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Bell opens new facility in India

Bell opens new facility in India

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

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-12

Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

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

Source: Textron, 18-Apr-12

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EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

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

Source: BLR Aerospace, 18-Apr-12

Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

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

Source: RFID Journal, 16-Apr-12

Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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

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

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

Source: Rebtech, 16-Apr-12

Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

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

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-12

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-12

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Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

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

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 13-Apr-12

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Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

Baxter County Sheriff has acquired two ex-military surplus OH-58s from Arkansas State Police, where they had become surplus to requirements after acquisition of a Bell 407.  The two aircraft are N528SP and N529SP.  The photo shows Baxter County have tried to disguise their registrations for the road trip!  Baxter will merge the two into one usable… Read more »

12-Apr-12

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Canada adds third Griffon at 5 Wing Goose Bay

Canada adds third Griffon at 5 Wing Goose Bay

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that another CH-146 Griffon helicopter will be established at 5 Wing Goose Bay. With this addition, three Griffon helicopters will now provide utility helicopter capability at 5 Wing. “A third Griffon aircraft at 5 Wing Goose Bay will have an immediate positive impact on the… Read more »

Source: Canadian National Defence, 12-Apr-12

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Shimco designated Premier Supplier by Bell

Shimco designated Premier Supplier by Bell

Shimco announced today the receipt of the prestigious Bell Helicopter Premier Supplier Award. This designation recognizes Shimco’s world class business processes and quality products, including precision manufactured parts, laminated and edgebond shims, tapers and spacers. In order to qualify for the Premier Supplier Award, a supplier must meet or exceed numerous standards including AS9100 Certification,… Read more »

Source: Shimco, 11-Apr-12

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US Army chooses Donaldson inlet barrier filters for TH-67 fleet

US Army chooses Donaldson inlet barrier filters for TH-67 fleet

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has completed delivery of its Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems for the U.S. Army’s fleet of Bell TH-67 training helicopters. More than 180 helicopters were retrofitted with upgraded inlet protection at the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala. Donaldson IBFs… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 10-Apr-12

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Bell receives new US Army OH-58D contract

Bell receives new US Army OH-58D contract

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that as part of the OH-58D Wartime Replacement Aircraft Cabin program, it has received a contract for the nonrecurring engineering and a “new metal” OH-58D cabin. This contract is the latest in a series that have continually added additional Kiowa Warrior helicopters to address attrition rates… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-12

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Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, both Textron Inc. companies (NYSE: TXT), have teamed to develop a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Laboratory in Huntsville, AL. to enable a software and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) development test capability using operationally relevant systems specific to manned unmanned teaming. This MUMO Capability Development… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-12

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Bell awarded $15M to support 30 Iraqi Bell 407s

Bell awarded $15M to support 30 Iraqi Bell 407s

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $15,361,430 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of contractor logistics support for 30 Bell 407 helicopters.  Work will be performed in Al Taji, Iraq, and Piney Flats, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Apr-12

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Oceus Networks to test new generation wireless comms on three ships with UH-1

Oceus Networks to test new generation wireless comms on three ships with UH-1

Oceus Networks, Inc.*, Reston, Va., is being awarded a $7,804,428 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-12-C-0100) to exercise an option for a rapidly deployable fourth generation long term evolution tactical, wireless, maritime command and control communication solution and support the operational test and evaluation.  This modification will provided for the installation of equipment… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Apr-12

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Kawasaki announce initial order for UH-X

Kawasaki announce initial order for UH-X

(Electronic translation from Japanese) Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today, we received an order (1) new multi-purpose helicopter for the Ground Self-Defense Force from the Ministry of Defense. In addition, “UH-X” is, as the successor of multi-purpose helicopter of JGSDF UH-1J, the aircraft is to be used for the transport of goods, and various other… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 30-Mar-12

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Last AH-1W flight for HMLA-267 as unit prepares for AH-1Z

Last AH-1W flight for HMLA-267 as unit prepares for AH-1Z

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 conducted it’s final flight of their last AH-1W Super Cobra at Marine Corps Air Station 39, Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23. The squadron first received an AH-1W in 1987 and has been conducting training and combat operations with it for the last 25 years. They will receive six AH-1Z… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Mar-12

