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.
The Los Angeles Fire Department’s decision to acquire AgustaWestland AW139s came down to a simple value equation: nearly twice the horsepower of their current Bell 412s for only a small increase in direct operating costs. “The bang you get for the buck is much cheaper,” said battalion chief Joseph Foley.
Helicopter sales and services company Hillsboro Aviation (Booth No. 3568) announced a record-setting year for its helicopter sales department. Sales of both new and used helicopters topped $66 million in 2008, including four new Bell 412EPs, five new Bell 407s, two new Bell 206L4s and seven new Robinson R44s.
Bristol, Tenn.-based Edwards & Associates (Booth No. 3981), an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, is delivering a second new Bell 412 to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) at Heli-Expo’09. The company delivered the first 412 last November. The two 412s are replacements for the two 1966 UH-1s that Orange County put in service in 1995.
Last April 18 was a warm and blustery day in Chicago. Winds were blowing out of the west at better than 20 knots and the air temperature was headed for the low 70s.
Last April 18 was a warm and blustery day in Chicago. Winds were blowing out of the west at better than 20 knots and the air temperature was headed for the low 70s. Shortly after 2 p.m., Stanko Bojanovic, 65, a Serbian immigrant who spoke little English, decided to take his two- year-old grandson, Lazar Ognjenovic, for a walk in Belmont Harbor on Lake Michigan. He pushed the boy in a stroller, along the pedestrian path atop the seawall.
Helicopter modification and interior completion specialist Texas Aviation Services has been providing services to the Latin American helicopter community for more than three decades and continues to broaden its customer base there.
Bell 412EP, Santa Cruz, Peru, March 11, 2008–The Evergreen Helicopters Bell 412 was destroyed and 10 people, including the U.S. ATP-rated pilot, the Peruvian provisional copilot and eight miners, were killed when it crashed in remote mountains at 3,500 feet asl. Meteorological conditions were unknown.
The Bell 412EP helicopter is now JAR-OPS 3 compliant after having completed an EASA joint operation evaluation board (JOEB) catch-up process, the U.S.-based manufacturer announced. To demonstrate JAR-OPS 3 compliance, an operator needs to properly equip and maintain a helicopter, operate proven take-off and landing procedures and show that the crew has obtained recurrent training.
Bell Helicopter Textron announced the recent deliveries of three helicopters–a Bell 412, 206B-3 and 430–to customers in vastly different industries and took orders for two 407s in September. The Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer also inked a deal at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month on the sale of an AB139, jointly developed with AgustaWestland.