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Safran signs Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy for first Bell 505 customer support contract

Safran signs Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy for first Bell 505 customer support contract

Safran is proud to announce the signing of the first 5Star Plans contract to support Arrius 2R engines operated by Bell 505 customers. This contract has been signed with the Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy that will operate two Bell 505 aircrafts. 5Star Plans is a new Safran Helicopter Engines support contract dedicated to customers operating… Read more »

Source: Safran, 10-Mar-17

Bell and DART partner for B505 emergency flotation system STC

Bell and DART partner for B505 emergency flotation system STC

DART Aerospace has announced its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the design and development of an emergency flotation system (EFS) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. This solution will be the Bell factory-offered 505 flotation system and will be co-marketed by both Bell Helicopter and DART. The Transport Canada… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 09-Mar-17

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Bell and Safran celebrates first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery

Bell and Safran celebrates first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Safran (Euronext Paris : SAF), celebrate today the first delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft was delivered to private operator Scott Urschel, who is based in Chandler, Arizona, and owner of Pylon Aviation. Bell Helicopter and Mr. Urschel commemorated this milestone in… Read more »

Source: Safran, 08-Mar-17

East West starts seat deliveries for Bell 505

East West starts seat deliveries for Bell 505

While the industry experiences a downturn, sales and revenue are up 25 percent at East/West Industries. The rapidly growing supplier of lifesaving equipment for rotorcraft in late February moved into a spacious new facility where it is producing seats for the next-generation Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and other innovative rotorcraft programs. More than 250… Read more »

Source: East/West Industries, 06-Mar-17

Australia certifies Bell 505

Australia certifies Bell 505

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 02-Mar-17

Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebecers working in the province’s world-class aerospace sector showcased their talents as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first completed model of its latest aircraft since the company established a new assembly program in Mirabel last year. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion… Read more »

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 10-Feb-17

Avmax partners with True Blue Power to certify lithium-ion main ship battery

Avmax partners with True Blue Power to certify lithium-ion main ship battery

True Blue Power and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics are proud to announce that the True Blue Power TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery and Mid-Continent’s MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM®) are standard equipment on the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X™. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, confirmed the aircraft’s Transport Canada Type… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 11-Jan-17

Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

A Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce ran on Tuesday, with CEO Mitch Snyder of Bell giving a talk on the decline of the commercial helicopter market. Snyder reports that the market decline has effected every rotorcraft company on a global scale. But although times are tough, he maintains that Bell is still developing new helicopters,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Bell and Mecaer Announce MAGnificent Interior for Bell 505

Bell and Mecaer Announce MAGnificent Interior for Bell 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, today announced the collaboration for the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. View renderings of the luxury interior. “Bell Helicopter continues to raise the bar for our customers in… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-16

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Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission has lifted the customs duties on helicopters with empty weight of up to 1 ton. The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, such as Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will be affected by this temporary lift, which will run until the end of 2017. The decision was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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Yuhi Airlines Signs for Bell 505

Yuhi Airlines Signs for Bell 505

“We are pleased to sign for the Bell 505 and look forward to integrating the aircraft into our operations,” said Mr. Toma. “Yuhi Airlines provides world class air transportation services throughout Japan, and the Bell 505 will provide customers with efficient transportation and high levels of visibility to enjoy the views.” Yuhi Airlines was founded… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Oct-16

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Bell lauches Customer Advatage Plan in Japan

Bell lauches Customer Advatage Plan in Japan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the first customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Japan. SECO International signed a letter of intent (LOI) for CAP coverage of their two future Bell 505’s while at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

To be frank Helitech 2016 has been a bit quiet – only four helicopters on display and well…there is only so much chalet coffee and biscuits you can manage in a day. However, this does give this commentator the opportunity to explore areas that are are bit “shaky”. A company that relies on passengers having… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell Helicopter aims to finish production and be able to delivery and get certification for its new 505 Jet Ranger X. The approval for the craft was set to be done by November by Transport Canada, reports Flight Global, but Bell declined to give an exact date. Most of the flight tests have been done…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announced today that Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), has chosen its proprietary vibration absorption technology to outfit the newly designed LIVE™ units on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The LIVE unit, featuring ITT Enidine’s multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings, was the result of close… Read more »

