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24-Jul-13 VT-TBE Bell 407 Garud Chatti, India (2F)

Accident situation unknown.  Helicopter operating on Disaster Relief Operations with Uttarakhand Government.  Operator reported it was en route from Kedarnath to Guptkashi at about 1530 hrs.  Later update said it was weather related.  Fatalities named here as Pilot J. S. Dhaliwal and technician Abhay Ranjan

24-Jul-13

23-Jul-13 VH-KHJ Bell 47G.2A Amberley, Australia

During aerial work, the engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The occupants were uninjured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage.

23-Jul-13

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22-Jul-13 N233JP Bell UH-1H Mount Clarleston, US-Nevada (1F)

According to a LVMPD press release, David Vanbuskirk “somehow became detached from the hoist line, falling into the canyon below.” The distance that the man fell is under investigation, but Sheriff Doug Gillespie later stated in a press conference that “it is clear that this was a non-survivable fall and he died on impact.” The… Read more »

22-Jul-13

21-Jul-13 C-GMHK Bell 206L1 LongRanger Sherridon, Canada

Engine flamed out. The pilot autorotated into a clear area near a lake shoreline. As the helicopter began to settle the pilot rolled the helicopter onto its right side to clear the rotor blades from the fuselage. The pilot and passenger exited without injury. CADAORS 2013C2976

21-Jul-13

Australia’s RMI2 program delivers Bell 429 weight increase

Australia’s RMI2 program delivers Bell 429 weight increase

The Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 program (RMI 2) has received a significant capability enhancement for its Bell 429 platform with the aircraft now upgraded to allow operations at an internal gross weight of 7,500lbs.  see full story

Source: Defence Suppliers, 19-Jul-13

Bell dealer expects four 429s in UK by end of 2013

Bell dealer expects four 429s in UK by end of 2013

HeliHub.com interviewed Heli-Charter’s Gary Slater at the weekend as he had a Bell 429 demonstrator aircraft in the static aircraft park at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jul-13

Textron reports Bell Q2 performance down on last year

Textron reports Bell Q2 performance down on last year

Extract from Textron’s full Q2 statement Bell revenues decreased $31 million in the second quarter from the same period in the prior year, primarily reflecting the delivery of 44 commercial helicopters compared to 47 units in last year’s second quarter. Bell delivered 9 V-22 and 6 H-1 aircraft in the quarter, flat with last year’s second quarter… Read more »

Source: Textron, 18-Jul-13

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase two aircraft at the 43rd annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) conference and exposition, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. July 17-20. Attendees will get an up close look at the Fairfax County Police Department’s Bell 429 and a Bell 407GX… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Jul-13

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Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell awarded $17M contract for H-1 gearbox test stands

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $17,907,086 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  This contract includes the manufacturing, testing and delivery of one H-1 main rotor gearbox test stand and one H-1 tail rotor/intermediate gearbox test stand, including the equipment,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jul-13

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16-Jul-13 N775AR Bell UH-1H Dove Creek, US-Colorado (1F)

16-Jul-13 N775AR Bell UH-1H Dove Creek, US-Colorado (1F)

UH-1H crashed while performing seismographic operations at an oil drilling rig in the area.  News report here states AJ Blain, 27, died in the crash, said Joyce Barnett, Dolores County, Colo., coroner

16-Jul-13

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Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham buys Bristow out of FB joint venture for £74 million

Cobham plc (‘Cobham’ or ‘the Group’) today announces that it has completed the acquisition of the 50% shareholding that it did not already own in FB Heliservices Ltd, FB Leasing Limited and FBS Limited (together ‘FBH’), from its long standing joint venture partner, Bristow Helicopters Limited (‘Bristow’).  The transaction comprises cash consideration of £74 million… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 15-Jul-13

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Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

Indonesian military puts new 412 on East Kalimantan border

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak said the helicopter will be used by the Indonesian military (TNI), which is tasked with patrolling the border.  see full story  File photo

Source: Jakarta Globe, 15-Jul-13

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Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline is based on the grounds of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, which is under construction in west Dickinson. Though the hospital won’t be fully operation until the fall of 2014, the helicopter and its crew are already going strong. see full story The actual aircraft is N242MT, Bell 407 serial 54067

