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Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

25-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this... Read more

Brazil approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades

Brazil approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades

25-Nov-2020Source: VHA

In mid-November 2020, Van Horn Aviation received a letter from Brazil’s Agency Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) conferring a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for 206B main rotor blades bearing the part number 20635000-501. The ANAC STC, posted on VHA’s Documents page, validates the FAA STC SR02732LA issued in August 2020 and permits the new main... Read more

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

3-Nov-2020Source: Van Horn Aviation

Arizona-based rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) received a Letter of Acceptance from Transport Canada for the company’s updated composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. Approved by the FAA in August 2020, the new VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades may now be installed for use on Bell 206B... Read more

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

19-Aug-2020Source: Van Horn Aviation

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification / Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC/PMA) on its updated composite mainrotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades contain different carbon fiber ply counts and orientations than the original VHA 206B main rotor blades. This... Read more

Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

16-Jul-2020Source: Business Air News

Helimarte has five ASTAR (H125) and a Bell 206 JetRanger. It used to operate a King Air C-90 and more Bell 206 JetRangers, but as Brazil’s B206 fleet diminished, locating parts and technicians have caused headaches. See Full Story.... Read more

Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

5-Nov-2019Source: Entrol

The simulator replicates a Bell 206, and it features a GNS 430, a cylindrical visual with three channels and a vibration system. This H01 FNPT II simulator will be used for initial training and practice Bell 206 normal and emergency procedures. This device will be seventh H01 / Bell 206 FNPT II simulator manufactured by... Read more

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

19-Feb-2019Source: Israeli AF

Last week (Thursday), Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force. According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent... Read more

Precision Flight Controls and Ryan Aerospace develops B206 simulator

Precision Flight Controls and Ryan Aerospace develops B206 simulator

27-Feb-2018Source: Ryan Aerospace

A joint venture between Precision Flight Controls (PFC) and Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has seen the development of a new, cost-effective Bell 206 helicopter simulator which recently received certification under Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) rules as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). This product will be on display at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, USA next week (Tuesday 27 February –... Read more

Dakota Air Parts Displays New Composite Tail Rotor Blade at Heli-Expo

Dakota Air Parts Displays New Composite Tail Rotor Blade at Heli-Expo

26-Feb-2018Source: Dakota Air Parts

Dakota Air Parts Intl., Inc. a specialist in the buying, selling and support of a variety of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, turbine engines, and parts has announced that it is displaying a new to market composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 206A and 206B helicopters during Heli-Expo 2018​, February 27 – March 1 in... Read more

Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

11-Dec-2017Source: Able Aerospace

The Tucson Police Department has selected Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to provide component repair and overhaul (CR&O) and parts services for its Air Support Unit fleet of Bell Jet Ranger 206B3 helicopters. The contract will provide the Tucson Police Department with access to Able’s expanded repair catalog... Read more

Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

14-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

As the Bell 505 gets certified and starts flying with customers, it is thus appropriate to mark the final closure of the Bell 206 series production lines.  Bell have recently confirmed to HeliHub.com that 2017 is indeed the last year of production for the seven seat 206L4 LongRanger IV.  The five seat Bell 206B JetRanger line... Read more

Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

Bell and Aerospace to work together in Canada on product availability

15-Nov-2016Source: Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced it will work with its affiliate, Bell Helicopter, in Calgary to expand its product availability in Canada. During the coming months, Able will build in-country availability on its full line of approved replacement parts (PMA) and dynamic components for exchange for the Bell 206... Read more

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

28-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Robert Anthony Lloyd, the former chief pilot of Nevada Department of Wildlife has admitted to the theft of two blades of a state helicopter. Lloyd sold the two blades off the Bell Jet Ranger 206 for $42, 000 to Peregrine Helicopters, stating that they had over 2 121 hours left in them, when they only... Read more

RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

21-Oct-2016Source: RAMM Aerospace

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to announce that the Bell 206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions are now Transport Canada approved. The HELIFAB TCCA STC SH16-41 eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. The kits has been previously approved by the... Read more

