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Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Embodiments refer generally to systems and methods for providing autorotative enhancement for helicopters using an autorotative assist unit coupled to the transmission of the helicopter. Methods of utilizing an autorotative assist unit as well as retrofitting an autorotative assist unit to an existing helicopter are also disclosed. By employing an autorotative assist unit, improved autorotation can be achieved… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

The Armed Forces of Montenegro have recently held an event to mark the arrival of three Bell 412 helicopters into their fleet, following on a contract signed on 30th January 2018.  After evaluating both the Airbus H145M and the Leonardo AW139, Montenegro reportedly picked the Bell proposal to ensure they stayed within their budget of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12 additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and B-Kit installation; and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $198,927,812 firm-fixed-price contract for performance-based logistics support of the Chinook H-47 forward and aft rotor blades and associated containers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $32,350,663 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F1645 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for new Large Aircraft Infra-Red Countermeasure System Processor Replacement non-recurring engineering and 60 kits for the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9Q) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB right hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,439,388 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $13,655,072 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9R) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB left hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

A pedestal assembly receives a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes inboard and outboard tip ribs that extend above the wing and respectively define inboard and outboard slots. The pedestal assembly also includes inboard and outboard bearing cartridges. The inboard bearing cartridge… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 10-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,693,937 firm-fixed-price contract for H-1 rotary wing blades. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.  In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $11,451,501 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-M21S) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for helicopter yoke assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year, five-month contract with no… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $74,217,505 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 23 items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The percentage of work at each of those locations cannot be determined at this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

The Romanian Army is looking to purchase 70-80 military helicopters in the next 15 years. In the running for the contract are Lockheed, Bell and Airbus. Bell and Airbus both offer to build helicopters within Brasov for the army. Lockheed however is offering to renovate the Romanian company Romaero Bucharest into a new maintenance and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,097,044 for modification P00006 to a previously issued delivery order (N001917F1011) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification provides for the procurement of software updates to address capability defect packages in support of the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (92… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-18

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Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

The Royal Thai Army is looking to purchase 6 new attack helicopters. The announcement to replace their aging Bell AH-1F Cobras came at a press conference on June 12, reports JANE IHS. Helicopters that are under consideration include the Mil Mi-28, Kamov Ka-52, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Bell AH-1Z Viper, Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger, Harbin Aircraft Industry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

The Colombian Army Aviation Branch have recently gained their first female helicopter pilot. Second Lieutenant Viviana Yesenia Forero Moncada finished her nine months of training at the Armed Forces Helicopter School in Bogotá. 2nd Lt. Forero is now equipped to fly the Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter, and is paving the way for inclusion of women… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-18

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Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

The Philippine Air Force has put aside PHP8.28 million for services and parts for their Bell 412EP combat utility helicopter’s instrument and electrical systems. The Submission for bids opens 7 June at the PAF Procurement Centre Conference Room in Pasay City, reports PTV News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-18

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Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

The Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $24,695,613 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPE4AX-18-D-9433) against a base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) for V-22 spare consumable and depot level repairable parts. This is a one-year base contract with two option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-May-18

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $21,705,649 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0119).  This modification increases the quantity of Bell 407 variant commercial airframes through fiscal 2020 by seven in support of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system program of record.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-18

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Bell brings 505 demonstrator to Europe

Bell brings 505 demonstrator to Europe

Bell has shipped one of its 505 JetRanger X demonstators to Europe, and the aircraft is expected to do a tour.  That will follow its appearance at the Aero Friedrichshafen show from April 18 to 21, an event dedicated to General Aviation. Registered N505FW, the helicopter was flown to Baltimore harbour on 15th March for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, is being awarded $102,822,726 for a modification to definitize delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,852,575 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes, associated Bell 407 unique components, and preservation and storage in the support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-18

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Charleston County Sheriff Replace Aging Bell

Charleston County Sheriff Replace Aging Bell

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have officially revealed their new Bell 407 GX. The new helicopter will replace their aging Bell, and came to the price of $3.4 million. They are still planning to install a new FLIR infrared imaging system, reports Live 5 News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-18

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Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Bell are in early development stages for their new civil helicopter. It is currently in the pre-launch stage, with little information regarding what it looks like being known. Chief executive, Mitch Snyder has commented that they do not want to “reveal it until it achieves what we want it to achieve,” reports Flight Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell is looking to increase their market in Malaysia in 2018. They are planning to do this by selling their Bell 525 Relentless, Bell 429 Global Ranger and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to both private companies and military authorities. Currently, Malaysia are using models such as the Bell 429, Bell 206 and Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

The Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine has been selected to power the new Bell 407GXi helicopter, providing enhanced safety and reduced pilot workload, plus increased reliability and maintainability. The new engine will offer additional capability and lower maintenance costs for the iconic Bell rotorcraft. The new engine agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and Bell, which… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 04-Mar-18

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Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

To practically everyone in the helicopter industry, Bell has always been Bell, despite official names like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bell Helicopter, or even Bell Aircraft if you go that far back.  So to rebrand the company from Bell Helicopter to Bell, means very little indeed to anyone in the Helicopter industry, or even the aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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Bell Helicopter Rebrands

Bell Helicopter Rebrands

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and major global aircraft manufacturer, revealed today it has rebranded to be known as simply “Bell.” The new brand strategy and modernized logo are rooted in the company’s focus on innovation and customer experience. Bell will roll out the rebrand over the next year. “Bell has always… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 23-Feb-18

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Uber and Bell plan to fly air taxis from DFW Airport

Uber and Bell plan to fly air taxis from DFW Airport

Bell and Uber are working together to launch their air taxi service in Dallas, Fort Worth. They aim to have the service up by 2023, with test flights being run as early as 2020. The new service, called Uber Elevate, hopes to bring flight accessibility to more people, not just those on the “upper end… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $37,607,000 for firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-18

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Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

In the last couple of weeks, three Bell 505s – soon to be joined by a fourth – have been doing initial flight tests at Kagoshima Airport in the south west of Japan.  All are flying in the colours of Japan Coast Guard.  Some photos published on the internet show three of the helicopters already flying,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard pedestals are supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard pedestals. The pylon assembly includes a spindle… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing awarded $57M contract for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program.

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $57,107,283 for not-to-exceed cost-plus-fixed fee modification P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015) for non-recurring engineering and the retrofit of one MV-22 aircraft in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) Program. CC-RAM is an aircraft readiness improvement initiative to modify MV-22 aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $12,797,722 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 procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,596,160 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell is excited to work on a flying taxi project. They have joined with Embraer, Mooney, Aurora Flight Sciences and Pipistrel Aircraft in order to develop the aircraft. They hope to be the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) when the project gets underway, beating all the other competitors to the Uber name, reports Biz Journals.

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,089,793 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0054, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-11-G-0003.  This modification provides for acquisition logistics support for the H-1Upgrades program.  Services to be provided include logistics management, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-17

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HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that James Russell Spray, retired president and CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines USA, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Spray, from Flower Mound, Texas, is honored for his lifetime of service dedicated to the helicopter industry. The award will be… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell Helicopter announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Dec-17

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Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters to Argentina. The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions. “This is an important milestone for Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 12-Dec-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell is currently developing an autonomous vehicle that will be able to deliver up to 1,000 pounds of cargo to customers’ doorsteps. They are working on a prototype called APT; Automatic Pod Transport. They hope that one day it can be used by retailers like Amazon or even for the army, reports Star telegram.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,000,000 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services in support of the V-22 aircraft platform.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Dec-17

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Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

A Kentucky jury has awarded the three families of the victims of the 6 June 2013 crash over $21 million. The families sued Bell on the terms that they knew of potential defects with the craft. The three victims killed in the Bell 206 L-1 crash are Eddy Sizemore, Herman “Lee” Dobbs and Jesse Jones,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $14,726,111 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00086 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to exercise an option for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-17

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Bell appoints Abu Dhabi Aviation as CSF for 212s and 412s

Bell appoints Abu Dhabi Aviation as CSF for 212s and 412s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed Abu Dhabi Aviation as an authorized Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) for Bell 412s and Bell 212s to support continued customer growth in the Middle East. “The Middle East is an extremely important market for Bell Helicopter. As our operator network grows it is important we provide… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Nov-17

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Bell awarded patent for Tiltrotor aircraft having spherical bearing mounted pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for Tiltrotor aircraft having spherical bearing mounted pylon assemblies

A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard pedestals are supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard pedestals. The pylon assembly includes a spindle… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 17-Nov-17

