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

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

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

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 21-May-12

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 21-May-12

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Bell affirms presence in Russia at HeliRussia

Bell affirms presence in Russia at HeliRussia

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

Source: Bell, 17-May-12

Bell renews title sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl

Bell renews title sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl

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

Source: Bell, 17-May-12

Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-12

Bell delivers six helicopters into Europe

Bell delivers six helicopters into Europe

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

Source: Bell, 16-May-12

Cadorath announces 41 Bell repairs

Cadorath announces 41 Bell repairs

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

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 16-May-12

Bell employee syndicate scoop $28M lottery win

Bell employee syndicate scoop $28M lottery win

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

Source: WFAA, 15-May-12

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Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report – Bell Helicopter

Defense Company Profile & SWOT Report – Bell Helicopter

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

Source: Research and Markets, 15-May-12

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

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

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

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

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EBACE continues to side-track helicopters

EBACE continues to side-track helicopters

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-May-12

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 11-May-12

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EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

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

Source: Queensland Government, 08-May-12

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

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

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

Source: Paravion Technology, 04-May-12

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Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-12

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Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

Royal Australian Navy puts Bell 429 into service

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

Source: Raytheon Australia, 02-May-12

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Strong Bell 407GX sales in Central and South America

Strong Bell 407GX sales in Central and South America

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-12

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Colombian Air Force Bell 212 accident kills 13

Colombian Air Force Bell 212 accident kills 13

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-12

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Newfoundland Helicopters takes delivery of first Bell 407GX in Canada

Newfoundland Helicopters takes delivery of first Bell 407GX in Canada

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

Source: Bell, 01-May-12

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Heliprops – Bell’s safety publication available electronically

Heliprops – Bell’s safety publication available electronically

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

Source: Bell, 01-May-12

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Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

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

Source: AEM, 30-Apr-12

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Sweden’s second oldest operator Lapplandsflyg closes its business

Sweden’s second oldest operator Lapplandsflyg closes its business

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

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Apr-12

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Mystery Australian operator buys four Bells from RLC

Mystery Australian operator buys four Bells from RLC

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-12

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Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

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

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Apr-12

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

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

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

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Apr-12

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Namibia: Helicopter hearing postponed to June

Namibia: Helicopter hearing postponed to June

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

Source: New Era, 24-Apr-12

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Raytheon Australia submits tender for the Air 9000 Phase 7 competition

Raytheon Australia submits tender for the Air 9000 Phase 7 competition

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

Source: Raytheon Australia, 24-Apr-12

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Helicargo SA to bring Bell 525 Relentless to Colombia

Helicargo SA to bring Bell 525 Relentless to Colombia

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

Source: Helicargo, 23-Apr-12

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Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

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

Source: Queensland Government, 23-Apr-12

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Bell opens new facility in India

Bell opens new facility in India

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

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-12

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Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

Textron profit soars on Bell sales rebound

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

Source: Textron, 18-Apr-12

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EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

EASA approves BLR FastFin system for Bell 212s

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

Source: BLR Aerospace, 18-Apr-12

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Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

Bell’s RFID investment recouped in just one year

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

Source: RFID Journal, 16-Apr-12

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Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

Guatemala – LongRanger down, four injured

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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

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

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

Source: Rebtech, 16-Apr-12

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Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

Bell awarded support agreement for Iraqi Bell 407s

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

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-12

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Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-12

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Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

Cadorath develops new Bell helicopter repairs

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

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 13-Apr-12

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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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