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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and Law Enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Geneva’s receipt of the EASA approvals will allow European operators to take advantage of Geneva’s many ENG and law enforcement equipment solutions. All components are… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Service, 09-Feb-12

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Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

Aeromaritime America/ITP In Support Services is proud to announce our participation with Pratt & Whitney 200 Series engine repair and overhauls in the U.S. ITP in Support Services has been a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW200 Series engines at its Albacete, Spain facility since 2004. Now with its acquisition of AEROMARITIME AMERICA INC… Read more »

Source: Aeromaritime, 08-Feb-12

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United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce it has recently signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide a medical interior kit for a new Bell 429 aircraft. The agreement includes the manufacture of an FAA (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior that will be shipped to Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 08-Feb-12

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

North Flight Data Systems to integrate 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, 07-Feb-12

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OH-58D Kiowa Warrrior fleet reaches 2,000,000 flight hours milestone

OH-58D Kiowa Warrrior fleet reaches 2,000,000 flight hours milestone

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that the U. S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. “The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent milestone is another example… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Feb-12

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Royal Australian Navy starts acceptance of first Bell 429

Royal Australian Navy starts acceptance of first Bell 429

Raytheon Australia has announced the beginning of acceptance activities of its first Bell 429 helicopters to be utilised under the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 (RMI 2) Program. The Retention and Motivation Initiative provides the Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified aircrew to consolidate and enhance their skills prior to… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Australia, 06-Feb-12

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LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver’s parent Air Methods has upgraded the helicopter at their Rainbow City base to a Bell 407 (see full story).  LifeSaver is part of the Omniflight division.

Source: Gadsden Times, 06-Feb-12

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Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County (NY) Police Department recently decided to equip their new Bell 407 patrol helicopter with the Becker Avionics Digital Voice Communication System, the DVCS6100. The aircraft currently is undergoing completion at Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and will deliver in the first half of this year. Westchester County’s aircraft is the fist Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-12

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AirLife hangar opens at Sky Ridge Medical Center

AirLife hangar opens at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Sky Ridge officials celebrated the unveiling of a 6,300-square-foot helicopter hangar that is expected to help improve response time and provide a few comforts of home for the team on duty.  AirLife medical personnel have been staying in a mobile trailer on the south end of the hospital’s property. It housed the crew, but did… Read more »

Source: Our Colorado News, 05-Feb-12

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Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

The Product Office for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) conducted a demonstration of a new capability that will enable collective Manned-Unmanned Teaming training using a manned helicopter. The demo was held on the campus of University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 2. The AB3 National Airspace Trainer was demonstrated to the Program Executive Office… Read more »

Source: Program Executive Office, 05-Feb-12

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Major promotion for HeliFlite’s HeliCard program

Major promotion for HeliFlite’s HeliCard program

For the month of February, HeliFlite is offering a “Half HeliCardâ„¢” (12.5 hours) as an introduction to the 25-hour HeliCardâ„¢ program.  This is an outstanding opportunity for customers to enjoy significant, year round savings, while having guaranteed access to HeliFlite’s award winning helicopter service. At HeliFlite, HeliCardâ„¢ sales have grown dramatically as customers recognize they… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 03-Feb-12

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Cadorath to give away $15,000 of Bell repairs at Heli-Expo

Cadorath to give away $15,000 of Bell repairs at Heli-Expo

Cadorath Aerospace President Gerry Cadorath announced plans to award $15,000 of free Bell repairs at February’s Heli-Expo 2012. “Each day at Heli-Expo we will be giving away $5,000; we want the Bell Service Centers and Bell Operators with overhaul shops to become familiar with Cadorath Aerospace. To be entered to win, they simply need to… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 02-Feb-12

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Heli-Expo HFI Heritage of Helicopters Display detailed

Heli-Expo HFI Heritage of Helicopters Display detailed

The HELI-EXPO 2012 exhibit floor will feature the inaugural HFI Heritage of Helicopters Display at static display #30 in Hall A of the Dallas Convention Center. The Helicopter Foundation International has secured the loan of these historic aircraft from several Texas museums, including the Cold War Museum in Lexington, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, and the Collings Foundation in Houston…. Read more »