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Tops 400,000 Flight Hours

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Tops 400,000 Flight Hours

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company announced today the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has surpassed the 400,000 flight hour milestone. The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Nov-17

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Nova Scotia customer orders Bell 407GXP

Nova Scotia customer orders Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Nova Scotia, Canada. “At Bell Helicopter, we are committed to providing our customers with the most reliable, capable and innovative aircraft to support their mission,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North America. “This customer required integrated avionics, technology capabilities and… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Nov-17

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Bell joins Fort Worth well-being project

Bell joins Fort Worth well-being project

Well-being is certainly taking off at Bell Helicopter—the latest approved worksite to join the Blue Zones Project® movement for longer, better lives. Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative working to make Fort Worth one of the nation’s healthiest cities. As one of Fort Worth’s largest employers, Bell Helicopter impacts the well-being of more… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 14-Nov-17

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Bell awarded $38M contract for the Manufacture and delivery of two 14 AH-1Z Helicopters

Bell awarded $38M contract for the Manufacture and delivery of two 14 AH-1Z Helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $38,347,290 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0003) for the manufacture and delivery of two full-rate production Lot 14 AH-1Z aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $10M contract for V-22 Support Services

Bell-Boeing awarded $10M contract for V-22 Support Services

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $10,056,839 for modification P00008 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0112, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This modification provides for field representative and logistics support services in support of the V-22 aircraft for the government of Japan.  Work will be performed at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Nov-17

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EASA certifies Bell 505 at last

EASA certifies Bell 505 at last

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the certification of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “This is a significant milestone for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and I know our customers in Europe are thrilled to hear the news as well,” said Patrick… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-17

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Eagle Copters Selects Caution Panel for B212 NVG Upgrade

Eagle Copters Selects Caution Panel for B212 NVG Upgrade

AEM Corp and VIH Aerospace have announced that Eagle Copters of Calgary has selected the MCP01-100N NVIS Master Caution Panel for use in a customer upgrade program. Eagle Copters are refurbishing five (5) Bell 212 helicopters for an undisclosed customer and chose the MCP01 for ease of integration with the new NVG cockpit and reliability… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 13-Nov-17

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Mercy Flight signs for three more 429s

Mercy Flight signs for three more 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement for three additional Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “Mercy Flight and Bell Helicopter have shared a rich history since they started their business more than 35 years ago using a Bell 206 Jet Ranger,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Nov-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation passes 1 Million flight hours

Abu Dhabi Aviation passes 1 Million flight hours

For a booming economy with 40% of its gross domestic product comprised of oil and gas output, United Arab Emirates relies on various resources to support their highest earning industry, including Bell helicopters. Our customers support this thriving industry by transporting oil and gas employees to and from rigs in the Arabian Gulf. Abu Dhabi… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Nov-17

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Chinese customer orders 50 more Bell 505s

Chinese customer orders 50 more Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed an agreement today with Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd. (Reignwood) under which Reignwood has agreed to purchase an additional 50 Bell 505s, act as the exclusive reseller for the Bell 505 in China and establish a Bell 505 delivery and maintenance center. The new… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Nov-17

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Montenegro orders three 412s

Montenegro orders three 412s

The Montenegro Armed Forces have signed a contract for three Bell 412EPI helicopters. The decision of the purchase is part of a modernization process. The three helicopters will be stationed at the Podgorica International Airport, reports Jane’s 360.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

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Bell Canada President elected as AIAC chair

Bell Canada President elected as AIAC chair

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce the election of Cynthia Garneau, President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Ms. Garneau succeeds David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the last year. “I am… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Nov-17

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Bell takes V-22 and three mockups to Dubai Air Show

Bell takes V-22 and three mockups to Dubai Air Show

Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a vast product portfolio at the Dubai Airshow—one of the world’s largest and most important aerospace events. The show takes place November 12-16 at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site. Textron will… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Nov-17

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07-Nov-17 N93PH Bell 206B Rolling Fork, US-Mississippi

Force landing during aerial application work.

07-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 N275AE Bell 206L3 Union City, US-Tennessee

Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry.  Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant… Read more »

07-Nov-17

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Taiwan donates two helicopters to Dominican Republic

Taiwan donates two helicopters to Dominican Republic

Taiwan will be donating two Bell UH-1H helicopter to the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces. The helicopters are expected by January next year, reports Janes IHS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-17

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