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Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the selection, Bell is designing, manufacturing, and testing the Bell 360 Invictus, a prototype rotorcraft designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-20

FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its Dual Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 206L and 407 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. These cargo hook systems meet the 14 CFR part 27 certification requirements for Human External Cargo (HEC) and have been… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 02-Apr-20

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Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $815,000,040 for an indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter, along with inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Cherry Point,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-20

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $68,189,550 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0315) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides non-recurring and recurring engineering associated with the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the government of Japan unique configuration into MV-22B Block C aircraft… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 16-Mar-20

Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $146,039,547 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target and firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification exercises the option to upgrade nine MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration, as well as planned maintenance intervals for eight MV-22 aircraft, in support of the… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 12-Mar-20

Meggitt win $73M contgract for V-22 ice protection

Meggitt win $73M contgract for V-22 ice protection

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, has signed a contract with Bell Textron Inc for an estimated value of $73 million to supply composite de-icing propeller rotor blankets, heated spinners, fairings and pendulums to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The… Read more »

Source: Meggitt, 12-Mar-20

Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement with Southern Utah University (SUU) for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to add to its existing fleet of helicopters for student training. Southern Utah University offers training in Rotor Wing Pilot or Fixed Wing Pilot components. These tracks share a common… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-20

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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems announced today that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505. The VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 is an extremely lightweight and affordable stability augmentation and autopilot, and the only solution currently certified in light to medium helicopters.  Features include… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 19-Feb-20

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Nepal – Simrik Air orders two Bell 505s

Nepal – Simrik Air orders two Bell 505s

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the order of the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters into Nepal with Simrik Air. The aircraft will be operated by Simrik Air and will be used primarily for private and corporate charters.      “Simrik Air’s purchase of the first two Bell 505s in Nepal is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Feb-20

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Bell and Pratt & Whitney Make Signing Up for Maintenance Programs Easier

Bell and Pratt & Whitney Make Signing Up for Maintenance Programs Easier

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that Bell 212, 412, 427 and 429 helicopter customers now benefit from a single point of contact to learn about and enroll in aircraft and engine maintenance plans. When enrolling an aircraft into Bell’s Customer Advantage Plan (CAP), customers will also have the… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 12-Feb-20

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Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

The Navy has received the first CMV-22B Osprey built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The latest variant brings proven tiltrotor capabilities designed specifically for carrier fleet operations. “The CMV-22 Osprey brings expanded capabilities not only to the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission but to the high-end… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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Bell teams with Sumitomo Corp and Japan Airlines to explore Air Mobility

Bell teams with Sumitomo Corp and Japan Airlines to explore Air Mobility

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed memorandum of understanding today with Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and to foster the required infrastructure and regulatory environment. This collaboration will inform the development of an on-demand air mobility ecosystem utilizing Bell’s air mobility solutions including… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

Astronautics Corporation of America will provide its Badger Pro+ integrated flight display system for SUBARU Corporation’s new SUBARU BELL 412EPX, the latest version of the 412 series.  SUBARU, in partnership with Bell, is developing the SUBARU BELL 412EPX which is utilized for UH-X as a replacement for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s UH-1J fleet. Astronautics’… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 11-Feb-20

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Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Further to our confirmation earlier that Leonardo had pulled out, Bell have also confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have decided not to exhibit.  Given that no Textron Group company now appears as an Exhibitor on the event website, we assume that includes Beechcraft and Cessna too.  This is a response to the Coronavirus situation. Eugene… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-20

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MountainFlyers to become Europe’s biggest Bell 505 operator

MountainFlyers to become Europe’s biggest Bell 505 operator

We spent a long time thinking about the fleet change and decided to replace the EC120 in Grenchen and the R66 in Bern-Belp with two Bell 505s. Our aim is to adapt the fleet in such a way that technical progress and economic efficiency, but all the requirements of our customers and flight students, are… Read more »

Source: MountainFlyers, 10-Feb-20

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Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

Located within the trade show floor of Heli-Expo 2020, Meridian Helicopters will display a Bell 206L4 owned by Southern Utah University. The aircraft can be viewed at static display booth #15. The Meridian Helicopters completion of the aircraft consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 06-Feb-20