Source: Dickinson Press, 11-Jul-13

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Night Flight Concepts extend NVG inspection contract with Bell

Night Flight Concepts extend NVG inspection contract with Bell

Night Flight Concepts is pleased to announce an extended NVG inspectioncontract with Bell Helicopter. The Texas based Bell Helicopter manufactures a wide range of civil and military helicopters, as well as civil and military tilt-rotor craft. “The extension of the inspection contract ensures the accuracy and dependability of our equipment and provides assurance that all NVG equipment will… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 10-Jul-13

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Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Canada approves Latitude Flight Data Monitoring on Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412

Latitude Technologies continues to push forward expanding the company’s portfolio of IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system STCs, announcing the addition of a Transport Canada STC for the IONode ION100 advanced data acquisition unit for Bell medium helicopters including the Bell 204, 205, 212, 214, and 412 model types.  This is the first IONode standalone… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 09-Jul-13

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09-Jul-13 Bell UH-1H Tingo Maria, Peru (3F)

Crashed on night training flight.  Pilot named as Ronald Helbert Vargas Terán (34), and crew were Amadeo César Loayza Mercado (33) and Carlos Alberto Cercado Pinares (42).

09-Jul-13

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Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

“Having the Life Link III base in Willmar means improved response times, and faster transport for patients requiring critical or trauma care,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital. –see full story

Source: West Central Tribune, 08-Jul-13

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07-Jul-13 PT-HCH Bell 206B Icém, Brazil

4 POB, three minor injuries, one serious injury.  Crashed in open farm land

07-Jul-13

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03-Jul-13 S3-BMK Bell 206L4 Dhamrai, Bangladesh

Emergency landing on training flight, helicopter ended up on its side with the main rotorhead lying separated next to the wreck with the blades largely intact.  Skids ripped off too.  Tail boom separated at root.  2 POB – Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Bari to hospital and Major Nazrul Islam only needed first aid.  Reg not yet confirmed

03-Jul-13

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CareFlite Orders Four Bell 407GX

CareFlite Orders Four Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement for the supply of four Bell 407GX helicopters to CareFlite®, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation providing fully integrated medical transport across North Texas. The aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical care facilities, serving more than 100 counties within a 150-mile radius of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-13

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Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 01-Jul-13

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01-Jul-13 C-GQQT Bell 206B Gull Lake, Canada (1F)

Wreckage reported sighting on 2nd July, the day after a Bell 206 was reported overdue. “The aircraft is missing and debris has washed ashore in Gull Lake.” CADORS 2013C2819

01-Jul-13

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30-Jun-13 N405MR Bell 206L4 Hudson River, US-New York

Text book emergency landing in the Hudson river on a sightseeing trip.  Floats deployed, helicopter landed on the water and remained upright.  Pilot named as Michael Campbell, 22.

30-Jun-13

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28-Jun-13 N78900 Bell 47D Lake Ozark, US-Missouri

Main rotor struck tail boom during autorotation landing

28-Jun-13

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28-Jun-13 Bell 206L3 Missoula, US-Montana

Crew was practicing water-bucket drops at about 1 p.m. Friday when the helicopter crashed. It was sitting upright in about 3 feet of water with the tail boom damaged just forward of the tail rotor and the main blade tips showing signs of having struck something

28-Jun-13

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Sweden – HeliAir adds a Huey to its fleet

Sweden – HeliAir adds a Huey to its fleet

HeliAir Sweden announced that the company will be adding an UH-1H Huey to its fleet. The aircraft has been flown to the company’s main base in Västerås, and it will now be incorporated in the fleet. The helicopter is replacing the Hughes 500 SE-JGE, which has recently been sold by the company. This new Huey is a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 26-Jun-13

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UK – National Grid to move operations to Turweston

UK – National Grid to move operations to Turweston

National Grid, the British-based infrastructure company, has for some years owned and operated helicopters in their own right and not leased in this specialist skill. This began back in 1985 with the purchase of a new Eurocopter AS355F1 Twin Squirrel and has developed with later versions of the AS355. More recently, National Grid decided to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-13

