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07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work, clipped wires and came down into the field.  Pilot walked away

07-May-17

Bell Continues Longstanding Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Longstanding 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 to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 05-May-17

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Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

04-May-17 Bell UH-1D Tanay, Philippines (3F)

Encountered engine trouble while on a landing approach inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Divisiion in Sitio Hilltop, Barangay Sampaloc, Camp Capinpin in Tanay.  Helicopter crashed and burned out in a wooded area The helicopter was taking part in a disaster rescue operation training course involving 60 soldiers from the 2nd Infantry… Read more »

04-May-17

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Centre has to replace their Advanced Life-support and Emergency Rescue Team (ALERT) helicopter which has been in service for 17 years. The helicopter meets the new FAA rule of having a terrain awareness and warning system but the helicopter is down 105 days of the year due to repairs. The only backup… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

Heliponents receives tentative B505 Service Center Approval

Heliponents receives tentative B505 Service Center Approval

Heliponents, Inc. of Mesa, AZ had received its tentative Bell 505 CSF approval from Bell Helicopter in February of 2017. It has currently completed all of its training requirements, and well on our way to have the full tooling and inventory on the shelf to support, Bell’s newest addition to the product lineup. We are… Read more »

Source: Heliponents, 03-May-17

02-May-17 N457PH Bell 407 Grand Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico

On May 2, 2017, about 0635 central daylight time, a Bell 407 made a precautionary landing at Grand Bay receiving station in the Gulf of Mexico, near Boothville, Louisiana, after the pilot noticed a vibration in-flight. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident.The non-scheduled domestic passenger flight was being conducted under the provisions of… Read more »

02-May-17

02-May-17 N911GE Bell 206B Fort McCoy, US-Florida

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter that was assisting the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue with active brush fires crashed while dipping a bucket for water in a lake.  Pilot is named in press reports as Sgt. John Rawls

02-May-17

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PHI Air Medical teams up with Bell Helicopter for Blood Drive

PHI Air Medical teams up with Bell Helicopter for Blood Drive

Phoenix-based PHI Air Medical is a leading air ambulance provider across the country, providing air medical services and outreach education to communities and healthcare systems. They transport more than 30,000 patients each year, operating out of more than 65 bases across the United States. PHI Air Medical is the only Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 01-May-17

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Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits Receive EASA Certification

Onboard Systems Cargo Hook Kits Receive EASA Certification

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook suspension kits for the Bell 206L aircraft have received certification from EASA. Onboard has already received FAA and Transport Canada certification for these cargo hook systems. “We’re pleased to be able to respond to requests for… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 27-Apr-17

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Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

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Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

For over three decades, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport (Med-Trans) has been providing the necessary quick response when lives are on the line. Their extensive, varied helicopter fleet includes numerous Bell 407s that provide transport for a variety of hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies in 25 states. Over the years, we have been proud… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Apr-17

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Tata Steel Ltd. Adds Second Bell 429 to Fleet

Tata Steel Ltd. Adds Second Bell 429 to Fleet

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support their steel production operations. Tata Steel Group has been in operation for over a century and is among the world’s top steel companies with operations in 26 countries. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh

Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the purchase agreement signing of a Bell 429 to Meghna Aviation Ltd. (Meghna) in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bangladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter.   “As Bangladeshi operators move to twin-engine helicopters to bring more performance to their missions,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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Bell Helicopter Delivers Two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri

Bell Helicopter Delivers Two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri for supply to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. The delivery marks the first two Bell 429s to be used for flight calibration operations throughout Indonesia, performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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Bell Helicopter and Air Pacific Utama Celebrate at Rotorcraft Asia

Bell Helicopter and Air Pacific Utama Celebrate at Rotorcraft Asia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the purchase agreement signing of the first Bell 407GXP to an Indonesian customer, Air Pacific Utama (PT APU) and the signing for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) – the first Asia-based customer to sign for the new service solution.  Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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Bell to exhibit at 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

Bell to exhibit at 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its show plans for the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tenn., April 26-28, 2017. The company will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation aircraft, as well as the newly introduced Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor model. “The Army Aviation Summit… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation sign for two Bell 505s

Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation sign for two Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation Co. Ltd. announced today a signed purchase agreement for two Bell 505 helicopters during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The customer will use the two aircraft for agriculture pesticide management missions. “We were thrilled to begin delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps County Regional Medical Centre (PCRMC) will soon be launching Phelps Air, a new helicopter service that will be used throughout Rolla and Missouri areas. They will be working with Air Methods to provide this medical service. The new helicopter, a Bell 407 GXP, will be stationed at the PCRMC base in Rolla. It is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Bell 429 Gaining Traction for HEMS Missions in China

Bell 429 Gaining Traction for HEMS Missions in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Beijing Yugao Aviation Group (YGA), announced today a signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This is the customer’s first aircraft and will be used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and search and rescue transport. Established in… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 18-Apr-17

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PhilJets Confirms Addition of Airbus H130, H145, and Bell 407 Helicopters in Its Fleet

In line with its plans of holding a stronger position in the aviation industry here in Asia, PhilJets Group confirms during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), happening on April 11 to 13, 2017, the delivery of its latest addition of Bell 407 GXP Helicopter to its fleet this month. In addition, PhilJets… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 18-Apr-17

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Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions in China. “We are proud to partner with United Rotorcraft to deliver the first HEMS Bell 429 to… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Apr-17

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Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

The Czech Republic is looking into a military contract costing around CZK 6 billion. Although sources say the costs may double. Companies that are gunning for the contract include Airbus, Bell and Sikorsky. The competition is high between the three companies, but a spokesperson has said that the decision may not necessarily be made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-17

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Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Helicopters is going to launch an appeal against the decision of a Texas jury. The trial was held this week regarding the case of former Bell employee, Billy Dickson, whose attorney has sued the company for $8.8 million on the grounds of unsafe exposure to asbestos. Bell hopes to reveal more information in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

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Dallas Jury Awards $8.8M to Family of Bell Helicopter Engineer

Dallas Jury Awards $8.8M to Family of Bell Helicopter Engineer

A Dallas County jury has awarded nearly $9 million to the survivors of a longtime Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) employee who died of complications from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs and is primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Billy Dickson, a mechanical engineer at the Texas aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 31-Mar-17

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Bell Helicopter Confirms Platinum Sponsorship for BIDEC 2017

Bell Helicopter Confirms Platinum Sponsorship for BIDEC 2017

Bell Helicopter have confirmed their participation as Platinum Sponsor for BIDEC 2017, taking place 16-18 October 2017 at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre. “We are honored to support the Bahrain Defence Force as this year’s BIDEC platinum sponsors,” said Doug Wolfe. “BIDEC gives Bell Helicopter the opportunity to showcase state-of-the-art military aircraft such as the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Mar-17

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First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

Together with Perth’s Heliwest Services, Van Horn Aviation (VHA), Bell Helicopter’s subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories have successfully fitted a pair of composite main rotor blades onto an Australian Bell 206B Jet Ranger. The blades from VHA are guaranteed to extend the service life from 18,000 hours to 20,000. The blades have NASA designed laminar-flow airfoil, carbon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

As the Bell 505 gets certified and starts flying with customers, it is thus appropriate to mark the final closure of the Bell 206 series production lines.  Bell have recently confirmed to HeliHub.com that 2017 is indeed the last year of production for the seven seat 206L4 LongRanger IV.  The five seat Bell 206B JetRanger line… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Newfoundland Helicopters Selects First Bell 407GXP for Utility Operations in Canada

Newfoundland Helicopters Selects First Bell 407GXP for Utility Operations in Canada

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that the Eastern Canada-based charter company Newfoundland Helicopters, Ltd. will accept delivery of a Bell 407GXP this month. Newfoundland Helicopters charter aircraft services include corporate travel, forestry, hydro, mining, filming and photography, and tourism. The company was the first in Canada to receive… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Mar-17

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Around the World Odyssey Tour Takes off with Bell 429

Around the World Odyssey Tour Takes off with Bell 429

Bob and Steven Dengler, a father-son team, and pilot Rob MacDuff, announced today in the Bell Helicopter booth at Heli-Expo 2017 that this summer, they will fly their first ever Canadian around-the-world helicopter flight in their Bell 429. Bob, Steven and Rob joined Bell Helicopter leadership in their booth to announce their plans and celebrate… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Mar-17

