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Bell delivers first “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to US Army

Bell delivers first “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to US Army

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced today the delivery of the first OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin for OH-58 “Kiowa Warrior” platform to the Army. The cabin is being delivered 30 days ahead of the contract schedule. “The Kiowa Warrior continues to be [...]

Two repossessed LongRangers sold from UK to Canada

Two repossessed LongRangers sold from UK to Canada

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-11

Last month we ran an article on seven helicopters changing their address on the British CAA’s G- register to that of a finance company.  Two of the affected LongRangers have now been sold to Canada. The two aircraft are Bell 206L (serial 45077), previously G-OLDN – last airworthiness certificate expired 30th July 2009 Bell 206L-1 [...]

Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation partners with Hillsboro Aviation

Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation partners with Hillsboro Aviation

Source: Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation, 29-Jun-11

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

Pratt & Whitney Canada Expands Maintenance Coverage for INAER

Pratt & Whitney Canada Expands Maintenance Coverage for INAER

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 29-Jun-11

PARIS AIR SHOW – Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH (P&WC CSC Europe), a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, significantly expanded a Fleet Management Program (FMP®)contract with INAER. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). INAER has further broadened their FMP® [...]

Bell awarded $8M contract for blade assemblies

Bell awarded $8M contract for blade assemblies

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement contract with a maximum $8,183,667 for blade assemblies.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Navy.  The date of performance completion is Jan. 31, 2015.  The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPRPA1-09-G-004Y-5786).

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

Source: Bell, 27-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today its  OH-58 Block II demonstrator successfully proved hover out of ground effect performance that exceeds the maximum gross aircraft weight of 5,500 lbs at 6k95 during test flights conducted in Colorado. “We completed several test flights at several different altitudes and temperatures, each to prove [...]

Merced County Sheriff’s Dept flies four aircraft cost-free

Merced County Sheriff’s Dept flies four aircraft cost-free

Source: Merced Sun-Star, 27-Jun-11

Keeping the two planes and two helicopters in the air is an annual expenditure of $0 for Merced County, according to records from the sheriff’s department.  They operate Bell UH-1 N911SS and Robinson R44 II N7527G

HelicopterBuyer sources two new 2011 Bell 412s

HelicopterBuyer sources two new 2011 Bell 412s

Source: HelicopterBuyer, 27-Jun-11

HelicopterBuyer, Inc. has sourced two new 2011 Bell 412 EP helicopters for an Australian client. The sale was a result of their exclusive helicopter brokerage services for Toll Remote Logistics, Pty. Ltd. based in Essendon. Mark V. Clancy, president and CEO of HelicopterBuyer, stated “We have been working with Toll Remote Logistics for an extended [...]

58th Special Ops Wing celebrates a UH-1H passing 15,000 airframe hours

58th Special Ops Wing celebrates a UH-1H passing 15,000 airframe hours

Source: US Air Force, 24-Jun-11

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Forty years after it came into the Air Force inventory, the 58th Special Operations Wing celebrated a rare mark of longevity when UH-1H 69-6650 passed 15,000 hours in the air May 25. “As only the second UH-1 to surpass that number of flying hours, we wanted to mark the [...]

Lee County EMS MedStar implements 40 day “Safety Stand Down”

Lee County EMS MedStar implements 40 day “Safety Stand Down”

Source: Lee County MedStar, 23-Jun-11

Lee County, FL (June 22, 2011) – Lee County Emergency Medical Services (LCEMS) implemented a “stand down” of its MEDSTAR flight operations for a safety review at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 22. MEDSTAR will resume operations at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 with its recently acquired Bell 430 helicopter. Bayflite has agreed to relocate one [...]

Euravia launches PT6T-3 Fleet Refresh Program

Euravia launches PT6T-3 Fleet Refresh Program

Source: Euravia, 23-Jun-11

Euravia a world leader in P&WC PT6 Engine Series MRO, has launched the “PT6T Fleet Refresh Program” (PT6T-FRP(C)) for the Bell 212, Agusta Bell 212 and Sikorsky S-58T Helicopter series operating the P&WC PT6T-3 TwinPac. Euravia are offering customers the opportunity to exchange their current PT6T-3 units for Zero TSO units with less than 4,000 [...]

