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Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation partners with Hillsboro Aviation

Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation partners with Hillsboro Aviation

29-Jun-2011Source: Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation

Hillsboro Aviation and the Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation are teaming up to offer the non-profit foundation’s first Bell 206B3 JetRanger Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to help helicopter pilots advance to the next level in their training and make positive contributions to the aviation industry. The scholarship includes enrollment in Hillsboro Aviation’s... Read more

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

27-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Spains’s National Police have aborted the sale of a number of helicopters and fighter parts to Iran and Venezuela. A total of eight arrests have been made in relation to this deal, five Spanish businessmen and three Iranian nationals who had traveled to Spain to formalise the deal. Export of this type of equipment to... Read more

Stanislaus sheriff’s B206 to fly again on reduced hours

Stanislaus sheriff’s B206 to fly again on reduced hours

26-May-2011Source: Modesto Bee

After being grounded for more than a year, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit will go back on patrol this weekend.  Now it will be back in the air during peak hours Thursday through Saturday, thanks to funding from the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency... Read more

City of Dallas’ new asset management barcoding project includes helicopter parts

City of Dallas’ new asset management barcoding project includes helicopter parts

25-May-2011Source: Wasp Barcode Technologies

Wasp Barcode Technologies, a leading provider of small business productivity solutions, today announced that the City of Dallas’ Department of Intergovernmental Services, a city division that manages and purchases Homeland Security equipment, has deployed Wasp’s automated asset tracking solution to help manage grant funded assets. Wasp MobileAsset – Professional Software has supplied the city with... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

24-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Van Horn Aviation, the manufacturer of helicopter rotor blades, is expanding its presence in Tempe (Arizona) with the purchase of a new facility four times the size of its existing location.  The move from a leased unit near Rural and Broadway roads is to a 23,000 sq.ft unit it is purchasing near Elliott Road and... Read more

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

17-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

We have noticed that a total of seven helicopters on the UK Civil Aviation Authority register have last week had a change of address to a finance company.  The seven are:- * Bell 206 – G-CBYX, G-TTMB * Bell 206L – G-MAAX, G-OHHI, G-OLDN * Eurocopter AS355F – G-BSYI, G-ICSG All seven continue to be... Read more

Shadin Avionics announces EASA fuel management STC for Bell 206/407

Shadin Avionics announces EASA fuel management STC for Bell 206/407

16-May-2011Source: Shadin Avionics

Shadin Avionics, a global leader in aircraft fuel management solutions, announces that EASA has approved an STC for the installation of a Shadin Fuel Management Kit into Bell 206 and 407 model helicopters and an STC for fuel flow transducer installation on Rolls-Royce Corporation 250 series aircraft engines. The Bell 206/407 STCs are the latest... Read more

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

12-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Lothian Helicopters website has been reduced to the following notice Please note that Lothian Helicopters has gone into administration with effect from 11th May 2011 If you have purchased flights with Lothian Helicopters, please check with your credit card company or PayPal to seek a refund. Lothian were run by Iain Grindlay and opeated two... Read more

FAA approves Dart’s automatic door openers for B206 series and 407

FAA approves Dart’s automatic door openers for B206 series and 407

21-Apr-2011Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART is pleased to announce that they have received FAA certification for their Automatic Door Opener Kits for the Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 models of aircraft. Transport Canada and EASA approvals have been previously received. The DART Automatic Door Opener Kits feature sturdy gas springs. Door opening and closing is assisted by the action of... Read more

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

18-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a recent filing in the London Gazette, one of the official journals of record of the British government, British helicopter operator Sterling Helicopters is facing complete closure. Published on Friday 15th April, a document dated Wednesday 13th April indicated that Toby Blackwell Ltd was seeking a petition to wind up (close) the company, claiming... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

18-Apr-2011Source: Randolph Leader

Air Evac is not attached to a specific hospital and is subsidized by the community through membership, which is like a form of insurance. Flights cost approximately $19,000-$20,000 with insurance covering only about half. Patients are asked to set up a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.... Read more

