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KUKA Systems selected as supplier partner for Bell 525

KUKA Systems selected as supplier partner for Bell 525

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

Source: KUKA Systems, 16-Jul-12

Bell delivers second 429 to Fairfax County Police

Bell delivers second 429 to Fairfax County Police

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

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

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

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

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

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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

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

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

Source: Rolls-Royce, 10-Jul-12

Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

Bell appoints new Independent Representative for UK

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

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-12

Era Training Center extends USAIG Safety Bucks Program to B206 customers

Era Training Center extends USAIG Safety Bucks Program to B206 customers

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

Source: Era Training Center, 06-Jul-12

NYPD takes delivery of counter-terrorism Bell 412

NYPD takes delivery of counter-terrorism Bell 412

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of a Bell 412 helicopter to the New York Police Department. The NYPD currently has three Bell 412s in service for a variety of missions ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and more recently, combating terrorism. “The mission has… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jul-12

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Bell appoints Director of Military Program Office Operations

Bell appoints Director of Military Program Office Operations

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

Source: Bell, 04-Jul-12

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Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.  Both were firefighting.  The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.  Both helicopters were operated by INAER. We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jul-12

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Bell 525 – key suppliers named

Bell 525 – key suppliers named

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

Source: Bell, 03-Jul-12

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-12

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North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

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

Source: Banner Health, 02-Jul-12

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

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

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

Source: Times Daily, 29-Jun-12

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Bell details helicopters they will show at Farnborough 2012

Bell details helicopters they will show at Farnborough 2012

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

27-Jun-12

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Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

Volusia County Sheriff helicopter base – environmental rule violations

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

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

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Helijet launches Vancouver sightseeing tours with LongRanger

Helijet launches Vancouver sightseeing tours with LongRanger

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

Source: Helijet, 27-Jun-12

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Bell’s maintenance centre in Czech Republic wins Ukraine approval

Bell’s maintenance centre in Czech Republic wins Ukraine approval

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

Source: Bell, 26-Jun-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-12

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EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

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

Source: BLR Aerospace, 19-Jun-12

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HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

HeliFlite adds second S76 to fleet

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

Source: HeliFlite, 19-Jun-12

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Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

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

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

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Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

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

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 14-Jun-12

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Bell is Community Impact Deal finalist

Bell is Community Impact Deal finalist

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

Source: Dallas Business News, 12-Jun-12

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AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

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

Source: Med-Trans, 06-Jun-12

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

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

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

Source: US Army, 05-Jun-12

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Griffons provide fire power in Exercise Maple Strike

Griffons provide fire power in Exercise Maple Strike

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

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

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South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

South Korea reduces attack helicopter shortlist to three

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

Source: Hurriyet, 01-Jun-12

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HMM-262 receives new Venoms

HMM-262 receives new Venoms

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

Source: US Marine Corps, 01-Jun-12

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Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

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

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

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ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

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

Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 31-May-12

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Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

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

Source: Sacramento Bee, 30-May-12

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 30-May-12

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Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

Pilot dies in PHi LongRanger accident in Gulf of Mexico

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-12

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

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

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

Source: Museum of Flight, 28-May-12

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Dart announces FAA/EASA certification for B206 screw-in Windshield Kit for Bell 206

Dart announces FAA/EASA certification for B206 screw-in Windshield Kit for Bell 206

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce FAA & EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) new Screw-in Windshield Modification Kit for Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 model aircraft. Transport Canada approval has been previously received. The new DAS Screw-in Windshield Modification Kit allows the operator to replace the existing OEM windshield retainers with quick change out… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 21-May-12

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Bell honours H1 “Yankees and Zulus” in “Heroes of Aviation” Series

Bell honours H1 “Yankees and Zulus” in “Heroes of Aviation” Series

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the second of the Bell Helicopter “Heroes of Aviation” Series which pays tribute to the men and women who preserve freedom and save lives while using Bell Helicopters. “On behalf of the 11,000 men and women of Bell Helicopter, I am proud to dedicate this painting… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-May-12

