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Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

AirEvac Lifeteam has recently opened a base in Eastland for an air ambulance helicopter.  The location is on the north I-20 service road on the east end of town.  See full story  – This is Air Evac’s base number 115.  EagleMed are supplying a fixed wing aircraft

Source: Microplex News, 17-Oct-13

GE to power Bell V-280 Valor

GE to power Bell V-280 Valor

Today, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), will team with Bell on its V-280 Valor™, a third generation tiltrotor. “We are very excited to welcome GE to Team Valor. GE is a world-leading engine provider, and we are pleased they have made the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Oct-13

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Bell adds two to North American Sales Team

Bell adds two to North American Sales Team

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the addition of Owen Coulman and Darin Howell, two new regional commercial sales managers in North America. They will be responsible for sales activities and building relationships with current customers in each of their respective regions. “We are very excited to have Owen and Darin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-13

Mercy One-Clarinda celebrates first anniversary

Mercy One-Clarinda celebrates first anniversary

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center Des Moines, and Air Methods are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Mercy One-Clarinda medical helicopter service on Tuesday, October 15th.  The occassion will be celebrated with an open house held at the crew quarters behind the CRHC main building from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Cake and beverages… Read more »

Source: CRHC, 15-Oct-13

15-Oct-13 EJC-4214 Bell UH-1H La Mayajura, Colombia

Crashed in mountainous region close to Venezeulan border.  No casualties

15-Oct-13

Bell continues to explore new opportunities in China

Bell continues to explore new opportunities in China

While at the 2013 Aviation Expo China, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it had reached agreement with its independent representative, Reignwood Investment, Ltd. (Reignwood) for the purchase of 12 Bell helicopters, including 10 Bell 407 and two Bell 429 aircraft. In addition to this agreement, Bell Helicopter also entered in to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Oct-13

UAW union ratifies new five-year contract with Bell

UAW union ratifies new five-year contract with Bell

The contract, which takes effect immediately, was approved by 93 percent of members who voted on Sunday morning at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Texas Hall. It covers more than 2,500 machinists, packers and forklift operators at the manufacturer.  See full story UPDATE 14.Oct.13 Bell later issued this statement Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc…. Read more »

Source: Star Telegram, 14-Oct-13

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police have sold the older of its two Bell 206L4 LongRangers, and will take delivery of a newly-ordered AS350B2 in April 2014.  See full story FAA records show that the sold helicopter N201TP was bought by M&J Leisure LLC of Ogden, Utah.

Source: Tulsa World, 14-Oct-13

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13-Oct-13 146432 Bell 412CF (CH-146) Wilson, Canada

Emergency field landing after ingesting a bird

13-Oct-13

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Bell and UAW union reach tentative agreement on contract proposal

Bell and UAW union reach tentative agreement on contract proposal

Bell Helicopter and United Auto Workers (UAW)Local 218 have reached a “tentative agreement” on a new contract, which union members will vote on Sunday.  The union has posted the following on its website to the workers it represents SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013 at 10:30am UTA TEXAS HALL,  701 W. Nedderman Drive,  Arlington, TX  The Union has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-13

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11-Oct-13 LQ-BHT Bell 407 Valle Fértil, Argentina (1F)

Legislator Margarita Ferra de Bartol died of her wounds in hospital, while San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja suffered several bruises. Three other passengers were also injured.  This video shows brownout conditions at low level, then a flash as the helicopter contacts with powerlines.  Initial accident report here

11-Oct-13

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11-Oct-13 N206KK Bell 206L1 Seely, US-California

Force landed in the desert due to smoke in the cabin.  Pilot and two passengers got out OK.  Helicopter consumed by fire

11-Oct-13

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Moog to Design, Manufacture Flight Control System for Bell V-280 Valor

Moog to Design, Manufacture Flight Control System for Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today thatMoog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) will design, manufacture and qualify an integrated flight control system, consisting of flight control computers, support software, and flight control actuation, for the Bell V-280 Valor™. “Moog is a premier flight control system provider, and we are pleased to team with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Oct-13

