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Lightweight Dart bearpaws certified for B206L, B407 and B429

Lightweight Dart bearpaws certified for B206L, B407 and B429

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA, and EASA approval (Brazilian & Japanese approval for 206L and 407 Series) of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Lightweight Bearpaws for Bell 206L and 407 Series and 429 aircraft. DART has developed a new lightweight UHMW Bearpaw that has a larger footprint for additional support… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 13-Mar-12

Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a contract with the Turkish National Police for the purchase of 15 Bell 429s with deliveries to begin in May 2013. The Bell 429 was selected after an extensive evaluation period during which members of the Turkish National Police Undersecretariat for Defence… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Mar-12

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12-Mar-12 F-BXXL Agusta-Bell 47G2 Lorrain, Martinique (1F)

Struck powerlines during agricultural operations, crashed and burnt out killing the pilot – Luke Chassery

12-Mar-12

12-Mar-12 N104LP Bell 206L3 US-Gulf of Mexico

Rolled over on offshore platform

12-Mar-12

11-Mar-12 Bell UH-1H Kitcharao, Philippines

Helicopter was hovering near the ground when it suddenly crashed.

11-Mar-12

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA/Brazilian approval of Heli-Access-Steps for Bell 206/407

Dart announces TC/FAA/EASA/Brazilian approval of Heli-Access-Steps for Bell 206/407

The new DART Crew and Maintenance Heli-Access-Steps are lightweight and mount easily to either the forward or aft crosstube.  The Crew Heli-Access-Steps are ideally located to assist crew in accessing the forward cabin.  The Maintenance Heli-Access-Steps create a convenient step for maintenance personnel.  Both steps feature a unique duplex clamping system that self-locks when weight… Read more »

Source: Dart Helicopter Services, 09-Mar-12

DRS awarded $31.9M to support Kiowa Warrior mast mounted sight

DRS awarded $31.9M to support Kiowa Warrior mast mounted sight

DRS Technologies, Inc. a Finmeccanica Company announced its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group has received a $31.9 million award from the U.S. Army for program support, field service and logistics related to the DRS Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. RSTA, based in Dallas, Tex., and Melbourne, Fla., earned… Read more »

Source: DRS, 09-Mar-12

Second Bell 427 delivered into New Zealand

Second Bell 427 delivered into New Zealand

Airwork NZ Ltd have this week delivered the second Bell 427 to a customer in New Zealand.  This new aircraft is serial 56078 and registered ZK-IRP and a colourful blue with a pink stripe.  Airwork have not said who the purchaser is, but note that the first 427 was delivered to HeliLink and is now… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Mar-12

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Rockwell Collins awarded $8M uplift to H-1 radio contract

Rockwell Collins awarded $8M uplift to H-1 radio contract

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded an $8,013,321 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0069) to exercise an option to provide AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radio and ancillary equipment for the H-1.  The contract provides for the following: C-12561A/ARC control, radio sets, quantity of 15; MT-6567/ARC mounting bases, quantity of 86; MT-7006/ARC amplifier… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Mar-12

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FB Heliservices renews Defence Helicopter Flying School contract

FB Heliservices renews Defence Helicopter Flying School contract

Cobham Aviation Services is delighted to confirm that FB Heliservices has announced it has been awarded a four (4) year contract plus two (2) possible one year extensions by the UK Ministry of Defence to continue to provide helicopter flying training at RAF Shawbury, RAF Valley and AAC Middle Wallop, together with support services at… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 06-Mar-12

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06-Mar-12 N83AP Bell 206B Titusville, US-Florida

JetRanger working with Bristow Academy crashed and turned over.  Main rotors ripped off, tail boom damage but skids appear to in one piece?  No injuries

06-Mar-12

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OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

The top leadership from the Program Executive Office for Aviation, along with project officers for the Project Office for Armed Scout Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior Product Office, announced Tuesday that three OH-58F Kiowa Warriors will be built at an Army facility in the Huntsville area. Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby, the program executive officer for aviation, and… Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Mar-12

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US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