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Leon County Sheriff’s Office Selects Becker AMU 6500 Digital Audio Panel

Leon County Sheriff’s Office Selects Becker AMU 6500 Digital Audio Panel

Digital audio innovator, Becker Avionics, is proud to announce that Leon County Sheriff’s Office recently selected Becker Avionics’ AMU 6500 for installation on their new Bell 505 helicopter. Leon County Sheriff’s Office performs law enforcement, search and rescue and other critical functions in the panhandle of Florida including the state capital of Tallahassee. The AMU… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-20

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Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA and EASA STC for Bell 212 Digital Instruments

Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA and EASA STC for Bell 212 Digital Instruments

ALPINE AEROTECH, a international leader in helicopter maintenance and product development announced today that they have officially secured a FAA and EASA STC’s (Supplemental Type Certificates) for their cost-effective digital flight instrument kit applicable to Bell 212 VFR (Visual Flight Rules) operations. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Aerotech continues to offer unique solutions that reduce… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 05-Feb-20

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AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

This IFR Helicopter was purchased NEW in 1977 by Dr. Forrest Bird. Dr. Bird was noted for his work with oxygen systems in the aviation and medical fields. He was an avid aviation supporter his entire life and maintained an aviation museum with dozens of aircraft on display until his death the age of 94…. Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 05-Feb-20

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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® is now an Option for the Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® is now an Option for the Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems announced today that Bell has selected the VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System as a factory-installed option. Genesys also announced envelope protection, a unique new feature on VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. HeliSAS has been installed in over 1,000 small to medium sized helicopters, and Genesys continuously advances… Read more »

Source: Genesys, 04-Feb-20

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HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Halo Flight has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) kit to add to its existing Bell aircraft fleet. “We are excited to announce that HALO-Flight added the first Bell 407GXi HEMS operator with IFR flight capabilities to its fleet. This… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Jan-20

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Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed a purchase agreement with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., for a public safety-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.   “Leon County has an advanced aviation unit that is responsible for a broad range of critical missions including aerial searching for lost… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced the delivery of efficient custom designed maintenance stands at Southern California Edison (SCE) to support their beautiful Bell 429 that is on display in the Bell exhibit at HeliExpo. The custom stands located at the SCE facility are designed specifically for the Bell 429 allowing the mechanics to work on all… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

During HAI 2020, Bell announced their collaboration with Norwegian oil and gas operator, Wintershall Dea Norge AS, to bring enhanced helicopter operational safety to the North Sea. “Wintershall Dea is a pioneer in their industry and working together with Bell, we believe we will challenge industry norms and create a new standard of innovation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement with Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit for a public safety configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. “Global municipalities are expanding their public safety capabilities by adding aerial operations to their mission portfolio,” said LaShan Bonaparte, program manager, Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Tennessee Valley Authority orders two Bell 429s and two 407GXi

Tennessee Valley Authority orders two Bell 429s and two 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will add four Bell aircraft including two Bell 429 and the first two IFR configured Bell 407GXi aircraft to their fleet, bringing their total to six Bell aircraft. TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today new equipment enhancements across its current in-production commercial aircraft during Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. “Bell is committed to incorporating the latest technologies into our products to further improve the performance, cost of operations and support the lifecycle of aircraft,” said Susan… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Jan-20

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Boost Human External Cargo Systems Introduces New HEC Products for Bell 206L & MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Introduces New HEC Products for Bell 206L & MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), a global industry leader in the provision of the most advanced, fully-certified, Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems and services for the rescue, utility, public safety and defence sectors announces it now offers HEC systems for the Bell 206L and MD500 helicopter models. Boost Systems is exhibiting at… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 28-Jan-20

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28-Jan-20 AF-302 Bell 206 Bulo, Uganda (2F)

The UPDAF (Uganda People’s Defence Air Force) aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Bulo, Uganda. The helicopter had two crew on board, named as Maj Naome Karungi and PCdt Wakalo Benard, neither survived.

