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20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

20-Jun-2014

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The... Read more

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412’s

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412’s

19-Jun-2014Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix, Inc. is proud to announce they have been granted another EASA NVG STC. This time the EASA STC is on a Bell 412EP, EASA STC number 10049194. This is the first of two 412EP’s Aero Dynamix will modify for the Faroe Islands operator, Atlantic Airways, which will use the modified aircraft for search... Read more

AVI Delivers 10.6″ Display and Quad Processor for Virginia State Police Bell 407 Upgrade

AVI Delivers 10.6″ Display and Quad Processor for Virginia State Police Bell 407 Upgrade

19-Jun-2014Source: Applied Video Imaging

Applied Video Imaging, a provider of rugged video products for airborne, ground, and marine surveillance missions, delivered its new rugged D1000 series display and its new Q0101 rugged Quad Video Processor for the Virginia State Police Bell 407 upgrade.  The rugged HD display will be cockpit-mounted in portrait mode allowing single, dual, or tri image... Read more

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

18-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with... Read more

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

18-Jun-2014Source: CPI Aero

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT:CVU) today announced that during the Annual Meeting of Shareholders Terry Stinson was elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stinson will serve a three-year term. Mr. Stinson brings over 45 years of executive leadership in the aerospace and defense industry. Since 2007, Terry was a senior executive with... Read more

Air Transport Europe add Bell 429

Air Transport Europe add Bell 429

17-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Bell have recently delivered a new Bell 429 from their facility in Czech Republic to Air Transport Europe, one of the main operators in Slovakia. The helicopter – serial 57143 – was test flown in Prague as OK-BHY (as seen in photos here) and was delivered as OM-ATR. This is the second Bell 429 operating... Read more

Bell to exhibit 429 and 407GX at EHS

Bell to exhibit 429 and 407GX at EHS

17-Jun-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display the first Slovakian Bell 429 Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft, owned by Air Transport Europe, at the European Helicopter Show (EHS) this year. In addition, Bell Helicopter will also display the first Bell 407GX in VIP configuration delivered to King’s Casino, a customer based... Read more

17-Jun-14 3C-OG Bell OH-58B Wattener Lizum, Austria (1F)

17-Jun-14 3C-OG Bell OH-58B Wattener Lizum, Austria (1F)

17-Jun-2014

Crashed in mountainous area at 2000m agl, landing very heavily and killing one of the 3 on board.  Taking part in the exercise “Schutz 2014” NOTE – this is wrongly quoted elsewhere as 3C-OD but has been confirmed to HeliHub.com by Austrian military authorities that the subject helicopter was 3C-OG... Read more

17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

17-Jun-2014

Substantially damaged during autorotation landing... Read more

The Bell 429 Completing Successful EMS Missions in Russia

The Bell 429 Completing Successful EMS Missions in Russia

16-Jun-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced th Bell 429 is successfully completing key Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions for new Russian customers. Heli-Drive, one of Bell Helicopter’s independent representatives in the region has customized a Bell 429 and constructed the first six of 16 total helipads at regional hospitals to support... Read more

15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

15-Jun-2014

Emergency landing in park, possibly due to mechanical issue... Read more

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

13-Jun-2014Source: KPLC

A dive team assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the search found two bodies Thursday morning near the crash site – See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)... Read more

Lord Corporation partners with Aero Products Component Services

Lord Corporation partners with Aero Products Component Services

11-Jun-2014Source: Lord Corporation

LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, and Aero Products Component Services, a prominent global helicopter support company, announced a channel partner alliance to promote and support the current and next generation of LORD elastomeric helicopter components. Aero Products’ significant experience in support of the Bell Helicopter product line... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

11-Jun-2014Source: Swindon Advertiser

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are preparing to sign a five year lease allowing them to continue to operate from Wiltshire Police HQ at Devizes.  See full story... Read more

11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

11-Jun-2014

Helicopter ditched in Gulf of Mexico.  US Coast Guard found two bodies and helicopter appears to have sunk.  The two victims were identified as George Leloup, the pilot of the helicopter, and Rory Bourgeois, a technician with BNA Marine Services.... Read more

Bell starts new MSN number series for 412 EPI

Bell starts new MSN number series for 412 EPI

9-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Bell have started a new series of Manufacturer Serial Numbers for the 412EPI model, with 37001 being the first. Serial numbers used so far for the 412 include the following number ranges by Bell themselves 33001-33213 B412, B412SP 33501-33508 B412 for Saudi Air Force 36001-36672 B412SP and EP models (36672 is latest known MSN, may... Read more