Lt. Col. Allen D. Grinalds relinquished command of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 to Lt. Col. Mark E. Van Skike during a ceremony at the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 hangar, Feb. 17. Grinalds has been the commanding officer of the “Gunrunners” squadron since October 2010. Grinalds graduated from the Naval Academy and was… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Mar-12

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02-Mar-12 Bell 206L Baldwyn, US-Mississippi

precautionary landing after a transmission light came on

02-Mar-12

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Aero Products: Mapping Future Through Customer Experience

Aero Products: Mapping Future Through Customer Experience

Despite the continued economic downturn, Aero Products Component Services, Inc. decided to meet the challenge head on by combining capital investments and customer journey mapping to enrich their customer’s experience. “It makes sense to acknowledge the current economic situation”, said Ted Johnson, President of Aero Products. “We understand that times are tough and people are… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 01-Mar-12

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Bell awarded $11M contract for H-1 repairs

Bell awarded $11M contract for H-1 repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.*, Hurst, Texas, is being awarded $11,057,924 for delivery order 7001 under previously awarded contract (N00383-11-D-012N) for the repair of four items supporting the H-1 helicopter:  Cobra main rotor blade; combining gearbox assembly; right hand stub wing; and left hand stub wing.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and the expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-12

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01-Mar-12 N38FA Bell OH-58A Eufaula, US-Alabama

Hard landing on training flight

01-Mar-12

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01-Mar-12 N197LE Bell AH-1F Coolidge, US-Arizona

the helicopter was taking part in the filming of an episode of “Top Gear-Korea” when it crashed.  Initial reports indicate the crash was caused by a mechanical malfunction at a low altitude.  2 POB were reported safe soon after the accident.  A video was posted on LiveLeak.com from inside the cockpit of the whole sequence

01-Mar-12

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Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo

Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register, 28-Feb-12

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Bell selects Blue Sky Network’s HawkEye PT for tracking and comms

Bell selects Blue Sky Network’s HawkEye PT for tracking and comms

Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider in satellite tracking, fleet management, and automated flight monitoring solutions, today announced that its HawkEye PT – a handheld, Iridium tracking and messaging solution – will be used across Bell Helicopter’s support and services division, tracking all aircraft en route from Bell’s service center in Piney Flats, TN,… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 28-Feb-12

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28-Feb-12 HL-190 Bell UH-1H San Luis Peten, Guatemala (10F)

Military helicopter which went to rescue civil helicopter which had crashed (see here) – crashed itself in a mountainous area killing all 10 aboard,

28-Feb-12

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28-Feb-12 TG-SAN Bell 206 Livingston, Guatemala

Crrashed in bad weather, injuring the three occupants – Carlos Larios Aguilar, 48 years, the pilot Juan Pablo Moran, 52, and mechanic Jose Gomez, 28..  A military helicopter sent to help rescue this helicopter had a fatal crash itself (see here)

28-Feb-12

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Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

A new Labor Government will invest $7.5 million over the next three years to provide a permanent police helicopter for the Gold Coast. Premier Anna Bligh said the trial of a police helicopter currently underway on the coast had proven the use of the aircraft was beneficial to fighting crime in the area. “In July… Read more »

Source: Queensland Labor, 27-Feb-12

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Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker digital audio selected for Royal Australian Navy Bell 429s

Becker Avionics announced today that its Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100, was selected for the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI) program. The three (3) Bell 429s will be provided to the Royal Australian Navy’s through Raytheon Australia. The RMI program provides the Royal Australian Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 27-Feb-12

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Falcon receives DAS Vertical Reference Door for 12th Bell 412EP

Falcon receives DAS Vertical Reference Door for 12th Bell 412EP

Abu Dhabi based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) continues to lead the way in offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates by embracing innovative, safety focused improvements for their Bell 412EP Fleet.  Following the recent decision to upgrade their entire fleet with the BLR FastFin System, FAS have taken delivery of a fully customized DAS… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Feb-12

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Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, requirements type, sole-source contract with a maximum $87,025,160 for support of 1,162 commercial consumable items required for the Navy/Marine Corps H-1 and Army OH-58 helicopters.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  There was one proposal with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-12

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Elbit company EFW awarded $8.7M contract for AH-1W helmet work