Source: ITT, 06-Oct-16

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Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran Helicopter Engines has delivered on schedule the first Arrius 2R engine made in the U.S.A. Celebration of this handover to Bell Helicopter took place at Safran Helicopter Engines’ USA facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. It marks a major step in the 2R program and Safran’s commitment to supply Bell Helicopter with best-in-class products, assembled… Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Sep-16

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Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

The Bell 505 JRX helicopter is expected to go into production this year at more than a 50% cost reduction compared to its predecessor, the Bell 206 B3.  The dramatic cost reduction for this clean sheet design is largely the result of Bell’s decision to use Galorath Incorporated’s SEER for Hardware and SEER for Manufacturing. … Read more »

Source: Galorath, 07-Sep-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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Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Mr. Rodrigo Gutíerrez for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft will be used for personal corporate transport. The agreement was signed in Bolivia by Mr. Gutíerrez who owns and operates two large cattle ranches, five sugar cane farms and a sugar mill…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-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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Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell unveiled a mockup of their 505 JetRanger X at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. This is the first time the Bell 505 has been on display in Japan and marks the beginning of a four-month demonstration tour across the region, including various customer sites and events in Japan, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-16

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Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Bell has announced they have a signed letter of intent (LOI) with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) for three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters while at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016. PHS will be the first helicopter training school in the region to operate the Bell 505. “We are thrilled to become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will once again be returning as the diamond sponsor at Rotortech 2016 to be held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 27th – 29th May. Hawker Pacific will feature a strong presence during this year’s event, again highlighting… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 24-May-16

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Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Bell has announced that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly will relocate from Louisiana to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada. No clues were given as to why this move was made, but as recently as four weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette recorded the latest reduction of 60 employees at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Fairway Holdings for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka. The aircraft will be used for private travel and tourism across multiple destinations around the island…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-May-16

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VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with VIP Jets Ltd. for the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Cambodia. This is also the first Bell Helicopter aircraft signed for in Cambodia. The aircraft will be used for VIP and tourist transport from… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Apr-16

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Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Whitesky Aviation for 30 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The aircraft will be used for air taxi operations throughout Indonesia and its more than 14,000 islands. Our vision is to provide air transportation services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced two Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) signings in Chile to two corporate customers. Both aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. These signings are a testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Apr-16

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Bell provides 505 JetRanger X program update

Bell provides 505 JetRanger X program update

Launched at HELI-EXPO 2014, the program has moved from a mockup to prototype in less than two years. Flight testing is underway and the company is making significant progress toward type certification. “The Bell 505 program is proceeding with velocity. This helicopter will exceed customer desires, combining proven capabilities with leading edge technologies,” said Matt… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Mar-16

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True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

True Blue Power have announced the company’s revolutionary TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery will power the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X™. The TB17 battery utilizes proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium-ion cell chemistry to provide unmatched power, energy, safety and life. Weighing less than 16 pounds, the TB17 offers 45 percent weight savings, increased payload,… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 09-Mar-16

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Onboard Systems taking Bell 505 hook prototype to Heli-Expo

Onboard Systems taking Bell 505 hook prototype to Heli-Expo

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, is in the final development stages for the cargo hook system it will be offering for the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft. Built around Onboard’s safety-forward TALON® LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, the latest-generation prototype will be on display in the… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 25-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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Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

PhilJets, the fast-growing boutique aviation company in the Philippines, signed a Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) for its client under management contract. The company will be operating the four-passenger-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter that will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, adding as a middle-size option to travel across the region. Founder and CEO… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 23-Feb-16

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EASA approves Turbomeca Arrius 2R for Bell 505

EASA approves Turbomeca Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Turbomeca (Safran, Euronext Paris : SAF), are delighted to announce that Turbomeca has received EASA engine type certification for its Arrius 2R engine, that powers the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The Bell 505 redefines the short light single (SLS) class, placing safety, performance and value… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-15

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Bell takes 407, 429, 505 and 525 to Dubai

