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MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation

The Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) at China Lake completed two major restoration projects for the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA), an AV-8A Harrier and a J-model AH-1 helicopter. Both aircraft are prominently displayed in front of the MAD headquarters at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake. In 2010, MAD members and volunteers repainted the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 23-Dec-11

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

One million members! The Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance company reached a milestone today with the announcement they have signed up their one millionth Air Evac Lifeteam member. “This is a great achievement for the company overall,” said Vice President of Membership Keith Hovey. “But more importantly, it means that a million people will not… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 23-Dec-11

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Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell took one of their demonstrator aircraft to the Dubai airshow, and started a demo tour from there on.  The helicopter entered UK airspace at Manston on Friday and is understood to be carrying out a demo flight for one specific potential customer in the Oxford area. Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-11

20-Dec-11 ZS-HHW Bell B206 Sun City, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter caught zip wire cable, causing it to crash.  Sole occupant fatal, later named as businessman Arie Neven.  Was reported as inbound from Wonderboom to pick up one person and then planned outbound to Bakubunt

20-Dec-11

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

With the goal of better serving southern and central Utah regions, University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed and Mountain View Hospital welcomed guests today to celebrate AirMed’s new 24-hour aircraft base at Mountain View Hospital in Payson. The new base in Payson was a strategic move for AirMed, as the crew relocated to Mountain View… Read more »

Source: University of Utah Healthcare, 16-Dec-11

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Bell assigned patent for flight control system

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,078,395) developed by Kenneth E. Builta, Euless, Texas, James E. Harris, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, and Billy K. Gore, Euless, Texas, for a “control system for automatic circle flight.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A flight… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 16-Dec-11

Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

Fort Worth council approves $13.5M tax break for Bell

The City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve a tax abatement for the expansion of Bell Helicopter’s headquarters in which the company will reap $13.5 million over 20 years if it meets requirements. (see full story)

15-Dec-11

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REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and Methodist Healthcare (Methodist) announce the expansion of their partnership providing emergency helicopter service to include a second base in Pearsall, Texas, called Methodist AirCare 2. Service began on December 12, 2011. AirCare 2 will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service from a base located 50 miles southwest of… Read more »

Source: REACH, 15-Dec-11

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Unmanned underwater vehicle finds 2003 helicopter wreckage

Unmanned underwater vehicle finds 2003 helicopter wreckage

A helicopter crashed and sank in Adventfjorden in December 2003, never to be seen again – until last week. An underwater robot was cruising at 70 meters depth to take images of the ocean floor for a UNIS research project, when it hit upon the remains of the helicopter. The helicopter crashed and sunk in… Read more »

Source: University Centre in Svalbard, 14-Dec-11

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Bell awarded $13M contract modification for H-1 upgrades

Bell awarded $13M contract modification for H-1 upgrades

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $13,919,264 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00019-11-C-0023) for the systems engineering/program management and engineering investigations for the H-1 upgrades production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2012.  Contract funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-11

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13-Dec-11 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-Arizona

Pilot elected to make an emergency landing, which was executed safely with no damage to the helicopter

13-Dec-11

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13-Dec-11 N8067Z Bell 407 Rock Springs, US-Wyoming

“fell to the ground from low level” – tail boom severed by main blades, skids collapsed.  5 POB but none were patients.

13-Dec-11

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13-Dec-11 N309MH Bell 407 Cantwell, US-Alaska

Tail rotor struck vegetation

13-Dec-11

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Bell sponsor 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Bell sponsor 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

The 9th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation”® Awards, presented by Learjet, welcomes ONEflight International as a Presenting Sponsor.  The awards will be held January 20, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton. Considered the most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation, this intimate, memorable, and historic evening of aviation awards and entertainment will feature Morgan Freeman, with a special… Read more »

Source: Living Legends, 12-Dec-11

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Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.  Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.  The deal, valued at 57 crore… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-11

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INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

In the city of Puerto Varas has been installed an emergency helicopter operations center for southern Chile. At the base, a Bell 212 helicopter will operate, equipped with a mobile ICU and medical equipment for the patient to receive the first care, stabilization in the accident site and care during transport to hospital. “The use of helicopters to evacuate critically… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Dec-11

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12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [1 of 2]

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid

12-Dec-11

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12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [2 of 2]

