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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: US-DoD, 16-Mar-20

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

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

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

Source: US-DoD, 12-Mar-20

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

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

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

Source: Meggitt, 12-Mar-20

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Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

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

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-20

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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

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

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 19-Feb-20

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Nepal – Simrik Air orders two Bell 505s

Nepal – Simrik Air orders two Bell 505s

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

Source: Bell, 14-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: P&WC, 12-Feb-20

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Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

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

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

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

Source: Astronautics, 11-Feb-20

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Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-20

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MountainFlyers to become Europe’s biggest Bell 505 operator

MountainFlyers to become Europe’s biggest Bell 505 operator

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

Source: MountainFlyers, 10-Feb-20

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Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

Meridian Helicopters LLC to Displayed Southern Utah University Bell 206L4

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

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 06-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 05-Feb-20

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AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

AeroBrigham Showcases Vintage Bell 212 at Heli-Expo 2020

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

Source: AeroBrigham, 05-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Genesys, 04-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 31-Jan-20

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 30-Jan-20

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

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

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

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

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Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

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

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

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

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

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

Source: Bell, 28-Jan-20

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

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

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

Source: Boost Systems, 28-Jan-20

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

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

28-Jan-20

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

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

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

Source: Astronautics, 27-Jan-20

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Canada approves Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems on Bell 407

Canada approves Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems on Bell 407

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

Source: Astronics, 27-Jan-20

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EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-20

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

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

22-Jan-20

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

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

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

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 30-Dec-19

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

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

25-Dec-19

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

25-Dec-19

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 18-Dec-19

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-19

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Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

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

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-19

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

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

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

Source: Bell, 13-Dec-19

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

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

09-Dec-19

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Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

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

Source: Bell, 20-Nov-19

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

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

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

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Nov-19

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Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

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

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-19

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

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

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

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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