The crash of a chartered Bell 212 helicopter on Sunday in the outskirts of Mumbai that killed five will likely force India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to scrutinize procedures related to preserving wreckage and the altitudes at which helicopters fly.
The EASA has certified the FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for the Bell 205. It follows recent certification for the Bell 212, and Bell 412 certification is under way. “With FastFin, most operators will receive between a 10- and 90-percent increase in useful load depending on specific model and density altitude,” said Dave Marone, vice president of sales and marketing for BLR Aerospace.
Bell Helicopter formally launched the 525 “Relentless” super-medium twin, the largest civil helicopter in the company’s history, this morning at Heli-Expo. “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 helicopter that raises the bar on innovation in the industry,” said Bell president and CEO John Garrison. Bell’s 525 is an 18,000-pound “plus” ship aimed squarely at the offshore market with a range of more than 400 nm, a speed near 150 knots and a ceiling of 20,000 feet.
“Bell Loves BLR” might sound like street graffiti, but it’s not far from the point.
Bell Helicopter delivered two Bell 412EP helicopters to Falcon Aviation Services yesterday, taking the Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi-based operator’s 412 fleet to 10, eight of which were delivered this year.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility authorization by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The authorization covers the repair and overhaul of all models of the P&WC PT6T TwinPac engine used primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212s and 412s. The company also services the Rolls-Royce 250/T63/T703 and General Electric T700 and CT7 turboshaft engines.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility (DDOF) authorization for repair and overhaul of all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T TwinPac engines. This engine is installed primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212 and 412 helicopters.
With multiple signings announced at Heli-Expo, Pratt & Whitney Canada is ensuring a stronger aftermarket share in the engine maintenance and service segment.
The United Technologies division, based in Longueuil, Quebec, has concluded a fleet management program (FMP) agreement with Air Methods to provide engine support for the emergency medical transport specialist’s helicopter fleet.
Improved hover performance in high and hot conditions for the Bell Huey and its derivatives is the promise of the FastFin tail-rotor enhancement and stability system from Boundary Layer Research (Booth No. 2970) of Everett, Wash. The company recently delivered its 100th UH-1 FastFin and announced that Wildcat Helicopters, Kelowna, British Columbia, will become the first fleet customer to install the system on the Bell 212.
Lider Aviaco, Brazil’s largest offshore helicopter service provider, has selected Blue Sky Network to provide satellite-based tracking and logistics services on its fleet of 40 Bell 212s and 412s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. The system uses Blue Sky’s D1000C Iridium transceiver and provides altitude-adjusted position reporting, minimum en route altitude alerting, and automated takeoff and landing notifications.
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