Dart announces mid-height crosstubes for LongRanger skids

Dart announces mid-height crosstubes for LongRanger skids

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 22-Jun-11

DART is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC approval of their New Mid Height Crosstubes for the Bell 206L model of aircraft. Mid Height Crosstubes are ideal for EMS operations.  The lowered height and absence of the full-length step allows medics to safely and easily unload and load patients, reducing incidence [...]

United Rotorcraft Solutions completes Bell 407 for Aero Tech

United Rotorcraft Solutions completes Bell 407 for Aero Tech

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 22-Jun-11

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) delivered a completed Bell 407 to Aero Tech recently. During a 56 day completion, URS customized Aero Tech’s 407 with avionics and communications equipment, specialized airframe options and exterior paint. The avionics and communications equipment installed consisted of the Garmin G500H cockpit display system, GNC-420W Comm, the GDL6A satellite weather and [...]

Bell sells its share in BA609 but remains key supplier

Bell sells its share in BA609 but remains key supplier

Source: Bell, 21-Jun-11

Paris, France  (June 21, 2011) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today at the Paris International Air Show, that AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company,  has agreed to purchase Bell’s ownership interest in the BA609 tiltrotor program, a Bell-AgustaWestland joint venture. Bell Helicopter will remain the key supplier of engineering services and key [...]

FlightSafety delivers two Bell TH-67 FTDs

FlightSafety delivers two Bell TH-67 FTDs

Source: FlightSafety, 21-Jun-11

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has recently designed, manufactured, and delivered four new flight simulators including one rotary wing example. The United States Army’s Flight School XXI Warrior Hall training facility in Daleville, Alabama, has taken delivery of two new Bell TH-67 flight training devices manufactured by FlightSafety. These latest devices are [...]

FlightSafety to design and manufacture two CV-22 FTDs for Bell

FlightSafety to design and manufacture two CV-22 FTDs for Bell

Source: FlightSafety, 21-Jun-11

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract from Bell Helicopter for two CV-22 flight training devices. These new advanced technology flight training devices will be used by the United States Air Force during training of Special Command Forces personnel. “This contract is another example of the cooperative effort between [...]

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-11

Lansing Community College’s aviation mechanics program is the centre of an investigation involving a Bell OH-58A Kiowa.  Harry Whitehead, the lead faculty member who ran the aviation program before he was fired last month, allegedly tried to sell the helicopter to a long-time acquaintance two years ago.  He was expecting a running OH-58 in exchange [...]

Bell’s 407GX and 407AH make international debut

Bell’s 407GX and 407AH make international debut

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display its newest helicopters, the 407GX and 407AH, at the Paris International Air Show, June 20-26, 2011, at Le Bourget, Paris, France, making it the first international appearance since their introduction at the 2011 Heli-Expo in Orlando, Fla., in March. “We’ve received tremendous customer acceptance of [...]

NYPD Bell 412 arrives at Hunter Westpac Rescue for EMS work

NYPD Bell 412 arrives at Hunter Westpac Rescue for EMS work

17-Jun-11

A Bell 412 previously operated by New York Police Department has completed the trip from New York via Korea to Australia – See article

Paraguay Police add four UH-1s

Paraguay Police add four UH-1s

16-Jun-11

Two UH-1s, serialled A-11 and A-12, have been added to the helicopter fleet of the Paraguayan Police, who previously operated only Robinson R44s.  This fleet expansion provides them with significantly more capability than they have previously had.  The UH-1Hs are fitted with mountings for snipers as well as being suitable for all emergencies, with kit [...]

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

Source: State of Colorado, 15-Jun-11

DENVER — Monday, June 13, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Wednesday, June 15, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth White, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset. White, 35, died on June [...]