Elbit company EFW awarded $8.7M contract for AH-1W helmet work

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $8,798,016 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0057) to provide hardware and installations in support of the Helmet Display Tracking System in the AH-1W helicopters.  Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (66 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (19 percent); and New River, N.C. (15 percent).  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-12

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Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath Aerospace announce the winners of their “Win $5,000 of Bell Helicopter Repairs” contest held during HELI-EXPO 2012. The three lucky winners selected from the 46 eligible people who booked appointments at the show were: 1) Rotorcraft Support Inc. – Phil Difiore 2) Helicopters Inc. – Jule Boyer 3) Logic Aviation – Duane Bodette “On… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 23-Feb-12

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Aero Products awarded Bell Helicopter Gold Seal CSF

Aero Products awarded Bell Helicopter Gold Seal CSF

Aero Products has been providing its customers with support solutions, spares and component servicing for a quarter century, and was recently awarded the Bell Helicopter Gold Customer Service Facility Seal of Recognition in recognition of the company’s ability to manage Bell Helicopter fleet issues. Although twenty-five consecutive years is a long time to be in… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 23-Feb-12

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New market report on the big five manufacturers

New market report on the big five manufacturers

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: World`s 5 Leading Helicopter Manufacturers – Key Strategies, Plans, SWOT, Trends & Outlook for 2012 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0777882/World `s-5-Leading-Helicopter-Manufacturers—Key-Strategies-Plans-SWOT-Trends–Outlook-for-2012.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Aerospace_and_Defense Helicopters have been a critical component of the overall force structure of armed forces globally and with the demonstration of their prowess, operational flexibility &… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker.com, 22-Feb-12

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Hillsboro Aviation buys new Bell 407GX

Hillsboro Aviation buys new Bell 407GX

At the opening of HELI-EXPO, Hillsboro Aviation, the only Bell Independent Representative in the United States, placed an order for a new 2012 Bell 407GX for sale to a prospective customer in the western U.S. “The popularity of the 407 within our sales territory has gained tremendous momentum since the introduction of the GX last… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aviation, 22-Feb-12

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22-Feb-12 168039 Bell UH-1Y Yuma, US-California (5F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y. The five in the UH-1Y were named later as Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, VA, Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, CA, Lance Cpl…. Read more »

22-Feb-12

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22-Feb-12 160107 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-California (2F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y.  The two in the AH-1W were named later as Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, CT and Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, AL See… Read more »

22-Feb-12

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Bell Helicopter honours its Platinum CSFs

Bell Helicopter honours its Platinum CSFs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has named its 2012 Platinum-level Customer Service Facilities (CSFs). These 11 independently-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers are the top performers of the Bell Helicopter industry-leading worldwide customer support and services network. “Bell Helicopter is consistently recognized as a leader in customer support throughout the industry,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-12

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22-Feb-12 N43921 Bell 47 (M74 Wasp) Farmington, US-California

Crashed in open, flat field during agricultural ops

22-Feb-12

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21-Feb-12 XA-JMB Bell 407 Loma Bonita, Mexico

On February 21, 2012, about 1400 central standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, XA-JMB, had a loss of engine power and impacted terrain near Loma Bonita, Veracruz, Mexico. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged and was operated by Heliservicio Campeche S.A. de C.V. Visual meteorological… Read more »

21-Feb-12

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Concorde announces higher capacity battery for Bell LongRanger

Concorde announces higher capacity battery for Bell LongRanger

Concorde Battery is pleased to announce certification of the higher capacity RG-224 for the Bell LongRanger. Concorde’s sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG®), absorbed glass mat (AGM) RG-224 is a 24Ah battery designed for improved performance and longer life in demanding applications. Many users are getting superior performance with the current 17Ah RG-222 however, the… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 20-Feb-12

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Bell awarded $56M for long-lead parts for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Bell awarded $56M for long-lead parts for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $56,750,000 advance acquisition contract to provide long lead parts and components required for the manufacture of Lot 10 UH-1Y (15) and AH-1Z (13) helicopters for the Marine Corps in support of the H-1 upgrade program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-12

