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Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

Safran selected to provide Landing Gear System for Bell V-280 Valor

17-May-2021Source: Safran

Safran Landing Systems has reached an agreement with Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company to provide the landing gear system for the V-280 Valor aircraft. Bell’s V-280 Valor is a next generation tiltrotor aircraft proposed for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Program. Based on the agreement, Safran Landing Systems... Read more

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

Bell 407 Receives Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

14-May-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the Bell 407 has received its Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) in Bailiwick of Guernsey. This milestone will allow more European customers to add the aircraft to their operations. “As the most cost-effective IFR-certified platform, the Bell 407 has more than 6 million global flight hours,”... Read more

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

Guatemalan Air Force Bell 212 upgraded with Astronics glass cockpit

13-May-2021

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Central American Aviation Services (CAAS), located in Guatemala City, has completed the first Bell 212 glass cockpit upgrade for the Guatemalan Air Force with its Badger Pro+ Integrated Flight Display System. The Astronautics upgrade consists of four 6×8-inch high-resolution displays, a control panel, and an engine data concentrator... Read more

13-May-21 N432PH Bell 407 Midlothian, US-Texas

13-May-21 N432PH Bell 407 Midlothian, US-Texas

13-May-2021

Main blades struck port horizontal stabiliser during run-on landing on grass. No injuries to pilot or 2 passengers... Read more

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell delivers 300th 505 Jet Ranger X

12-May-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the 300th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The first Bell 505 was delivered in 2017, and today there are 300 aircraft in operation across six continents, with customers logging more than 70,000 global fleet hours. “The Bell 505 is... Read more

Ascent launches EMS operations in the Philippines

Ascent launches EMS operations in the Philippines

12-May-2021Source: Ascent

The Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the Philippines, announces the launch of their partnership with Ascent, Asia’s on-demand helicopter service that enables travel in a crowd-free and controlled environment. Patients and personnel of The Medical City are now only minutes away from its healthcare network by flying in and out of its world-class... Read more

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

9-May-2021

FAA : Aircraft made an off airfield landing for unknown reasons. Pilot and 3 passengers not injured... Read more

EASA certifies Bell 505 cargo hook

EASA certifies Bell 505 cargo hook

4-May-2021Source: Bell

​Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the Bell 505 cargo hook has been approved by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to carry up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) giving the aircraft an external gross weight capability of 4,475 pounds (2,030 kg). “The cargo hook capabilities are an important enhancement... Read more

Alpine Aerotech get Canadian STC for Garmin transponders in Bell 205, 212, 412

Alpine Aerotech get Canadian STC for Garmin transponders in Bell 205, 212, 412

3-May-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Garmin GTX 335 and 345 series ADS-B transponders for Bell Medium Rotorcraft (205/212/412). Aerotech has also applied for a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) validation and is... Read more

Bell Partners with Government of Quebec to Develop Green Technology

Bell Partners with Government of Quebec to Develop Green Technology

28-Apr-2021Source: Bell

On April 19, the government of Quebec announced an investment to support the Coalition for Greener Aircraft. This enables funding of the Aircraft of Tomorrow program and the development and demonstration of new green technology in the province. Within that program, Bell is part of a consortium leading the project “Aircraft for the digital and... Read more

28-Apr-21 N53DE Bell 429 Eden, US-North Carolina (1F)

28-Apr-21 N53DE Bell 429 Eden, US-North Carolina (1F)

28-Apr-2021

Helicopter was involved in a routine powerline inspection when it went down on the edge of a wood close to the lines, then burning out.  Two passengers were seriously injured, and the pilot was fatally injured... Read more

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

27-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced that it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification for its helicopter health monitoring system Foresight MX on the Bell 429 GlobalRanger. GPMS’s system offers advanced Flight Data Monitoring and Health and Usage Monitoring in one integrated package making it ideal for safety-conscious operators. Duke Energy served as the STC partner on the... Read more

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

21-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of another Bell 505 to the Montenegro Air Force, making it the 60th Bell 505 aircraft in Europe. “Delivering 60 505s to Europe is an exciting milestone for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, International Business. “This achievement is a testament to... Read more

19-Apr-21 N516MT Bell 407 Columbia, US-South Carolina

19-Apr-21 N516MT Bell 407 Columbia, US-South Carolina

19-Apr-2021

FAA report emergency field landing for this air ambulance helicopter... Read more

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

16-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, recently delivered two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

14-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $143,198,723 for a delivery order (N00383-21-F-0U51) under previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract N00383-19-D-U501 for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components. All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by... Read more

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

14-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed teaming agreements with German suppliers to support Bell’s industrial participation efforts in Germany. As part of the collaboration, Bell will compete for the upcoming tender for the renewal of the helicopter fleet for the Bundespolizei and will offer the Bell 525. The... Read more