Source: HFI, 02-Feb-12

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Scott’s Bell 47 to launch Model 47 upgrade program at Heli-Expo

Scott’s Bell 47 to launch Model 47 upgrade program at Heli-Expo

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) today announced their intentions to launch a Model 47 Upgrade Program at Heli-Expo in Dallas on February 12. This program gives customers the choice to have their existing Model 47 upgraded or to purchase a refurbished/upgraded 47G-2A configuration (narrow body) or 47G-2A-1 (wide body) configuration helicopter direct from the… Read more »

Source: Scott’s – Bell 47, 01-Feb-12

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Bell and Eurocopter decide to behave like children

Bell and Eurocopter decide to behave like children

In the last few hours, Bell and Eurocopter have issued press releases (reproduced below) claiming they have both won the same court case, which was about copyright infringement of skid design used on the early Bell 429 prototypes.  It would appear that Bell changed the design as soon as Eurocopter first issued an injunction.  Thus… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

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Cadorath Aerospace – fastest growing “Bell shop” prepares for Heli-Expo

Cadorath Aerospace – fastest growing “Bell shop” prepares for Heli-Expo

Cadorath Aerospace’s list of Bell repair capabilities increased by 100% in 2011, making Cadorath the fastest growing “Bell shop” in the world. “At Cadorath, our commitment to excellence is moving us forward. Our vision of becoming a global company driven by integrity, solutions and satisfaction is being embraced by our customers because they see our… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 31-Jan-12

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Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Kiowa, serialled 44072 and officially known as a Bell CH-136 light observation helicopter, belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and is being restored for static display, in a unique partnership with Mohawk college. (see full story) File photo

30-Jan-12

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Mesa County Colorado add loan LongRanger 3

Mesa County Colorado add loan LongRanger 3

Mesa County Search and Rescue have recently added a second loan helicopter to their resources, thanks to a local telecom company.  Based in the city of Grand Junction, Mesa County have struck a deal with CenturyLink, the third largest telecom company in the US following its combination with QWest.  CenturyLink see the donation of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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Bell prepares for big launch – the 525 Relentless

Bell prepares for big launch – the 525 Relentless

We’ve speculated on what Bell is doing, and we ran this story on HeliHub.com recently detailing some of the trademark applications Bell have made.  But more news comes in, thanks to a tip-off from local newspaper the Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram (affectionally known as the Startle-gram… ) of some further trademark applications. In particular, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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Cadorath Aerospace: More than 100 New Bell Engineering Repairs

Cadorath Aerospace: More than 100 New Bell Engineering Repairs

Cadorath Aerospace developed 123 new Bell engineering repairs in 2011, giving Cadorath the fastest growing list of Bell and Rolls Royce rework capabilities in the industry. The Cadorath design and engineering department has developed more than 600 approved repairs for the Bell line to date. “Cadorath Aerospace has expanded on the Bell 206B, 206L, 407,… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 29-Jan-12

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Bell confirm new product announcement at Heli-Expo

Bell confirm new product announcement at Heli-Expo

Bell have confirmed to the press that they will launch a “New Product” at 11.30am local time on Sunday 12th February.  Press conferences fro the media will follow. From recent stories on HeliHub.com you will be aware that we expect this to be the 525 SMT “Super Medium Transport” – see also  Bell looks to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-12

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Dart Aerospace’s Bell 206L/407 Skidtube wearplates certified

Dart Aerospace’s Bell 206L/407 Skidtube wearplates certified

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd’s (DAS) stainless steel Run-on Landing Wearplates for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 Standard Skidtubes and Float Skidtubes. DART Aerospace’s Ltd. (DAS) traditional wearplates and wearpads are designed for durability under normal wear conditions. However, training and run-on landings present… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 27-Jan-12

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Cadorath Leasing delivers B206L3 to Macaluso & Associates

Cadorath Leasing delivers B206L3 to Macaluso & Associates

Cadorath Leasing, a Subsidiary of Cadorath Aerospace, has delivered a Bell 206L-3 aircraft to Macaluso & Associates of Carlsbad, California. Macaluso & Associates replaced its Bell 206 Jet Ranger with the Bell 206L-3 in an effort to support and enhance its executive aviation department which now boasts fixed-wing aircraft. “The Bell 206L-3 meets our demands… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Leasing, 26-Jan-12