28-Jan-20

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Astronautics Nears FAA Approval on STC for RoadRunner EFI on Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Nears FAA Approval on STC for RoadRunner EFI on Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), has completed submission for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 212 and 412 aircraft with certification expected near term. RSG is an authorized RoadRunner EFI dealer, installer, and PMA kit provider… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 27-Jan-20

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Canada approves Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems on Bell 407

Canada approves Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems on Bell 407

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for its Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) on Bell 407 helicopters. Astronics expects that the… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 27-Jan-20

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EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

The European Helicopter Association (EHA) has launched European Rotors, an exhibition which will run in November 2020 in the German city of Cologne. It will be supported by EASA, along with airframe manufacturers including Airbus, Bell, Kopter and Leonardo, together with engine company Safran. To many observers, this is hardly a surprise. The EHA was instrumental in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-20

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22-Jan-20 C-GSQA Bell B206L Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances whilst part of a search and rescue operation for missing snowmobilers in the Île Beemer area of Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec. The solo pilot received non life threatening injuries.

22-Jan-20

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Genesys Aerosystems’ Modernized Avionics Suite Achieved STC in Bell 412EP & 412

Genesys Aerosystems’ Modernized Avionics Suite Achieved STC in Bell 412EP & 412

Genesys Aerosystems, the leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers, announced that the IDU-680 EFIS displays earned FAA Supplemental Type Certification for the Bell 412EP and 412 helicopters. The architecture for these platforms includes four IDU-680s with full avionics integration, and EICAS engine and warning displays.  The Level A certified IDU-680 EFIS utilizes… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 30-Dec-19

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

A Survival Flight aircraft rolled onto its side on landing, after the pilot, Douglas Davis had an unconfirmed heart attack. There was no patient on-board at the time, the two crew members were uninjured, the pilot was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

25-Dec-19

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

25-Dec-19

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced an agreement to add Bell to the CNO UASIPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on CNO-owned property in rural southeastern Oklahoma. The flights and tests will be conducted as part of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Dec-19

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Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and Czech Republic Minister of Defence, Lubomir Metnar, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance finalizing the foreign military sale by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, of H-1 helicopters to the Czech Air Force. CzechSigning.jpg “We are privileged to support the Czech people and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-19

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Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Committed to furthering STEM education in schools, Bell launched its third annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition this past weekend. The 2019 competition theme was On-Demand Mobility which simulated air-taxi movement of people and rapid-delivery of product orders. 17 high school teams from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area and Virginia were provided a drone… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-19

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Bell Announces Delivery of First Bell 505 to Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell Announces Delivery of First Bell 505 to Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of the first of 12 Bell 505 helicopters to Horizon International Flight Academy per an agreement signed in November at the Dubai Air Show. The 505 was configured for flight training, fully equipped with an integrated glass cockpit that enables pilots in training… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Dec-19

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09-Dec-19 N79LP Bell 407 Grand Isle, US-Louisiana (2F)

Aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico under unknown circumstances. The last known position was 13 nm W of Southwest Pass, Louisiana as they transiting from one off-shore platform to another.

09-Dec-19

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Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of Canada’s first Bell 407GXi to Nova Scotia-based business, Municipal Enterprises Limited. The aircraft is outfitted in newly certified on-board equipment and features a custom designed interior. Municipal Enterprises Limited will use the aircraft with respect to its multifaceted group of companies. In 2018,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Nov-19

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DART Aerospace Receives EASA Certification for its Bell 505 Standard and Float Skidtubes

DART Aerospace Receives EASA Certification for its Bell 505 Standard and Float Skidtubes

As part of its mission to supply the largest product offering to operators worldwide, DART Aerospace is proud to announce that it has recently received EASA validation of its Bell 505 standard and float Skidtubes, alongside its existing TCCA, FAA and Mexican DGAC approvals. These skidtubes complement the Bell 505 Emergency Float System, which was… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Nov-19

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Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signed an agreement with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS) during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Bell Forth Worth headquarters. PaYS helps prepare active-duty soldiers for careers outside the Army by connecting them with potential employers. Bell currently employees more than 1,300 veterans,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will return to Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) immediately. The charity is now just one of four air ambulances who hold their own Air Operator Certificate. Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott says: “This has been a hard… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Life Flight Network has signed a purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis to add to its existing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft fleet. “The Bell 429 and Bell 407GXi deliver exceptional speed and readiness. These aircraft provide reliability for important… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Nov-19