Orange County Receives Bell 206

Orange County Receives Bell 206

21-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Orange County Sheriff’s Office is happy to receive their new Bell 206, named “Chase 3.” The new helicopter has an enhanced communications systems, cameras and better tracking abilities. Chase 3 is able to find LoJack or the beacon of a downed aircraft. Even civilians such as an Alzheimer’s patient who is wearing a radio beacon... Read more

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

7-Oct-2016Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation is pleased to announce the award of an EASA STC (10058141) for installation of the Garmin G500H EFIS into the Bell 206B and Bell 407 helicopters.    The G500H system is certified for Day/Night VFR operations and brings substantial improvements in situational awareness with a large multi-function colour moving map, H.S.I, full-time wind vector... Read more

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

7-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Choppair has been issued to pay Emma Bobridge, the pilot of the Bell Helicopter that crashed in 2013, a sum of over $200 000. Emma Bobridge reported negligence by Choppair, she claimed that it felt that her right skid was stuck on the landing mat during take-off. Company Director Micheal Van Der Zypp countered her... Read more

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

24-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

31-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

20-May-2016Source: US DoD

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

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

28-Apr-2016Source: Outerlink

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

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

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

13-Apr-2016Source: Van Horn Aviation

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

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

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

6-Apr-2016Source: Bell

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

Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

Bell approves new Customer Service Facility in Turkey

15-Mar-2016Source: Bell

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

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

3-Mar-2016Source: Bell

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

Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

1-Mar-2016Source: Bell

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

Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

29-Feb-2016Source: Trakka

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

Ramm Aerospace B206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions simplifies repairs

Ramm Aerospace B206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions simplifies repairs

25-Jan-2016Source: RAMM Aerospace

RAMM Aerospace is now offering Frameless Seat Cushions for the Bell 206/407 aircraft. The HELIFAB FAA STC SR09522RC eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. TCCA/EASA Approvals are pending. RAMM Aerospace is already receiving significant interest in the... Read more

Power Aviation becomes EASA-approved Kamatics B206 driveshaft European distributor

Power Aviation becomes EASA-approved Kamatics B206 driveshaft European distributor

14-Jan-2016Source: Power Aviation

Kamatics has received EASA Certification for its 206A/B/L Series KAflex Main Rotor Driveshaft, applicable to both Rotor Brake and Non-Brake installations. All Models 206A/B/L Series KAflex driveshaft installations are available directly through Power Aviation – Official European Distributor. The 206A/B/L Series KAflex driveshaft incorporates the same design and construction utilized in over 40,000 driveshafts presently... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

L-3 Vertex awarded $25M contract for TH-57 support

7-Jan-2016Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $25,493,729 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) for logistics and depot level services for TH-57 aircraft in support of the Naval Air Training Command’s Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training Program. This modification provides for increased aircraft availability to respond to pilot training... Read more

Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

Pawan Hans to start Mumbai air tours with LongRanger

4-Jan-2016Source: Nyoooz

In a new year offering from the government, Mumbaikars and tourists can now get a spectacular aerial view of the city’s unique cityscape with Maharashtra government launching “Mumbai Darshan” helicopter flights from next week. See Full Story... Read more

50 page audit grounds Tucson Police helicopters

50 page audit grounds Tucson Police helicopters

4-Jan-2016Source: Tucson News Now

Tucson police officials released a 50-page audit that led to the grounding of the entire air support unit this week. See Full Story Editor Note – Tucson Police currently operate three Bell 206B JetRanger IIIs which they bought new in 2005. They fly around 1,100 hours per annum per airframe... Read more

Shelby County Sheriff launches air ops with surplus TH-67 Creek

Shelby County Sheriff launches air ops with surplus TH-67 Creek

17-Dec-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Shelby County deputies in Alabama will be patrolling from above this holiday season in a newly acquired ex-military surplus Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter. Deputies will be able to observe traffic, watch for suspicious activity, and deter criminal acts using the helicopter which has the same markings displayed on our patrol cars. Two deputies – a... Read more

Little Rock Police replace OH-58 with TH-67 Creek

Little Rock Police replace OH-58 with TH-67 Creek

14-Dec-2015Source: Northwest Arkansas

Little Rock police Thursday unveiled an observation helicopter that the department acquired earlier this year through a federal military surplus program. See Full Story  ... Read more