US Navy UH-1N testbed demonstrates big leap in tactical networking

US Navy UH-1N testbed demonstrates big leap in tactical networking

14-Jun-11

The Navy’s only maritime helicopter testbed successfully prototyped and demonstrated technology offering significant improvements in tactical battlefield situational awareness recently at the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Exercising technology developed and provided by Northrop Grumman’s Rotorcraft Avionics Innovation Laboratory, “T-Rex” (Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation), the Navy’s UH-1N testbed aircraft, provided an [...]

Marine light attack helicopter Squadron 269 answers call to duty

Marine light attack helicopter Squadron 269 answers call to duty

Source: US Marine Corps, 13-Jun-11

CAMP DWYER, Afghansitan – The commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 received a phone call from his higher headquarters in May. More attack helicopters were needed to support Marines and their coalition partners in southwestern Afghanistan in preparation of the fighting season. Within a few weeks of receiving that phone call, the [...]

Bell awarded $7.2M modification for H-1 upgrades program

Bell awarded $7.2M modification for H-1 upgrades program

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $7,245,020 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0023) for the purchase of Lot 9 long-lead items in support of the H-1 Upgrades Program for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent), and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), [...]

Bell awarded $6.6M helicopter parts contract

Bell awarded $6.6M helicopter parts contract

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $6,592,982 for helicopter parts.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using service is Air Force.  The date of performance completion is Nov. 5, 2015.  The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPRPA1-09-G-004Y-0034).

L-3 Wescam awarded $21M contract for FLIR installation on Iraqi Bell 407s

L-3 Wescam awarded $21M contract for FLIR installation on Iraqi Bell 407s

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

L-3 Communications EO/IR, Inc., Santa Rosa, Calif., was awarded on May 27 a $21,211,282 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of 22 MX-15Di forward looking infrared radar sensors with laser designator for installation on Iraqi Armed 407 helicopters.  Work will be performed in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with an [...]

Bell breaks ground on new service facility in Singapore

Bell breaks ground on new service facility in Singapore

Source: Bell, 09-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft Company, both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, broke ground today on a new facility dedicated to service and support for customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The facility is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2012 and when fully operational, the facility will employ approximately 90 technicians and [...]

Bell selects Zend and Infobright to improve enterprise reporting

Bell selects Zend and Infobright to improve enterprise reporting

Source: Zend Technologies, 09-Jun-11

Zend Technologies and its partner Infobright today announced that Bell Helicopter, the world’s leading provider of vertical lift aircraft, chose Zend® Server and the Infobright® Enterprise Edition (IEE) analytic database to improve its large-scale enterprise reporting application for better business intelligence. The success of this effort also helped Bell Helicopter regain a critical U.S. government [...]

HeliFlite marks 20,000 accident-free hours

HeliFlite marks 20,000 accident-free hours

Source: HeliFlite, 07-Jun-11

Founded in 1998, HeliFlite is a full service helicopter operator offering on demand charter, a 25-hour HeliCard, fractional ownership and aircraft management services. HeliFlite’s outstanding safety record has been recognized by ARGUS International who has awarded HeliFlite “Platinum” status as well as Wyvern who has audited the company seven times and recommends HeliFlite as a [...]

Undersheriff pitches Air-1 helicopter survival to DA’s advisory council

Undersheriff pitches Air-1 helicopter survival to DA’s advisory council

Source: Post-Standard, 07-Jun-11

The legislature only funded Air-1 through June 30, placing the second half of the year’s funding in a contingency account to be released if the Sheriff’s Office made substantial progress toward setting up a not-for-profit foundation to raise private income and obtaining a commercial license allowing it to charge fees for patient transport.

Fairfax County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for Bell 429

Fairfax County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for Bell 429

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Jun-11

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division for integration into their new Bell 429 helicopter. Their new aircraft is currently undergoing completion at Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC) in Mt. Pleasant, PA. The DVCS6100 was chosen by Fairfax County PD due to its unique ability to effectively [...]