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

On Tuesday October 1st, 2013 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter service celebrated 15 years of service since 1998. Over fifteen years, Snowy Hydro SouthCare has performed over 5,300 missions, saving lives and impacting on countless communities across the ACT & South Eastern NSW region. The quality of service and care provided to the region is a… Read more »

Source: SouthCare, 09-Oct-13

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09-Oct-13 Bell Pattani, Thailand

Contacted wires while inspecting high-voltage transmission towers, causing the helicopter to crash into the Sai Bo La Yu Canal in Tambon Thepa.  Occupants, reported as ten in number (to inspect powerlines??) all escaped without serious injury

09-Oct-13

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Army Awards JMR-TD Program Technology Investment Agreement with Bell

Army Awards JMR-TD Program Technology Investment Agreement with Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that the U.S. Army has awarded a Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program to Bell Helicopter based on its Bell V-280 Valor™. Bell Helicopter’s third generation tiltrotor design is on track to achieve first flight in 2017. “Team Valor… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-13

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Bell announces Turkish 407GX sale

Bell announces Turkish 407GX sale

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with Saran Holding Group for the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Turkey. The signing took place at the 23rd annual Monaco Yacht Show, held September 25-28. “As the Turkish helicopter market continues to grow by leaps and bounds, our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Oct-13

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Bell 412EPI model now available as an upgrade

Bell 412EPI model now available as an upgrade

Bell today announced an upgrade program to one of the company’s newest and most versatile helicopters – the Bell 412EPI. The upgrade will increase the operational flexibility of the rotorcraft to meet the future regulatory and mission needs of the industry. The program will focus on further testing and improvements of the rotorcraft’s Category A… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Oct-13

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Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group have decided to close operations in Alaska, where they currently operate three bases at Fairbanks, Valdez, and Deadhorse.  In a recent statement to employees, SVP of Global Operations Jeremy Akel cited the seasonal nature of the work there as being a factor, along with “providing services that are not aligned with [the company’s] desire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-13

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Massachusetts 407 pilot loses suit against manufacturers

Massachusetts 407 pilot loses suit against manufacturers

Kurt West of Massachusetts said the Dec. 2008 crash in New Hampshire was caused by a mechanical failure that triggered a loss of power and that the incident caused him post-traumatic stress disorder and inflamed a pre-existing gastrointestinal syndrome. He was suing Bell, Rolls Royce and Goodrich for a combined $4M  See full story See also… Read more »

06-Oct-13

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Bell makes more sales at Aviation Expo China

Bell makes more sales at Aviation Expo China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) continues to expand its regional presence in China, announcing several recent purchase agreements with new and returning customers in the growing Chinese marketplace. While at Aviation Expo China, Bell Helicopter signed an agreement to sell two Bell 407GXs to General Dynamic Aero Industry. “The Bell 407GX continues… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Oct-13

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04-Oct-13 Bell UH-1H Balingasag, Philippines

Capt. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that the Huey made an emergency landing in Balingasag Friday morning when the pilot noticed a mechanical malfunction

04-Oct-13

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04-Oct-13 G-BPWI Bell 206 Upper Edgebold, UK

The pilot noticed that the engine turbine temperature had increased to close to its maximum limit and prepared to make a precautionary landing. During the approach the indication returned to normal, so he decided to continue the short distance to his destination. As the helicopter climbed away, the engine failed. The pilot carried out a… Read more »

04-Oct-13

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04-Oct-13 PT-HTU Bell 206B São Caetano, Brazil

Written off when it crashed into a road in built-up area.  Three of the four occupants and a passing pedestrian were injured.  Authorities indicate that the helicopter’s AMI (Annual Inspection Maintenance) and CA (Certificate of Airworthiness) expired in June and April 2012 respectively.

04-Oct-13

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ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

A helicopter accident at Horn Island has shown the challenges that can accompany night operations, as well as the speed with which things can suddenly go wrong. The accident occurred on 13 June 2013. At about 7.24 pm, a Bell 412 helicopter departed Horn Island, Queensland on a training flight to Prince of Wales Island… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 03-Oct-13

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Helitech Roundup – Was Central London the best location?

Helitech Roundup – Was Central London the best location?

