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Bell 407 operator LJ Aviation renews ACSF registration

Bell 407 operator LJ Aviation renews ACSF registration

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that L.J. Aviation, Latrobe, PA, has renewed its status on the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. “We congratulate L.J. Aviation on renewing their status on the IAS Registry,” said ACSF president Bryan Burns. “They have once again demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement.” The… Read more »

Source: ACSF, 13-Sep-17

Sonoma County Sheriff gets sign off for new Bell 407GXP

Sonoma County Sheriff gets sign off for new Bell 407GXP

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has finally, after three years, gotten approval to purchase a new helicopter. The new Bell 407GXP will replace their current Bell 407 helicopter, Henry 1, which has been in service for 21 years. The new purchase will come to a cost of $5.1 million, reports Press Democrat.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-17

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New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

The Heli UK Expo event on June 1-3 provided the launch for the new Bell representatives in the UK.  While Heli Charter continue maintenance and operations as before, but have in recent months ceased being both a Bell CSF (Certified Service Facility) and a Bell IR (Independent Representative).  This is due to the medical condition… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

18-May-17 N6040Y Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

FAA reported substantially damaged after hard landing on training flight – aircraft operated by Bell Helicopter Training Academy

18-May-17

13-May-17 Bell 407 Mosul, Iraq

Helicopter shot down from ground fire.  Reports do not agree as to whether the two occupants were fatally injured or not.  In one report, a Bell 407 is shown with holes in the front windscreen

13-May-17

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-May-17

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Centre has to replace their Advanced Life-support and Emergency Rescue Team (ALERT) helicopter which has been in service for 17 years. The helicopter meets the new FAA rule of having a terrain awareness and warning system but the helicopter is down 105 days of the year due to repairs. The only backup… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

02-May-17 N457PH Bell 407 Grand Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico

On May 2, 2017, about 0635 central daylight time, a Bell 407 made a precautionary landing at Grand Bay receiving station in the Gulf of Mexico, near Boothville, Louisiana, after the pilot noticed a vibration in-flight. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident.The non-scheduled domestic passenger flight was being conducted under the provisions of… Read more »

02-May-17

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PhilJets Confirms Addition of Airbus H130, H145, and Bell 407 Helicopters in Its Fleet

In line with its plans of holding a stronger position in the aviation industry here in Asia, PhilJets Group confirms during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), happening on April 11 to 13, 2017, the delivery of its latest addition of Bell 407 GXP Helicopter to its fleet this month. In addition, PhilJets… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 18-Apr-17

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Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce that Rotorcraft Support Inc. of Van Nuys California has received a FAA STC to install the RG-427, 34 Ah battery, in Bell 407 and Bell 427 helicopters. Operators have requested a higher capacity battery for the Bell 407 as this helicopter is often used in high cyclic and… Read more »

Source: Concorde, 15-Mar-17

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Westwind selects L3’s Lynx NGT-9000 for the ADS-B Solution

Westwind selects L3’s Lynx NGT-9000 for the  ADS-B Solution

L3 Aviation Products announced today that the Lynx® NGT-9000 has been selected by Westwind Helicopters as the ADS-B solution for its Bell 407 transport helicopters operating onshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to support oil & gas operations. Installations of the Lynx units are underway, ahead of the 2020 ADS-B mandate. In addition,… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 14-Mar-17

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PJ Helicopters is 1st to Fly Dry Media IBF

PJ Helicopters is 1st to Fly Dry Media IBF

PJ Helicopters, the first operator to install and fly with a new Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF), is rapidly approaching 100 hours of flight operation using the new filter. Developed and produced by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), the new filter is being flown on one… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 09-Mar-17

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Able Delivers 100th Flight Deck Upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam

Able Delivers 100th Flight Deck Upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has delivered its 100th state-of-the-art flight deck upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air ambulance service in the U.S. Completed for a mixed fleet of Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters, the upgrade ensures that Air… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 09-Mar-17

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VIH Aerospace Launches Bell 407 Lease Program

