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Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association announced that seven aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2020 Collier Trophy. Commissioned in 1910 by aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, Robert J. Collier, with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence in aeronautic development, the Collier Trophy has served as the benchmark of aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-21

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

Bell Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $16,180,304 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0794) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the attack helicopter, AH-Z and utility helicopter, UH-1. Tailboom redesign and fatigue testing in support of the Marine Corps H-1 Program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-21

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Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

PTDI again carried out ferry flight 1 (one) unit of Bell 412EPI Helicopter ordered by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia with the end users of the Indonesian Army at the PTDI Rotary Wing Hangar , Jl. Pajajaran No. 154 Bandung. PTDI’s Commercial Director, Ade Yuyu Wahyuna, took off the Bell 412EPI… Read more »

Source: PTDI, 23-Feb-21

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

Forbes has named 300 companies as Canada’s Best Employers for 2021, and Bell’s Canadian organization, Bell Textron Canada Ltd., ranked 40 overall! Regarded for its design, manufacturing, testing, certification and delivery contributions to Bell’s commercial segment, the company also earned second in the Aerospace and Defense industry. “Bell Textron Canada is respected across the country for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-21

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $17,852,939 modification (P00012) to a firm-fixed-priced order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 proprotor hub spring and drive link retrofit kits; and six CV-22 modification spares kits, in support of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Feb-21

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support Public Safety missions in country and be used by the Force’s Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Feb-21

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered the first European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified Bell 505 NXi to a corporate customer in Europe. The delivery was made at the Bell Textron Prague facility.  “We are proud to now offer the Bell 505 NXi to our European customers,” said Duncan Van… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Feb-21

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB

04-Feb-21

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Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and UK-based Ultra (LSE: ULE) equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration. This successful demonstration of the UAS ASW mission on October 29 was the… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Feb-21

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Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, demonstrated a point-to-point unmanned aircraft system (UAS) package delivery in North Texas at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) flew across the Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), and delivered a package to a landing area, demonstrating its future commercial capabilities…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Feb-21

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Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation’s manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has just received NZCAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of a new Bell 429 Bike Rack modification. The STC approval has been added to an existing certificate for the Bell 429 Cargo Pod, which the team has been manufacturing since 2017 (alongside the very popular AS350… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 28-Jan-21

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27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter

27-Jan-21

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Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-21

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Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

On December 11, the Bell Innovation flight test team at our Mirabel, Quebec facility conducted the first flight of an alternate configuration of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) in collaboration with ARA Robotics. This platform operates with the same architecture and propulsion system of our renowned tail-sitter aircraft but utilizes a different airframe. The purpose of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jan-21

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Bell marks 40 years of the 412

Bell marks 40 years of the 412

To date, there have been more than 1,100 Bell 412s delivered across the globe, logging over 6.5 million flight hours. Since the introduction of the Bell 412 in 1981, Bell has developed 11 different variants, the latest being the recently unveiled Subaru Bell 412 EPX. The evolution of the Bell 412 is a testament to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jan-21

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21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,… Read more »

21-Jan-21

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19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries

19-Jan-21

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UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

HeliHub.com can reveal that National Grid will be adding a second Bell 429 in the next few months – adding to their first example of the type which they took delivery of in the summer of 2013.  The aircraft is currently in completion with Bell Flight in Prague, Czech Republic. National Grid is responsible for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-21

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16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group… Read more »

16-Jan-21

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Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Installation of QuantiFLYTM, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLYTM with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jan-21

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Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Jan-21

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Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

For nearly 35 years, Bell Textron Canada delivers innovative products, enhanced customer experience and superior service and support for customers around the globe. Recently, they’ve gone above and beyond to create a Design & Manufacturing Safety Management System based on an industry standard. This system ensures quick resolutions to any aircraft build challenges, which are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-21

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Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell brought home four more Comparably Best Place to Work awards in the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on Comparably’s survey feedback, which is gathered anonymously, we are among the Top 50 large U.S. companies for Best Company Culture, Best CEOs, Best Companies as Rated By Female Employees, and Best Companies as Rated by Diverse Ethnicity… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jan-21