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

12-Apr-2021Source: Wheels Up

Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation, announces an initiative with Bell Textron, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to lead the industry both in short- and long-term solutions with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The collaboration between the industry leaders will set a new standard in addressing the growing demand for convenient intra-urban... Read more

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

9-Apr-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a comprehensive avionic suite upgrade for Bell 212’s engaged in Day/Night VFR operations. The upgrade utilizes Pilot/Co-Pilot Garmin G500TXi Primary Flight Display’s (PFD) and a single GTN 750Xi GPS/NAV/COMM. The kit removes several expensive to maintain analog... Read more

Kamatics expects STC soon for Bell 212/412 KAflex drive shaft

Kamatics expects STC soon for Bell 212/412 KAflex drive shaft

9-Apr-2021Source: Kaman

Kamatics Corporation – Bloomfield, Connecticut, a Kaman business (NYSE:KAMN), is in the final stages of introducing a KAflex® drive shaft Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell models 212/412/SP helicopters. Developed in close coordination with Bell and designed to achieve very low operating costs, this drive shaft has no moving parts, requires no maintenance and... Read more

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

8-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter equipped with the Med-Pac Inc. LLC Emergency Medical Services Lite Interior to BAR Aviation. This marks the first Bell 505 in Uganda and the first Bell 505 designed to complete medical evacuation (medevac) missions in Africa. “We are... Read more

08-Apr-21 N258LE Bell OH-58A Naples, US-Florida

08-Apr-21 N258LE Bell OH-58A Naples, US-Florida

8-Apr-2021

Successful emergency landing made on football pitch, following a possible governor failure that happened shortly after the aircraft left Naples Municipal Airport... Read more

07-Apr-21 B-70S5 Bell 407GXi Lingbao City, China

07-Apr-21 B-70S5 Bell 407GXi Lingbao City, China

7-Apr-2021

Emergency landing in a car park, landed heavily and skids splayed out after the helicopter started spinning in the air, suggesting a tail rotor issue (see video below) 2 minor injuries of 4 POB.  This was a training flight by a company intending to use the helicopter for sightseeing.  One report said that they do... Read more

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

Bell and US Army advance development of V-280 Valor

6-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and the U.S. Army have agreed to terms on the execution of the second phase of the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract that was awarded in March 2020 for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This new contract is an important milestone and... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

6-Apr-2021Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed recently completed a project with Haiti Air Ambulance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency helicopter services to the people and visitors of Haiti. Contracted through PAC International, Spectrum Aeromed outfitted the interior of a Bell 407 aircraft with a patient stretcher and base assembly and medical floor. The project was completed... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

Bell-Boeing awarded $182M contract for the production and delivery of two CV-22B

6-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded an $182,176,913 modification (P00039) to previously awarded, fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0015 for the production and delivery of two CV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Air Force.  Additionally, this modification provides for post-production repairs in support of the MV-22B Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization... Read more

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

5-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform. Foresight MX brings 21s century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform. Said GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Dr. Eric Bechhoefer: “There are thousands of 212/412 helicopters in operation today when... Read more

Bell cuts ribbon on Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell cuts ribbon on Manufacturing Technology Center

29-Mar-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, celebrated the start of operations at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) with a small gathering and ribbon cutting ceremony. Bell leaders and employees as well as local North Texas community leaders, including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, were in attendance. This event marks the next milestone... Read more

V-22 passes 600,000 fleet hour milestone

V-22 passes 600,000 fleet hour milestone

26-Mar-2021Source: Boeing

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has logged more than 600,000 flight-hours, providing continuous customer support to maintain mission readiness and transport critical cargo and personnel. Built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], the V-22 fleet has grown to more than 400 aircraft and is operated by the... Read more

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

25-Mar-2021Source: Aspirus MedEvac

Aspirus MedEvac critical care transport in early April is moving the home location of its helicopter service from Wausau to Woodruff, Wisconsin. The Aspirus Bell 407 helicopter will reside in a hangar located at Howard Young Medical Center. Around 90 percent of patient volumes come from north of Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH),” said Jason Keffeler,... Read more

Bell Becomes First Rotorcraft Customer to Use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Training

Bell Becomes First Rotorcraft Customer to Use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Training

25-Mar-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that it will begin incorporating Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) into all Bell Training Academy (BTA) and customer demonstration fleet aircraft. Bell will be the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from global aviation fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation. “Bell is an active supporter of the General... Read more

Guyana Defence Force receive a new Bell 412EPI

Guyana Defence Force receive a new Bell 412EPI

16-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

On Saturday 13th March, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) received a new Bell 412EPI following a delivery flight from the Bell plant in Fort Worth, Texas. In a ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna, the President His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali noted that he has kept an earlier promise made to the Guyana Defence Force, to... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $25M contract for test support of V-22