Air Evac relocating base from Marianna to Forrest City Medical Center

Air Evac relocating base from Marianna to Forrest City Medical Center

15-Apr-2011Source: Times-Herlad

According to a press release from Air Evac, the decision to move the office was made to better align the company with its service area.... Read more

NTSB points to helicopter pilot’s failure to see power line as probable crash cause

NTSB points to helicopter pilot’s failure to see power line as probable crash cause

15-Apr-2011Source: Miami Herald

A helicopter pilot’s failure to see a power line during a deer survey was the probable cause of a fatal crash in the Sierra foothills last year that killed four people, the National Transportation Safety Board reported.   See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California (4F) Drugs... Read more

Bell to restart JetRanger line in response to R66

Bell to restart JetRanger line in response to R66

1-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bell is expected to officially announce in the next two weeks that it will reopen the JetRanger production line at Mirabel, Canada, a year after the last airframe (serial 4690) was produced for a customer in British Columbia. This move is believed to be related to the unexpectedly positive response Robinson Helicopter Co have had... Read more

UAE: Horizon International Flight Academy appoints new CEO

UAE: Horizon International Flight Academy appoints new CEO

15-Mar-2011Source: Horizon International

Horizon International Flight Academy have announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Hareb Thani Al Dhaheri.  Retired Brigardier Pilot Mr. Al Dhaheri began his career as a helicopter pilot in UAE Armed Forces and he went on to hold a number of senior positions in the military. Prior to joining Horizon, he spent... Read more

Algerian military helicopter training halted as UK CAA close airfield

Algerian military helicopter training halted as UK CAA close airfield

11-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The UK CAA this week visited Shobdon airfield and were so alarmed by what they found that they issued a NOTAM there and then, closing the airfield.  However, exactly why such this action was taken is not yet known, although it has been the subject of plenty of speculation on the Flyer forum frequented by... Read more

Able Aerospace Services launches Able Preferred™ overhaul program with savings of up to 70%

Able Aerospace Services launches Able Preferred™ overhaul program with savings of up to 70%

9-Mar-2011Source: Able Aerospace Services

Operators of Eurocopter AS350 and Bell 407 and 206 helicopters can realize overhaul and repair savings ranging from 35 to 70 percent using Able Preferred™, a new program from Able Aerospace Services. Able Preferred offers a full range of safe, FAA-approved dynamic component overhauls for these helicopters. Able Preferred overhauls are an alternative to OEM... Read more

Bell to distribute Van Horn B206 composite tail blades

Bell to distribute Van Horn B206 composite tail blades

7-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Van Horn Aviation LLC for the 206 composite tail rotor blade supplemental type certificate (STC) No. SR02249LA. This STC allows for installation of the Van Horn composite tail rotor blade onto the Bell 206B and 206L series aircraft. ... Read more

Cobham HeliSAS earns FAA certification on B206, 206L and 407

Cobham HeliSAS earns FAA certification on B206, 206L and 407

7-Mar-2011Source: Cobham

HeliSAS, Cobham’s Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System, has been granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Bell 206B, 206L, and 407 helicopters. By reducing pilot workload and increasing aircraft stability, HeliSAS sets a new standard in helicopter safety. HeliSAS provides precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of... Read more

Uniflight announces “B206 on steriods” with RR500 engine STC

Uniflight announces “B206 on steriods” with RR500 engine STC

6-Mar-2011Source: Uniflight

Uniflight announced today a revolutionary cooperative venture between Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce to provide the RR500 turboshaft as an engine upgrade kit to the venerable 206 series of light single engine helicopters. The program will significantly improve the performance of the aircraft for hot climate and high altitude operating conditions. The option kit will be... Read more

Dart announces Red Barn Machine’s new B206 field maintenance kit

Dart announces Red Barn Machine’s new B206 field maintenance kit

5-Mar-2011Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner Red Barn Machine has developed a field maintenance kit for the Bell 206 Jet Ranger. The Bell Jet Ranger Field Maintenance Tool Kit comes in a flyaway case with easy layout guide and includes over 30 tools to perform field maintenance on your Bell... Read more

