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Textron reports Bell Q2 performance down on last year

Textron reports Bell Q2 performance down on last year

Extract from Textron’s full Q2 statement Bell revenues decreased $31 million in the second quarter from the same period in the prior year, primarily reflecting the delivery of 44 commercial helicopters compared to 47 units in last year’s second quarter. Bell delivered 9 V-22 and 6 H-1 aircraft in the quarter, flat with last year’s second quarter… Read more »

Source: Textron, 18-Jul-13

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase two aircraft at the 43rd annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) conference and exposition, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. July 17-20. Attendees will get an up close look at the Fairfax County Police Department’s Bell 429 and a Bell 407GX… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Jul-13

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Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $17,907,086 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  This contract includes the manufacturing, testing and delivery of one H-1 main rotor gearbox test stand and one H-1 tail rotor/intermediate gearbox test stand, including the equipment,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jul-13

Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham plc (‘Cobham’ or ‘the Group’) today announces that it has completed the acquisition of the 50% shareholding that it did not already own in FB Heliservices Ltd, FB Leasing Limited and FBS Limited (together ‘FBH’), from its long standing joint venture partner, Bristow Helicopters Limited (‘Bristow’).  The transaction comprises cash consideration of £74 million… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 15-Jul-13

Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said the helicopter will be used by the Indonesian military (TNI), which is tasked with patrolling the border.  see full story  File photo

Source: Jakarta Globe, 15-Jul-13

Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline is based on the grounds of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, which is under construction in west Dickinson. Though the hospital won’t be fully operation until the fall of 2014, the helicopter and its crew are already going strong. see full story The actual aircraft is N242MT, Bell 407 serial 54067

Source: Dickinson Press, 11-Jul-13

Night Flight Concepts extend NVG inspection contract with Bell

Night Flight Concepts extend NVG inspection contract with Bell

Night Flight Concepts is pleased to announce an extended NVG inspectioncontract with Bell Helicopter. The Texas based Bell Helicopter manufactures a wide range of civil and military helicopters, as well as civil and military tilt-rotor craft. “The extension of the inspection contract ensures the accuracy and dependability of our equipment and provides assurance that all NVG equipment will… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 10-Jul-13

Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Latitude Technologies continues to push forward expanding the company’s portfolio of IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system STCs, announcing the addition of a Transport Canada STC for the IONode ION100 advanced data acquisition unit for Bell medium helicopters including the Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412 model types.  This is the first IONode standalone… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 09-Jul-13

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Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

“Having the Life Link III base in Willmar means improved response times, and faster transport for patients requiring critical or trauma care,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital. –see full story

Source: West Central Tribune, 08-Jul-13

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Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 01-Jul-13

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Sweden – HeliAir adds a Huey to its fleet

Sweden – HeliAir adds a Huey to its fleet

HeliAir Sweden announced that the company will be adding an UH-1H Huey to its fleet. The aircraft has been flown to the company’s main base in Västerås, and it will now be incorporated in the fleet. The helicopter is replacing the Hughes 500 SE-JGE, which has recently been sold by the company. This new Huey is a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 26-Jun-13

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UK – National Grid to move operations to Turweston

UK – National Grid to move operations to Turweston

National Grid, the British-based infrastructure company, has for some years owned and operated helicopters in their own right and not leased in this specialist skill. This began back in 1985 with the purchase of a new Eurocopter AS355F1 Twin Squirrel and has developed with later versions of the AS355. More recently, National Grid decided to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-13

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Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jun-13

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Tarrant County College buys Bell facility at Alliance Airport

Tarrant County College buys Bell facility at Alliance Airport

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Tarrant County College (TCC) today announced an agreement through which TCC will purchase Bell Helicopter’s Military Programs Center facility at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The purchase of the 161,000-square-foot facility will enable TCC to expand its already successful aircraft maintenance programs currently offered at the college’s Northwest… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Jun-13

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Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), congratulates long-time customer PJ Helicopters for developing world-class precision-lift services over its more than 40 years of operations. The success of Red Bluff, Calif.-based PJ Helicopters is supported by Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems. The IBFs protect the safety, performance and reliability of seven turbine helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 24-Jun-13

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Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $38,838,754 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to exercise an option for the manufacture of two Lot 10 AH-1Z build new helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corp.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent) and Amarillo, Texas (40… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-13

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Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jun-13

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Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced foreign approval of seven products distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Approvals were received in May from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration, Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the following products: Ukraine validation of STC SH3289SO, Cabin Floor Protectors… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-13

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Saint-Gobain Aerospace to supply Bell 525 nose radomes