BLR Aerospace delivers 200th UH-1 FastFin® tail rotor enhancement

BLR Aerospace delivers 200th UH-1 FastFin® tail rotor enhancement

Source: BLR Aerospace, 06-Jun-11

BLR Aerospace, the well-known developer of innovative performance modifications for helicopters and business aircraft, recently delivered its 200th FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for a Bell UH-1H helicopter. More than one-third of the certificated UH-1 fleet has been modified with FastFin, making it one of the company’s top-selling products, according to Dave Marone, [...]

Stolen Bell 430 found at Dallas motel

Stolen Bell 430 found at Dallas motel

Source: KDFW Fox 4, 06-Jun-11

Early Friday morning, Dallas police found out about a chopper parked at the Century Inn in the 2100 block of Northwest Highway, near Loop 12.  [File photo]

Bell Helicopter Asia launches new $18M hangar project in Singapore

Bell Helicopter Asia launches new $18M hangar project in Singapore

01-Jun-11

Boustead Projects has clinched a S$23 million contract to design and build a hangar facility for the maintenance, repair and over haul of helicopters and aircrafts for Bell Helicopter Asia.  23 Million Singapore Dollars currently translates at US$18.64M

Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-May-11

St. Luke’s Health System’s bases at Twin Falls and Meridian are expected to upgrade their helicopters to Bell 429s in the near future.  Like their current 430s, these will be leased from Boise-based Idaho Helicopters, and will half the lift-off time offered by the current machines to just four minutes.  An exact date is not [...]

UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

29-May-11

The 80,000-square-foot building will be built on county property on Tooley Road, just north of M-59 in Howell Township. The 13-acre site, the former Hubbel farm, has access to the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport.

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-11

Spains’s National Police have aborted the sale of a number of helicopters and fighter parts to Iran and Venezuela. A total of eight arrests have been made in relation to this deal, five Spanish businessmen and three Iranian nationals who had traveled to Spain to formalise the deal. Export of this type of equipment to [...]

Lockheed Martin delivers AH-1Z targeting systems to USMC ahead of schedule

Lockheed Martin delivers AH-1Z targeting systems to USMC ahead of schedule

Source: Lockheed Martin, 27-May-11

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently began early delivery of Target Sight System (TSS) follow-on production units for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter.  The TSS units feature upgraded software to provide additional targeting capabilities. TSS is the multi-sensor fire control system for the AH-1Z, integrating state-of-the-art sensors to provide pilots with enhanced capabilities [...]

Becker Avionics integrates DVCS-6100 into Bell 412s

Becker Avionics integrates DVCS-6100 into Bell 412s

Source: Becker Avionics, 27-May-11

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the Houston PD Air Support Unit for integration into their newly acquired multi-mission Bell 412EP. Additionally, Australia’s Hunter Region Helicopter Rescue Service chose the DVCS for their new Bell 412EP. These aircraft are currently undergoing completion at Eagle Copters facility in Calgary Canada. The DVCS6100 [...]

Campbell Helicopters: Pilot details released on May 20 crash nr Slave Lake, Alberta

Campbell Helicopters: Pilot details released on May 20 crash nr Slave Lake, Alberta

Source: Campbell Helicopters, 26-May-11

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – 54-year-old Jean-Luc Deba has been named as the deceased pilot who manned a Bell 212 helicopter from the Campbell Helicopters’ fleet in Abbotsford on Friday, May 20. The helicopter was engaged in battling the blazes in Canyon Creek, 24 kilometres west of Slave Lake Alberta. The helicopter went down in shallow [...]

Stanislaus sheriff’s B206 to fly again on reduced hours

Stanislaus sheriff’s B206 to fly again on reduced hours

Source: Modesto Bee, 26-May-11

After being grounded for more than a year, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit will go back on patrol this weekend.  Now it will be back in the air during peak hours Thursday through Saturday, thanks to funding from the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency

Australia’s Commercial Helicopters add two Bell 212s

Australia’s Commercial Helicopters add two Bell 212s

26-May-11

Business growth has led to Commercial Helicopters, who are based at Mudgee Airport, to increase their fleet of 12 aircraft with the arrival of two Bell 212 helicopters on Monday.  The pair were purchased from the Korean Government VIP flight.