VIH Aerospace Launches Bell 407 Lease Program

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – Booth # 10953), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services announces it has launched a Bell 407 helicopter-leasing program for 2017. VIH Aerospace General Manager Arne Arneson states that in late 2015 and into 2016, VIHA invested substantially in both assets and expertise to… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 08-Mar-17

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Air Evac Adds Seven Frasca Bell 206/407 Advanced Aviation Training Devices

Air Evac Adds Seven Frasca Bell 206/407 Advanced Aviation Training Devices

Frasca International has sold seven Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs) for the Bell 206/407 series helicopters to Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) provider in the United States. The seven AATDs will be used by Air Evac to provide recurrent flight training for 600 pilots every four months, on… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 06-Mar-17

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PJ Helicopters is 1st to Fly Dry Media IBF

PJ Helicopters is 1st to Fly Dry Media IBF

PJ Helicopters, the first operator to install and fly with a new Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF), is rapidly approaching 100 hours of flight operation using the new filter. Developed and produced by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), the new filter is being flown on one… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 06-Mar-17

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Vector upgrades RR M250-C47B to enhance Bell 407 performance

Vector upgrades RR M250-C47B to enhance Bell 407 performance

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is reporting strong demand for the Rolls-Royce M250-C47B Value Improvement Package (VIP) upgrade, which is available to operators of Bell Helicopter’s best-selling platform, the Bell 407. Vector, an award-winning M250 Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMROC), has teamed up… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 05-Mar-17

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Helicopter Express updates Bell 407 to Eagle 407HP standard

Helicopter Express updates Bell 407 to Eagle 407HP standard

Helicopter Express is the latest operator to convert its Bell 407 helicopter to an Eagle 407HP by replacing the standard engine with Honeywell’s next-generation HTS900 propulsion engine. The company took delivery of its Eagle 407HP in early November and plans to use the helicopter for firefighting missions throughout the U.S. “Upgrading our Bell 407 to… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 20-Feb-17

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Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially secured an EASA approval for their 206L & 407 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the FAA. The Alpine Aerotech Bear Paw incorporates innovative design features that result in an extremely robust product. The innovative, corrosion resistant clamping system enhances overall safety and greatly reduces… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 08-Feb-17

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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

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UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

Heli Charter, based at Manston UK, have recently relinquished the title of Customer Service Facility for Bell Helicopter.  While we are not clear what prompted this move, or which party instigated the change, Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that  “While Heli Charter is no longer a Bell authorized customer service facility, we continue to maintain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) will showcase its popular Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) solutions during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Dec. 13-15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will display its certified IBF for the Airbus Helicopters H130 in Exhibit No. 1622 during the conference. In addition, Wysong… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 15-Dec-16

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ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa is announcing the arrival of its first charter helicopter, a VIP configured Bell 407 helicopter, available for charter from today, 12 December 2016, from ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO facility. ExecuJet will offer commercial helicopter charters for various scenic flights to surrounding vineyards and other tourist attractions. While ExecuJet’s focus for helicopters charters will… Read more »

Source: Execujet, 15-Dec-16

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AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

North Texas based professional aircraft maintenance, repair and support provider, AeroBrigham, has announced the recent delivery of an air medical mission configured Bell 407 to Mesa, Arizona, based Survival Flight, Inc. The recent delivery marks the fourth aircraft that AeroBrigham has performed extensive paint, interior, avionics, airframe improvements, maintenance and component overhauls for Survival Flight,… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 14-Dec-16

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Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced it will work with its affiliate, Bell Helicopter, in Calgary to expand its product availability in Canada. During the coming months, Able will build in-country availability on its full line of approved replacement parts (PMA) and dynamic components for exchange for the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 15-Nov-16

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Bell to collaborate with Shaanxi and Xian in China

Bell to collaborate with Shaanxi and Xian in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed Framework Agreement with Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd. (SAIDC), a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, and Xi’an Helicopter Company Ltd. (XHC) pursuant to which Bell will work with SAIDC and XHC in their establishment of a company for the assembly and resale… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-16

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U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