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Safran signs Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy for first Bell 505 customer support contract

Safran signs Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy for first Bell 505 customer support contract

Safran is proud to announce the signing of the first 5Star Plans contract to support Arrius 2R engines operated by Bell 505 customers. This contract has been signed with the Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy that will operate two Bell 505 aircrafts. 5Star Plans is a new Safran Helicopter Engines support contract dedicated to customers operating… Read more »

Source: Safran, 10-Mar-17

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NNK Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

NNK Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

–Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signing of a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s by Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd. (NNK). The two new aircraft will be delivered later this year and will be used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). NNK purchased its first Bell Helicopter, a Bell 47G-2… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Mar-17

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Bell and DART partner for B505 emergency flotation system STC

Bell and DART partner for B505 emergency flotation system STC

DART Aerospace has announced its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the design and development of an emergency flotation system (EFS) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. This solution will be the Bell factory-offered 505 flotation system and will be co-marketed by both Bell Helicopter and DART. The Transport Canada… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 09-Mar-17

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Arizona Department of Public Safety signs purchase agreement for Bell 429

Arizona Department of Public Safety signs purchase agreement for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aviation Bureau while at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas. Arizona DPS Aviation Bureau’s new aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and will be used for Search and Rescue, Border Protection… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Mar-17

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Bell and Safran celebrates first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery

Bell and Safran celebrates first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Safran (Euronext Paris : SAF), celebrate today the first delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft was delivered to private operator Scott Urschel, who is based in Chandler, Arizona, and owner of Pylon Aviation. Bell Helicopter and Mr. Urschel commemorated this milestone in… Read more »

Source: Safran, 08-Mar-17

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Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX

Meridian Helicopters to Display Two Bell 206L4’s at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX

Meridian Helicopters is increasing its presence in the helicopter leasing and brokerage markets this year at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas.  Two Bell Helicopters will be available for public viewing in static display booths 20 and 21. The first aircraft on display is a 2006 – 206L4 Long Ranger. The aircraft, owned and operated by Southern… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 03-Mar-17

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Bell to showcase the past, present and future of vertical lift

Bell to showcase the past, present and future of vertical lift

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2017. The annual trade show, hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Be sure to follow along the week of… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 02-Mar-17

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Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the completion of the first fully customized aircraft from its new European state-of-the-art Customization and Delivery Center located in Prague. The customer, Air Transport Europe of Slovakia, recently accepted three newly customized Bell 429 EMS configured aircraft at Bell Helicopter’s delivery center in Prague. The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

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Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

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UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

As part of their plan for military expansion, Bell hopes to sign a contract with the UAE military. They have already done business in this sector; supplying Abu Dhabi Aviation with Bell 412 and Bell 212 units. Director for the Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Douglas Wolfe, has said that the low oil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebecers working in the province’s world-class aerospace sector showcased their talents as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first completed model of its latest aircraft since the company established a new assembly program in Mirabel last year. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion… Read more »

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 10-Feb-17

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Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Last year Bell grounded its two 525 Relentless prototypes, after the fatal crash of their third prototype on July 6 that killed both test pilots. They have now confirmed that due to this, certification for the 525s have been delayed. The two prototypes have been under a US National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation since… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Analysis of Bell’s delivery data from the quarterly financial statements of parent company Textron show a marked 35% drop in commercial helicopter deliveries in 2016 with 114 units compared to 175 in 2015.  It is important to look at a further level of detail in these numbers, as Bell clearly make a wide range of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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CPI Aero Awarded Contract for AH-1Z Viper

CPI Aero Awarded Contract for AH-1Z Viper

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) announced today that it has received an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, for the manufacture of engine cowl assemblies and support assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. The contract has a potential value of $14.8 million based on the… Read more »

Source: CPI Areo, 18-Jan-17

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Bell provides update on Customer Support

Bell provides update on Customer Support

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced significant progress with its customer service – continuing to provide the best customer support in the industry. “In 2016 we launched a brand new support solution, our Customer Advantage Plans (CAP), and strengthened our support network, adding four new service centers  across the globe,” said Glenn… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 18-Jan-17