16-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $25,624,720 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0008) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This order provides flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (68%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

Aero Products appointed Bell 505 maintenance facility

Aero Products appointed Bell 505 maintenance facility

15-Mar-2021Source: Aero Products

Much like all of you, Aero Products is looking forward to 2021. Hopefully, the worst of the pandemic is behind us and we can focus on a brighter future. For Aero Products that means expanding their capabilities. Hence, Aero Products is proud to announce they are now a Bell Helicopter 505 maintenance facility. The 505... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $309M contract for four CMV-22B Ospreys

Bell-Boeing awarded $309M contract for four CMV-22B Ospreys

8-Mar-2021Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $309,584,074 modification (P00038) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0015 for the production and delivery of four CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15%); Amarillo, Texas (13%); Red Oak, Texas (3%); East... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

2-Mar-2021Source: Bell

The National Aeronautic Association announced that seven aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2020 Collier Trophy. Commissioned in 1910 by aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, Robert J. Collier, with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence in aeronautic development, the Collier Trophy has served as the benchmark of aerospace... Read more

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

Bell awarded $16M contract for engineering AH-Z and UH-1

2-Mar-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $16,180,304 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0794) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the attack helicopter, AH-Z and utility helicopter, UH-1. Tailboom redesign and fatigue testing in support of the Marine Corps H-1 Program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and... Read more

Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

23-Feb-2021Source: PTDI

PTDI again carried out ferry flight 1 (one) unit of Bell 412EPI Helicopter ordered by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia with the end users of the Indonesian Army at the PTDI Rotary Wing Hangar , Jl. Pajajaran No. 154 Bandung. PTDI’s Commercial Director, Ade Yuyu Wahyuna, took off the Bell 412EPI... Read more

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

12-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Forbes has named 300 companies as Canada’s Best Employers for 2021, and Bell’s Canadian organization, Bell Textron Canada Ltd., ranked 40 overall! Regarded for its design, manufacturing, testing, certification and delivery contributions to Bell’s commercial segment, the company also earned second in the Aerospace and Defense industry. “Bell Textron Canada is respected across the country for... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

Bell Boeing awarded $17M contract to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 parts

10-Feb-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $17,852,939 modification (P00012) to a firm-fixed-priced order (N0001919F0305) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to procure 60 MV-22 and 10 CV-22 proprotor hub spring and drive link retrofit kits; and six CV-22 modification spares kits, in support of... Read more

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

9-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support Public Safety missions in country and be used by the Force’s Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots.... Read more

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

5-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered the first European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified Bell 505 NXi to a corporate customer in Europe. The delivery was made at the Bell Textron Prague facility.  “We are proud to now offer the Bell 505 NXi to our European customers,” said Duncan Van... Read more

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

4-Feb-2021

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB... Read more

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

3-Feb-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and UK-based Ultra (LSE: ULE) equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration. This successful demonstration of the UAS ASW mission on October 29 was the... Read more

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

2-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Hillwood and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, demonstrated a point-to-point unmanned aircraft system (UAS) package delivery in North Texas at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) flew across the Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), and delivered a package to a landing area, demonstrating its future commercial capabilities.... Read more

Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

28-Jan-2021Source: Oceania Aviation

Oceania Aviation’s manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has just received NZCAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of a new Bell 429 Bike Rack modification. The STC approval has been added to an existing certificate for the Bell 429 Cargo Pod, which the team has been manufacturing since 2017 (alongside the very popular AS350... Read more

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

27-Jan-2021

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter... Read more

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

25-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this... Read more

Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

22-Jan-2021Source: Bell

On December 11, the Bell Innovation flight test team at our Mirabel, Quebec facility conducted the first flight of an alternate configuration of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) in collaboration with ARA Robotics. This platform operates with the same architecture and propulsion system of our renowned tail-sitter aircraft but utilizes a different airframe. The purpose of the... Read more

Bell marks 40 years of the 412

Bell marks 40 years of the 412

21-Jan-2021Source: Bell

To date, there have been more than 1,100 Bell 412s delivered across the globe, logging over 6.5 million flight hours. Since the introduction of the Bell 412 in 1981, Bell has developed 11 different variants, the latest being the recently unveiled Subaru Bell 412 EPX. The evolution of the Bell 412 is a testament to... Read more

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

21-Jan-2021

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,... Read more

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

19-Jan-2021

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries... Read more

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

18-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com can reveal that National Grid will be adding a second Bell 429 in the next few months – adding to their first example of the type which they took delivery of in the summer of 2013.  The aircraft is currently in completion with Bell Flight in Prague, Czech Republic. National Grid is responsible for... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-2021

