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Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 5 years at Batesville

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 5 years at Batesville

Source: The Panolian, 24-Oct-11

Strong community support, a hometown crew and a steadfast mission to always do what is best for their patients: the essential ingredients to a recipe for success that has allowed the Batesville Air Evac Lifeteam crew to faithfully serve northwest Mississippi since first taking flight in 2006.  (See full story)

Bell awarded $6.6M transmission contract

Bell awarded $6.6M transmission contract

Source: US DoD, 21-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $6,675,000 for transmission assemblies. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. The date of performance completion is Nov. 30, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-G-0003/ZB63).

FAA approves B212 performance increase with BLR FastFin

FAA approves B212 performance increase with BLR FastFin

Source: BLR Aerospace, 21-Oct-11

BLR Aerospace, a name synonymous with outstanding performance enhancement technologies that increase the capabilities of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft by manufacturers such as Bell Helicopter and Hawker Beechcraft, today announced an FAA-certified performance increase for its Bell 212 FastFin® System. The FAA has approved a Flight Manual Supplement (FMS) certifying up to 500 pounds of [...]

New instrument panel for Bell 47

New instrument panel for Bell 47

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 21-Oct-11

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc., is excited to announce an agreement with Instrument Specialties Co., Inc. (INSCO) to design & build new Instrument Panel Assemblies for the model 47 helicopter. INSCO will partner with AeroPanel Corporation & Geneva Aviation to provide a turnkey solution for a modern cockpit interface to be made available for upgrade [...]

North Flight Data, AEL partner to develop FDR for Bell 206

North Flight Data, AEL partner to develop FDR for Bell 206

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

NORTH Flight Data Systems LLC is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam to partner together to develop a flight data recording system for the analog Bell 206 platform in a continuing effort to invest in safety through Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA). NORTH Flight’s C-2000 system is a [...]

Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 20-Oct-11

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference that they delivered a new Bell 407 EMS Helicopter to Missouri based Air Evac EMS, Inc., (Air Evac Lifeteam) the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States.  Air Evac Lifeteam operates more than 110 Bell 206 Long Ranger [...]

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-11

The InfoDefensa website is reporting that Paraguay is negotiating with Taiwan for eleven Bell UH-1H helicopters.  This follows ten from the same source in 2004 and a Bell 427 in July (see HeliHub.com story). Due to the way that the UH-1s were acquired by Taiwan, the far East country needs to apply to the US [...]

Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service in the United States, awarded Philips a contract to supply 127 HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillators. The HeartStart MRx units will be deployed across all of Air Evac Lifeteam’s bases, which number 104 in 15 states, over the next six months. The HeartStart MRx meets [...]

Fort Rucker’s OH-58D Kiowa fleet grounded

Fort Rucker’s OH-58D Kiowa fleet grounded

Source: Army Times, 20-Oct-11

Army aviation leaders grounded its fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Fort Rucker, Ala., on Tuesday because of “specific system concerns,” according to an Army release. (Full story)

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety project

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety project

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country, has entered the second level of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management System Voluntary Pilot Project, further bolstering the company’s commitment to safety and risk management.Air Evac Lifeteam Director of Safety Dave Hardin explained that Air Evac Lifeteam’s voluntary participation in the [...]

Two new Bell 429s with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio Systems

Two new Bell 429s with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio Systems

Source: Becker Avionics, 18-Oct-11

Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY and San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM recently took delivery of new Bell 429 light-twin EMS helicopter equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio Systems, the DVCS6100. The Bell 429 for Mercy Flight was completed and delivered by Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and the San Juan Regional [...]

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-11

Evergreen Helicopters have acquired two low-time Bell 214STs from the Saudi royal family.  Previously allocated to operations from superyacht “Prince Abdul Aziz”, the fourth largest private yacht in the world at 147m in length, the pair have last week been registered with the FAA as N511EV and N512EV.  They are serial numbers 28105 and 28115 [...]

Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

Source: Halo Flight, 14-Oct-11

HALO-Flight, Inc., the only air ambulance serving the sixteen counties surrounding Corpus Christi, is expanding its fleet of emergency service vehicles. A third Bell 407 helicopter is expected to be delivered in early 2012. With this addition, HALO-Flight’s fleet will include three rotor-wing aircraft and one Specialty Care Transport ground ambulance. “HALO-Flight is focused on [...]

Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

Source: Brownsville Herald, 13-Oct-11

The new McAllen base will be one of Air Evac Lifeteam’s 104 bases in the country and the 21st base in Texas, the company said in a statement. -

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-11

Swiss helicopter operator HeliSwiss has acquired a Bell 206B JetRanger 3 from Germany to replace the helicopter they lost in an accident in April (see details).  Rhe Bell arrived at HeliSwiss’ base at Bern on Monday of this week still carrying its German registration D-HGMS and will in the next few days be registered locally [...]

