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11-Aug-15 N74823 Bell 47D1 Clanton, US-Alabama

11-Aug-15

Bell Customer Support VP moves to Eagle Copters

Bell Customer Support VP moves to Eagle Copters

Eagle Copters Ltd. is proud to announce that Barry Kohler has accepted the position of President and CEO of the company, effective August 11th, 2015. Barry is a seasoned professional who has spent the last 30 years working in the aerospace sector. Mike O’Reilly, who currently holds the position of President and CEO, will join… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 10-Aug-15

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Giant Scissor Alert! Bell opens new Training Academy

Giant Scissor Alert!  Bell opens new Training Academy

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly opened Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Fort Worth, Texas. U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO John Garrison to commemorate the occasion and have… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Aug-15

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance may have found a new base in the county after a year-long search. See Full Story.  

Source: Gazette & Herald, 06-Aug-15

TenCate supplies compression molded parts for Bell 525

TenCate supplies compression molded parts for Bell 525

TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace and industrial applications, has begun production of compression molded parts for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter program. On July 1st, this program achieved its first flight. At the current time, there are approximately a dozen parts per aircraft in applications ranging from access… Read more »

Source: TenCate, 03-Aug-15

03-Aug-15 N4002G Bell 47G3B1 Camden, US-Alabama

The pilot reported that when he was at 300 feet altitude and half a mile out on approach, the hydraulics to the controls went out and they became very stiff. He elected to continue the approach into the landing zone. During the landing touchdown, the heel of the left skid struck a berm, rocking the… Read more »

03-Aug-15

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

After 20 years of operations in the north country, the post’s Kiowa helicopters will fly for the final time today. See full story

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 29-Jul-15

24-Jul-15 C-FNOB Bell 407 Bugaboo Provincial Park, Canada

Transporting 6 workers from the Bobbie Burns lodge when the engine lost power. The pilot carried out an emergency landing to an area of new growth trees. The landing with low rotor rpm was hard, but the helicopter stayed upright. The tail section of the helicopter was struck by a main rotor blade and severed…. Read more »

24-Jul-15

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24-Jul-15 N1396X Bell 47G.4A Gilbert, US-Iowa

Substantially damaged after force landing in a field during aerial application work

24-Jul-15

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Bell delivers ARH mockup to Dunbar High School

Bell delivers ARH mockup to Dunbar High School

A helicopter delivered to Dunbar High School on Tuesday will serve as a symbol of aviation education at the school. The OH-58 mock-up was a gift from Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter and will be displayed at a 12,000-square-foot hangar that will open at Dunbar this fall. The school offers two aviation-related programs under the Fort… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-15

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UH-1 Huey helicopter dedication at Camp Shelby Museum

UH-1 Huey helicopter dedication at Camp Shelby Museum

A Vietnam War helicopter on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, will be dedicated in honor of Dr. Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc, Mississippi on July 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. See full story

Source: WDAM, 23-Jul-15

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The colour is purple – Bell picks another bright colour for third 505 prototype

The colour is purple – Bell picks another bright colour for third 505 prototype

Bell are clearly putting lots of resources into the 505 JetRanger X program, and a third prototype is now flying in a bright purple colour – just eight months after the first aircraft took to the sky.  It joins the orange example which was the first in the air and the lime green second aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jul-15

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Fuji and Bell to joint develop new Japanese helicopter

Fuji and Bell to joint develop new Japanese helicopter

Japan has awarded Fuji Heavy Industries and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopters a $3.02 billion deal to build a fleet of military transport aircraft that would also be sold overseas. See full story

Source: The Economic Times, 21-Jul-15

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20-Jul-15 N121PT Bell UH-1H Walla Walla, US-Washington

Press “pilot walked away from an emergency landing”.  FAA “Aircraft destroyed”.  Firefighting ops.

20-Jul-15

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Bell delivers last of four 429s to New York Police

Bell delivers last of four 429s to New York Police

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the final delivery of the fourth Bell 429 to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Bell Helicopter and NYPD commemorated the final delivery today at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Expo in Houston, Texas where the NYPD’s new Bell 429 was on display in the Textron… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 17-Jul-15

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Helinet to install microwave downlink for Nassau County Police

Helinet to install microwave downlink for Nassau County Police

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the Nassau County Police Department to deploy a comprehensive airborne law enforcement solution for the Department’s Aviation Bureau. Developed to meet the specific needs of the Nassau County PD, the new microwave downlink… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 17-Jul-15

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Aeronautical Accessories Brand Adds New Product Offerings to Lineup

