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Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a US Army plan to restructure its aviation forces that includes divesting all OH-58s and taking all AH-64s out of the National Guard – See full story

Source: Inside Defense, 15-Jan-14

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 14-Jan-14

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Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

The Colombian Navy has recently taken delivery of two Bell 412EPs, serialled locally as ARC-225 and ARC-226. These are Bell serial numbers 36639 test flown as N493AH and became ARC-225 with Colombian Navy, and 36640 test flown as N495FB and became ARC-226 with Colombian Navy Finished in a overall naval grey colour, the helicopters feature… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-14

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-14

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company buys Bell 429

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company buys Bell 429

Just before Christmas, a red and white Bell 429 arrived in the Philippines at the facility of Hawker Pacific Asia. This is serial 57155 and will be delivered shortly to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company to replace their Bell 427. The company also operates a Bell 430 and an AgustaWestland AW139. The 429 is reportedly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) today (7th January 2014) signed a 10-year contract in Swindon with Heli Charter Ltd for a new helicopter, which will come into service at the end of the year, when the lease on the current 12 year old aircraft expires. After a great deal of deliberation over the last… Read more »

Source: Heli Charter, 07-Jan-14

Bell works with Aero Design for 429 external cargo basket upgrade

Bell works with Aero Design for 429 external cargo basket upgrade

Aero Design Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has once again entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter to update the existing Bell 429 Helicopter Cargo Basket and Step installation for inclusion of serial numbers 57081 and subsequent. The initial offering of the Aero Design – Bell 429 Cargo Basket Assembly received Canadian certification… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 07-Jan-14

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

We are pleased to announce that the Air Bali operation has now officially moved into our new home at Benoa Heliport. Apart from being closer to our operations, we can now showcase our Heliport to future clients and guests. You can now see first hand our fleet of Bell 206 and 407 Helicopters that are… Read more »

Source: Air Bali, 05-Jan-14

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Air Methods to fly two Bell 407s for Haiti Air Ambulance

Air Methods to fly two Bell 407s for Haiti Air Ambulance

Air Methods Corporation, the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Haiti Air Ambulance Service, Inc. (“Haiti Air Ambulance”), a New York not-for-profit corporation, to provide air medical transportation services to the Republic of Haiti.  Under the agreement, which is similar to a traditional hospital services contract, Air… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Jan-14

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INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain will take over the maintenance of the Armed Forces’ fleet of AB 212 helicopters. The contract was awarded through a public competition by the Nato Support Agency (NSPA) and will last three years with the option of a two year extension. INAER has already taken delivery of the first AB 212 at its… Read more »

Source: INAER, 02-Jan-14

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Bell parent Textron adds Beechcraft to aviation portfolio

Bell parent Textron adds Beechcraft to aviation portfolio

Beechcraft Corporation announced today that Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. Bill Boisture, CEO of Beechcraft, said: “This transaction represents an important step forward in the evolution of Beechcraft’s business. The team at Beechcraft has worked tirelessly to strengthen our core business… Read more »

Source: Beechcraft, 02-Jan-14

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Scotts Bell 47GT6 to feature FDC/aerofilter Inlet Barrier Filters

Scotts Bell 47GT6 to feature FDC/aerofilter Inlet Barrier Filters

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) have made agreement with FDC/aerofilter to be their supplier of Inlet Barrier Filters for their new, Rolls Royce RR300 turbine-powered, 47GT-6 helicopters. Launched earlier this year and forecast for 1st delivery mid-2016, the 47GT-6 will include the Inlet Barrier Filter as standard equipment. “We are very pleased to be… Read more »

Source: Scott's - Bell 47, 22-Dec-13

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INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

The helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This milestone caps off more than three years of concept development, led by the Spanish Navy, with the resulting project being awarded at the end of 2011 to the… Read more »

Source: Avincis, 20-Dec-13

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Bell awarded $11M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $11M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,163,306 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for additional logistics products and services in support of the H-1 upgrade effort, including logistic management support, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of support equipment/technical data, distribution and inventory… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded $10M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronic, Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $10,551,915 firm-fixed-price contract for the fabrication, test, and delivery of 45 low rate initial production technical refresh AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters mission computers in support of Marine Corps helicopters. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, Calif., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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Bell expands Maintainers and Operators Conference Offerings

Bell expands Maintainers and Operators Conference Offerings

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), completed another successful year of Maintainers and Operators (M&O) Conferences during 2013, providing the opportunity to connect with more than 900 customers from approximately 20 countries. This year, the Customer Support and Services (CSS) organization hosted conferences in several new locations including Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Prague,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Dec-13