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Indonesia to buy two Bell 206 for training work

Indonesia to buy two Bell 206 for training work

(electronic translation from local language)    Board of Education Human Resources (BPSDM) Transportation to buy 20 trainer aircraft, consisting of 18 fixed-wing aircraft ( fixed wing ) and 2 units of rotary wing aircraft (helicopters). Total value of 20 training aircraft that will be placed in flight schools owned by the government, worth Rp 184.6 billion. Unit price of 18… Read more »

Source: Transportation Ministry, 28-Mar-12

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MCH to stop co-sponsoring CareStar program

Bill Webster, CEO for Medical Center Hospital, said that the hospital will give full control to their partner Med-Trans.  The program name will be changed to AeroCare, bringing it into line with the naming convention of air medical services in Seminole, Lubbock and Clovis, N.M.  (full story).  They operate two Bell 407s out of Odessa… Read more »

Source: OA Online, 27-Mar-12

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EASA certifies new Bell service facility in Prague

EASA certifies new Bell service facility in Prague

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft Company announced today that their joint service facility, operated by Aviation Service a.s. in Prague, Czech Republic, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) certification. “Growing our customer support and services around the globe is a strategic priority… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Mar-12

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Bell awards C&A Tool with Premier Supplier Award

Bell awards C&A Tool with Premier Supplier Award

C&A Tool in Churubusco was recently awarded the Bell Premier Supplier Award.   Bell awards this annually in recognition of suppliers with superior business processes and world class quality standards (see full story)

Source: Busco News, 20-Mar-12

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Canada’s TSB highlights helmets again in Bell 212 accident report

Canada’s TSB highlights helmets again in Bell 212 accident report

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final investigation report (A11W0070) into the loss of control and collision with the water involving a helicopter operated by Campbell Helicopters Ltd. that occurred on Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, on 20 May 2011. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, died in the crash. Mid–afternoon on the 20 of May… Read more »

Source: TSB, 20-Mar-12

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Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA approval of run-on wearplates for Bell 205/212/214/412/UH-1H

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA approval of run-on wearplates for Bell 205/212/214/412/UH-1H

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Run-on Landing Wearplates for Bell 205/210/212/214/412 and UH-1H series of aircraft. DAS Run-on Landing Wearplates feature an easy thru-bolt installation which makes installation or replacement quick and easy, eliminates clamps over the skidtube and prevents the… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 20-Mar-12

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Turkish Police select Becker audio for new Bell 429 fleet

Turkish Police select Becker audio for new Bell 429 fleet

Becker Avionics announced that the Turkish National Police (TNP) has selected its digital aircraft audio system, the DVCS6100, for their new fleet of fifteen (15) Bell 429 light-twin helicopters. Becker Avionics is the worldwide leader in airborne Digital Audio and intercom solutions for Helicopter and Fixed-Wing aircraft applications. Their DVCS6100 is the best selling tactical… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 20-Mar-12

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Walbridge Aldinger awarded $11M task order for H-1 test facility

Walbridge Aldinger awarded $11M task order for H-1 test facility

Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Mich., is being awarded $11,515,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of an H-1Y/Z helicopter gearbox repair and test facility at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point.  This single-story high bay building facility will include a disassembly area, parts kitting area,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-12

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Vertex Aerospace awarded $21M more for support of TH-57 fleet

Vertex Aerospace awarded $21M more for support of TH-57 fleet

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, L.L.C., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $21,209,470 modification to a previously awarded an indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-05-D-0023) for logistics services support of 119 TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft.  Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics, and related components.  Funds will not be obligated at time of award.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-12

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Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a contract with the Turkish National Police for the purchase of 15 Bell 429s with deliveries to begin in May 2013. The Bell 429 was selected after an extensive evaluation period during which members of the Turkish National Police Undersecretariat for Defence… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Mar-12

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Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA/Brazilian approval of Heli-Access-Steps for Bell 206/407