Aeronautical Accessories Brand Adds New Product Offerings to Lineup

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its Aeronautical Accessories brand is now a distributor of several new offerings, including the new Bell 407GX Electronic Standby Attitude Indicator Installation kit, a Rappel Mount and Cargo Deployment  kit and a newly developed Bell 429 Baggage Door Hold Open kit. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Jul-15

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LAPD selects FlightSafety for Bell 412 training

LAPD selects FlightSafety for Bell 412 training

FlightSafety has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Bell 412 helicopter. “Our King Air pilots have experienced consistently high quality training and support from FlightSafety for years, so they were our first choice to support us launching the Bell 412 program,” said Officer Kevin Gallagher,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 16-Jul-15

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Bell award $55M for support of Iraq helicopters

Bell award $55M for support of Iraq helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $55,600,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee foreign military sales contract (Iraq) for technical advice and maintenance and logistics support for maintenance and logistics for Bell aircraft. Work will be performed in Iraq with an estimated completion date of Aug. 7, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jul-15

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Bell appoints new Customer Support and Service VP

Bell appoints new Customer Support and Service VP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that Glenn Isbell will assume the role of Senior Vice President for the Customer Support and Service organization, effective immediately. “Glenn is a proven, innovative leader. He knows our products and our business and I’m confident that the CSS business will continue to grow and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jul-15

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GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell on first flight of 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell on first flight of 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, on the recent successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. This is a key milestone in the test program to achieve FAA certification. The Bell 525 brings cutting edge capability to the new super-medium class by combining best-in-class performance characteristics and passenger amenities,… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 13-Jul-15

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11-Jul-15 C-FWTK Bell 412 Slave Lake, Canada

Crashed on firefighting ops, pilot to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

11-Jul-15

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH‑1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-15

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Two Bear Air perform 2,200th hoist operation

Two Bear Air perform 2,200th hoist operation

The crew with Two Bear Air search and rescue completed a milestone recently with its 2,200th hoist operation, an achievement the team carried out over the past 18 months through a combination of rescue missions and training exercises.See Full Story.

Source: Flathead Beacon, 09-Jul-15

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Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

The US-based supplier for a P1.2 billion helicopter contract with the military has accused the whistleblower in the supposed anomalies in the deal of extortion, and alleged that whenever she failed to get what she wanted, she made things difficult for the company.See Full Story.

Source: Inquirer.net, 09-Jul-15

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09-Jul-15 Bell 407 Jiangde, China (2F)

2 fatal and 5 injured when helicopter of State Grid General Aviation Company crashed at Tongyong Airport.  Photo shows helicopter missing one blade – another photo here

09-Jul-15

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Arizona – Maricopa County Sheriff adds Bell 407GX

Arizona – Maricopa County Sheriff adds Bell 407GX

Fox 2, the new Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, was introduced to the media yesterday by Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix. The tail number N977MS memorializes fallen Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Coleman (badge #977), who was was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call in Anthem… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-15

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Harford County Sheriff’s Office to discontinue aviation unit

Harford County Sheriff’s Office to discontinue aviation unit

In making the announcement, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler cited safety, cost, focus and usage as reasons for the decision. See full story 

Source: Wbal TV, 08-Jul-15

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08-Jul-15 N3QY Bell 206L4 Sacramento, US-California

Force landed on school property.  FAA has no other details, but industry forum suggesting engine failure.  Helicopter is operated by TV station KCRA

08-Jul-15

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Astronics powers Bell 525 Relentless First Flight

Astronics powers Bell 525 Relentless First Flight

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO), a leading supplier of products to the global aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries, today announced that Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has successfully completed first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. Astronics AES is proud to be a part of the Bell 525 Relentless team by providing the secondary… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 03-Jul-15

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Moog Celebrates First Flight of Bell 525 Relentless

Moog Celebrates First Flight of Bell 525 Relentless

Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B), a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems, today celebrates the successful first flight of the BELL 525 Relentless, designed and manufactured by BELL Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company. Moog Inc. is the provider of the BELL 525’s fly-by-wire flight control actuators that… Read more »

Source: Moog, 03-Jul-15

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Bell 525 Relentless Makes Successful First Flight

Bell 525 Relentless Makes Successful First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas. “The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone. … Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jul-15

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Helicopter New York City funds meals for Manhattan homeless

Helicopter New York City funds meals for Manhattan homeless

Helicopter New York City, a helicopter tour company based out of New York, funds the distribution of food, drink and community well-being to the homeless in midtown Manhattan each weekend. Helicopter New York City has been involved in the Bagels 4 the Hungry initiative since its inception over three years ago. Bagels 4 the Hungry… Read more »

