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Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a cooperative agreement with NASA for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight demonstration in the National Airspace System (NAS) expected to be conducted in 2020. The cooperative agreement outlines the goal of progressing toward routine commercial UAS operations in the NAS. Bell and our collaborative teammates… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

Bell 505 lands in Africa

Bell 505 lands in Africa

With more than 100 Bell 505s already delivered around the world already being used for many different missions, the aircraft has now officially made it to Kenya. Earlier this month, Bell Independent Representative, Africair, delivered the first Bell 505 to KIDL Operations in Kenya, one of the fastest growing operators in East Africa specializing in executive transport. The… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,693,937 firm-fixed-price contract for H-1 rotary wing blades. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Aug-18

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.  In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

FlightSafety awarded TH-57 Aircrew Training Services

FlightSafety awarded TH-57 Aircrew Training Services

FlightSafety International has been awarded Bell TH-57 Aircrew Training Services and Boeing C-17 Aircrew Training System contracts. “The TH-57 and C-17 contracts FlightSafety has received clearly demonstrate our ability and commitment to provide the highest quality products and training services,” said Ray Johns, Executive Vice President. “All of us with FlightSafety are proud to be… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Aug-18

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have given an iconic aircraft sculpture a new lease of life as its gate guardian. The full-size sculpture of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 who had previously used it as promotional tool at new housing developments. During the 1970s Barratts… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Aug-18

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $11,451,501 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-M21S) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for helicopter yoke assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year, five-month contract with no… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-18

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Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. Earlier this year, the Bell 525 completed cold weather testing at temperatures down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit in North Manitoba, Canada.  The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 15-Aug-18

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Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 14-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $74,217,505 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 23 items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The percentage of work at each of those locations cannot be determined at this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Aug-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved for Bell 407

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved for Bell 407

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft.The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 09-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Products, a Bell CSF, is pleased with Bell’s latest policy changes regarding the sale of new Bell parts. Beginning July 1, 2018, Customer Service Facilities, like Aero Products, will be permitted to sell Bell parts to certified Part 145, or Civil Aviation Authority equivalent repair stations if the following conditions apply: Repair station purchasing… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 24-Jul-18

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Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

At a ceremony held at Farnborough Air Show today, BELL HELICOPTER, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company and SUBARU Corporation announced their collaboration on a commercial enhancement of the BELL 412 EPI, which was type-certified this month as the 412 EPX, in support of the Japan UH-X program. In 2015, Bell’s long-term partner, SUBARU (formerly known as Fuji… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand continues to expand its offering of new accessories in support of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Since before the Bell 505 was introduced in 2013, Aeronautical Accessories has worked on product development and key partnerships to ensure Bell 505 customers’ needs are met. The Aeronautical Accessories catalog presently features more… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is excited to announce that the Bell 429 global fleet has exceeded 330,000 hours of operation. With 325 aircraft in operation configured for various mission sets, the Bell 429 footprint continues to grow, with recent new orders and deliveries: The Swedish Police Authority has purchased two additional Bell 429 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 19-Jul-18

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Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

This year, Bell will be attending the Advancing Public Safety Conference (APSCON) July 9-14, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. At booth #108, Bell will display the Bell 429 and feature one of our loyal customers, Nassau County Police Department. Come stop by and meet with our regional sales managers and our customer support and service representatives. Nassau County’s… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 12-Jul-18

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Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

As a world-renowned helicopter training academy, we share our vast aviation knowledge with customers from all corners of the globe. And now, we’re bringing our operations a little bit closer to home. On Monday, July 9, the Bell Training Academy (BTA) opened the Floyd Carlson Airfield located on the corner of Trinity Boulevard and Greenbelt Road to… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 11-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; one CV-22B for… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Jul-18

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EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

Patria’s Aviation Business Unit has been granted two Supplementary Type Certificates (STC’s) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These major changes are developed and certified to the Finnish Border Guard helicopter Agusta Bell 412EP to provide up to date communication and navigation functions in order to fulfil the latest European Airspace requirements. Further, these… Read more »

Source: Patria, 09-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

The Romanian Army is looking to purchase 70-80 military helicopters in the next 15 years. In the running for the contract are Lockheed, Bell and Airbus. Bell and Airbus both offer to build helicopters within Brasov for the army. Lockheed however is offering to renovate the Romanian company Romaero Bucharest into a new maintenance and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Bell delivers 100th 505 JetRanger X

Bell delivers 100th 505 JetRanger X

On Tuesday, June 26, Bell completed its 100th delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Hunt Companies for corporate travel. Bell revealed its first customer delivery for the Bell 505 at HAI Heli-Expo 2017 and continues to receive international interest. Before the delivery, Mirabel facility employees gathered around the aircraft to commemorate this… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 02-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Awarded $10M contract for V-22 Software Updates