The HeliHub.com team have been contacting a number of people who attended Helitech International last week – both while we were on the show floor and remotely by phone and email over the week since the event. The question we were asking was “Is Helitech a better show in a city centre location compared to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-13

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Third Bell 429 arrives in UK

Third Bell 429 arrives in UK

Yesterday, the UK Civil Aviation Authority issued the registration G-ODSA to a Bell 429, serial 57139.  The operator is listed as Starspeed. Starspeed are based at Fairoaks, just south-west of London and within the Heathrow control zone.  They operate a number of twin-engined helicopters for high net worth owners, and have a good deal of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-13

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Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

In a ceremony held on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior inspected the first civil air ambulance helicopter for emergency rescue operations from onshore and offshore oilfields and facilities in Abu Dhabi – a Bell 412EP.  See full story

Source: Gulf Today, 02-Oct-13

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Canadian Court dismisses Bell’s Appeal over 429 skid case

Canadian Court dismisses Bell’s Appeal over 429 skid case

Sigh, we thought this one had gone away….. One can only admire Bell’s dogged determination in the case of the 429’s landing gear design.  Despite a Court deciding against them on 30th January 2012, they plugged away with an appeal which was heard in court last week on 24th September.    Their appeal was on… Read more »

Source: IP Advocate, 01-Oct-13

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Bell to hold third Safety Symposium in Russia this week

Bell to hold third Safety Symposium in Russia this week

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it will hold a regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians from across Russia on Thursday, October 3 at the Marriott Moscow Grand. The third symposium of its type offered by Bell Helicopter this year, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on common… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Oct-13

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29-Sep-13 VT-HGC Bell 212 Thane, India (5F)

Helicopter en route from Juhu aerodrome in Mumbai to Aurangabad descended due to bad weather, hit high tension cables and crashed killing all five on board – named here as pilot Capt. SS Bhaduria, co-pilot Captain Allen Martin, Capt. Anshu Matta, Engg Yatin Wakade and Technician Dean D’Souza.

29-Sep-13

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29-Sep-13 Bell 47G Guadalupe, US-California

Struck powerlines on agricultural operations, cutting power to around 500 homes.  In ensuing manoeuvre, main blades cut tail boom.  Pilot not injured

29-Sep-13

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Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

NASA Ames Research Center recognized the Tiltrotor Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award at its annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony Aug. 29. The multi-agency TTR Development Team is comprised of NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. Army and Arnold Engineering Development Complex personnel teaming with Bell Helicopter and Triumph Aerospace Systems. The team… Read more »

Source: USAF, 27-Sep-13

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Bell awarded $34M delivery order for AH-1W repairs

Bell awarded $34M delivery order for AH-1W repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $34,313,824 for delivery order 7004 against previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00383-11-D-012N) for the repair/overhaul of five items required in support of the AH-1W Helicopter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20, 2014. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-13

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Bell showcases 429 at Monaco Yacht Show 2013

Bell showcases 429 at Monaco Yacht Show 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the 23rd annual Monaco Yacht Show, held September 25-28. Bell Helicopter will showcase a spacious and versatile Bell 429 in corporate configuration aboard the 247 ft. (75.4 m) superyacht, Northern Star, with exclusive access for attendees. The Bell 429 continues to gain momentum across Europe in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Sep-13

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Bell awarded $42M for blade work

Bell awarded $42M for blade work

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,196,000 firm-fixed-price contract for blade assemblies. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Location of performance is Texas with a July 31, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-13

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Elbit awarded $44M contract to support AH-1W Night Targeting System

Elbit awarded $44M contract to support AH-1W Night Targeting System

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has been awarded a $44.8M Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for the ongoing depot level service and support of the US Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter’s Night Targeting System (NTS). Elbit Systems of America’s Merrimack facility received the contract for services and support to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 26-Sep-13

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China – Reignwood orders ten Bell 407s and two 429s

China – Reignwood orders ten Bell 407s and two 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today at Aviation Expo / China 2013 it has signed a purchase agreement with its Independent Representative (IR), Reignwood Investment Co. Ltd. (Reignwood), for the purchase of 12 Bell helicopters. The sale includes 10 Bell 407 aircraft and two Bell 429 aircraft. The aircraft are being… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Sep-13