City of Dallas’ new asset management barcoding project includes helicopter parts

City of Dallas’ new asset management barcoding project includes helicopter parts

Source: Wasp Barcode Technologies, 25-May-11

Wasp Barcode Technologies, a leading provider of small business productivity solutions, today announced that the City of Dallas’ Department of Intergovernmental Services, a city division that manages and purchases Homeland Security equipment, has deployed Wasp’s automated asset tracking solution to help manage grant funded assets. Wasp MobileAsset – Professional Software has supplied the city with [...]

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-11

Van Horn Aviation, the manufacturer of helicopter rotor blades, is expanding its presence in Tempe (Arizona) with the purchase of a new facility four times the size of its existing location.  The move from a leased unit near Rural and Broadway roads is to a 23,000 sq.ft unit it is purchasing near Elliott Road and [...]

Canadian 412s sent to Haiti had mechanical problems, lack of parts

Canadian 412s sent to Haiti had mechanical problems, lack of parts

24-May-11

Situation reports covering the two-month mission show that at times, up to three of the six Griffons were unserviceable because of breakdowns, a lack of parts and inspections.    Another military post-operation report said the Griffons’ supply and movements system “for deployed operations is broken and needs to be fixed.”

Bangladesh to buy two Bell helicopters for Rapid Action Battalion

Bangladesh to buy two Bell helicopters for Rapid Action Battalion

Source: Daily Star, 23-May-11

The government is going to purchase two choppers at a cost of Tk 90 crore (US$12.2M) to equip Rapid Action Battalion better for carrying out anti-crime operations through the air

Guardian Air marks 10th anniversary

Guardian Air marks 10th anniversary

Source: Verde Independent, 23-May-11

Guardian Air celebrated its 10 years in the Verde Valley with tours of the aircraft and refreshments at the helicopter landing pad, just outside the hospital’s emergency room.

NG’s rotorcraft technology contributes to US Navy’s successful test bed flight

NG’s rotorcraft technology contributes to US Navy’s successful test bed flight

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-May-11

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Digital Avionics Suite technology was recently used for the first time in the successful flight of a UH-1N helicopter that serves as an avionics test bed for future rotary wing hardware and software developments. The Test Bed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, known as “T-Rex,” is operated by the U.S. [...]

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-11

We have noticed that a total of seven helicopters on the UK Civil Aviation Authority register have last week had a change of address to a finance company.  The seven are:- * Bell 206 – G-CBYX, G-TTMB * Bell 206L – G-MAAX, G-OHHI, G-OLDN * Eurocopter AS355F – G-BSYI, G-ICSG All seven continue to be [...]

CAE to add Bell 412 simulator in Mexico

CAE to add Bell 412 simulator in Mexico

Source: CAE, 16-May-11

CAE today announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (EBACE) that it will double the number of locations in its global business aviation training network from four to eight over the next 24 months. This will provide CAE business aviation customers with conveniently accessible training in every major region of [...]

Shadin Avionics announces EASA fuel management STC for Bell 206/407

Shadin Avionics announces EASA fuel management STC for Bell 206/407

Source: Shadin Avionics, 16-May-11

Shadin Avionics, a global leader in aircraft fuel management solutions, announces that EASA has approved an STC for the installation of a Shadin Fuel Management Kit into Bell 206 and 407 model helicopters and an STC for fuel flow transducer installation on Rolls-Royce Corporation 250 series aircraft engines. The Bell 206/407 STCs are the latest [...]

US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

US FY2012 defense policy includes $3.01 Billion for V-22, $1.18 Billon for other Bell programs

Source: Congressman Mac Thornberry, 13-May-11

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that the committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 1540) by a vote of 60 to 1.  The bill authorizes $690 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense and the national security programs [...]

ONR propels cutting-edge technologies at Naval Helicopter Assocation Symposium

ONR propels cutting-edge technologies at Naval Helicopter Assocation Symposium

Source: Office of Naval Research, 13-May-11

ARLINGTON, Va.—When officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) showed up at the 63rd annual Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium in San Diego from May 9-12, they displayed a technology that allows helicopter aircraft commanders to “take the fight away from the boat.” The Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS) will give helicopters, such as the [...]