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BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class helicopter. BAE Systems flight control computers provide the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably, with decreased pilot workload. “BAE Systems has more than five decades of experience developing and producing flight control and… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 17-Feb-12

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Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter deployed operationally for the first time with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of the Amphibious Squadron 5. Lockheed Martin’s TSS is the fire control system for the AH-1Z Cobra. The TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with superior imagery through a highly… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Feb-12

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Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it received a contract to modify and refurbish eight Royal Thai Army Bell 212 helicopters.  Bell Helicopter Asia will work with Bell Helicopter’s independent representative Royal Airport Services on this in-country program. “Modifying and refurbishing these Bell 212s will provide the Royal Thai Army improved… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-12

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15-Feb-12 N407HL Bell 407 Jackson, US-Wyoming (1F)

SAR mission, very heavy landing

15-Feb-12

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Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing announced today it has delivered a Bell 206L-3 aircraft to PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, California. To enhance its fleet, PJ Helicopters approached Cadorath Aerospace to fill the requirements of its Part 135 operation. Cadorath fits aircraft with new interiors, new paint, new wiring, new avionics packages and mid-time to new components. PJ… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 13-Feb-12

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Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will deliver a new Value Improvement Program (VIP) upgrade kit for M250 engines, which power Bell 407 and MD600 helicopters. The upgrade will offer increased power in “hot and high” operations and reduced fuel burn. During rigorous engine tests, the VIP upgrade kit reduced fuel burn by 2 percent… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Feb-12

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Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will display a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail rotor blade here at Heli-Expo Booth No. 9651. Designed by VHA engineers in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron representatives, the new tail rotor blade is predicted to increase tail rotor authority while reducing pilot workload and eliminating inspections… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Feb-12

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North Flight Data Systems to integrate an innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems to integrate an innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems, LLC is pleased to announce they will integrate and certify their Lightweight Aircraft Recording (LARS) system in the Bell Helicopter Textron 407. In cooperation with PHI, Inc. and Rolls-Royce, NORTH FDS will be integrating their voice, video and flight data recording system into the Bell 407 airframe. The system will not… Read more »

Source: North Flight Data Systems, 13-Feb-12

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FAA, EASA approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

FAA, EASA approves Dart Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for the Bell 206L/407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA & EASA approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ for Bell 206L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 series of aircraft. The Quick Release Heli-Access-Stepâ„¢ installs easily to existing Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketâ„¢ mounts.  The step can be quickly mounted by one person without the use of tools… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 13-Feb-12

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13-Feb-12 146453 Bell 412 Yellowknife, Canada

Wirestrike approaching Yellowknife airport at around 7:50 p.m. MT with 3 POB and the aircraft sustained significant damage.  It  was returning to the airport after conducting air operations in support of Exercise Arctic Ram. It is from 408 Tactical Helicopter Detachment and is normally stationed at CFB Edmonton.  The Bell 412 is known as the… Read more »

13-Feb-12

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FAA approves Vector’s Bell 205/212 “Glass Cockpit” installation

FAA approves Vector’s Bell 205/212 “Glass Cockpit” installation

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) www.vectoraerospace.com, (Heli-Expo Booth # 7139) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR03043NY for an Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS, or “glass cockpit… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 12-Feb-12

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Dart announces TC approval for screw-in windshield Kit for Bell 206 series

Dart announces TC approval for screw-in windshield Kit for Bell 206 series

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) new Screw-in Windshield Kit for Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 model aircraft. FAA and EASA approvals are currently pending. The New DAS Screw-in Windshield Modification Kit allows the operator to replace the existing OEM windshield retainers with quick change out retainers.  While… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 12-Feb-12

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Bell announces new 206 TT Strap with calendar life extension

Bell announces new 206 TT Strap with calendar life extension

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has approved a new tension torsion (TT) strap for the Bell 206 series of helicopters. Bell Helicopter, in collaboration with its long term supplier partner LORD Corporation, has developed a new TT strap with a calendar life of 36 months with anticipated calendar life… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell 525 features ARC Horizon flight deck

Bell 525 features ARC Horizon flight deck

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the new Bell 525 Relentless – unveiled at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas – will feature a state-of-the-art flight deck, ARC Horizon. “One of the most compelling elements of the new Bell 525 Relentless is the new ARC Horizon flight deck,” said Larry D. Roberts,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell delivers first 407GX