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Scott’s Bell 47 develops composite main blades for model 47 fleet

Scott’s Bell 47 develops composite main blades for model 47 fleet

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) today announced that they have contracted with IAC Ltd. to develop new composite main rotor blades for the model 47 fleet. IAC is an internationally recognized main and tail rotor blade repair & overhaul service provider in Fort Worth, Texas with FAA certifications to inspect & repair all major… Read more »

Source: Scott’s Bell 47, 26-Jan-12

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AAHP says B206 not fit for purpose in Newfoundland and Labrador

AAHP says B206 not fit for purpose in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Association of Allied Health Professionals is voicing concerns on behalf of its members who operate the Medical Flight Program.  The AAHP has been working with Eastern Health and the Department of Health and Community Services to have the safety issues addressed over the past few months to no avail. Sharon King, Executive Director stated… Read more »

Source: AAHP, 24-Jan-12

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Bell and Vector Aerospace take each other to court

Bell and Vector Aerospace take each other to court

It sounds a bit like a couple of children playing – “you take me to court and I’ll take you to court in return”, but we’re sure that these two organisations are taking their legal stance very seriously.  The current situations are:- In December, Vector took Bell to Alabama Middle Court (case ref 2:11-cv-01071) alleging… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-12

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Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find. The sergeant was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in a ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 12. Sgt. Christopher Lemke, a mechanic with Marine… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 24-Jan-12

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Bell estimated to have paid $1 Million for domain name

Bell estimated to have paid $1 Million for domain name

Discussion is going on in the internet domain industry about Bell Helicopter after they acquired the domain name BH.com from publishers Elsevier. Previously owned by Elsevier for their subsidiary Butterworth-Heinemann, it was sold to Bell between August 30th 2010 and September 7th 2011, when Bell Helicopter became the domain registrant (see below) The name BH.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-12

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Family of Florida B206 crash victim sues charter company

Family of Florida B206 crash victim sues charter company

The family of one of the men killed when a helicopter chartered by Mayo Clinic crashed last month in Clay County is suing the operator of the aircraft. The children of 57-year-old David Hines are suing SK Logistics for wrongful death. They’re also suing Abraham Holdings, the company that owned the helicopter.  (see full story)

Source: News4Jax.com, 24-Jan-12

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Cherokee Nation Industries honored with Bell Premier Supplier Award

Cherokee Nation Industries honored with Bell Premier Supplier Award

Cherokee Nation Industries, the manufacturing and distribution division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, is being recognized by Bell Helicopter as being in the top 10 percent of the company’s suppliers. The prestigious Bell Premier Supplier Award was presented at CNI’s facility in downtown Stilwell, followed by a luncheon honoring CNI employees for their success. “CNI laid… Read more »

Source: Cherokee Nation Industries, 24-Jan-12

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9th annual Living Legends of Aviation awards take flight

9th annual Living Legends of Aviation awards take flight

The “Living Legends of Aviation”®, Bell Helicopter and ONEflight International have joined with title sponsor Bombardier Learjet in presenting the 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards to be held January 20, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton. Every year the attendees describe the evening as a “WOW event.” This year’s awards program promises to be… Read more »

Source: Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, 18-Jan-12

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Bell wins 10-year, C$640M Canadian military contract

Bell wins 10-year, C$640M Canadian military contract

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., was awarded a 10-year, C$640 million support services contract for the Canadian Forces CH146 Griffon fleet. (see full story)

Source: Providence Business News, 18-Jan-12

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Aero Dynamix upgrades Bell 412 NVG cockpit for Toll Remote Logistics

Aero Dynamix upgrades Bell 412 NVG cockpit for Toll Remote Logistics

Aero Dynamix announces the delivery of certified NVG cockpit upgrades for two Bell 412 helicopters owned and operated by the Toll Remote Logistics, Helicopter Division. Eagle Helicopters was contracted to provide comprehensive upgrades for the B412s and subcontracted NVG modifications and upgrades to Aero Dynamix. The upgraded B412s will be used for multi-mission operations. The… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 18-Jan-12

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Bell awarded $8M for procurement of a Huey II

Bell awarded $8M for procurement of a Huey II

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $8,239,840 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of a Bell Helicopter Huey II aircraft with maintainer and pilot training.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-12

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Bell to launch MxLink smartphone software at Heli-Expo?

