Bell 206 JetRanger, Changuinola, Panama, April 21, 2007–The commercial pilot and a passenger were killed and two passengers seriously injured when the Panamanian-registered JetRanger crashed while landing in a jungle clearing. The helicopter, operated by Heliflight of Panama as an on-demand air taxi, had flown from a mining camp. One of the landing-gear skids touched down in the wet ground outside the landing area.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Patterson, La., March 14, 2006–The LongRanger’s loss of power during cruise, the NTSB said, was due to the improper installation of an engine fuel line fitting by maintenance personnel, which resulted in a loose fitting. The NTSB listed a tailwind and the lack of a suitable site for a forced landing as factors.
The patient was killed and the three crewmembers injured when their Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 crashed April 20 about 30 miles northeast of Evansville, Ind. According to an FAA preliminary report, the engine quit in flight. It was not immediately known if weather, described as good visibility under an overcast, was a factor in the accident. Air Evac Lifeteam is based in West Plains, Mo., and currently has 39 bases in 12 states.
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.
Max-Viz, has expanded the list of helicopters on which its EVS-1000 thermal imaging system has been certified since Heli-Expo 2006, announcing the addition of the Bell 206 and LongRanger series, the 407, 412 and 412EP.
For years, Robinson Helicopter president and CEO Frank Robinson has delighted in leaking tidbits of information on the subject of his next helicopter, the R66. This year the company’s amiable founder all but launched the program by admitting that he has begun detailed design work and selected an engine supplier.
Bell 206 JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The pilot of JetRanger N35BA was killed when the helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from Bonifay, 95 miles east of Pensacola. The accident pilot had flown the JetRanger, registered to Lakeland,Fla.-based Lance Aviation, the previous week for contract work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was returning to base.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Patterson, La., Dec. 9, 2004–Bell LongRanger N5007F was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was not injured. The flight, on a VFR company flight plan, left an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico at 7:25 a.m. and was en route to Patterson.
After months of dodging questions about the status of the program, Bell Helicopter officials yesterday announced the company has canceled development of the single-engine 417 helicopter, which made its dramatic debut just a year ago at Heli-Expo.
Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS), the St. Louis manufacturer of inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems for turbine-engine helicopters, has received supplemental type certificates (STCs) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for IBFs on the Bell 407, 206L-3 and 206L-4.