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

6-Jun-2014Source: Products Finishing

Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacuring & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland.  See full story... Read more

Bell delivers two 429s to Saran Aviation in Turkey

Bell delivers two 429s to Saran Aviation in Turkey

5-Jun-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its facility in Prague, Czech Republic delivered two commercially registered Bell 429 aircraft to Turkey. The aircraft were delivered to Saran Aviation and were highly customized in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) configuration. The customization also included a TCAS system, full cabin audio communication system,... Read more

05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

5-Jun-2014

Both instructor and student injured in training flight accident at NAS Whiting Field... Read more

Bell announces General Manager for new Lafayette 505 production facility

Bell announces General Manager for new Lafayette 505 production facility

4-Jun-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Paul Watts has accepted the position of general manager of the new Lafayette aircraft assembly facility. The site, announced in late 2013, will be the home of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program. Watts will assume this new role immediately while also maintaining his... Read more

Bell embarks on European Demo Tour with HEMS-configured 429

Bell embarks on European Demo Tour with HEMS-configured 429

4-Jun-2014Source: Bell

confirming the details of the story HeliHub.com broke back on 15th May Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announces progress of its European demo tour with a Bell 429 aircraft configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The aircraft arrived earlier this month and has visited many charity and EMS organizations in the... Read more

Bell announces New Regional Sales Manager in Western Canada

Bell announces New Regional Sales Manager in Western Canada

3-Jun-2014Source: Textron

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a new addition to the Western Canada team. Effective immediately, Frank Carmichael will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager in Western Canada, responsible for overseeing marketing and sales activities within Canada. “We are excited to welcome the newest member to the Bell Helicopter family.... Read more

Rocky Mountain Rotors adds Bell 429

Rocky Mountain Rotors adds Bell 429

2-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Rocky Mountain Rotors (RMR), based at Gelatin Field in the Montana city of Bozeman, have recently added a Bell 429 to their fleet.  This single pilot IFR aircraft is soon to be configured with an external hook, NVG (for night mountain navigating), FLIR (for SAR missions), external cargo (ski basket) and had already been fitted with... Read more

Industry, EASA, FAA raise concerns over handling of Canadian Coast Guard contract

Industry, EASA, FAA raise concerns over handling of Canadian Coast Guard contract

1-Jun-2014Source: Ottawa Citizen

The Canadian government’s decision to grant Bell a special weight exemption for the 429 strained relations between Transport Canada and aviation safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe, federal documents show.  See full story... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for H-1 mission computer upgrades

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded $24,964,058 for delivery order 0002 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0016) for the procurement of 119 H-1 upgrade tech refresh mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills... Read more

Aerolite reports strong demand for Bell 429 EMS interiors

Aerolite reports strong demand for Bell 429 EMS interiors

30-May-2014Source: aerolite

Four Bell 429 EMS/SAR interiors have been delivered so far this year and four more will be delivered during the upcoming four months. The recently delivered interiors are already in operation in several European countries. The next batch will go to Europe and the US. Newly developed and certified equipment affords a flexible lay-out concept... Read more

30-May-14 N650MH Bell OH-58 Whitefield, US-Maine

30-May-14 N650MH Bell OH-58 Whitefield, US-Maine

30-May-2014

Helicopter came down into woods one mile from home base.  Helicopter remained upright with heavy landin... Read more

11-Jun-14 Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

11-Jun-14 Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

30-May-2014

Contolled landing close to rig.  Floats deployed and helicopter remained upright on floats on calm seas, 6 POB safely evacuated by liferaft... Read more

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

New Commandant at UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School

29-May-2014Source: RAF

Captain Paul Shawcross Royal Navy handed over command of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) at RAF Shawbury this week to Colonel Julian Facer. Colonel Facer was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1991 and is an experienced Apache Attack Helicopter pilot. His recently commanded 7 Training Regiment (AAC) at Middle Wallop, where... Read more

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

28-May-2014Source: Sierra Vista Herald

On lease for one year from Airwest Helicopters, the Bell 406 L4 aircraft will expand law enforcement and emergency response capabilities for both Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department as well.  See full story... Read more