Saint-Gobain Aerospace to supply Bell 525 nose radomes

Saint-Gobain Aerospace today announced it has signed a long-term contract with Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth, Texas, to supply nose radomes for the new Bell 525 Relentless(TM) helicopter program. The radomes will be manufactured with advanced Norton Armor(TM) materials from Saint-Gobain that provide superior radar transparency and in-flight durability. “Saint-Gobain’s high-transparency radomes provide the clearest… Read more »

Source: Saint-Gobain Aerospace, 17-Jun-13

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Bell and Turbomeca provide details of new working relationship

Bell and Turbomeca provide details of new working relationship

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Turbomeca, a Safran company, announced today Bell Helicopter’s new five seat, short light single engine helicopter will be powered by Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R engine. The Arrius 2R engine delivers performance and power within the 450-550 shaft horsepower class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a Full… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 17-Jun-13

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Bell provides 525 Relentless program update

Bell provides 525 Relentless program update

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced updates to the Bell 525 Relentless™ program today at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The updated technical specifications and design features reveal improved speed, range and payload capabilities, as well as a higher maximum gross weight and optimized flight performance. “The Bell 525 Relentless program truly exemplifies our focus… Read more »

17-Jun-13

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Bell announces Turbomeca-powered JetRanger replacement

Bell announces Turbomeca-powered JetRanger replacement

Today at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its return to the short light single (SLS) engine helicopter market with a new product designed to specifications based on the input of a customer advisory council. Bell Helicopter’s new, five-seat entry-level aircraft is expected to complete its first flight in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Jun-13

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Bell to bring in contract workers

Bell to bring in contract workers

Bell  is expected to bring in contract workersbecause the company says machinists and other members of United Auto Workers Local 218 have refused to work overtime.  see full story

Source: Star Telegram, 15-Jun-13

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Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Starlite have announced that their application to operate non-scheduled charter and aerial work services in Tanzania was recently granted by the Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite was awarded the licence owing to their compliance with the rules and regulations, laid down by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite offers expert… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 13-Jun-13

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REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH Air Medical Services and Air Evac Lifeteam announce an integrated partnership venture at a new rotor wing base to be located in Seguin, Texas. REACH Air Medical Services operates Methodist AirCare in partnership with the Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, the largest provider of health care services in the region.  Current bases exist… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 13-Jun-13

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Bell detail Paris Air Show presence

Bell detail Paris Air Show presence

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display a number of aircraft and share program updates at the 2013 Paris Air Show, one of the largest aviation trade shows in the world, held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre June 17-23. Demonstration flights will highlight two industry-leading Bell aircraft, the Bell 429 and Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Jun-13

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Union rejects Bell’s latest contract offer

Union rejects Bell’s latest contract offer

Union workers at Bell Helicopter have rejected the company’s last and final contract offer by a vote of 85 to 15 percent.  The vote took place at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.  The contract expires at midnight Sunday.  The union says the management’s latest offer would eliminate 200 jobs. (See Full Story)

Source: my Foxdfw, 12-Jun-13

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First Bell 429 arrives in UK

First Bell 429 arrives in UK

The UK’s first Bell 429 arrived quietly into the UK in late May, and is being worked on by Bell’s UK representatives, Heli-Charter at Manston before it takes up its’ local registration G-RIDB. Last December Bell announced that National Grid had ordered a 429 for delivery in the first quarter of 2013, hardly a story… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-13

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Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

FlightSafety is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division, based in Phoenix, Arizona, to provide training for the Bell 407 helicopter at its Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. “The selection of FlightSafety’s Bell 407 training program by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, is a clear demonstration… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety International, 11-Jun-13

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Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the launch of a skidtube step that provides a flat non-slip surface to stand on, increasing security for hoist operator or spotters for the Bell Medium aircraft.  The step received approval from Transport Canada, FAA, EASA, and Japan. The Skidtube Step installs on the DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes and installs… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 11-Jun-13

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RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG Aviation, Inc. recently received notification of contract award from the City of Houston to support their fleet of Bell 412 aircraft. RSG Aviation responsibilities will include all twin-engine helicopter component overhaul/exchange and repair services/support for the for a thirty-six month period. Houston PD air support division, with a fleet of 16 helicopters, has quickly… Read more »

Source: RSG Aviation, 11-Jun-13

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Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

AEL statement on Facebook – We are saddened to confirm that three members of our Manchester, Ky., crew were killed in a helicopter accident late Thursday evening. We are devastated at the loss of these crew members who we consider family. We have no details regarding the cause of the accident but will be working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-13

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IAI to supply crashworthy seats for Bell 525 Relentless