Source: Helicopter New York City, 02-Jul-15

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Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the order of two Bell 505s signed during the Paris Air Show. Both Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs will be used for corporate transport in Israel, a testament to the growing demand of the Bell 505 in the region and bringing the success of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-15

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81-year-old Vietnam vet gets helicopter licence

81-year-old Vietnam vet gets helicopter licence

JUMPING aboard an iconic Huey ex-military helicopter at Lismore Airport brought back strong memories for Vietnam veteran Charles Mollison, who at 81 has just got his helicopter pilot’s license. See Full Story

Source: Northern Star, 30-Jun-15

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EASA Approves Aspen EFD1000H Primary Flight Display for Bell 206

EASA Approves Aspen EFD1000H Primary Flight Display for Bell 206

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display System (EFD), announced today European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of its EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) into Bell and Bell/Agusta 206 models under EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) 10053378. The lightweight and compact form factor of Aspen’s helicopter PFD system is a perfect fit… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 30-Jun-15

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Africair signs LOI for two Bell 525s and an order for a 407GXP

Africair signs LOI for two Bell 525s and an order for a 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a letter of intent (LOI) for two Bell 525s and an order for a 407 GXP signed during the Paris Air Show. Africair will use the helicopters for multiple purposes including corporate VIP transport and oil and gas. “The Bell 525 Relentless is proving to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jun-15

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Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce today that the company has contracted with Chilcott, Inc. to provide flight currency training for the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (FAU or Uruguayan Air Force helicopter pilots). The training will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Under the agreement, Erickson pilot instructors will… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 29-Jun-15

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Timken PMA Parts Added to UH-1 Operations Website

Timken PMA Parts Added to UH-1 Operations Website

Owners and operators of Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters now can quickly source FAA-approved replacement parts via a Timken-sponsored page on the www.uh1ops.com website. “UH-1 owners and operators can  easily access Timken aerospace aftermarket (PMA) parts to service their rotorcraft through this collaboration with UH1OPS.com,” said Joseph Tolaro, Timken product sales manager. The Bell UH-1 series… Read more »

Source: AAS, 29-Jun-15

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28-Jun-15 N311RL Bell 407 Platform 127, US-Gulf of Mexico

“Blown off the side of the platform” during run-up on offshore rig. 1 minor injury

28-Jun-15

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Helicopter focus of legal motion between Florence, Lake City law enforcement

Helicopter focus of legal motion between Florence, Lake City law enforcement

Days after the Florence County Sheriff’s Office unveiled its new helicopter in April, as part of its new aviation division, two Lake City aviators were charged with felonies by the department for operating another helicopter the sheriff’s office was acquiring. See Full Story

Source: Scnow, 24-Jun-15

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UH-1 MRO Tamarack Helicopters launches new website

UH-1 MRO Tamarack Helicopters launches new website

Tamarack Helicopters, Inc. is celebrating 20 Years supporting the UH-1 helicopter industry in 2015.  A FAA approved Repair Station, Tamarack Helicopters Inc., offers complete restoration services, component overhaul, and non destructive testing for UH-1 operators.. As part of the celebration of their 20th anniversary in business Tamarack is pleased to announce their new website at… Read more »

Source: Tamarack, 24-Jun-15

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Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Europe to the Czech Police. The helicopter will be used for search and rescue missions and is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. “The BELL 412 EPI is one of the most reliable, rugged… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jun-15

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter base to be built at Lake Macquarie Airport

Westpac Rescue Helicopter base to be built at Lake Macquarie Airport

LAKE Macquarie Airport will soon become home to a Westpac Rescue Helicopter base. See Full Story

Source: News Castle Star, 23-Jun-15

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21-Jun-15 G-TFHW Bell 206B Pembrey, UK

Due to weather conditions on Saturday 20th, the helicopter was unable to fly and remained grounded at the site.  While parked and unattended on Sunday 21st, the helicopter was damaged by cattle which managed to break through fence from adjacent field. Nose area damaged.   Fly Heli Wales had provided the helicopter for the Welsh… Read more »

21-Jun-15

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20-Jun-15 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California (1F)

Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr.  Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to… Read more »

20-Jun-15

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Another VIP Bell 525 Sale Goes to Middle Eastern Customer

Another VIP Bell 525 Sale Goes to Middle Eastern Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the order of another Bell 525 in VIP configuration to a customer in the Middle East. With over 60 letters of intent for the advanced aircraft around the world, demand for the Bell 525 Relentless is intensifying with momentum gaining in the Middle East. “The… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jun-15