Projects Unlimited awarded Bell 505 cabling project

Projects Unlimited awarded Bell 505 cabling project

28-May-2014Source: Project Unlimited

The Aerospace Wiring Solutions (AWS) division of Projects Unlimited, Inc. was recently awarded Bell Helicopter’s new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X cabling project for flight test vehicles which will be used in support of Type Certification later this year. The Projects Unlimited AWS division, which specializes in manufacturing branched cables, harnesses, and integrated assemblies for... Read more

28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

28-May-2014

Crahed into roof of barn.  Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured.  AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here... Read more

Bell announces first VIP-configured 429 in Switzerland

Bell announces first VIP-configured 429 in Switzerland

23-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the delivery of a Bell 429 helicopter for operation by Heli-Alps, a Swiss-based company offering corporate transport, sightseeing tours and aerial photography. This is the first Bell 429 to be configured for VIP transport in Switzerland and was customized at the Bell Helicopter facility in Prague.... Read more

Bell announces first 407GX sale in Czech Republic

Bell announces first 407GX sale in Czech Republic

23-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with King’s Casino for a Bell 407GX. This is the first Bell 407GX to be sold into the Czech Republic. “We are excited King’s Casino has put their confidence in the performance of the Bell 407GX, and our global maintenance and... Read more

23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

23-May-2014

Dynamic roll over on take-off after catching a fuel drum with a skid. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The 406 ELT activated and was shut off immediately. CADORS 2014P0717... Read more

23-May-14 N260TA Bell UH-1H Waitsburg, US-Washington

23-May-14 N260TA Bell UH-1H Waitsburg, US-Washington

23-May-2014

Owner Tom Archer was taking off from his own property after not flying the helicopter in about a month.  Rotorhead and main blades ended up 10-15m from the fuselage... Read more

Skye Avionics upgrades Wisk Air Helicopters Bell 407′s

Skye Avionics upgrades Wisk Air Helicopters Bell 407′s

22-May-2014Source: Skye Avionics

Skye Avionics recently finished upgrading all of Wisk Air Helicopters Fleet of Bell 407 Helicopters. The upgrade involved removing the Bendix/King KY196A VHF radios and installing Garmin GTR 225B VHF radios. Over the last couple of years Skye Avionics has been working with Wisk Air to standardize their fleet and modernize it. This upgrade now makes... Read more

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Make European Debut at EBACE 2014

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Make European Debut at EBACE 2014

21-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced its plans for the 14th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, EBACE, in Geneva, Switzerland, held May 20 to May 22.  The Company will showcase its latest commercial product offerings including the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ aircraft mockup and Macaer’s new VVIP Bell... Read more

Bell displays newest luxury interior for Bell 429 at EBACE

Bell displays newest luxury interior for Bell 429 at EBACE

21-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell 429 will display its newest state-of-the art luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland, held May 20 to 22. “The Bell 429 is the most advanced light twin engine helicopter in its class. Our elegant VVIP interior... Read more

21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

21-May-2014

Heavy landing with tail missing – boom potentially sliced by main blades... Read more

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

Bell awarded $377M contract for 12 UH-1Y and 12 AH-1Z

19-May-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $337,772,560 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 11 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 12 Lot 11 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps to a fixed-price-incentive for the aircraft and firm-fixed-price... Read more

18-May-14 N16414 Bell 47G Bakersfield, US-California

18-May-14 N16414 Bell 47G Bakersfield, US-California

18-May-2014

Skid caught on ground handling trailer on take-off and rolled onto its side... Read more

17-May-14 VH-OSQ Bell OH-58A Coffs Harbour, Australia

17-May-14 VH-OSQ Bell OH-58A Coffs Harbour, Australia

17-May-2014

During the initial climb, passing about 100 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the helicopter landed heavily, resulting in substantial damage to the landing skid and tail boom.... Read more

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

16-May-2014Source: KVIA ABC-7

El Paso Police are still looking for burglars who vandalized a JetRanger and a jet fuel tanker in the Franklin Mountains in northeast El Paso on Wednesday. See full story... Read more

Bell announces Premier Supplier Award Winners

Bell announces Premier Supplier Award Winners

16-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter (http://www.bellhelicopter.com), a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced three recipients of the 2013 Bell Helicopter Premier Supplier Award and Premier Small Business Supplier Awards. These awards recognize outstanding suppliers and the role they play in helping Bell Helicopter to deliver on its customer commitments. This year, Wesco Aircraft, Harris Composites and Lucas Industries... Read more

Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

15-May-2014Source: HeliHub.com

On May 3rd, Bell’s 429 demonstrator was shipped into their European base at Prague in the Czech Republic.  Within four days it had arrived in the UK where it has been demonstrated to Bond Air Services this week and is expected to visit other operators in the air ambulance market as well.  The helicopter is... Read more

Bell announces new US 407GX customers and deliveries

Bell announces new US 407GX customers and deliveries

15-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced a new purchase agreement and multiple deliveries for new Bell 407GX aircraft configured for VIP transport. The company has reached a signed purchase agreement with Helicopter Flight Services (New York City, NY) for a new Bell 407GX helicopter and two new  Bell 407GXs to be delivered... Read more

Eagle Copters Australasia to showcase Eagle Single at Rotortech

Eagle Copters Australasia to showcase Eagle Single at Rotortech

15-May-2014Source: Eagle Copters

Eagle Copters Australasia will feature its Eagle Single helicopter at Rotortech 2014, May 24 and  25, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The Eagle Single is a recent entrant into the Bell Medium Lift Helicopter market and is an STC conversion of the Bell 212 helicopter from a twin engine to a single engine. Eagle Copter... Read more

Canadian Coast Guard tender won by Bell 429

Canadian Coast Guard tender won by Bell 429

13-May-2014Source: Canadian Government

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced a contract of up to $172 million awarded to Bell Helicopter for the procurement and delivery of 15 light-lift helicopters within the context of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. This... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Canada statement on Canadian Coast Guard contract award

Airbus Helicopters Canada statement on Canadian Coast Guard contract award

13-May-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada

“Airbus Helicopters Canada deeply regrets that the federal government has moved forward and awarded the Canadian Coast Guard Light-lift Helicopter contract. Our lawsuit against Public Works & Government Services Canada on this tender is currently before the Federal Court and has not been resolved. Airbus Helicopters Canada maintains that the government’s Request for Proposals for... Read more

Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

12-May-2014Source: Nordic Rotors

The Court of Appeal has legally canceled Värmland County Council’s decision following a public tender for the procurement of a new EMS helicopter. Värmland County had chosen the new Airbus EC 145 T2 for its very first HEMS station in Karlstad, but a competitor appealed the decision. The Administrative Court approved the county’s procurement, but... Read more

Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

12-May-2014Source: Nordic Rotors

The new EMS helicopter that is being used on the island of Gotland has been partly halted due to its limited payload acceptance. Representatives have told Swedish Radio (SR) that the new Bell 429 has been reduced to covering only local EMS missions, and that the inter-hospital transports between the island and the mainland have... Read more

Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

Bell 2014 Q1 turnover down 8%, profits down 26%

11-May-2014

Bell’s parent Textron released unaudited first quarter results recently, with Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly quoted as saying“Revenues at Textron Aviation and Industrial were up during the quarter, while revenues at Bell and Textron Systems were down, as we expected”.  The detailed section for Bell – like its sister companies within the group – was brief,... Read more

Able Earns $8.75m in US Air Force Contracts

Able Earns $8.75m in US Air Force Contracts

11-May-2014Source: Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace Services, a leading MRO service and FAA approved PMA parts provider, and one of the world’s largest helicopter repair facilities, has been awarded two five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts by Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), located at Robinson Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. Worth an estimated $8.75 million,... Read more

Hawker Pacific to showcase Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at Rotortech 2014

Hawker Pacific to showcase Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at Rotortech 2014

9-May-2014Source: Hawker Pacific

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is thrilled to be hosting the only Australian presentation of the recently launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. A mock-up of the aircraft will be on display at the inaugural RotorTech 2014 exhibition, providing Australian operators with... Read more

Bell picks LORD Corp’s Active Vibration Control System for 525 Relentless

Bell picks LORD Corp’s Active Vibration Control System for 525 Relentless

8-May-2014Source: LORD Corp

LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, has announced the award of an Active Vibration Control System (AVCS) contract with Bell Helicopter for the Bell 525 Relentless program. LORD will qualify its AVCS system design and manufacture the AVCS system for the new aircraft. The technology operates through the... Read more

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

7-May-2014

Bell is cutting 325 more jobs as the company continues to downsize in the face of declining defense spending and competitive pressures – see full story... Read more