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid

12-Dec-11

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12-Dec-11 Bell 407 Gadsden, US-Alabama

Damaged in hangar prior to being put into service.  Fixed wing aircraft manoevred and struck helicopter twice, causing two long scratches, which are reported as “relatively minor” were then covered up using a marker pen.  All activity caught on hangar video surveillance.  Gadsden Police on the case

12-Dec-11

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12-Dec-11 N3202X Bell 206B Woodland Hills, US-California

Precautionary landing after “Engine out” warning.  Maintenance engineers attended scene and reportedly “repaired the faulty wiring”

12-Dec-11

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Hungary seek to buy 32 UH-1Ns

Hungary seek to buy 32 UH-1Ns

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Dec. 6 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Hungary for the modification and inspection of 32 UH-1N Utility Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $426 million. The Government of Hungary has requested a possible sale of… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 11-Dec-11

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Bell awarded $85M for H-1 software upgrades

Bell awarded $85M for H-1 software upgrades

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $85,201,239 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the software upgrades in support of the H-1 Upgrade Program.  This contract includes design, development, studies, and implementation of the upgrades to existing software and ancillary hardware and/or improved functionality and obsolescence management of the aircraft.  Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Dec-11

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Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry is pleased to announce that their Southeast Texas Air Rescue program was recently named the Texas EMS Air Medical Service of the Year. The Department of Health and Human Services recently presented the award to the Air Rescue team at the Texas EMS Conference in Austin,… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 08-Dec-11

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08-Dec-11 N911GV Bell OH-58C Alachua, US-Florida

Pilot  Richard Bran put the police helicopter down in a built up area after an unnamed problem

08-Dec-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $30.6M for AH-1Z Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin awarded $30.6M for AH-1Z Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received two contracts totaling $30.6 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. These contracts will provide spare units and parts as well as program support for the AH-1Z fleet. The Naval Surface Warfare… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Dec-11

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Bell lays off 45 parts and supplies buyers

Bell lays off 45 parts and supplies buyers

On Friday morning in Fort Worth, 45 Bell employees were given their walking papers because their positions had been moved to Amarillo. (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 05-Dec-11

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03-Dec-11 N431MA Bell 222U Pahrump, US-Nevada

Tailrotor struck a mound of dirt on landing

03-Dec-11

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SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

SB47 at NAAA with refurbished 47G-2A

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. will be exhibiting a refurbished 47G-2A at the NAAA (National Agricultural Aviation Association) Convention Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec 6-7. This helicopter, operated by sister company Scott’s Helicopter Services, Inc., is an example of the quality of refurbishment that SB47 hopes to offer to the marketplace in the… Read more »

Source: Scotts Bell 47, 02-Dec-11

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Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it delivered two Bell 412s to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “We’ve had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Dec-11

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Indonesian government agencies order five Bell 412s

Indonesian government agencies order five Bell 412s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has received five firm orders with two potential follow-on orders for Bell 412s from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for delivery to government agencies in Indonesia. “Bell Helicopter has had a long partnership with PTDI in Indonesia,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Dec-11

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Argentine Army acquire 20 AB206s from Italian Carabinieri

Argentine Army acquire 20 AB206s from Italian Carabinieri

The Italian Carabinieri have moved on from using AB206 JetRangers, largely concentrating on variants of the AgustaWestland AW109, most recently the AW109N Nexus.  Twenty AB206 JetRangers previously used by the Italian law enforcement agency have been sold to the Argentine Army, where they will be allocated to the 602 Commando Company and based at Campo… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-11

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NZ CAA AD DCA/BELL206/110 – Bell 206L

Main Rotor Blades – Inspection and Replacement

Source: NZ CAA, 01-Dec-11

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01-Dec-11 N435PH Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

Autorotated into the water and rolled over

01-Dec-11

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United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

United Rotorcraft Solutions, located in Decatur, TX, recently secured the completion contract to outfit HALO-Flight, Inc’s third Bell 407 Helicopter. In late October, HALO-Flight purchased an additional aircraft to meet the needs of its 26-county service area. “We selected United Rotorcraft for the task because of our past experience with the company and their new… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 30-Nov-11

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HeliFlite expands charter operations to Florida

