A Bell Helicopter spokesman denies that the company did anything improper in accepting approximately $300 million in U.S. Defense Department independent research and development (IRAD) funds to develop the Model 609 civil tiltrotor program. Bell announced in June that it is in the process of selling the 609 outright to co-development partner AgustaWestland.
Gulfstream once again holds the number one slot for jets. Hawker Beechcraft takes the top spot among new turboprops, while Mitsubishi takes the overall t-prop title. Bell leads among helicopter OEMs.
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.
The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.
Berkley Accident and Health has set up Encap Business Aviation Captive to create “an insurance brokerage program specifically for business aviation employers that employ between ten and 1,000 employees,” Joe Clifton, director of JP Benefits Connection, told AIN. The program offers medical and prescription coverage.
FinServe Aviation Insurance introduced an insurance program designed specifically for business aircraft owners and operators in Europe. According to the company, the program covers a broader range of risks associated with business aviation than a standard aircraft insurance policy.
Advocacy efforts by NBAA members, the Connecticut Legislative Aviation Caucus and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group to fight a personal property tax on all aircraft based in the state were successful. Last month, the House and Senate in Connecticut passed a budget that does not contain “the potentially devastating tax increases for aviation that were proposed in earlier versions,” NBAA said.
Advocacy efforts by NBAA members, the Connecticut Legislative Aviation Caucus and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group to fight a personal property tax on all aircraft based in the state were successful. On Tuesday night, the House and Senate in Connecticut passed a budget that does not contain “the potentially devastating tax increases for aviation that were proposed in earlier versions,” NBAA said.
Ask experienced aircraft owners and pilots what good product support means to them and they will likely tell you it is extremely important to every safe flight and every successful flight operation.
In a company-wide memo circulated to employees January 20, Bell Helicopter announced the launch of “Magellan,” a new helicopter widely believed to be a medium-twin replacement for its venerable 412 and aimed at the superheated deepwater offshore oil and gas market. The memo said Magellan is a follow-on to “Project X.” Magellan is thought to have civil and military applications. Bell declined to comment on the memo.