Four weeks to UK debut of Bell 505 JetRanger X

Four weeks to UK debut of Bell 505 JetRanger X

7-May-2014Source: HeliUK Expo

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up to have its first UK reveal at HeliUK Expo, 2014 Heli Charter will also be exhibiting the Bell 407 and are sponsors of Heli UK Expo, 3-4 June at Sywell Aerodrome. Heli Charter, the UK Bell Independent Retailer, will be bringing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up to... Read more

Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

7-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution systems for the Bell V-280 Valor™. John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Astronics is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help... Read more

Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

7-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that power management company, Eaton (NYSE: ETN) will be providing the hydraulic system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Eaton is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders... Read more

Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

7-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Meggitt Inc. will be providing the fuel system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Meggitt is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help develop our... Read more

MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

7-May-2014Source: Northrop Grumman

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference.... Read more

First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

6-May-2014Source: Turbomeca

The first engine test bench run of Turbomeca’s new Arrius 2R turboshaft tookplace on April 29th 2014 at the company’s Bordes factory in southwestern France. The latest Arrius variant is destined for Bell Helicopter’s new Jet Ranger replacement,the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM, and the initial rotations were witnessed by Bell Helicopter’s 505 Program Director... Read more

New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

5-May-2014Source: Nordic Rotors

The new EMS helicopter in Gotland has met criticism in the media due to its current weight limit in the European Union. The newspaper Gotlands Tidningar states that the helicopter’s limited maximum takeoff weight rules out the option to bring a doctor in addition to the standard crew when needed by a critically ill patient.... Read more

03-May-14 N407MH Bell 407 Telluride, US-Colorado

03-May-14 N407MH Bell 407 Telluride, US-Colorado

3-May-2014

Emergency landing onto snow at 10,000 ft altitude, damaging blades, after reported engine problem.... Read more

03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

3-May-2014

Reports of a “bang” and loss of control and pilot Arcelino Matos Brito put the helicopter down into the water close to the short.  6 POB including the deputy mayor of Aquiraz Callou Marcos Barros, and two aged 11 and 14, all got out safely, helped to the shore by beachgoers.  Video of recovery of... Read more

03-May-14 N7895B Bell 47G Whittier, US-California

03-May-14 N7895B Bell 47G Whittier, US-California

3-May-2014

Partial engine failure and hard landing and roll-over onto port side.  Minor injuries to 2 POB.  100 gallons of fuel spilt, but no fire.... Read more

Aeronautical Accessories adds HeliWagon landing platforms to portfolio

Aeronautical Accessories adds HeliWagon landing platforms to portfolio

1-May-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its Aeronautical Accessories brand has added Heliwagon remote control landing platforms to its rotorcraft parts and accessories portfolio. In an agreement reached this month, Aeronautical Accessories will offer three sizes of Heliwagon bases. In addition, options will be available for receded lights, customer logos, side steps... Read more

Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

30-Apr-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today CareFlite®, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation providing fully integrated medical transport across North Texas, is now fielding four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients... Read more

30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

30-Apr-2014

Problem on take off from logging site, emergency landing during which main blades chopped tail boom.  Operator has two Bell 206s – C-GSEE (451) and C-GLOG (3186).  Minor injuries to 4 POB... Read more

29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

29-Apr-2014

Tail rotor clipped windsock on take-off for training flight.  Minor damage, landed safety. CADORS 2014P0551... Read more

US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

27-Apr-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $38,409,418 firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition. This contract is a stand-alone delivery order on a basic delivery order agreement. This is a 51-month base contract with no options. Location of performance is Texas with a July 31, 2018... Read more

Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

25-Apr-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Michigan State Police have put in a budget proposal to the State Senate for a new Bell 407, with the intention that it would enable them to double the The state budget proposal includes the following:- New Helicopter Purchase $5,178,000. Governor and Senate recommended adding $5.2 million GF/GP for the purchase of a new Bell... Read more

Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

25-Apr-2014Source: Nordic Rotors

Scandinavian MediCopter, a subsidiary of Scandinavian AirAmbulance, has launched its Bell 429 in HEMS operations for Region Gotland in Visby. The aircraft, the first one of its type in Scandinavia, was placed in medical alert yesterday, and it has already done its first mission. Gotland’s EMS helicopter is primarily engaged in inter-hospital transports between the... Read more

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