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Bell affirms presence in Russia at HeliRussia

Bell affirms presence in Russia at HeliRussia

Bell Helicopter announced at the 5th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HELIRUSSIA 2012 it completed delivery of its sixth Bell 429 in Russia and Ukraine. “We are excited about the tremendous customer response to the new generation of Bell aircraft,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell’s managing director of Commercial Sales in Europe. “Versatility is the name of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-May-12

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Bell renews title sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl

Bell renews title sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has renewed its option to continue as the title sponsor of the Armed Forces Bowl for two more years covering the 2012 and 2013 season. The continuation of the sponsorship was announced on Thursday May 10 at Amon G. Carter stadium on the Texas Christian University campus… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-May-12

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Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-12

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Bell delivers six helicopters into Europe

Bell delivers six helicopters into Europe

Bell Helicopter announced at EBACE it completed deliveries of six of its newest aircraft in Europe during the last month. Three Bell 407GX aircraft, the first of its kind in Europe, took flight in Belgium, Denmark and, most recently, Iceland. Bell also delivered three additional Bell 429 aircraft in Russia and Ukraine. “We are excited… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-May-12

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Cadorath announces 41 Bell repairs

Cadorath announces 41 Bell repairs

Cadorath Aerospace announces it’s development of new Bell Helicopter repairs in the 1st half of May 2012. The Cadorath design and engineering department continues to develop approved repairs for the Bell Helicopter line nearing close to a total of 800 repairs now available. Cadorath Aerospace recently engineered a long list of new repairs on the… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 16-May-12

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Bell employee syndicate scoop $28M lottery win

Bell employee syndicate scoop $28M lottery win

Ten Bell employees, mostly from the site at Roanoke, scooped a $28M syndicate win on the Texas Lottery on Sunday morning.  The group apparently all called in sick on Monday so they could go to Austin to pick up their prize.  (see full story)

Source: WFAA, 15-May-12

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Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report – Bell Helicopter

Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report – Bell Helicopter

Research and Markets has announced the addition of iCD Research’s new company profile “Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.: Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report” to their offering. “Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.: Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report” Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell Helicopter), based in the US, designs, manufactures and provides commercial and military helicopters, tiltrotor… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 15-May-12

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Ex-Im Bank approves $350M loan guarantee to support Bell/Cessna exports

Ex-Im Bank approves $350M loan guarantee to support Bell/Cessna exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a guarantee of a $350 million loan facility to provide the funds to assist Textron Inc. in financing the exports by two of its companies, Cessna Aircraft Company and Bell Helicopter Textron. The guaranteed lender is PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed… Read more »

Source: Ex-Im Bank, 15-May-12

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EBACE continues to side-track helicopters

EBACE continues to side-track helicopters

The EBACE show in Geneva has a total of just three helicopters on display.  Bell have taken their demonstrator 429, while AgustaWestland have brought a GrandNew from a French customer and Eurocopter have an EC135 from a Swiss customer.  EBACE, like NBAA in the US, is clearly focussed on the corporate fixed wing market, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-May-12

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Two more countries certify Bell 429 up to 7,500 pounds

Two more countries certify Bell 429 up to 7,500 pounds

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Ecuador’s Director General of Civil Aviation and the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia have approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 to 7,500 lbs. allowing for added safety and capability. The increase of 500 lbs. – to 7,500 lbs – is based… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-May-12

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EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

The Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Helicopter Rescue service will receive a boost to its frontline operational capabilities including faster response times with today’s opening of its new $1.6 million hangar at Archerfield Airport. Community Safety Minister, Jack Dempsey said the new hangar, which connects to the existing hangar at Archerfield by a taxiway, will provide… Read more »

Source: Queensland Government, 08-May-12

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FAA and EASA approve Paravion blade-fold kit for Bell 429

