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Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

11-Feb-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,... Read more

11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B  Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

11-Feb-2019

Helicopter crashed on Anhanguera Highway in Sao Paulo and hit the front of a truck that was passing by, and was consumed by fire.  Two fatalities, including journalist, presenter and broadcaster Ricardo Boechat.  Ronaldo Quattrucci also died in the accident.  Brazilian defence department confirmed the registration of the Bell 206... Read more

Bell details 2018 achievements

Bell details 2018 achievements

5-Feb-2019Source: Bell

2018 was an exciting year filled with new technologies and some pretty exciting milestones. During the past year, we brought more aircraft to more people in more places and at the same time continued to push the boundaries of flight. Check out how we went above and beyond in 2018 – we look forward to... Read more

04-Feb-19 VH-NXW Bell 206 Marcoola, Australia

04-Feb-19 VH-NXW Bell 206 Marcoola, Australia

4-Feb-2019

Bell 206 remained upright on its skids in a heavy landing during a training flight. The 22-year-old student pilot sustained injuries and was transported to hospital. One report suggested it will require a new set of skids... Read more

Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

1-Feb-2019Source: Bell

Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy provides state-of-the-art flight training to future pilots with its exclusive Bell fleet comprising of Bell 206s, Bell 407s and will utilize its new Bell 429s for ATP, instrument, multi-engine and specialized mission training. “We are excited to add Bell 429s to our flight... Read more

31-Jan-19 N407P Bell 407 Church Hill, US-Tennessee

31-Jan-19 N407P Bell 407 Church Hill, US-Tennessee

31-Jan-2019

Smoke detected after using of deicing equipment.  Precautionary landing made in open field without further incident.... Read more

Canada to extend life of Armed Forces Bell 412 fleet

Canada to extend life of Armed Forces Bell 412 fleet

30-Jan-2019Source: Canadian Government

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is making investments to re-capitalize and extend the life of equipment to ensure our women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have the equipment they need to fulfill the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) core missions. In support of this,... Read more

29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

29-Jan-2019

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later. Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and... Read more

V-280 Valor reaches 280 knots true airspeed

V-280 Valor reaches 280 knots true airspeed

25-Jan-2019Source: Bell

Building on a full year’s worth of testing and more than 85 hours of flight time, Bell’s V-280 Valor reached its namesake cruising speed of 280 knots true airspeed this week. Bell and Team Valor continue to methodically and very successfully expand the flight envelope. The aircraft continues to prove its performance is well beyond... Read more

Bell takes 505 to Nepal for demo flights

Bell takes 505 to Nepal for demo flights

24-Jan-2019Source: Aviation Nepal

Simrik Heli Trades, an Independent Local Agent of Bell Helicopter for Nepal will conduct Bell Jet Ranger X Experimental and Demonstration Flight for the helicopter operator for the first time in Nepal. The Experimental and Demonstration flight will be carried out at high altitude of Nepal to test the performance of the Bell Jet Ranger... Read more

Ultimate Heli deploys three helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate Heli deploys three helicopters to Antarctica

24-Jan-2019Source: Ultimate Heli

Ultimate HELI is a world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have deployed 2 x Bell 412EP’s and 1 x Airbus Helicopter AS350B2 to Antarctica that departed Cape Town... Read more

Bell at SXSW 2019

Bell at SXSW 2019

22-Jan-2019Source: Bell

In less than three months, over 70,000 will flock to Austin, Texas for the 2019 South by Southwest Conference. Bell is proud to be considered for several different sessions and panels exploring topics in On-Demand Mobility, Smart Cities, Intelligent Future, and more. Attending? Click below to add each event to your #SXSW2019 agenda. 1) Up... Read more

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support

21-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year... Read more

Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production

21-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $439,563,841 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030).  This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and... Read more

Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI

18-Jan-2019Source: Bell

Bell announced that PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), has signed a purchase agreement with the Indonesian Army for nine Bell 412EPI helicopters. Under the contract, Bell will deliver the nine helicopters to PTDI, who will then perform customization work before final delivery to the Indonesian Army. In 2016, Bell and PTDI signed an expanded Industrial and... Read more

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

14-Jan-2019Source: LORD Corporation

LORD Corporation–a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – is now certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Tension Torsion (TT) straps. The certification allows LORD to sell EASA-certified STC parts direct and through authorized distributors in Europe. “LORD is very pleased to offer TT straps directly to the... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