AOG Heliservices win B407 component overhaul work

AOG Heliservices win B407 component overhaul work

Source: AOG Heliservices, 13-May-11

AOG Heliservices Inc have announced that Helicopter Flight Services, New York has selected AOG to perform their 407 component overhauls.  Helicopter Flight Services operates out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, also known as the Wall Street Heliport. They have been operating in the New York area for 20 years, offering charter service and tours of [...]

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-11

Lothian Helicopters website has been reduced to the following notice Please note that Lothian Helicopters has gone into administration with effect from 11th May 2011 If you have purchased flights with Lothian Helicopters, please check with your credit card company or PayPal to seek a refund. Lothian were run by Iain Grindlay and opeated two [...]

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

11-May-11

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.  “The ship will not fly unless they do that,” Sheriff’s Office Chief John Balloni said.

Snowy Hydro announces new 5 year Aus$2.5M sponsorship of SouthCare Rescue Helicopter

Snowy Hydro announces new 5 year Aus$2.5M sponsorship of SouthCare Rescue Helicopter

Source: Snowy Hydro, 10-May-11

At the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Gala Ball held at the National Convention Centre on Saturday night, Snowy Hydro Limited Managing Director, Mr Terry Charlton, announced a new 5 year, major sponsorship contract worth $2.5 million. Mr Terry Charlton said, at the function, attended by more than 500 people: “There could be no better way to [...]

Maine Forest Service tests Helitack program in Old Town drill

Maine Forest Service tests Helitack program in Old Town drill

Source: Bangor Daily News, 04-May-11

Profile of Maine Forest Service, covering a fire drill observed by the news media which involved a Bell 407

Bell subsidiary to “exclusively distribute” B429 barrier filter spares

Bell subsidiary to “exclusively distribute” B429 barrier filter spares

Source: Bell, 02-May-11

Aeronautical Accessories is pleased to announce that it has exclusive distributor rights on the Bell 429 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) spares and replacement parts.  Manufactured by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. the barrier filters are installed on the aircraft at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel, Quebec commercial assembly facility. The 429 IBF, [...]

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 01-May-11

Marion County Sheriff Tim Baileywill pitch his aviation unit idea to the first of several groups of sheriffs from Ohio’s other 87 counties during May

US Army Europe retires the UH-1

US Army Europe retires the UH-1

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-11

The US Army has slated the UH-1 for retirement from flying duties at the end of Fiscal 2012, and as that date approaches various bases are bidding farewell to the aircraft that proved so sigificant in the Vietnam war.  In Germany, a ceremony last Wednesday involved four aircraft flying from Hohenfels to Ramstein, where they [...]

Bell assigned patent for “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft”

Bell assigned patent for “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft”

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Apr-11

United States Patent no. 7,931,238, issued on April 26, was assigned to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas). “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft” was invented by Kenneth E. Builta (Euless, Texas) and Kynn J. Schulte (Arlington, Texas). According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: “A flight control system [...]

Scott’s Bell 47, Inc. opens new facility

Scott’s Bell 47, Inc. opens new facility

Source: Scott’s Bell 47, 27-Apr-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47), newly established OEM for the Model 47 helicopter, today confirmed their move into a new facility sized for their expanding team of employees. The 8,000 sq ft facility was upgraded in March/April to accommodate an expanded design, supply chain & quality assurance team and with an eye to their [...]

FAA approves Dart LED Pulse Lights for Bell 204/205/210/212/214/412

FAA approves Dart LED Pulse Lights for Bell 204/205/210/212/214/412

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 26-Apr-11

DART is pleased to announce that they have received FAA certification for their Cargo Mirror mounted LED Pulse Lights for Bell 204/205/210/212/214/412 model of aircraft. Transport Canada and EASA approvals have been previously received. DART LED Pulse Lights install easily on any DART Dual Cargo Mirror and provide excellent forward conspicuity for all Medium Bell [...]