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Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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Bell parent Textron to release Q4 results on January 22, 2014

Bell parent Textron to release Q4 results on January 22, 2014

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) will release its fourth quarter 2013 financial results on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. The company will also host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss the results and the company’s outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (800) 230-1092 in the U.S. or… Read more »

Source: Textron, 19-Dec-13

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CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

A dramatic rescue unfolded yesterday afternoon in downtown Kingston, Ontario, when a crew from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, saved a crane operator who was trapped above a massive building fire. Around 2 p.m. on December 17, a fire broke out in a student residence that was under construction… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 19-Dec-13

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Bell expands service and customization offerings at Singapore

Bell expands service and customization offerings at Singapore

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced it has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206 series, Bell 407 series and Bell 429 aircraft under the certification of the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). “The CAAS approval offers enhanced service offerings to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Dec-13

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SkyTrac Systems demonstrates flight exceedances in real-time

SkyTrac Systems demonstrates flight exceedances in real-time

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce the successful flight test of their Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system in a Bell 212 with Skyline Helicopters Ltd. SkyTrac’s engineers were on site to conduct a test flight with Skyline to demonstrate rotor and engine component exceedances. SkyTrac’s FDM system – including an ISAT-200A, Cockpit Display Unit (CDU)… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 16-Dec-13

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Wheels Up announces official partnership with HeliFlite

Wheels Up announces official partnership with HeliFlite

Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, the revolutionary membership-based private aviation company and Kurt Carlson, CEO of HeliFlite, a full-service helicopter operator offering on-demand charter, have jointly announced a partnership providing Wheels Up members access to HeliFlite’s fleet of Bell 430 and Sikorsky S-76 executive-class helicopters for transfers between Manhattan and Tri-state area airports, effective… Read more »

Source: Wheels Up, 15-Dec-13

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Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard announced the opening of its newest base of operations located in Moab, Utah. The new base will serve the region with premium air ambulance services and leading industry practices and technology. Classic Lifeguard has made the decision to relocate one of their medically configured Bell 407’s to Moab in order to more effectively… Read more »

Source: Classic Lifeguard, 13-Dec-13

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Retired Bell employees lose $500 Christmas bonus

Retired Bell employees lose $500 Christmas bonus

It appears that the Christmas bonuses were eliminated during negotiations between Bell and the UAW Local 218 untion for a new five-year contract, which was ratified on 13th October.  See full story

12-Dec-13

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Hawker Pacific Secures Australia’s First Bell 407GX Sale

Hawker Pacific Secures Australia’s First Bell 407GX Sale

Following the recently concluded region-wide demonstration tour, Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is delighted to announce Australia’s first Bell 407GX helicopter sale to a private Australian customer. The aircraft, slated for delivery in early 2014, will be based in Sydney, used for corporate… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 12-Dec-13

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Bell to build the SLS in Louisiana

Bell to build the SLS in Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. The project will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits, while Bell will invest $11.4… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Dec-13

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Scotts Bell 47 ensures long term supply of Lycoming VO-435 pistons

Scotts Bell 47 ensures long term supply of Lycoming VO-435 pistons

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) announced today that they have made an agreement with Lycoming Engines that will ensure supply of Lycoming VO-435 Engine “Hi-Dome” Pistons for at least the next 10 years. SB47 will become the sole distributor for factory-new, OEM-approved pistons, Lycoming part number 76172 used on the VO-435 engine, which is… Read more »

Source: Scotts Bell 47, 10-Dec-13

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Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

It has been widely reported in recent days that the City of New York has filed a lawsuit against Bell, effectively requesting them to supply a new helicopter for the one that crashed, which they claim was defective. See story in NY Daily News However, in looking at this situation, you also need to consider… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-13

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Scotts Bell 47 far exceed their 2013 sales targets for turbine 4GT-6 helicopter

Scotts Bell 47 far exceed their 2013 sales targets for turbine 4GT-6 helicopter

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) announced today they have far exceeded their 2013 sales targets for the 4GT-6 helicopter, having taken deposits for 38 aircraft. The 47GT-6 helicopter was announced earlier this year at Heli Expo in Las Vegas; a Rolls Royce RR300 turbine powered model 47, forecast for first delivery in July 2016…. Read more »

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 06-Dec-13

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New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

The new hangar for the Air Saint Luke’s helicopter is almost done.  Construction began earlier this year  See full story

Source: KMVT, 05-Dec-13

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Bell approves Colombian Air Force to do their own Huey II conversions

