Bell 206

February 11, 2012 - 9:15pm

A Bell Helicopter spokesman said the company is “working on” solutions to deal with the aftermath of an FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that could impact 697 of its 206L series helicopters on the FAA registry.

On February 1, the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (2012-02-51) that mandates the immediate replacement of main rotor blades on select Bell 206L, L-1, L-3 and L-4 helicopters after 1,400 hours, as opposed to the current 3,600-hour time-in-service limit, due to concerns about fatigue cracking.

February 2, 2012 - 3:15pm

Yesterday the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (2012-02-51) that mandates the immediate replacement of main rotor blades on 697 Bell 206L, L-1, L-3 and L-4 helicopters after 1,400 hours, as opposed to the current 3,600-hour time in service limit, due to concerns about fatigue cracking. Special flight permits are prohibited under this EAD, effectively grounding hundreds of helicopters.

July 29, 2011 - 11:10am

Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will distribute the TrueView Enhanced Visions Systems infrared thermal imaging system worldwide. It is currently certified via supplemental type certificate in the U.S. and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L. TrueView is developing systems for the Bell 407 and 429.

March 31, 2011 - 8:45am

At this year’s Heli-Expo, Bell CEO John Garrison was adamant that the company could afford a new civil helicopter program. “Capital-wise we have the ability to invest in new platform development. That is not a constraint. We just have to pick and choose,” Garrison said, declining to identify the market sectors Bell was considering. “The business has the ability to fund it.”

March 6, 2011 - 10:10am

Uniflight (Booth No. 2654) is developing a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install the 475-shp Rolls-Royce RR500 in the Bell 206. The $599,000 (2011 dollars, less engine core credit) STC includes the RR500 engine, new engine cowling and exhaust, Donaldson inlet-barrier filter and diffuser-vent filter and a Sagem eight-inch multifunction display for engine instruments.

March 5, 2011 - 4:40am

Airwolf Aerospace has developed a new tension-torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 JetRanger and 206L LongRanger helicopters and military variants, including the OH-58 Kiowa. The straps, manufactured under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations are on display here at the Airwolf booth (No. 3561).

The TT straps anchor each rotor blade to the mast while accommodating the multi-directional forces inherent in rotorcraft flight.

December 29, 2010 - 8:05am

Bell 206B, Meeker, Colo., Nov. 3, 2010–The JetRanger was engaged in low-altitude pipeline inspection near unpowered suspended electrical wires, when witnesses saw it suddenly pitch nose down as the rotor system separated from the fuselage. The helicopter then crashed behind trees, killing the passenger and severely injuring the pilot. Two of the wires were found to be severed.

October 27, 2010 - 6:06am

Bell Helicopter will have manufactured 33 of its new 429 light twins, sold most of them and completed certification of customer option kits for the aircraft by year-end.

October 18, 2010 - 3:23pm

Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS), a subsidiary of Donaldson (Booth No. 8315), has an agreement with Wintech-Int of Australia to represent the St. Louis company’s rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filter product line in Australia and New Zealand.

September 30, 2010 - 6:27am

The U.S. Army could issue a formal request for proposal (RFP) early next year for what could become a helicopter armed aerial scout (AAS) program. The AAS–which might encompass at least 300 helicopters–is a potential $5 billion bonanza for the winner and could have significant implications for civil helicopter manufacturers, not just in terms of revenue but also with regard to driving, or not driving, new technologies such as the Sikorsky X2.

 
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