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

14-Jan-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Installation of QuantiFLYTM, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLYTM with... Read more

Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

11-Jan-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two... Read more

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

6-Jan-2021Source: Bell

For nearly 35 years, Bell Textron Canada delivers innovative products, enhanced customer experience and superior service and support for customers around the globe. Recently, they’ve gone above and beyond to create a Design & Manufacturing Safety Management System based on an industry standard. This system ensures quick resolutions to any aircraft build challenges, which are... Read more

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

5-Jan-2021Source: Bell

Bell brought home four more Comparably Best Place to Work awards in the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on Comparably’s survey feedback, which is gathered anonymously, we are among the Top 50 large U.S. companies for Best Company Culture, Best CEOs, Best Companies as Rated By Female Employees, and Best Companies as Rated by Diverse Ethnicity... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

4-Jan-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has demonstrated two capabilities that highlight the Bell V-280 Valor’s ability to execute mission relevant maneuvers, as well as integrate new technology. The demonstrations, held at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX, included use of a newly installed Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL) from Team Valor member... Read more

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

4-Jan-2021Source: bell

On December 7, Bell announced its acquisition of Response Technologies LLC, an innovative composite solutions company. This acquisition adds to Bell’s extensive technology portfolio in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to pursue innovative technology and will enable us to accelerate needed developments in our industry,” said Mitch Snyder, president... Read more

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

1-Jan-2021

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash... Read more

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

22-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight... Read more

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

22-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters... Read more

Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

18-Dec-2020Source: Lyons & Simmons LLP

The Dallas-based trial firm Lyons & Simmons has filed a negligence lawsuit against San Antonio-based Sapphire Aviation on behalf of the estate of Houston resident Paul David Cobb, one of five people killed in a 2018 crash of a Bell UH-1H helicopter in rural northern New Mexico. According to reports, the group flew by private... Read more

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

17-Dec-2020Source: Bell

On Dec. 9, the Autonomous Pod Transport flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas.   To date, the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights. In 2021, APT will demonstrate several military and commercial operations while simplifying user interfaces and enhancing the... Read more

Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

16-Dec-2020Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of the Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has received additional supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for installation of its industry-leading inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on helicopters in three countries. Acquired at the request of the helicopters’ original equipment manufacturers, the approvals were received from the Japanese Civil Aviation... Read more

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

Bell to bid AH-1Z for South Korean Marine Corps contract

15-Dec-2020Source: Yonhap News Agency

Bell Textron Inc., a U.S. aerospace manufacturer, announced its bid to sell attack helicopters to South Korea on Wednesday as the country’s Marine Corps plans to launch an aviation wing next year. See Full Story. ... Read more

PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

14-Dec-2020Source: PAC International

PAC International recently completed and delivered a new Bell 407GXi helicopter to the Virginia State Police.  The State Police Aviation Unit’s primary mission is to provide search, rescue, law enforcement and medical evacuation. Pilots are gaining an extra set of eyes with the installation of a Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Advisory System (TAS), which combines... Read more

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

11-Dec-2020

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services of V-22

10-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $18,000,000 modification (P00009) against previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-18-D-0103.  This modification exercises an option to continue providing technical analysis, engineering and integration services for various systems and sub systems in support of the V-22 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and... Read more

Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

9-Dec-2020Source: Powercor

Two new helicopters conducting vegetation and powerline inspections for electricity distributor Powercor will be seen flying above Warrnambool this week as part of their first official flight. The helicopters, combined with industry-leading technology, establish a unique aerial services capability to support Powercor’s annual vegetation management program. From Tuesday, 8 December until Monday, 21 December, the... Read more

Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

7-Dec-2020Source: Med-Trans

Med-Trans Corporation, part of the Global Medical Response family of companies, recently delivered a Bell 407 air ambulance to Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Va. The aircraft will be based at the Level 1 trauma center and launches the HCA Virginia Healthcare Air Ambulance program. Med-Trans will provide the pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, and Chippenham... Read more

Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

4-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Popular Sciencerecognized Bell’s Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) innovation as the winner of its “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category for 2020. This marks the third consecutive year Bell has won Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category.... Read more

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program

3-Dec-2020Source: ITT Enidine

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announces its teaming arrangement with leading aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus. Enidine joins eight other elite aerospace teammates in Bell’s mission to submit the Bell 360 competitive prototype to the U.S. Army’s... Read more

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

3-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the opening of the Bell Commercial Business Center (CBC). The new facility will be located at 4151 Amon Carter Boulevard, a former American Airlines building approximately seven miles away from both Bell’s Headquarters and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Beginning in November 2020, Bell’s CBC will... Read more

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