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA/Brazilian approval of Heli-Access-Steps for Bell 206/407

The new DART Crew and Maintenance Heli-Access-Steps are lightweight and mount easily to either the forward or aft crosstube.  The Crew Heli-Access-Steps are ideally located to assist crew in accessing the forward cabin.  The Maintenance Heli-Access-Steps create a convenient step for maintenance personnel.  Both steps feature a unique duplex clamping system that self-locks when weight… Read more »

Source: Dart Helicopter Services, 09-Mar-12

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DRS awarded $31.9M to support Kiowa Warrior mast mounted sight

DRS awarded $31.9M to support Kiowa Warrior mast mounted sight

DRS Technologies, Inc. a Finmeccanica Company announced its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group has received a $31.9 million award from the U.S. Army for program support, field service and logistics related to the DRS Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. RSTA, based in Dallas, Tex., and Melbourne, Fla., earned… Read more »

Source: DRS, 09-Mar-12

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Second Bell 427 delivered into New Zealand

Second Bell 427 delivered into New Zealand

Airwork NZ Ltd have this week delivered the second Bell 427 to a customer in New Zealand.  This new aircraft is serial 56078 and registered ZK-IRP and a colourful blue with a pink stripe.  Airwork have not said who the purchaser is, but note that the first 427 was delivered to HeliLink and is now… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Mar-12

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Rockwell Collins awarded $8M uplift to H-1 radio contract

Rockwell Collins awarded $8M uplift to H-1 radio contract

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded an $8,013,321 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0069) to exercise an option to provide AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radio and ancillary equipment for the H-1.  The contract provides for the following: C-12561A/ARC control, radio sets, quantity of 15; MT-6567/ARC mounting bases, quantity of 86; MT-7006/ARC amplifier… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Mar-12

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OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

The top leadership from the Program Executive Office for Aviation, along with project officers for the Project Office for Armed Scout Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior Product Office, announced Tuesday that three OH-58F Kiowa Warriors will be built at an Army facility in the Huntsville area. Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby, the program executive officer for aviation, and… Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Mar-12

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US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

Lt. Col. Allen D. Grinalds relinquished command of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 to Lt. Col. Mark E. Van Skike during a ceremony at the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 hangar, Feb. 17. Grinalds has been the commanding officer of the “Gunrunners” squadron since October 2010. Grinalds graduated from the Naval Academy and was… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Mar-12

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Aero Products: Mapping Future Through Customer Experience

Aero Products: Mapping Future Through Customer Experience

Despite the continued economic downturn, Aero Products Component Services, Inc. decided to meet the challenge head on by combining capital investments and customer journey mapping to enrich their customer’s experience. “It makes sense to acknowledge the current economic situation”, said Ted Johnson, President of Aero Products. “We understand that times are tough and people are… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 01-Mar-12

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Bell awarded $11M contract for H-1 repairs

Bell awarded $11M contract for H-1 repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.*, Hurst, Texas, is being awarded $11,057,924 for delivery order 7001 under previously awarded contract (N00383-11-D-012N) for the repair of four items supporting the H-1 helicopter:  Cobra main rotor blade; combining gearbox assembly; right hand stub wing; and left hand stub wing.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and the expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-12

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Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo

Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register, 28-Feb-12

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Bell selects Blue Sky Network’s HawkEye PT for tracking and comms

Bell selects Blue Sky Network’s HawkEye PT for tracking and comms

Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider in satellite tracking, fleet management, and automated flight monitoring solutions, today announced that its HawkEye PT – a handheld, Iridium tracking and messaging solution – will be used across Bell Helicopter’s support and services division, tracking all aircraft en route from Bell’s service center in Piney Flats, TN,… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 28-Feb-12

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Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

A new Labor Government will invest $7.5 million over the next three years to provide a permanent police helicopter for the Gold Coast. Premier Anna Bligh said the trial of a police helicopter currently underway on the coast had proven the use of the aircraft was beneficial to fighting crime in the area. “In July… Read more »