IAI to supply crashworthy seats for Bell 525 Relentless

Israel Aerospace Industries will supply, as a sole provider, crashworthy passenger seats to Bell Helicopter for its Bell 525 Relentless programme. (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 06-Jun-13

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Bell V-280 Valor™ Selected for Army’s JMR-TD Program

Bell V-280 Valor™ Selected for Army’s JMR-TD Program

Bell  announced that the Bell V-280 Valor™, its third generation tiltrotor design, has been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017. “The Bell V-280 Valor will provide the Army’s most sought-after capability with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-13

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Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft’s operators and producers negligently operated the helicopter. (See Full Story) – and see also the HeliHub.com page for this accident here

Source: Philly, 31-May-13

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Aeronautical Accessories adds new Bell 407 Items

Aeronautical Accessories adds new Bell 407 Items

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced two new accessories for the Bell 407 including a self-sealing fuel cell kit and a passenger ballistic protection system. The new products will be distributed under Bell Helicopters’s Aeronautical Accessories brand. The Bell 407 Self-Sealing Fuel Cell Kit is an alternative to the Bell 407 standard… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-May-13

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New CFO at Bell

New CFO at Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Al Vetere has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Formerly vice president, Financial Military Programs at Bell Helicopter, Vetere brings more than 30 years of experience and a strong reputation for developing talent to the position. “We are honored to have Al… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-May-13

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Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) will be exhibiting at Canada’s Defence & Security Showcase (CANSEC), taking place at the Ernst & Young Centre in Ottawa, Ontario from May 29th – 30th, 2013 (Booth #809). Vector Aerospace continues to be active in providing helicopter operators with robust, cost effective cockpit upgrade solutions.  Their latest concept,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-May-13

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Bell awarded $50M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell awarded $50M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $50,631,117 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to provide additional long lead parts and components required for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New aircraft and 10 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New aircraft for the Marine Corps…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-May-13

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L-3 Communications awarded $53M TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications awarded $53M TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $53,002,714 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet.  Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-May-13

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Aspen Helicopters acquires new firefighting helicopter

Aspen Helicopters acquires new firefighting helicopter

Aspen Helicopters, based at the Oxnard Airport, has acquired a new firefighting aircraft that will be used this fire season. (See Full Story)

Source: Ventura County Star, 28-May-13

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Iraqi Army receives last of 24 Bell 407s

Iraqi Army receives last of 24 Bell 407s

The Army completed a significant milestone in helping to maintain stability in Iraq now that the U.S. military have departed from that theater of operations. The Project Office for Armed Scout Helicopters, along with several representatives from different organizations on Redstone Arsenal, made the eighth delivery of the Iraqi Armed-407 Bell helicopters to Iraq. Three… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-May-13

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Argentine Air Force to add two Bell 412s

Argentine Air Force to add two Bell 412s

Argentina’s local Boletin publication details Government decisions – and reference number 181/2013 has this week reported the purchase of two Bell 412s from Canada. One of these will be a new-build aircraft and the other a pre-owned example. Prices are quoted as $10M and $7M respectively, but does not cover the detailed specification or delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-13

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EBACE – Bell showcases 429

EBACE – Bell showcases 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) held May 21 to May 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. Bell Helicopter will feature a corporate configured Bell 429 on static display. The customer-owned Bell 429 on display was the first to be… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-May-13

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Bell promotes innovation at AHS Forum 69

Bell promotes innovation at AHS Forum 69

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the 69th annual AHS Forum and Technology Display held May 21 to May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. In addition to sponsorship, Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence at the conference with a pre-forum event, technical presentations, a Bell 525… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-May-13

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Evergreen Helicopters buys two Bell 214STs

Evergreen Helicopters buys two Bell 214STs

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers and the vertically integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful, heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. (“EHI”), has acquired five aircraft… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 20-May-13

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HeliRussia – Transas Aviation to provide locally-made GPS for Bell 407, 429

HeliRussia – Transas Aviation to provide locally-made GPS for Bell 407, 429

[electronic translation] Transas Aviation Company, A Part of Transas Group, and Jet Transfer Company, an Official Representative of Rotorcraft American manufacturer Bell Helicopter, have signed A Cooperation Agreement for Installation of GLONASS / GPS equipment on Bell-407 and Bell-429 helicopters. Installation of Transas manufactured GLONASS / GPS Satellite Navigation System, TSS (Transas Satellite System), on… Read more »

Source: Transas Aviation, 17-May-13

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HeliRussia – Bell expands in Russia

