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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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GKN Aerospace delivers thermoplastic composite components for Bell V-280 Valor

GKN Aerospace delivers thermoplastic composite components for Bell V-280 Valor

GKN Aerospace has delivered a pair of thermoplastic composite, induction welded Ruddervators, and two compression-moulded Access Panels manufactured from re-used thermoplastic waste material, to Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company. Ruddervators are the control surfaces for an aircraft with a V-tail configuration. As partner on Bell’s Team Valor, GKN Aerospace has designed and… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 28-Jun-19

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Shin-Nihon orders 2 Bell B407GXi

Shin-Nihon orders 2 Bell B407GXi

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Shin-Nihon Helicopters has placed an order for two Bell 407GXi helicopters, which upon delivery, will make Shin-Nihon Helicopters the first in Japan to operate the Bell 407GXi. Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both Bell 407GXi helicopters primarily to perform power-line patrol missions for electric power companies…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Jun-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded not-to-exceed $7,458,000 for modification P00005 to a delivery order N0001918F0016 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering to facilitate additional structural improvements, tooling assessment, and test aircraft retrofit tooling in support of theV-22 Nacelle Improvement effort. Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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Japan National Police places order with Bell

Japan National Police places order with Bell

At a ceremony held this week, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and SUBARU CORPORATION, announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JPNA) has placed the first order for a SUBARU BELL 412EPX. “We thank the National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, president and chief executive officer. “These aircraft will… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-19

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Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

This year marks a special anniversary for both Bell and Bell Independent Representative, National Airways Corporation (NAC). Thirty years ago, in 1989, we teamed up to offer helicopter solutions to go above and beyond flight in the southern part of Africa. One of the most prominent markets on the African continent is South Africa. With… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Jun-19

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Airbus, Bell, Guimbal and Robinson all represented at Heli UK Expo

The upcoming Heli UK Expo event at Wycombe Air Park on 13-15 June will feature four manufacturers. Airbus Helicopters UK will be bringing an H130, Bell’s representatives HelixAv have two 505s and a 407 and HeliGroup will show a G2 Cabri from French manufacturer Guimbal. Robinson have three distributors based in the UK, and all… Read more »

06-Jun-19

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Receives Certification for High-Altitude Operations

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Receives Certification for High-Altitude Operations

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Type Certification for performance information expansion at up to 22,500 feet density altitude, setting the bar for high altitude operations for aircraft in its class. “The Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single helicopter in the world, and we are proud to bring more… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-19

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Bell completes air medical training exercise

Bell completes air medical training exercise

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, in collaboration with Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC) and Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, announced the successful completion of an Air Medical Services (AMS) training exercise in China. This exercise is an initial step toward developing air medical capability for the Implementation Program for a Joint Pilot of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-May-19

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Bell 429 builds momentum with corporate customers

Bell 429 builds momentum with corporate customers

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is showcasing its corporate Bell 429 outfitted with Mecaer Aviation’s MAGnificent interior at EBACE. The aircraft is building momentum in the region with 7 recent sales to corporate customers in Germany, Greece, the Ukraine and Russia. “The Bell 429 continues to increase its footprint in Europe with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-May-19

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Alpine Aerotech 505 Bear Paw Now Compatible With High Skid Gear

Alpine Aerotech 505 Bear Paw Now Compatible With High Skid Gear

ALPINE AEROTECH LP announced that they have completed the modification of their popular Bear Paw Kit to be compatible with both Standard and High Skid Gear on the Bell 505. The Bear Paw Kit is constructed from high grade UV-resistance polymer and retains its shape through continuous landing and take-offs. Their industry-leading clamping system allows… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 27-May-19

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V-280 scores top marks

V-280 scores top marks

The Bell V-280 Valor recently completed flight demonstrations of its low-speed agility key performance parameter (KPP) in the U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program ahead of schedule. The V-280 Valor has now demonstrated in flight testing that it has the raw control power in pitch, roll, and yaw maneuvers to meet the Army’s Level… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-May-19

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CareFlite celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

CareFlite celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

CareFlite began with one Bell helicopter shared between Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital transporting about 20 patients each month. In 1980, CareFlite began operating a ground ambulance service in Dallas to support the helicopters and to provide non-emergency transportation to patients in area hospitals. Since being established in 1979, CareFlite… Read more »

Source: CareFlite, 24-May-19

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B505 Continues Global Expansion

B505 Continues Global Expansion

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signature of a new purchase agreement for the Bell 505 with HUBI-FLY from Austria and the recent certification of the aircraft in the Ukraine and Russia. With over 150 aircraft delivered worldwide, the Bell 505 is already demonstrating excellent performance. “The Bell 505 is truly… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-May-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $42M Contract for V-22 Technical Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $42M Contract for V-22 Technical Support

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $42,238,558 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001919F2768) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order procures fleet software sustainment including engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics for the Marine Corps and Air Force. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-May-19

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VNH launches tourism flights with B505

VNH launches tourism flights with B505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH North), a subsidiary of state-owned helicopter operator Vietnam Helicopter Corporation, has launched the first ever helicopter tourism flights with the Bell 505 in Vietnam’s iconic Ha Long Bay. Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and VNH North operate a fleet of modern helicopters… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-May-19