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LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Prague-based service and support provider LOM PRAHA for discussions on collaboration involving reassembly, customization and maintenance of Bell Helicopter military aircraft. To see images of the signing ceremony in Prague, please follow this link. “We are looking… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jun-15

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Major Assembly Starts on Bell V-280 Valor Fuselage

Major Assembly Starts on Bell V-280 Valor Fuselage

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) today announced major assembly has started on the Bell V-280 Valor fuselage. “Spirit AeroSystems brings decades of composite manufacturing experience to the team which allows us to quickly build an aircraft like the V-280,” said Phil Anderson, Spirit AeroSystems senior vice… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Jun-15

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Milestone signs LOI for 20 Bell 525s

Milestone signs LOI for 20 Bell 525s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company announced today plans to move forward with a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 20 Bell 525 Relentless helicopters. These aircraft will serve a variety of roles with Milestone’s lessees around the world, including oil and gas,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jun-15

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Bell 412 helicopter arrives in Chongqing

Bell 412 helicopter arrives in Chongqing

On June 9th, in the aviation industrial park located in Liangjiang New Area’s Longxing Industrial Park, technicians were debugging the American Bell 412 helicopter that just arrived in Chongqing. See Full Story

Source: CQnews, 12-Jun-15

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Bell expands capabilities in Prague

Bell expands capabilities in Prague

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it has received approval to perform maintenance and customization on all Canadian registered aircraft under the certification of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at its facility in Prague, Czech Republic. “We continue to enhance our customer offerings at Bell Helicopter Prague to maximize… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Jun-15

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Butte County Sheriff’s Office to replace 1967 helicopter

Butte County Sheriff’s Office to replace 1967 helicopter

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is replacing a 1967 helicopter that it has used for the past 17 years. See Full Story

Source: ChicoER, 11-Jun-15

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Textron details Bell involvement at Paris Air Show

Textron details Bell involvement at Paris Air Show

Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Systems, Textron AirLand, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today their joint presence during the International Paris Air Show, June 15-18, at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions. “The Paris Air Show is one of the world’s great venues for aviation and defense… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jun-15

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VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has delivered its latest custom helicopter paint job on a Bell 205 for its US-based customer Helimax Aviation on June 1st, 2015. Helimax Aviation (www.helimaxaviation.com) specializes in providing a variety of aerial support services including passenger transport; forestry firefighting… Read more »

Source: VIH, 10-Jun-15

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Bell opens new Training Academy in Fort Worth

Bell opens new Training Academy in Fort Worth

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the new state-of-the-art Bell Helicopter Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas has officially opened at its new location and Bell Helicopter representatives hosted the first round of pilot and maintenance training students this month. “We’re very excited to have our customers from around the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jun-15

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HAL-BEL sign MoU for sharing expertise in avionics

HAL-BEL sign MoU for sharing expertise in avionics

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed an MoU yesterday (June 4, 2015) in Bengaluru, to share their expertise in design, development, engineering and manufacturing to developand produce advanced airborne communication equipment to meet therequirement of the defence services. Quarterly review of the MoU will beheld under the Chairmanship of Director (R&D)-BEL… Read more »

Source: HAL, 09-Jun-15

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Bell 429 and Bell 505 to take centre stage at EFA Prague

Bell 429 and Bell 505 to take centre stage at EFA Prague

The Bell 429 with the VVIP luxury “MAGnificent” interior and the Bell 505 mock-up will be on display at EFA Prague The Bell 429 is one of the most advanced light twin helicopters ever developed, offering a fully integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features… Read more »

Source: EFA, 08-Jun-15

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Salmon Rivers Helicopters to sponsor UH1Ops.com website

Salmon Rivers Helicopters to sponsor UH1Ops.com website

Altitude Aviation Service is pleased to announce that Salmon Rivers Helicopters has become a sponsor of the www.uh1ops.com website’s UH-1 Operators page. Salmon River Helicopters (SRH) was established in 1993 by Guy and Cindy Carlson in Riggins, Idaho.  Guy and Cindy Carlson have an outstanding safety record with no accidents since the company started 22… Read more »

Source: Altitude Aviation Service, 08-Jun-15

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Transport Canada approves five products from Aeronautical Accessories

Transport Canada approves five products from Aeronautical Accessories

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approved five product offerings that will be distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories TM brand. TCCA’s approval is for multiple kits and accessories for the Bell 407, 412, and 429: FLIR Star Safire Kit, Model 429 External Hoist Kit, Model… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jun-15

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08-Jun-15 N501PH Bell 407 Fresh Water City, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing in marsh area.  Boom damaged

08-Jun-15

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08-Jun-15 N911NV Bell UH-1H Washoe Valley, US-Nevada

