B206

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

13-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss helicopter operator HeliSwiss has acquired a Bell 206B JetRanger 3 from Germany to replace the helicopter they lost in an accident in April (see details).  Rhe Bell arrived at HeliSwiss’ base at Bern on Monday of this week still carrying its German registration D-HGMS and will in the next few days be registered locally... Read more

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

Mexico approves four FlightSafety simulators/FTDs

11-Oct-2011Source: FlightSafety

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) in Mexico for two Level D simulators and three Level 7 qualified flight training devices. FlightSafety has now received approval for 274 of its simulators and flight training devices from the DGAC in Mexico. “The approval... Read more

05-Oct-11 C-FHTT Bell 206B Drayton Valley, Canada (1F)

05-Oct-11 C-FHTT Bell 206B Drayton Valley, Canada (1F)

5-Oct-2011

Crashed in field 2km from airport it was on approach to.  Sole occupant pilot did not survive. Fellow pilots said thick fog made flying conditions treacherous at that time... Read more

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

Bell helicopter down in East River, New York – 1 fatal

4-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Follow the HeliHub.com reports at the page for this accident – 04-Oct-11 Bell 206 New York, US-New York (1F) [File Photo] William P Johnson – HeliHub.com... Read more

04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B New York, US-New York (2F)

04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B New York, US-New York (2F)

4-Oct-2011

Took off to about 20ft, then started spinning and ditched shortly after.  Sonia Marra Nicholson, aged 40, died after being trapped inside the helicopter. Her girlfriend Helen Tomaski died from her injuries the next week.  Her mother Harriet was in critical condition later in the day after being pulled unconscious from the water.  Her 72-year-old... Read more

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

Doug Doty Memorial Scholarship now accepting applications

29-Sep-2011Source: Doug Doty Foundation

Hillsboro Aviation and The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation has teamed 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

26-Sep-11 PR-HLB Bell 206L4 Itaituba, Brazil

26-Sep-11 PR-HLB Bell 206L4 Itaituba, Brazil

26-Sep-2011

Tail rotor failure during climb out... Read more

23-Sep-11 N204PA Bell 206B Seward, US-Alaska

23-Sep-11 N204PA Bell 206B Seward, US-Alaska

23-Sep-2011

Tail rotor struck snow bank... Read more

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

19-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

JetRanger from the German operator Rotorflug was operating out of Jerez airport in Spain on a filming detail when it had a problem and force landed in a narrow Spanish street.  HeliHub.com safety data records this accident at:- 18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain... Read more

18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

18-Sep-2011

Helicopter from Germany involved in filming came down in street in Spanish town.  Report says that pilot was trying to make a forced landing in an empty lot after engine failure.  Three occupants injured.... Read more

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Heliswiss is celebrating one of its JetRangers passing 18,000 flight hours on 31st August.  Delivered new in 1980 from the Agusta production line, and serialled 8606, this aircraft was flown in Austria as OE-DXV until purchased by Heliswiss in March 1986.  Later the same year they passed it to their Spanish associate Heliswiss Iberica for... Read more

15-Sep-11 N3181J Bell 206B Spicewood, US-Texas

15-Sep-11 N3181J Bell 206B Spicewood, US-Texas

15-Sep-2011

Photo shows B206 on its starboard side in a field.  The pilot was up and walking around near the crash site, while his passenger was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, investigators said.... Read more

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

El Dorado Sheriff unveils “Eagle One”

13-Sep-2011Source: El Dorado Sheriff

On Saturday, August 20, Sheriff John D’Agostini unveiled the newest member of the Sheriff’s fleet – a Jet Ranger helicopter, call sign “EAGLE ONE.”  The presentation of EAGLE ONE was conducted at the Annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds when the helicopter, complete with El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office decals, landed... Read more