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Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

BLR Aerospace today announced that Heli Austria is the first European operator of BLR’s FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for the Bell 412. FastFin recently was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for installation and flight on Bell 412 helicopters. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship FastFin System enables performance improvements… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 25-Sep-13

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Bell selects Donaldson to protect Bell 525

Bell selects Donaldson to protect Bell 525

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has been selected by Bell Helicopter to provide advanced filtration systems for the protection of all gearboxes and engines on its newest helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense Group will begin supplying transmission oil filter assemblies for installation in the Bell 525 Relentless’ main rotor gearbox, tail… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 25-Sep-13

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Bell delivers first 407GX in Switzerland

Bell delivers first 407GX in Switzerland

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce the delivery of the first Bell 407GX helicopter in Switzerland to Alpinlift Helikopter AG for utility operations. “After an extensive evaluation, we selected the Bell 407GX for the advanced safety features provided by its integrated flight deck and the unmatched customer service and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Sep-13

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Bell reduces 525’s electrical systems integration Time Using Capital Software

Bell reduces 525’s electrical systems integration Time Using Capital Software

Mentor Graphics Corp. MENT +0.66% , announced today that Bell Helicopter, a leading manufacturer of rotary wing aircraft, has been able to significantly streamline their wiring design processes on the Bell 525 Relentless program as part of its Business System Modernization systems upgrade. Bell Helicopter achieved this improvement by adopting transformational technology delivered by Mentor Graphics(R) Capital(R) product… Read more »

Source: Mentor Graphics, 25-Sep-13

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Bell delivers first VIP Bell 429 to UK

Bell delivers first VIP Bell 429 to UK

[another Bell Press release story for Helitech that HeliHub.com has already covered last week] Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first VIP-configured Bell 429 to be flown in the United Kingdom to TJ Morris Ltd. TJ Morris will take advantage of the Bell 429’s Instrument Flight Rules… Read more »

24-Sep-13

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First Bell 429 flying in the UK

First Bell 429 flying in the UK

[this is an official Bell press release for Helitech, but HeliHub.com did release this news three months ago…..] Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the first Bell 429 in Great Britain is now fully operational. The aircraft was recently delivered to National Grid for inspection and maintenance of power lines. National Grid’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-13

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Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today at Helitech International 2013 a signed agreement with Avincis Group for the sale of up to 20 helicopters comprised of the Bell 429, Bell412 and Bell 412EPI aircraft, largely for use in Life & Rescue operations. “We’re delighted to be able to further develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-13

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Bell SLS will have Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics System

Bell SLS will have Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics System

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a long-term contract with the global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), to provide the G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite for Bell Helicopter’s new short light single (SLS) aircraft . The all-glass avionics system digitally presents critical flight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-13

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Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

 NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research & Technology of St. Louis United… Read more »

Source: NASA, 23-Sep-13

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EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on all Bell 412 helicopters.  FastFin is already EASA-approved for installation on Bell 204, 205, and 212 helicopters. Meet with BLR in Exhibit D30 during Helitech International, Sept. 24-26 in London. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 23-Sep-13

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Bell to lay off 290 employees

Bell to lay off 290 employees

A total of 290 employees are expected to receive layoff slips at Bell Helicopter, officials announced Monday. see full story

Source: Star Telegram, 23-Sep-13

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Bell signs agreement for first UK EMS 429

Bell signs agreement for first UK EMS 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement with Heli-Charter Ltd for the first Bell 429configured for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operations in the United Kingdom. The recently appointed Bell Helicopter Customer Support Facility and Independent Representative held the grand opening of its new facility adjacent to Manston International Airport in Kent on September 21…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-13

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Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

Northrop Grumman Readies MQ-8C Fire Scout for Flight

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) turned on the power to the U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and rotated the aircraft’s four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20. Conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 23-Sep-13

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Mercer Engineering wins $12M contract for H-1 and H-60 integrity program