HeliFlite expands charter operations to Florida

“Florida is a popular travel destination for our clientele,” states Brian Lantier, Director of Strategy and Business Development at HeliFlite. “The demand for charter operations has increased significantly over the years. The ability to save time by flying directly to top golf courses, Miami or Disney World is a huge convenience.” Florida operations will be based out of West Palm… Read more »

Source: Heliflite, 30-Nov-11

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AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

AAR selected to extend airlift support for US military

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised two renewal options for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan through October of 2012. The first option has a value of $99 million and is part of a task order awarded to AAR in October, 2010. The second option has… Read more »

Source: AAR, 29-Nov-11

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AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has finalised the transaction with Bell Helicopter Textron for the acquisition of the 609 tiltrotor programme. All legal and regulatory approvals have now been successfully completed. The development of the AW609 tiltrotor programme is now moving forward under full AgustaWestland control with civil certification expected… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Nov-11

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EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of $1M a year over the next 10 years will be in addition to what the State Government provides.  EMQ are looking at using the first year of the Rio Tinto funds to increase the fuel capacity (and thus range) of their three AW139s.  (see full story) Photos reproduced with prior permission… Read more »

29-Nov-11

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EASA certifies Bell 407GX

EASA certifies Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that its newest version of the popular Bell 407 – the 407GX – has earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification following its certification by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this year. Since the Bell 407GX was introduced in March at… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Nov-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam have upgraded their base at Carrizo Springs Airport in Texas – about 125 miles south-west of San Antonio.  Known as “Lifeteam 71”, this base previously flew a LongRanger, they now have a Bell 407 in the same colour scheme Photos were released on AEL71’s Facebook page William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-11

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Bell gives notice to about 65 workers

Bell gives notice to about 65 workers

Bell Helicopter has notified about 65 of its Fort Worth materiel buyers whose positions are being moved to Amarillo that Dec. 2 will be their last day of work, according to their union leader.  (see full story)

Source: Star Telegram, 25-Nov-11

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25-Nov-11 HC-CLH Bell 212 Quito, Ecuador

Impacted terrain close to company helipad.  Local DGAC records show the helicopter was only certified in Ecuador 7 days before.  Four occupants – Pilot Patricio Villalba, front seat passenger Jorge Luis Villegas and two mechanics Luis Ferrario and Pedro Medina were all injured

25-Nov-11

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TC approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

TC approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada approval of DART Aerospace’s Ltd. (DAS) Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. FAA and EASA approvals are pending. The Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ installs easily to existing Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ mounts. The step can be quickly mounted by one person… Read more »

Source: Dart Helicopter Services, 24-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

On November 15, 2011, at 0837 mountain standard time, a restricted category Williams Helicopter Corporation, UH-1H, N502AW, experienced a loss of power, made a hard landing, and came to rest on its right side about 3 miles northwest of the Valle Airport (40G), Grand Canyon, Arizona. The pilot operated the helicopter under the provisions of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 24-Nov-11

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US Army procure a Bell 412, contract valued at $10.5M

US Army procure a Bell 412, contract valued at $10.5M

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $10,537,813 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of one standard commercially configured Bell 412 enhanced performance helicopter with optional equipment requirements and complementary pilot and maintainer training.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas; Quebec, Canada; and Piney Flats, Tenn., with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-11

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CCAD returns third OH-58D to the fight

CCAD returns third OH-58D to the fight

A needed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior was returned to the fight when Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile handed the newly repaired KW’s log books to 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Col. John M. Morgan during a transfer ceremony held during the Luther Jones Professional Aviation Forum at the American Bank… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Nov-11

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Hawker Pacific to service Bell 429s from Bankstown

Hawker Pacific to service Bell 429s from Bankstown

Hawker Pacific has added the Bell 429 Helicopter to its Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) at Bankstown Airport. (see full story)

Source: Australian Flying, 21-Nov-11

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Settlement reached in January 2010 Fish & Game crash case

Settlement reached in January 2010 Fish & Game crash case

The families of three state Fish and Game employees from Fresno who were killed when their helicopter hit a utility line last year will receive a cash settlement from Southern California Edison, according to the families’ attorneys.  (see full story) HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California… Read more »

18-Nov-11

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First operational deployment of upgraded H-1 with Northrop Grumman cockpit

