The cost of operating the Bell-Boeing V-22 Tiltrotor has been significantly reduced in the past year, according to U.S. Marine Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office manager at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
After 11 years at Cessna, and eight of them in the left seat, Jack Pelton is leaving the Textron-owned, Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer. A Textron spokesman told AIN this morning that the decision for Pelton, 52, to retire was a mutual one between Pelton and Textron CEO Scott Donnelly.
Bell Helicopter gave expectations a boost on the opening day of Heli-Expo 2011 by bagging 13 orders from five customers, followed by an additional 10 orders on day two of the show. “These orders signify the continuing involvement of the helicopter industry and the relevance of [Heli-Expo] as a venue to conduct commercial helicopter business,” said Larry Roberts, Bell senior v-p of commercial business.
Despite relatively flat year-over-year commercial sales, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison said the company could easily fund a new, clean-sheet-of-paper commercial helicopter program.
“Bell Loves BLR” might sound like street graffiti, but it’s not far from the point.
Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 237) and helicopter mods specialist LifePort (Booth No. 2737) teamed to develop a customized, advanced armament solution for a Huey II now in service with the Rio de Janeiro Policia Militar. The customized armor adds security for pilots, passengers and crew.
It pays to fly safe, literally.
USAIG’s Safety Bucks program pays operators enrolled in the insurance company’s Preferred Policyholder Program up to $30,000 per year for flight and maintenance training.
The latest Safety Bucks recipient is John Bohr, a pilot for BP Capital.
Two helo makers–Eurocopter and Bell–have thrown their proverbial hats into the medium-twin market. Eurocopter, in partnership with China’s Avicopter, has entered with the EC175, while Bell’s recently announced Magellan has yet to reach the drawing board.
Eurocopter currently is flying two EC175 prototypes, and is expecting EASA certification later this year, with deliveries to begin next year.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter emerged from 2010 with relatively healthy fourth-quarter revenues and aircraft delivery increases, according to the earnings report for the period released in late January by parent company Textron.
The European Commission ruled that AgustaWestland must repay a €25 million military subsidy it received from the Italian government in 1998 for the AW139 medium helicopter and BA609 tiltrotor programs as they are civil, not military, aircraft.