Bell approves Colombian Air Force to do their own Huey II conversions

During a recent ceremony, Bell granted the certification to the Air Maintenance Command which allows them to convert the UH-1H to Huey II standard, enhancing their existing capabilities. This opens the way for 19 UH-1Hs operated by Air Combat Command No.4 to be converted locally. The ceremony was attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Colombian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-13

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Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 05-Dec-13

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Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

Aircraft Zero is a Go – The launch of the Bell 525 RASIL

Since its launch in early 2012, pilots and operators from around the globe have expressed their enthusiasm and anticipation for the Bell 525 Relentless — they want one now! Those who have experienced the 525’s capabilities with the help of an advanced cockpit simulator have been impressed with its ARC Horizon® flight deck, exceptionally comfortable and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Dec-13

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Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

Astronics electronic power distribution system to be Installed on Bell 525

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. (Astronics AES), will be supplying Bell Helicopter with the Secondary Electronic Power Distribution System (EPDS) for the new Bell 525 Relentless. Astronics designs and builds modern electrical distribution… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 04-Dec-13

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Christie to supply projection systems for USMC AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer

Christie to supply projection systems for USMC AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer

Christie® today announced that Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) awarded Christie the contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with projection systems consisting of 12 Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state LED projectors for AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) Device 2F136A upgrades. Six display system projectors will be installed at Marine Corps Base Camp… Read more »

Source: Christie, 04-Dec-13

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Swedish operator HeliNord takes delivery of LongRanger

Swedish operator HeliNord takes delivery of LongRanger

Today the Örnsköldsvik company HeliNord Norden took delivery of a second Long Ranger that will join the company’s fleet of HeliSki helicopters in Kittelfjäll this winter. The helicopter, a 1988 Bell 206 L-3 formerly known as LN-OBS, was delivered from Oslo to Umeå today. The 5000-hour helicopter will join HeliNord’s current fleet of two Alouette… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 29-Nov-13

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Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0085) into the August 2012 engine failure and hard landing of a Bell 407 helicopter inWabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 12 August 2012, a Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited Bell 407 helicopter was slinging a drill tower approximately 4 nautical miles southwest of Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. At around 1 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, as the helicopter was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.  This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and Pt. Mugu, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2014…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Nov-13

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Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

The Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday 3rd December at the Forest Hill Business Airpark to make the announcement and debut their Bell OH-58  See full story  [File photo]

Source: Baltimore Sun, 28-Nov-13

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Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

Horizon International Flight Academy took part in the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held this year at Al Maktoum International Airport. With a participation of several companies of the aviation industry as well those interested in this field. Horizons Head of Operation Philip Mark Chandler was also a speaker at the Gulf Aviation Training Event… Read more »

Source: Horizon, 26-Nov-13

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Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), congratulates San Antonio AirLIFE for transporting its 50,000th patient, a milestone reached this quarter. Bell Helicopter is celebrating AirLIFE’s accomplishment at the 2013 Texas EMS Conference, in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 24 -27. Anthony Moreland, managing director of North American sales for Bell Helicopter presented San Antonio… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-13

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Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

Group3 Aviation, a Los Angeles helicopter tour company, recently added a new helicopter to its fleet. The addition to the fleet is a 206B JetRanger III helicopter, which will be used for charter flights, sightseeing and aerial photographs and filming. The Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter is capable of seating four passengers in addition to the… Read more »

Source: Group3 Aviation, 26-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 26-Nov-13

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Aeronautical Accessories increases product offerings in 2014

Aeronautical Accessories increases product offerings in 2014

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that its Aeronautical Accessories brand is now a distributor of the RoLin product line including protective portable hangars, windscreens and component part covers. The RoLin Windshield Buddy™ product line will be included in Aeronautical Accessories’ 2014 helicopter parts and accessories catalog. This line provides protection for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-13

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Able Engineering launches FAA-approved Bell 206 Duplex Bearings

Able Engineering launches FAA-approved Bell 206 Duplex Bearings

Bell 206 operators received welcome news to help offset rising maintenance costs this week when the FAA granted PMA approval to Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 Duplex Bearings (OEM p/n 206-040-032-105; Able p/n 2AA-040-032-105). Able, a world leader in aviation component repair development, overhaul, and approved replacement parts solutions, will immediately… Read more »

Source: Able Engineering, 25-Nov-13

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US Marine Corps procures AH-1Z Flight Training Device

US Marine Corps procures AH-1Z Flight Training Device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $13,929,461 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-12-C-0030) to exercise an option to procure one AH-1Z Flight Training Device for the U.S. Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Broken Arrow, Okla. (54 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (28 percent) and St. Louis, Mo. (18… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for AH-1Z turret/target system work

