Bell Helicopter announced upgraded variants of its Model 407 and 412 helicopters today, and the Fort Worth, Texas-based company is displaying them this week at Heli-Expo, which opens tomorrow in Las Vegas.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T
Bell Helicopter introduced several new model variants of legacy helicopters and is displaying them here at Heli-Expo.
BBA Aviation unit H+S Aviation recently announced an expansion of its CT7 series engine care management program (ECMP) and engine overhaul subcontract agreement (EOSA) with GE Aviation. Based in Portsmouth, UK, H+S Aviation provides engine service and support for a variety of turbine engines for fixed- and rotary-wing civil and military aircraft.
Lisa Cooper has been appointed regional sales manager for BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO). Cooper will provide sales coverage for the UK, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. She is a 20-year veteran of H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation ERO company. At H+S Aviation, Cooper worked on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100, PT6A and PT6T and Rolls-Royce M250 engine repair and overhaul programs. Cooper will be based in Portsmouth, UK, at the headquarters of H+S Aviation.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) of Longueuil, Quebec (Booth No. 3317) is not only highlighting its customer support programs here at Heli-Expo 2012, it’s delivering them. Today the company hosts Technical Briefing sessions in room C140 at the Dallas Convention Center for operators and maintenance personnel of PT6 (11 a.m.), PW200 (12 p.m.) and PT6C-67C (1 p.m.) engines.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul companies are at Heli-Expo in force, with news of everything from live video streaming of a borescope inspection to receipt of EASA certification for a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T test cell.
The BLR FastFin is a major part of Bell’s recently announced enhancements for the 412EP medium-twin. FastFin will be standard on all new 412s and available via retrofit on existing aircraft. More than 600 already are in service on the UH-1, 205/206 and 212/412, according to Dave Marone, BLR vice president. Those aircraft have logged more than one million flight hours with the system.
Bell Helicopter announced an upgrade package for its 412EP that features more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-9 engines which will yield a 15 percent power increase, and glass-panel avionics akin to those in the new 429 light twin. The STC project is expected to be approved this year and will be available for customers beginning next year on all new 412EPs and as a retrofit package.
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.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company H+S Aviation has been awarded distributor and designated overhaul facility authorization by Pratt & Whitney Canada. The authorization covers the repair and overhaul of all models of the P&WC PT6T TwinPac engine used primarily on Bell and Agusta/Bell 212s and 412s. The company also services the Rolls-Royce 250/T63/T703 and General Electric T700 and CT7 turboshaft engines.