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Bell cuts 315 jobs as V-22 demand falls

Bell cuts 315 jobs as V-22 demand falls

Reduced demand for the V-22 Osprey forced Bell Helicopter to cut 315 jobs, with most of them in Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. See Full Story

Source: Bizjournal, 27-Mar-15

Able Begins Distribution Of New Bell 407/429 Calipers & Disc Pmas

Able Begins Distribution Of New Bell 407/429 Calipers & Disc Pmas

Able Aerospace, Inc. has announced the FAA approval and official availability of the following new Bell 407/429 PMA offerings, thanks to an exclusive distribution agreement with Northwest Dynamics, Inc. (NDI): • 407 Caliper Assembly (427-340-352-113/NDI: B0244-1) • 429 Caliper Assembly (427-340-352-111 and -112/NDI: B0238-1 and -2) • 429 Brake Disc (206-340-301-105/NDI: D0143-3) • 407 Caliper/Overhaul… Read more »

Source: ABLE, 27-Mar-15

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27-Mar-15 C-GVHA Bell 47G.2 Chilliwack, Canada

1 POB with minor injuries.  CADORS 2015P0442

27-Mar-15

27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

27-Mar-15

25-Mar-15 Bell UH-1 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

25-Mar-15

25-Mar-15 Bell 412 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

25-Mar-15

24-Mar-15 N43CM Bell 206B Taylors Island, US-Maryland

Landed in shallow water close to the shore of Taylor’s Island.  Remained upright and the 2 POB got out and walked to the shore after experiencing a mechanical problem.  Pilot named as 45-year-old Vincent Giglio of New Jersey and passenger 61-year-old Ronald Lopes of New York

24-Mar-15

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded an $8,092,320 firm-fixed-price order (0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 32 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircrafts. Work will be performed in Vergennes,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $32,493,960 firm-fixed-price contract for rotary wing blades. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 39-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a May 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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23-Mar-15 N1511L Bell 206B Lake Ray Hubbard, US-Texas

Bird strike while conducting low level search at night over a lake.  Helicopter landed safely with a hole in the windshield

23-Mar-15

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Bell opens new office in Tokyo

Bell opens new office in Tokyo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), today announced the official opening of its new Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. office in Tokyo.  Located in Ebisu Garden Place Tower, the new office is within walking distance of the headquarters of long-standing business partner, Fuji Heavy Industries. In celebration of the company’s rich history in the market and commitment… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Mar-15

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Bell delivers 412EP to Nishi Nippon Airlines

Bell delivers 412EP to Nishi Nippon Airlines

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced the delivery of a Bell 412EP to Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd. The sale and delivery are the first conducted through Bell Helicopter’s new office in Tokyo. A delivery ceremony was held at the customer’s facility near the Fukuoka airport yesterday. “We honor our long-standing relationship… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Mar-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) hosted a special get together of patients it has airlifted since it started operating on March 15 1990. The service has saved countless lives during its 25 years and has carried out almost 15,000 missions. To mark the service’s Silver Jubilee the charity invited past patients to visit the helicopter’s base… Read more »

Source: WAA, 20-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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Four Bell 412EPs Delivered to Heliservicio Campeche

Four Bell 412EPs Delivered to Heliservicio Campeche

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the final delivery of four Bell 412EPs to Heliservicio Campeche to support their oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. “Heliservicio has been an operator of the Bell 412 for nearly 25 years, so we know it has the superior performance capabilities that fit… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Mar-15

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Able Aerospace Services, PHI Sign Long-Term Service Agreement

Able Aerospace Services, PHI Sign Long-Term Service Agreement

Able Aerospace Services and leading helicopter services company PHI, Inc. have signed a formal service agreement assigning all of PHI’s Bell 206L and 407 component overhaul and exchange work to Mesa, Arizona-based Able. “We have been using Able’s services for years, and in that time have saved millions of dollars through direct purchase savings, increased… Read more »

Source: Able, 17-Mar-15

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17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351

