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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

Bell booth at Heli-Expo 2017 wins award

Bell booth at Heli-Expo 2017 wins award

 Bell Helicopter and GES were recognized as the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Best Exhibition Display, Stand or Feature category in The 14th Annual International Business Awards, held in Barcelona, Spain. The prestigious award recognized Bell Helicopter’s exhibit at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. “We are truly honored for our exhibit to win Gold in the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 05-Nov-17

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05-Nov-17 N522RL Bell 407 Rig MP281, US-Gulf of Mexico

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05-Nov-17

Bell promotes 407 in African market

Bell promotes 407 in African market

The versatile Bell 407 — over 1400 out of 35,000 aircraft delivered by Bell around the world — is considered to be the smoothest ride in its class. Regarded for its reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability, the Bell 407, delivers exceptional performance as well as a spacious cabin that boasts of club-style seating for premium comfort. This… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 27-Oct-17

Heliand add Bell 429 to fleet

Heliand add Bell 429 to fleet

The principality of Andorra, nestled in the Pyrennes mountains between France and Spain, is the latest country to have a Bell 429.  Local operator Heliand was noted operating serial number 57324 on Friday 20th, still carrying its Canadian test registration C-FUBT.  The aircrraft is painted in the same yellow and blue scheme that their EC135… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-17

Truth Data Provides Flight Data Monitoring for Bell 407GX’s

Truth Data Provides Flight Data Monitoring for Bell 407GX’s

Truth Data announces that it now has proven its capability to read and analyze flight data from the Garmin G1000 Integrated Flight Deck, such as is installed on the Bell 407GX. Truth Data provides flight operations and quality assurance (FOQA) and flight data monitoring (FDM) services for data analytics, post-flight visualization and reporting to both… Read more »

Source: Truth Data, 25-Oct-17

DART Aerospace now accepting preorders for Bell 505 Bearpaws

DART Aerospace now accepting preorders for Bell 505 Bearpaws

DART Aerospace, a world-leading producer and manufacturer of helicopter equipment, is nearing certification of the Bell 505 Bearpaws and is now accepting pre-orders. For as long as helicopters have been in operation, soft terrain landings have created balancing problems during takeoff and landings. DART Aerospace Bearpaws are constructed of a high density polymer; this polymer… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Oct-17

V-280 Valor Achieves 100% Completion

V-280 Valor Achieves 100% Completion

The Bell V-280 Valor has achieved 100% build completion and moved one step closer to its first flight this fall. The V-280 is the newest revolutionary aircraft in the tiltrotor family. The V-280 Valor was selected in August 2014 to advance, build and fly an aircraft within the JMR-TD program. The V-280 has been designed… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 16-Oct-17

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Bell announces British CSF for 429s

Bell announces British CSF for 429s

Bell Helicopter announced AS Aerospace Ltd., the newest appointed Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF) at Helitech International 2017. AS Aerospace Ltd. will offer Bell 429 field maintenance. “The Bell 429 has proven to be very popular in Europe and as we grow our business globally, it’s important we continue to provide operators with… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-Oct-17

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Air Zermatt orders second Bell 429

Air Zermatt orders second Bell 429

Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to Air Zermatt during Helitech International. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) for day and night missions. “Air Zermatt is one of the most iconic Bell helicopters in operation and we are honored… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Oct-17

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Bell takes V-280 mockup to AUSA 2017

Bell takes V-280 mockup to AUSA 2017

At AUSA 2017, Bell Helicopter will give people the chance to experience the revolutionary V-280 Valor and see how it will change future U.S Army operations. The V-280 interactive mock-up with augmented reality will be featured at Booth #2324, allowing attendees to step inside and see the future of vertical lift up close. Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 05-Oct-17

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Commercial Bell Helicopter at Helitech 2017

Commercial Bell Helicopter at Helitech 2017

During Helitech International 2017, Bell Helicopter will display Eastern Atlantic Helicopter’s VIP-configured Bell 429 at stand C40. The Bell 429 sets the bar for light twin helicopters on the market. With more than 300 Bell 429s in operation around the world, Europe continues to be a key market for this aircraft and is home to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 03-Oct-17

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Bell to appeal $21.7M court judgement

Bell to appeal $21.7M court judgement

A Kentucky jury has decided that Bell must pay $21.7 million to the three families of the victims of a fatal crash in June 2013. The helicopter crashed feet from a helipad in an elementary school parking lots. The pilot, Eddy Sizemore and both paramedics Herman Dobbs and Jesse Jones were all killed. The representative… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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Philippines – PhilJets adds Bell 407GX to fleet

Philippines – PhilJets adds Bell 407GX to fleet

PhilJets has announced the arrival of their new addition to their fleet, the new Bell 407GX helicopter. Scheduled to start flights by the end of the month, it will be the only Bell 407GX helicopter in the Philippines that will be available for charter use. This new addition will be added to their four Airbus… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Sep-17

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Norwegian Bell helicopters to be maintained by Patria