FAA and EASA approve Paravion blade-fold kit for Bell 429

Paravion Technology, Inc. announces that the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for its Blade Fold Kit for Bell 429 helicopters. With the fixed provisions installed, owners and operators can store their aircraft in space limited areas, such as small, off-site hangars and aboard ocean-going vessels. The… Read more »

Source: Paravion Technology, 04-May-12

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Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

Air Technology Belgium has handled the import of Europe’s first Bell 407GX on behalf of its owner, Jan Construct NV.  The helicopter will be operated by HeliPlus (in similar ownership to Jan Construct) and based at their facility at Spiere Heliport near Warcoing.  The company currently operates two Bell 407s, a Eurocopter EC120 and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-12

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Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

Raytheon Australia’s new Bell 429 helicopters have commenced activities with the Royal Australian Navy under the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 (RMI 2) Program. This milestone was marked by the achievement of the In Service Date for the RMI 2 Program. Operating since 2007, the Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI1) provided the Navy with… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Australia, 02-May-12

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Strong Bell 407GX sales in Central and South America

Strong Bell 407GX sales in Central and South America

The HeliHub.com team has noticed that the early sales of the Bell 407GX demonstrate particular success for Bell in Central and South America.  Of the first 14 off the production line, more than half are in that region, with three in Brazil and one each to Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama. The 407GX is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-12

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Colombian Air Force Bell 212 accident kills 13

Colombian Air Force Bell 212 accident kills 13

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-12

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Newfoundland Helicopters takes delivery of first Bell 407GX in Canada

Newfoundland Helicopters takes delivery of first Bell 407GX in Canada

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Canada to Newfoundland Helicopters. “We have a long and rich history with Newfoundland Helicopters and we’re excited to share this landmark day with them. The 407GX is assembled at Mirabel, Canada, so it is particularly gratifying to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-May-12

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Heliprops – Bell’s safety publication available electronically

Heliprops – Bell’s safety publication available electronically

The Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. safety publication, Helicopter Professional Pilots Safety Program or HELIPROPS, designed for helicopter pilots, is now available electronically online.  Bell’s newsletter Human AD, Airworthiness for Humans, is published in English and Spanish and is distributed to readers in approximately 122 countries. A popular feature of the newsletter are articles from helicopter pilots’ own experiences flying… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-May-12

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Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

AEM’s 400W External PA System has been chosen by the Turkish National Police (TNP) for their new fleet of 15 Bell 429 twin-engine helicopters. The contract for the new helicopters was signed last month between Bell and the TNP authorities. All aircraft will be built at Bell’s Canadian facility in Mirabel, Quebec with the aircraft… Read more »

Source: AEM, 30-Apr-12

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Sweden’s second oldest operator Lapplandsflyg closes its business

Sweden’s second oldest operator Lapplandsflyg closes its business

Sweden’s oldest active helicopter company, Lapplandsflyg, has decided to retire. The flight operations will be terminated this summer, and its business will be permanently closed. The shut-down includes the summer bases in Kvikkjokk and Hemavan/Ammarnäs, together with the shuttle routes between Hemavan-Ammarnäs and Ritsem-Staloluokta-Kvikkjokk as well. The routes will be inherited by other companies and… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Apr-12

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Mystery Australian operator buys four Bells from RLC

Mystery Australian operator buys four Bells from RLC

RLC have recently sold two JetRanger 3 and two LongRanger 3 helicopters to Australia as part of their continual fleet renewal program.  All four were cancelled from the FAA register on 11th and 12th April, but have yet to be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia – the JetRangers are serial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-12

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Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

Becker Avionics have announced that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), Florida, has selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new Bell 407GX helicopter. The aircraft is currently being outfitted with a law enforcement completion package at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The new Bell 407GX is equipped… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Apr-12

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout for US Navy with Bell 407 airframe

Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout for US Navy with Bell 407 airframe

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Apr-12

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Namibia: Helicopter hearing postponed to June

Namibia: Helicopter hearing postponed to June

The case in which Rainier Arangies, the owner of the helicopter that was grounded jointly by the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Civil Aviation authority in February following an uproar was postponed to 22 June in the High Court (see full story)