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated  several ground breaking capabilities that will enable interoperability among  multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army [...]

Bell appoints new VP for V-22 Osprey program

Bell appoints new VP for V-22 Osprey program

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today the appointment of Michael “Willy” D. Andersen as Vice President and Program Director for of the V-22 Osprey and deputy director of the Bell-Boeing Program office. In this dual role, Andersen will report directly to Mitch Snyder, executive vice president of military programs at Bell [...]

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

Source: FlightSafety, 11-Oct-11

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) in Mexico for two Level D simulators and three Level 7 qualified flight training devices. FlightSafety has now received approval for 274 of its simulators and flight training devices from the DGAC in Mexico. “The approval [...]

LifePort awarded STC for Bell 407 armor flooring

LifePort awarded STC for Bell 407 armor flooring

Source: LifePort, 10-Oct-11

AUSA, Wash., D.C., Maryland – LifePort, Inc. announced today it has been awarded a commercial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 407 helicopter with lightweight Ballistic Protection System (BPS). This is LifePort’s first STC approval for a BPS in a civil utility helicopter. LifePort is a Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) company – the [...]

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-11

Turkish police have detained 16 people, including 13 military officers (11 active, 2 retired from duty), as part of an investigation into a helicopter crash that killed a politician. President Abdullah Gul has voiced suspicion about the circumstances of the crash after two components, including the flight recorder went missing following the March 2009 accident [...]

FAA certifies Bell 407GX

FAA certifies Bell 407GX

Source: Bell, 10-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that its newest version of the popular Bell 407 – the 407GX – has earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification following its certification by Transport Canada earlier this year. Since the Bell 407GX was introduced in February at the 2011 HELI-EXPO annual convention in Orlando, [...]

UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

Source: US Marine Corps, 10-Oct-11

The rotors of the aircraft made the once peaceful flight line a whirlwind of chaos. In true military fashion the birds flew in slow and came to a hover over their designated spots. While still hovering, the aircraft turned and proceeded to touch the ground, one at a time. This landing started a new chapter [...]

Bell opens new call centre

Bell opens new call centre

Source: Bell, 07-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT), has implemented a new call center for customers of its Aeronautical Accessories brand and its Repair and Overhaul operation in Piney Flats, Tenn. The call center simplifies the process of incoming customer calls and increases routing capabilities, resulting in reduced overall call time and more rapid inquiry resolution. [...]

Bell sells 429 and 407GX in Europe

Bell sells 429 and 407GX in Europe

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the signing of three purchase agreements, which included the Bell 429 and Bell 407GX, received during the 6th International Business Aviation Exhibition Jet Expo in Moscow and the Helitech Conference in Duxford, United Kingdom – continuing to grow its presence in the European and Russian markets [...]

Bell wins environmental award

Bell wins environmental award

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), was recognized for its recycling program by the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association (NTCRA) at the Green Awards event on Wednesday, Sept. 28.  Bell Helicopter was claimed winner of the Stupendous Recycling Service category. “We are extremely pleased to be recognized for our recycling program at Bell [...]

HeliFlite introduces private helicopter airport transfer services

HeliFlite introduces private helicopter airport transfer services

Source: HeliFlite, 05-Oct-11

HeliFlite announces 24/7 airport helicopter transfer services. Airport transfers are available to and from private area airports: Teterboro (TEB) and White Plains (HPN) as well as international hubs such as Newark (EWR), John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). The flight time into any of the 3 New York City heliports is under 15 [...]

120,000th student completes training at Bell’s Training Academy

120,000th student completes training at Bell’s Training Academy

Source: Bell, 05-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that on Friday, August 2, Shannon Halter became the 120,000th student to complete training from the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA). Pictured below, Trey Wade, Director of the Bell Helicopter Training Academy and Charles Fisher, Manager Technical Training for Bell Helicopter present Shannon Halter of United [...]

Dart announces TC approval of B412 Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator

Dart announces TC approval of B412 Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 05-Oct-11

DART Helicopter Services announces Transport Canada Approval of DART Aerospace’s Electric Step Replacement Pneumatic Actuator for the Bell 412/412EP model of aircraft.  FAA approval has been previously received. The DART Step Actuator Release System replaces electrical linear step actuators with pneumatic actuators. This modification is designed to permit the passenger steps to remain in the [...]