Aero Dynamix displays B206 owned by NASCAR legend

Aero Dynamix displays B206 owned by NASCAR legend

5-Mar-2011Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix Inc. is very proud to have the Bell 206B owned and operated by NASCAR legend Andy Petree in their booth (Booth #1337) this year at Heli Expo and would like to invite you by to see it. “We are tremendously excited to have Andy’s helicopter on display in our booth” stated General Manager... Read more

Airwolf Aerospace develops new TT Straps for JetRanger, LongRanger

Airwolf Aerospace develops new TT Straps for JetRanger, LongRanger

4-Mar-2011Source: Airwolf Aerospace

Airwolf Aerospace has developed a new Tension-Torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 Jet Ranger and 206L Long Ranger helicopters, civilian and military. The straps will be on display at HAI Heli-Expo, 2011 (Booth #3561). Airwolf manufactures the straps under an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA). Airwolf’s TT straps anchor each rotor blade to the mast... Read more

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

4-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

WESTAR Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 25 a $10,294,818 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for several logistic services for nine OH-58 and five 206B3 helicopters belonging to the government of Iraq.  Work will be performed in Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

Latitude’s S100 receives more FAA approvals for Bell 206/407 and AS350/355

Latitude’s S100 receives more FAA approvals for Bell 206/407 and AS350/355

2-Mar-2011Source: Latitude Technologies

Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems announced that their SkyNode® S100-001 satellite based tracking/messaging device has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate number SR02872NY covering Bell Helicopter Textron models 206, 206A, 206A1, 206B, 206B1, 206L, 206L1, 206L3, 206L4.  Certificate number SR02875NY covers Eurocopter models AS350B, AS350B1 AS350B2,... Read more

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Bell 206B JetRanger of Upper Limit Aviation has crashed at Bolinder Field – Tooele Valley Airport.  The helicopter was on a training flight and suffered a very heavy landing.  Both occupants were reportedly trapped in the helicopter, which ended up on its starboard side and with the boom separated from the airframe. HeliHub.com adds... Read more

SkyTrac Systems expands STC list from EASA

SkyTrac Systems expands STC list from EASA

1-Mar-2011Source: SkyTrac Systems

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that the European Safety Agency (EASA) has issued installation approvals for its next generation automated flight following and satellite communications system on the following airframes: Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma Eurocopter EC 120 Eurocopter EC 135 Eurocopter EC 225 Bell 407 Bell 206 Steve Fuhr, VP and Director of... Read more

More Austrian B206s arrive in Australia

More Austrian B206s arrive in Australia

21-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Further to our breaking story last week that two Agusta-Bell 206As had arrived at the Airwork facility at Caboolture, we can report that the toal package now appears to be six helicopters.  The following Austrian codes, followed by their Agusta serials, have been reported there now:- 3C-JB (8128),  3C-JC (8130), 3C-JF (8133), 3C-JH (8135), 3C-JJ... Read more

Austrian Air Force sells two AB206s to Australia

Austrian Air Force sells two AB206s to Australia

17-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Two Bell AB206 JetRangers were delivered by road to Airwork’s facility at Caboolture Airfield in Australia today.  Coded 3C-JF and 3C-JM, these were previously operated by the Austrian Air Force and retired from service in 2009. Austria bought a total of 25 AB206/OH-58s, a first batch of 13 AB206A models, followed later by 12 OH-58Bs. ... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

12-Feb-2011Source: Van Horn Aviation

Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently signed an offer to purchase on a 23,000+ sq. ft. facility in Tempe, Ariz., significantly expanding the company’s available manufacturing space compared to its current location. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the expansion is required to accommodate current and future rotor blade programs.... Read more

Malaysian state of Sabah becomes first with air ambulance

Malaysian state of Sabah becomes first with air ambulance

8-Feb-2011

The new medical airlift service, using two helicopters to ferry patients during emergencies to be implemented by the Health Ministry in Sabah later this year, will be the first of its kind in Malaysia.... Read more