Bell to launch MxLink smartphone software at Heli-Expo?

Following our article on the potential Bell 525SMT yesterday, we are today exploring what Bell could be doing with the software trademark “MxLink”, which was applied for in summer 2011.  Described as Computer software for use on portable computer devices, that includes biometric identification, used for interfacing, training, simulating, identifying and ordering parts, and tracking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-12

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Bell looks to “Super Medium” for future success with new 525SMT model

Bell looks to “Super Medium” for future success with new 525SMT model

Just before Christmas, Bell filed a flurry of Trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office.  In particular, theses ones – each one listed as a trademark for a name of a helicopter or aircraft. – 525SMT – Super Medium – Super Medium Transport – Super Medium Class It’s obviously speculation as to what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-12

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Research and Markets launch new report on Key Global Helicopter Manufacturers

Research and Markets launch new report on Key Global Helicopter Manufacturers

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Key Global Helicopter Manufacturers – Strategic Initiatives, Developments, SWOT, Key Trends & Outlook for 2012″ report to their offering. “Key Global Helicopter Manufacturers – Strategic Initiatives, Developments, SWOT, Key Trends & Outlook for 2012” The report brings to forefront & provides key insights as well as… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 16-Jan-12

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PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

St. Joseph Health System is eager to announce two major initiatives to improve emergency and trauma medical care in the region. The first is a new affiliation with PHI Air Medical. St. Joseph AirMedical PHI has been our area’s air ambulance provider for more than six years. St. Joseph Health System, established 75 years ago,… Read more »

Source: St. Joseph, 13-Jan-12

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Atlantic Airways signs new 4 year contract with Faroe Islands Government

Atlantic Airways signs new 4 year contract with Faroe Islands Government

Atlantic Airways has signed a four-year contract with the Faroese Ministry of Fishery and Ministry of Industry to provide helicopter search and rescue (SAR) and domestic transport to the most remote islands. The helicopter service will be provided by two Bell 412 helicopters and the contract includes considerable upgrade to the standard of SAR and crisis support. The agreement is worth a total… Read more »

Source: Atlantic Airways, 12-Jan-12

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INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

(Electronic translation from Spanish) Once the tender procedure for the program of life extension Agusta Bell 212 helicopters of the Spanish Navy, the Chief of Logistics Support (JAL) has awarded the program to the joint venture companies formed by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas e INAER Maintenance. The modernization program of the seven helicopters AB 212,… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Jan-12

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Canada approves 500lb weight increase for Bell 429

Canada approves 500lb weight increase for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it received Transport Canada approval for a 500 lbs. weight increase – to increase the maximum gross weight to 7,500 lbs – for the Bell 429. “This enhancement was the result of continued requests from our customers to yield additional performance from the Bell 429…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Jan-12

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Helicopter New York City invites customer stories and reviews

Helicopter New York City invites customer stories and reviews

With their new, more interactive website, Helicopter New York City has a new section devoted specifically for customer stories, experiences and review of their award winning helicopter tours. “We’re not only excited about the new look and feel of the website experience for our visitors,” states Matthew Day, Vice President of Business Development at Helicopter New York… Read more »

Source: Helicopter NYC, 11-Jan-12

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FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

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CPI Aero to present at Noble Financial Capital Markets conference

CPI Aero to present at Noble Financial Capital Markets conference

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE Amex: CVU) today announced that its President & CEO, Edward Fred, will present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets Eighth Annual Equity Conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:30 am ET at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, FL. Investors will be able to access the… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 11-Jan-12

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Bell in legal dispute with EA over Battlefield 3

Bell in legal dispute with EA over Battlefield 3

Bell’s parent company Textron has hit EA with a trademark dispute over the company’s use of three different helicopter designs in Battlefield 3 without permission. In return, EA struck with a pre-emptive lawsuit against Textron claiming that the use of the helicopters is protected under the “First Amendment and the doctrine of nominative fair use.”  (see… Read more »