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,097,044 for modification P00006 to a previously issued delivery order (N001917F1011) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification provides for the procurement of software updates to address capability defect packages in support of the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (92… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-18

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Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

The Royal Thai Army is looking to purchase 6 new attack helicopters. The announcement to replace their aging Bell AH-1F Cobras came at a press conference on June 12, reports JANE IHS. Helicopters that are under consideration include the Mil Mi-28, Kamov Ka-52, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Bell AH-1Z Viper, Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger, Harbin Aircraft Industry… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

First Female Pilot for Colombian Army

The Colombian Army Aviation Branch have recently gained their first female helicopter pilot. Second Lieutenant Viviana Yesenia Forero Moncada finished her nine months of training at the Armed Forces Helicopter School in Bogotá. 2nd Lt. Forero is now equipped to fly the Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter, and is paving the way for inclusion of women… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-18

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Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran (Euronext Paris: SAF) on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-Jun-18

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Bell delivers first 3 B505s to China

Bell delivers first 3 B505s to China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company delivered the first three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters destined for the Chinese market during a ceremony held at Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Canada. These are the first three aircraft of 110 ordered in 2017 by Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd, launch operator and exclusive… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 08-Jun-18

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RUAG adds Bell 505 approvals in Switzerland

RUAG adds Bell 505 approvals in Switzerland

RUAG Aviation is named as one of the first helicopter services providers in Europe to earn OEM approvals for MRO on the new Bell Helicopter 505 (JRX). RUAG also holds reassembly capabilities.  “We are dedicated to providing complete, state-of-the-art support on behalf of our customers and all the helicopters in their fleet. Attending the first available technical… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aviation, 07-Jun-18

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4th B525 flight test vehicle takes flight

4th B525 flight test vehicle takes flight

Bell 525 FTV fleet has completed over 400 hours of testing since returning to flight in July 2017. Fifth and final Bell 525 FTV will join airborne fleet later this year to perform function and reliability testing. Additional Bell 525 testing activities have included cold weather and cabin and component fatigue testing “This is another significant milestone… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 04-Jun-18

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Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

Philippine Air Force allocates Funds for Bell 412EP Parts

The Philippine Air Force has put aside PHP8.28 million for services and parts for their Bell 412EP combat utility helicopter’s instrument and electrical systems. The Submission for bids opens 7 June at the PAF Procurement Centre Conference Room in Pasay City, reports PTV News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-18

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Bell launches Advanced Vertical Lift Center near Washington DC

Bell launches Advanced Vertical Lift Center near Washington DC

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, opened its new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC)  in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This office provides a unique setting for Bell’s military customers, partners and policy makers to interact with technology that is defining the future of vertical lift (FVL). Bell is increasing its presence in the… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 28-May-18

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Bell 505 Cargo Hook Receives FAA Certification

Bell 505 Cargo Hook Receives FAA Certification

The Bell 505 cargo hook has been approved by the FAA to carry up to 2,000 lbs.  Northwest Helicopters will use the cargo hook capabilities for lifting air conditioning units, building materials and carrying water cargo for firefighting operations.

Source: Bell Flight, 25-May-18

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Bell and Dart deliver first 505 floats to Japan Coast Guard

Bell and Dart deliver first 505 floats to Japan Coast Guard

A little over a month ago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) equipped its fleet of four Bell 505 Jet Ranger X with the DART Aerospace Emergency Flotation System and the aircraft have now been accepted by the JCG. Installation of the kits took place in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan, where the JCG’s 10th Regional Coast Guard… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 25-May-18

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VIH Aerospace Renews its CSF With Bell Helicopters

VIH Aerospace Renews its CSF With Bell Helicopters

VIH Aerospace (VIHA) www.vihaerospace.com a leading provider of helicopter manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services has qualified and renewed its Customer Service Facility (CSF) agreement with Bell Helicopters (Bell) effective 1 May 2018.Arne Arneson, VIHA General Manager, stated. “Since 2004, VIHA has held a CSF with Bell and if you consider our long company history to… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 25-May-18

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Air Zermatt celebrates 50 years of operations with B429 delivery

Air Zermatt celebrates 50 years of operations with B429 delivery

Notable transportation and rescue company, Air Zermatt, commemorates 50 years of high mountain operations in the Swiss Alps and celebrates the delivery of a new Bell 429 aircraft. The aviation organization maintains a close relationship with Bell. “There is no better way for us to celebrate such a significant milestone than with an exciting addition… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-May-18

