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President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

Yesterday, at “Carlos Curbelo” Naval Air Base in Punta del Este, a ceremony was held to welcome the first of two AB412s acquired by the Uruguay Navy. The event was attended by the President of the Republic, Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou, Defence Minister Dr. Javier Garcia, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense Colonel Rivera… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-20

Bell Delivers Montenegro Air Force’s First Bell 505

Bell Delivers Montenegro Air Force’s First Bell 505

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Montenegro Air Force accepted its first Bell 505. The technical acceptance occurred in July at Bell Prague. The delivery happened today in Montenegro and was accepted by Montenegro Air Force’s Minister of Defence, Predrag Bošković. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Sep-20

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First Bell Authorized Maintenance Center Added in Denmark

First Bell Authorized Maintenance Center Added in Denmark

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it will be adding its first Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Denmark and the second AMC in Europe. Air Service International A/S is located in Billund, Denmark and the new facility will provide maintenance for the Bell 206A/B, 206L and 505. “Bell will support Air Service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Sep-20

Bell Adds Its First European Authorized Maintenance Center to its Support Network

Bell Adds Its First European Authorized Maintenance Center to its Support Network

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its first ever Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Europe. The new AMC will provide maintenance for the Bell 505 and Bell 407 and is located near downtown Warsaw in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland. “We are excited to announce Bell’s first AMC in Europe,” said Duncan Van De… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Sep-20

15-Sep-20 N489DM Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Main rotor struck tail boom during autorotation training.  Instructor and student not injured

15-Sep-20

Bell Announces New Miami Facility Opening

Bell Announces New Miami Facility Opening

To maintain great products that serve as valuable assets for businesses, emergency medical services and personal travel across the globe, Bell partners with customers in every corner of the world. Expanding our global footprint and making sure our services are easily available to our diverse customers requires the aid of maintenance facilities and partners. This… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Sep-20

Bell announces delivery of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit

Bell announces delivery of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first Bell manufactured public safety configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit. “Bell is proud to deliver Alameda County Sheriff’s Office with one of the most technologically equipped short light single aircraft on the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Sep-20

09-Sep-20 N461RA Bell 206L1 Binghampton, US-New York

Precautionary field landing while on powerline  imaging work

09-Sep-20

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Erickson takes over 214B and 214ST from Bell

Erickson takes over 214B and 214ST from Bell

Erickson Inc. and Bell Textron Inc. have announced the signed agreements to initiate the transfer of type certificates for the model 214 ST and B/B1 helicopters to Erickson Incorporated. The transfer will be processed through the FAA and is expected to be completed near the end of the year. The agreements replace the previous license… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Sep-20

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Air Evac Lifeteam 38 transitions into Univ Missouri program

Air Evac Lifeteam 38 transitions into Univ Missouri program

Exciting changes are in store for one Heartland air ambulance service. Tuesday, September 1, Air Evac Lifeteam 38 in Kirksville will officially transition to MU 4 and integrate into the University of Missouri Air Medical Services Program. See Full Story. 

Source: KTVO, 04-Sep-20

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Transwest Helicopters returns to operations

Transwest Helicopters returns to operations

Transwest Helicopters has re-entered operations with a well-equipped Bell 412EP aircraft (C-GTWJ) perfectly suited for utility and fire firefighting applications. The aircraft has undergone a full refurbishment at the Transwest facility and is outfitted with a wire strike kit, the BLR Fast Fin, Strake Kit and BAMBI Max water bucket system as well as several… Read more »

Source: Transwest Helicopters, 04-Sep-20

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Leonardo AB412 – EASA AD 2020-0192 – Electrical Power – Cable Assembly

Leonardo AB412 – EASA AD 2020-0192 – Electrical Power – Cable Assembly

One occurrence has been reported of failure of both inverters in flight, leading to autopilot disconnection. Subsequent inspection identified chafing of a wire in the AC power system cable assembly, due to a protective grommet not correctly installed in the emergency bus interlock compartment. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to autopilot… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Sep-20

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Budget cut puts Sonoma County Bell 407 at risk

Budget cut puts Sonoma County Bell 407 at risk

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter rescue unit that just saved two Marin County firefighters trapped in the midst of the Woodward Fire last Friday night is at risk of being eliminated due to budget shortfalls. See Full Story. 