Donaldson inlet barrier filters on Super Bowl patrol

Donaldson inlet barrier filters on Super Bowl patrol

4-Feb-2011Source: Donaldson

While thousands enjoy one of the sports world’s most popular annual events, air crews with the Dallas Police Department’s (DPD) Helicopter Unit will be patrolling the skies over this year’s Super Bowl.  On every flight, while these airborne law enforcers carry out their vital public safety missions, Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) from Donaldson Aerospace &... Read more

Photos show GPS missing from Turkish B206 post-crash

Photos show GPS missing from Turkish B206 post-crash

2-Feb-2011Source: Today's Zaman

see also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey (6F) File Photo... Read more

Dart completes STC and dealer agreement with Flightcell for satphone installation kit

Dart completes STC and dealer agreement with Flightcell for satphone installation kit

31-Jan-2011Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation have completed an agreement with Flightcell® International, Ltd., that will enable commercial helicopter operators to install satellite telephone capabilities quickly and easily in rotorcraft. DART and Geneva Aviation have pending Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a  Flightcell “Iridium” Satellite Phone... Read more

Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

26-Jan-2011Source: World Bulletin

A recent report prepared by the State Audit Institution (DDK) on a 2009 helicopter accident that killed six people, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin YazıcıoÄŸlu, has found the deaths “suspicious.”  HeliHub.com page for this accident is here.  File photo... Read more

SK Logistics awarded contract supporting Eglin and Tyndall AFBs

SK Logistics awarded contract supporting Eglin and Tyndall AFBs

25-Jan-2011Source: SK Logistics

SK Logistics was recently awarded an exclusive use helicopter contract supporting DOD agencies at Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases. The contract was awarded in December 2010 and will be active for six months. Department of Defense agencies under this contract will be utilizing SK Logistics’ helicopter for prescribed burning, fire suppression and numerous other... Read more

Cause of New Hampton B206 crash given

Cause of New Hampton B206 crash given

18-Jan-2011Source: WCF Courier

see also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 23-Jul-10 N40TA Bell B206 New Hampton, US-Mississippi [file photo]... Read more

Investigators: July 2010 Iowa crash caused by pilot error

Investigators: July 2010 Iowa crash caused by pilot error

16-Jan-2011Source: KCRG

see also HeliHub.com report – 28-Jul-10 N275RA Bell B206 St.Olaf, US-Iowa... Read more

Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

6-Jan-2011

NTSB report noted that an autopsy revealed traces of an antihistamine and an opiate on the body of pilot Dennis Donovan, aged 70.  See also HeliHub.com accident report page – 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California (4F)... Read more

Carabinieri in Italy’s Catania Region mark 25 years service

Carabinieri in Italy’s Catania Region mark 25 years service

20-Dec-2010Source: HeliHub.com

The 12th Police helicopter unit (Italian – 12° Nucleo Elicotteri Carabinieri) which serves the region of Catania on the Italian island of Sicily has just completed 25 years of flight.  The unit currently operates five helicopters (two 206s, one 412, one A109A and a 109 Nexus) from its base at Fontanarossa Airport.  Since 1985 it... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

9-Dec-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

TEMPE, Ariz., December 8, 2010 – Composite tail rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently added two Canadian companies as authorized dealers for its composite tail rotor blades. AOG Heli Services (www.aogheliservices.com) based at Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ontario, and Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. (www.avialta.com) based at Villeneuve Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, have... Read more

Three helicopters crash in same US county within hours

Three helicopters crash in same US county within hours

9-Dec-2010Source: HeliHub.com

As the temperatures in Florida plummet, so helicopters are called in to fly low level over fields to minimise the chance of frost ruining the crop. Sadly, these operations brought no fewer than three casualties in one County earlier today. Robinson R44 N666SL clipped a post at Palm Beach Glades County Airport, Pahokee around 2am... Read more

Barbadian and Canadian operators partner for international science mission

Barbadian and Canadian operators partner for international science mission

29-Nov-2010Source: Bajan Reporter

Horizon Helicopters of Barbados has entered into a joint venture with National Helicopters Inc. of Ontario Canada to provide helicopter services in support of an international science campaign based in Barbados.... Read more