Bell takes 407, 429, 505 and 525 to Dubai

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation Inc. and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc.  (NYSE: TXT), have announced their plans for the fourteenth Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 8 -12. Subject matter experts from each business will be available at chalet #A43-45 to discuss a broad range of aerospace and defense capabilities. “As one of the… Read more »

Source: Textron, 06-Nov-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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Bell provides October update on 505 JetRanger X program

Bell provides October update on 505 JetRanger X program

The Bell 505 flight test program continues to progress with an overall total of 450 flight test hours and additional tests completed. Below are updates for each flight test vehicle (FTV) as of October 6, 2015. FTV1 has conducted more than 300 flight test hours. It is finishing up its certification testing this fall with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Oct-15

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Bell 505 mockup starts 10-stop tour of Brazil

Bell 505 mockup starts 10-stop tour of Brazil

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the demonstration tour of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mockup kicked off, September 3, in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil. Balneário Camboriú is the first of 10 stops throughout Brazil for the Bell 505 demo tour taking place from September to November. The nine other… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Sep-15

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Turbomeca delivers first production Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Turbomeca delivers first production Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Turbomeca (Safran) delivered the first production Arrius 2R engine to Bell Helicopter in August 2015, on schedule. Selected to power the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the Arrius 2R is the only turbine in the 500 shp range to feature a dual-channel FADEC. With seven million flight hours already logged by Arrius variants, the 2R… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 07-Sep-15

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Bell opens Lafayette Assembly Center for 505

Bell opens Lafayette Assembly Center for 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the Bell Helicopter Lafayette Assembly Center is officially open for business in Lafayette, La., where the company will assemble the new commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Secretary Steven Grissom and other state, regional and local officials joined Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Sep-15

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Bell detail LABACE 2015 line-up

Bell detail LABACE 2015 line-up

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 12th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 11-13 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil. Subject matter experts from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available in chalet… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Aug-15

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The colour is purple – Bell picks another bright colour for third 505 prototype

The colour is purple – Bell picks another bright colour for third 505 prototype

Bell are clearly putting lots of resources into the 505 JetRanger X program, and a third prototype is now flying in a bright purple colour – just eight months after the first aircraft took to the sky.  It joins the orange example which was the first in the air and the lime green second aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jul-15

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Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the order of two Bell 505s signed during the Paris Air Show. Both Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs will be used for corporate transport in Israel, a testament to the growing demand of the Bell 505 in the region and bringing the success of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-15

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Textron details Bell involvement at Paris Air Show

Textron details Bell involvement at Paris Air Show

Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Systems, Textron AirLand, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today their joint presence during the International Paris Air Show, June 15-18, at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions. “The Paris Air Show is one of the world’s great venues for aviation and defense… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jun-15

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Bell 429 and Bell 505 to take centre stage at EFA Prague

Bell 429 and Bell 505 to take centre stage at EFA Prague

The Bell 429 with the VVIP luxury “MAGnificent” interior and the Bell 505 mock-up will be on display at EFA Prague The Bell 429 is one of the most advanced light twin helicopters ever developed, offering a fully integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features… Read more »

Source: EFA, 08-Jun-15

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Over two years from launch, Bell sells first 407GT

Over two years from launch, Bell sells first 407GT

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a milestone sale and delivery of the first Bell 407GT to BBM Inc. to operate in the Middle East and Africa. The Bell 407GT is the armed version of the Bell 407GX, and will be used to perform a variety of missions including law enforcement… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-May-15

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Bell launch 505 to Russian market

Bell launch 505 to Russian market

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will showcase for the very first time the Bell 505 at this year’s HeliRussia exhibition, May 21-23 in Moscow, Russia.  The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, which first flew November 10, 2014, is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter leveraging Bell Helicopter’s proven technology and nearly half a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-May-15

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Atlas Air Service Orders Two Bell 505s at EBACE

Atlas Air Service Orders Two Bell 505s at EBACE

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Atlas Air Service signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. “We are delighted to have chosen the Bell 505,” said Hans Doll, sales director of Atlas Air Service. “The performance of this aircraft is unprecedented in its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-May-15

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Bell layoffs will not affect Lafayette production facility build-up