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Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 to the Department of Health, Puerto Rico. The aircraft is configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and equipped to conduct medical rescue missions throughout the region. “The Bell 429 has proven its capabilities in a number of mission… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 16-Jan-17

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First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

Simrik Air’s new Bell 407 GXP with the call sign of 9N-ALT completed its first flight. It took off from Kathmandu and landed at Langtang, with 5 passengers and piloted by Capt. Siddhartha Jung Gurung. This first flight commences its commercial use. The helicopter fits up to six passengers and with a glass flight deck… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

Heli Charter, based at Manston UK, have recently relinquished the title of Customer Service Facility for Bell Helicopter.  While we are not clear what prompted this move, or which party instigated the change, Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that  “While Heli Charter is no longer a Bell authorized customer service facility, we continue to maintain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Bell training centre in Spain now certified and open for business

Bell training centre in Spain now certified and open for business

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was designed to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Jan-17

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HAI’s Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient announced

HAI’s Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient announced

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Dr. John Leverton is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime of service dedicated to the aviation industry. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas. Since 1958, Dr…. Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 10-Jan-17

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Bell Helicopter and PGZ sign Letter of Intent on AH-1Z Cooperation

Bell Helicopter and PGZ sign Letter of Intent on AH-1Z Cooperation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), a Polish leader in defense technologies, recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the Bell Helicopter world headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The two companies will cooperate in identifying specific industrial resources required in the support of the “Kruk” Program, an effort… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-16

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New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second B412EPI

New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second  B412EPI

The New South Wales Police Force is the primary law enforcement agency of the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is one of the oldest and largest law enforcement agencies in the world. The agency received its first Bell 412EPI in 2014, which was the first Bell 412EPI for operation in Australia. “The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. These are the first of seven new medium-lift helicopters being constructed by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The acquisition of… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 13-Dec-16

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New Bell Assembly Line in China

New Bell Assembly Line in China

Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province, will be home to a new Bell assembly line at their national civil aerospace industrial base. The $767 million project will include a helicopter training centre, assembly line for Bell 407GXP, emergency response and rescue and the development of drones. The new assembly line will help boost the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Heliservicio as the launch customer in Latin America for its Customer Advantage Plan – signing its large fleet of 20 Bell 412EPs for the innovative support solution. Heliservicio is an oil and gas company in the Gulf of Mexico, based at Ciudad Del Carmen. Since its founding… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Dec-16

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On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

McAlester Regional AirCare has upped their game on providing immediate clinical care on scene. Their Bell 407 GX helicopter has an insulated thermal cooler in the cabin, which is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature for storing units of O-negative blood, which they are now approved to do. The blood is provided by Oklahoma Blood… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

A Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce ran on Tuesday, with CEO Mitch Snyder of Bell giving a talk on the decline of the commercial helicopter market. Snyder reports that the market decline has effected every rotorcraft company on a global scale. But although times are tough, he maintains that Bell is still developing new helicopters,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in South-East Queensland is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The organization has saved over 850 lives since their first flight in their Bell 206A Jet Ranger, December 5 1976. With a total of 10 000 missions flown, they now have a fleet consisting of an Airbus H135 and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Friday saw the arrival of six Bell Huey helicopters to the Kenyan Military. Each helicopter is valued at $106 million. The remaining two Hueys will be delivered in May 2017, reports The Star. The new helicopters will provide aid to the troops in Somalia, who are fighting against the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Bell 412EPI Completes Southeast Asia Demo Tour

Bell 412EPI Completes Southeast Asia Demo Tour

While in the Philippines, the Bell 412EPI and its crew made stops in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao. At each city, the Bell team visited the Air Force bases flying with dozens of Air Force pilots over the course of six weeks. During the six weeks of demos, the Philippine’s Under Secretary to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 02-Dec-16

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TRU Simulation + Training to Deliver Avionics Training Systems for Bell 407GX and 412EPI

TRU Simulation + Training to Deliver Avionics Training Systems for Bell 407GX and 412EPI

