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Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Bell announced that PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), has signed a purchase agreement with the Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters. Under the contract, Bell will deliver the nine helicopters to PTDI, who will then perform customization work before final delivery to the Indonesian Army. In 2016, Bell and PTDI signed an expanded Industrial and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Jan-19

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

LORD Corporation–a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – is now certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Tension Torsion (TT) straps. The certification allows LORD to sell EASA-certified STC parts direct and through authorized distributors in Europe. “LORD is very pleased to offer TT straps directly to the… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 14-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

We are pleased to announce we intend to resume flying operations from Friday (11 January) through a contingency arrangement with Specialist Aviation Services. A back-up helicopter (MD 902) will be brought online for day flying (8am-6pm, seven days a week) for the foreseeable future. Our charity previously shared an MD 902 helicopter with Wiltshire Police… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

Helicopter blades struck ramp worker during startup.  The man who was killed was identified in this report as Salvatore Disi, 62

10-Jan-19

10-Jan-19 VH-HUE Bell 205 Talbingo, Australia

During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster resulting in serious injuries.

10-Jan-19

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jan-19

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

The first application of the Safran Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System (HEPS), the Bell Nexus, is officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The propulsion solution of this multi-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is capable of producing more than 600 kWe power. During ground tests last June the system produced 100… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Jan-19

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

Police can confirm that a new contractor has been chosen to supply helicopter services for our Air Support Unit in Auckland City. The change of supplier follows a tender process that commenced in early 2018 and will see our Air Support Unit relocating from its present location in Mechanics Bay to Auckland Heliport in Onehunga…. Read more »

Source: New Zealand Police, 08-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $23,201,950for delivery order N0001919F0031 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order provides for MV-22 flight test sustainment; MV-22 flight test sustainment back-home support for analysis of flight tests; and flight test support for five MV-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $366,623,144 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Dec-18

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Bell V-280 Valor

Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $18,000,000 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0103) to exercise an option for technical analysis, engineering and integration on V-22 aircraft platform for the Navy, Marine Corps,. Air Force, and the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-18

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Bell 505 – TB_505-18-14 – Freewheel Assembly Housing Sealant

Bell has been made aware of cases where corrosion has been found on the freewheel assembly housing surface to the engine gearbox interface. Following investigation, it was discovered that the surface paint masking of the interface of freewheel housing 406-040-500-107 is best adapted to fit on the model 206L4 and 407. This freewheel housing when… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Dec-18

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Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 07-Dec-18

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Bell 505 – TB_505-18-12 – New interior protective pads

Bell has received field reports of cabin interior protective pads held in position with VELCRO® that disbond from the cabin structure. This is more likely to occur to those aircraft located in a hot and humid environment. To address this condition, Bell engineering has developed new interior protective pads, adding snaps to the interface to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

A factory new Bell 407 GXP series aircraft from Bell Helicopters USA procured by Nepalese Army has landed in Nepalese Army premises in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today approximately at 1:20 PM. The aircraft today took off from India. However the aircraft initially flew from Singapore. It took a 4 days ferry flight trip for… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Dec-18

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New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

Apollo MedFlight has revealed that they will be adding a Bell 407 to their Guymon base. Their fleet now consists of the Bell 407, a King Air 90 and an EC135, reports ABC7 Amarillo.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Recognized for world-class innovation, precision and quality, Bell offers premium comfort coupled with safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. The Bell 429 and Bell 505 helicopters combine sleek exterior lines and meticulously crafted bespoke interiors for the most comfortable in-flight experience. The Bell 505 and Bell 429 have become a staple for private transport around… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 05-Dec-18

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Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department. “The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said jay ortiz, SENIOR vice president, the… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 04-Dec-18

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Bell 429 – TB_429-18-58 – Bellcrank Assemblies

This Technical Bulletin introduces the procedures to upgrade the 429-001-523-101/- 103 and 429-001-532-101/-103 bellcrank assemblies to the latest configuration 429- 001-523-107 and 429-001-532-107 which utilizes corrosion resistant steel bearings. Bellcranks upgraded in accordance with this Technical Bulletin will not be affected by PART II of the Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 429-15-21 Revision B. Customers should… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Dec-18

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Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

The Bell V-280 Valor was recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New Award in the Aerospace category for 2018. This award validates all the fantastic work completed to date by Bell and its partners from Team Valor and the U.S. government. From the outset, the Bell team had a mission: revolutionize vertical lift for U.S. warfighters. As part of… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 30-Nov-18

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Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $20,512,216 for modification P00056 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22 and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46.6… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

A system includes a first mast torque transfer system, a second mast torque transfer system coupled to the first mast torque transfer system, and a torque limiting system. The torque limiting system includes a first sensor configured to determine a torque of the first mast torque transfer system, a second sensor configured to determine a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Nov-18

