helicopter service to include a second base in Pearsall, Texas, called Methodist AirCare 2. Service began on December 12, 2011. AirCare 2 will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service from a base located 50 miles southwest of […]

Unmanned underwater vehicle finds 2003 helicopter wreckage

Unmanned underwater vehicle finds 2003 helicopter wreckage

Source: University Centre in Svalbard, 14-Dec-11

A helicopter crashed and sank in Adventfjorden in December 2003, never to be seen again – until last week. An underwater robot was cruising at 70 meters depth to take images of the ocean floor for a UNIS research project, when it hit upon the remains of the helicopter. The helicopter crashed and sunk in […]

Bell awarded $13M contract modification for H-1 upgrades

Bell awarded $13M contract modification for H-1 upgrades

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $13,919,264 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00019-11-C-0023) for the systems engineering/program management and engineering investigations for the H-1 upgrades production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2012.  Contract funds will […]

Bell sponsor 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Bell sponsor 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Source: Living Legends, 12-Dec-11

The 9th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation”® Awards, presented by Learjet, welcomes ONEflight International as a Presenting Sponsor.  The awards will be held January 20, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton. Considered the most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation, this intimate, memorable, and historic evening of aviation awards and entertainment will feature Morgan Freeman, with a special […]

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-11

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.  Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.  The deal, valued at 57 crore […]

INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

Source: INAER, 12-Dec-11

In the city of Puerto Varas has been installed an emergency helicopter operations center for southern Chile. At the base, a Bell 212 helicopter will operate, equipped with a mobile ICU and medical equipment for the patient to receive the first care, stabilization in the accident site and care during transport to hospital. “The use of helicopters to evacuate critically […]

Hungary seek to buy 32 UH-1Ns

Hungary seek to buy 32 UH-1Ns

Source: DSCA, 11-Dec-11

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Dec. 6 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Hungary for the modification and inspection of 32 UH-1N Utility Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $426 million. The Government of Hungary has requested a possible sale of […]

Bell awarded $85M for H-1 software upgrades

Bell awarded $85M for H-1 software upgrades

Source: US DoD, 09-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $85,201,239 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the software upgrades in support of the H-1 Upgrade Program.  This contract includes design, development, studies, and implementation of the upgrades to existing software and ancillary hardware and/or improved functionality and obsolescence management of the aircraft.  Work will be […]

Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Source: Med-Trans, 08-Dec-11

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry is pleased to announce that their Southeast Texas Air Rescue program was recently named the Texas EMS Air Medical Service of the Year. The Department of Health and Human Services recently presented the award to the Air Rescue team at the Texas EMS Conference in Austin, […]

Lockheed Martin awarded $30.6M for AH-1Z Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin awarded $30.6M for AH-1Z Target Sight System

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Dec-11

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received two contracts totaling $30.6 million 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. These contracts will provide spare units and parts as well as program support for the AH-1Z fleet. The Naval Surface Warfare […]

Bell lays off 45 parts and supplies buyers

Bell lays off 45 parts and supplies buyers

Source: Star-Telegram, 05-Dec-11

On Friday morning in Fort Worth, 45 Bell employees were given their walking papers because their positions had been moved to Amarillo. (see full story)

SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

Source: Scotts Bell 47, 02-Dec-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. will be exhibiting a refurbished 47G-2A at the NAAA (National Agricultural Aviation Association) Convention Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec 6-7. This helicopter, operated by sister company Scott’s Helicopter Services, Inc., is an example of the quality of refurbishment that SB47 hopes to offer to the marketplace in the […]

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Source: Bell, 02-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it delivered two Bell 412s to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “We’ve had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for […]

Indonesian government agencies order five Bell 412s

Indonesian government agencies order five Bell 412s

Source: Bell, 01-Dec-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has received five firm orders with two potential follow-on orders for Bell 412s from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for delivery to government agencies in Indonesia. “Bell Helicopter has had a long partnership with PTDI in Indonesia,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell […]

Argentine Army acquire 20 AB206s from Italian Carabinieri

Argentine Army acquire 20 AB206s from Italian Carabinieri

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-11

The Italian Carabinieri have moved on from using AB206 JetRangers, largely concentrating on variants of the AgustaWestland AW109, most recently the AW109N Nexus.  Twenty AB206 JetRangers previously used by the Italian law enforcement agency have been sold to the Argentine Army, where they will be allocated to the 602 Commando Company and based at Campo […]

United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 30-Nov-11

United Rotorcraft Solutions, located in Decatur, TX, recently secured the completion contract to outfit HALO-Flight, Inc’s third Bell 407 Helicopter. In late October, HALO-Flight purchased an additional aircraft to meet the needs of its 26-county service area. “We selected United Rotorcraft for the task because of our past experience with the company and their new […]

HeliFlite expands charter operations to Florida

HeliFlite expands charter operations to Florida

Source: Heliflite, 30-Nov-11

“Florida is a popular travel destination for our clientele,” states Brian Lantier, Director of Strategy and Business Development at HeliFlite. “The demand for charter operations has increased significantly over the years. The ability to save time by flying directly to top golf courses, Miami or Disney World is a huge convenience.” Florida operations will be based out of West Palm […]

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).