First operational deployment of upgraded H-1 with Northrop Grumman cockpit

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Avionics System played a key role in preparing the AH-1Z helicopter for its first operational deployment, marking the initial opportunity for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters to work together as a team. The AH-1Z and its sister aircraft, the UH-1Y, are deployed aboard the USSMakin Island with the 11th Marine… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Nov-11

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18-Nov-11 N880SF Bell 230 Springfield, US-Illinois

Gear collapsed on landing

18-Nov-11

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Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

The Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the contract award for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Support Helicopter Project to Sikorsky International Operations, Inc, United States of America. The project is for the supply of twelve (12) BLACKHAWK S-70i helicopters to replace the current fleet of Bell 212 and BO105 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Brunei military, 17-Nov-11

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Scott’s Bell 47 improves seats and interiors with Oregon Aero

Scott’s Bell 47 improves seats and interiors with Oregon Aero

Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc., is excited to announce an agreement with Oregon Aero, Inc. to development an improved Seat System and modern Interior solutions for the model 47 fleet. Oregon Aero, Inc. is a leader in engineering, testing, certifying and manufacturing advanced seating & interior systems for aircraft and other applications. The company has… Read more »

Source: Scott's Bell 47, 17-Nov-11

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Canada completes mission in Jamaica

Canada completes mission in Jamaica

The Canadian Forces (CF) mission deployed in Kingston, Jamaica, formally lowered the Maple Leaf flag today to mark the end of Operation JAGUAR and celebrate the successful completion of its mandate. “Canada and Jamaica enjoy close, long-standing and historic bilateral relations. The Canadian Forces have enjoyed a productive 45-year relationship with the Jamaica Defence Force,… Read more »

Source: Canadian Forces, 17-Nov-11

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Kenya Wildlife Service adds Bell 407

Kenya Wildlife Service adds Bell 407

Kenya Wildlife Service has recently taken delivery of a brand new Bell 407 helicopter at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.  This has given the organisation an increase of internal capacity for aerial surveys, and to transport workers to locations where they need to deal with vital situations. At the handover, KWS Executive Director Julius Kipngetich said that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-11

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Bell honours relationship with Horizon Flight Training Academy

Bell honours relationship with Horizon Flight Training Academy

Bell Helicopter’s President & CEO John Garrison presents Hareb Thani Hareb Al Dhaheri, CEO for Horizon Flight Training Academy, with a model of a Bell 407 to recognize the long-standing relationship between the companies. Horizon Flight Training Academy currently operates the largest fleet of training helicopters in the Middle East. It will have 15 Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Nov-11

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GAMA welcomes Bell into membership

GAMA welcomes Bell into membership

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced that its Board of Directors has voted to expand the Association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers and to accept one of the world’s leading companies, Bell Helicopter, as the first GAMA member from this sector of general aviation products. “We are very excited about working formally to… Read more »

Source: GAMA, 16-Nov-11

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15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1 Valle Airport, US-Arizona

Hard landing – starboard gear collapsed.  Pilot identified as 57-year-old Jeff Boatman

15-Nov-11

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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is expanding its emergency care across the region with the addition of an AirLife Denver medical helicopter service in Cheyenne. The new service is a partnership between Cheyenne Regional and HCA-HealthONE, which operates AIRLIFE Denver. Cheyenne Regional’s new blue and sonic green helicopter will be stationed in Cheyenne and will provide air ambulance… Read more »

Source: Cheyenne RMC, 14-Nov-11

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V-22 Osprey makes Dubai Air Show debut

V-22 Osprey makes Dubai Air Show debut

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company [NYSE: TXT] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced that the V-22 Osprey titlrotor will be featured at the Dubai International Air Show in the United Arab Emirates from November 13 – 17. “The Dubai Air Show is one of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Nov-11

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14-Nov-11 N16HA Bell B206 Woodburn, US-Oregon

Crashed while lifting Christmas trees, pilot injured

14-Nov-11

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FAA approve Meeker-AirFilm mounts for Bell 429

FAA approve Meeker-AirFilm mounts for Bell 429

Meeker-AirFilm  are pleased to announce we have received: FAA / STC’s : SR02377LA and SR02376LA for our Bell 429 nose and aft mounts for: camera / sensor / searchlights. Working directly with Bell Helicopters, the mounts were developed to allow 429 operators to meet various mission requirements The nose mount offers these distinct features: nose… Read more »

