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Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Bell has announced the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the ABACE convention held last week in Shanghai. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport.   Aerochine Aviation is an Independent Representative of Bell for China, Hong Kong and Macau. Chris Jaran, Bell VP for China said “Customers continue to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-16

Abu Dhabi Aviation reaches 1,000,000 hours on Bell fleet

Abu Dhabi Aviation reaches 1,000,000 hours on Bell fleet

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Abu Dhabi Aviation, are proud to announce reaching 1 million hours of successfully operating of their Bell Helicopter Fleet. “We have been operating Bell Helicopter aircraft since the 1976,” said Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Mazrouei, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Aviation. “Our Bell Helicopter fleet has grown… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Apr-16

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First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) CEO Jim Van Horn and President Dean Rosenlof traveled to Valley Center, Calif., to witness the first installation and flight of VHA 206B main rotor blades on a customer’s helicopter. Bob Hoag, owner and operator of Hummingbird Helicopters, has been flying VHA tail rotor blades on his JetRangers for several years… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Apr-16

Bell takes 429 with Mecaer interior on tour of South America

Bell takes 429 with Mecaer interior on tour of South America

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces plans to showcase the performance capabilities and luxury interior of the Bell 429 MAGnificent through a series of customer demo flights in South America. Bell Helicopter last demonstrated the Bell 429’s capability in a five-month demo tour in 2014, and customers continue to respond. To date,… Read more »

08-Apr-16

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell plans to ask the FAA to let pilots at its training academy fly at a higher altitude, after noise complaints from residents and cities in Tarrant County close to where the manufacturer moved its training HQ last year.  See full story

Source: CBS DFW, 08-Apr-16

Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Whitesky Aviation for 30 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The aircraft will be used for air taxi operations throughout Indonesia and its more than 14,000 islands. Our vision is to provide air transportation services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Apr-16

Pakistan to receive nine AH-1Z Vipers

Pakistan to receive nine AH-1Z Vipers

The US Dept of Defense has announced the aware of a $170M contract for nine AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, including auxiliary fuel kits.  The release indicated that the helicopters are for the Pakistan military, through the standard Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

Bell awarded $7M order for radar systems for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

Bell awarded $7M order for radar systems for UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being issued $7,466,150 for delivery order 0003 against previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012 for the procurement and installation of eight AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar system integration kits (A-kits) into Lot 13 AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that Heli Charter UK will be its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) launch customer for the European region – choosing the support solution on their existing Bell 429. The company additionally secured an order for a 407GXP through Heli Charter UK, for a private customer. Heli… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Apr-16

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Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced that a Cubic designed and produced Wide Band Line of Sight (WBLOS) data link system integrated into Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout recently completed a successful operational assessment. Fire Scout is a combat proven, unmanned helicopter system that provides real-time… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 06-Apr-16

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SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

In the framework of the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair, the SENER engineering and technology group announced the recent delivery of the second Agusta Bell helicopter 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s DGAM (Directorate General of Armament and Material). This is part of a modernization project that SENER is carrying out in… Read more »

Source: SENER, 04-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced two Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) signings in Chile to two corporate customers. Both aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. These signings are a testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Apr-16

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Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) had accepted their seventh Huey II Kit – continuing to improve their fleet performance and mission readiness. The delivery of the Huey II Kit is a part of an ongoing upgrade program designed to revitalize the Colombian Air Force’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Mar-16

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Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to the Chihuahua State Government. The Bell 429 is configured for corporate transport for the State of Chihuahua. “The performance capabilities that the Bell 429 offers, combined with a high level of comfort and flexibility, continue to be a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-16

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LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, amended its Bell 407 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to add the new Machined Stretcher, improved Oxygen Cylinder Mount, and new Utility Mount.  This new product offering provides operators with increased capability and improved durability, including: 16% weight reduction over the previous composite AeroSled, which results in a savings of 9 pounds… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 29-Mar-16

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Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-16

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25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.