17-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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Avpro sales at HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro sales at  HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro announced several deals during the HAI Heli-Expo (March 2-5, 2015) in Orlando, Florida. Day one: Avpro reached an agreement to sell a Year 2009 Bell 429 s/n 57056 to an undisclosed buyer on behalf of its client SAEREOS, Bell Helicopter distributor in Ecuador. Day two: Avpro acting on behalf of its client, Kocoglu Group,… Read more »

Source: AVPRO, 16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (2 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 N1510L Bell 206B Dallas, US-Texas

On patrol at 600′ AGL flying south along Interstate 45 over the Trinity River struck two ducks. Landed safely with minor damage

16-Mar-15

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Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

With time to reflect following the end of Heli Expo, Andrew Drwiega gives a quick summary of some of the key points that were made by OEMs during the show. Now that the dust has settled from Heli Expo, Florida, for another year what, if anything, did we learn from the world’s biggest helicopter exposition?… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-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 awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,431,030 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0022) to exercise an option for delivery of one Bell 407 Analog Helicopter, and preservation and storage of seven aircraft in support of the endurance upgrade of the MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Ozark,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

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LORD Extends Warranty for Bell 407 Main Rotor Hub Components to 2,500 Hours

LORD Extends Warranty for Bell 407 Main Rotor Hub Components to 2,500 Hours

LORD Corporation has extended the warranty on all the Bell 407 Main Rotor hub elastomeric components to 2,500 hours or three years (whichever comes first). Parts covered by the extended warranty include the lead lag bearing (407-310-102-101 & -103), shear bearing (407-310-101-101 & -105) and damper (407-310-100-105 & -107). Bell Helicopter approved the upgrade to… Read more »

Source: LORD, 10-Mar-15

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Michigan State Police to add third helicopter

Michigan State Police to add third helicopter

The sound of twin jet engines and rotors intensifies as the Michigan State Police helicopter rocks from side to side and gently lifts off the ground, leaving the runways of MBS International Airport in the distance. See Full Story

Source: mlive, 10-Mar-15

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Four more LongRanger IVs for Air Evac Lifeteam

Four more LongRanger IVs for Air Evac Lifeteam

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the signed agreement for the sale of four Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by Air Evac Lifeteam for HEMS missions. Deliveries are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Mar-15

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INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Magrama) awarded contracts to INAER for four of the five helicopters providing firefighting, surveillance and forest fire coordination services for the 2015 winter-spring season. This service will remain active during the months of March, April and part of May. The aircraft resources for this new contract include… Read more »

Source: INAER, 09-Mar-15

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FRASCA to Provide Bell 206L FTD to Air Evac Lifeteam

FRASCA to Provide Bell 206L FTD to Air Evac Lifeteam

FRASCA International, Inc., Urbana, IL has been contracted to provide a Bell 206L Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Air Evac Lifeteam, O’Fallon, Missouri. The FTD will be an FAA Level 7 Bell 206L with Garmin G500H, Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS, HTAWS, and Garmin GTN650. It will also feature Frasca’s high-fidelity NVG simulation for the… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 09-Mar-15

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08-Mar-15 ZS-HBV Bell UH-1 Olifantsbos, South Africa (1F)

The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area, killing the pilot – named later here as Hendrik Marais

08-Mar-15

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07-Mar-15 N206FW Bell 206B Fort Worth, US-Texas

Force landed in a field, no injuries

07-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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Bell and Hughes Aerospace Align to Offer Performance Based Navigation in China

Bell and Hughes Aerospace Align to Offer Performance Based Navigation in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), has contracted Hughes Aerospace Corporation to develop performance based navigation (PBN) procedures for use by operators flying Bell helicopters with advanced onboard navigation systems in China.  The selection process for the first location in China is underway. “Performance based navigation is a real win for our operators in China,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Mar-15

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Northwest Helicopters expands operations with MRO and Logistics Software

