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Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell takes 429, 407GX and 525 mockup to Monaco Yacht Show

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will debut its much anticipated Bell 525 Relentless at the 26th annual Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), September 28 through October 1. As the only helicopter company on the ground at the show, Bell Helicopter will also display the Bell 429 and the Bell 407GX, both part of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-16

FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at Dallas Learning Center

FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at Dallas Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that John Healey has been named as an Assistant Manager of the company’s Dallas/Fort Worth North Learning Center. He joins Thierry Pierard who also serves as Assistant Manager. “We congratulate John on his well-deserved promotion,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “John understands the unique requirements of our Customers, and is… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 12-Sep-16

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PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International (PAC), a Metro Aviation company, has delivered a fully customized Bell 407GX to the University of Utah’s AirMed program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1978 as the eighth air medical transport program in the nation, AirMed provides care throughout northern Utah and Wyoming. The new addition to the fleet is… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran delivers first US-built Arrius 2R for Bell 505

Safran Helicopter Engines has delivered on schedule the first Arrius 2R engine made in the U.S.A. Celebration of this handover to Bell Helicopter took place at Safran Helicopter Engines’ USA facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. It marks a major step in the 2R program and Safran’s commitment to supply Bell Helicopter with best-in-class products, assembled… Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Sep-16

Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

Bell 505 production costs 50% lower than Bell 206

The Bell 505 JRX helicopter is expected to go into production this year at more than a 50% cost reduction compared to its predecessor, the Bell 206 B3.  The dramatic cost reduction for this clean sheet design is largely the result of Bell’s decision to use Galorath Incorporated’s SEER for Hardware and SEER for Manufacturing. … Read more »

Source: Galorath, 07-Sep-16

FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

Pall Corporation today announced that the PA110 PUREair System engine protection system for Bell Helicopter’s 407, and 206L families of helicopters has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The next generation PA110 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally re-engineered, and retested engine air… Read more »

Source: Pall, 05-Sep-16

Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) Argentina has certified three simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana. Two inspectors recently spent time at the HFTC and certified the EC135 Level D full motion simulator, AS350 Level 7 flight training device and BH407 Level 7 flight training device for Argentinian pilots…. Read more »

Source: HFTC, 30-Aug-16

Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil. Leadership from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available in chalet 5112 to discuss their state-of-the-art product lineup,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Aug-16

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Turkish Bell 429 operators reach 95% availability rate

Turkish Bell 429 operators reach 95% availability rate

Bell has announced that the Bell 429 fleets of the Turkish National Police and Turkish General Directorate of Forestry have reached a 95% operational Availability Rate and that the aircraft is continuing to be successful in country supporting public safety, assisting to prevent fires and preserve Turkish Forests. “I am proud that the Turkish National… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Aug-16

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FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

The Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) is now FAA-certified as a B407GX with NVG capabilities.  The new certification allows the training center to take the cockpit from analog to glass, a change that will occur about once a month for students flying Bell 407GX aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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Air ambulance service inaugurated in Gozo with Bell 412

Air ambulance service inaugurated in Gozo with Bell 412

An air ambulance service was inaugurated earlier this morning at Xewkija Heliport in Gozo. This inauguration follows the initiation of works at Gozo General Hospital a few weeks ago as part of a multimillion project to overhaul the health services in Gozo, including the rebuilding of the hospital. The helicopter forms part of Vitals Global… Read more »

Source: Maltese Government, 19-Aug-16

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EASA approves Bell 429 Bear Paw from Alpine Aerotech

EASA approves Bell 429 Bear Paw from Alpine Aerotech

Alpine Aerotech announced that it has officially secured European Aviation Safety Agency approval for its robust Bell 429 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration. Alpine Aerotech has incorporated several intelligent design features, which ultimately reduce installation time and enhance overall aircraft performance. Including an innovative clamping system, the… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 17-Aug-16

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Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

Paradise Helicopters signs Customer Advantage Plan for three Bell 407s

Bell have announced that Hawaiian tour company Paradise Helicopters has signed its fleet of three Bell 407s for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP). Paradise is the first helicopter tour company to enroll in this new service solution. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans offer a fixed-price-per-flight-hour that provides predictable maintenance costs, priority access to parts and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 1000th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification. This modification was completed on a Bell 407GXP at Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) in Blountville, Tennessee for MED TRANS Air Medical Transport ( Med-Trans Corp). “Achieving our 1000th FAA Certified Cockpit Modification is a major milestone for Aviation… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Aug-16