HeliRussia – Bell expands in Russia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues to expand its presence in Russia through recent  aircraft deliveries, the appointment of a second Independent Representative and through participation at the 6th annual HeliRussia exhibition. “Russia is a very important market for Bell Helicopter; their demand for new rotorcraft is increasing and we are ready to provide them… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-May-13

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Dart launches Rear Locker Extender for B206 and B407

Dart launches Rear Locker Extender for B206 and B407

DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender™ that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 21” is now FAA and TCCA approved for Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 (including 407GX) aircraft. Constructed from a high quality, rugged composite, the rear locker extender is a perfect lightweight solution to stow extra sets of golf clubs, long-handled shovels… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 17-May-13

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Bell takes 407AH to SOFIC 2013

Bell takes 407AH to SOFIC 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) held May 14 to May 16 in Tampa, Fla. Bell Helicopter will feature an armed Bell 407 on static display, its first commercially qualified armed helicopter, a CV-22 model and 3-D interactive programs demonstrating… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-May-13

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CPI Aero wins $3.95M more work for AH-1Z

CPI Aero wins $3.95M more work for AH-1Z

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero(R)”) (nyse mkt:CVU) announced today that it has received an extension, through 2015, to its existing General Ordering Agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. TXT +0.07%  company, that adds additional delivery requirements totaling $3.95 million for the manufacture of various assemblies for the AH-1Z ZULU attack helicopter. The AH-1Z ZULU… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 15-May-13

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Bell awarded $85M contract for FMS work in Iraq and Taiwan

Bell awarded $85M contract for FMS work in Iraq and Taiwan

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, foreign military sales (FMS) contract with a maximum value of $85,400,000 for engineering and technical support services.  This FMS contract is in support of Iraq and Taiwan.  Performance location and type of appropriation will be determined with each order.  The bid was solicited through the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-May-13

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Bell appoints new MD of North America

Bell appoints new MD of North America

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Anthony Moreland will return to Bell Helicopter as managing director, North America. In this role, Moreland is responsible for all sales and marketing activities in the United States and Canada. “Anthony is a valuable addition to Bell Helicopter with extensive sales and marketing experience,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-May-13

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EFW awarded $11.8M contract for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracker Systems

EFW awarded $11.8M contract for AH-1W Helmet Display Tracker Systems

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,837,950 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Helmet Display Tracker Systems (HDTS) in support of the AH-1W helicopters. This contract includes the manufacture and delivery of 11 P-kits, 65 A-kits, 11 installations, and non-recurring engineering and program support. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-May-13

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Industry CEOs to headline AHS Forum

Industry CEOs to headline AHS Forum

The vertical flight world is wrestling with rapidly evolving challenges. From military struggles to sustain capabilities in the face of urgent budget cuts to civil campaigns for efficiency gains that bolster success in tepid markets, the vertical flight industry faces new challenges almost daily to meet its customers’ current demands while ensuring its ability to… Read more »

Source: AHS, 07-May-13

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Iran reveals indigenous Bell 214 simulator

Iran reveals indigenous Bell 214 simulator

The Iranian Army’s Ground Forces have unveiled a new indigenous simulator for Bell 214 helicopter, presenting the forces’ latest achievement in the simulation field. (See Full Story)

Source: Press TV, 06-May-13

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Bell laying off 140 employees

Bell laying off 140 employees

Bell is laying off 140 employees at its Fort Worth plant in anticipation of reduced production of its V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft over the next several years. (See Full Story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 03-May-13

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HMLA-467 bids farewell to Hueys, anticipates more Venoms

HMLA-467 bids farewell to Hueys, anticipates more Venoms

Just a week after receiving its first UH-1Y Venom, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 476 inducted three UH-1N Hueys into the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis Monthan Air Force Base April 24. Two of the Hueys were flown from Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., where the squadron was supporting the Weapons… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-May-13

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West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

There’s a new buzz around West Michigan and you may have heard it flying above your home.  Michigan State Police have a new helicopter.       (See Full Story)

Source: FOX 17, 02-May-13

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Astronics Max-Viz 1500 Approved For New and Retrofit Bell 429s

Astronics Max-Viz 1500 Approved For New and Retrofit Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter has worked with Astronics Corporation to help integrate the Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system as an option for new Bell 429s as well as for retrofit installations. Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) is a leader in providing advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries. Astronics’ Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) permits pilots to… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 01-May-13

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Bell expands Maintainers & Operators Conferences offerings

Bell expands Maintainers & Operators Conferences offerings

Bell announced the debut of two Maintainers and Operators (M&O) conferences this week in China. The conferences, held in Beijing on April 23 and Shanghai on April 25, served as an opportunity for customers in the region to meet with Bell Helicopter customer support representatives and other industry experts. “As we continue to expand our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-May-13