Northwest Helicopters expands operations with MRO and Logistics Software

Northwest Helicopters, LLC, the largest helicopter company in the state of Washington, will be expanding its Quantum Control MRO and Logistics software footprint to include the integration of StockMarket, and the addition of manufacturing for Mechanical Specialties, LLC, a subsidiary that will manufacture the Bell model 505 cargo hook. Northwest Helicopters, located at the Olympia… Read more »

Source: Component Control, 05-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 N41BH Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Tail rotor strike on landing, substantially damaged

05-Mar-15

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Trinidad and Tobago orders four 429s and one 412EPI

Trinidad and Tobago orders four 429s and one 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of four Bell 429s configured for Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) and one Bell 412EPI configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) to the National Operations Centre, Air Division (NOCAD) in Trinidad and Tobago. The contract was signed by NOCAD Executive Director Mr. Garvin Heerah… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-15

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First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of a Bell 407GX to Italy-based, Elicompany. The aircraft, configured for corporate and VIP transport and charter, will be the first Bell 407GX to operate in Italy, and was the first sale conducted by Bell Helicopter’s new office in Milan, Italy. The aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-15

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Installation Begins on the First Bell 429 with Mecaer Interior

Installation Begins on the First Bell 429 with Mecaer Interior

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today at Heli-Expo the company’s Prague facility has begun installation on the first Bell 429 to be outfitted with Mecaer Aviation Group’s (MAG) VVIP luxury interior branded the “MAGnificent”. For pictures of Mecaer’s Bell 429 interior, please visit this link. “We teamed up with MAG and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-15

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Wysong Enterprises receives FAA STC/PMA for Bell 407 EMS Accessories

Wysong Enterprises receives FAA STC/PMA for Bell 407 EMS Accessories

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced this week it has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for multiple EMS interior accessories on the Bell 407 and 407GX airframe. “We have become an industry leader in the completion and customizing of Bell 407 EMS helicopters,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney… Read more »

Source: Wysong, 04-Mar-15

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Waypoint Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase 20 Bell 525’s Plus Options

Waypoint Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase 20 Bell 525’s Plus Options

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 20 Bell 525 Relentless helicopters with options for additional aircraft. Waypoint plans to provide the Bell 525 Relentless to operators servicing a wide range of missions, including oil and gas, emergency… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-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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Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency for Bell 407GXP

Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency for Bell 407GXP

Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter have signed a long-term agreement to install upgraded M250 engines in new Bell 407GXP helicopters, boosting power and fuel efficiency. Deliveries of M250-C47B/8 engines for Bell 407GXP helicopters will include a factory installed Value Improvement Package (VIP) kit, which will increase “hot and high” power by up to 8 percent, while… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 03-Mar-15

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Helinet Selected by Swedish National Police to Implement Airborne Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Solution

Helinet Selected by Swedish National Police to Implement Airborne Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Solution

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the Swedish National Police (SNP) to deploy a comprehensive, country-wide airborne law enforcement solution.  This will include a customized mission suite for the agency’s seven, newly acquired Bell 429 helicopters as well as the… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 03-Mar-15

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Air Methods orders 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters over 10 years

Air Methods orders 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters over 10 years

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement for the sale of 200 Bell 407GXPs configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the largest provider of air medical transport services in the world. This order marks one of the largest commercial sales in Bell Helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-15

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Bell launches the 407GXP

Bell launches the 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), introduced today at Heli-Expo 2015 the new Bell 407GXP. The new aircraft incorporates the reliability and advanced technology of the Bell 407GX platform, and introduces performance improvement, payload increase and pilot workload reduction. “The Bell 407GXP enhances customer value with improvements in mission capability,” said Matt Hasik,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-15

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Sagem extends its leading Flight Data Monitoring solutions to all Bell platforms

Sagem extends its leading Flight Data Monitoring solutions to all Bell platforms

Sagem (part of Safran) is calling on its 25 years of expertise in flight data analysis to offer its proven and state-of-the-art safety tools – Analysis Ground Station (AGS) and Cassiopée Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) services – to every Bell Helicopter commercial platform currently in production. These solutions are designed to support investigation, identify unsafe… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 03-Mar-15