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M to convert one UH-1N to Huey II standard

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M to convert one UH-1N to Huey II standard

Source: US DoD, 04-Oct-11

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems of Warner Robins, Ga. is being awarded an estimated $8,395,974 cost plus award fee contract modification to modify and disassemble a UH-1N aircraft and convert it to a TH-1H aircraft. The cabin is inspected to find any cracks and corrosion which are repaired as required. The outdated obsolete analog avionics package [...]

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M for AH-1Z target sight system

Lockheed Martin awarded $14M for AH-1Z target sight system

Source: US DoD, 04-Oct-11

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $14,089,047 firm-fixed-price order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00164-11-G-JQ97) for target sight system (TSS) spare parts and program support. This acquisition is for AN/AAQ-30 TSS spares that will be utilized for the current TSS that are installed into AH-1Z Cobra attack [...]

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-11

Follow the HeliHub.com reports at the page for this accident – 04-Oct-11 Bell 206 New York, US-New York (1F) [File Photo] William P Johnson – HeliHub.com

Bell supports True Patriot Foundation Mission

Bell supports True Patriot Foundation Mission

Source: Bell, 03-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT), presented the True Patriot Love Foundation with a donation of $10,000 to further their mission of supporting members of the Canadian military and their families. The donation was presented as part of a ceremony held at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel, Canada facility, on September 6, in honor of the [...]

CPI Aero wins $1.4M in new orders from Bell

CPI Aero wins $1.4M in new orders from Bell

Source: CPI Aero, 03-Oct-11

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero(R)”) announced today that it has received new purchase orders totaling $1.4 million from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, for the manufacture of various assemblies for the AH-1Z ZULU attack helicopter. The new orders were for additional requirements to a contract CPI Aero announced in March 2011. Including the new [...]

Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Source: Canadian National Defence, 03-Oct-11

Thirteen members from CFB Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter (TH) Squadron flew to Nanton, Alta, home of the Bomber Command Museum and the Lancaster FM159, to celebrate the Squadron’s 70th anniversary, the museum’s 25th anniversary and the unveiling of newly acquired Halifax Bomber parts. It was a weekend filled with immense passion, amazing stories and the [...]

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

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

Source: St Cloud Times, 03-Oct-11

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

UH-1Y pilots fire first APKWS shots

UH-1Y pilots fire first APKWS shots

Source: US Navy, 03-Oct-11

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

HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

Source: HALO-Flight, 03-Oct-11

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

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

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

Source: ATK, 29-Sep-11

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

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

Source: Doug Doty Foundation, 29-Sep-11

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

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Source: Post-Standard, 29-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 28-Sep-11

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

Bell awarded $8.6M for cuff assemblies

Bell awarded $8.6M for cuff assemblies

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-11

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

Where is Bell at Helitech?

Where is Bell at Helitech?

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-11

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

LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 20-Sep-11

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

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-11

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

Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

19-Sep-11

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

Bell recognized by Texas veterans

Bell recognized by Texas veterans

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-11

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

Three Bell 429s for Australia’s Navy

Three Bell 429s for Australia’s Navy

Source: Australian MoD, 19-Sep-11

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

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-11

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

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-11

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

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

Source: El Dorado Sheriff, 13-Sep-11

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

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Source: ESCC, 13-Sep-11

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

Slave Lake honours pilot killed fighting fires

Slave Lake honours pilot killed fighting fires

Source: Metro News, 12-Sep-11

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

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-11

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

Bell honours Canadian military with V-22 demo

Bell honours Canadian military with V-22 demo

Source: Bell, 07-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: Scott’s Bell 47, 01-Sep-11

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

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

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

Source: US DoD, 01-Sep-11

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

B407 vision and lighting kits now available

B407 vision and lighting kits now available

Source: Bell, 31-Aug-11

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

Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Aug-11

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

USS New Orleans preps for AH-1Z first deployment

USS New Orleans preps for AH-1Z first deployment

Source: US Navy, 29-Aug-11

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

Rebtech adds NVG compatibility to Virginia State Police 407s

Rebtech adds NVG compatibility to Virginia State Police 407s

Source: Rebtech, 29-Aug-11

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

UH-1Y crew chief awarded for seat design

UH-1Y crew chief awarded for seat design

Source: US Marine Corps, 26-Aug-11

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

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Aug-11

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

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 24-Aug-11

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

GES® and Bell Helicopter – A Lasting Partnership

GES® and Bell Helicopter – A Lasting Partnership

Source: GES, 23-Aug-11

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

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

Scott’s drops prices on Bell 47 blades

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 23-Aug-11

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

Canadian Forces part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing closes

Canadian Forces part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing closes

Source: Canadian Forces, 23-Aug-11

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

Howard County Police receives Aero Dynamix NVG conversion

Howard County Police receives Aero Dynamix NVG conversion

Source: Aero Dynamix, 23-Aug-11

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

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-11

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