Bell layoffs will not affect Lafayette production facility build-up

Bell Helicopter’s decision to cut 1,100 jobs from its global workforce will not affect the company’s plans to hire 115 employees at a helicopter assembly plant now under construction at Lafayette Regional Airport, a company official said Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: The Advocate, 30-Apr-15

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Bell reports ABACE 2015 sales of four 505s and one 407GXP

Bell reports ABACE 2015 sales of four 505s and one 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc., (NYSE: TXT) company, continues to grow its presence in China with the announcement of letters of intent to purchase five aircraft during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), held April 14-16. “We were proud to be a major rotorcraft attraction at ABACE. While at the show, we met… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-15

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Bell to display 505 and 429 at Aero Friedrichshafen

Bell to display 505 and 429 at Aero Friedrichshafen

Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc., businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announce their joint participation this week at the global general aviation tradeshow, AERO Friedrichshafen, from April 15-18 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Subject matter experts from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available at Booth A3-127 to discuss a broad range of commercial and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-15

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Bell announces Letters of Intent from Middle East for 505 and 525 models

Bell announces Letters of Intent from Middle East for 505 and 525 models

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced multiple letters of intent (LOIs) with three Middle Eastern operators. The company received a LOI from BBM Inc. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and Bell 525 Relentless, K Aircraft Leasing for two Bell 525s and Wallan Aviation for a Bell 525. “These two aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Mar-15

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Mexico – Bell Announces Plans for 2015 AeroExpo

Mexico – Bell Announces Plans for 2015 AeroExpo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced its show plans for the 12th edition of the International Aviation Tradeshow and Convention, 2015 AeroExpo in Toluca, Mexico, March 19-21. The company will showcase the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X full-size aircraft mockup will also be displayed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Mar-15

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Bell Receives Successful Customer Response at Heli-Expo 2015

Bell Receives Successful Customer Response at Heli-Expo 2015

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it secured customer commitments to purchase nearly 300 new Bell helicopters at last week’s Heli-Expo show in Orlando, FL. The customer signing ceremonies followed some of the company’s largest commercial orders in its history, including the sale of 200 Bell 407GXPS to Air Methods Corporation and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Mar-15

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SECO International in Japan orders ten Bell 505s

SECO International in Japan orders ten Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that SECO International in Japan, has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The announcement was made as part of a formal signing ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s booth during the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-15

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Bell and Turbomeca to Offer Service By The Hour Program on Bell 505

Bell and Turbomeca to Offer Service By The Hour Program on Bell 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The agreement compliments Bell Helicopter’s Mission Critical SupportTM (MCS) program for the Bell 505 – a pay-as-you-fly program… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Mar-15

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Turbomeca Arrius 2R on track for certification

Turbomeca Arrius 2R on track for certification

Turbomeca (Safran) is scheduled to obtain type-certification for its new Arrius 2R engine by the end of 2015. Selected to power Bell Helicopter’s Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, Arrius 2R is the only engine in the 500 shp range to feature a dual-channel FADEC. With seven million flight hours already logged by Arrius models, the… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 03-Mar-15

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Bell sells two 407s and five 505s to Qiqihar Kun Feng General Aviation

Bell sells two 407s and five 505s to Qiqihar Kun Feng General Aviation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), today announced the purchase of two Bell 407GX and a letter of  intent to purchase five Bell 505 aircraft by Qiqihar Kun Feng General Aviation Co., a subsidiary of Kun Feng Group, a agricultural holding company. “For many years Qiqihar Kun Feng has utilized leased helicopters in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-15

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Honeywell Forecasts Steady Global Helicopter Demand For Next Five Years

Honeywell Forecasts Steady Global Helicopter Demand For Next Five Years

In its 17th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchasing Outlook, Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) expects that 4,750-5,250 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered during 2015-2019. Overall, five-year demand for turbine-powered, civil helicopters remains steady versus the 2014 five-year forecast, with moderate improvement in new helicopter purchase plans reported, offsetting the short-term uncertainty of large-fleet operators in the… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 02-Mar-15

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Bell outlines Heli-Expo coverage

Bell outlines Heli-Expo coverage

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, Heli-Expo 2015. Hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), this year’s Heli-Expo will be held March 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. While engaging with current and prospective customers, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Feb-15

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Bell flies second 505 prototype