Source: Joystiq, 11-Jan-12

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Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies announced today the company has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to design and manufacture tooling to support Bell’s re-design efforts for the H-1 Cuff and Yoke program in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bell Helicopter was awarded the Naval Air Systems Command contract in 2011. “The Galaxy team did… Read more »

Source: Galaxy Technologies, 11-Jan-12

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Bell to build new commercial helicopter in Amarillo

Bell to build new commercial helicopter in Amarillo

Breaking with its recent past, Bell Helicopter plans to produce its next new commercial helicopter, code named Magellan, at its military aircraft plant in Amarillo. (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 10-Jan-12

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Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County Police Department near Washington DC recently took delivery of the first of two new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopters equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100. Fairfax’s new 429 was completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation / PAC International in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their second 429 is currently undergoing… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 10-Jan-12

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Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been selected by the Turkish National Police from a field of several companies to enter final negotiations for an award for 15 Bell 429s with an option for five additional aircraft. “This selection represents the culmination of the efforts of a dedicated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-12

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Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

In a ceremony on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport, the Polish Air Force VIP squadron 36SPLT (Specjalnego PuÅ‚ku Lotnictwa Transportowego = Special Air Transport Regiment) was disbanded. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defence Czeslaw Mroczek, Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. pil…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

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CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

CAE today announced that Mexico’s first business jet and civil helicopter training centre is open and ready for pilot training. New full-flight simulators (FFS) for the Bombardier Learjet 40/45 aircraft and the Bell 412 helicopter were recently qualified to Level D-equivalent standards by Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC). The new CAE training centre… Read more »

Source: CAE, 05-Jan-12

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On December 26, 2011, at 0554 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N5016M, operated by SK Logistics, d.b.a. SK… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Jan-12

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Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,359,785 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-10-C-0035) to exercise an option for logistics products and services in support of H-1 helicopter upgrade program.  Services to be provided include logistics management support; technical material for maintenance planning; design interface; supply/material support; technical… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded an $8,880,685 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for 52 GEN II mission computers for the H-1 upgrades Lot 9 production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Woodland, Calif., and is expected to be completed in January… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

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Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Engineering students are getting real life career experience in their senior project for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, Tristan Tayag, professor of the engineering department, said. Bell propositioned half of the senior engineering class to create a heads-up display for a helicopter cockpit. Lauren Lueders, senior design project manager, said. The display would provide visual cues to… Read more »

Source: Texas Christian University, 27-Dec-11

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MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

The Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) at China Lake completed two major restoration projects for the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA), an AV-8A Harrier and a J-model AH-1 helicopter. Both aircraft are prominently displayed in front of the MAD headquarters at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake. In 2010, MAD members and volunteers repainted the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 23-Dec-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

One million members! The Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance company reached a milestone today with the announcement they have signed up their one millionth Air Evac Lifeteam member. “This is a great achievement for the company overall,” said Vice President of Membership Keith Hovey. “But more importantly, it means that a million people will not… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 23-Dec-11

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Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell took one of their demonstrator aircraft to the Dubai airshow, and started a demo tour from there on.  The helicopter entered UK airspace at Manston on Friday and is understood to be carrying out a demo flight for one specific potential customer in the Oxford area. Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-11

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University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

With the goal of better serving southern and central Utah regions, University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed and Mountain View Hospital welcomed guests today to celebrate AirMed’s new 24-hour aircraft base at Mountain View Hospital in Payson. The new base in Payson was a strategic move for AirMed, as the crew relocated to Mountain View… Read more »

Source: University of Utah Healthcare, 16-Dec-11

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Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

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Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,078,395) developed by Kenneth E. Builta, Euless, Texas, James E. Harris, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, and Billy K. Gore, Euless, Texas, for a “control system for automatic circle flight.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A flight… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 16-Dec-11

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Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

The City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve a tax abatement for the expansion of Bell Helicopter’s headquarters in which the company will reap $13.5 million over 20 years if it meets requirements. (see full story)

15-Dec-11

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REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and Methodist Healthcare (Methodist) announce the expansion of their partnership providing emergency helicopter service to include a second base in Pearsall, Texas, called Methodist AirCare 2. Service began on December 12, 2011. AirCare 2 will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service from a base located 50 miles southwest of… Read more »

Source: REACH, 15-Dec-11

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