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol unveils new Bell 407s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol unveils new Bell 407s

The State Highway Patrol unveiled the addition of two new Bell 407 helicopters today to assist in the Patrol’s lifesaving mission.  The event held at the SHP’s Aviation Unit hanger in Raleigh showcased the needed upgrade to the Patrol’s Aviation fleet before distinguished guest and media invitees.  Although these new helicopters are a part of… Read more »

Source: North Carolina Dept of Public Safety, 02-May-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $30M Contract for MV-22 Software Upgrades

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $30M Contract for MV-22 Software Upgrades

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $29,772,039 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to order N61340-18-F-0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides software and hardware upgrades for 13 flight training devices to modernize critical system components in the MV-22 simulator to increase training fidelity for aircrew and maximize training capability…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-19

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Bell to display at FAMEX

Bell to display at FAMEX

“With more than 1,370 Bell aircraft currently operating in the region, Mexico remains an important country for Bell and we continue to expand our footprint in the region. Bell is proud to showcase a variety of our commercial platforms during FAMEX.” — said Nicholas Peffer, Managing Director, Latin America.

Source: Bell, 25-Apr-19

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Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that, should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, Alabama. Bell submitted its proposal to the Navy on April 2. The Navy is seeking to acquire 130 aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-19

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360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) system took flight for the first time aboard the V-280 Valor, Bell Helicopter’s next-generation tiltrotor aircraft in a series of flights over Fort Worth, Texas, in March. PDAS is a multi-functional sensor system that generates high-resolution, 360-degree imagery around the aircraft to enhance situational awareness for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Apr-19

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Bell demos 505 to Montenegro military

Bell demos 505 to Montenegro military

Bell have carried out a demonstration of their 505 JetRanger X to the Minister of Defense for Montenegro, Mr. Predrag Bošković.  Also present at the event held at Golubovci Air Base, a few miles south of the capital Podgorica, were U.S. Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke and Canadian Ambassador Kati Csaba. Bell already has a relationship with the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-19

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Kaman Receives Bell AH-1Z Blade Skin to Core Award

Kaman Receives Bell AH-1Z Blade Skin to Core Award

Kaman Composites Wichita (KCW) a division of Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), announced that it has been awarded the manufacture, and supply of composite skin to core assembly structural components for the Bell AH-1Z’s helicopter blades. “This award further exemplifies Bell’s confidence in Kaman Composites Wichita as a leading aerospace composite structures supplier. We are proud that… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 03-Apr-19

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Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

The Bell 525 program has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours and over 1,350 hours of total turn time. The FAA joined the Bell 525 flight test team in November 2018 and is now actively involved in certification flight testing in Yellowknife, Canada and the recent completion of snow testing certification in Rome, New York…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-19

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FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

The newest member of GE’s CT7 engine family, the CT7-2F1, achieved type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. This milestone is a big step forward for entry into service of the CT7-2F1-powered Bell 525 Relentless, the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter, designed to operate safely and reliably in austere environments and with decreased pilot workload…. Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 28-Mar-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $19M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $19M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,663,905 modification (P00003) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 Proprotor Hub spring and drive link kits for the Marine Corps; and 10 CV-22 Proprotor Hub spring and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Mar-19

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Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate

Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms. The collaboration will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s proven low-risk and advanced propulsion systems into future… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Mar-19

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V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades of Transforming Military Aviation

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Mar-19

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Genesys Aerosystems to certify popular HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System

Genesys Aerosystems to certify popular HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System

Genesys Aerosystems announced that it has begun the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) process for its VFR version of the Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) autopilot for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. “Genesys Aerosystems has already worked with the previous models of Bell Helicopters such as the 206B, 206L, and 407 to offer the benefits… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 22-Mar-19

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Canadian Coast Guard picks Dart wearplates for Bell 429 fleet

Canadian Coast Guard picks Dart wearplates for Bell 429 fleet

DART Aerospace has been known to offer Full-Length Wearplates designed specifically to prevent premature damage to OEM Skidtubes on a variety of aircraft models. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns a fleet of Bell 429 that operate in some of the most demanding, challenging and severe operational and environmental conditions and therefore, cannot afford any… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Mar-19

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Hawker Pacific supplies bespoke mission system

Hawker Pacific supplies bespoke mission system

Hawker Pacific announced the supply of a bespoke mission system delivered on three Bell 412EP helicopters to a Parapublic operator. Hawker Pacific Senior Vice President Middle East Region, Ian Darcy, says “our recent delivery of a bespoke mission system is a prime example of our experienced and mission focused engineering team at the Hawker Pacific… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 19-Mar-19

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Bell delivers B505 Jet Ranger X to Stockton Police

Bell delivers B505 Jet Ranger X to Stockton Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Stockton Police Department. “The Bell 505 has excelled in the parapublic sector since we first introduced the aircraft to the market, and customers are thrilled with the aircraft’s exceptional performance and ease of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-19

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CAMP Systems International Offers Engine Health Monitoring