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The Bell Air Taxi Takes Uber Elevate Attendees For A Ride

The Bell Air Taxi Takes Uber Elevate Attendees For A Ride

Bell arrived in Los Angeles and showed innovators – big and small – the future of on-demand mobility. From other industry partners to curious students, the #BellAirTaxi virtual reality experience gave everyone a glimpse into the future of flight. To start off a successful week, the Bell team went to the KIPP Academy of Innovation. The students experienced… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Bell 505 receives certification in China

Bell 505 receives certification in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has received certification for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This is a major milestone for the international expansion of the Bell 505, as anticipation is growing in country to receive the deliveries of over 110 aircraft. “We are thrilled to… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 17-May-18

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Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

Bell Boeing JPO awarded $25M contract for V-22 Spares

The Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $24,695,613 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPE4AX-18-D-9433) against a base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) for V-22 spare consumable and depot level repairable parts. This is a one-year base contract with two option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-May-18

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $21,705,649 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0119).  This modification increases the quantity of Bell 407 variant commercial airframes through fiscal 2020 by seven in support of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system program of record.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-18

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Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced a signature from EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport,EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide unparalleled flight training to a variety of international students. “We are thrilled to add… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 03-May-18

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First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

“The Bell 505 works for us because of its high and hot performance and we were exclusively looking for max pick up weight with the ability to hover at 10,000 feet,” said Mr. Bernardo Moreno, CEO, Red Wings S.A. de C.V.” The first Bell 505 to be operated in Mexico will be used to support… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 24-Apr-18

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Bell brings 505 demonstrator to Europe

Bell brings 505 demonstrator to Europe

Bell has shipped one of its 505 JetRanger X demonstators to Europe, and the aircraft is expected to do a tour.  That will follow its appearance at the Aero Friedrichshafen show from April 18 to 21, an event dedicated to General Aviation. Registered N505FW, the helicopter was flown to Baltimore harbour on 15th March for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-18

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Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signing of a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s by Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd. (NNK). The two new aircraft will be delivered later this year and will be used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). NNK purchased its first Bell Helicopter, a Bell 47G-2 in April… Read more »

Source: Bellflight, 10-Apr-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, is being awarded $102,822,726 for a modification to definitize delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,852,575 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to three Bell 407 variant commercial airframes, associated Bell 407 unique components, and preservation and storage in the support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-18

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Charleston County Sheriff Replace Aging Bell

Charleston County Sheriff Replace Aging Bell

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have officially revealed their new Bell 407 GX. The new helicopter will replace their aging Bell, and came to the price of $3.4 million. They are still planning to install a new FLIR infrared imaging system, reports Live 5 News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-18

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DART Aerospace certifies lightweight Bell 505 Bearpaws

DART Aerospace certifies lightweight Bell 505 Bearpaws

DART Aerospace has recently announced Transport Canada certification of its Bell 505 Bearpaws. By far the lightest option available on the market for the 505 (as much as 35% lighter than competition), this Bearpaw kit is the ideal solution for operators performing landings on soft and uneven terrains. With the Bell 505 being the 30th… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 15-Mar-18

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Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Bell are in early development stages for their new civil helicopter. It is currently in the pre-launch stage, with little information regarding what it looks like being known. Chief executive, Mitch Snyder has commented that they do not want to “reveal it until it achieves what we want it to achieve,” reports Flight Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell to Widen Malaysian Market

Bell is looking to increase their market in Malaysia in 2018. They are planning to do this by selling their Bell 525 Relentless, Bell 429 Global Ranger and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to both private companies and military authorities. Currently, Malaysia are using models such as the Bell 429, Bell 206 and Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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CPI Aero Receives $3.8M Contract

CPI Aero Receives $3.8M Contract

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE American:CVU) announced today that it has received an amendment to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, for the manufacture of engine cowl assemblies and support assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. The contract amendment extends the period of performance by one… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 12-Mar-18

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Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

The Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine has been selected to power the new Bell 407GXi helicopter, providing enhanced safety and reduced pilot workload, plus increased reliability and maintainability. The new engine will offer additional capability and lower maintenance costs for the iconic Bell rotorcraft. The new engine agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and Bell, which… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 04-Mar-18

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Bell launches new B407GXi at HAI Heli-Expo

Bell launches new B407GXi at HAI Heli-Expo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the introduction of the Bell 407GXi at Heli-Expo 2018. The Bell 407GXi incorporates new avionics, an upgraded engine, and new executive interior design options. “We are always looking at ways to innovate our current product line to provide our customers with the most capable, dependable,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-18

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Precision Flight Controls and Ryan Aerospace develops B206 simulator

Precision Flight Controls and Ryan Aerospace develops B206 simulator

A joint venture between Precision Flight Controls (PFC) and Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has seen the development of a new, cost-effective Bell 206 helicopter simulator which recently received certification under Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) rules as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). This product will be on display at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, USA next week (Tuesday 27 February –… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 27-Feb-18

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Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

Did Bell miss a trick or two with rebranding exercise?