Frasca Delivers Bell 206 FTD with TruCue™ to Air Evac Lifeteam

Frasca Delivers Bell 206 FTD with TruCue™ to Air Evac Lifeteam

27-Nov-2015Source: FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc., Urbana, IL has delivered a Bell 206L Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Air Evac Lifeteam in O’Fallon, Missouri. The Level 7 FTD includes Garmin G500H, Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS, HTAWS, and Garmin GTN650. It will also feature Frasca’s high-fidelity NVG simulation for the ultimate realism and accuracy in NVG training and... Read more

Houston County restarts EMS service with Air Evac Lifeteam

Houston County restarts EMS service with Air Evac Lifeteam

26-Nov-2015Source: KSLA News

Christmas came a little early for Houston County residents.See full story.... Read more

Nautilus Aviation to open new base at Mount Isa

Nautilus Aviation to open new base at Mount Isa

11-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Cairns helicopter company Nautilus Aviation is set to expand with a new base being set up at the regional mining town of Mount Isa, according to the Cairns Post. The company will base a JetRanger there by the end of this month, and plan on giving focus to scenic flights and heli-camping.  CEO Aaron Finn... Read more

Bell 206 TT Straps now available direct from Lord Corporation

Bell 206 TT Straps now available direct from Lord Corporation

5-Nov-2015Source: Lord

The industry leader in the design and manufacture of Tension Torsion (TT) straps – is now selling FAA certified PMA parts direct ttstrapand through authorized distributors. As the trusted source for TT straps for more than three decades, LORD fully understands the critical operating requirements for the TT strap, which attaches the rotor blade to... Read more

Aero Products to distribute Lord Corp Bell 206, 407 and 427 components

Aero Products to distribute Lord Corp Bell 206, 407 and 427 components

23-Sep-2015Source: Aero Products

Aero Products Component Services, a prominent global helicopter support company, announces the recent signing of an agreement with LORD Corporation as a global distributor for Bell 206 series, 407 and 427 components, which incorporate the latest proprietary SPE IIA elastomer technology. A support provider to the helicopter industry since 1985, Aero Products Component Services has... Read more

Mexico certifies Onboard Systems Bell 206L & 407 Cargo Hook Systems

Mexico certifies Onboard Systems Bell 206L & 407 Cargo Hook Systems

27-Aug-2015Source: Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits and Onboard Weighing Systems for the BELL 206L and 406 aircraft models have been certified for use in Mexico by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). A Certificado de Tipo Suplementario was issued for... Read more

EASA Approves Aspen EFD1000H Primary Flight Display for Bell 206

EASA Approves Aspen EFD1000H Primary Flight Display for Bell 206

30-Jun-2015Source: Aspen Avionics

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display System (EFD), announced today European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of its EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) into Bell and Bell/Agusta 206 models under EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) 10053378. The lightweight and compact form factor of Aspen’s helicopter PFD system is a perfect fit... Read more

Butte County Sheriff’s Office to replace 1967 helicopter

Butte County Sheriff’s Office to replace 1967 helicopter

11-Jun-2015Source: ChicoER

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is replacing a 1967 helicopter that it has used for the past 17 years. See Full Story... Read more

VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

10-Jun-2015Source: VIH

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has delivered its latest custom helicopter paint job on a Bell 205 for its US-based customer Helimax Aviation on June 1st, 2015. Helimax Aviation (www.helimaxaviation.com) specializes in providing a variety of aerial support services including passenger transport; forestry firefighting... Read more

Lawsuit filed for survivor of fatal helicopter crash in Saucier

Lawsuit filed for survivor of fatal helicopter crash in Saucier

15-May-2015Source: Sun Herald

The lone survivor of a helicopter crash in Saucier has filed suit against manufacturers of the aircraft and its turbo-shaft engine. See Full Story... Read more

Sunset Aviation Service launches new website

Sunset Aviation Service launches new website

30-Apr-2015Source: Sunset Aviation Service

Sunset Aviation Service, Inc. located in Aurora Oregon is proud to announce our new website at www.sunsetaviationservice.com along with a new phone number of 503-776-5053. Our capabilities list has also been expanded to better serve more of the helicopter industry. Sunset Aviation Service was awarded the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) certificate... Read more