Norwegian Bell helicopters to be maintained by Patria

Patria Helicopters AB has won the competition and signed a contract with the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (NDLO) for the maintenance of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ Bell 412 helicopters. The contract is for four years and it includes an option for additional three years. The estimated value of the contract is EUR 7.1 million. The… Read more »

Source: Patria Helicopters, 27-Sep-17

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Bell fails to bid in UH-1N replacement program

Bell fails to bid in UH-1N replacement program

Proposals for a replacement helicopter for the Air Force UH-1N Huey were due September 14. Bell decided that due to their current work load, they would not to submit a proposal. Boeing-Leonardo submitted their MH-139 and Lockheed submitted their Black Hawk, reports National Defense.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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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

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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

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Bell to deliver B505s to Eagle Copters

Bell to deliver B505s to Eagle Copters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs to Eagle Copters South America headquartered in Santiago. The aircraft will be used for corporate transportation. “We are excited to announce the first two of nine Bell 505s have been delivered to our friends at Eagle Copters… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Sep-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bell Helicopter Training Academy to feature at Aerotech event

Bell Helicopter Training Academy to feature at Aerotech event

The AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX, September 26–28, 2017, presents the addition of three new technical tours that will provide attendess the opportunity to explore new innovations and insight into the future of the aerospace industry, along with the launch of a new show floor… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 24-Aug-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $32M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $32M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $31,980,025 for delivery order 7014 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity basic contract (N00383-16-D-951N) 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 December 2018. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Aug-17

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Caverton Helicopters buys eight Bell 407GXPs

Caverton Helicopters buys eight Bell 407GXPs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signature of a purchase agreement with Caverton Helicopters Limited, a subsidiary of Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, for eight Bell 407GXPs. The Group operates in the marine and aviation logistics sectors for the oil and gas industry and employs over 700 employees in Nigeria…. Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 23-Aug-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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20-Aug-17 N9526 Bell 47G2A St Marys, US-Pennsylvania

Heavy field landing after reported engine failure.  Little/no damage to tail boom suggests mainly vertical impact, although main blades broken at the rotorhead.  Aircraft is registered to James Delullo at an address in the same town as the accident location.

20-Aug-17

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SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

Engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock, joint venture partners, presented the fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense as part of a project for extending the lifespan of AB-212 seven helicopters, which came into service in 1974, by at least 15 years. A crew from the Spanish Navy’s Third Aircraft… Read more »

Source: SENER, 10-Aug-17

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10-Aug-17 7T-WU? Bell 206L Douira, Algeria (4F)

Helicopter crashed on a photo survey flight – it was chartered by the National Agency for Studies and Follow-up on Railways Investment, who were conducting cartography of the new railway line linking Algiers downtown to the western suburb of Zeralda.  Images show the helicopter completely burnt out.

10-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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Donaldson delivers first IBF for Bell 505

Donaldson delivers first IBF for Bell 505

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has delivered more than 30 dry media Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) for factory installation on new Bell 505 Jet Ranger helicopters. The aircraft received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in June. “Donaldson congratulates Bell Helicopter on bringing this exciting new aircraft to market,”… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 03-Aug-17

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PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC International, a Metro Aviation Company, recently completed maintenance and exterior refurbishments on the first of two Bell UH1-H aircraft for the Michigan State Police. PAC utilized their state-of-the-art soft media blast booth to remove the majority of the aircraft’s original paint. “This aircraft had the original military CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) paint which… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jul-17

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Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

 Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)  signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate on the UH-1Y. This signing is in addition to the LOI signed for the AH-1Z in 2016 – further expanding business relationships between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Bell Helicopter. Based on this LOI, Polska Grupa… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Jul-17

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Final Delivery Bell Huey II helicopters delivered to Kenya Air Force

Final Delivery Bell Huey II helicopters delivered to Kenya Air Force

The final two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters were delivered today to the Kenya Air Force.  The Huey II helicopters – six delivered in December 2016 and two this week – represent the United States’ largest security cooperation program in sub-Saharan Africa.  The United States values the Kenyan commitment to building a more peaceful… Read more »

Source: US Embassy in Kenya, 26-Jul-17

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Bell Helicopter’s booth at ALEA 2017

Bell Helicopter’s booth at ALEA 2017

Bell Helicopter would like to announce its presence at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) exposition July 26th – July 28th in Reno, NV. At the Bell Helicopter booth #172, Bell will display the Bell 407GX and feature one of our loyal customers, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Come stop by and meet with our regional sales… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 26-Jul-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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Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced signed purchase agreements for three VIP-configured aircraft in Europe for the sale of a Bell 429 to both Helix Av. in the United Kingdom and King’s Casino in the Czech Republic and the sale of a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Italy. “Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 24-Jul-17

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CareFlite Plans New North Texas Medical Centre Base

CareFlite Plans New North Texas Medical Centre Base

CareFlite, one of the oldest joint use air medical transportation service in the nation has decided to open a base at the North Texas Medical Centre, and is basing their Bell 407GX there by the end of this July. The placement of their air medical helicopter in Gainesville is the “next logical step in CareFlite’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jul-17

