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Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell is looking into purchasing 139 acres of land in east Fort Worth so that they can build a facility for pilot training. The new land will also ensure that Alliance Airport sees less air traffic, greatly reducing the amount of noise pollution. They have received many noise complaints by residents around Alliance Airport, who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-17

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits Receive EASA Certification

Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits Receive EASA Certification

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook suspension kits for the Bell 206L aircraft have received certification from EASA. Onboard has already received FAA and Transport Canada certification for these cargo hook systems. “We’re pleased to be able to respond to requests for… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 27-Apr-17

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps County Regional Medical Centre (PCRMC) will soon be launching Phelps Air, a new helicopter service that will be used throughout Rolla and Missouri areas. They will be working with Air Methods to provide this medical service. The new helicopter, a Bell 407 GXP, will be stationed at the PCRMC base in Rolla. It is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

The Czech Republic is looking into a military contract costing around CZK 6 billion. Although sources say the costs may double. Companies that are gunning for the contract include Airbus, Bell and Sikorsky. The competition is high between the three companies, but a spokesperson has said that the decision may not necessarily be made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-17

Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Helicopters is going to launch an appeal against the decision of a Texas jury. The trial was held this week regarding the case of former Bell employee, Billy Dickson, whose attorney has sued the company for $8.8 million on the grounds of unsafe exposure to asbestos. Bell hopes to reveal more information in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

Together with Perth’s Heliwest Services, Van Horn Aviation (VHA), Bell Helicopter’s subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories have successfully fitted a pair of composite main rotor blades onto an Australian Bell 206B Jet Ranger. The blades from VHA are guaranteed to extend the service life from 18,000 hours to 20,000. The blades have NASA designed laminar-flow airfoil, carbon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX

Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX

Meridian Helicopters is increasing its presence in the helicopter leasing and brokerage markets this year at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas.  Two Bell Helicopters will be available for public viewing in static display booths 20 and 21. The first aircraft on display is a 2006 – 206L4 Long Ranger. The aircraft, owned and operated by Southern… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 03-Mar-17

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UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

As part of their plan for military expansion, Bell hopes to sign a contract with the UAE military. They have already done business in this sector; supplying Abu Dhabi Aviation with Bell 412 and Bell 212 units. Director for the Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Douglas Wolfe, has said that the low oil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Last year Bell grounded its two 525 Relentless prototypes, after the fatal crash of their third prototype on July 6 that killed both test pilots. They have now confirmed that due to this, certification for the 525s have been delayed. The two prototypes have been under a US National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation since… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

Simrik Air’s new Bell 407 GXP with the call sign of 9N-ALT completed its first flight. It took off from Kathmandu and landed at Langtang, with 5 passengers and piloted by Capt. Siddhartha Jung Gurung. This first flight commences its commercial use. The helicopter fits up to six passengers and with a glass flight deck… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second B412EPI

New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second  B412EPI

The New South Wales Police Force is the primary law enforcement agency of the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is one of the oldest and largest law enforcement agencies in the world. The agency received its first Bell 412EPI in 2014, which was the first Bell 412EPI for operation in Australia. “The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. These are the first of seven new medium-lift helicopters being constructed by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The acquisition of… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 13-Dec-16

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New Bell Assembly Line in China

New Bell Assembly Line in China

Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province, will be home to a new Bell assembly line at their national civil aerospace industrial base. The $767 million project will include a helicopter training centre, assembly line for Bell 407GXP, emergency response and rescue and the development of drones. The new assembly line will help boost the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Heliservicio as the launch customer in Latin America for its Customer Advantage Plan – signing its large fleet of 20 Bell 412EPs for the innovative support solution. Heliservicio is an oil and gas company in the Gulf of Mexico, based at Ciudad Del Carmen. Since its founding… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Dec-16

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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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40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in South-East Queensland is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The organization has saved over 850 lives since their first flight in their Bell 206A Jet Ranger, December 5 1976. With a total of 10 000 missions flown, they now have a fleet consisting of an Airbus H135 and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Bell 412EPI Completes Southeast Asia Demo Tour

Bell 412EPI Completes Southeast Asia Demo Tour

While in the Philippines, the Bell 412EPI and its crew made stops in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao. At each city, the Bell team visited the Air Force bases flying with dozens of Air Force pilots over the course of six weeks. During the six weeks of demos, the Philippine’s Under Secretary to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 02-Dec-16

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TRU Simulation + Training to Deliver Avionics Training Systems for Bell 407GX and 412EPI

TRU Simulation + Training to Deliver Avionics Training Systems for Bell 407GX and 412EPI

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it will provide Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy with avionics bench training systems for the Bell 407GX and Bell 412EPI helicopters. These two training systems are expected to be delivered to Bell Helicopter, also a Textron Inc. company, in the summer of… Read more »

Source: TRU Simulation, 01-Dec-16

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Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with IAR – Ghimbav Brasov Group, a leading company in the Romanian defense and aerospace industry. “Bell Helicopter is a strong global partner and we are pleased to have this opportunity,” said Ion Dumitrescu, general director of IAR – Ghimbav Brasov. “We… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 16-Nov-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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IAI providing seats and nacelles for Bell V-280

IAI providing seats and nacelles for Bell V-280

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, continues to execute its plans for the V-280 Valor tiltrotor with the support of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as part of Team Valor. IAI’s Lahav Division is supplying the nacelles and IAI’s Golan Industries Division is supplying the seating systems for the next generation tiltrotor and, along… Read more »

Source: IAI, 10-Nov-16

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Bell Helicopter Expands Customer Support Network in China

Bell Helicopter Expands Customer Support Network in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced plans for significant growth in its aftermarket support network in China. Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited, located in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province, has been announced as Bell Helicopter’s newest Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF). Established in October 2015, Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 08-Nov-16

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Bell Celebrates the Iconic Huey’s Roots

Bell Celebrates the Iconic Huey’s Roots

You can likely ask anyone across generations and they would know about the significance of the Huey helicopter. The name has become synonymous with the term helicopter and the Huey is one of the most widely recognized helicopters ever made. Sixty years ago, before it would become known as the ‘Huey,’ it would be the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-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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