Source: CBSN Bay Area, 31-Aug-20

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28-Aug-20 5N-BQW Bell 206B Opebi, Nigeria (3F)

Helicopter crashed into the yard in a built-up area, killing two of three occupants on impact.  Third is reported to have later died in hospital. Images show mast and main rotor blades largely intact, suggesting it descended upright and vertically.  Location is about 3km east of Lagos Airport.

28-Aug-20

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Bell Delivers 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University

Bell Delivers 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University (SUU) for its existing fleet of helicopters used to conduct student training. “SUU has been a Bell customer for more than 20 years, and its Professional Pilot Aviation Program currently operates two Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Aug-20

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24-Aug-20 N386HQ Bell 205A.1 Laverne, US-California

Tail rotor double delamination discovered during post flight inspection

24-Aug-20

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22-Aug-20 N41SJ Bell 206 Clifton, US-New Jersey

Precautionary landing in baseball field.  Eyewitness reports suggest there was something on fire in the cockpit which was taken out of the helicopter and extinguished.  With rotors still turning, the one person who got out then got back in and the helicopter took off again.

22-Aug-20

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Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

SiriusXM® and Bell, a leading manufacturer of helicopters and a pioneer in the advancement of aviation technology, announced today that Bell will become the first helicopter OEM to provide its customers with a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered aviation weather, information, and audio programming services with the purchase of a new rotor wing aircraft. A… Read more »

Source: SiriusXM, 19-Aug-20

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Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification / Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC/PMA) on its updated composite mainrotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades contain different carbon fiber ply counts and orientations than the original VHA 206B main rotor blades. This… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 19-Aug-20

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Bell unveils new Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

19-Aug-20

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19-Aug-20 N711GH Bell UH-1 Coalinga, US-California (1F)

Crashed during firefighting operations.  Pilot received fatal injuries – named here as Michael Fournier

19-Aug-20

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Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell has proven its engineering and design prowess with the development of its V-280 Valor and Bell 360 Invictus aircraft, both of which have been down selected for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program – namely the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs respectively. There’s little doubt that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Aug-20

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Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the official opening of the new Bell facility in Wichita, Kansas, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas, including Engineering, Supply Chain, Professional Manufacturing and Corporate Services. Bell held an opening ceremony at the facility with employees and executive leadership to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Aug-20

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Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Aug-20

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10-Aug-20 (serial tba) Bell UH-1N Middleburg, US-Virginia

Routine training mission; helicopter was struck by a bullet. A safe emergency landing was made at Manassas Regional Airport. One crew member was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

10-Aug-20

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08-Aug-20 N284S Bell 206 Marathon, US-Texas (3F)

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in the accident as they surveyed the landscape for desert bighorn sheep.  The pilot, who was a private contractor for the state agency, was taken to El Paso for medical treatment.  The victims were named by Texas Parks and Wildlife as Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife… Read more »

08-Aug-20

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VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) on its updated composite main rotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The last major hurdle prior to receiving a supplemental type certificate (STC), the TIA signifies that the design meets type design requirements and permits FAA pilots to perform final flight tests… Read more »

Source: VHA, 07-Aug-20

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07-Aug-20 N55SL Bell 206L4 Windham, US-New Hampshire

Precautionary landing in a parking lot

07-Aug-20

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06-Aug-20 N137HS Bell 206B Paris, US-Illinois

Aircraft struck powerlines during aerial application

06-Aug-20

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Transport Canada Approve HTC metal blades for Bell 204, 205 and UH-1

Transport Canada Approve HTC metal blades for Bell 204, 205 and UH-1

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to report that Transport Canada has formally accepted their STC for the 204P2100-103 Main Rotor Blade applicable on various Huey Models. STC # SR02492LA will be entered in the national index of STCs that have been reviewed and accepted by Transport Canada for installation on Canadian-registered aeronautical products. The… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Technology Company, 04-Aug-20

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04-Aug-20 D-HIPO Bell 47G4A Lübstorf, Germany

Substantially damaged beyond repair in a forced autorotation landing at Lübstorf near Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  Minor injuries to the 3POB

04-Aug-20

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New EMS Service Launched in South Africa Operating Bell 222s

