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16-Jan-12 N605PD Bell 407 Rockville Centre, US-New York

Reports coming in of a Nassau County Police Dept helicopter “Helo 5” making an emergency landing at 00.36 local time at Southside Middle School,

16-Jan-12

PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

St. Joseph Health System is eager to announce two major initiatives to improve emergency and trauma medical care in the region. The first is a new affiliation with PHI Air Medical. St. Joseph AirMedical PHI has been our area’s air ambulance provider for more than six years. St. Joseph Health System, established 75 years ago,… Read more »

Source: St. Joseph, 13-Jan-12

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Atlantic Airways signs new 4 year contract with Faroe Islands Government

Atlantic Airways signs new 4 year contract with Faroe Islands Government

Atlantic Airways has signed a four-year contract with the Faroese Ministry of Fishery and Ministry of Industry to provide helicopter search and rescue (SAR) and domestic transport to the most remote islands. The helicopter service will be provided by two Bell 412 helicopters and the contract includes considerable upgrade to the standard of SAR and crisis support. The agreement is worth a total… Read more »

Source: Atlantic Airways, 12-Jan-12

INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

(Electronic translation from Spanish) Once the tender procedure for the program of life extension Agusta Bell 212 helicopters of the Spanish Navy, the Chief of Logistics Support (JAL) has awarded the program to the joint venture companies formed by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas e INAER Maintenance. The modernization program of the seven helicopters AB 212,… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Jan-12

Canada approves 500lb weight increase for Bell 429

Canada approves 500lb weight increase for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it received Transport Canada approval for a 500 lbs. weight increase – to increase the maximum gross weight to 7,500 lbs – for the Bell 429. “This enhancement was the result of continued requests from our customers to yield additional performance from the Bell 429…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Jan-12

12-Jan-12 PNP-352 Bell UH-1H Pucallpa, Peru

Apparent mechanical failure at low level

12-Jan-12

Helicopter New York City invites customer stories and reviews

Helicopter New York City invites customer stories and reviews

With their new, more interactive website, Helicopter New York City has a new section devoted specifically for customer stories, experiences and review of their award winning helicopter tours. “We’re not only excited about the new look and feel of the website experience for our visitors,” states Matthew Day, Vice President of Business Development at Helicopter New York… Read more »

Source: Helicopter NYC, 11-Jan-12

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

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CPI Aero to present at Noble Financial Capital Markets conference

CPI Aero to present at Noble Financial Capital Markets conference

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE Amex: CVU) today announced that its President & CEO, Edward Fred, will present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets Eighth Annual Equity Conference on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:30 am ET at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, FL. Investors will be able to access the… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 11-Jan-12

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Bell in legal dispute with EA over Battlefield 3

Bell in legal dispute with EA over Battlefield 3

Bell’s parent company Textron has hit EA with a trademark dispute over the company’s use of three different helicopter designs in Battlefield 3 without permission. In return, EA struck with a pre-emptive lawsuit against Textron claiming that the use of the helicopters is protected under the “First Amendment and the doctrine of nominative fair use.”  (see… Read more »

Source: Joystiq, 11-Jan-12

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Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies announced today the company has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to design and manufacture tooling to support Bell’s re-design efforts for the H-1 Cuff and Yoke program in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bell Helicopter was awarded the Naval Air Systems Command contract in 2011. “The Galaxy team did… Read more »

Source: Galaxy Technologies, 11-Jan-12

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Bell to build new commercial helicopter in Amarillo

Bell to build new commercial helicopter in Amarillo

Breaking with its recent past, Bell Helicopter plans to produce its next new commercial helicopter, code named Magellan, at its military aircraft plant in Amarillo. (see full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 10-Jan-12

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Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County Police Department near Washington DC recently took delivery of the first of two new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopters equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100. Fairfax’s new 429 was completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation / PAC International in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their second 429 is currently undergoing… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 10-Jan-12

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08-Jan-12 FAC-0005 Bell 412 Barrancabermeja, Colombia

En route from Cartagena to an air force base in Puerto Salgar, helicopter landed heavily on edge of a flat roof with significant vertical speed, causing heavy impact damage.  Impact reportedly included a small fire which was easily put out.  4POB injured.

08-Jan-12

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Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been selected by the Turkish National Police from a field of several companies to enter final negotiations for an award for 15 Bell 429s with an option for five additional aircraft. “This selection represents the culmination of the efforts of a dedicated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-12

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Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

In a ceremony on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport, the Polish Air Force VIP squadron 36SPLT (Specjalnego PuÅ‚ku Lotnictwa Transportowego = Special Air Transport Regiment) was disbanded. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defence Czeslaw Mroczek, Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. pil…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

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CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

CAE Mexico training centre opens with B412 simulator

CAE today announced that Mexico’s first business jet and civil helicopter training centre is open and ready for pilot training. New full-flight simulators (FFS) for the Bombardier Learjet 40/45 aircraft and the Bell 412 helicopter were recently qualified to Level D-equivalent standards by Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC). The new CAE training centre… Read more »

Source: CAE, 05-Jan-12

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On December 26, 2011, at 0554 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N5016M, operated by SK Logistics, d.b.a. SK… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Jan-12

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05-Jan-12 Bell UH-1N Corbin City, US-New Jersey

Field landing with no damage after reported tail rotor servo failure.  4POB, no injuries.  En route  to Virginia from joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  Engineers from Fort Dix attended and helicopter flew again about 1 hour later

05-Jan-12

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Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $20M support contract for H-1 upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,359,785 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-10-C-0035) to exercise an option for logistics products and services in support of H-1 helicopter upgrade program.  Services to be provided include logistics management support; technical material for maintenance planning; design interface; supply/material support; technical… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.8M mission computer order for H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded an $8,880,685 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for 52 GEN II mission computers for the H-1 upgrades Lot 9 production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Woodland, Calif., and is expected to be completed in January… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-12

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01-Jan-12 N9021R Bell 47G2 Lohn, US-Texas

Crashed in a field (FAA reported this as 47J, but register says 47G2)

01-Jan-12

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01-Jan-12 Bell UH-1H Trilahue, Chile

Details to follow

01-Jan-12

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Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Engineering students work with Bell to make safer cockpit

Engineering students are getting real life career experience in their senior project for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, Tristan Tayag, professor of the engineering department, said. Bell propositioned half of the senior engineering class to create a heads-up display for a helicopter cockpit. Lauren Lueders, senior design project manager, said. The display would provide visual cues to… Read more »

Source: Texas Christian University, 27-Dec-11

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27-Dec-11 N319AE Bell 206L4 Columbiana, US-Ohio

Helicopter made precautionary landing in soccer field beside the Upper Room Fellowship church due to poor weather on ferry flight back to base after dropping patient at hospital.  Landing site was soggy ground and helicopter started to sink, thus hovered short distance to parking lot and then ground handled to covered area

27-Dec-11

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26-Dec-11 N5016M Bell 206B Palatka, US-Florida (3F)

3 died when their JetRanger crashed en route from Jacksonville to Gainesville to retrieve a heart meant for a patient at the Mayo Clinic, police and hospital officials said.  The crash killed cardiac surgeon Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and pilot Hoke Smith shortly before 6 a.m. in a dense pine forest southwest of Green… Read more »

26-Dec-11

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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