27-Aug-11 N83AL Bell 206B 10m from Sabine Pass, US-Gulf of Mexico

27-Aug-11 N83AL Bell 206B 10m from Sabine Pass, US-Gulf of Mexico

27-Aug-2011

Helicopter ditched in the Gulf of Mexico, 10 miles off Sabine Pass, TX.  Emergency floats deployed and photos show helicopter upright floating on the water.... Read more

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

24-Aug-2011Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2011 Region 1 Base of the Year. Region 1 consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that best exemplifies the... Read more

18-Aug-11 XC-BAN Bell B206 Culiacán, Mexico (2F)

18-Aug-11 XC-BAN Bell B206 Culiacán, Mexico (2F)

18-Aug-2011

Fell into river while trying to rescue people trapped in car by flood waters... Read more

15-Aug-11 SE-HVI Bell 206L3 Gallivare, Sweden

15-Aug-11 SE-HVI Bell 206L3 Gallivare, Sweden

15-Aug-2011

A helicopter was damaged in an accident near the Aitik mine in Gällivare this afternoon. The pilot, who was the only one onboard, escaped without injuries. The cause of the outcome is unknown, but it will be examined by the Swedish Accident Investigation Board.... Read more

10-Aug-11 1632 Bell B206 Zoh Laguna, Mexico

10-Aug-11 1632 Bell B206 Zoh Laguna, Mexico

10-Aug-2011

Public Security reported that it learned of this incident that injured the pilot, copilot and mechanic, who were admitted to General Hospital Xpujil... Read more

UK: Private owner extracts three JetRangers from Sterling Helicopters

UK: Private owner extracts three JetRangers from Sterling Helicopters

5-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In recent months we have charted the lack of progress of helicopter operations by the Longmint Group, particularly focusing on Sterling Helicopters.  In one article, we noted that a private company Toby Blackwell Ltd had commenced legal proceedings against Sterling Helicopters, noting that they had bought three JetRangers from Sterling and then opened a leaseback... Read more

02-Aug-11 PT-HCZ Bell B206 Belo Horizonte, Brazil

02-Aug-11 PT-HCZ Bell B206 Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2-Aug-2011

Force landing on a construction site following inflight loss of power.  Landing was very heavy – skids collapsed and fuselage ended up on the ground.  Pilot named as Boarini Bojikian Marcelo... Read more

01-Aug-11 N484AE Bell 206L4 Reliance, US-Tennessee

01-Aug-11 N484AE Bell 206L4 Reliance, US-Tennessee

1-Aug-2011

Contacted wires on take off with patient from road accident site... Read more

31-Jul-11 162820 Bell TH-57C Bayside, US-Wisconsin

31-Jul-11 162820 Bell TH-57C Bayside, US-Wisconsin

31-Jul-2011

Precautionary stop after indication of mechanical problems, while en route from EAA AirVenture back to its base in Indiana.  Landed at 9.45am and after being checked over and cleared to fly, departed 3.45pm... Read more

Erlanger Life Force receives CAMTS accreditation

Erlanger Life Force receives CAMTS accreditation

28-Jul-2011Source: Erlanger Health System

Erlanger Health System’s air medical program, LIFE FORCE, has received a three-year accreditation for achieving high priority in patient care and safety from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). As of July 15, 148 accredited medical services are through CAMTS. LIFE FORCE is one of three air medical services in Tennessee that... Read more

Dart’s Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ for LongRanger and 407 certified by FAA, TC and EASA

Dart’s Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ for LongRanger and 407 certified by FAA, TC and EASA

28-Jul-2011Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART is pleased to announce FAA, Transport Canada and EASA approval of their Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. The new PATENT PENDING DART Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketsâ„¢ for light Bell aircraft feature an innovative mounting system that allows one person to quickly install or remove the basket in less... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam to add 104th base at McAllen, Texas

Air Evac Lifeteam to add 104th base at McAllen, Texas

25-Jul-2011Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam announced they will be opening an air ambulance base in McAllen, Texas, this fall. The base, scheduled to begin operations in October, will be located on the campus of McAllen Medical Center, but will serve all hospitals and communities within a 70-mile radius. Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned air medical... Read more

