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Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Analysis of Bell’s delivery data from the quarterly financial statements of parent company Textron show a marked 35% drop in commercial helicopter deliveries in 2016 with 114 units compared to 175 in 2015.  It is important to look at a further level of detail in these numbers, as Bell clearly make a wide range of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

FACT – 88% of Bell 206L4 production is for just one customer

FACT – 88% of Bell 206L4 production is for just one customer

In our close monitoring of the helicopter production lines around the world, we have noticed that in the last two years Bell has produced 26 LongRanger IVs.  Of these, no less than 23 have been for one customer, 88% of the total.  That customer is Air Evac Lifeteam, the EMS provider operating predominantly in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-16

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Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Adding to their portfolio of customers, Meridian Helicopters LLC has executed a three year lease agreement with option to extend for an additional two years with Chopper Charter, LLC of Branson, MO. Chopper Charter is a Part 135 operator and has the aircraft destined for one of its operations catering to charter flights and tourism… Read more »

Source: Chopper Charter, 02-Mar-16

Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Looking to international markets for additional lease customers, Meridian Helicopters provided a Bell 206L4 to a Nicaraguan private operator in the first quarter of 2016. Terms include an option to purchase the aircraft or renew after two years. “Our entrance into international leasing markets has been a long thought out approach” comments Michael Bashlor –… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 29-Feb-16

Bell report 2015 production data

Bell report 2015 production data

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces global deliveries as part of its 2015 performance results. In 2015, Bell Helicopter delivered 175 aircraft, a combination of its current production products as follows: 52 x Bell 429 12 x Bell 412 (EP/EPI) 99 x Bell 407 (GX/GXP) 12 x Bell 206L4 Regional deliveries include: 28… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

In a new year offering from the government, Mumbaikars and tourists can now get a spectacular aerial view of the city’s unique cityscape with Maharashtra government launching “Mumbai Darshan” helicopter flights from next week. See Full Story

Source: Nyoooz, 04-Jan-16

63% of LongRanger production is for just one customer

63% of LongRanger production is for just one customer

HeliHub.com continues to build on its reputation of unearthing key facts about the helicopter industry by monitoring production data very closely.  Our team crank the numbers on the world’s helicopters on an ongoing basis. 52400 to 52478 – 79 aircraft – have been delivered in the last six years.  The first of these – serial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-15

8 more LongRanger IVs for Air Evac Lifeteam

8 more LongRanger IVs for Air Evac Lifeteam

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of eight Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH). AMGH is one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world, and the aircraft will be configured for HEMS missions and operated by Air Evac Lifeteam, an… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Oct-15

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LongRanger performance increase as FAA approves BLR Tailboom Strakes

LongRanger performance increase as FAA approves BLR Tailboom Strakes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified a performance increase for Bell 206L helicopters equipped with dual tailboom strakes from BLR Aerospace. It is the first time BLR has certified one of its performance-enhancing products for a light helicopter, according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Marone. The new Flight Manual Supplement certifies… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 01-Mar-15

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Air Evac Lifeteam opens Beckley base in West Virginia

Air Evac Lifeteam opens Beckley base in West Virginia

Air Evac Lifeteam has opened a fifth base in West Virginia. See Full Story

Source: wvva, 08-Jan-15

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11-Nov-14 N414AE Bell 206L4 Merkel, US-Texas

Emergency night landing between two buildings after bird strike while ferrying a patient from Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.  A nurse was reported injured by the bird entering the helicopter

11-Nov-14

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Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

A dive team assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the search found two bodies Thursday morning near the crash site – See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

Source: KPLC, 13-Jun-14

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Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

On lease for one year from Airwest Helicopters, the Bell 406 L4 aircraft will expand law enforcement and emergency response capabilities for both Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department as well.  See full story

Source: Sierra Vista Herald, 28-May-14

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Amur HFS buys entire Bristow fleet of 28 LongRanger IVs

Amur HFS buys entire Bristow fleet of 28 LongRanger IVs

Amur Helicopter Financial Services (Amur HFS) is pleased to announce that the company has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet of twenty-eight (28) Bell 206-L4 helicopters. As part of completing this transaction, Amur HFS provided short-term operating leases to Bristow… Read more »

Source: Amur HFS, 26-Feb-14

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Meridian Helicopters delivers a Bell 206L-3 to S&T Services, LLC

Meridian Helicopters delivers a Bell 206L-3 to S&T Services, LLC

Meridian Helicopters LLC announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 206L-3 helicopter to S&T Services, LLC today. According to Matt St. Louis, Vice President of Saint Louis Designs, S & T Services parent company, Meridian Helicopters was selected because of the overwhelmingly positive nature of their references, as well as their reputation for 100%… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Kenya Police – No airworthy helicopters out of fleet of eight

Kenya Police – No airworthy helicopters out of fleet of eight

The Kenya Police Air Wing has a total of eight helicopters, but none are currently flying.  Some have been damaged in accidents, others require parts or complete overhauls.  See full story

Source: Daily Nation, 18-Feb-14

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Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

As parent company Textron reports it’s fourth quarter numbers, so they release the quarterly report on production volumes at Bell Helicopter.  While military production continues fairly flat (and is predicted to near halve), so they have been compensated by commercial helicopter deliveries up 13% from 188 to 213 units.  This covers Bell 206L3, 212, 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-14

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Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017. “These new aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jan-14

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Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased a Bell 206L4 aboard a superyacht with exclusive access for attendees at the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held October 31 to November 4. “The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show offers a unique opportunity for us to meet with our current and potential customers in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Nov-13

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Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police have sold the older of its two Bell 206L4 LongRangers, and will take delivery of a newly-ordered AS350B2 in April 2014.  See full story FAA records show that the sold helicopter N201TP was bought by M&J Leisure LLC of Ogden, Utah.