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Indonesian National Police picks AEM loudspeakers for Bell 429s

Indonesian National Police picks AEM loudspeakers for Bell 429s

AEM has been selected to provide its new generation loudspeaker systems to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd for two B429 helicopters purchased by the Indonesian National Police. The aircraft were signed for at the 2016 Singapore Airshow during a formal signing ceremony. As the official police force for Indonesia, the aircraft will support law enforcement activities… Read more »

Source: AEM, 31-Jul-16

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Bell Expands Tennessee Customization centre

Bell Expands Tennessee Customization centre

Bell  announced the opening of a new customization building at its Piney Flats, Tenn. location – expanding its capabilities and increasing efficiencies to better service global customers. “Expanding our facilities allows us to implement new technologies and processes to ensure a high quality customization and delivery process for our customers,” said Glenn Isbell, executive vice… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

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Aeronautical Accessories Adds Bell 412 Crew Mobility Restraint Kit

Aeronautical Accessories Adds Bell 412 Crew Mobility Restraint Kit

Bell announced today that its Aeronautical Accessories brand has added the Crew Mobility Restraint Kit as part of its product line-up for Bell 412 and the Bell 412EP aircraft. The new kit recently received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA. The Crew Mobility Restraint Kit is a safety feature for law enforcement and search… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

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Bell 412EPI demonstrated to Vietnamese operator

Bell 412EPI demonstrated to Vietnamese operator

Bell announced the successful demonstration tour of the Bell 412EPI in Vietnam. The demo was organized with the support of the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH) at Gia Lam airport in Hanoi. “Bell Helicopter continues to pursue growing opportunities in the Vietnamese market, and we see potential for our modern, multi-mission capable aircraft in this region,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

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Customer Advantage Plan – Bell signs second customer

Customer Advantage Plan – Bell signs second customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that HALO-Flight, a helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) in Texas, has signed their Bell 429 for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) – the second U.S. based EMS customer to sign for the new service solution. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jul-16

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LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

The LAPD Air Support Division (ASD) is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world.  The LAPD fleet consists of fourteen Eurocopter AS350B2 and five Bell Jet Ranger B3 helicopters, as well as one King Air fixed wing aircraft.  Their mission is to provide city-wide air support to patrol units in their efforts… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 21-Jul-16

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FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell 407 helicopter. Although Donaldson dry media filters have years of front line experience on U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, this is the company’s first commercially certified… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 20-Jul-16

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Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced the official name of their training center in Valencia, Spain: “Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training.” BTA – Valencia is designed to serve the training needs of European customers, beginning with pilot… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jul-16

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Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Mr. Rodrigo Gutíerrez for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft will be used for personal corporate transport. The agreement was signed in Bolivia by Mr. Gutíerrez who owns and operates two large cattle ranches, five sugar cane farms and a sugar mill…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jul-16

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RUAG Aviation appointed Bell 429 CSF in Switzerland

RUAG Aviation appointed Bell 429 CSF in Switzerland

This latest Customer Service Facility agreement reconfirms RUAG Aviation’s participation in the Bell global network and marks an important milestone for the aviation company. “Becoming an Authorised Customer Service Facility is an important step towards strengthening our helicopter service portfolio in Europe. We look forward to continue working closely with Bell and supporting our European… Read more »

Source: Ruag, 14-Jul-16

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FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer Part 142 approved Night Vision Goggle training using Level D qualified simulators in Dallas. The courses provide in-depth instruction on the equipment and focus on the efficient and effective use of the goggles through scenario based and mission specific exercises. The FAA-approved course for the Airbus Helicopters H135… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 14-Jul-16

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Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defense modernisation initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’. Under this agreement TASL and Bell Helicopter will join forces to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary… Read more »

Source: Tata, 14-Jul-16

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Able Opens Full-Service Maintenance Center

Able Opens Full-Service Maintenance Center

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has completed a significant expansion with the opening of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC). The AMC grows Able’s industry presence with a full suite of rotorcraft airframe services including maintenance, inspections, airframe repair, avionics upgrades and paint. Combined with Able’s already world-leading, on-site MRO and parts… Read more »

Source: Able, 12-Jul-16

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Bell 525 program on hold after fatal prototype accident