25-Mar-16

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Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

The following notice appeared last week on the US Federal Business Opportunities website, in preparation for a formal order The Program Management Office, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft is issuing this sources sought synopsis, as a means of conducting market research, to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the procurement and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-16

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24-Mar-16 C-GGQL Bell 206B Port Renfrew, Canada

C-GGQL, a Far West Helicopters Bell 206B, was departing with two passengers on board off a helipad at an elevation of about 2500 feet ASL, 4 nautical miles north of Port Renfrew, BC. During the vertical ascent to rise above tree height, the torque gauge was indicating about 90-95%. Upon reaching an estimated 100-150 feet,… Read more »

24-Mar-16

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Bell retirees honored with FAA Master Pilot award

Bell retirees honored with FAA Master Pilot award

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that two of its retired employees, Dwayne Williams and Wayne Brown, were honored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with its Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award – one of the most prestigious pilot safety awards in the industry. The “Master Pilot” award recognizes pilots who… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Mar-16

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Bell picks Systron Donner QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro

Bell picks Systron Donner QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro

Systron Donner Inertial (SDI), a brand of InnoVista Sensors™ has been awarded a Firm Fixed Price Contract in the amount of $2.7M by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company, for the delivery of a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) QRS21 Multi-Axis Quartz MEMS Gyro System. This initial contract release is for hardware deliveries starting in 2016 through 2018… Read more »

Source: Systron Donner, 22-Mar-16

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Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the signings, Bell Helicopter signed with a private customer based in Newfoundland, Canada, for a Bell 407GXP… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Mar-16

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Lebanon buys three Huey IIs in $19M contract

Lebanon buys three Huey IIs in $19M contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded an $18,935,563 modification (0005) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-11-G-0011 for the procurement of three UH-1H (Huey II) aircraft in support of the government of Lebanon.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (99.85 percent); and Lebanon (0.15 percent), with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Mar-16

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Bell awarded $461M for 12 UH-1Y and 16 AH-1Z helicopters

Bell awarded $461M for 12 UH-1Y and 16 AH-1Z helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $461,142,760 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to definitize the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 13 UH-1Y aircraft; 16 Lot 13 AH-1Z aircraft, and 16 auxiliary fuel kits.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Mar-16

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Canadian Coast Guard accepts last of 15 Bell 429s

Canadian Coast Guard accepts last of 15 Bell 429s

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Jody Thomas, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, accepted today the last new light-lift helicopter into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. After being awarded a contract in May 2014, Bell… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 15-Mar-16

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Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that Genel Havacılık A.Ş. is nearing completion of its application to become appointed as a Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF) in Turkey. “Bringing on Genel Havacılık as an authorized CSF reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Mar-16

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FAA approves UH-1H tailboom motion detection system

FAA approves UH-1H tailboom motion detection system

Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc. of Stevensville Montana recently received the STC SR02475SE for the installation of the tailboom motion detection system for UH-1H helicopters. On September 16, 2013, about 1535 Pacific daylight time, a Garlick UH-1B, N204UH, experienced a tailboom separation while logging in heavily wooded terrain about 3 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. The… Read more »

Source: Aircraft Structural Repair, 15-Mar-16

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Bell launches 412SP to 412HP upgrade kit

Bell launches 412SP to 412HP upgrade kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has introduced a newly available kit that allows customers to upgrade their current Bell 412SP to the 412HP configuration – increasing aircraft performance and reducing customers’ cost. The new 412HP upgrade kit provides an additional 165 horsepower available at the main rotor, allowing out-of-ground-effect hover performance to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Mar-16

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Petroleum Air Services appointed Bell CSF

Petroleum Air Services appointed Bell CSF

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that, Petroleum Air Services has been appointed as the first Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility in North Africa. “Since 1982, we have been providing both fixed wing and helicopter transportation to the oil and gas and travel industries in Egypt,” said General Yehia Hussein, Chairman… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Mar-16

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Bell awarded $56M for AH-1Z long lead parts

Bell awarded $56M for AH-1Z long lead parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $55,927,999 advance acquisition contract for the procurement of long-lead parts and components for the manufacture and delivery of 24 Lot 14 AH-1Z new build aircraft in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Bell provides 505 JetRanger X program update

Bell provides 505 JetRanger X program update

Launched at HELI-EXPO 2014, the program has moved from a mockup to prototype in less than two years. Flight testing is underway and the company is making significant progress toward type certification. “The Bell 505 program is proceeding with velocity. This helicopter will exceed customer desires, combining proven capabilities with leading edge technologies,” said Matt… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Mar-16