To practically everyone in the helicopter industry, Bell has always been Bell, despite official names like Bell Helicopter Textron, Bell Helicopter, or even Bell Aircraft if you go that far back.  So to rebrand the company from Bell Helicopter to Bell, means very little indeed to anyone in the Helicopter industry, or even the aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

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PPG awarded heated windshield contract for B525 Relentless

PPG awarded heated windshield contract for B525 Relentless

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it has been awarded the contract by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company and major global helicopter manufacturer, to produce heated pilot and co-pilot windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless commercial helicopter. The PPG windshields will be available for customer specification on helicopters operating in mountainous areas and cold… Read more »

Source: PPG, 26-Feb-18

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Bell Helicopter Rebrands

Bell Helicopter Rebrands

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and major global aircraft manufacturer, revealed today it has rebranded to be known as simply “Bell.” The new brand strategy and modernized logo are rooted in the company’s focus on innovation and customer experience. Bell will roll out the rebrand over the next year. “Bell has always… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 23-Feb-18

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Uber and Bell plan to fly air taxis from DFW Airport

Uber and Bell plan to fly air taxis from DFW Airport

Bell and Uber are working together to launch their air taxi service in Dallas, Fort Worth. They aim to have the service up by 2023, with test flights being run as early as 2020. The new service, called Uber Elevate, hopes to bring flight accessibility to more people, not just those on the “upper end… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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Bell 525 certification heads for spring 2019

Bell 525 certification heads for spring 2019

In a recent HeliHub interview, Larry Thimmesch, VP Sales and Marketing for the Bell 525 Relentless program provided further details on the timelines of the certification process. Despite the delays brought upon by the fatal accident of one of the prototypes in July 2016, Bell tell us their new certification program is on schedule to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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Bell outlines Heli-Expo display

Bell outlines Heli-Expo display

Bell Helicopter will display the new air taxi cabin, along with the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and Bell 525 Relentless. Following its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show, Bell’s Urban Air Taxi arrives in Las Vegas. Guests Heli-Expo attendees are invited to step inside and experience the future of transportation. “We are continuously… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Feb-18

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Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell awarded $38M contract for Procurement of AH-1Z Items

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $37,607,000 for firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the procurement of additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-18

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Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

In the last couple of weeks, three Bell 505s – soon to be joined by a fourth – have been doing initial flight tests at Kagoshima Airport in the south west of Japan.  All are flying in the colours of Japan Coast Guard.  Some photos published on the internet show three of the helicopters already flying,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-18

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B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Feb-18

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Bell sells two B505 Jet Ranger Xs to Vietnam

Bell sells two B505 Jet Ranger Xs to Vietnam

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a purchase agreement with both Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and its subsidiary, Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH North), for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. “As the first Bell commercial helicopter sale in Vietnam, we are pleased that Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Feb-18

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Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan

Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to SECO International. These are the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters delivered to a Japanese customer and will be used for passenger transport, sightseeing, aerial photography and television broadcasting. “The delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 07-Feb-18

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Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger in Asia Pacific region

Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger in Asia Pacific region

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Nautilus Aviation. These are the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters delivered into the Asia Pacific region, where Bell expects to see the highest demand globally for the new 505s. “The Australian helicopter… Read more »

06-Feb-18

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Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Feb-18

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Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey team is embarking on a modification effort with the U.S. Marine Corps that will improve readiness and reliability of the fleet of tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded a $69,668,099 modification to a previously awarded contract. Bell Boeing will modify three existing MV-22 aircraft in… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Feb-18

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Triumph Secures Follow-On Contract with Bell

Triumph Secures Follow-On Contract with Bell

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) announced today its Fabrications business has signed a long-term agreement with Bell Helicopter to extend their production of bonded panel structures for the AH-1Z attack helicopter through 2021. Triumph’s Fabrications business, under its newly realigned Aerospace Structures business unit, will provide the panels for Lots 15-16 under the follow-on contract agreement…. Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 30-Jan-18

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Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 conference will return to Prague, Czech Republic for its third successful year on the 23rd and 24th May 2018. SMi are thrilled to welcome Bell Helicopters and Leonardo as GOLD Sponsors at this year’s event where they will both be exhibiting and speaking. Leonardo is a world… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 29-Jan-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard pedestals are supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard pedestals. The pylon assembly includes a spindle… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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