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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Bell first manufacturer to certify HUMS in light single-engine

Bell first manufacturer to certify HUMS in light single-engine

As innovators and a leader in smart, digital vertical-lift aircraft, Bell is now the first OEM to certify a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for a light single-engine aircraft. The Bell 407 HUMS monitoring covers drive system, engine, rotors, and it provides estimates of remaining useful life to help bring predictability to maintenance needs…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-19

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Bell V-280 Valor is the only rotorcraft on 2018 Collier Trophy shortlist

Bell V-280 Valor is the only rotorcraft on 2018 Collier Trophy shortlist

The National Aeronautic Association announced that 11 aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy. For 107 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually “… for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” it has been bestowed upon some of the most… Read more »

Source: The National Aeronautic Association, 27-Feb-19

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Government of Quebec support Bell project

Government of Quebec support Bell project

On Friday, February 22, the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, Pierre Fitzgibbon, announced that phase 3 of the SA2GE project will encompass four promising projects. Totalling $50M (including $25M in subsidies), phase 3 of the SA2GE project will continue until March 31, 2021. The four promising projects of this third phase include: The Propulsion for safe, silent, eco-friendly… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Feb-19

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Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Last week (Thursday), Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force. According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent… Read more »

Source: Israeli AF, 19-Feb-19

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Bell 407GXI certified in China

Bell 407GXI certified in China

The Bell 407GXi light single helicopter has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Outfitted with Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck and dual-channel FADEC Rolls Royce M250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine, the Bell 407GXi takes the popular 407 series’ user experience to a new level. “We are pleased that Bell has received… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-19

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Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Feb-19

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11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed on Anhanguera Highway in Sao Paulo and hit the front of a truck that was passing by, and was consumed by fire.  Two fatalities, including journalist, presenter and broadcaster Ricardo Boechat.  Ronaldo Quattrucci also died in the accident.  Brazilian defence department confirmed the registration of the Bell 206

11-Feb-19

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Bell details 2018 achievements

Bell details 2018 achievements

2018 was an exciting year filled with new technologies and some pretty exciting milestones. During the past year, we brought more aircraft to more people in more places and at the same time continued to push the boundaries of flight. Check out how we went above and beyond in 2018 – we look forward to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Feb-19

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04-Feb-19 VH-NXW Bell 206 Marcoola, Australia

Bell 206 remained upright on its skids in a heavy landing during a training flight. The 22-year-old student pilot sustained injuries and was transported to hospital. One report suggested it will require a new set of skids

04-Feb-19

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Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy provides state-of-the-art flight training to future pilots with its exclusive Bell fleet comprising of Bell 206s, Bell 407s and will utilize its new Bell 429s for ATP, instrument, multi-engine and specialized mission training. “We are excited to add Bell 429s to our flight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Feb-19

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31-Jan-19 N407P Bell 407 Church Hill, US-Tennessee

Smoke detected after using of deicing equipment.  Precautionary landing made in open field without further incident.

31-Jan-19

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Canada to extend life of Armed Forces Bell 412 fleet

Canada to extend life of Armed Forces Bell 412 fleet

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is making investments to re-capitalize and extend the life of equipment to ensure our women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have the equipment they need to fulfill the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) core missions. In support of this,… Read more »

Source: Canadian Government, 30-Jan-19

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29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later. Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and… Read more »

29-Jan-19

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V-280 Valor reaches 280 knots true airspeed

V-280 Valor reaches 280 knots true airspeed

Building on a full year’s worth of testing and more than 85 hours of flight time, Bell’s V-280 Valor reached its namesake cruising speed of 280 knots true airspeed this week. Bell and Team Valor continue to methodically and very successfully expand the flight envelope. The aircraft continues to prove its performance is well beyond… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Jan-19

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Bell takes 505 to Nepal for demo flights

Bell takes 505 to Nepal for demo flights

Simrik Heli Trades, an Independent Local Agent of Bell Helicopter for Nepal will conduct Bell Jet Ranger X Experimental and Demonstration Flight for the helicopter operator for the first time in Nepal. The Experimental and Demonstration flight will be carried out at high altitude of Nepal to test the performance of the Bell Jet Ranger… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 24-Jan-19

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Ultimate Heli deploys three helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate Heli deploys three helicopters to Antarctica

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 and 1 x Airbus Helicopter AS350B2 to Antarctica that departed Cape Town… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Heli, 24-Jan-19

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Bell at SXSW 2019

Bell at SXSW 2019

In less than three months, over 70,000 will flock to Austin, Texas for the 2019 South by Southwest Conference. Bell is proud to be considered for several different sessions and panels exploring topics in On-Demand Mobility, Smart Cities, Intelligent Future, and more. Attending? Click below to add each event to your #SXSW2019 agenda. 1) Up… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. 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 an 11-month base contract with four one-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $439,563,841 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030).  This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jan-19

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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