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Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has demonstrated two capabilities that highlight the Bell V-280 Valor’s ability to execute mission relevant maneuvers, as well as integrate new technology. The demonstrations, held at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX, included use of a newly installed Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL) from Team Valor member… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jan-21

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Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

On December 7, Bell announced its acquisition of Response Technologies LLC, an innovative composite solutions company. This acquisition adds to Bell’s extensive technology portfolio in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to pursue innovative technology and will enable us to accelerate needed developments in our industry,” said Mitch Snyder, president… Read more »

Source: bell, 04-Jan-21

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01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash

01-Jan-21

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Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Dec-20

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Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Dec-20

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Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

The Dallas-based trial firm Lyons & Simmons has filed a negligence lawsuit against San Antonio-based Sapphire Aviation on behalf of the estate of Houston resident Paul David Cobb, one of five people killed in a 2018 crash of a Bell UH-1H helicopter in rural northern New Mexico. According to reports, the group flew by private… Read more »

Source: Lyons & Simmons LLP, 18-Dec-20

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Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

On Dec. 9, the Autonomous Pod Transport flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas.   To date, the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights. In 2021, APT will demonstrate several military and commercial operations while simplifying user interfaces and enhancing the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-20

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Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of the Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has received additional supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for installation of its industry-leading inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on helicopters in three countries. Acquired at the request of the helicopters’ original equipment manufacturers, the approvals were received from the Japanese Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 16-Dec-20

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Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell Textron Inc., a U.S. aerospace manufacturer, announced its bid to sell attack helicopters to South Korea on Wednesday as the country’s Marine Corps plans to launch an aviation wing next year. See Full Story. 

Source: Yonhap News Agency, 15-Dec-20

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PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

PAC International recently completed and delivered a new Bell 407GXi helicopter to the Virginia State Police.  The State Police Aviation Unit’s primary mission is to provide search, rescue, law enforcement and medical evacuation. Pilots are gaining an extra set of eyes with the installation of a Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Advisory System (TAS), which combines… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 14-Dec-20

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11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo

11-Dec-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Dec-20

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Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

Two new helicopters conducting vegetation and powerline inspections for electricity distributor Powercor will be seen flying above Warrnambool this week as part of their first official flight. The helicopters, combined with industry-leading technology, establish a unique aerial services capability to support Powercor’s annual vegetation management program. From Tuesday, 8 December until Monday, 21 December, the… Read more »

Source: Powercor, 09-Dec-20

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Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

Med-Trans Corporation, part of the Global Medical Response family of companies, recently delivered a Bell 407 air ambulance to Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Va. The aircraft will be based at the Level 1 trauma center and launches the HCA Virginia Healthcare Air Ambulance program. Med-Trans will provide the pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, and Chippenham… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 07-Dec-20

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Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Popular Sciencerecognized Bell’s Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) innovation as the winner of its “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category for 2020. This marks the third consecutive year Bell has won Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Dec-20

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ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announces its teaming arrangement with leading aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus. Enidine joins eight other elite aerospace teammates in Bell’s mission to submit the Bell 360 competitive prototype to the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: ITT Enidine, 03-Dec-20

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Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the opening of the Bell Commercial Business Center (CBC). The new facility will be located at 4151 Amon Carter Boulevard, a former American Airlines building approximately seven miles away from both Bell’s Headquarters and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Beginning in November 2020, Bell’s CBC will… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Dec-20

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EASA Approves HTC Blades for Bell Huey

EASA Approves HTC Blades for Bell Huey

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce approval of supplemental type certificate 10073531 for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This certificate/approval is issued by EASA, acting in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 on behalf of the European Union, its member states and of the European third countries that participate in the activities… Read more »

Source: HTC, 02-Dec-20

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30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

Firefighting operation – single occupant pilot died when helicopter went down in a water course, while taking on water for the firefighting process.  Pilot named in government press release as Mauro Tadeu da Silva Oliveira

30-Nov-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $12,861,992 modification (P00004) to cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0315 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification exercises options to modify the V-22 aircraft to the government of Japan’s unique configuration requirements.  Additionally, the modification exercises options for the production and delivery of nine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-20

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Bell appoints first 505 dealer in Germany