Mercer Engineering wins $12M contract for H-1 and H-60 integrity program

The Corporation of Mercer University, doing business as Mercer Engineering Research Center, Warner Robins, Ga., has been awarded a $12,380,083 cost-reimbursable, no-fee contract (FA8509-12-G-0001-0002) for TH-1H, UH1N, and HH-60G Aircraft Structural Integrity Program and Mechanical Equipment and Subsystem Integrity Program sustaining engineering support. The contract includes a wide range of analyses, to include engineering research,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-13

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Helicopters at Helitech 2013

Helicopters at Helitech 2013

The following is a list of the helicopters being displayed at Helitech 2013 in London – split into those displayed by the manufacturers (often with their UK dealers), other helicopters displayed, and finally those helicopters visiting the exhibition each day.  We aim to maintain/update this list through the week of the event. Hyperlinked registrations take… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Sep-13

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Russia – JetExpo event adds five 429s and two 407GXs to Bell order book

Russia – JetExpo event adds five 429s and two 407GXs to Bell order book

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues to expand its presence in Russia, announcing purchase agreements for seven aircraft signed during Jet Expo 2013 in Moscow last week. During the show, Bell Helicopter displayed its newest product, the Bell 429, in a corporate configuration. Bell Helicopter has secured agreements for the sale of seven helicopters, including… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Sep-13

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21-Sep-13 N22490 Bell UH-1 Black Canyon City, US-Arizona (2F)

Heavy impact, post crash fire, no survivors.  Two POB were pilot/owner Chad Nelson and passenger Brynne Smith.  This report quotes Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office saying the debris field is a radius of half a mile.

21-Sep-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

Richard Ragsdale, base pilot supervisor for the Farmington, Mo., Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2013 Region 1 Safety Award see full story

Source: Farmington Press, 20-Sep-13

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Bell to feature 429 at Aviation Expo China

Bell to feature 429 at Aviation Expo China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the 15th bi-annual Aviation Expo China, held September 25 to 28 in Beijing, China. Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence as an exhibitor, featuring the Bell 429 on display in its booth. “The 2013 Aviation Expo China presents a great opportunity for us to connect with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Sep-13

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Discount retailer takes delivery of UK’s second Bell 429

Discount retailer takes delivery of UK’s second Bell 429

Discount retailer Home Bargains, based in the city of Liverpool in the north-west of the UK, has taken delivery of a Bell 429. This is believed to replace their Eurocopter AS350B3 G-GMCM, which is five years old and has under 750 hours on the airframe. The new aircraft was seen at Blackpool airport on Wednesday… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-13

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Bell CEO Garrison to attend opening of new UK showroom and hangar

Bell CEO Garrison to attend opening of new UK showroom and hangar

AVIATION pioneers at a major new multi-million pound helicopter base are re-introducing America back to the famous Manston airfield in Kent, UK. The dynamic UK company Heli-Charter has forged a unique relationship with the world famous Bell Helicopter from the USA. On Saturday, September 21, 2013, a VIP launch party is due to be held… Read more »

Source: Heli-Charter, 17-Sep-13

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Bell awarded $18M for main rotor gearbox assemblies for US Navy

Bell awarded $18M for main rotor gearbox assemblies for US Navy

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,786,469 firm-fixed-price contract for main rotor gearbox assemblies. Location of performance is Texas, with a Dec. 31, 2016 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2016 Navy funds. The contracting activity is the Defense… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Sep-13

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16-Sep-13 N204UH Bell UH-1B Idanha, US-Oregon (1F)

Logging operations – it appears the pilot released the logs, indicating he knew of a problem prior to the crash. Witnesses then saw a rotor separate from the helicopter followed by it turning upside down and falling to the ground. Pilot was named as William Bart Colantuono, 54, of Indialantic, FL

16-Sep-13

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Bell tops three Product Support surveys

Bell tops three Product Support surveys

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues its lead in customer support rankings in 2013 with service that is second to none. The company topped the charts in three of the aviation industry’s most prominent customer surveys: Aviation International News’ (AIN) 2013 Product Support Survey, Rotor & Wing’s OEM Excellence Ratings and Professional Pilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey. “We are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-13

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Frasca awarded contract for dual-qualified Bell 407