Source: Queensland Labor, 27-Feb-12

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Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker Avionics announced today that its Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100, was selected for the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI) program. The three (3) Bell 429s will be provided to the Royal Australian Navy’s through Raytheon Australia. The RMI program provides the Royal Australian Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 27-Feb-12

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Falcon receives DAS Vertical Reference Door for 12th Bell 412EP

Falcon receives DAS Vertical Reference Door for 12th Bell 412EP

Abu Dhabi based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) continues to lead the way in offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates by embracing innovative, safety focused improvements for their Bell 412EP Fleet.  Following the recent decision to upgrade their entire fleet with the BLR FastFin System, FAS have taken delivery of a fully customized DAS… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Feb-12

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Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, requirements type, sole-source contract with a maximum $87,025,160 for support of 1,162 commercial consumable items required for the Navy/Marine Corps H-1 and Army OH-58 helicopters.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  There was one proposal with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-12

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Elbit company EFW awarded $8.7M contract for AH-1W helmet work

Elbit company EFW awarded $8.7M contract for AH-1W helmet work

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $8,798,016 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0057) to provide hardware and installations in support of the Helmet Display Tracking System in the AH-1W helicopters.  Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (66 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (19 percent); and New River, N.C. (15 percent).  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-12

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Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath Aerospace announce the winners of their “Win $5,000 of Bell Helicopter Repairs” contest held during HELI-EXPO 2012. The three lucky winners selected from the 46 eligible people who booked appointments at the show were: 1) Rotorcraft Support Inc. – Phil Difiore 2) Helicopters Inc. – Jule Boyer 3) Logic Aviation – Duane Bodette “On… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 23-Feb-12

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Aero Products awarded Bell Helicopter Gold Seal CSF

Aero Products awarded Bell Helicopter Gold Seal CSF

Aero Products has been providing its customers with support solutions, spares and component servicing for a quarter century, and was recently awarded the Bell Helicopter Gold Customer Service Facility Seal of Recognition in recognition of the company’s ability to manage Bell Helicopter fleet issues. Although twenty-five consecutive years is a long time to be in… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 23-Feb-12

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New market report on the big five manufacturers

New market report on the big five manufacturers

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: World`s 5 Leading Helicopter Manufacturers – Key Strategies, Plans, SWOT, Trends & Outlook for 2012 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0777882/World `s-5-Leading-Helicopter-Manufacturers—Key-Strategies-Plans-SWOT-Trends–Outlook-for-2012.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Aerospace_and_Defense Helicopters have been a critical component of the overall force structure of armed forces globally and with the demonstration of their prowess, operational flexibility &… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker.com, 22-Feb-12

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Hillsboro Aviation buys new Bell 407GX

Hillsboro Aviation buys new Bell 407GX

At the opening of HELI-EXPO, Hillsboro Aviation, the only Bell Independent Representative in the United States, placed an order for a new 2012 Bell 407GX for sale to a prospective customer in the western U.S. “The popularity of the 407 within our sales territory has gained tremendous momentum since the introduction of the GX last… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aviation, 22-Feb-12

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Bell Helicopter honours its Platinum CSFs

Bell Helicopter honours its Platinum CSFs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has named its 2012 Platinum-level Customer Service Facilities (CSFs). These 11 independently-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers are the top performers of the Bell Helicopter industry-leading worldwide customer support and services network. “Bell Helicopter is consistently recognized as a leader in customer support throughout the industry,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-12

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Concorde announces higher capacity battery for Bell LongRanger

Concorde announces higher capacity battery for Bell LongRanger

Concorde Battery is pleased to announce certification of the higher capacity RG-224 for the Bell LongRanger. Concorde’s sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG®), absorbed glass mat (AGM) RG-224 is a 24Ah battery designed for improved performance and longer life in demanding applications. Many users are getting superior performance with the current 17Ah RG-222 however, the… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 20-Feb-12

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Bell awarded $56M for long-lead parts for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Bell awarded $56M for long-lead parts for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $56,750,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and components required for the manufacture of Lot 10 UH-1Y (15) and AH-1Z (13) helicopters for the Marine Corps in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-12