Bell 525 program on hold after fatal prototype accident

The Bell 525 Relentless program sadly suffered a fatal accident on a test flight yesterday, with two fatalaties.  The subject helicopter – the orange prototype seen in the image here – was on a flight out of Bell’s XworX facility near Arlington.  The accident happened near the town of Italy in Ellis County and not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jul-16

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Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell announces Farnborough showcase

Bell have announced that they will Helicopter will showcase the Bell 407GXP at Farnborough Air Show, which opens next Monday in the UK.  The aircraft was shown this last weekend at Heli UK Expo, and is pending delivery to Topflight Helicopters – an order announced earlier this year at the HAI Heli Expo in Louisville. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

Erickson  has been selected to provide helicopter transportation services for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in Alaska.  Under the firm, fixed-price purchase order, Erickson’s Bell 212 helicopters will transport USCG Research and Development Center (RDC) staff and equipment to various locations in the Nome, Alaska area through the end of August. The contract work began… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Jun-16

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Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Following its recent demonstration flights in Nepal, Bell have taken the 412EPI to the Royal Thai Army’s Aviation Day held June 14 at Sa Phan Nak Aero, Royal Thai Army Aviation Centre at Lopburi. They took the opportunity to present the aircraft to visitors at the event. “The Bell 412EPI continues to attract customers worldwide… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-16

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Hawk 8000lb hook picked for Bell 525

Hawk 8000lb hook picked for Bell 525

Drallim is pleased to announce that Bell Helicopters, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has selected the HAWK 8000lb Cargo Hook System for its Bell 525 Relentless The HAWK 8000lb keeperless hook is one of a new range of cargo hook products arising from the company’s three year modernisation programme. The hook has been based… Read more »

Source: Drallim, 27-Jun-16

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UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

Elite Helicopters – a British operator which has been flying for 21 years – has announced they will be opening a second base.  The chosen location is Fairoaks Airport on the south-west suburbs of London.  The company originally started flying from White Waltham airfield, but has been located at Goodwood for the vast majority of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Heli Charter to display new 407 GXP at Heli UK Expo and Farnborough

Organisers of Heli UK Expo have confirmed that Heli Charter will be displaying the new Bell 407GXP which they are delivering to Topflight Aviation at the event at Sywell, UK from 30th June to 2nd July.  Gary Slater of Heli Charter confirmed to HeliHub.com that this will be accompanied by the blue Bell 505 mockup,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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LORD Corp completes first rotor bearings for Bell V-280 Valor

LORD Corp completes first rotor bearings for Bell V-280 Valor

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – celebrated the completion of the first ship-set of the V-280 Valor elastomeric rotor bearings to Bell Helicopter for the V-280 Valor Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. LORD designed and built the units in just 28 months at the LORD… Read more »

Source: Lord Corp, 22-Jun-16

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Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

The mountainous kingdom of Nepal is well known for Mount Everest, but last year became the focus point of a significant relief effort after a massive earthquake.  After that natural disaster, the Nepalese Army added two Mil Mi-17s to the one they already had, but that exacerbates a problem of having a small fleet spread… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-16

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Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters announced the delivery of two Eagle 407HP’s to industry veteran Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. just in time for the upcoming season.  Yellowhead plans to take full advantage of the 407HP’s additional power and payload during the warm summer months for various missions including cone harvesting, aerial seeding, power and pipe line patrols and fire… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 17-Jun-16

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Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell unveiled a mockup of their 505 JetRanger X at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. This is the first time the Bell 505 has been on display in Japan and marks the beginning of a four-month demonstration tour across the region, including various customer sites and events in Japan, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-16

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Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Jun-16

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MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

At the end of last week, the US Dept of Defense confirmed a $58.7M delivery order for non-recurring engineering and logistics services in support of the development and integration of the V-22 aerial refueling system for the MV-22.  Work will be predominantly be performed in Davenport, Iowa and Boeing’s plant at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