New EMS Service Launched in South Africa Operating Bell 222s

In July 2020, a long-standing and loyal Bell customer, Henley Air, launched its very own ROCKET (Rapid On Call Emergency Transport) Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operating six Bell 222 UT helicopters. ROCKET offers the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry in South Africa a neutral and independent helicopter ambulance service of unmatched quality. The service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jul-20

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Bell 205, 205, 212, 214, 412 – FAA AD 2020-16-10 – Shoulder harness

Bell 205, 205, 212, 214, 412 – FAA AD 2020-16-10 – Shoulder harness

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 214B, 214B-1, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a shoulder harness seat belt comfort clip (comfort clip) interfering with the seat belt inertia reel. This AD requires… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Jul-20

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Bell APT drone makes first BVLOS flight

Bell APT drone makes first BVLOS flight

In the race to provide viable, aerial solutions to move goods and information, Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) surpassed a significant step in this journey: beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight. Delivering goods and information to critical – sometimes inaccessible – locations calls for an aircraft that can fly autonomously, over long distances and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-20

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Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), is pleased to announce that RSG has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters. STC validations from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Agencia… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 23-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: Platforms with a Purpose

85 Years of Bell: Platforms with a Purpose

It started with the renowned Bell 47 Model – the “Bubble” – becoming the first certified helicopter for civilian use. Ready to jump into the civil market, Larry Bell concocted a three-step approach to introduce helicopters to everyday civilians and businesses. Today at Bell, this three-step strategy to bring vertical lift to new audiences has… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: Charging into the Future

85 Years of Bell: Charging into the Future

From breaking the sound barrier with incredible pilot Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 plane to developing the world’s first tiltrotor, Bell has always found ways to uncover revolutionary solutions. We’ve created flying rocket belts or jet packs and assisted with a lunar landing. But it’s not about one department, one invention or even one person. It’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell

85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell

“Larry Bell left behind two great monuments to his life. One is the great number of lives which have been saved by the helicopters he fostered and sustained, a fact of which he was immensely proud. The second is the family of people at Bell, who still, today in many ways mirror the personality of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Jul-20

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Bell buys Chinese maintainer Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation

Bell buys Chinese maintainer Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is strengthening its customer service and support offerings with the acquisition of Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited to increase Bell’s helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in China. Previously appointed as an Authorized Maintenance Center, the acquired Zhenjiang Aerochine – now Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Jul-20

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Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte has five ASTAR (H125) and a Bell 206 JetRanger. It used to operate a King Air C-90 and more Bell 206 JetRangers, but as Brazil’s B206 fleet diminished, locating parts and technicians have caused headaches. See Full Story.

Source: Business Air News, 16-Jul-20

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First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Osprey is built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jul-20

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Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Bell 429 to the Chinese national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). This Bell 429 is the first dedicated ENG configured helicopter in China as well as the first ENG configured Bell 429 to operate in North Asia. “It’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-20

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GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

Foresight MX, GPMS’s predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), is now active on Municipal Enterprises Limited’s new Bell 407GXi. Municipal’s Jeff Byrne, who serves as both pilot and maintainer on an aircraft used for construction site inspections and executive transport, described using the Foresight system as “almost too easy”. He explained, “When you land,… Read more »

Source: GPMS Foresight HUMS, 09-Jul-20

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Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Serving Central Oregon for 25 years, Leading Edge Aviation is happy to announce its continued growth and success in the aviation industry with the newest addition to its fleet of over 20 aircraft: the Bell 407 GX helicopter. “The 407GX is equipped with various advanced safety features, with the well-being of our staff and contract… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Aviation, 09-Jul-20

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Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Horizon International Flight Academy has logged more than 1,000 flight hours in its Bell 505 fleet, mainly utilized to train military pilots. Horizon’s training academy is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “Crossing the 1,000-flight hour threshold in less than three months from its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-20

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Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,346,395 firm-fixed-price modification (P00013) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0030). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification provides for the production and delivery of a fully assembled flight training device for an… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-20

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GA Telesis launches helicopter leasing company with seven Bell 206L4s

GA Telesis launches helicopter leasing company with seven Bell 206L4s

GA Telesis, LLC (“GAT”) announces the formation of GA Telesis Rotorcraft (“GATR”) to provide lease and finance solutions in the helicopter sector. GATR closed its first helicopter transaction, a portfolio of Bell helicopters. GAT completed the acquisition of seven Bell 206L4 helicopters, four of which are subject to multi-year leases. Regarding the other three helicopters,… Read more »