Namibia gets its first ever air ambulance

Namibia gets its first ever air ambulance

22-Nov-2010

E-MED Rescue 24 launched the first-ever air ambulance in Windhoek on Thursday – a Bell LongRanger in association with MVA and Expedite Aviation. A second aircraft is planned for Tsumeb to help serve the Northern region of the country... Read more

Air Evac may fill rescue helicopter void in NY state

Air Evac may fill rescue helicopter void in NY state

21-Nov-2010Source: Watertown Daily Times

Air Evac Lifeteam wants to open a base to provide coverage to Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.... Read more

Dart announces certification of trim kits for Bell 206 L3/L4 LongRangers

Dart announces certification of trim kits for Bell 206 L3/L4 LongRangers

19-Oct-2010Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA, Transport Canada and EASA approval of their Utility Trim Kits for the Bell 206 L3/L4 models of helicopters. DART’s durable, lightweight interior trim panels improve the aesthetics of the aircraft interior and feature a modern texture. Kits install... Read more

Aero Dynamix delivers 11th NVG upgrade to Bristow Academy

Aero Dynamix delivers 11th NVG upgrade to Bristow Academy

15-Oct-2010Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix, Inc., located in Euless, TX, (DFW area) is proud to announce the recent delivery of another NVIS Compatible Lighting System Modification for a Bell Helicopter model 206B-3 to owner/operator, Bristow Academy, Inc., a division of Bristow Group, Inc. (NYSE: BRS). This delivery marks the fifth Bell 206B-3, modified by Aero Dynamix, for Bristow... Read more

Aero Dynamix updates two B206s for Florida Fish & Wildlife

Aero Dynamix updates two B206s for Florida Fish & Wildlife

15-Oct-2010Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix, Inc., located in Euless, TX, (DFW area) is proud to announce the recent delivery of an NVIS Compatible Lighting System Modification for two (2) each Bell 206B Helicopters, owned and operated by Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission located in Titusville, FL. Aero Dynamix, working in association with Bristow Academy, completed the second... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam orders 16 LongRanger IVs

Air Evac Lifeteam orders 16 LongRanger IVs

11-Oct-2010Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the sale of 16 206L4 LongRanger IV helicopters to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), the largest independent provider of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by AMGH subsidiary Air Evac Lifeteam with deliveries in 2012 and 2013. “All... Read more

Air Evac grounds whole fleet for two hours over pitch change rod connecting bolts

Air Evac grounds whole fleet for two hours over pitch change rod connecting bolts

6-Oct-2010

Air Evac Lifeteam proactively grounded its entire fleet of medical helicopters on Thursday, after a bolt on one of its choppers was found to be wearing dangerously thin, way before it was scheduled to be changed out... Read more

UK: Phoenix Helicopter Academy adds Bell 206

UK: Phoenix Helicopter Academy adds Bell 206

30-Sep-2010Source: Phoenix Helicopter Academy

We are very happy to welcome G-HNANY, an extremely well equipped B206 to our fleet.G HANY is a low hour, very well looked after aircraft with 3 coms, 2 GPS’s, auto pilot, Bose head sets, and a completely new paint job and interior. G HANY will be available for type rating once our FTO is... Read more

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded $18M option for TH-57 support

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded $18M option for TH-57 support

29-Sep-2010Source: US Dept of Defense

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $18,530,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-05-D-0023) to exercise an option for logistics support for TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (99 percent), and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent).  Work is... Read more

Erlanger Health System to add fourth base in northern Georgia

Erlanger Health System to add fourth base in northern Georgia

25-Sep-2010Source: Chatanooga Times Free Press

The Bell LongRanger will be located temporarily at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Ga., but Erlanger is building a new hangar and service facility near McCaysville, Ga.... Read more

Dart announces FAA/TC/EASA certification of pre-flight safety access kits for B206/407

Dart announces FAA/TC/EASA certification of pre-flight safety access kits for B206/407

16-Sep-2010Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA, Transport Canada and EASA approval of their new Pre-Flight Safety Access Kits for the Bell 206 A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 and Bell 407 series of helicopters. The DART Pre-Flight Safety Access Kits for the Bell 206 series consist of two Pre-Flight... Read more