Bell delivers first 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered its first Bell 407GX to a long-time Bell 407 customer, AVEMEX, S.A. de C.V., located in Toluca, Mexico. AVEMEX has been operating Bell 407 helicopters for nine years. “The delivery of the first Bell 407GX is the culmination of the promise that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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Bell Helicopter introduces the 525 “Relentless” Super Medium helicopter

Bell Helicopter introduces the 525 “Relentless” Super Medium helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. “Today, we celebrate with our customers – not only the launch of this new product – but the result of our collective efforts to define a new class of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-12

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HelicopterBuyer sources Bell 407 for Canadian client

HelicopterBuyer sources Bell 407 for Canadian client

HelicopterBuyer, Inc. announced that it has sourced a 2004 Bell 407, S/N: 53597, helicopter for a Canadian client. The sale was a result of their exclusive helicopter brokerage services for Prairie Helicopters, Inc. based in Winnipeg. Mark V. Clancy, president and CEO of HelicopterBuyer, stated “We have been working with Prairie Helicopters for several years… Read more »

Source: HelicopterBuyer, 12-Feb-12

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20-Feb-12 G-SUEZ Agusta-Bell 206B Perth, UK

After suffering an engine failure at 600 ft agl the helicopter completed a successful autorotation into a field. The engine failure was a result of a fracture in fatigue of a stage-two compressor blade.

12-Feb-12

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Helicopter Flight Services joins Helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety

Helicopter Flight Services joins Helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS) of New York City will be welcomed into the helicopter Tour Operators Program of Safety(TOPS) (Booth #4105) at the TOPS meeting at HELI-EXPO in Dallas. “We’re thrilled to welcome HFS to TOPS and commend their commitment to helicopter tour operation safety,” said TOPS Chair Tim Cudney. “Choosing to become a member of… Read more »

Source: TOPS, 11-Feb-12

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First delivery With Universal Avionics’ flightdeck is Bell 212 from Panama

First delivery With Universal Avionics’ flightdeck is Bell 212 from Panama

With a newly-integrated flightdeck based on Universal Avionics Flat Panel Displays, Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (National Aeronaval Service – SENAN) of Panama took delivery of the first of five Bell 212 helicopter variants this past month. The Helitech Support Services digital modernization of the Bell 212 was designed with the assistance of Maxcraft Avionics. The totally… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 11-Feb-12

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Industry First: FastFin added to offshore oil support fleet

Industry First: FastFin added to offshore oil support fleet

Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has become the world’s first offshore oil operator to enhance the safety and productivity of its helicopters with the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System. FAS last year began flying the first new factory-produced Bell 412EP equipped with the FastFin System. Successful… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 11-Feb-12

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Bell activities at Heli-Expo

Bell activities at Heli-Expo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its aircraft line-up and media briefing schedule for the 2012 Heli-Expo.  These events will demonstrate Bell Helicopter’s commitment to driving affordable mission solutions for its customers. Bell Helicopter’s exhibit will feature the first multi-mission configured Bell 429 – operated by Fairfax County Police– as well as… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Feb-12

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FastFin fuels record sales at BLR Aerospace

FastFin fuels record sales at BLR Aerospace

Market acceptance of the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System is fueling record growth for BLR Aerospace, in large part due to OEM and operator acceptance of the FastFin System for Bell medium helicopters, according to Dave Marone, vice president of Sales and Marketing for BLR. BLR representatives will be available to discuss FastFin… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 11-Feb-12

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Tarrant County approves $4.4M tax abatement for Bell

Tarrant County approves $4.4M tax abatement for Bell

Tarrant County commissioners on Tuesday approved a 10-year, $4.4 million tax abatement for Bell Helicopter’s new headquarters building and training academy at its east Fort Worth complex along Texas 10 (see full story)

Source: Star Telegram, 11-Feb-12

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11-Feb-12 Bell 206L Kuching, Malaysia

Helicopter tasked to fly Natural Resources and Environment Minister suffered significant in-flight vibration and pilot elected to return to base.  Safe landing