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Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

BELL is proud to be participating in this year’s edition of Japan International Aerospace Exhibition on booth #7401. BELL has a long  history in Japan and has been collaborating with SUBARU Corporation for over 60 years. We were the first OEM to deliver military helicopters in 1954 to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 28-Nov-18

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26-Nov-18 Bell UH-1 Sancaktepe, Turkey (4F)

A Turkish military UH-1 has crashed in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, with four fatalities and a fifth person with serious injuries

26-Nov-18

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Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

Bell revealed their newest drone design this year at the 2018 Modern Day Marine Expo. The V-247 Vigilant is an unmanned tilt-rotor that has been pitched as an idea for the U.S Marine Corps’ MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary) program. The aircraft has technology similar to that of the V-22… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-18

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Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

Electric Power Systems (EPS) announced its official teaming agreement with Bell Helicopter, A Textron Inc., to develop an innovative Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. “We’re excited to work with Bell on making their On-Demand Mobility project a success.” EPS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Millecam said. “Bell’s team are… Read more »

Source: Electric Power Systems, 13-Nov-18

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Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

Genaire is proud to expand it’s fuel cell repair capabilities to now include Bell Helicopters Models 412 and 214. The care and maintenance of an aircraft’s fuel cell is an incredibly important responsibility. To ensure we are providing the best possible service, we have developed proprietary testing methods that have allowed us to repair all… Read more »

Source: Genaire, 09-Nov-18

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Bell appoints first Independent Representative in Canada

Bell appoints first Independent Representative in Canada

Bell announced HelicoStore, a Quebec based company, as the first Independent Representative in Canada. “Bell’s independent representative family allows us to BEST serve our customers around the world and we believe our friends at helicostore will be a great addition to this network allowing us to ENHANCE our customer expereince and expand our commerical business… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 02-Nov-18

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Bell expands Flight Research Center

Bell expands Flight Research Center

On October 25, Bell revealed our expanded Flight Research Center (FRC) in Arlington, TX. This state-of-the-art facility houses many of our newest technology and innovations including the Bell V-280 Valor, 525 Relentless, V-247 Vigilant and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT). During the ceremony, attendees were able to see the Bell V-280 in action: Our new… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 31-Oct-18

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Bell 407GXi Certified by FAA

Bell 407GXi Certified by FAA

The Bell 407GXi has been validated by the FAA after receiving certification from Transport Canada earlier this year. Chilean based customer, Eagle Copters, took delivery of the first Bell 407GXi to be used for corporate transportation. Bell announced the latest enhancements to the popular Bell 407 platform featuring improved pilot awareness, higher precision navigation, enhanced… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 30-Oct-18

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Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy. “The… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 26-Oct-18

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Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has named Rotor Team as the latest and 15th Bell authorized Service Center in Europe. “With the Bell fleet rapidly expanding in Europe, continuing to provide the highest level of local support to our customers is a top priority,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 26-Oct-18

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Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Thales, for the development of flight control systems for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “We continue to expand our team and capabilities for our ODM aircraft to bring the most advanced technology available and new… Read more »

Source: Thales, 26-Oct-18

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Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

Visit Bell’s chalet N04 to discover our next-generation aircraft on static display at Marrakech Air Show 2018: The AH-1Z is the most advanced helicopter in the world. Built for expeditionary warfare, the aircraft is rugged, reliable and lethal. It’s small logistical footprint provides exceptional operating value and gives you the lowest acquisition, operation and lifecycle… Read more »

25-Oct-18

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Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

Ultimate HELI is a world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have deployed 2 x Bell 412EP’s to Juba, South Sudan. The helicopters are based in Juba, Southern Sudan… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Aviation, 24-Oct-18

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Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-21-15 – Rod End

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-13-03 for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. AD 2017-13-03 required adding an identification number to life-limited rod ends that do not have a serial number (S/N). Since we issued AD 2017-13-03, an additional life-limited rod end was identified that is affected by the same unsafe… Read more »

Source: FAA, 23-Oct-18

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Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-16-51 – Tail rotor gearbox

We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. This AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters as Emergency AD 2018-16-51, dated July 26, 2018, which superseded Emergency AD 2018-15-51, dated July 20, 2018. This AD requires inspecting the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Oct-18

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Visit Bell at #IACP2018

Visit Bell at #IACP2018

Visit Bell during IACP booth #2001 to speak to a Bell representative about how we are continuing to drive innovation in the law enforcement segment and view Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Bell 429. At Bell, we pride ourselves for being one of the leading aircraft providers for law enforcement agencies around the world including, New York… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 22-Oct-18