Source: New Era, 24-Apr-12

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Raytheon Australia submits tender for the Air 9000 Phase 7 competition

Raytheon Australia submits tender for the Air 9000 Phase 7 competition

Raytheon Australia today announced that it has submitted its tender for the Air 9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) competition. The Managing Director of Raytheon Australia, Mr Michael Ward, said that the company’s team that included Bell Helicopter, Milskil, Nova Systems and Virtual Simulation Systems was pleased to present the Commonwealth with an… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Australia, 24-Apr-12

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Helicargo SA to bring Bell 525 Relentless to Colombia

Helicargo SA to bring Bell 525 Relentless to Colombia

Luis Guillermo Angel Restrepo and his company Helicargo S.A. will bring the newly unveiled Bell 525 “super medium” helicopter to Colombian skies in the near future. Angel Restrepo (Helicargo) will have sole authority to distribute this helicopter in Colombia and will begin marketing this model immediately. With literally an audience of thousands, Bell Helicopter put… Read more »

Source: Helicargo, 23-Apr-12

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Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

Ed: Background to this press release is that Queensland has recently gone through elections, and the incoming administration have fulfilled a manifesto pledge by taking this action Police Minister Jack Dempsey has secured South East Queensland’s police helicopter. The Gold Coast-based police helicopter, which was originally funded by the Gold Coast City Council, will now… Read more »

Source: Queensland Government, 23-Apr-12

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Bell opens new facility in India

Bell opens new facility in India

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has opened a new office in New Delhi for all of its operations in India. “Bell Helicopter is investing in India. We believe there are tremendous growth opportunities in terms of sales and manufacturing. This is an important day for Bell Helicopter as we… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-12

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Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

Textron Inc.’s first-quarter profit soared on strength from the aircraft maker’s Bell helicopter segment and improved sales of Cessna aircraft. Results easily topped expectations. “The demand environment for our commercial aircraft and industrial products continued to improve, which reinforces our confidence in our outlook for the year,” said Chief Executive Scott C. Donnelly. The maker… Read more »

Source: Textron, 18-Apr-12

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EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on Bell 212 helicopters.  Certification for Bell 204s and 205s is imminent, and EASA certification of BLR’s best-selling Bell 412 FastFin System is in work. European operators of these Bell medium helicopters may now join… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 18-Apr-12

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Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

Bell Helicopter estimates that it recouped its investment within a year, according to Aaron Druyvesteyn, the firm’s manager of logistics, who described the solution to an audience at an Orlando conference recently.  See full story

Source: RFID Journal, 16-Apr-12

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Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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STC for Rebtech’s Medical Infusion Pump Mount in Bell 206/407

STC for Rebtech’s Medical Infusion Pump Mount in Bell 206/407

As part of an ongoing expansion of product offerings, REB Technologies, Inc. (REBTECH) has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of an intravenous (IV) medical pump mounting system.  The mount can accommodate up to three SPACE Infusion Pumps manufactured by the global medical products company, B. Braun Medical, Inc., and applies… Read more »

Source: Rebtech, 16-Apr-12

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Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

NOTE – We are running the Bell press release verbatim below.  Bell issued their press release on 13th April, but HeliHub.com had already run the story on 9th April…. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), was awarded a contract by US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Alabama  for the procurement of contractor logistics support… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-12

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Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Not previously reported here on HeliHub.com, INAER picked up a two year contract with the State Government of Cantabria.  Covering the two calendar years of 2012 and 2013, INAER will provide a Bell 412 based at Santander for EMS and SAR work. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-12

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Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

Cadorath Aerospace announces its development of 12 new Bell Helicopter repairs in March 2012. The Cadorath design and engineering department has developed approved repairs for the Bell Helicopter line to now include over 700 repairs. Cadorath Aerospace recently engineered repairs on the Bell Helicopter’s 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3 and 206L-4 rework lines says Cadorath… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 13-Apr-12

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