11-Feb-12

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Bell’s Training Academy receives B212 EASA approval

Bell’s Training Academy receives B212 EASA approval

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval  to provide B1.3 Maintenance Training courses on Bell 212 helicopters.  As an EASA Part 147 approved maintenance training organization, the BTA is now approved to provide EASA maintenance training on… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Feb-12

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Cadorath expands Bell and Rolls-Royce component rework capacity

Cadorath expands Bell and Rolls-Royce component rework capacity

Cadorath Aerospace has purchased a local machine shop as well as two CNC Machining Centers to provide additional support for their Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce component rework programs. “Our two new Doosan Machining Centers add 20% more production capacity. We now have 12 CNC machines,” says Dave Haines, the Senior VP for Cadorath. “Plus, the… Read more »

Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 09-Feb-12

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Aerial Filmworks completes three projects in Costa Rica

Aerial Filmworks completes three projects in Costa Rica

Aerial Filmworks just wrapped 3 projects in Costa Rica including a documentary on Carolina Marin, a world class kickboxer, and a new film by Hernán Jimenez, the director of El Regresso. Dramatic nature footage of the Costa Rica landscape will be used as establishing shots for the film on Marin, and late afternoon and night scenes… Read more »

Source: Aerial Filmworks, 09-Feb-12

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UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT LIFESTAR recently entered into a partnership with RSQ911 Solutions to launch a web-based survey tool that will allow them to capture key insights and measure customer satisfaction at every stage of transport. The survey tool is an extension to their commitment to provide superior services to patients and their families, as well as the pre-hospital and hospital… Read more »

Source: UT Lifestar, 09-Feb-12

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EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and Law Enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Geneva’s receipt of the EASA approvals will allow European operators to take advantage of Geneva’s many ENG and law enforcement equipment solutions. All components are… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Service, 09-Feb-12

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Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

Aeromaritime America/ITP In Support Services is proud to announce our participation with Pratt & Whitney 200 Series engine repair and overhauls in the U.S. ITP in Support Services has been a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW200 Series engines at its Albacete, Spain facility since 2004. Now with its acquisition of AEROMARITIME AMERICA INC… Read more »

Source: Aeromaritime, 08-Feb-12

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United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce it has recently signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide a medical interior kit for a new Bell 429 aircraft. The agreement includes the manufacture of an FAA (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior that will be shipped to Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 08-Feb-12

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North Flight Data Systems to integrate innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems to integrate innovative LARS system into Bell 407

North Flight Data Systems, LLC is pleased to announce they will integrate and certify their Lightweight Aircraft Recording (LARS) system in the Bell Helicopter Textron 407. In cooperation with PHI, Inc. and Rolls-Royce, NORTH FDS will be integrating their voice, video and flight data recording system into the Bell 407 airframe. The system will not… Read more »

Source: North Flight Data Systems, 07-Feb-12

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OH-58D Kiowa Warrrior fleet reaches 2,000,000 flight hours milestone

OH-58D Kiowa Warrrior fleet reaches 2,000,000 flight hours milestone

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that the U. S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. “The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent milestone is another example… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Feb-12

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Royal Australian Navy starts acceptance of first Bell 429

Royal Australian Navy starts acceptance of first Bell 429

Raytheon Australia has announced the beginning of acceptance activities of its first Bell 429 helicopters to be utilised under the Royal Australian Navy’s Retention and Motivation Initiative 2 (RMI 2) Program. The Retention and Motivation Initiative provides the Navy with supported aircraft to allow junior qualified aircrew to consolidate and enhance their skills prior to… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Australia, 06-Feb-12

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LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver’s parent Air Methods has upgraded the helicopter at their Rainbow City base to a Bell 407 (see full story).  LifeSaver is part of the Omniflight division.

Source: Gadsden Times, 06-Feb-12

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Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County (NY) Police Department recently decided to equip their new Bell 407 patrol helicopter with the Becker Avionics Digital Voice Communication System, the DVCS6100. The aircraft currently is undergoing completion at Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and will deliver in the first half of this year. Westchester County’s aircraft is the fist Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-12

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