Source: Tulsa World, 14-Oct-13

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Bell makes more sales at Aviation Expo China

Bell makes more sales at Aviation Expo China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) continues to expand its regional presence in China, announcing several recent purchase agreements with new and returning customers in the growing Chinese marketplace. While at Aviation Expo China, Bell Helicopter signed an agreement to sell two Bell 407GXs to General Dynamic Aero Industry. “The Bell 407GX continues… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Oct-13

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Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

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

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-13

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Bell booked 50 orders at Heli-Expo 2013

Bell booked 50 orders at Heli-Expo 2013

It was impossible to miss Bell Helicopter this week in Las Vegas at HELI-EXPO 2013, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition. Taking center stage as the show’s largest exhibitor, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) greeted record crowds of almost 20,000 event attendees who filled the Bell Helicopter booth to speak… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced an agreement for the sale of 30 Bell helicopters – 24 Bell 407 and six Bell 206L-4 helicopters – to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent provider of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

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Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

Philadelphia TV station launches LongRanger 4 ops

WCAU-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Philadelphia, has rolled out a newly-added LongRanger 4 (see full story). HeliHub.com editor note – this is a 2004-build aircraft, operated by Helicopters Inc

28-Feb-13

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Bell civil helicopter sales up 50% in 2012

Bell civil helicopter sales up 50% in 2012

Bell is waiting until Heli-Expo at the start of March to release detailed figures on its 2012 production, but HeliHub.com can reveal that the output from its civil helicopter lines was up just over 50%, rising from 125 helicopters in 2011 to 188 in 2012.  These high-level figures have been put together from press releases… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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Guyana – Air Services Limited busy and considering second helicopter

Guyana – Air Services Limited busy and considering second helicopter

The potential for commercial helicopter services in Guyana is a goldmine of opportunity, says Air Services Limited (ASL) General Manager Annette Arjoon-Martins (see story).  Air Services Limited currently operates a fleet of 23 aircraft of six different types and one Bell LongRanger IV which are flown by a flight crew of twenty-four experienced pilots.  The… Read more »

Source: Stabroek News, 23-Jan-13

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LifeTeam launch LongRanger 4 ops in Nebraska

LifeTeam launch LongRanger 4 ops in Nebraska

A local press report confirms that LifeTeam from Kansas have this week launched operations from Central Nebraska Regional Airport with a Bell LongRanger IV helicopter [editor note, N45EA, serial 51104].  The following is text of a LifeTeam press release from May 2012 when they announced their plans:- When faced with a medical emergency, Nebraska residents… Read more »

Source: LifeTeam, 04-Jan-13

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Bell customers sign for 16 helicopters at Airshow China

Bell customers sign for 16 helicopters at Airshow China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that it has signed purchase agreements for 16 aircraft during the 2012 China International Aviation HAerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, Nov. 13-18, 2012. “Customers are excited about the high quality products and support that Bell Helicopter is bringing to the Chinese market,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Nov-12

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Bell receives STC for LongRanger radar altimeter mount kit

Bell receives STC for LongRanger radar altimeter mount kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a Radar Altimeter Mount Kit for the Bell 206L, Bell 206L-1, Bell 206L-3, and Bell 206L-4 helicopter models. The Radar Altimeter Mount Kit provides two flat mounting locations for installation of… Read more »

Source: Aeronautical Accessories, 06-Nov-12

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First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

First LongRanger L4 arrives for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology

First first of two Bell 206L4 LongRangers has arrived in Lagos for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology – serial 52421 and still carrying registration N449XB.  This aircraft is currently registered to Africair Inc and is expected to be cancelled by the FAA shortly and will take up local registration 5N-BZB. A second L4 is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-12

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Bell delivers 4,000th helicopter from Mirabel factory in Canada

Bell delivers 4,000th helicopter from Mirabel factory in Canada

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it has delivered the 4,000th commercial product since it began production at its Mirabel, Canada, facility 25 years ago. During a small ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, long-time customer, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), took delivery of the 4,000 aircraft – a Bell 206L4…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jan-12

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Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

At the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale last October, Bell announced that Air Evac Lifeteam had placed an order for sixteen Bell LongRanger IV helicopters.  HeliHub.com has heard that one of these has been allocated to their base at Woodward in Oklahoma, whch opened in May 2007, and went live on 1st July. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-11

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25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey (6F)

25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey

25-Mar-09

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08-Mar-09 N863H Bell B206L4 Moundridge, US-Kansas (1F)

8-Mar-09 N863H Bell B206L4 Moundridge, US-Kansas

08-Mar-09

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