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Bell-Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 cockpit Engine Modification

Bell-Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 cockpit Engine Modification

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $17,578,247 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00015 to previously issued delivery order 0090 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This order provides for non-recurring engineering associated with Phase II of the development of the V-22 cockpit engine health indicator.  Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (46… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

Bell-Boeing awarded $40M contract for Procurement of 4 MV-22 Components

Bell-Boeing awarded $40M contract for Procurement of 4 MV-22 Components

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $40,000,000 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for the procurement of long-lead components associated with the manufacture and delivery of four fiscal year 2018 Lot 22 MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-17

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Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Poland is currently launching the tender process for a new attack helicopter. Bidders used the MSPO show to showcase their candidates. The show was held in Kielce from September 5-8.  Warsaw is looking into acquiring 34 new attack helicopters, with an initial batch of three to be delivered by 2022, reports Flight Global. Turkish Aerospace… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-17

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

Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of repair and overhaul services for the Bell 429, a helicopter with features that support the mission of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and related public service operators. “We pride ourselves on working at the speed of… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 12-Sep-17

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 Delivery

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 Delivery

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,671,686 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification 11 to deliver order 0096 under previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This modification provides for the procurement of Marine Corps MV-22 integrated aircraft survivability equipment and Air Force CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, advanced mission computer kits, validation/verification… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-17

V-280 Valor undergoing ground trials at Amarillo

V-280 Valor undergoing ground trials at Amarillo

Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype is currently going through its ground trials at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Centre, Texas. The prototype is intended to replace the US Army’s Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters. Bell promises that the Valor will have twice the speed and range of current helicopters. It has a V-tail,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Sep-17

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Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky is currently considering producing S-70 Black Hawk helicopters in Romania, should the Romanian Army choose their helicopter model to replace their aging Puma fleet. They own a factory in South-East Poland where they have produced over 40 Black Hawk helicopters already for foreign sales to United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South American…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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Classic Air Medical adds Arizona base at Fort Mohave

Classic Air Medical adds Arizona base at Fort Mohave

Classic Air Medical has added the Valley View Medical Centre in Fort Mohave to one of its bases it serves. They will be using Valley View’s helipad, basing one of the flight crews there as well as a Bell 407 GX helicopter. This new partnership will ensure fast medical attention can be given to anyone… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s A.L.E.R.T rescue team was happy to add the new Bell 407-GX helicopter to their team. They have had to rely on their one aircraft for the past 18 years, causing them lots of downtime when it was sent in for maintenance. The helicopter was paid for by a private contributor, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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Eagle Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Australasia

Eagle Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Australasia

At Eagle Australasia, we continually strive to expand our capabilities and intern our ability to provide expert support and service to the industry. We are excited to announce BLR Aerospace has recognised Eagle Australasia as an industry expert in the world of Bell Helicopters by appointing us BLR Distributors for Australia, Papua New Guinea and… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 25-Jul-17

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Helitowcart adapts solutions for B505

Helitowcart adapts solutions for B505

Helitowcart is proud to announce that it’s popular V900 and V1000 series have been adapted to fit with the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Both solutions allow to lift the helicopter effortlessly and can be operated by just a single person. The Heli Carrier is already known for it’s flexibility, it’s tight radius turns and… Read more »

Source: Helitowcart, 11-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell awarded $17M contract for yoke assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,129,411 firm-fixed-price delivery order (5052) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for yoke assemblies. This is a four-year, five-month contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Texas, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $27,195,000 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $27,195,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $146,596,266 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.  This contract includes a two-year base period and a one-year unpriced option year.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

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Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Deputy President, Richard Harris has announced that they are looking into a partnership with Romania to produce attack helicopters. The deal is being discussed between US president Donald Trump and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. The first 6 helicopters will be produced in America but by Romanian specialists. The process will be gradual, what with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,378,057 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0010).  This order provides for the design and development of the Midwing Avionics Obsolescence Vibration Structural Life and Engine Diagnostic (VSLED) operational test program set, as well as the production of three… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,708,381 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for the non-recurring engineering and testing for the expansion of the Nickle Cap on the proprotor blades to extend the life and increase readiness… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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