Aeronautical Accessories now offering vertical fin antenna mounts for Bell 407, 206

Aeronautical Accessories now offering vertical fin antenna mounts for Bell 407, 206

13-Sep-2010Source: Aeronautical Accessories

Aeronautical Accessories, Inc., an affiliate company of Bell Helicopter, is pleased to announce STC certification of the company’s new Vertical Fin Antenna Mount for Bell 407, 206B, and 206L Series. The product is available for immediate shipment. The new Vertical Fin Antenna Mount boasts several safety benefits including: * Reduces weight by up to 1... Read more

Dart announces TC approval of B206 cable cutter kit

Dart announces TC approval of B206 cable cutter kit

5-Sep-2010Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services’ announces that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries has received Transport Canada approval or their new Cable Cutters Kits for Bell 206A, B, L, L-1, L-3, L-4 helicopters. FAA and EASA approvals have been previously received. The Cable Cutters Kits provide a means of protecting the helicopter during a wire strike by providing... Read more

URS delivers B206L4 to Guatemala

URS delivers B206L4 to Guatemala

30-Aug-2010Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) recently delivered a customized Bell 206L-4 to a Guatemalan customer. URS originally contracted with Austin Jet but additional items were added directly with the end user in Guatemala.  Some major maintenance items were performed and the aircraft was modified with a fire blanket, high skid gear and flight steps, Dart wire... Read more

URS awarded Dallas Police B206 upgrade contract

URS awarded Dallas Police B206 upgrade contract

30-Aug-2010Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) has been awarded the helicopter upgrades bid for the Dallas Police Department’s Bell 206B3’s. The upgrades include BMS digital video microwave systems for both aircraft, upgrade of existing L-3 Wescam camera systems and auto-tracking, Avalex digital video recorder upgrades, and AFS engine inlet barrier filters.  URS will also provide downlink equipment... Read more

Medical helicopter based in Boyle adds NVG

Medical helicopter based in Boyle adds NVG

13-Aug-2010Source: AM News

All of the Air Evac Lifeteam pilots who take off from the base at Danville-Boyle County Airport are now equipped with night vision goggles.... Read more

Mississippi County Aviation Unit has 50 hours left to fly

Mississippi County Aviation Unit has 50 hours left to fly

5-Aug-2010Source: KAIT

The unit’s JetRanger comes close to needing its engine overhauled, with no budget in place to action that necessary move.... Read more

UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

3-Aug-2010Source: Daily Mail

A man has been sentenced to a year in prison for endangering the safety of an aircraft when he grabbed a helicopter as it took off... Read more

JetRanger stolen by drug cartel recovered by Mexican military

JetRanger stolen by drug cartel recovered by Mexican military

3-Aug-2010Source: NTR Zacatecas

A helicopter and trailer, which had been stolen by organized crime on Thursday July 29, were recovered yesterday by soldiers assigned to the Eleventh Military Zone. [file photo]... Read more

Astrum Helicopters takes delivery of L4 LongRanger

Astrum Helicopters takes delivery of L4 LongRanger

2-Aug-2010Source: Astrum Helicopters

Astrum Helicopters announced today the delivery of its new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 helicopter. The helicopter was delivered from Bell Helicopter and is undergoing an 8 week completion at Hillsboro Aviation located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 will have a corporate 6 passenger configuration, sliding door, cargo hook, litter... Read more

Latitude Receives EASA Approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355

Latitude Receives EASA Approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355

26-Jul-2010Source: Latitude Technologies

Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems announced that their SkyNode S100-001 satellite based tracking/messaging device has received EASA Supplemental Type Certificate number “10030644”  covering Bell Helicopter Textron models 206, 206A, 206A1, 206B, 206B1, 206L, 206L1, 206L3, 206L4 and 407.  Certificate numbers “10030640” and “10030765” cover Eurocopter... Read more

Donated EMS LongRanger put up for sale

Donated EMS LongRanger put up for sale

20-Jul-2010Source: The Age

Taxpayer funds were used to buy the helicopter for the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad in 1994. But the group claims the chopper is theirs, not the government’s, and they can do what they want with it.... Read more