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Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

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

Source: Entrol, 05-Nov-19

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Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is partnering with the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to provide students at minority-serving institutions the education and experience needed to help address manufacturing needs in the U.S. aerospace sector. The MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative will… Read more »

Source: MUREP, 04-Nov-19

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Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Vertical Flight Expo will have no helicopter manufacturers exhibiting

Every potential helicopter manufacturer exhibitor – Airbus, Bell, Enstrom, Guimbal, Kopter, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – has decided against taking space at the upcoming Vertical Flight Expo, previously known as Helitech. Representatives from each of these manufacturers (or their UK distributors) have confirmed their position to HeliHub, and none of them appear in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-19

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Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

ALPINE AEROTECH, a international leader in helicopter maintenance and product development announced that they have officially secured a TCCA STC (FAA/EASA STC pending) for their cost-effective digital flight instrument kit applicable to Bell 212 Day/Night VFR operations. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Aerotech continues to offer unique solutions that reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 31-Oct-19

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All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

A notice on the home page of Soloy’s website announces “The ownership of Soloy Aviation Solutions has been transferred to Fifty-Ten-Yankee, LLC. We will still be doing business as Soloy Aviation Solutions with some changes to the product line. The operation is moving into a new facility at the Olympia airport. During this transition parts… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-19

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25-Oct-19 FAC0006 Bell 412 Albán, Colombia (6F)

Helicopter with pilot, co-pilot and four technicians was en route from Palanquero Air Base, in Puerto Salgar, to its maintenance base at Madrid.  The helicopter is part of the Presidential Flight.

25-Oct-19

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22-Oct-19 N158LE Bell OH_58 Naples, US-Florida

Bird strike

22-Oct-19

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18-Oct-19 N7060J Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

Rotor blades struck tail boom during run-on landing

18-Oct-19

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18-Oct-19 TI-AZM Bell UH-1H Talamanca, Costa Rica

Two on board not seriously injured and named as Tony Monge and Cristián Goncalves

18-Oct-19

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Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that two Japanese prefectures have placed orders for two Bell 412EPI helicopters. The orders came from the Wakayama and Ishikawa Prefectures, through Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) and EuroTec Japan Corporation. Each Prefecture has ordered one Bell 412EPI, and the aircraft will be operated by their respective… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Oct-19

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17-Oct-19 N167AG Bell 206B Marshville, US-North Carolina (1F)

Struck powerlines and crashed while involved in low level spraying operations Pilot was  identified as Andrew Alan Stephen by the Union County Sheriff’s Office

17-Oct-19

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Bell Appoints China State Grid GA as a Bell429 Authorized Maintenance Center

Bell Appoints China State Grid GA as a Bell429 Authorized Maintenance Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the appointment of China State Grid General Aviation Co., Ltd. as a new Bell 429 Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC), making it the fifth CAAC part 145 certified Bell-authorized MRO center in China. “Bell is committed to providing first-class support and services for all customers worldwide;… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-19

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Celebrating 40 Years of Bell Operating in China

Celebrating 40 Years of Bell Operating in China

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, celebrated 40 years of Bell helicopters operating in the Chinese market. “In the past 40 years, the Chinese civil helicopter industry has tremendously changed, becoming the second largest civilian helicopter market in Asia-Pacific. Bell has been very proud to participate in the development of the vertical… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-19

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

The V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] has topped the 500,000 flight hour milestone. More than 375 Ospreys logged the hours, including the U.S. Air Force CV-22 and the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22. “The V-22 provides unmatched capability for the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-19

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Bell introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell introduces B360 Invictus for US Army FARA Competitive Prototype

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus, as the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell’s innovative approach to designing the Bell 360 Invictus combines proven low-risk technologies with advanced processes to deliver soldiers an affordable, agile and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Oct-19

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Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell teams with Collins for US Army FARA program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), as Bell competes for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. Bell is designing a vertical lift aircraft, as part of the contract awarded in April… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Oct-19

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Swedish Police add two more Bell 429s