U.S. Navy selects Leonardo for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey AESA radar has been picked to serve as look-out on-board the US Navy’s newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats. The contract will see Leonardo delivering an initial batch of 5 radars to the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

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RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to announce that the Bell 206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions are now Transport Canada approved. The HELIFAB TCCA STC SH16-41 eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. The kits has been previously approved by the… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 21-Oct-16

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Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the signing of the first VIP customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Europe. The private customer operates a Bell 407GXP and is located in Belgium. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for daily operations. The plans offer a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to further investigations on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS. The US Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) has awarded this money in the hopes to research more into the potential of future flight strain, tail boom cracking and fatigue on the craft. HIS Janes has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation is pleased to announce the award of an EASA STC (10058141) for installation of the Garmin G500H EFIS into the Bell 206B and Bell 407 helicopters.    The G500H system is certified for Day/Night VFR operations and brings substantial improvements in situational awareness with a large multi-function colour moving map, H.S.I, full-time wind vector… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 07-Oct-16

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Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). The additional build will bring the total number of MQ-8C Fire Scout air vehicles procured to 29, extending the range and endurance of naval operations…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Oct-16

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Continued Success for the Bell 407GXP in Africa

Continued Success for the Bell 407GXP in Africa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, in collaboration with its authorized Independent Representative National Airways Corporation, is delighted to announce the delivery of the fourth corporate Bell 407GXP into South Africa. “We are seeing success and opportunities for the Bell 407GXP platform across Africa,” said Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter vice president of sales, Middle… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Sep-16

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Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Bell demos the 407GT on anti-rhino poaching work

Rhino911’s goal is to stop the poachers long before they reach their targets. Unlike any other active anti-poaching effort, Rhino911 benefits from tactical air assets and support groups flying the specially equipped Bell 407 helicopter. Operators will find and intercept poachers of Rhinos and other endangered species from extended ranges with advanced night vision (NV)… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-16

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Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s equipment was installed on a new Bell 407GXP helicopter for Boise, Idaho based Idaho Helicopters. The new aircraft is equipped with a single patient pivot system and will fly Helicopter Air Ambulance for St. Luke’s Hospital. “We selected the Spectrum Aeromed system for a lot of reasons,”… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 16-Sep-16

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Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will debut its much anticipated Bell 525 Relentless at the 26th annual Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), September 28 through October 1. As the only helicopter company on the ground at the show, Bell Helicopter will also display the Bell 429 and the Bell 407GX, both part of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-16

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PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International (PAC), a Metro Aviation company, has delivered a fully customized Bell 407GX to the University of Utah’s AirMed program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1978 as the eighth air medical transport program in the nation, AirMed provides care throughout northern Utah and Wyoming. The new addition to the fleet is… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

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FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

Pall Corporation today announced that the PA110 PUREair System engine protection system for Bell Helicopter’s 407, and 206L families of helicopters has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The next generation PA110 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally re-engineered, and retested engine air… Read more »

Source: Pall, 05-Sep-16

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Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) Argentina has certified three simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana. Two inspectors recently spent time at the HFTC and certified the EC135 Level D full motion simulator, AS350 Level 7 flight training device and BH407 Level 7 flight training device for Argentinian pilots…. Read more »

Source: HFTC, 30-Aug-16

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Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil. Leadership from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available in chalet 5112 to discuss their state-of-the-art product lineup,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Aug-16

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FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

The Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) is now FAA-certified as a B407GX with NVG capabilities.  The new certification allows the training center to take the cockpit from analog to glass, a change that will occur about once a month for students flying Bell 407GX aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

Bell have announced that Hawaiian tour company Paradise Helicopters has signed its fleet of three Bell 407s for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP). Paradise is the first helicopter tour company to enroll in this new service solution. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans offer a fixed-price-per-flight-hour that provides predictable maintenance costs, priority access to parts and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 1000th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification. This modification was completed on a Bell 407GXP at Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) in Blountville, Tennessee for MED TRANS Air Medical Transport ( Med-Trans Corp). “Achieving our 1000th FAA Certified Cockpit Modification is a major milestone for Aviation… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Aug-16