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Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jun-13

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Tarrant County College buys Bell facility at Alliance Airport

Tarrant County College buys Bell facility at Alliance Airport

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Tarrant County College (TCC) today announced an agreement through which TCC will purchase Bell Helicopter’s Military Programs Center facility at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The purchase of the 161,000-square-foot facility will enable TCC to expand its already successful aircraft maintenance programs currently offered at the college’s Northwest… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Jun-13

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Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), congratulates long-time customer PJ Helicopters for developing world-class precision-lift services over its more than 40 years of operations. The success of Red Bluff, Calif.-based PJ Helicopters is supported by Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems. The IBFs protect the safety, performance and reliability of seven turbine helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 24-Jun-13

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Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell awarded $38M contract for two AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $38,838,754 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0009) to exercise an option for the manufacture of two Lot 10 AH-1Z build new helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corp.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent) and Amarillo, Texas (40… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-13

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Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jun-13

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24-Jun-13 N407FK Bell 206B Royal City, US-Washington

Crashed into a cherry orchard after catching bird netting at low level.  Pilot 31-year-old Christopher Iezzoni suffered back injuries and was having trouble breathing

24-Jun-13

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24-Jun-13 N419MA Bell 222UT Barstow, US-California

Landed close to a highway and suffered unknown damage

24-Jun-13

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Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced foreign approval of seven products distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Approvals were received in May from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration, Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the following products: Ukraine validation of STC SH3289SO, Cabin Floor Protectors… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 N5024N Bell 47G Maplewood, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crashed into the back yard of a house while on mosquito control work.  Maplewood acting Police Chief Dave Kvam identified the pilot as Michael Kramer, 44

19-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 N90301 Bell 206B Redding, US-California

Precautionary landing on a logging road

19-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 N467AE Bell 206L4 Jonesboro, US-Arkansas

The Jonesboro, Ark., crew was on final to their base when they experienced a mechanical issue. The pilot initiated a precautionary landing, landing the aircraft at the base with no injuries to crew members. The aircraft sustained damage.

19-Jun-13

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Saint-Gobain Aerospace to supply Bell 525 nose radomes

Saint-Gobain Aerospace to supply Bell 525 nose radomes

Saint-Gobain Aerospace today announced it has signed a long-term contract with Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth, Texas, to supply nose radomes for the new Bell 525 Relentless(TM) helicopter program. The radomes will be manufactured with advanced Norton Armor(TM) materials from Saint-Gobain that provide superior radar transparency and in-flight durability. “Saint-Gobain’s high-transparency radomes provide the clearest… Read more »

Source: Saint-Gobain Aerospace, 17-Jun-13

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Bell and Turbomeca provide details of new working relationship

Bell and Turbomeca provide details of new working relationship

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Turbomeca, a Safran company, announced today Bell Helicopter’s new five seat, short light single engine helicopter will be powered by Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R engine. The Arrius 2R engine delivers performance and power within the 450-550 shaft horsepower class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a Full… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 17-Jun-13

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Bell provides 525 Relentless program update

Bell provides 525 Relentless program update

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced updates to the Bell 525 Relentless™ program today at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The updated technical specifications and design features reveal improved speed, range and payload capabilities, as well as a higher maximum gross weight and optimized flight performance. “The Bell 525 Relentless program truly exemplifies our focus… Read more »

17-Jun-13

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Bell announces Turbomeca-powered JetRanger replacement

Bell announces Turbomeca-powered JetRanger replacement

Today at the 2013 Paris Air Show, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its return to the short light single (SLS) engine helicopter market with a new product designed to specifications based on the input of a customer advisory council. Bell Helicopter’s new, five-seat entry-level aircraft is expected to complete its first flight in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Jun-13

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17-Jun-13 VH-EMZ Bell 412 Prince of Wales Island, Australia

During the final approach, the helicopter impacted trees and landed heavily. The helicopter was substantially damaged, skids collapsed but it remained upright (photo).  EMS/SAR helicopter was on night training flight practicing Nightsun-lit approaches.  3 POIB

17-Jun-13

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17-Jun-13 5Y-KWW Bell 206L4 LongRanger Karatina, Kenya