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Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9064) announced their strategic collaboration for the future of civilian aerial logistics. Together they aspire to be a global leader in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) logistics and plan to do so by collaborating to integrate innovative autonomous unmanned vehicle… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 22-Oct-18

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Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy. “The Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 18-Oct-18

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Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

Bell recently attended the VR/AR Global Summit to discuss the practical use of incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) into future product concepts and customer experiences. Their panel, “Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight,” drew a large crowd of industry innovators and thrillists drawn to the business case use of VR production. Using VIVE,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 16-Oct-18

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Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five (5) Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with M240 7.62mm Machine Guns for an estimated cost of $82.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 3, 2018. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 08-Oct-18

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Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. At Bell, we believe a convergence of technological advancements is enabling the industry to drive solutions that… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 03-Oct-18

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Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of three Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “The Bell 429 delivers exceptional speed and aircraft readiness when minutes matter,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas. “Bell is incredibly proud to provide aircraft to support the men and women of Mercy… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 02-Oct-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Embodiments refer generally to systems and methods for providing autorotative enhancement for helicopters using an autorotative assist unit coupled to the transmission of the helicopter. Methods of utilizing an autorotative assist unit as well as retrofitting an autorotative assist unit to an existing helicopter are also disclosed. By employing an autorotative assist unit, improved autorotation can be achieved… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

The Armed Forces of Montenegro have recently held an event to mark the arrival of three Bell 412 helicopters into their fleet, following on a contract signed on 30th January 2018.  After evaluating both the Airbus H145M and the Leonardo AW139, Montenegro reportedly picked the Bell proposal to ensure they stayed within their budget of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has received a $10,000 grant from Bell to help fund educational activities for WAI’s Girls in Aviation Day. Specifically, this grant is used to provide helicopter-oriented editorial content in WAI’s annual magazine Aviation for Girls and to provide hands-on educational activities including understanding rotary flight by experimenting with and flying… Read more »

Source: WAI, 01-Oct-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12 additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and B-Kit installation; and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $198,927,812 firm-fixed-price contract for performance-based logistics support of the Chinook H-47 forward and aft rotor blades and associated containers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $32,350,663 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F1645 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for new Large Aircraft Infra-Red Countermeasure System Processor Replacement non-recurring engineering and 60 kits for the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9Q) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB right hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,439,388 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $13,655,072 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9R) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB left hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

A pedestal assembly receives a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes inboard and outboard tip ribs that extend above the wing and respectively define inboard and outboard slots. The pedestal assembly also includes inboard and outboard bearing cartridges. The inboard bearing cartridge… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 10-Sep-18

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Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a cooperative agreement with NASA for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight demonstration in the National Airspace System (NAS) expected to be conducted in 2020. The cooperative agreement outlines the goal of progressing toward routine commercial UAS operations in the NAS. Bell and our collaborative teammates… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Bell 505 lands in Africa

Bell 505 lands in Africa

With more than 100 Bell 505s already delivered around the world already being used for many different missions, the aircraft has now officially made it to Kenya. Earlier this month, Bell Independent Representative, Africair, delivered the first Bell 505 to KIDL Operations in Kenya, one of the fastest growing operators in East Africa specializing in executive transport. The… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,693,937 firm-fixed-price contract for H-1 rotary wing blades. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.  In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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FlightSafety awarded TH-57 Aircrew Training Services

FlightSafety awarded TH-57 Aircrew Training Services

FlightSafety International has been awarded Bell TH-57 Aircrew Training Services and Boeing C-17 Aircrew Training System contracts. “The TH-57 and C-17 contracts FlightSafety has received clearly demonstrate our ability and commitment to provide the highest quality products and training services,” said Ray Johns, Executive Vice President. “All of us with FlightSafety are proud to be… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Aug-18

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Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have given an iconic aircraft sculpture a new lease of life as its gate guardian. The full-size sculpture of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 who had previously used it as promotional tool at new housing developments. During the 1970s Barratts… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Aug-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

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UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $11,451,501 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-M21S) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for helicopter yoke assemblies. 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 three-year, five-month contract with no… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-18

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Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. Earlier this year, the Bell 525 completed cold weather testing at temperatures down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit in North Manitoba, Canada.  The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 15-Aug-18

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Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 14-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $74,217,505 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 23 items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The percentage of work at each of those locations cannot be determined at this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Aug-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved for Bell 407

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved for Bell 407

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft.The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 09-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Products, a Bell CSF, is pleased with Bell’s latest policy changes regarding the sale of new Bell parts. Beginning July 1, 2018, Customer Service Facilities, like Aero Products, will be permitted to sell Bell parts to certified Part 145, or Civil Aviation Authority equivalent repair stations if the following conditions apply: Repair station purchasing… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 24-Jul-18

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