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Bell showcases versatile aircraft at AeroExpo 2013

Bell showcases versatile aircraft at AeroExpo 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), visited with many customers and enthusiasts last week in San Pedro Totoltepec, Mexico at the 10th annual AeroExpo held April 18 to April 20 at Toluca International Airport. Five Bell Helicopter aircraft were displayed at the event, including three corporate-configured Bell 407s, as well as a Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Apr-13

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Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

In its first year of service for Licking County, the helicopters of Air Evac Lifeteam 107 made more than 200 flights and were requested for service more than 460 times. (See Full Story)

Source: Newark Advocate, 29-Apr-13

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Zip Aviation Welcomes Back a Member of its fleet

Zip Aviation Welcomes Back a Member of its fleet

Zip Aviation re-entered their Bell Jet Ranger 206B into service at their Downtown Manhattan (New York City) Heliport. The Bell Jet Ranger 206B, or known as 99ZA, has received many new upgrades just in time for the summer season. 99ZA’s Turbine engine was overhauled by Aeromaritime, making it like new. The ship was then sent… Read more »

Source: Zip Aviation, 26-Apr-13

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Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $14M rotor blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,361,600 contract for main rotor blades. The award is a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract. Location of performance is Texas, with a Dec. 31, 2015 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2015 Navy funds. Defense… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Apr-13

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Uniflight win US Park Police maintenance contract

Uniflight win US Park Police maintenance contract

Uniflight LLC of Grand Prairie Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a contract by the US Department of the Interior for Helicopter maintenance services in support of the U.S. Park Police. The contract awarded to Uniflight is for one base year and four additional option years.  The contract is for the maintenance… Read more »

Source: Uniflight LLC, 24-Apr-13

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Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department has a new large piece of equipment that will help the department fight fires or crime from a bird’s eye view. (See full story)

Source: KSWO, 22-Apr-13

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Bell Q1 civil deliveries up, but revenues, backlog and profits down

Bell Q1 civil deliveries up, but revenues, backlog and profits down

Extract from the quarterly statement of parent company Textron reveals the following:- Bell revenues decreased $45 million, primarily the result of lower military unit deliveries and lower commercial aftermarket sales. Bell delivered 9 V-22’s and 6 H-1’s in the quarter, compared to 10 V-22’s and 7 H-1’s in last year’s first quarter and delivered 40 commercial… Read more »

Source: Textron, 17-Apr-13

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Bell displays 407GX at ABACE in China

Bell displays 407GX at ABACE in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) held April 16 to April 18 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Aerochine, one of Bell Helicopter’s independent representatives in China, will feature Kingwing Aviation’s corporate configured Bell 407GX on static display. This week,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Apr-13

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Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

Uniflight LLC of Grand Prairie Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a contract by the Houston Texas Police Department to provide maintenance support for the department’s helicopters. The contract awarded to Uniflight is for one base year and two additional option years.  The contract is for the support of Bell Helicopter 412… Read more »

Source: Uniflight LLC, 16-Apr-13

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Aeronautical Accessories launches Bell 429 skid shoes

Aeronautical Accessories launches Bell 429 skid shoes

Bell Helicopter has announced it is producing and distributing carbide skid shoes for the Bell 429 model, through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. The product utilizes a patented process under the repair station that provides the highest degree of skid gear protection.  The Bell 429 skid shoes are long-lasting, extremely durable and reduce wear and operating… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-13

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25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

Combat Aviation Brigade was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11. The Brigade’s primary mission was to conduct full spectrum aviation operations, to defeat the insurgency, support and improve governance and development. Their efforts… Read more »

Source: US Army, 15-Apr-13

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Bell provides OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program update

Bell provides OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program update

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), provided a program update on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition, highlighting the program’s accomplishments in the last year. “The men and women of Bell Helicopter are proud to say we build the rugged… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-13

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Bell sponsors Ganassi Racing Team #1 Car

Bell sponsors Ganassi Racing Team #1 Car

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will sponsor the Ganassi Racing Team #1 car driven by Jamie McMurray Saturday, April 13, at the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. McMurray visited the Bell Helicopter Training Academy on April 11 for a cockpit simulator demonstration, meet and greet with Bell Helicopter employees, and flight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Apr-13

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Bell launches V-280 tiltrotor concept at Quad-A

Bell launches V-280 tiltrotor concept at Quad-A

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), revealed today the Bell V-280 ValorTM, its offering for the Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Technology Demonstrator (JMR/TD), at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth. “The introduction of the Bell V-280 Valor underscores our commitment to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Apr-13

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