Lockheed Martin awarded $13M for AH-1Z turret/target system work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded $13,297,674 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order 0015 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00164-11-G-JQ97) for the procurement of eight redesigned Turret Electronic Unit prototypes and related data items for the Target Sight Systems AN/AAQ-30(A).  This acquisition is for the AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems (TSS)… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Nov-13

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Bell collaborates to create opportunity for students in Aviation and Engineering

Bell collaborates to create opportunity for students in Aviation and Engineering

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) and Tarrant County College (TCC) announced today a collaborative effort to provide advanced aviation and engineering training for students at Dunbar High School. Representatives from Bell Helicopter, FWISD and TCC landed in a Bell 407GX at Dunbar High School in Fort… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-13

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New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-13

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Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Abu Dhabi Aviation to take delivery of first Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce the upcoming delivery of the first Bell 412EPI helicopter in the world to Abu Dhabi Aviation for offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The Bell 412 platform has been a vital part of our operations for many years. We chose… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Nov-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

Air-Evac Lifeteam opened a new base in Inez, Kentucky. to provide quicker care to patients in crucial moments.  See full story

Source: WSAZ, 15-Nov-13

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Aero Design Bell 429 cargo basket approved by FAA

Aero Design Bell 429 cargo basket approved by FAA

Aero Design Ltd. is happy to announce that it has received US approval for the Bell 429 Cargo Basket in addition to the Canadian and EASA approvals previously acquired. Company President Jason Rekve says that these are very exciting times for the company and we are looking forward to the introduction of several new products… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 15-Nov-13

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Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (52 percent); Mirabel, Canada… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-13

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Bell to showcase three civil and three military helicopters in Dubai

Bell to showcase three civil and three military helicopters in Dubai

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will have a strong presence at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the Middle East’s leading aerospace event, held at Dubai World Central November 17-21. Bell Helicopter will feature a number of commercial and military aircraft on static display, showcasing their outstanding capabilities to meet the unique mission requirements… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-13

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Air Methods completes first of four Bell 407GX for Careflite

Air Methods completes first of four Bell 407GX for Careflite

United Rotorcraft Division completed and delivered the first of four medically-equipped Bell 407GX helicopters to CareFlite, a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation providing medical transport across North Texas. The other three medically-equipped Bell 407GXs are anticipated to be completed and delivered to CareFlite by the end of the year. “United Rotorcraft is honored to have earned… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 13-Nov-13

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Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first seven of 15 Bell 429s to the Turkish National Police on or ahead of schedule. The aircraft will be used for a wide array of law enforcement missions, including surveillance, personnel transport and air support of ground operations. “With the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Nov-13

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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation restore UH-1

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation restore UH-1

Operation Huey Restoration will see UH-1D 64-13732 become a monument at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel.  see full story

Source: Asbury Park Press, 12-Nov-13

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Med-Trans’ North Colorado Med Evac Program adds third Bell 407

Med-Trans’ North Colorado Med Evac Program adds third Bell 407

Med-Trans Corp. and North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC), a Banner Health facility, have announced the expansion of its North Colorado Med Evac air medical transport program with the addition of a third Bell 407 medical helicopter. The aircraft and medical flight crew will be based at the Colorado Plains Regional Airport (Akron, CO) and begin… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 12-Nov-13

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Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and Two Bear Air are pleased to announce the arrival of the much-anticipated Bell 429 rescue helicopter. This helicopter is the flagship of a unique public/private philanthropic partnership between Flathead County and philanthropist Mike Goguen of Whitefish. “Residents and visitors are drawn to enjoy the natural resources and rugged atmosphere… Read more »

Source: Two Bear Air, 11-Nov-13

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Sole survivor of UH-1 crash granted more time to file charges against NZ military

Sole survivor of UH-1 crash granted more time to file charges against NZ military

In a reserved decision released by Judge Bill Hastings, Sergeant Stevin Creeggan has been given more time to bring a private prosecution under the Health and Safety in Employment Act against the Defence Force.  See full story

Source: 3News, 08-Nov-13

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First two upgraded AB212s handed over to Austrian Army

First two upgraded AB212s handed over to Austrian Army

[electronic translation]   Defense Minister Gerald Klug presented the first two modernized transport helicopter Agusta Bell 212 at the Air Support Command.Especially the avionics systems and the on-board equipment were replaced. Extensive modification Through the use of night vision goggles new flight safety at night and in poor visibility has been increased. Also, the self-protection ability has… Read more »