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BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class helicopter. BAE Systems flight control computers provide the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably, with decreased pilot workload. “BAE Systems has more than five decades of experience developing and producing flight control and… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 17-Feb-12

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Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter deployed operationally for the first time with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of the Amphibious Squadron 5. Lockheed Martin’s TSS is the fire control system for the AH-1Z Cobra. The TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with superior imagery through a highly… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Feb-12

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Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it received a contract to modify and refurbish eight Royal Thai Army Bell 212 helicopters.  Bell Helicopter Asia will work with Bell Helicopter’s independent representative Royal Airport Services on this in-country program. “Modifying and refurbishing these Bell 212s will provide the Royal Thai Army improved… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-12

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Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing announced today it has delivered a Bell 206L-3 aircraft to PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, California. To enhance its fleet, PJ Helicopters approached Cadorath Aerospace to fill the requirements of its Part 135 operation. Cadorath fits aircraft with new interiors, new paint, new wiring, new avionics packages and mid-time to new components. PJ… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 13-Feb-12

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Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will deliver a new Value Improvement Program (VIP) upgrade kit for M250 engines, which power Bell 407 and MD600 helicopters. The upgrade will offer increased power in “hot and high” operations and reduced fuel burn. During rigorous engine tests, the VIP upgrade kit reduced fuel burn by 2 percent… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Feb-12

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Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will display a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail rotor blade here at Heli-Expo Booth No. 9651. Designed by VHA engineers in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron representatives, the new tail rotor blade is predicted to increase tail rotor authority while reducing pilot workload and eliminating inspections… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Feb-12

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North Flight Data Systems to integrate an innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems to integrate an innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems, LLC is pleased to announce they will integrate and certify their Lightweight Aircraft Recording (LARS) system in the Bell Helicopter Textron 407. In cooperation with PHI, Inc. and Rolls-Royce, NORTH FDS will be integrating their voice, video and flight data recording system into the Bell 407 airframe. The system will not… Read more »

Source: North Flight Data Systems, 13-Feb-12

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FAA, EASA approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

FAA, EASA approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA & EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. The Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ installs easily to existing Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ mounts.  The step can be quickly mounted by one person without the use of tools… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 13-Feb-12

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FAA approves Vector’s Bell 205/212 “Glass Cockpit” installation

FAA approves Vector’s Bell 205/212 “Glass Cockpit” installation

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) www.vectoraerospace.com, (Heli-Expo Booth # 7139) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR03043NY for an Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS, or “glass cockpit… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 12-Feb-12

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Dart announces TC approval for screw-in windshield Kit for Bell 206 series

Dart announces TC approval for screw-in windshield Kit for Bell 206 series

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

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 12-Feb-12

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Bell announces new 206 TT Strap with calendar life extension

Bell announces new 206 TT Strap with calendar life extension

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has approved a new tension torsion (TT) strap for the Bell 206 series of helicopters. Bell Helicopter, in collaboration with its long term supplier partner LORD Corporation, has developed a new TT strap with a calendar life of 36 months with anticipated calendar life… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell 525 features ARC Horizon flight deck

Bell 525 features ARC Horizon flight deck

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the new Bell 525 Relentless – unveiled at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas – will feature a state-of-the-art flight deck, ARC Horizon. “One of the most compelling elements of the new Bell 525 Relentless is the new ARC Horizon flight deck,” said Larry D. Roberts,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell delivers first 407GX

Bell delivers first 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered its first Bell 407GX to a long-time Bell 407 customer, AVEMEX, S.A. de C.V., located in Toluca, Mexico. AVEMEX has been operating Bell 407 helicopters for nine years. “The delivery of the first Bell 407GX is the culmination of the promise that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell Helicopter introduces the 525 “Relentless” Super Medium helicopter

Bell Helicopter introduces the 525 “Relentless” Super Medium helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. “Today, we celebrate with our customers – not only the launch of this new product – but the result of our collective efforts to define a new class of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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HelicopterBuyer sources Bell 407 for Canadian client

