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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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