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FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell 407 helicopter. Although Donaldson dry media filters have years of front line experience on U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, this is the company’s first commercially certified… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 20-Jul-16

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Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell have announced that they will Helicopter will showcase the Bell 407GXP at Farnborough Air Show, which opens next Monday in the UK.  The aircraft was shown this last weekend at Heli UK Expo, and is pending delivery to Topflight Helicopters – an order announced earlier this year at the HAI Heli Expo in Louisville. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Organisers of Heli UK Expo have confirmed that Heli Charter will be displaying the new Bell 407GXP which they are delivering to Topflight Aviation at the event at Sywell, UK from 30th June to 2nd July.  Gary Slater of Heli Charter confirmed to HeliHub.com that this will be accompanied by the blue Bell 505 mockup,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters announced the delivery of two Eagle 407HP’s to industry veteran Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. just in time for the upcoming season.  Yellowhead plans to take full advantage of the 407HP’s additional power and payload during the warm summer months for various missions including cone harvesting, aerial seeding, power and pipe line patrols and fire… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 17-Jun-16

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New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS), who fly Bell 407s and Airbus H130s, is reportedly buying waterfront proprerty on the east bank of the Hudson River in the Yonkers suburb of New York. They are looking at creating a floating heliport in an industrial zone between the Domino Sugar refinery and a sewage treatment plant. HFS met… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation Co., Ltd. The aircraft will be outfitted for VIP transportation and helicopter tours. Sichuan Xiangyun joined Bell Helicopter in their chalet at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) to sign for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-May-16

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JSSI enrolls Bell 407 for Turkish operator at EBACE

JSSI enrolls Bell 407 for Turkish operator at EBACE

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), that Turkish operator, Genel Havacilic A.S, has enrolled its Bell 407 Helicopter onto the JSSI Premium Engine Program. The JSSI Premium Program for the Rolls-Royce 250-C47B… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 25-May-16

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LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

Following an announcement in March that they would move a medical helicopter from Trenton to Chillicothe, Lifeflight Eagle have now had a new hangar approved.  The Chillicothe City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing a lease for the hangar, which will be built on the southwest edge of the airport’s land, and will include living… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon Co., Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,592,886 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to continue the software upgrade transition in support of the MQ-8 fire scout unmanned aircraft system tactical control system 2016 Linux cyber baseline.  Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in October 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink Global Solutions is proud to announce FAA STC approval of their fully integrated IRIS voice, video, flight data and broadband satcom system in the Bell model 206L and 407 series helicopters. The IRIS solution not only promotes safer operations, but also delivers immediate cost savings and reduced downtime. IRIS combines multiple features currently available… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 28-Apr-16

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Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand and Textron Aviation Inc., all Textron Inc. companies, have detailed their plans for the Marrakech Airshow at the Menara Airport in Marrakesh, Morocco, which runs April 27-April 30, 2016. Textron will be displaying in chalet A8. This year, Bell Helicopter is showcasing the Bell 407GXP, equipped by NorthStar Aviation as a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Apr-16

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Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Bell has announced the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the ABACE convention held last week in Shanghai. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport.   Aerochine Aviation is an Independent Representative of Bell for China, Hong Kong and Macau. Chris Jaran, Bell VP for China said “Customers continue to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-16

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Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that Heli Charter UK will be its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) launch customer for the European region – choosing the support solution on their existing Bell 429. The company additionally secured an order for a 407GXP through Heli Charter UK, for a private customer. Heli… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Apr-16

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Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced that a Cubic designed and produced Wide Band Line of Sight (WBLOS) data link system integrated into Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout recently completed a successful operational assessment. Fire Scout is a combat proven, unmanned helicopter system that provides real-time… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 06-Apr-16

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LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, amended its Bell 407 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to add the new Machined Stretcher, improved Oxygen Cylinder Mount, and new Utility Mount.  This new product offering provides operators with increased capability and improved durability, including: 16% weight reduction over the previous composite AeroSled, which results in a savings of 9 pounds… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 29-Mar-16

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Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-16