The Argentine military reported late last week that the Secretary of Logistics, Emergencies and Cultural Management, Walter Ceballos, had announced the purchase of twenty AB206 JetRangers while visiting Italy last week.  The purchase includes ten GAU-17 machine guns and five stretcher units. During September and October of this year, nineteen of the twenty helicopters will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Bell has announced they have a signed letter of intent (LOI) with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) for three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters while at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016. PHS will be the first helicopter training school in the region to operate the Bell 505. “We are thrilled to become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell has announced that its facility in Singapore successfully completed 5,000 hour inspections and customization for two Bell 412EPs for a private customer located in Australia. “Our Singapore facility continues to drive growth in heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul for customers throughout the region,” said Mike Greene, general manager for Bell Helicopter’s Singapore facility. “This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York have this week opened a new facility in Springville, behind the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony was completed on Monday afternoon.  The 3,600-square-foot hangar and Mercy EMS base is expected to improve response times by allowing the nonprofit organization to position its aircraft and crews closer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS), who fly Bell 407s and Airbus H130s, is reportedly buying waterfront proprerty on the east bank of the Hudson River in the Yonkers suburb of New York. They are looking at creating a floating heliport in an industrial zone between the Domino Sugar refinery and a sewage treatment plant. HFS met… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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Mecaer announces US launch customer for 429 MAGnificent interior

Mecaer announces US launch customer for 429 MAGnificent interior

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced today it has signed with a United States based customer to take delivery of a Bell 429 MAGnificent interior. The signing is the first for a North American operator under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight rules. The announcement follows a recent validation with the FAA. The luxury interior for… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 26-May-16

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Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation Co., Ltd. The aircraft will be outfitted for VIP transportation and helicopter tours. Sichuan Xiangyun joined Bell Helicopter in their chalet at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) to sign for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-May-16

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JSSI enrolls Bell 407 for Turkish operator at EBACE

JSSI enrolls Bell 407 for Turkish operator at EBACE

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), that Turkish operator, Genel Havacilic A.S, has enrolled its Bell 407 Helicopter onto the JSSI Premium Engine Program. The JSSI Premium Program for the Rolls-Royce 250-C47B… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 25-May-16

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Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will once again be returning as the diamond sponsor at Rotortech 2016 to be held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 27th – 29th May. Hawker Pacific will feature a strong presence during this year’s event, again highlighting… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 24-May-16

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21-May-16 C-GSHX Bell 206L4 North West Territories, Canada

A Great Slave Helicopter Bell 206L-4 (C-GSHX) rolled over when pilot exited helicopter to unhook sling load. The pilot contacted Ektaki, NT (CYOA) radio. CADORS 2016C1746

21-May-16

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Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

In an announcement yesterday, Bell has announced that the work for the cabin sub-assembly for the 525 Relentless will relocate from its planned location in Amarillo to the new plant being built at Lafayette, Louisiana.  At the same time they announced the 505 JetRanger X line will move to Mirabel in Canada. At the start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded another $80M to support US Navy TH-57 fleet

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded another $80M to support US Navy TH-57 fleet

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $79,895,466 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet.  Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, Florida… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-May-16

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Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Bell has announced that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly will relocate from Louisiana to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada. No clues were given as to why this move was made, but as recently as four weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette recorded the latest reduction of 60 employees at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company is delighted to announce the delivery and entry into service of the Swedish National Police’s seven Bell 429 helicopters. The fleet is being used for law enforcement and search and rescue, including mountain rescue, across Sweden. “This is now the largest Bell 429 fleet in operation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-May-16

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EASA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel

EASA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval (STC#: #100577794) for its aftermarket replacement MCP01 Master Caution Panel (Model #: MCP-001) for the Bell 212 and 412 series helicopters. The MCP01 has held both Transport Canada and a… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 16-May-16

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Bell opens new paint facility and delivery centre in Prague

Bell opens new paint facility and delivery centre in Prague

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that its Prague location officially opened a new paint facility and delivery center –providing full aircraft completion and delivery capabilities to its European customers. “Bell Helicopter’s continued investment in the region reinforces our commitment to our European customers to provide an in-region facility that offers the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-May-16

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Bell starts five month Asia Pacific tour with 412EPi

Bell starts five month Asia Pacific tour with 412EPi

Bell Helicopter last demonstrated the Bell 412’s capability in 2013 in the region and since then has attracted a number of customers including the Philippine Department of National Defense and the Government of Uttar Pradesh in India. There are currently more than 150 Bell 412 variants operating throughout Asia Pacific across a range of mission… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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UK SAR Training Unit renamed

UK SAR Training Unit renamed

Following the recent gradual disbandment of UK military SAR, the RAF Valley based Search & Rescue Training Unit (SARTU), a unit of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS), will be formally numbered 202 (Reserve) Squadron at a ceremony at RAF Shawbury, the home of the DHFS. No 202 (Reserve) Squadron will become the maritime and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