Force landing in field due to sudden fog – between electricity lines and Karatina-Nairobi highway

17-Jun-13

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17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

Eight POB, five injured of which one serious.  Emergency landing after reported tail rotor problem

17-Jun-13

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Bell to bring in contract workers

Bell to bring in contract workers

Bell  is expected to bring in contract workersbecause the company says machinists and other members of United Auto Workers Local 218 have refused to work overtime.  see full story

Source: Star Telegram, 15-Jun-13

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14-Jun-13 C-GADA Bell 205 Quebec, Canada

Pilot completed an emergency landing after a master caution warning light from input quill / freewheel system illuminated.  The power shaft and freewheeling unit were found ruptured, and debris had been thrown into the engine inlet compressor. No post accident fire. CADORS 2013Q1303

14-Jun-13

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14-Jun-13 PR-HRZ Bell 212 Teffe, Brazil (2F)

No details given in press statement on circumstances of this fatal accident

14-Jun-13

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Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Tanzania Approves Starlite’s Air Service Licence

Starlite have announced that their application to operate non-scheduled charter and aerial work services in Tanzania was recently granted by the Board of Directors of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite was awarded the licence owing to their compliance with the rules and regulations, laid down by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority. Starlite offers expert… Read more »

Source: Starlite, 13-Jun-13

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REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH Air Medical Services and Air Evac Lifeteam announce an integrated partnership venture at a new rotor wing base to be located in Seguin, Texas. REACH Air Medical Services operates Methodist AirCare in partnership with the Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, the largest provider of health care services in the region.  Current bases exist… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 13-Jun-13

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Bell detail Paris Air Show presence

Bell detail Paris Air Show presence

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display a number of aircraft and share program updates at the 2013 Paris Air Show, one of the largest aviation trade shows in the world, held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre June 17-23. Demonstration flights will highlight two industry-leading Bell aircraft, the Bell 429 and Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Jun-13

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Union rejects Bell’s latest contract offer

Union rejects Bell’s latest contract offer

Union workers at Bell Helicopter have rejected the company’s last and final contract offer by a vote of 85 to 15 percent.  The vote took place at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.  The contract expires at midnight Sunday.  The union says the management’s latest offer would eliminate 200 jobs. (See Full Story)

Source: my Foxdfw, 12-Jun-13

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First Bell 429 arrives in UK

First Bell 429 arrives in UK

The UK’s first Bell 429 arrived quietly into the UK in late May, and is being worked on by Bell’s UK representatives, Heli-Charter at Manston before it takes up its’ local registration G-RIDB. Last December Bell announced that National Grid had ordered a 429 for delivery in the first quarter of 2013, hardly a story… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-13

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Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

FlightSafety is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division, based in Phoenix, Arizona, to provide training for the Bell 407 helicopter at its Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. “The selection of FlightSafety’s Bell 407 training program by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, is a clear demonstration… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety International, 11-Jun-13

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Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the launch of a skidtube step that provides a flat non-slip surface to stand on, increasing security for hoist operator or spotters for the Bell Medium aircraft.  The step received approval from Transport Canada, FAA, EASA, and Japan. The Skidtube Step installs on the DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes and installs… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 11-Jun-13

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RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG Aviation, Inc. recently received notification of contract award from the City of Houston to support their fleet of Bell 412 aircraft. RSG Aviation responsibilities will include all twin-engine helicopter component overhaul/exchange and repair services/support for the for a thirty-six month period. Houston PD air support division, with a fleet of 16 helicopters, has quickly… Read more »

Source: RSG Aviation, 11-Jun-13

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08-Jun-13 VH-RHF Bell 206L3 Derby, Australia

Ditched and turned over.  5 POB exited safely, although some needed help getting out of the cabin when it was submerged in water.

08-Jun-13

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Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

AEL statement on Facebook – We are saddened to confirm that three members of our Manchester, Ky., crew were killed in a helicopter accident late Thursday evening. We are devastated at the loss of these crew members who we consider family. We have no details regarding the cause of the accident but will be working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-13

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07-Jun-13 N207JA Bell 206B San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4F)

Lost height on climb out from golf complex.  Fatalities named as Juan Ignacio Torres Landa, Elizárraga Alejandro Felix (pilot), Jaime Olescowski, Manuel Palacios Alcocer, while Joseph Olescowski Nutt was seriously injured.