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it will provide Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy with avionics bench training systems for the Bell 407GX and Bell 412EPI helicopters. These two training systems are expected to be delivered to Bell Helicopter, also a Textron Inc. company, in the summer of… Read more »

Source: TRU Simulation, 01-Dec-16

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Imminent Arrival of Huey IIs for Kenya

Imminent Arrival of Huey IIs for Kenya

In September this year, Bell was awarded a $52.1million foreign military sales contract from the US Department of Defence. They were contracted to create five Huey II for the Kenyan Air Force. The first delivery of Huey IIs will arrive in Kenya in the coming months. The aircrafts themselves are a remanufactured combination of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

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Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Signs MoU with IAR for AH-1Z Support

Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with IAR – Ghimbav Brasov Group, a leading company in the Romanian defense and aerospace industry. “Bell Helicopter is a strong global partner and we are pleased to have this opportunity,” said Ion Dumitrescu, general director of IAR – Ghimbav Brasov. “We… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 16-Nov-16

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Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced it will work with its affiliate, Bell Helicopter, in Calgary to expand its product availability in Canada. During the coming months, Able will build in-country availability on its full line of approved replacement parts (PMA) and dynamic components for exchange for the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 15-Nov-16

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Bell to Certify 525 Relentless

Bell to Certify 525 Relentless

Bell will be using four test aircrafts in order to certify the 525 Relentless. The program had been on a hold since July 6, when the first prototype crashed, killing both test pilots. Bell has been working tirelessly on modifying the test aircrafts, to ensure that it meets certification levels from Canada, Europe and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-16

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IAI providing seats and nacelles for Bell V-280

IAI providing seats and nacelles for Bell V-280

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, continues to execute its plans for the V-280 Valor tiltrotor with the support of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as part of Team Valor. IAI’s Lahav Division is supplying the nacelles and IAI’s Golan Industries Division is supplying the seating systems for the next generation tiltrotor and, along… Read more »

Source: IAI, 10-Nov-16

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Bell Helicopter Expands Customer Support Network in China

Bell Helicopter Expands Customer Support Network in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced plans for significant growth in its aftermarket support network in China. Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited, located in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province, has been announced as Bell Helicopter’s newest Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF). Established in October 2015, Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 08-Nov-16

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FACT – 88% of Bell 206L4 production is for just one customer

FACT – 88% of Bell 206L4 production is for just one customer

In our close monitoring of the helicopter production lines around the world, we have noticed that in the last two years Bell has produced 26 LongRanger IVs.  Of these, no less than 23 have been for one customer, 88% of the total.  That customer is Air Evac Lifeteam, the EMS provider operating predominantly in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-16

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Bell to collaborate with Shaanxi and Xian in China

Bell to collaborate with Shaanxi and Xian in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed Framework Agreement with Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd. (SAIDC), a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, and Xi’an Helicopter Company Ltd. (XHC) pursuant to which Bell will work with SAIDC and XHC in their establishment of a company for the assembly and resale… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-16

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Bell Celebrates the Iconic Huey’s Roots

Bell Celebrates the Iconic Huey’s Roots

You can likely ask anyone across generations and they would know about the significance of the Huey helicopter. The name has become synonymous with the term helicopter and the Huey is one of the most widely recognized helicopters ever made. Sixty years ago, before it would become known as the ‘Huey,’ it would be the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-16

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Bell and Mecaer Announce MAGnificent Interior for Bell 505

Bell and Mecaer Announce MAGnificent Interior for Bell 505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, today announced the collaboration for the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. View renderings of the luxury interior. “Bell Helicopter continues to raise the bar for our customers in… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 04-Nov-16

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V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

Bell is happy to report that although five staff members were let go recently due to market flux, their Amarillo facility is still the “centre of excellence for military aircraft assembly.” They are currently producing 20 V-22 a year, with officials stating that they are good on budget and ahead of schedule. They had a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

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Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Full Restoration for Vietnam War Era Huey

Faculty members and students from Amarillo College were proud to see their hard work pay off this past Saturday. The Happy State Bank-Randall County Event Centre held a dedication ceremony to the full restored Vietnam War-era Huey 68-16179. According to Terry Smith, the coordinator of AC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, his students leapt at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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