DHL starts helicopter service in Chicago

DHL starts helicopter service in Chicago

29-Apr-2015Source: DHL

Starting today, helicopters won’t just be used to report on Chicago’s notorious traffic gridlock; they’ll actually help get international shippers through it. DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, launched its helicopter service in Chicago to provide early morning delivery services for the area’s financial and legal firms requiring urgent document delivery. “We have... Read more

Heli Charter provides JetRanger for new DHL courier service in London

Heli Charter provides JetRanger for new DHL courier service in London

22-Jan-2015Source: DHL

DHL Express today launches London’s first ever scheduled helicopter delivery service [Editor note – see below, it is NOT the first in London] Beating congestion, DHL’s new helicopter service will significantly enhance the connection between key financial centers in the USA and the UK, in particular. It will guarantee next day delivery of urgent documents... Read more

Airwolf Aerospace receives FAA STC for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 TT Straps

Airwolf Aerospace receives FAA STC for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 TT Straps

5-Jan-2015Source: Airwolf Aerospace

Airwolf Aerospace the value leader in life limited aftermarket helicopter components is pleased to announce that it has received FAA STC SR03408CH for its TT straps for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 Helicopters. Airwolf’s AA-204-310-101-101 and AA-204-310-101-103 TT Straps are in stock for immediate shipment. Senior Engineer, John Montana said, “we were able... Read more

Bell Training Academy Expands Capabilities in Singapore

Bell Training Academy Expands Capabilities in Singapore

19-Dec-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) received renewal for Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Part 147 certification and approval to conduct six new technical training courses at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center. The CAAS approval expands the BTA’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses... Read more

Bell Boosts Sales in the Middle East at MEBA

Bell Boosts Sales in the Middle East at MEBA

11-Dec-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of a Bell 429 and an order for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ helicopters to Saudi Arabian aircraft operator and authorized Independent Representative (IR), Wallan Aviation. The Bell 429 will be configured for general/utility missions and has an expected delivery date of... Read more

Argentina – Santa Fe Provincial Police pick A800 Trakkabeam for Bell 206

Argentina – Santa Fe Provincial Police pick A800 Trakkabeam for Bell 206

26-Nov-2014Source: Trakka Corp

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Trakka A800 Tactical Helicopter Searchlight is being used to assist aviation assets in their performance of missions for the Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina. The Trakka A800 searchlight’s advanced optics technology provides superior performance and flexibility expanding the Bell Jet Ranger’s mission capabilities. Due to... Read more

Belize to buy one new or two refurbished helicopters

Belize to buy one new or two refurbished helicopters

3-Nov-2014Source: BMG

The Ministry of National Security and the Belize Defence Force have dreamed of it for several years and now it is a reality: the people of Belize will now benefit from at least one helicopter to be bought from a leading provider, Bell. See Full Story... Read more

Pall launches PB110D PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for Bell 206L and 407

Pall launches PB110D PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for Bell 206L and 407

15-Oct-2014Source: PALL

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced the introduction of PB110D PUREair Dry Barrier Filters as FAA-PMA direct-fit replacements for competitor oil-wetted filters. The new product will be unveiled at Helitech International in Amsterdam, October 14-16. The PUREair Dry Barrier Filters extend the successful PUREair portfolio of products available from Pall and DART Aerospace. PUREair Dry Barrier... Read more

Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

14-Oct-2014Source: Focus

24th Air Base in Krumovo expects 2 new Bell 206 helicopters and 2 more Cougar helicopters at the beginning of the following year,” said Brigadier General Zlatko Zlatev, commander of the air base, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv. See Full Story... Read more

Tyler County renews AirEvac contract

Tyler County renews AirEvac contract

3-Oct-2014Source: Tyler Star

Tyler County Commissioners renewed the county’s contract renewal for medical helicopter services with AirEvac Sept. 23 see full story... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

20-Aug-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,744,643 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to provide logistics services for aircraft availability of 96 TH-57 aircraft. Services to be provided include pre-flighting and fueling of the aircraft, as well as safe for flight release for designated missions. Work will... Read more

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

18-Jul-2014Source: TSB Canada

In the release of its investigation report (A13C0073) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba, in July of 2013. At 4 pm Central Daylight Time, on 1 July 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter, operated... Read more