$1000 report analyses four helicopter manufacturers (and mis-spells one!)

$1000 report analyses four helicopter manufacturers (and mis-spells one!)

Source: Reportlinker, 21-Apr-11

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:  Comparative SWOT Analysis – Key Global Helicopter Makers – Eurocopter, Augusta Westland, Bell, Sikorsky This comparative SWOT analysis report provides key insights into the strategic business aspects of these 4 leading Global Helicopter Manufacturers based on a comprehensive assessment of their strategies [...]

Bell awarded $43.1M more for Armed Scout Helicopter work

Bell awarded $43.1M more for Armed Scout Helicopter work

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $43,100,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract April 12, 2011.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to increase the ceiling amount to $91,000,000 for engineering services and technical support for the aircraft managed by the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Management Office.  Work will be performed [...]

FAA approves Dart’s automatic door openers for B206 series and 407

FAA approves Dart’s automatic door openers for B206 series and 407

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 21-Apr-11

DART is pleased to announce that they have received FAA certification for their Automatic Door Opener Kits for the Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 models of aircraft. Transport Canada and EASA approvals have been previously received. The DART Automatic Door Opener Kits feature sturdy gas springs. Door opening and closing is assisted by the action of [...]

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter announced today the release of a new website www.scoutsout.com that is dedicated to the men and women who fly and maintain the Kiowa Warrior. The site explores the aircraft’s history, current actions in theater and shows its transformation as the future Armed Aerial Scout solution. The site completes its mission with riveting, first-hand [...]

Bell honours Kiowa Warriors in the first of the “Heroes of Aviation” paintings

Bell honours Kiowa Warriors in the first of the “Heroes of Aviation” paintings

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced 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. The first painting of the Bell Helicopter Heroes of Aviation Series was unveiled at a ceremony at the 2011 Army Aviation [...]

Eagle Copters wins contract to provide Houston Police with a B412EP

Eagle Copters wins contract to provide Houston Police with a B412EP

Source: Eagle Copters, 20-Apr-11

Eagle Copters Ltd. (ECL) has been awarded a contract to provide the City of Houston and the Houston Police Department with a fully mission equipped Bell 412EP helicopter.  In operation since 1970, the Houston Police Department Air Support Division (Helicopter Patrol Division) has grown into the second largest municipal helicopter police air support unit in [...]

‘Grand Landing’ of Mercy’s new Air Med helicopter set for April 28

‘Grand Landing’ of Mercy’s new Air Med helicopter set for April 28

Source: Globe Gazette, 19-Apr-11

The public is invited to a “Grand Landing” Thursday, April 28, of Mercy Air Med’s new helicopter and Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa’s new medical transportation partner, Med-Trans Corp

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Source: Bell, 19-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announces the first flight of its OH-58 Block II demonstrator at its Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas on April 14, 2011. “The flight was flawless and completed according to plan,” said Cathy Ferrie, Director of Bell Helicopter’s Xworx facility. “The Block II is [...]

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-11

In a recent filing in the London Gazette, one of the official journals of record of the British government, British helicopter operator Sterling Helicopters is facing complete closure. Published on Friday 15th April, a document dated Wednesday 13th April indicated that Toby Blackwell Ltd was seeking a petition to wind up (close) the company, claiming [...]

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Source: Randolph Leader, 18-Apr-11

Air Evac is not attached to a specific hospital and is subsidized by the community through membership, which is like a form of insurance. Flights cost approximately $19,000-$20,000 with insurance covering only about half. Patients are asked to set up a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

US Huey advisors step back, Iraqi instructors take lead

US Huey advisors step back, Iraqi instructors take lead

Source: US Air Force, 16-Apr-11

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – After more than five years training side-by-side with their Iraqi counterparts in the skies, U.S. Air Force UH-1 Huey instructor pilots have taken a step back as Iraqi instructor pilots take over responsibility for training their own junior pilots. Last month, the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron’s two Huey instructor pilots, [...]