Bell appoints first 505 dealer in Germany

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, appointed Rheinland Air Service GmbH (RAS) the first German dealer for the Bell 505. Approaching 50 years of business aviation experience, RAS is a proven provider of expert aviation sales and service. “We are pleased to announce RAS as Bell’s first authorized 505 dealership for Germany,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Nov-20

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Brazil approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades

Brazil approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades

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 »

Source: VHA, 25-Nov-20

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24-Nov-20 YN-CIQ Continental Copters Tomcat Chinandega, Nicaragua (1F)

The Tomcat helicopter (Bell 47 adaption) was involved in agricultural work.  Unclear what happened but helicopter ended up on the ground on its skids but without its rotor mast or main blades This report states that “Jose Daniel Avelarez Gálea – aviation mechanic was killed and citizen Edward José Flores Padilla, who works as an aviation… Read more »

24-Nov-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $36M contract for V-22 parts

The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $36,546,991 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to three-year delivery order SPE4AX-18-D-9433 against base contract SPRPA1-17-D-009U to extend the period of performance for delivery of V-22 spare consumable and depot-level repairable parts.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-20

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Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca) the global leader in the provision of the most advanced and certified Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems and services for the Search and Rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors is proud to introduced its latest Supplemental Type Certified and compliant HEC system, designed for use… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 16-Nov-20

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16-Nov-20 ZS-MCC Bell 407 (Location tba), Tanzania

Photos posted online show helicopter significantly damaged by landing in two feet of water in a lake, although it remained upright on its skids.  Second image shows the person who took the photos, sat in the water of the lake with leg injuries strapped up in a rudimentary way

16-Nov-20

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

The Charlotte City Council said it will replace a helicopter that is more than 20 years old. See Full Story.

Source: News Break, 11-Nov-20

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11-Nov-20 HB-ZYN Bell 505 Sion, Switzerland

Tail broken off while parked after Guimbal G2 Cabri HB-ZVN landed too close

11-Nov-20

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08-Nov-20 N123NC Bell 206A Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Highway Patrol helicopter landed in the street on final approach to its base after striking trees.  The helicopter remained upright, but landed heavily and the skids splayed out – other damage included main blades and bom.  Sole occupant pilot B.K. Jones was injured Approx latlong 35.731181, -78.629324

08-Nov-20

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08-Nov-20 N139PD Bell 407 Piñones, Puerto Rico

Emergency landing on beach as the tide was coming in.  Skids sank into the soft sand.

08-Nov-20

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05-Nov-20 N505AJ Bell 505 Chino, US-California

Aircraft sustained heavy autorotation landing.

05-Nov-20

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04-Nov-20 N3191 Bell 407 Little Rock, US-Arkansas

Heavy autorotation landing.  Sole occupant pilot not injured

04-Nov-20

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04-Nov-20 ARC223 Bell UH-1N Guaymaral, Columbia

Emergency landing during low level training detail.  4POB all out OK Helicopter fell onto its port side, breaking the main blades.  The tail boom remained mostly intact, apart from the port stabiliser on which the helicopter came to rest.,

04-Nov-20

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Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

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 »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 03-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Guyana of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Guyana has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 02-Nov-20

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Dimerco wins contract to ship 30 Bell 407s from Canada to China

Dimerco wins contract to ship 30 Bell 407s from Canada to China

International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has won global bids to provide specialized complete-solution supply chain services for a leading helicopter assembly, refitting and operation company in China. The contract involves shipping near 30 Bell 407 helicopters from Canada to China by the end of 2020, first moving the cargo by air ride truck… Read more »

Source: Dimerco, 30-Oct-20

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Arrow Aviation Completes First Single Pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS Service

Arrow Aviation Completes First Single Pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS Service

Arrow Aviation, headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, has completed HALO-Flight’s first single pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS service. Completed with a Helifab’s EMS Interior including patient and isolette transport litters, AC electrical system, and medical oxygen, suction, and air systems, the aircraft is equipped to provide state of the art care even in adverse weather… Read more »

Source: Arrow Aviation, 29-Oct-20

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Bell Joins Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium

Bell Joins Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium

Encouraging the development of an integrated ecosystem of partners, Bell joins the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM) in its effort to establish Canada as a global leader in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). Announced Oct. 28, the multi-stakeholder group created by the Canadian Air Mobility and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will streamline research,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Oct-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing awarded $27M contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $27,897,619 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for removal, repair and replacement of V-22 spindle bearings.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a four-year contract with no option periods.  Locations of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Oct-20

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Bell Delivers Three B407GXis to Polish National Police

Bell Delivers Three B407GXis to Polish National Police

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a delivery of three Bell 407 GXis to the Polish National Police (PNP). The PNP has been a long-standing Bell customer for about 20 years. The addition of these aircraft will help them serve and protect people, to maintain public order, and security in Poland…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-20

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21-Oct-20 N716VL Bell 206B Jones Inlet, US-New York

Helicopter ditched in three feet of water in poor visibility.  Fuselage cracked by impact.  Sole occupant pilot got out and appeared OK

21-Oct-20

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16-Oct-20 N777CP Bell 206 Lakeland, US-Florida

Autorotation into a green swamp wilderness due to engine issues.  Tail boom separated and blades struck trees

16-Oct-20

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PAC International upgrades Bell 407 for Haiti Air Ambulance

PAC International upgrades Bell 407 for Haiti Air Ambulance

PAC International has recently completed and delivered an upgraded Bell 407 to Haiti Air Ambulance, a leading provider of emergency medical helicopter services in Haiti. Modifications provided by PAC include: ·      Spectrum Aeromed patient stretcher and base assembly with Lifeport pilot barrier and medical floor ·      Propaq, Revel Vent, and Bodyguard 121 IV pump mounts,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Oct-20

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HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

Bringing innovation to aviation while ensuring operational safety is not new to HALO-Flight; but, the recently acquired Bell 407GXi brings the South Texas air medical service into national focus with the first, FAA approved, single engine, single pilot IFR air medical helicopter. HALO-Flight’s newest aircraft is also Bell’s first 407 IFR (instrument flight rules) aircraft… Read more »

Source: HALO-Flight, 14-Oct-20

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Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

English Air Services, a part 133, 135 and 137 operator out of Santa Maria, CA USA specializing in utility operations for agriculture, LIDAR/Mapping platforms and power line maintenance has taken delivery of a completely refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L3 from Meridian Helicopters. This marks the eighteenth completed and delivered Bell Helicopter 206L3 and 206L4 aircraft refurbishments in… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 09-Oct-20

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Astronics Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System Receives Amended STC for Bell

Astronics Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System Receives Amended STC for Bell

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved for the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS). Offered by wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics PECO and obtained in cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary Canada,… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 09-Oct-20

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09-Oct-20 N3181F Bell UH-1F Willets, US-California

FAA – AIRCRAFT DURING PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED TO RUDDER AND A MISSING BOLT TO TAIL BOOM, WILLITS, CA.

09-Oct-20

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Bell Flight Celebrates 85 Years of Innovation

Bell Flight Celebrates 85 Years of Innovation

Bell, a technology company, celebrated its 85th anniversary this past July, reflecting on its growth as a company committed to redefining flight. Founded by Larry Bell in 1935, the company has been at the forefront of mobility, constantly finding ways to create innovative solutions. From breaking the sound barrier with pilot Chuck Yeager and the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-20

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Bell VP cleared of charges related to Puerto Rico Police acquisition

Bell VP cleared of charges related to Puerto Rico Police acquisition

A team of Thompson & Knight trial lawyers obtained an extraordinary victory on Sept. 29, as the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued a ruling dismissing all pending charges against their client, Bell Helicopter Vice President Javier Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-20

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04-Oct-20 N24AE Bell 206 Jackson, US-Mississippi

Bird strike which broke the windshield on the pilot’s side and ended up in the cabin

04-Oct-20

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Bell Expands Global Footprint in Germany

Bell Expands Global Footprint in Germany

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it will be adding Intercopter GmbH to its Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) network. Intercopter is located in Taufkirchen, Germany near Munich. “Growing our German footprint has been one of our top European priorities and having Intercopter in our network is another important step in executing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Oct-20

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