22-Jul-11 VH-CIV Bell B206L South Turramurra, Australia (2F)

22-Jul-11 VH-CIV Bell B206L South Turramurra, Australia (2F)

22-Jul-2011

Crashed and burned in bushland.  Rescuers had to abseil 10m cliff to reach crash site.  Pilot named as Colin Greenwood, age 35, and passenger was the helicopter’s owner Bruce Campbell, aged 65... Read more

URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

18-Jul-2011Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), ALEA Expo Booth #340, will display Tulsa Police Department’s Bell 206L4 at the ALEA Conference and Exposition to be held in New Orleans, LA. URS originally customized the 206 helicopter with the FLIR Ultra 8500, Two Paravion Diamond Back Monitors, Avalex Digital Recorder, Meta-Map System, GMS Microwave Broadcast System and Onboard... Read more

Able introduces more affordable certified components for B206

Able introduces more affordable certified components for B206

6-Jul-2011Source: Able Aerospace Services

Able Aerospace Services, on a mission to help helicopter operators reduce costs, has introduced two new Federal Aviation Administration-approved components for Bell 206 helicopters. The Oil Cooler Blower and Pillow Block Assemblies and related Wear Disks are in stock and available now at a fraction of what the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) charges and provide... Read more

03-Jul-11 Bell 206B Brentwood, US-California

03-Jul-11 Bell 206B Brentwood, US-California

3-Jul-2011

Crop spraying helicopter crashed from low level during turn... Read more

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

22-Jun-11 V2-LGO Bell B206 Antigua

22-Jun-11 V2-LGO Bell B206 Antigua

22-Jun-2011

Low Transmission Pressure light illuminated and pilot Dominic Noon made emergency landing at Crabbs Rifle Range... Read more

21-Jun-11 N38EA Bell B206 Cosumnes River Preserve, US-California

21-Jun-11 N38EA Bell B206 Cosumnes River Preserve, US-California

21-Jun-2011

Landed hard during practice autorotations, fell onto its side, then causing a grass fire which consumed the helicopter and 15-20 acres of grassland.  Pilot not injured... Read more

20-Jun-11 Bell 206 Innisfail, Australia

20-Jun-11 Bell 206 Innisfail, Australia

20-Jun-2011

Helicopter involved in agricultural work.  Wire strike took out electricity in East Palmerston.  Initial reports sketch as to whether wires were cause or effect... Read more

01-Jun-11 2025 Bell 206L LongRanger Layyah, Pakistan (5F)

01-Jun-11 2025 Bell 206L LongRanger Layyah, Pakistan (5F)

1-Jun-2011

Crashed into Indus or Sindh River en route to Peshawar, and poor weather reported.  Five people on board including Major-General Mohammad Nawaz, director general of the Punjab Rangers along with two Captains and one Colonel.... Read more

31-May-11 N2072M Bell 206L.1 Peach Springs, US-Arizona

31-May-11 N2072M Bell 206L.1 Peach Springs, US-Arizona

31-May-2011

Engine cowling opened in flight and struck main rotor blades.  Helicopter landed without further incident.... Read more

29-May-11 C-GHXJ Bell 206 Loon River, Canada

29-May-11 C-GHXJ Bell 206 Loon River, Canada

29-May-2011

Helicopter was doing a pipeline survey near Loon River, AB when the it struck a power line. The pilot managed to land the aircraft after the rotor blades sustained substantial damage – CADAORS ref 2011C1776... 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

26-May-11 N1815 Bell 206L-1 Newton, US-Kansas

26-May-11 N1815 Bell 206L-1 Newton, US-Kansas

26-May-2011

Post maintenance test flight.  Landed in corn field and fell onto its side.... 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

23-May-11 C-FCSL Bell B206 Montreal, Canada

23-May-11 C-FCSL Bell B206 Montreal, Canada

23-May-2011

Early reports only, two serious injuries – 48-year old pilot from Blainville, and his passenger, a 49 year old from Montreal... Read more