10-Jan-2019Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

We are pleased to announce we intend to resume flying operations from Friday (11 January) through a contingency arrangement with Specialist Aviation Services. A back-up helicopter (MD 902) will be brought online for day flying (8am-6pm, seven days a week) for the foreseeable future. Our charity previously shared an MD 902 helicopter with Wiltshire Police... Read more

10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

10-Jan-2019

Helicopter blades struck ramp worker during startup.  The man who was killed was identified in this report as Salvatore Disi, 62... Read more

10-Jan-19 VH-HUE Bell 205 Talbingo, Australia

10-Jan-19 VH-HUE Bell 205 Talbingo, Australia

10-Jan-2019

During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster resulting in serious injuries.... Read more

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

8-Jan-2019Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine... Read more

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

8-Jan-2019Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

The first application of the Safran Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System (HEPS), the Bell Nexus, is officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The propulsion solution of this multi-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is capable of producing more than 600 kWe power. During ground tests last June the system produced 100... Read more

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

8-Jan-2019Source: New Zealand Police

Police can confirm that a new contractor has been chosen to supply helicopter services for our Air Support Unit in Auckland City. The change of supplier follows a tender process that commenced in early 2018 and will see our Air Support Unit relocating from its present location in Mechanics Bay to Auckland Heliport in Onehunga.... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

4-Jan-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued... Read more

Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

3-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and... Read more

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

2-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $23,201,950for delivery order N0001919F0031 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order provides for MV-22 flight test sustainment; MV-22 flight test sustainment back-home support for analysis of flight tests; and flight test support for five MV-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and the... Read more

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

2-Jan-2019Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $366,623,144 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort... Read more

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

21-Dec-2018Source: Bell

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor

Bell V-280 Valor

20-Dec-2018Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver... Read more

Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

13-Dec-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $18,000,000 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0103) to exercise an option for technical analysis, engineering and integration on V-22 aircraft platform for the Navy, Marine Corps,. Air Force, and the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will... Read more

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-14 – Freewheel Assembly Housing Sealant

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-14 – Freewheel Assembly Housing Sealant

10-Dec-2018Source: Bell

Bell has been made aware of cases where corrosion has been found on the freewheel assembly housing surface to the engine gearbox interface. Following investigation, it was discovered that the surface paint masking of the interface of freewheel housing 406-040-500-107 is best adapted to fit on the model 206L4 and 407. This freewheel housing when... Read more

Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell and Moog Collaborate

7-Dec-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott... Read more

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-12 – New interior protective pads

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-12 – New interior protective pads

6-Dec-2018Source: Bell

Bell has received field reports of cabin interior protective pads held in position with VELCRO® that disbond from the cabin structure. This is more likely to occur to those aircraft located in a hot and humid environment. To address this condition, Bell engineering has developed new interior protective pads, adding snaps to the interface to... Read more

Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

5-Dec-2018Source: Aviation Nepal

A factory new Bell 407 GXP series aircraft from Bell Helicopters USA procured by Nepalese Army has landed in Nepalese Army premises in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today approximately at 1:20 PM. The aircraft today took off from India. However the aircraft initially flew from Singapore. It took a 4 days ferry flight trip for... Read more

New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

5-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Apollo MedFlight has revealed that they will be adding a Bell 407 to their Guymon base. Their fleet now consists of the Bell 407, a King Air 90 and an EC135, reports ABC7 Amarillo.  ... Read more

Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

5-Dec-2018Source: Bell Flight

Recognized for world-class innovation, precision and quality, Bell offers premium comfort coupled with safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. The Bell 429 and Bell 505 helicopters combine sleek exterior lines and meticulously crafted bespoke interiors for the most comfortable in-flight experience. The Bell 505 and Bell 429 have become a staple for private transport around... Read more

Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

4-Dec-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department. “The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said jay ortiz, SENIOR vice president, the... Read more

Bell 429 – TB_429-18-58 – Bellcrank Assemblies

Bell 429 – TB_429-18-58 – Bellcrank Assemblies

3-Dec-2018Source: Bell

This Technical Bulletin introduces the procedures to upgrade the 429-001-523-101/- 103 and 429-001-532-101/-103 bellcrank assemblies to the latest configuration 429- 001-523-107 and 429-001-532-107 which utilizes corrosion resistant steel bearings. Bellcranks upgraded in accordance with this Technical Bulletin will not be affected by PART II of the Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 429-15-21 Revision B. Customers should... Read more

Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

30-Nov-2018Source: Bell Flight

The Bell V-280 Valor was recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New Award in the Aerospace category for 2018. This award validates all the fantastic work completed to date by Bell and its partners from Team Valor and the U.S. government. From the outset, the Bell team had a mission: revolutionize vertical lift for U.S. warfighters. As part of... Read more

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

29-Nov-2018Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $20,512,216 for modification P00056 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22 and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46.6... Read more

Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

28-Nov-2018Source: USPTO

A system includes a first mast torque transfer system, a second mast torque transfer system coupled to the first mast torque transfer system, and a torque limiting system. The torque limiting system includes a first sensor configured to determine a torque of the first mast torque transfer system, a second sensor configured to determine a... Read more

Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

28-Nov-2018Source: Bell Flight

BELL is proud to be participating in this year’s edition of Japan International Aerospace Exhibition on booth #7401. BELL has a long  history in Japan and has been collaborating with SUBARU Corporation for over 60 years. We were the first OEM to deliver military helicopters in 1954 to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)... Read more

26-Nov-18 Bell UH-1 Sancaktepe, Turkey (4F)

26-Nov-18 Bell UH-1 Sancaktepe, Turkey (4F)

26-Nov-2018

A Turkish military UH-1 has crashed in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, with four fatalities and a fifth person with serious injuries... Read more

Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

Bell Reveals V-247 Vigilant

14-Nov-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Bell revealed their newest drone design this year at the 2018 Modern Day Marine Expo. The V-247 Vigilant is an unmanned tilt-rotor that has been pitched as an idea for the U.S Marine Corps’ MUX (Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary) program. The aircraft has technology similar to that of the V-22... Read more

Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

13-Nov-2018Source: Electric Power Systems

Electric Power Systems (EPS) announced its official teaming agreement with Bell Helicopter, A Textron Inc., to develop an innovative Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. “We’re excited to work with Bell on making their On-Demand Mobility project a success.” EPS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Millecam said. “Bell’s team are... Read more

Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

9-Nov-2018Source: Genaire

Genaire is proud to expand it’s fuel cell repair capabilities to now include Bell Helicopters Models 412 and 214. The care and maintenance of an aircraft’s fuel cell is an incredibly important responsibility. To ensure we are providing the best possible service, we have developed proprietary testing methods that have allowed us to repair all... Read more

Bell appoints first Independent Representative in Canada

Bell appoints first Independent Representative in Canada

2-Nov-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell announced HelicoStore, a Quebec based company, as the first Independent Representative in Canada. “Bell’s independent representative family allows us to BEST serve our customers around the world and we believe our friends at helicostore will be a great addition to this network allowing us to ENHANCE our customer expereince and expand our commerical business... Read more

Bell expands Flight Research Center

Bell expands Flight Research Center

31-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

On October 25, Bell revealed our expanded Flight Research Center (FRC) in Arlington, TX. This state-of-the-art facility houses many of our newest technology and innovations including the Bell V-280 Valor, 525 Relentless, V-247 Vigilant and the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT). During the ceremony, attendees were able to see the Bell V-280 in action: Our new... Read more

Bell 407GXi Certified by FAA

Bell 407GXi Certified by FAA

30-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

The Bell 407GXi has been validated by the FAA after receiving certification from Transport Canada earlier this year. Chilean based customer, Eagle Copters, took delivery of the first Bell 407GXi to be used for corporate transportation. Bell announced the latest enhancements to the popular Bell 407 platform featuring improved pilot awareness, higher precision navigation, enhanced... Read more

Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell launches certified training facilities

26-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy. “The... Read more

Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

26-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has named Rotor Team as the latest and 15th Bell authorized Service Center in Europe. “With the Bell fleet rapidly expanding in Europe, continuing to provide the highest level of local support to our customers is a top priority,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business... Read more

Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell and Thales Collaborate

26-Oct-2018Source: Thales

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Thales, for the development of flight control systems for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “We continue to expand our team and capabilities for our ODM aircraft to bring the most advanced technology available and new... Read more

Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

25-Oct-2018

Visit Bell’s chalet N04 to discover our next-generation aircraft on static display at Marrakech Air Show 2018: The AH-1Z is the most advanced helicopter in the world. Built for expeditionary warfare, the aircraft is rugged, reliable and lethal. It’s small logistical footprint provides exceptional operating value and gives you the lowest acquisition, operation and lifecycle... Read more

Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

24-Oct-2018Source: Ultimate Aviation

Ultimate HELI is a world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have deployed 2 x Bell 412EP’s to Juba, South Sudan. The helicopters are based in Juba, Southern Sudan... Read more

Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-21-15 – Rod End

Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-21-15 – Rod End

23-Oct-2018Source: FAA

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-13-03 for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. AD 2017-13-03 required adding an identification number to life-limited rod ends that do not have a serial number (S/N). Since we issued AD 2017-13-03, an additional life-limited rod end was identified that is affected by the same unsafe... Read more

Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-16-51 – Tail rotor gearbox

Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-16-51 – Tail rotor gearbox

22-Oct-2018Source: FAA

We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. This AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters as Emergency AD 2018-16-51, dated July 26, 2018, which superseded Emergency AD 2018-15-51, dated July 20, 2018. This AD requires inspecting the... Read more

Visit Bell at #IACP2018

Visit Bell at #IACP2018

22-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Visit Bell during IACP booth #2001 to speak to a Bell representative about how we are continuing to drive innovation in the law enforcement segment and view Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Bell 429. At Bell, we pride ourselves for being one of the leading aircraft providers for law enforcement agencies around the world including, New York... Read more

Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

22-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9064) announced their strategic collaboration for the future of civilian aerial logistics. Together they aspire to be a global leader in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) logistics and plan to do so by collaborating to integrate innovative autonomous unmanned vehicle... Read more

Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell launches certified training facilities

18-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy. “The Bell 505... Read more

Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

16-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell recently attended the VR/AR Global Summit to discuss the practical use of incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) into future product concepts and customer experiences. Their panel, “Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight,” drew a large crowd of industry innovators and thrillists drawn to the business case use of VR production. Using VIVE,... Read more

Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

Possible Foreign Military Sale of 5 Armed B407GX

8-Oct-2018Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five (5) Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with M240 7.62mm Machine Guns for an estimated cost of $82.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 3, 2018. The... Read more

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

3-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. At Bell, we believe a convergence of technological advancements is enabling the industry to drive solutions that... Read more

Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Delivers Three B429s

2-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of three Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “The Bell 429 delivers exceptional speed and aircraft readiness when minutes matter,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas. “Bell is incredibly proud to provide aircraft to support the men and women of Mercy... Read more

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

1-Oct-2018Source: USPTO

Embodiments refer generally to systems and methods for providing autorotative enhancement for helicopters using an autorotative assist unit coupled to the transmission of the helicopter. Methods of utilizing an autorotative assist unit as well as retrofitting an autorotative assist unit to an existing helicopter are also disclosed. By employing an autorotative assist unit, improved autorotation can be achieved... Read more

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

Montenegrin Air Force adds three Bell 412s

1-Oct-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Armed Forces of Montenegro have recently held an event to mark the arrival of three Bell 412 helicopters into their fleet, following on a contract signed on 30th January 2018.  After evaluating both the Airbus H145M and the Leonardo AW139, Montenegro reportedly picked the Bell proposal to ensure they stayed within their budget of... Read more

WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

1-Oct-2018Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has received a $10,000 grant from Bell to help fund educational activities for WAI’s Girls in Aviation Day. Specifically, this grant is used to provide helicopter-oriented editorial content in WAI’s annual magazine Aviation for Girls and to provide hands-on educational activities including understanding rotary flight by experimenting with and flying... Read more

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $11M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kit Installations

28-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12 additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and B-Kit installation; and... Read more

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

Boeing Awarded $199M Contract for H-47 Rotor Blade Support

27-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $198,927,812 firm-fixed-price contract for performance-based logistics support of the Chinook H-47 forward and aft rotor blades and associated containers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023.... Read more

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Awarded $32M Contract for CV-22 and MV-22 Kits

27-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $32,350,663 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F1645 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This order provides for new Large Aircraft Infra-Red Countermeasure System Processor Replacement non-recurring engineering and 60 kits for the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania... Read more

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

24-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9Q) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB right hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an... Read more

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

24-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,439,388 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is... Read more

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

24-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $13,655,072 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is... Read more

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

24-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9R) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB left hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

24-Sep-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Air Evac Lifeteam proudly celebrated their 20th anniversary at Paragould this past week. The company, started in 1985, has grown so much that they now cover 15 states, with 142 bases. Their Paragould facility has four pilots, four paramedics, four flight nurses, as well as a maintenance technician to crew their Bell 206 L4, reports... Read more

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

11-Sep-2018Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This... Read more

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