07-Jun-13

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07-Jun-13 C-FRGK Bell 206 Jackfish Lake, Canada

Main blades struck tree on take off on training flight. CADORS 2013O1811

07-Jun-13

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07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board

07-Jun-13

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07-Jun-13 ZK-HTA Bell 206B Nelson, New Zealand

Helicopter experienced an engine mechanical issue during a post maintenance ferry flight. An autorotation was conducted, with a heavy landing causing substantial damage – Tail boom cut but helicopter did end up on its skids. The pilot was uninjured.

07-Jun-13

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IAI to supply crashworthy seats for Bell 525 Relentless

IAI to supply crashworthy seats for Bell 525 Relentless

Israel Aerospace Industries will supply, as a sole provider, crashworthy passenger seats to Bell Helicopter for its Bell 525 Relentless programme. (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 06-Jun-13

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06-Jun-13 N114AE Bell 206L Manchester, US-Kentucky (3F)

Late evening accident in the grounds of an elementary school on positioning flight back to base in Manchester after delivering patient to London.  Three fatalities named as  pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman “Lee” Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones.  Reports include mention of fog and that electricity lines have been cut and there are power… Read more »

06-Jun-13

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Bell V-280 Valor™ Selected for Army’s JMR-TD Program

Bell V-280 Valor™ Selected for Army’s JMR-TD Program

Bell  announced that the Bell V-280 Valor™, its third generation tiltrotor design, has been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017. “The Bell V-280 Valor will provide the Army’s most sought-after capability with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-13

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03-Jun-13 Bell AH-1 Kiryat Gat, Israel

Emergency landing after technical failure

03-Jun-13

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Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft’s operators and producers negligently operated the helicopter. (See Full Story) – and see also the HeliHub.com page for this accident here

Source: Philly, 31-May-13

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Aeronautical Accessories adds new Bell 407 Items

Aeronautical Accessories adds new Bell 407 Items

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced two new accessories for the Bell 407 including a self-sealing fuel cell kit and a passenger ballistic protection system. The new products will be distributed under Bell Helicopters’s Aeronautical Accessories brand. The Bell 407 Self-Sealing Fuel Cell Kit is an alternative to the Bell 407 standard… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-May-13

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New CFO at Bell

New CFO at Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Al Vetere has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Formerly vice president, Financial Military Programs at Bell Helicopter, Vetere brings more than 30 years of experience and a strong reputation for developing talent to the position. “We are honored to have Al… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-May-13

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30-May-13 N407HC Bell 407 Columbia, US-Maryland

Emergency landing in school field, helicopter remained upright.  Tail boom sliced by main rotor blades

30-May-13

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Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace proposes avionics update for Canada’s 412s

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) will be exhibiting at Canada’s Defence & Security Showcase (CANSEC), taking place at the Ernst & Young Centre in Ottawa, Ontario from May 29th – 30th, 2013 (Booth #809). Vector Aerospace continues to be active in providing helicopter operators with robust, cost effective cockpit upgrade solutions.  Their latest concept,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-May-13

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29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

Helicopter working for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, coming down in a forested area.  Crash killed pilot Bryce Campbell and passenger biologist Kristina Norstrom.  The other passenger Simon Slater survived – names from this article

29-May-13

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Bell awarded $50M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell awarded $50M for UH-1Y and AH-1Z long-lead parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $50,631,117 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to provide additional long lead parts and components required for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New aircraft and 10 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New aircraft for the Marine Corps…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-May-13

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L-3 Communications awarded $53M TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications awarded $53M TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $53,002,714 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet.  Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-May-13

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Aspen Helicopters acquires new firefighting helicopter

Aspen Helicopters acquires new firefighting helicopter

Aspen Helicopters, based at the Oxnard Airport, has acquired a new firefighting aircraft that will be used this fire season. (See Full Story)

Source: Ventura County Star, 28-May-13

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