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True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

True Blue Power have announced the company’s revolutionary TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery will power the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X™. The TB17 battery utilizes proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium-ion cell chemistry to provide unmatched power, energy, safety and life. Weighing less than 16 pounds, the TB17 offers 45 percent weight savings, increased payload,… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 09-Mar-16

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Bell signs MoU with local operator to explore Vietnam market opportunities

Bell signs MoU with local operator to explore Vietnam market opportunities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed an agreement with Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH) to pursue growing opportunities in the Vietnamese market. “We were delighted to host the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation leadership at our global headquarters and showcase our facility and state-of-the-art technology,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s vice… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Mar-16

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Canada approves Onboard Systems Non-Rotating Cargo Hooks for Bell 204, 205, 212, 412

Canada approves Onboard Systems Non-Rotating Cargo Hooks for Bell 204, 205, 212, 412

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its non-rotating cargo hook kits for the Bell 204, 205, 212 & 412 aircraft have received certification from Transport Canada. Onboard received FAA certification for these cargo hook kits in December 2015; EASA certification for Europe is still pending…. Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 06-Mar-16

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JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its Parts-Only Program is now available for the Finmeccanica (formerly AgustaWestland) AW139 and the Bell 429. “Last year we introduced the Parts-Only Program for the AS350 market and we are now excited to expand this offering… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 04-Mar-16

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Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is delighted to announce that the Bell 407 is continuing to gain traction in Italy with the sale of the first 407GXP to a private customer. “We are delighted with the traction that the Bell 407 is gaining in Italy,” said Roberto Farnese, Sales Director Western Europe, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-16

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Bell delivers first 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russia

Bell delivers first 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 to a Russian customer outfitted with the MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). “We have been anticipating this milestone for quite some time and are very excited to deliver this luxurious aircraft to one of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-16

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Heliwork Services adds Bell 429 approval in UK

Heliwork Services adds Bell 429 approval in UK

Heliwork Services Ltd, located in the United Kingdom, has added Bell 429 aircraft maintenance capability to their Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility. “Authorizing Heliwork Services to perform 429 field maintenance capabilities reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Jakub Hoda, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of Europe…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-16

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Eagle Copters Australasia appointed Bell Customer Service Facility

Eagle Copters Australasia appointed Bell Customer Service Facility

Bell Helicopter announced today that Eagle Copters Australasia Pty Ltd. will be appointed as a Bell Helicopter Authorized CSF in Eastern Australia. “Bringing on Eagle Copters Australasia as an Authorized CSF reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of sales for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-16

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Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

Eagle Copters Ltd. has announced the Nevada Department of Wildlife as its next customer for the company’s Eagle 407HP helicopter, powered by Honeywell’s HTS900 turboshaft engine. The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is a state agency largely responsible for the proper management of Nevada’s fish and wildlife resources and boating safety. As the replacement for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 03-Mar-16

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Croatia buys 16 US Army surplus OH-58Ds

Croatia buys 16 US Army surplus OH-58Ds

The Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament consented to the procurement of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and to the appointment of Lieutenant General Mirko Šundov as the new Chief of the General Staff succeeding General Drago Lovrić as of 1 March 2016. The project of equipment of  the Armed Forces with a squadron of… Read more »

Source: Croatian Military, 03-Mar-16

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FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell Helicopter Blades repair operation has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to repair Van Horn composite tail rotor blades for Bell 206 Series models. The Broussard, LA based facility has more than 35 years of helicopter blade refurbishment experience. The location… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-16

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ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company today announced that it has been once again voted number one in customer support by Professional Pilot magazine. Ranking at the top in each of the seven categories, Bell Helicopter has won the top honor for the helicopter industry for its 22nd consecutive year. “Our goal is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Able Aerospace Services, located in Mesa, Arizona, as Bell Helicopter’s newest Service Center. Recently acquired by Textron Aviation, Able provides component repairs, component exchanges and replacement parts, among other support and service offerings for commercial rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft customers around the world. This industry… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a Commercial Development and Real Estate Investor. “After learning more about the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Adding to their portfolio of customers, Meridian Helicopters LLC has executed a three year lease agreement with option to extend for an additional two years with Chopper Charter, LLC of Branson, MO. Chopper Charter is a Part 135 operator and has the aircraft destined for one of its operations catering to charter flights and tourism… Read more »