Source: Meeker-AirFilm, 13-Nov-11

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Helicopter Seychelles takes to the skies again

Helicopter Seychelles takes to the skies again

Cheers and rejoicing erupted among Helicopter Seychelles staff tonight as the company received approval to resume full commercial passenger flights. The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the operator following a lengthy and complex application process. Passenger flights will begin on Sunday.  The company will offer day and night-time… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Seychelles, 12-Nov-11

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Bell showcases civil and military products in Dubai

Bell showcases civil and military products in Dubai

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase the Bell 429, Bell 407AH as well as the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor during the 2011 Dubai Airshow. This marks the first time the V-22 and Bell 407AH will be on public display in the Middle East. “Bell Helicopter will have three of its game-changing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Nov-11

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Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System aces helicopter testing

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System aces helicopter testing

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently successfully fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) from a UH-1Y helicopter, in preparation for fielding in 2012. The successful shots, which took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, Sept. 9-13, mark the start of APKWS… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 12-Nov-11

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Firing of Bell executive was legal, judge rules

Firing of Bell executive was legal, judge rules

Judge ruled that Michael Prieto and his lawyer Hal Gillespie failed to prove that he was fired for investigating whether Bell was overcharging the U.S. government on military contracts. (See full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 12-Nov-11

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FAA/EASA certify Dart skidtube wearplates for Bell 206L/407

FAA/EASA certify Dart skidtube wearplates for Bell 206L/407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd’s (DAS) stainless steel Run-on Landing Wearplates for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 Standard Skidtubes and Float Skidtubes. DART Aerospace’s Ltd. (DAS) traditional wearplates and wearpads are designed for durability under normal wear conditions. However, training and run-on landings… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 11-Nov-11

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Paravion’s Emergency Compact Ground Handling Wheels

Paravion’s Emergency Compact Ground Handling Wheels

Paravion Technology, Inc has recently released another innovative product fueled by customer demand and operational necessity. The EGHW-100 kit is a pair of compact emergency ground handling wheels which easily stow in a small area of the baggage compartment or other storage area during flights. Quick and simple to use in the situation of an… Read more »

Source: Paravion Technology, 11-Nov-11

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HeliFlite awarded Platinum Safety Rating by Argus International

HeliFlite awarded Platinum Safety Rating by Argus International

ARGUS recognizes HeliFlite’s ongoing commitment to safety by renewing their Platinum Safety Rating through 2012. “It is great to see operations like HeliFlite, who acknowledge the importance of building an organization focused around safety and quality, maintain the ARGUS Platinum Rating”, said ARGUS President and CEO, Joseph Moeggenberg. “HeliFlite should be proud to be one… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 10-Nov-11

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Third fatality from New York B206 crash

Third fatality from New York B206 crash

A 60-year-old woman on Sunday became the third person to die as a result of a helicopter crash last month in New York’s East River, said a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner’s office. (see full story)

Source: CNN, 08-Nov-11

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08-Nov-11 N4251A Bell 47D1 San Diego, US-California

Hard landing

08-Nov-11

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Dubai Air Wing sell JetRanger to German operator

Dubai Air Wing sell JetRanger to German operator

The Dubai Air Wing have recently sold an Agusta-Bell 206B JetRanger III to Germany.  Previously operating in the Middle East emirate as DU-144, the JetRanger is now registered as D-HAMM with Agrar Heliflug, and was noted at their heliport at Ahlen.  It is serial number 8692, built in 1985 Agusta built less than fifty more… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-11

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FAA proposes AD for main rotor yoke on Bell 204/205/212

FAA proposes AD for main rotor yoke on Bell 204/205/212

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2011-1188; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-46-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212 Helicopters Preamble Information AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ———————————————————————– SUMMARY: This document proposes superseding four existing airworthiness… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Nov-11

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FAA AD 2011-23-02 – Bell 205/210/212

Certain main rotor blade assemblies

Source: FAA, 04-Nov-11

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03-Nov-11 N88HC Bell B206 Buckeye, US-Arizona

Emergency services attended a helicopter that made a hard landing in a residential area, and was “leaking fluid”.  Photographs appear to show the skids have been deformed and the tail touching the ground.  Location is just north of Pierce Field (10AZ).

03-Nov-11

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