Swedish Police add two more Bell 429s

The Police in Sweden have recently added a pair of Bell 429s to bring their fleet to a total of nine.  Funded by an anti-terrorism budget, the two arrived at Stockholm by airfreight on 5th August, courtesy of freight airline Cargolux. Now on the Swedish civil register as SE-JPN and JPO – respectively Bell MSNs 57350… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-19

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LO Helicopter Committee Enthusiastic about Bell 525

LO Helicopter Committee Enthusiastic about Bell 525

New Bell 525 technologies will raise oil and gas helicopter operational safety standards in the North Sea. As we gather for another edition of the SOLA Conference in Stavanger, Norway, improving helicopter operational safety in the North Sea continues to be top of mind. We are hard at work, fully focused on our certification progress… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Sep-19

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Students STEP into the Future with Bell

Students STEP into the Future with Bell

This week, Bell launched its new high school Student Training Employment Program (STEP). The students and schools were selected through Bell’s partnership with Project Lead the Way, a non-profit that puts STEM classes into K-12 classrooms. Students from Fort Worth and Arlington ISDs submitted their resumes and participated in onsite interviews. A total of 58… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-19

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Mecaer Delivers Bell 505 MAGnificent

Mecaer Delivers Bell 505 MAGnificent

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced a Bell 505 delivery in MAGnificent style. MAG completed the retrofit from a utility configured Bell 505 to a VIP MAGnificent at its Philadelphia, PA (PNE) FAA Part 145 Repair Station. The interior modification included new passenger seat frames configured in MAGnificent style, liners and panels covered in leather,… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 13-Sep-19

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Garmin® G1000H NXi-equipped Bell 407GXi achieves IFR certification

Garmin® G1000H NXi-equipped Bell 407GXi achieves IFR certification

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the G1000H® NXi integrated flight deck has received Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification. Bell recently achieved this certification in the 407GXi, which gives pilots the flexibility of operating in degraded weather conditions with valuable situational awareness tools and advanced capabilities in a next generation… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Sep-19

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Fleet Surpasses 20,000 Flight Hour

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Fleet Surpasses 20,000 Flight Hour

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has surpassed more than 20,000 flight hours. Bell has delivered 200 aircraft to customers operating the aircraft spanning six continents. Since the first delivery in 2017, the global fleet has logged more than 20,000 hours, marking one of Bell’s fastest… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Aug-19

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Bell Autonomous Pod Transport 70 Achieves First Autonomous Flight

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport 70 Achieves First Autonomous Flight

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the successful first autonomous flight of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 at their testing site near Fort Worth. Bell plans to  continue to test the vehicle under an experimental type certificate throughout the remainder of the year. “We are excited to reach this milestone, and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Aug-19

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Bell 407GXi earns IFR certification

Bell 407GXi earns IFR certification

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Aug-19

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Bell Announces 200th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Delivery

Bell Announces 200th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Delivery

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of the 200th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Austria-based operator Hubi-fly Helikopter GmbH. The aircraft will be used for corporate transport.    The first delivery of the Bell 505 occurred in March 2017 to Pylon Aviation. The global fleet of 200 aircraft are flying… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Aug-19

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Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System becomes standard on Bell 407GXi

Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System becomes standard on Bell 407GXi

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has selected Precise Flight’s patented Pulselite System® as standard equipment for the Bell 407GXi. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a helicopter, thereby increasing its visibility and reflecting… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 06-Aug-19

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Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

Bell Awarded $28M Contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Support

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,515,180 modification (P00018) against a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410) adding five national stock numbers for stabilizer bar assemblies, pylon mast assemblies, trans case assemblies, quill assemblies and rotary wing blades in support of UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters. This is a fixed-price, requirements contract. Location… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-19

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Bell settles with Louisiana after quitting Lafayette plant

Bell settles with Louisiana after quitting Lafayette plant

The State of Louisiana has reached a settlement claim with Bell of $9.5 million. This comes after Bell decided to abandon their development plans at Lafayette. As reported by Daily Advertiser, Bell was unable to reach their hiring goals at Lafayette. Louisiana has now leased the aviation facility to Kopter Group AG.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-19

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