Source: GA Telesis, 25-Jun-20

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GE Aviation selected by Bell Textron for Aircraft Health Awareness System

GE Aviation selected by Bell Textron for Aircraft Health Awareness System

GE Aviation was selected by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to provide the Aircraft Health Awareness System as part of Team Invictus for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype, a part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The health awareness system integrates decades of GE’s proven health… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 25-Jun-20

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Bell Training Academy Launches Virtual Course Platform

Bell Training Academy Launches Virtual Course Platform

The Bell Training Academy will offer virtual pilot and maintenance training for global customers who may be unable to travel to Bell’s global training facilities. “This is one of many virtual support offerings in the initial phase of Bell’s customer support and services modernization effort,” said Sam Nelson, general manager, Bell Global Training Academy. “In today’s environment,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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Bell Refreshes Amarillo Horse “Straight Up”

Bell Refreshes Amarillo Horse “Straight Up”

A horse is a horse. Of course. But Bell’s horse, “Straight Up”, is anything but just another statue you’ll see around town. Straight Up is one of nearly 100 horses around the Amarillo area thanks to a project initiated by Center City of Amarillo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of historic downtown Amarillo…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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Bell Discusses Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight

Bell Discusses Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight

Stepping into the future of flight calls for a unique approach – one that requires modern tools and a dynamic, agile team. Bell’s Technology and Innovation organization partnered with our Brand team to re-imagine customer experience, aircraft design and more. Through game design, virtual reality, augmented reality and more, our teams have explored the various… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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Triumph To Provide Mechanical Flight Controls For Multiple Bell Platforms

Triumph To Provide Mechanical Flight Controls For Multiple Bell Platforms

Triumph Group [NYSE: TGI] announced that its Triumph Systems & Support business unit has been awarded a five-year contract from Bell Textron, Inc. for the supply of mechanical flight controls for multiple commercial helicopter platforms, including the Bell 429, Bell 412 and Bell 407. The contract is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) award that will… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 24-Jun-20

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AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

Air Ambulance Technology delivers first Bell 412 Kit to Montenegro Armed Forces. (Vojska Crne Gora) Montenegro, with its beautiful beaches and mountainous terrain, benefits from powerful and agile helicopters to help cope not only with natural disasters, but also cover patient transport for residents and tourists when the need may be. In 2018, Montenegro was… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Technology, 15-Jun-20

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Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

The Bell Boeing [NYSE:BA] V-22 team recently delivered its 400th aircraft, a CV-22 for U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The first production V-22 was delivered on May 24, 1999, and today deliveries occur under the Multi-year Procurement III contract valued at $5 billion. That contract runs through 2024 and includes variants for the Marines,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jun-20

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Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s. These new aircraft will be used to train the Montenegrin military pilots. The agreement also provides that Bell will provide training for three pilots in France and eight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jun-20

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Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced agreements with nine premier aerospace industry leaders to form Team Invictus. The companies are producing the Bell 360 Invictus prototype submission as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Each industry partner brings unique experience and technological expertise to provide… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-20

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Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

 Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced  a new comprehensive ownership program for purchasers of new Bell commercial aircraft, including the Bell 505, Bell 407GXi, Bell 429, and SUBARU Bell 412EPX. Bell will include a one-year subscription to Garmin® OnePak™ database bundles and the Garmin Pilot™ app as part of each new aircraft purchase. Database Concierge, the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jun-20

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Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association, has released it’s quarterly production report covering January to March 2020. This covers the general aviation aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and rotorcraft deliveries declined across all segments during the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the first quarter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-20

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Precise Flight, Inc. has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include approvals for the Bell 429 and Bell 505 variations. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternatively pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 29-May-20

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Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock has down selected the Bell 429 aircraft in its bid for the LAND 2097 Phase 4 Project to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations helicopter capability. As one of the world’s largest and most experienced helicopter operators, and the largest commercial operator in Australia, Babcock completed a comprehensive assessment of the platforms available… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 28-May-20

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Bell Honoring Heroes During National EMS Week

Bell Honoring Heroes During National EMS Week

Somewhere, a dedicated team stands ready, waiting to launch a Bell aircraft, reach an emergency site and save a life. As the third week of May 2020 comes to a close, the U.S. celebrates emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and recognizes their unrelenting commitment to caring for patients – even in uncertain environments. Now, more… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-May-20