CAMP Systems International Offers Engine Health Monitoring

CAMP Systems International is pleased to announce its industry leading CAMP Engine Health Monitoring solution is now available for Bell 505 aircraft powered by the Safran Arrius 2R engine. As the sole factory recommended maintenance tracking provider for Bell, CAMP Systems supports Bell operators as they maintain and meet the regulatory demands of helicopter health… Read more »

Source: CAMP Systems International, 19-Mar-19

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18-Mar-19 ZT-ROB Bell 206L3 Beira, Mozambique

Damaged by debris during hangar collapse caused by Cyclone Idai

18-Mar-19

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PhilJets orders 3 Bell 505 Helicopters

PhilJets orders 3 Bell 505 Helicopters

PhilJets, one of the leading business aviation companies in the Philippines, has ordered 3 brand new Bell 505 helicopters, to sustain its expansion plan. Celebrating its 6th year anniversary, PhilJets, the business aviation arm of Negocia Group, will be operating four Bell helicopters in its growing fleet. The single-engine helicopter, designed to efficiently transport 4… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 14-Mar-19

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SureFlight debuts its B505 with custom updates

SureFlight debuts its B505 with custom updates

A highly customized Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, N505GT will be on display at static Booth #C08 at the 2019 Heli Expo in Atlanta, GA next to Bell Helicopter’s Booth. SureFlight’s Bell 505 GT Package includes, Custom paint, seats, headliner, metal gaspers, carpet, and repainted interior doors and a baggage compartment liner. SureFlight is a… Read more »

Source: SureFlight, 13-Mar-19

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Bell Awarded Patent For Aircraft Engine Mount Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent For Aircraft Engine Mount Assemblies

A rotorcraft, such as a tiltrotor aircraft having helicopter and airplane modes, includes an airframe, an engine and an engine mount assembly for coupling the engine to the airframe. The engine includes an engine lug forming an aperture. The engine mount assembly includes a mount having an aperture substantially aligned with the engine lug aperture. A sleeved… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 11-Mar-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $86M Contract for Four MV-22 Upgrades

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $86M Contract for Four MV-22 Upgrades

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $85,718,447 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the upgrade of four MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration in support of the Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization Program (CC-RAM).  In addition, this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-19

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Meridian delivers Bell 206L4 to Southern Utah University

Meridian delivers Bell 206L4 to Southern Utah University

Meridian Helicopters LLC, announced it has sold and delivered a Bell Helicopter 206L4 to Southern Utah University (SUU). The Meridian Helicopters completion of the aircraft consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance to the FAA ADS-B out requirements. The avionics package was finished with night… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Bell at Heli-Expo 2019 Day 2

Bell at Heli-Expo 2019 Day 2

JB Investments Signs for four Bell 407 GXis Bell and JB Investments, Independent Representative for Bell in Poland, celebrated the sale of three Bell 407GXi Helicopters to the Polish Police and one Bell 407GXi to a corporate customer. “This is the first sale of the Bell 407GXi platform to a European law enforcement agency,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Mar-19

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Bell at Heli-Expo 2019

Bell at Heli-Expo 2019

SUBARU and BELL Celebrate Bell 412EPI Sale for Nagano Prefecture Firefighting Department in Japan Bell has signed a purchase agreement with Subaru Corporation for a Bell 412EPI helicopter. The aircraft will be operated by Nagano Prefecture Firefighting Department for firefighting, disaster relief and emergency response missions in Japan. “Bell has a robust relationship with Subaru… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-19

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Honeywell Brings Connectivity to New Heights at Heli-Expo 2019

Honeywell Brings Connectivity to New Heights at Heli-Expo 2019

At this year’s HAI HELI-EXPO, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is introducing a new Mission Communications Terminal and the latest supplemental type certificate for the installation of the Aspire® 200 satellite communications system on the Bell B429. “Our latest technologies and certifications are helping the helicopter market reach a level of connectivity it has never reached before,”… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 07-Mar-19

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Donaldson Delivers Filtration Systems for Bell 525 Relentless

Donaldson Delivers Filtration Systems for Bell 525 Relentless

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth #B4312), a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is pleased to announce delivery of its advanced filtration systems for the Bell 525 Relentless®. The oil filter assemblies protect the aircraft’s gearboxes, engines, and auxiliary power unit from the damaging and performance-degrading effects of dirt, dust, salt, sand, and foreign… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace, 06-Mar-19

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Aero Dynamix Inc announces Bell 505 NVG certification

Aero Dynamix Inc announces Bell 505 NVG certification

Aero Dynamix Inc. (ADI) announces another aircraft model and STC added to their long list of NVG certifications. The FAA has issued STC# SR09899AC to ADI for the Bell 505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System which is comprised of internal avionics modifications and newly manufactured ELP’s. “As this new platform is gaining popularity in the… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 05-Mar-19

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Houston TV station debuts Bell 505

Houston TV station debuts Bell 505

KTRK has revealed their new B505 helicopter. The new helicopter, now called the SkyeEye, is lighter and faster than their previous helicopter and has a state of the art camera, reports News Cast Studio.

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-19

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