Bell 407

January 30, 2009 - 6:07am

Bell 407, Bow, N.H., Dec. 22, 2008–The Speedway Aviation helicopter lost power about 3.5 miles from the destination heliport, Brigham Heliport in Pembroke, and made a forced landing in Bow. The commercial pilot said there were no caution or warning lights, and the fadec remained in automatic mode. He did not notice any unusual noises or yawing of the helicopter before the shutdown.

September 5, 2008 - 7:04am

Texas Aviation Services has been awarded a fourth contract from the police department of Tampa, Fla., to modify one of the city’s new law enforcement helicopters.

July 28, 2008 - 10:41am

The ongoing investigation into the fatal crash of a Bell 407 following a loss of engine power during a low-altitude hover has prompted the NTSB to ask the FAA to address an allegedly “catastrophic failure mode” with the full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system.

July 14, 2008 - 7:22am

Bell Helicopter here on Monday announced an order for 14 helicopters–12 Bell 407s and two Bell 206B3s–from Australia-based sales representative Hawker Pacific. “Strong growth in the Oceania market ranges from aviation logistics support in Papua New Guinea, aerial support of mining in New Caledonia and corporate/private operators in Australia/New Zealand,” Hawker Pacific CEO Alan Smith explained.

February 24, 2008 - 4:03pm

CBOSS, a Russian information technology company, signed a deal to buy two Bell 407s, which will complement the firm’s previous order for 14 Bell helicopters–a mix of 407s and 429s, as well as a VIP 430 delivered last year. According to CBOSS president Andrey Morozov, “Bell helicopters…are helping us successfully develop a new line

September 27, 2007 - 6:10am

A Petroleum Helicopters Bell 407 ditched into the Gulf of Mexico on August 16 after an apparent catastrophic engine failure. The pilot and a sole passenger escaped without injury after autorotating and deploying pop-out floats. The wreckage was recovered and a subsequent NTSB examination revealed “an uncontained engine failure near the third-stage turbine wheel” followed by the failure of the first-stage turbine wheel.

June 26, 2007 - 4:46am

The pilots who recently flew a Bell 407 around the world via the North and South Poles were at the show yesterday to retell how they accomplished the feat.

June 20, 2007 - 9:38am

The pilots who recently flew a Bell 407 around the world via the North and South Poles were at the show yesterday to retell how they accomplished the feat.

March 22, 2007 - 8:18am

While the Bell 427 has struggled for acceptance in the helicopter community, one LongRanger derivative that has been a success from the start is the single-engine 407, which has sold in the hundreds since its launch in the late 1990s. Its hot-and-high performance was most recently confirmed in July, when a 407 landed on a Himalayan peak at an altitude of nearly 25,000 feet.

March 22, 2007 - 8:17am

By launching the IFR version of its 427 model at Heli-Expo, in Las Vegas in March, Bell Helicopter finally acknowledged its mistakes in introducing the type in the first place, almost 10 years before.

 
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