Following an announcement in March that they would move a medical helicopter from Trenton to Chillicothe, Lifeflight Eagle have now had a new hangar approved.  The Chillicothe City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing a lease for the hangar, which will be built on the southwest edge of the airport’s land, and will include living… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Bell donates $5K to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

Bell donates $5K to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, presented a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. Lisa Atherton, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Military Business Development, presented the ceremonial check to retired Army Col. Stanford Oliver, Chairman of the Army Aviation Association of America’s scholarship fund committee earlier today… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-May-16

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Bell helps keep Army Aviation Museum flying high

Bell helps keep Army Aviation Museum flying high

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has donated $5,000 in support of the Army Aviation Museum. Lisa Atherton, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Military Business Development, presented the ceremonial check to LTG (Retired) Daniel J. Petrosky, Chairman of the Army Aviation Museum Foundation Board of Directors at the 2016 Army Aviation Association… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-May-16

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Bell mates V-280 Valor wing and fuselage

Bell mates V-280 Valor wing and fuselage

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully joined the V-280 Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage. The milestone occurred last week at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas. To download images of the wing and fuselage mate, please follow this link. “The V-280… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-May-16

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Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of:… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-May-16

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04-May-16 C-GOPK Bell 206B Fort St James, Canada

C-GOPK, a Highland Helicopters Bell 206 B departed Williams Lake (CYWL) and was carrying out scanning operations over a logged area about 112 nm NW of Prince George when the helicopter spun to the left and descended into the ground. The helicopter was destroyed, the pilot was injured, but the 2 passengers appeared to have… Read more »

04-May-16

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Mecaer Aviation Group Signs Brazilian Agent

Mecaer Aviation Group Signs Brazilian Agent

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced today it has signed an agreement with CJW Aviation and Mr. Carlos Jorge. CJW will represent MAG’s Cabin Comfort System division in Brazil. The agreement between the two organizations outlines an arrangement in which CJW will represent MAG for helicopter interiors in various configurations – oil and gas, utility,… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 03-May-16

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Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Fairway Holdings for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka. The aircraft will be used for private travel and tourism across multiple destinations around the island…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-May-16

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Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon Co., Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,592,886 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to continue the software upgrade transition in support of the MQ-8 fire scout unmanned aircraft system tactical control system 2016 Linux cyber baseline.  Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in October 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Belize Defence Force holds ceremony for two donated UH-1s

Belize Defence Force holds ceremony for two donated UH-1s

The Belize Defence Force has held an acceptance ceremony this week to take on charge a pair of Bell UH-1H helicopters which have been donated to the country by Taiwan.  Belize Defence Force commander Brigadier General David Jones has had a long-term intention of having rotary wing assets for casualty evacuation and insertion of troops… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Apr-16

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Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink Global Solutions is proud to announce FAA STC approval of their fully integrated IRIS voice, video, flight data and broadband satcom system in the Bell model 206L and 407 series helicopters. The IRIS solution not only promotes safer operations, but also delivers immediate cost savings and reduced downtime. IRIS combines multiple features currently available… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 28-Apr-16

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Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand and Textron Aviation Inc., all Textron Inc. companies, have detailed their plans for the Marrakech Airshow at the Menara Airport in Marrakesh, Morocco, which runs April 27-April 30, 2016. Textron will be displaying in chalet A8. This year, Bell Helicopter is showcasing the Bell 407GXP, equipped by NorthStar Aviation as a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Apr-16

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Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Bell has flown the third 525 Relentless in recent days, according to a posting they made on Facebook without any other marketing effort. The maiden flight was made at Bell’s plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday 22nd April, the location where the company also builds military models including the UH-1Y Yankee, AH-1Z Talon and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Apr-16

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Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

The axe is falling again at Bell’s Canadian plant in Mirabel, where at least sixty people will lose their jobs – these being addition to 200 layoffs announced by management in February.  See full story

25-Apr-16

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VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with VIP Jets Ltd. for the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Cambodia. This is also the first Bell Helicopter aircraft signed for in Cambodia. The aircraft will be used for VIP and tourist transport from… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Apr-16

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Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

David Sale, who heads the company’s regional sales for the Middle East and C.I.S., said though the region has a proliferation of helipads on major buildings, particularly in the five-star hotel and resort segment, helicopter travel is held back by a lack of dedicated infrastructure and operating systems. – See full story

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 20-Apr-16

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