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

18-Jul-2014Source: Héroux-Devtek

Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX), (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), a leading Canadian manufacturer of aerospace products, today announced that it has renewed an important multi-year contract with Bell Helicopter for the manufacturing of components and assemblies for several helicopter programs. Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will manufacture the main rotor hub and the tail... Read more

Air Evac closes base in Ennis TX

Air Evac closes base in Ennis TX

23-Jun-2014Source: Daily Light

Emergency responders around the area are making adjustments to their operation plans after the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter base closed its doors at Ennis Municipal Airport on June 13.  See full story... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the... Read more

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

28-May-2014Source: Sierra Vista Herald

On lease for one year from Airwest Helicopters, the Bell 406 L4 aircraft will expand law enforcement and emergency response capabilities for both Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department as well.  See full story... Read more

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

16-May-2014Source: KVIA ABC-7

El Paso Police are still looking for burglars who vandalized a JetRanger and a jet fuel tanker in the Franklin Mountains in northeast El Paso on Wednesday. See full story... Read more

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

17-Apr-2014Source: Entrol

Capital Air has purchased an entrol H01 FNPT II simulator, which is based on the Bell 206. This simulator will be installed in South Africa and will be used for the CPL/ATPL , IR courses, Safety & Emergency procedures training , NVG training and Bell 206 Cockpit Familiarization training. Capital Air is one of the... Read more

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite main rotor blade for the Bell 206 product line. Van Horn Aviation has agreed to design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades with input from Bell Helicopter Engineering. This will... Read more

FAA proposes $90,000 fine against Red Eagle Aviation

FAA proposes $90,000 fine against Red Eagle Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $90,000 civil penalty against Red Eagle Aviation of Kalispell, Mont., for allegedly operating a Bell 206 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Red Eagle operated the helicopter on numerous flights, including at least 80 revenue... Read more

Meridian Helicopters leases two LongRanger 3s to Upper Limit Aviation

Meridian Helicopters leases two LongRanger 3s to Upper Limit Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: Meridian Helicopters

Students in Upper Limit Aviation’s (ULA) helicopter flight school will have two more helicopters to fly, thanks to a new lease agreement with Meridian Helicopters LLC. Meridian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Winnipeg-based Cadorath Group, has signed a two-year agreement with the school for the lease of two Bell 206L-3s. One helicopter will be based in... Read more

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

6-Feb-2014Source: TSB

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers... Read more

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

26-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian military has reported the untimely death of Major General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italy’s Army aviation unit. The General was the instructor in an Agusta-Bell JetRanger which crashed on Mount Martha, near the Viterbo military base. Student pilot Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi was also killed in the accident. Major General Calligaris was appointed to... Read more

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

23-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

As parent company Textron reports it’s fourth quarter numbers, so they release the quarterly report on production volumes at Bell Helicopter.  While military production continues fairly flat (and is predicted to near halve), so they have been compensated by commercial helicopter deliveries up 13% from 188 to 213 units.  This covers Bell 206L3, 212, 407,... Read more

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

15-Jan-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017. “These new aircraft... Read more

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

8-Jan-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8,... Read more

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

5-Jan-2014Source: Air Bali

We are pleased to announce that the Air Bali operation has now officially moved into our new home at Benoa Heliport. Apart from being closer to our operations, we can now showcase our Heliport to future clients and guests. You can now see first hand our fleet of Bell 206 and 407 Helicopters that are... Read more

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

19-Dec-2013Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds... Read more

Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

26-Nov-2013Source: Horizon

Horizon International Flight Academy took part in the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held this year at Al Maktoum International Airport. With a participation of several companies of the aviation industry as well those interested in this field. Horizons Head of Operation Philip Mark Chandler was also a speaker at the Gulf Aviation Training Event... Read more

Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

26-Nov-2013Source: Group3 Aviation

Group3 Aviation, a Los Angeles helicopter tour company, recently added a new helicopter to its fleet. The addition to the fleet is a 206B JetRanger III helicopter, which will be used for charter flights, sightseeing and aerial photographs and filming. The Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter is capable of seating four passengers in addition to the... Read more

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