HelicopterBuyer sources Bell 407 for Canadian client

HelicopterBuyer, Inc. announced that it has sourced a 2004 Bell 407, S/N: 53597, helicopter for a Canadian client. The sale was a result of their exclusive helicopter brokerage services for Prairie Helicopters, Inc. based in Winnipeg. Mark V. Clancy, president and CEO of HelicopterBuyer, stated “We have been working with Prairie Helicopters for several years… Read more »

Source: HelicopterBuyer, 12-Feb-12

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Helicopter Flight Services joins Helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety

Helicopter Flight Services joins Helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS) of New York City will be welcomed into the helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety(TOPS) (Booth #4105) at the TOPS meeting at HELI-EXPO in Dallas. “We’re thrilled to welcome HFS to TOPS and commend their commitment to helicopter tour operation safety,” said TOPS Chair Tim Cudney. “Choosing to become a member of… Read more »

Source: TOPS, 11-Feb-12

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First delivery With Universal Avionics’ flightdeck is Bell 212 from Panama

First delivery With Universal Avionics’ flightdeck is Bell 212 from Panama

With a newly-integrated flightdeck based on Universal Avionics Flat Panel Displays, Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (National Aeronaval Service – SENAN) of Panama took delivery of the first of five Bell 212 helicopter variants this past month. The Helitech Support Services digital modernization of the Bell 212 was designed with the assistance of Maxcraft Avionics. The totally… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 11-Feb-12

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Industry First: FastFin added to offshore oil support fleet

Industry First: FastFin added to offshore oil support fleet

Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has become the world’s first offshore oil operator to enhance the safety and productivity of its helicopters with the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System. FAS last year began flying the first new factory-produced Bell 412EP equipped with the FastFin System. Successful… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 11-Feb-12

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Bell activities at Heli-Expo

Bell activities at Heli-Expo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its aircraft line-up and media briefing schedule for the 2012 Heli-Expo.  These events will demonstrate Bell Helicopter’s commitment to driving affordable mission solutions for its customers. Bell Helicopter’s exhibit will feature the first multi-mission configured Bell 429 – operated by Fairfax County Police– as well as… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Feb-12

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FastFin fuels record sales at BLR Aerospace

FastFin fuels record sales at BLR Aerospace

Market acceptance of the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System is fueling record growth for BLR Aerospace, in large part due to OEM and operator acceptance of the FastFin System for Bell medium helicopters, according to Dave Marone, vice president of Sales and Marketing for BLR. BLR representatives will be available to discuss FastFin… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 11-Feb-12

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Bell’s Training Academy receives B212 EASA approval

Bell’s Training Academy receives B212 EASA approval

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval  to provide B1.3 Maintenance Training courses on Bell 212 helicopters.  As an EASA Part 147 approved maintenance training organization, the BTA is now approved to provide EASA maintenance training on… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Feb-12

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Cadorath expands Bell and Rolls-Royce component rework capacity

Cadorath expands Bell and Rolls-Royce component rework capacity

Cadorath Aerospace has purchased a local machine shop as well as two CNC Machining Centers to provide additional support for their Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce component rework programs. “Our two new Doosan Machining Centers add 20% more production capacity. We now have 12 CNC machines,” says Dave Haines, the Senior VP for Cadorath. “Plus, the… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 09-Feb-12

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Aerial Filmworks completes three projects in Costa Rica

Aerial Filmworks completes three projects in Costa Rica

Aerial Filmworks just wrapped 3 projects in Costa Rica including a documentary on Carolina Marin, a world class kickboxer, and a new film by Hernán Jimenez, the director of El Regresso. Dramatic nature footage of the Costa Rica landscape will be used as establishing shots for the film on Marin, and late afternoon and night scenes… Read more »

Source: Aerial Filmworks, 09-Feb-12

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UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT LIFESTAR recently entered into a partnership with RSQ911 Solutions to launch a web-based survey tool that will allow them to capture key insights and measure customer satisfaction at every stage of transport. The survey tool is an extension to their commitment to provide superior services to patients and their families, as well as the pre-hospital and hospital… Read more »

Source: UT Lifestar, 09-Feb-12

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