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BLR Aerospace Delivers 850th FastFin System; Military Demand Continues to Grow

BLR Aerospace Delivers 850th FastFin System; Military Demand Continues to Grow

Some 850 BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems are now operating in 30 nations worldwide, elevating the performance of Bell Medium helicopters and helping a wide range of operators improve mission effectiveness. More than half of all FastFin Systems are operating in North America, followed by Latin America (20 percent) and Asia… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 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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Mexican Air Force signs for 15 Bell 407GXs

Mexican Air Force signs for 15 Bell 407GXs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GXs to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. “We are extremely pleased to provide the Mexican Air Force with such a high performing and reliable aircraft,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-15

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02-Mar-15 C-GLVI Bell 205 Revelstoke, Canada

The Pilot was repositioning 12 passengers from the bottom to the top of the Ghosts Drimie ski run. Upon departure, the Pilot elected to take-off downhill and downwind due to the terrain. The aircraft started to settle as it transited across a field and entered a ‘snowball’ at which time the pilot lost visual reference…. Read more »

02-Mar-15

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Despite Decline, Military Rotorcraft Segment an Important Niche for Manufacturers

Despite Decline, Military Rotorcraft Segment an Important Niche for Manufacturers

As the military rotorcraft market enters a downturn, Forecast International sees a strong niche in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft sector with over 5,300 units expected to be produced in the next 10 years. The company’s new study “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft” reports that, during the 2015-2024 forecast period, the value of production will… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 01-Mar-15

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LongRanger performance increase as FAA approves BLR Tailboom Strakes

LongRanger performance increase as FAA approves BLR Tailboom Strakes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified a performance increase for Bell 206L helicopters equipped with dual tailboom strakes from BLR Aerospace. It is the first time BLR has certified one of its performance-enhancing products for a light helicopter, according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Marone. The new Flight Manual Supplement certifies… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 01-Mar-15

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FAA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel on Bell 212

FAA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel on Bell 212

VIH Aerospace (VIHA), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services (Heli-Expo Booth # 3837) has received a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (Model #: MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter (STC#: # SR03503NY). European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approvals are… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 01-Mar-15

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Bell enhances 412EPI capabilities

Bell enhances 412EPI capabilities

Bell Helicopter a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it has recently received certification for an improved Category A (CAT A) procedure on the Bell 412EPI from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new CAT A backup procedure provides a significant increase in payload, performance and operational versatility. The alternate backup procedure for the Bell 412EPI provides improved… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-15

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Kuwait to operate first EMS Bell 429s in Middle East

Kuwait to operate first EMS Bell 429s in Middle East

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the Ministry of Health in Kuwait will be operating the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the Middle East. The purchase agreement for the aircraft was announced at the end of last year, and is a milestone win for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Feb-15

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27-Feb-15 N4774S Bell 47G2A Ivanhoe, US-California

Agricultural aircraft hit powerlines and came down in orange orchard.  Pilot seriously injured and airlifted to hospital

27-Feb-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 delivers sixteen 407GXs to Iraq

Bell delivers sixteen 407GXs to Iraq

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale and delivery of 16 new Bell 407GXs to BBM Inc. of Reno, Nevada. The aircraft will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance. The aircraft were… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Feb-15

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Bell delivers first Bell 429WLG in North America

Bell delivers first Bell 429WLG in North America

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has made the first delivery of the Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) in North America. The aircraft has been delivered to professional NASCAR driver and founder and CEO of SunEnergy1, Kenny Habul. SunEnergy1 is a vertically integrated solar energy performance certificate (EPC) company… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Feb-15

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Bell, Enstrom and MD select Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module

Bell, Enstrom and MD select Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics today announced that the company’s MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM®) is being offered as the digital standby display in the Bell Helicopter 407GX, Enstrom Helicopter 480B-G, and the MD Helicopters MD900 Explorer. “SAM was a reliable and robust solution for our standby instrument need. The clean design and the ability to… Read more »