23-May-11 HK-4448 Bell 206L3 El Alto, Colombia (2F)

23-May-11 HK-4448 Bell 206L3 El Alto, Colombia (2F)

23-May-2011

Low level survey flight... Read more

23-May-11 C-GGOZ Bell B206 Calling Lake, Canada

23-May-11 C-GGOZ Bell B206 Calling Lake, Canada

23-May-2011

Helicopter was conducting slinging operations at an oil field well site when the conflicted with structures at the well site causing it to fall to the ground.  Pilot in his late 50s with non-life threatening injuries after a helicopter crash.  STARS air ambulance attended and ferried him to Edmonton for attention... Read more

18-May-11 Bell B206 Los Angeles, US-California

18-May-11 Bell B206 Los Angeles, US-California

18-May-2011

A police helicopter made an emergency landing on a soccer field near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after a warning light came on indicating a possible problem.   [Type not confirmed, but photo shows B206 in a parking lot – is this at the soccer field?]... 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

09-May-11 HK-4718 Bell 206L-3 Puerto Wilches, Colombia

09-May-11 HK-4718 Bell 206L-3 Puerto Wilches, Colombia

9-May-2011

5 passengers and 2 crew members who were injured and were airlifted by helicopters of the Armed Forces to hospitals in Bucaramanga and Barrancabermeja... Read more

04-May-11 Bell B206 Forrest Beach, Australia

04-May-11 Bell B206 Forrest Beach, Australia

4-May-2011

Clipped powerlines while crop spraying.  Pilot has electrical burns to his thighs... Read more

27-Apr-11 CC-PJI Bell B206 San Clemente, Chile (1F)

27-Apr-11 CC-PJI Bell B206 San Clemente, Chile (1F)

27-Apr-2011

Crashed while firefighting, pilot Matuaze Héctor de la Fuente, 54, died at the scene of the accident, while his passenger, Cristián Sánchez Gabriel Orellana, 38, was seriously injured... 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

13-Apr-11 N887T Bell B206 Venice, US-Louisiana

13-Apr-11 N887T Bell B206 Venice, US-Louisiana

13-Apr-2011

Water taxying on floats, turned sideways and fell onto its side... Read more

11-Apr-11 9M-AXH Bell B206 Dataran Sibu, Malaysia (1F)

11-Apr-11 9M-AXH Bell B206 Dataran Sibu, Malaysia (1F)

11-Apr-2011

B206 crashed in the town square of Dataran Sibu, just opposite a hotel where Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is due to attend a function.  Sole occupant pilot Sahimi Razali died later in hospital from his injuries... Read more

08-Apr-11 PT-YMJ Bell B206 Rio Grande da Serra, Brazil (2F)

08-Apr-11 PT-YMJ Bell B206 Rio Grande da Serra, Brazil (2F)

8-Apr-2011

Pilot Retoreto Seriba Marcelo, 39, and passenger Adrian Rodriguez, 54, were killed in the accident.... 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

24-Mar-11 N32041 Bell B206L3 off Baton Rouge, US-Gulf of Mexico

24-Mar-11 N32041 Bell B206L3 off Baton Rouge, US-Gulf of Mexico

24-Mar-2011

Crashed into the water, unknown circumstances... Read more

24-Mar-11 Bell 206L4 Tari, Papua New Guinea

24-Mar-11 Bell 206L4 Tari, Papua New Guinea

24-Mar-2011

“The incident happened at about 3:30pm in rainy and windy condition when the Australian pilot failed to navigate the helipad belonging to the Ambua Lodge. “  All five on board survived.  Helicopter was inbound from Komo, in support of Essar LNG project there.  Pilot named as Haji Ruslan... Read more

16-Mar-11 Bell B206 Jönköping, Sweden

16-Mar-11 Bell B206 Jönköping, Sweden

16-Mar-2011

A Jet Ranger was damaged during a minor training mishap at Axamo Airport in Jönköping. The occupants were unharmed, and the cause of the incident is unknown... 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

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