Bell boosts LongRanger performance, reducing upgrade kit price

Bell boosts LongRanger performance, reducing upgrade kit price

19-Jul-2010Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the expansion of performance capabilities to its line of 206L single-engine helicopters with performance upgrade offerings to customers at a reduced price. Bell has spent the past year listening to customer feedback and evaluating the performance of this product line and as a result reduced the... Read more

Heliwest Signs six year JetRanger contract with Network Ten

Heliwest Signs six year JetRanger contract with Network Ten

6-Jul-2010

The next time you watch a news bulletin on Perth’s Channel Ten, odds are some of the video footage will have been shot from a Heliwest aircraft. Western Australia’s largest onshore helicopter company has signed an agreement with Channel Ten to provide a Bell Jetranger 206 lll to the station’s news division for the next... Read more

Contra Costa County Sheriff completes Initial NVG Qualification Course

Contra Costa County Sheriff completes Initial NVG Qualification Course

5-Jul-2010

Night Flight Concepts traveled to Contra Costa County California this month to provide night vision goggle (NVG) training to the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit.   The Air Support Unit of the Contra Costa (CoCo) County Sheriff’s Office has two helicopters that provide law enforcement reconnaissance, rescue, and support to all public safety agencies within the County.  The Sheriff’s Office uses “Star... Read more

Dart Announces FAA/TC/EASA Certification of Ultrapawâ„¢ for Bell 206, 407

Dart Announces FAA/TC/EASA Certification of Ultrapawâ„¢ for Bell 206, 407

22-Jun-2010Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approval for their patent pending new design of Bearpaw, called the Ultrapawâ„¢, for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4/407 series of aircraft. The original DART Bearpaw, constructed of a UHMW polymer, addressed operator concerns about durability and... Read more

Hillsboro Aviation completing LongRanger 4 for Astrum Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation completing LongRanger 4 for Astrum Helicopters

21-Jun-2010Source: Astrum Helicopters

Astrum Helicopters announced today the delivery of its new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 helicopter. The helicopter was delivered from Bell Helicopter and is undergoing an 8 week completion at Hillsboro Aviation located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 will have a corporate 6 passenger configuration, sliding door, cargo hook, litter... Read more

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

9-Jun-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

OH-58 helicopter operators now have an aftermarket choice for tail rotor blades. The FAA recently issued an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Van Horn Aviation (VHA) 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade to include OH-58A+ and OH-58C models after reviewing flight and engineering data submitted by the company. “The City of Pasadena (California)... Read more

Traffic reporter wins undisclosed damages following B206 crash in November 2008

Traffic reporter wins undisclosed damages following B206 crash in November 2008

3-Jun-2010Source: Palm Beach Post

Paul Cavenaugh, a popular broadcaster who spent decades warning motorists of impeding traffic snarls, has won an undisclosed amount of money from the firm that owned a helicopter that crashed in 2008, leaving him in constant back pain.  (NTSB report for N281CB)... Read more

Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

3-Jun-2010Source: ToDoTeotihuacan

The president, Edgar Sánchez Navarro, announced that the Bell 260 type helicopter owned by the Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl no longer fly over the streets of the town as its technical conditions do not guarantee safety for the crew of the ship to the locals. [file photo]... Read more

Air Evac opens base in Hardinsburg, Kentucky

Air Evac opens base in Hardinsburg, Kentucky

2-Jun-2010Source: Business First of Louisville

Air Evac Lifeteam has opened a base in Hardinsburg, in Breckinridge County, at Breckinridge County Memorial Hospital on Old Highway 60... Read more

Patria wins five year continuation of Swedish Police maintenance contract

Patria wins five year continuation of Swedish Police maintenance contract

2-Jun-2010Source: Patria

Patria Helicopters AB has been awarded the contract to maintain Swedish Police helicopters EC135 & Bell 206 Jet Ranger. The new maintenance contract is valid from 2011 till 2016 and it includes an option for three more years. The total value of the contract is some EUR 35 million. “We consider this contract to confirm... Read more

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