Source: Austrian Armed Forces, 07-Nov-13

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BPTO 2197 gives classic rotor a new lease on life

BPTO 2197 gives classic rotor a new lease on life

After experiencing less than satisfactory performance from his helicopter engine and gear box oil Jim Miller, owner and operator of New Jersey Chopper, made the switch to Air BP Lubricants’ turbo oil 2197 (BPTO 2197) – and has experienced improved performance and a range of additional benefits. A former aviation advisor to the Continental and… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 06-Nov-13

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Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased a Bell 206L4 aboard a superyacht with exclusive access for attendees at the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held October 31 to November 4. “The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show offers a unique opportunity for us to meet with our current and potential customers in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Nov-13

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HMLA-467 Sabers celebrate 5th anniversary

HMLA-467 Sabers celebrate 5th anniversary

In 2008, the commandant of the Marine Corps proposed to “grow the force,” from that idea arose Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467. HMLA-467 was officially activated October 23, 2008. The squadron celebrated its fifth anniversary Thursday, by hosting a birthday party in its honor. More than 100 people attended the event. Maj. Lee Hemming,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 04-Nov-13

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Bell Helicopter loses to Iran in appeals court

Bell Helicopter loses to Iran in appeals court

The case focused on the manufacture and marketing of a helicopter that resembles Bell’s Jet Ranger 206  See full story

Source: McClatchy, 03-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that took… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Nov-13

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Iowa – St. Luke’s Hospital partners with Med-Trans Corp

Iowa – St. Luke’s Hospital partners with Med-Trans Corp

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has finalized an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. to become the new aviation partner for LifeGuard Air Ambulance. Over the past several months St. Luke’s evaluated multiple opportunities to strengthen its air ambulance program. The hospital’s goal is to provide 24/7 air ambulance coverage to patients and emergency response teams…. Read more »

Source: UnityPoint Health, 29-Oct-13

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Haiti Air Ambulance launched – will fly Bell 407s

Haiti Air Ambulance launched – will fly Bell 407s

It was the crack of dawn on day 2 of the Air Medical Transport Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.  A group of movers and shakers in the helicopter EMS industry gathered for a breakfast seminar introducing Haiti Air Ambulance, a new air medical service for the nation of Haiti. Attendees viewed a brief video on… Read more »

Source: Haiti Air Ambulance, 29-Oct-13

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AGC Composites and Aerostructures to Manufacture Over Wing Fairing for Bell V-280 Valor

AGC Composites and Aerostructures to Manufacture Over Wing Fairing for Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that AGC Composites and Aerostructures will design, develop and manufacture the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 Valor™. “We are excited AGC Composites and Aerostructures is joining Team Valor and will provide the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 tiltrotor,” said John Garrison, president… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Oct-13

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Lockheed Martin Receives $33M contract for AH1-Z Targeting System

Lockheed Martin Receives $33M contract for AH1-Z Targeting System

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $33.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. TSS’ advanced sensors provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. TSS Lot 10 deliveries will… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 29-Oct-13

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26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

Engine failure on training flight, helicopter damaged in emergency landing in field.  Highway Patrol report shows no injuries to Michael Hagus and minor injuries not requiring medical help to Jeff Noack

26-Oct-13

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First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

The 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, started their nine-month operation with 380 soldiers and 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in South Korea as the first Rotational Forces Attack Reconnaissance Squadron sent to Korea Oct. 1. The first rotational ARS, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., completed deployment with their equipment… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Oct-13

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GKN Aerospace to create lightweight fuel tanks for Bell 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace to create lightweight fuel tanks for Bell 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace has won a multi-million dollar, life-of-programme contract from Bell Helicopter to develop and supply crashworthy, state-of-the-art fuel tanks for the new Bell 525 Relentless Super Medium helicopter. GKN Aerospace is exhibiting on booth C9030 at NBAA, 22 – 24 October, 2013. These bespoke tanks will be manufactured using the company’s newly developed, lightweight fuel cell material…. Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 25-Oct-13

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Bell unveils the Bell 429WLG and names first customer

Bell unveils the Bell 429WLG and names first customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display the Bell 429WLG for the first time at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2013 conference, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22 to 24. The aircraft is an upgrade to the Bell 429 and features wheeled landing gear in place of traditional… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

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Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display its first commercially qualified armed helicopter, the Bell 407AH, at IACP 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police 120th annual conference and exposition. Show attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Bell Helicopter’s best-selling aircraft in the law enforcement segment, the Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

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