Bell flies second 505 prototype

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s second flight test vehicle has successfully achieved its first flight. The Bell 505’s flight test vehicle one completed its first flight in November of last year, and the program has quickly progressed, performing additional flight tests and numerous practice… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Feb-15

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Awarded Best Light Single Engine Helicopter in China

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Awarded Best Light Single Engine Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was awarded “best light single engine helicopter” according to the Hurun Report’s survey of China’s luxury consumers. “We are incredibly excited the Bell 505 has been awarded this distinction in China,” said Chris Jaran, Vice President for Bell Helicopter in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Feb-15

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Conklin& De Decker Releaselife Cycle Cost 2015 – Volume I

Conklin& De Decker Releaselife Cycle Cost 2015 – Volume I

Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of LIFE CYCLE COST 2015 Volume I. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget & financial analysis tool in the industry, LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC)from Conklin & de Decker,provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers, and aircraft consultants with independently researched ownership and operating cost data… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 21-Jan-15

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Bell Boosts Sales in the Middle East at MEBA

Bell Boosts Sales in the Middle East at MEBA

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of a Bell 429 and an order for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ helicopters to Saudi Arabian aircraft operator and authorized Independent Representative (IR), Wallan Aviation. The Bell 429 will be configured for general/utility missions and has an expected delivery date of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Dec-14

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Bell Wraps Up Successful Airshow China

Bell Wraps Up Successful Airshow China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), continues to expand its regional presence in China, announcing it secured purchase agreements for the sale of 61 new helicopters at Airshow China in Zhuhai, China. “The energy at the airshow was palpable,” said Chris Jaran, Bell Helicopter’s managing director and vice president, China. “Customers were clamoring… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-14

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Hawker Pacific eagerly awaits the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Hawker Pacific eagerly awaits the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East congratulates Bell Helicopter on the first successful flight of their Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and eagerly anticipate the introduction of the aircraft to the region. The maiden flight took place at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel, Québec manufacturing… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 14-Nov-14

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KBR to build new Bell new JetRanger X assembly line

KBR to build new Bell new JetRanger X assembly line

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that KBR Building Group, a subsidiary within KBR’s Services Group, has been awarded a contract to construct Bell Helicopter’s new facility in Lafayette, LA. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2015. Bell Helicopter will use the facility to assemble its newest commercial helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet… Read more »

Source: KBR, 13-Nov-14

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X completes first flight with Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X completes first flight with Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R

Turbomeca (Safran) is proud to be part of the Bell Helicopter Bell 505 Jet Ranger X first flight with its new Arrius 2R engine, which is the newest member of the successful Arrius family. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X took the sky for the first time on 10 November, at the Bell Helicopter Mirabel… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Nov-14

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Successful First Flight

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Successful First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced the successful first flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ helicopter. The maiden flight took place at the company’s Mirabel, Québec manufacturing facility. “Bell Helicopter pioneered the short light single market, and here we are nearly fifty years later, changing the way the world… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Nov-14

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Bell introduces the 505 and 525 to China

Bell introduces the 505 and 525 to China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced it will showcase the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and the Bell 525 Relentless for the first time in China at Airshow China in Zhuhai from November 11 – 16. In addition, the Bell 407GX will be on static display. “We are thrilled to offer our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Nov-14

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Bell reveal MSN sequence for 505 JetRanger X

Bell reveal MSN sequence for 505 JetRanger X

As Bell release a video on YouTube of the 505 JetRanger X prototype ground running, the company has also filed the registration papers with Transport Canada.  C-FTVI is the first Bell 505 to be registered on a national register worldwide, and is filed as serial 65002.  It is thus clear that the series starts at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-14

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Bell Announces First Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Deals in South Africa

Bell Announces First Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Deals in South Africa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced new customer commitments for fourteen new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters in the region, with nine coming during  the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Bell Helicopter has worked with National Airways Corporation (NAC), its independent representative in South… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-14

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Bell Introduces Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to South Africa

Bell Introduces Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to South Africa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced it will showcase the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X for the first time at the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) in Tshwane, South Africa from September 17-19. “We are excited about having such a great opportunity to expand our presence in Africa and allow… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Sep-14

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