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell awarded $22M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 407GX to Iraq

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $22,050,000 modification (P00022) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W58RGZ-15-C-0070 for one additional year of contractor logistics support (CLS) and adding Iraq’s Bell 407GX helicopters to the fleet being covered by that CLS, as well as procuring 407GX spare parts for repair efforts to those aircraft…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-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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Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, has signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs, with deliveries starting this year, in connection with the framework agreement entered into with SHC in 2016. During a special signing ceremony in Xi’an, China,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 30-Jun-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 delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

Bell delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

announced the delivery of three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada. The three Canadian customers accepted delivery of their aircraft last week at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel. The aircraft are configured for corporate and utility missions to support the business operations of the customers. “It has been a particularly significant week for Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jun-17

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L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded an $83,050,682 modification (P00021) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract activity (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-17

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10-Jun-17 B-31118 Bell 206B Fengbin, Taiwan (3F)

Helicopter took off at 1046 from Taidong for an aerial photography mission at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. At around 1220, the helicopter was loss of contact and crashed at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. One pilot and two aerial photographers aboard were killed – one was named as Chi Po-Lin, an acclaimed film director.  Helicopter almost completely… Read more »

10-Jun-17

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10-Jun-17 VH-ONE Bell 206B Avalon, Australia

Successful emergency landing in public park after engine problems.  Helicopter not damaged, all passengers safe.  Helicopter was on a tour flight from Mascot to Palm Beach

10-Jun-17

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bell 505 continues to surpass significant milestones – achieving type certification in December 2016 from Transport Canada Civil Aviation, then gaining production certification, and recently celebrating the first… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-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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New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

The Heli UK Expo event on June 1-3 provided the launch for the new Bell representatives in the UK.  While Heli Charter continue maintenance and operations as before, but have in recent months ceased being both a Bell CSF (Certified Service Facility) and a Bell IR (Independent Representative).  This is due to the medical condition… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-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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K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

Roger Williams, one of the original employees of Bell Helicopters passed away last Friday in Dallas at the age of 65. Well loved by his community, Williams was seen as the face of Bell, always smartly dressed. His duties within the company ranged from site manager, executive director, to director of admin and head of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-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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Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics Corporation of America’s newest display product—the AFI 4700 RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI)—flew onboard a Bell 212 helicopter yesterday during a demonstration flight with the Colombian National Police. The RoadRunner EFI will remain installed in the helicopter’s cockpit and be available for viewing on static display during the Feria de la Industria Aerospacial Colombiana… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 29-May-17

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25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz

25-May-17

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23-May-17 XB-LUB Bel 47D Amacuzac, Mexico (1F)

Helicopter crashed during mosquito control operations, and burnt out in the following fire.  Sole occupant pilot died in the accident

23-May-17

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23-May-17 Bell UH-1 Naccache, Lebanon

Emergency landing made on a road; Photo shows helicopter apparently intact and complete, with no damage

23-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program. Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service worldwide,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 22-May-17

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Slovakia military orders nine Bell 429s

Slovakia military orders nine Bell 429s

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Slovakia for Bell 429 light utility helicopters. The estimated cost is $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. Slovakia has requested a possible sale… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 21-May-17

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18-May-17 N6040Y Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

FAA reported substantially damaged after hard landing on training flight – aircraft operated by Bell Helicopter Training Academy

18-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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Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Co., Ltd. (Beijing Jinyu). The customer’s Bell 429 is outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Beijing Jinyu accepted the delivery at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, Canada.  “The Bell 429… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-May-17

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13-May-17 Bell 407 Mosul, Iraq

Helicopter shot down from ground fire.  Reports do not agree as to whether the two occupants were fatally injured or not.  In one report, a Bell 407 is shown with holes in the front windscreen

13-May-17

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13-May-17 D-HHFW Bell 206B Hirtshals, Denmark

While being transported, the trailer carrying the helicopter started to fishtail from the towing vehicle – causing the helicopter to work free of the straps/cables holding it in place, and the trailer finally turned over, causing significant damage to the helicopter

13-May-17

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Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-May-17

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10-May-17 OM-BYM Bell 429 Vyšnej Šebastová, Slovakia (2F)

4POB – two firefighters, who were fatally injured, and two police.  The fatalities were named as Peter Toďor, who died at the scene, and Radoslava Lacka, who died a little time later in hospital.  Reported as a training flight and helicopter spiralled down from 100-200m altitude to a very heavy landing.

10-May-17

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10-May-17 D-HAFB Westland-Bell 47 Pertisau, Austria (2F)

Crashed and burnt out killing both on board, after reportedly hitting the cables of a material cableway.  According to a report in the Tyrolean edition of the “Kronen Zeitung”, Peter H. (55) from Tulfes and Richard G. (52) from Hall.

10-May-17

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Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide its cockpit voice and flight recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multi-role utility helicopters. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 09-May-17

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