Source: Mid-Continent Instrument, 26-Feb-15

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EOS 3D printing tech used for helicopters

EOS 3D printing tech used for helicopters

UK-based EOS has announced that its EOSINT P 730 plastic laser-sintering machine has been used by Bell Helicopter and 3D printing company Harvest to make helicopter parts.  See Full Story

Source: European Plastics News, 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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Saudi Geological Survey to Use Bell 429 to Aid in Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration

Saudi Geological Survey to Use Bell 429 to Aid in Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 outfitted to perform utility roles in the Middle East by Saudi Geological Survey. The company will use the aircraft to support geological mapping, mineral exploration and many other sustainable management activities. The aircraft was signed for by… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Feb-15

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Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $50,095,510 three year firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair of four weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the H-1 Legacy helicopter, including the right hand and left hand stub wings, gearboxes and main rotor blades.   Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Bell awarded $6.8M contract for AH-1W transmission repairs

Bell awarded $6.8M contract for AH-1W transmission repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $6,800,000 undefinitized contract action for the repair of AH-1W helicopter transmissions. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and work will be completed by October 2016. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $3,332,000 will be obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Bell Opens Regional Office in Abu Dhabi

Bell Opens Regional Office in Abu Dhabi

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), officially opened a new regional branch office in the United Arab Emirates this week. Located in the Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi, the new facility will serve as a regional hub with personnel in place to facilitate sales and marketing efforts for Bell Helicopter. “We see… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Feb-15

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19-Feb-15 N166DR Bell UH-1H Shelton, US-Washington

Fell onto its side on take-off

19-Feb-15

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Bell to showcase models of 525, V-22 and V-280 at IDEX 2015

Bell to showcase models of 525, V-22 and V-280 at IDEX 2015

Bell Helicopter will showcase their commercial and military products to a global audience at the company’s exhibit at stand 03-C30. A model of the new Bell 525 Relentless fly-by-wire commercial helicopter will be on display, along with models of the company’s next generation V-280 tiltrotor and the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. “IDEX is considered by… Read more »

Source: Textron, 17-Feb-15

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McTurbine approved as a Honeywell T53 Series Service Provider

McTurbine approved as a Honeywell T53 Series Service Provider

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced its affiliate company McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine) received authorization from Honeywell International, Inc. to serve as a Licensed Repair Facility for the Honeywell T53 series engine. “We are pleased to work with Honeywell and to join the Honeywell T53 support network, “ said Chera Ellis, manager, McTurbine…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-15

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Transport Canada certifies Aero Design MEGA Basket for Bell 205 and 212

Transport Canada certifies Aero Design MEGA Basket for Bell 205 and 212

Aero Design is ecstatic to announce the Canadian certification of The Aero Design MEGA Basket for the Bell 205 and 212. The cargo basket features a huge 108.8” length, massive 29” width and is available with a low profile lid offering 21” inside height or a high profile lid offering an exceptional 27.1” inside height…. Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 15-Feb-15

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15-Feb-15 P2-HFZ Bell 206L4 Wabo, Papua New Guinea

Sole occupant pilot safe but was immediately flown back to Port Moresby for transfer to hospital for X-ray and medical observation.  Unknown circumstances or level of damage to helicopter

15-Feb-15

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13-Feb-15 N279AE Bell 206L-1 White House, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing after vibration experienced. No patient on board

13-Feb-15

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Bell takes 407GT to AeroIndia

Bell takes 407GT to AeroIndia

Bell Helicopter,Textron Aviation Inc.,and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today their joint presence during Aero India 2015, February 18-22, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. “Our strong showing at Aero India is evidence of Textron’s commitment to forge strategic relationships for coproduction and development in India,” said Inderjit Sial, president and managing… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Bell TH-57 Spencer Field, US-Florida

Training accident of a SeaRanger out of Whiting Field NAS, rolling over onto its side while landing

12-Feb-15

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