Source: Chopper Charter, 02-Mar-16

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Bell approves VIH Aerospace Bell-Medium Tailboom Fixture

Bell approves VIH Aerospace Bell-Medium Tailboom Fixture

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) has received Bell Helicopter approval for use of its Structural Repair Fixture for 3rd party repairs on the Bell Helicopter 205A-1, 212, and 412 tail boom assemblies. ‘Receipt of Bell Helicopter certification of… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today introduced its new comprehensive aftermarket service plans and announced CareFlite, a fully-integrated medical transport company, as its launch customer. Named “Customer Advantage Plans,” the new aftermarket plans provide customers with holistic coverage solutions for their daily operations. The plans offer a fixed cost per flight hour… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its polycarbonate windshields on Bell 206A, Bell 206B, and Bell 206L series aircraft, which will be distributed exclusively under its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Developed by Bell Helicopter, the new 206 polycarbonate windshield is impact… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)  is delighted to announce that Topflight has selected the Bell 407GXP to carry out sightseeing missions for their customers in the United Kingdom. “We are really looking forward to operating the first 407GXP in the United Kingdom,” said Mark Prior, Top Flight. “The aircraft will be used for corporate… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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Bell and Turbomeca announce joint JetRanger X service option

Bell and Turbomeca announce joint JetRanger X service option

Bell Helicopter a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced today a collaboration with Turbomeca (Safran, Euronext Paris : SAF)  to provide a complete service option for the Bell 505 protecting the entire aircraft – including engine coverage. Customers who select Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plan (CAP), and Turbomeca’s Support By the Hour plan, with their aircraft will receive comprehensive aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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Aichi Prefecture signs for Bell 412EPI

Aichi Prefecture signs for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief. “The selection of the Bell 412EPI will enhance Aichi’s capability and help ensure the safety and security of citizens throughout the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Looking to international markets for additional lease customers, Meridian Helicopters provided a Bell 206L4 to a Nicaraguan private operator in the first quarter of 2016. Terms include an option to purchase the aircraft or renew after two years. “Our entrance into international leasing markets has been a long thought out approach” comments Michael Bashlor –… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 29-Feb-16

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Vector to support Eagle Copter PT6T Engines

Vector to support Eagle Copter PT6T Engines

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement with Eagle Copters Ltd. to provide repair, overhaul, testing, modification, and other services as required on Eagle Copter’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T power sections and combining gearboxes. “We are… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Bell report 2015 production data

Bell report 2015 production data

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces global deliveries as part of its 2015 performance results. In 2015, Bell Helicopter delivered 175 aircraft, a combination of its current production products as follows: 52 x Bell 429 12 x Bell 412 (EP/EPI) 99 x Bell 407 (GX/GXP) 12 x Bell 206L4 Regional deliveries include: 28… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

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Bell signs agreement to expand Indonesian business

Bell signs agreement to expand Indonesian business

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an expanded Industrial and Commercial Agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI) that will enable the two companies to expand their support and services in Indonesia to Bell Helicopter operators. Bell Helicopter and PTDI had an agreement in place from 2012 and this extension further… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

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FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Otto Gambrel has been named Manager of the company’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. “We are pleased that Otto will become Manager of our new Learning Center in Denver,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “His experience and in depth understanding of aviation training and the operation of a… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Feb-16

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Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that it has submitted EASA and FAA STC data packages for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the following helicopter variants, and anticipates final approvals shortly: AS365N series, Bell 212, 412HP, 412EP, 206, 407, Airbus H145 This represents a major investment by Trakka Systems to provide customers with… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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CAE awarded contract to provide Bell 412/429 helicopter simulator to Canadian Coast Guard

CAE awarded contract to provide Bell 412/429 helicopter simulator to Canadian Coast Guard

CAE today announced it has been awarded a contract by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to provide the Canadian Coast Guard with a CAE 3000 Series helicopter simulator that will feature cockpits for both the Bell 412EPI and Bell 429 helicopters. The CAE 3000 Series helicopter simulator will feature CAE’s revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit… Read more »

Source: CAE, 26-Feb-16

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Onboard Systems taking Bell 505 hook prototype to Heli-Expo

