News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tilt rotors and unmanned air vehicles.
Bell holds more than 400 letters of intent for the 505 and is in the process of converting them into firm orders.
GE said that operating its helicopter from Signature Flight Support at Boston Logan International Airport “has been positive.”
The target is to replace Mil Mi-17s, but a new contract to upgrade those machines is also announced at the Aero India show.
Bell Helicopter has opened its first training center outside the U.S. and will start by offering Bell 429 type ratings in a TRU simulator.
This approval follows EASA certification of the new medium twin helicopter by seven months.
Any sale of the company would be expected to produce a price substantially above its $1.4 billion market capitalization.
There were 106 helicopter accidents in 2016, including 17 fatal accidents—a 12 percent decrease year-over-year.
Bell's next tiltrotor design is 93 percent done and conducting ground testing in preparation for first flight around September 2017.
AC3 recently begun flight testing from the company's Philadelphia plant and will soon head to Michigan, for cold weather testing and icing trials.
Company delivered 60 new helicopters in North America in 2016, which equates to 50 percent of all rotorcraft deliveries in this region.