Frasca awarded contract for dual-qualified Bell 407

Frasca International, Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply a dual qualified Bell 407 FAA Level B Full Flight Simulator/Level 7 Flight Training Device to Bell Helicopter for use at their Customer Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. The Frasca built dual qualified 407 will have capabilities to convert between the standard Bell Model… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 13-Sep-13

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Air Evac breaks ground on base at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Air Evac breaks ground on base at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

The company wants to move its St. Clair operation to Sullivan, placing the helicopter on a 1.3 acre slice of private property located between the hospital’s helipad and the Highway D/Sappington Bridge Road intersection. See full story

Source: Sullivan Journal, 12-Sep-13

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Bell to hold regional safety symposium in China

Bell to hold regional safety symposium in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it will hold a regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians from across China on Tuesday, September 24 at the InterContinental Beijing Beichen hotel in Beijing, China. A new initiative for Bell Helicopter, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on key safety practices… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Sep-13

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First Bell 407GX delivered into Russia

First Bell 407GX delivered into Russia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Russia to Helidrive in Saint-Petersburg. The Bell 407GX will be utilized for private and charter flights. “The Russian market is an essential component of Bell Helicopter’s international growth strategy and we are focused on… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Sep-13

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HealthONE announces new Airlife Denver Assistant VP

HealthONE announces new Airlife Denver Assistant VP

Today, HealthONE, the parent company of AIRLIFE Denver, a critical care transport service covering the Rocky Mountain Region, announced that Hollie Seeley will begin as Assistant Vice President (AVP) on September 23. As AVP of AIRLIFE Denver, Seeley will provide leadership and operational management to the AIRLIFE Denver medical transport system, which includes multiple bases,… Read more »

Source: HealthONE, 11-Sep-13

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Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army valued at more than $61 million to supply 12 new metal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior cabins and 12 supplemental parts kits. The new metal cabins will be manufactured at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Sep-13

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11-Sep-13 N7836S Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

Substantially damaged in force landing on road

11-Sep-13

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Bell and Lockheed Martin team on V-280 Valor

Bell and Lockheed Martin team on V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will work as a team on the Bell V-280 Valor™, making Lockheed Martin the first of Bell Helicopter’s V-280 program tier one team members. Additional team members will be announced in the coming months. “We are very excited about teaming with Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Sep-13

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Bell workers strike, and then return to work

Bell workers strike, and then return to work

Bell’s Fort Worth facility suffered a strike by members of United Auto Workers Local 218 on Friday, but they return to work again today – Monday 9th. Those involved – over 2,500 machinists, packers, forklift operators etc – resorted to strike action after months of negotiations with Bell over healthcare and pension benefit changes the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-13

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V-22 completes initial test as an aerial refueling tanker

V-22 completes initial test as an aerial refueling tanker

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker. Adding this capability to the tiltrotor aircraft would further advance its versatility in combat, humanitarian and ship-based operations. In the… Read more »

Source: Bell Boeing, 08-Sep-13

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07-Sep-13 N721LL Bell 206L3 Amistad, US-New Mexico

Helicopter in open field on its side, substantial damage.  2 POB not injured.  “The pilot in command made an abrupt turn to avoid a massive bird strike” and was “unable to recover complete control of the helicopter before it struck terrain,” said IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin in this report.  Pilot was Steve Young, bureau chief… Read more »

07-Sep-13

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Life Air Rescue adds second base in Louisiana with Bell 407

Life Air Rescue adds second base in Louisiana with Bell 407

Med-Trans Corp. has announced the expansion of their Life Air Rescue air medical program, adding a second base in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The life saving program will serve the region 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning mid-September. The region will benefit from the superior clinical care and exceptional reputation established by Life Air… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 05-Sep-13

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Able Provides Low-Cost Replacement of Bell Rotor Brake Discs

Able Provides Low-Cost Replacement of Bell Rotor Brake Discs

Bell 206 operators received welcome news to help offset rising maintenance costs this week when the FAA granted PMA approval to Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 Rotor Brake Disc (OEM p/n 9440904; Able p/n 9440904AA). Able, a world leader in aviation component repair development, overhaul, and approved replacement parts solutions, will… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 05-Sep-13

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