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Philippine attack helicopter purchase descends into deadlock

Philippine attack helicopter purchase descends into deadlock

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is reported in local press as saying that the prices being offered by Boeing and Bell for the AH-64E and AH-1Z acquisitions are way beyond the country’s available budget. The Foreign Military Sale requests issued by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) priced the potential sale of six AH-1Z… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-20

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FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce they are now offering an Upgraded Version of their Metal Main Rotor Blades for commercial Bell Helicopters 204B, 205A, and 205A-1 along with various UH-1 model restricted category helicopters.  The HTC Part Number 204P2100-103 Main Rotor Blade is a direct replacement the Bell Helicopter – Textron Part… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Technology Company, 18-May-20

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Bell Training Academy Continues to Complete Customer Training

Bell Training Academy Continues to Complete Customer Training

Even with limited travel options, the Bell Training Academy remains open and training customers. Barring any travel restrictions by the U.S. State Department on entry into the country, our pilots and instructors continue to offer hands-on flight and maintenance courses that enrich our customers knowledge of flight. To adapt to the current environment, our dedicated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-May-20

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Bell’s Technology and Innovation Team Has a New Leader

Bell’s Technology and Innovation Team Has a New Leader

At Bell, the Technology and Innovation team is responsible for creating and maturing the latest technologies and concepts to advance Bell’s commercial and military businesses. Their mission is to radically innovate technologies toward novel and coveted vertical lift experiences. And now, we have a new leader. The new engineer guiding this team is Jason Hurst. As… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-20

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Hyundai appoints Bell exec as VP of Urban Air Mobility Division

Hyundai appoints Bell exec as VP of Urban Air Mobility Division

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) announced it has appointed J. Scott Drennan as Vice President of its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division. Drennan will report to Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of UAM Division. In this role, Drennan will lead UAM research and development. Prior to joining Hyundai, Drennan spent more than… Read more »

Source: Hyundai, 06-May-20

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Bell 412EP has been re-contracted in Maiduguri/Nigeria

Bell 412EP has been re-contracted in Maiduguri/Nigeria

We are pleased to announce, that our Bell 412EP D-HAFV has recently been re-contracted for another 2-year period in Maiduguri/Nigeria – this despite the difficult times and restrictions we are faced with. “This achievement optimises the saying ‘when the going gets tough the tough get going’ and I am proud to say that all staff… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-May-20

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Alpine Aerotech adds Canadian STC for Bell 212 Crew Barrier System

ALPINE AEROTECH in collaboration with PORT AEROSPACE has received a TCCA STC for their Crew Barrier System for Bell Medium Aircraft. Initially accepted as a minor modification, Aerotech ultimately pursued an STC in response to guidance from TCCA certification and airworthiness. “We are the only STC’d solution in Canada” explains Taylor Wilson, Manager of Manufacturing… Read more »

Source: 20200806gw-BellMediumCrewBarrier, 02-May-20

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Bell’s Journey to Pioneer an Eco-Friendly World

Bell’s Journey to Pioneer an Eco-Friendly World

Ensuring comfortable and peaceful commutes for passengers. Delivering thrilling new experiences that can save time, reduce cost and make life a little easier. This is the future Bell is focused on providing consumers. But what will it do for the planet? With the emergence of electrically-powered aircraft comes the opportunity to explore more non-carbon sources… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Apr-20

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Bell 525 Relentless Completes Noise Testing Milestone

Bell 525 Relentless Completes Noise Testing Milestone

Everything is calm and quiet at the Buttonwillow Airport in northwest Kern County, California, as the Bell 525 Relentless moves one step closer to becoming the first certified-commercial fly-by-wire helicopter in the market. In the past month, the Bell team completed another stage of flight testing – acoustic signature testing. They conducted the tests at… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Apr-20

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Bell Boeing awarded $14M contract for 4 Navy CMV-22 flight training devices

Bell Boeing awarded $14M contract for 4 Navy CMV-22 flight training devices

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $14,323,100 firm-fixed-price order (N61340-20-F-7000) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for the design, fabrication, installation, test and delivery of four Navy CMV-22 flight training devices.  Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (64.29%); and Hurst, Texas (35.71%), and is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-20

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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

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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

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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

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