Main blades clipped trees.  Landed without further incident

08-Jun-15

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06-Jun-15 G-RAMY Bell 206B Baldwin Valley, Isle of Man (1F)

Crashed in open field close to the Isle of Man TT motorbike race course.  Racing had been suspended for the whole day due to weather – quoted wind gusts of up to 60 mph.  1 fatality confirmed by Isle of Man Police in this statement.  Photos show wreckage confined to a small area, later named… Read more »

06-Jun-15

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Helimax Aviation Expanding Its McClellan Airport Base

Helimax Aviation Expanding Its McClellan Airport Base

In a major move to streamline its operations, Helimax Aviation is expanding its long-time base of operations at McClellan Airport, in Sacramento, with the opening of a renovated 40,000 square foot hangar, expected to be on line by late June or early July of this year. The company, owned by Chris Turner, a Michigan-based entrepreneur,… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 04-Jun-15

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Bel Air’s First AW189 Helicopter Becomes Global Fleet Leader for the Type

Bel Air’s First AW189 Helicopter Becomes  Global Fleet Leader for the Type

AgustaWestland announced today that the first AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter operated by Bel Air of Denmark has become the global fleet leading AW189, exceeding 600 flight hours in just six months of operation while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness. A total fleet of 16 AW189s have been delivered to date to customers… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Jun-15

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Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Global helicopter market leader Bell remains troubled about US Army retiring helicopters

Bell Helicopter has expressed its concerns about the US Army retiring almost 800 helicopters, with a view to possibly sell the helicopters to foreign consumers in the global helicopter market. As part of the aviation restructure initiative (ARI) the U.S. Army is beginning to retire all of their OH-58D armed scout helicopters and TH-67 trainers,… Read more »

Source: Companies and Markets, 03-Jun-15

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Zip Aviation Announces Advancements in Helicopter Charter Flight Experience

Zip Aviation Announces Advancements in Helicopter Charter Flight Experience

Zip Aviation has announced new upgrades and benefits to customers flying their helicopter charters. Advanced Service – Now with helicopter charter flights, passengers can expect first-class service like they would receive on a jet. Top A-list celebrities, CEOs, socialites, and business executives expect nothing less, so Zip Aviation responded. A dollar goes a lot further… Read more »

Source: Zip Aviation Helicopter Charters, 03-Jun-15

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31-May-15 N462CC Bell UH-1B Minam Lodge Cove, US-Oregon

Substantially damaged in heavy landing

31-May-15

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L-3 Vertex wins $56M contract to support TH-57 at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Vertex wins $56M contract to support TH-57 at NAS Whiting Field

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $56,182,753 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics and depot level services for 119 TH-57 aircraft in support of the Naval Air Training Command’s Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training Program. Work will be performed at the Naval… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-May-15

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29-May-15 MOH-2 Bell 430 Abdali, Kuwait

Date assumed from Facebook posting.  Stone strike shattered co-pilot wind shield.  Inside layer of the laminated glass prevented it falling through into the cockpit.

29-May-15

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29-May-15 N206ED Bell 206B Caledonia, US-Michegan

Emergency situation led pilot Ken Wilson to put the helicopter down into trees – and it came to rest in the branches 40 feet from the ground.  Wilson and passenger Raymond Osan III – working on low level powerlines – were able to get out of the helicopter into the trees, from which they were… Read more »

29-May-15

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New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

For just over 49 years, the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter fleet has served the RNZAF, NZDF and New Zealand. On May 2015, a formal function will mark the retirement of the Iroquois (Huey) and bottles from the New Zealand Whisky Company will be auctioned to commemorate each helicopter. See Full Story.

Source: Scoop, 28-May-15

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Over two years from launch, Bell sells first 407GT

Over two years from launch, Bell sells first 407GT

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a milestone sale and delivery of the first Bell 407GT to BBM Inc. to operate in the Middle East and Africa. The Bell 407GT is the armed version of the Bell 407GX, and will be used to perform a variety of missions including law enforcement… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-May-15

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Bell sells corporate 407GXP into Panama

Bell sells corporate 407GXP into Panama

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of the first Bell 407GXP in Panama. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in July 2015 and will be outfitted to perform corporate and VIP transport in the region for Urban Development Group (UDG). “The reliability of Bell helicopters have been proven… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-May-15

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28-May-15 9M-LLM Bell 206B Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Solo student pilot lost control on landing and helicopter ended up on its starboard side.  Pilot named here as Fatin Nadeera Mohamad Jeffrey.  Post crash fire extinquished by airport fire crew

28-May-15

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