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Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the signings, Bell Helicopter signed with a private customer based in Newfoundland, Canada, for a Bell 407GXP… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Mar-16

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Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that Genel Havacılık A.Ş. is nearing completion of its application to become appointed as a Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF) in Turkey. “Bringing on Genel Havacılık as an authorized CSF reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Mar-16

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Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is delighted to announce that the Bell 407 is continuing to gain traction in Italy with the sale of the first 407GXP to a private customer. “We are delighted with the traction that the Bell 407 is gaining in Italy,” said Roberto Farnese, Sales Director Western Europe, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-16

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Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

Eagle Copters Ltd. has announced the Nevada Department of Wildlife as its next customer for the company’s Eagle 407HP helicopter, powered by Honeywell’s HTS900 turboshaft engine. The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is a state agency largely responsible for the proper management of Nevada’s fish and wildlife resources and boating safety. As the replacement for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 03-Mar-16

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British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)  is delighted to announce that Topflight has selected the Bell 407GXP to carry out sightseeing missions for their customers in the United Kingdom. “We are really looking forward to operating the first 407GXP in the United Kingdom,” said Mark Prior, Top Flight. “The aircraft will be used for corporate… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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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

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FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Otto Gambrel has been named Manager of the company’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. “We are pleased that Otto will become Manager of our new Learning Center in Denver,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “His experience and in depth understanding of aviation training and the operation of a… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Feb-16

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Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that it has submitted EASA and FAA STC data packages for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the following helicopter variants, and anticipates final approvals shortly: AS365N series, Bell 212, 412HP, 412EP, 206, 407, Airbus H145 This represents a major investment by Trakka Systems to provide customers with… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2016. Hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), this year’s show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While engaging with current and prospective customers, Bell Helicopter plans to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-16

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HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Southern Illinois Division is pleased to announce the launch of HSHS Rescue Flight, the new helicopter serving HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Belleville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese. Service began last Thursday, January 21. Ribbon cutting events will held the week of February 8 at each of the three hospitals served. HSHS… Read more »

Source: HSHS, 22-Feb-16

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Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and PT Whitesky Aviation today signed an agreement for a new aftermarket parts service plan. PT Whitesky Aviation, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a progressively emerging aviation company, specialized in non scheduled (charter) flight. The company operates a fleet of six Bell Helicopter aircraft, including three Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Feb-16

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Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an agreement for the purchase of the first Bell 407GXP in Nepal. This will be the customer’s first Bell helicopter and will be outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including travel and tourism. Chairman of Simrik Air Pvt Ltd., Capt. Rameshwar Thapa, joined Bell Helicopter’s leadership team… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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Bell sells first 407GXP into India

Bell sells first 407GXP into India

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the first Bell 407GXP purchase in India by Premair, an air charter management company. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport throughout the region and delivered to the customer later this year. The Bell 407GXP was signed for at Bell Helicopter’s India office… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-16

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Pro Star Aviation Expedites Certification HTAWS on PHi Bell 407s

Pro Star Aviation Expedites Certification HTAWS on PHi Bell 407s

PHI has been working diligently to become an early adopter of the FAA Mandate that requires all Part 135 Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aircraft to be equipped with a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) by April 24, 2017. With the large number of Bell 407 aircraft requiring modification, PHI sought the expertise… Read more »

Source: Pro Star, 05-Feb-16

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Los Alamos Medical Center now hosts Bell 407

Los Alamos Medical Center now hosts Bell 407

Classic Air Medical Pilot Geoff Rogers thanks community members for attending Friday morning’s ceremony dedicating the red helicopter’s new home behind Los Alamos Medical Center. See Full Story

Source: L A Daily Post, 04-Feb-16

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Ramm Aerospace B206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions simplifies repairs

Ramm Aerospace B206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions simplifies repairs

RAMM Aerospace is now offering Frameless Seat Cushions for the Bell 206/407 aircraft. The HELIFAB FAA STC SR09522RC eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. TCCA/EASA Approvals are pending. RAMM Aerospace is already receiving significant interest in the… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 25-Jan-16

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