Onboard Systems taking Bell 505 hook prototype to Heli-Expo

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, is in the final development stages for the cargo hook system it will be offering for the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft. Built around Onboard’s safety-forward TALON® LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, the latest-generation prototype will be on display in the… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 25-Feb-16

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Spectrum Aeromed to showcases Bell 429 system at Heli-Expo 2015

Spectrum Aeromed to showcases Bell 429 system at Heli-Expo 2015

Spectrum Aeromed announced today that the company is celebrating their 25th year in business and will showcase new medical equipment designed for the Bell 429 Helicopter at the Helicopter Association International HELI EXPO convention in Louisville, Kentucky from March 1-3, in booth 4745. “We started this year celebrating with our employees the accomplishments that have… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 24-Feb-16

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Meridian Helicopters to display glass cockpit Bell 206L3

Meridian Helicopters to display glass cockpit Bell 206L3

Meridian Helicopters is positioned to make a long lasting impression on the exhibitors and attendees of this years’ Heli-Expo in Louisville, KY. A completely refurbished 1990 Bell 206L3 with a Garmin G500 glass cockpit will be on display. You can find the aircraft in booth 21 of the static display section. “We are very excited… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 24-Feb-16

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Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo is almost upon us, and it is a good time to both reflect on the year since the last event and look ahead to the future – hoping that we can see an improvement to give us a warm feeling inside. We look for new models being revealed, contracts being announced, the camaraderie of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-16

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AEM and VIH add options to Master Control Panel

AEM and VIH add options to Master Control Panel

After a review of feedback from Bell 212 operators and potential customers of the MCP01, AEM andVIH Aerospace have reduced pricing and provided multiple configurations of the product to better suit the needs of individual aircraft/operator’s as well as the general B212 marketplace. The new ‘customer-driven’ configurations allow selection of the MCP01 solution that best… Read more »

Source: VIH, 23-Feb-16

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Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2016. Hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), this year’s show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While engaging with current and prospective customers, Bell Helicopter plans to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-16

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Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

PhilJets, the fast-growing boutique aviation company in the Philippines, signed a Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) for its client under management contract. The company will be operating the four-passenger-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter that will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, adding as a middle-size option to travel across the region. Founder and CEO… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 23-Feb-16

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Aviation Museum of Kentucky puts Vietnam Cobra on display

Aviation Museum of Kentucky puts Vietnam Cobra on display

An exhibit on the Bell Helicopter model AH-1, called “The Cobra” and developed for the Vietnam War, is now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington. See Full Story

Source: Kyforward, 23-Feb-16

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HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Southern Illinois Division is pleased to announce the launch of HSHS Rescue Flight, the new helicopter serving HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Belleville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese. Service began last Thursday, January 21. Ribbon cutting events will held the week of February 8 at each of the three hospitals served. HSHS… Read more »

Source: HSHS, 22-Feb-16

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Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s for delivery to the Indonesian National Police. As the official police force for Indonesia, the aircraft will support the law enforcement activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of the region. The aircraft were signed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-16

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Bell 429 wins flight calibration role in Indonesia

Bell 429 wins flight calibration role in Indonesia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signed a contract with PT. Carpediem Mandiri for the supply of two Bell 429s to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. The aircraft will be used for flight calibration operations throughout the region, performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument Landing and Departing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-16

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Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and PT Whitesky Aviation today signed an agreement for a new aftermarket parts service plan. PT Whitesky Aviation, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a progressively emerging aviation company, specialized in non scheduled (charter) flight. The company operates a fleet of six Bell Helicopter aircraft, including three Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Feb-16

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Bell partners with BAE Systems Australia to pursue projects together

Bell partners with   BAE Systems Australia to pursue projects together

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed an agreement with BAE Systems Australia to pursue military rotorcraft opportunities in Australia. “The signing today with BAE Systems establishes the groundwork for what will be the premier provider of service and support for future customers of Bell Helicopter military rotorcraft in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an agreement for the purchase of the first Bell 407GXP in Nepal. This will be the customer’s first Bell helicopter and will be outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including travel and tourism. Chairman of Simrik Air Pvt Ltd., Capt. Rameshwar Thapa, joined Bell Helicopter’s leadership team… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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