First established as a division of Bell Aircraft Corporation in 1941, Bell Helicopter continues to set the pace for the industry and expand the scope of vertical lift. Bell Helicopter was the first to obtain certification for a commercial helicopter and over its rich history has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to customers around the world. Voted â€œNo. 1 in Customer Supportâ€ for 16 years in a row by readers of Professional Pilot magazine and five consecutive years by the readers of Aviation International News, Bell is an industry leader with unmatched name recognition.
With forward thinking in advanced concepts, Bell Helicopter invented tilt rotor aircraft. These unique aircraft lift like a helicopter, then fly like an airplane with twice the speed, three times the payload and five times the range of traditional helicopters.
Bell Helicopter is on a mission to change the way the world flies with superior vertical lift that saves lives, preserves freedom and provides customers with exceptional value. Around the world, Bell Helicopter is home to more than 10,000 employees working in more than 2,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space committed to this mission.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter has additional plants in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada. Bell maintains key logistics supply and service centers in Amsterdam, Calgary, and Singapore. Additional maintenance, repair, overhaul and other service facilities are spread throughout the world including: the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom as well as additional locations in the United States such as Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.
Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. Bell Helicopter continues to provide every customer with products, service and support second to none. Bell's service business supports a combined total of more than 13,000 commercial and military aircraft with spares, accessories, completions, repair and overhaul, training, field services, depot maintenance, electronic record keeping and more.
Bell Helicopter is a world-leading manufacturer of vertical lift aircraft. Nearly 60 percent of all helicopters produced are Bell helicopters and 98 percent of all new helicopter missions were pioneered in a Bell product. Bell Helicopter currently produces a wide variety of transport and executive aircraft which includes the 429, 412, 407 and 206L-4. Bell also has military programs including the AH-1Z, UH-1Y, OH-58D and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
Bell Helicopter in Canada
Established in 1986, Bell Helicopter's Mirabel Facility, located in Mirabel, Quebec, is home to more than 1,800 employees providing engineering design, manufacturing and support for Bell's commercial helicopter business. With its 656,600 square feet (61,000 square meters) of hangar, assembly and office space, the facility has produced more than 3,700 commercial variant helicopters. Mirabel has airport operations consisting of 152 acres of land, two runways and a control tower offering complete flight test and delivery capability. In addition, the facility supports customers with products such as airframe design, product development, world-class composites, complete integration, flight testing, certification and product support.
Calgary is home to Bell Helicopter's Canadian Supply Center. Established more than 35 years ago, this facility is responsible for providing genuine Bell Helicopter parts sales and distribution for the Bell fleet, both commercial and military, in Canada. Located on at Calgary International Airport, the new facility, which was inaugurated in July 2008 offers the Canadian Supply Center with opportunities to grow the business and expand operations into additional customer service offerings.
In the mid 1990s, the Canadian Forces acquired 100 CH146 Griffons to replace the CH135 Twin Huey and the CH136 Kiowa as a Utility, Tactical and Transport platform. Since then, the Mirabel facility has been providing product and technical support to the Canadian Department of National Defense for its CH-146 Griffon fleet. Support services include: Engineering support such as modification developments, engineering investigations and analyses, etc; Repair and Overhaul (R&O) including component R&O, aircraft maintenance, field support, etc; and Supply Support Â– procurement of new spares and consumables.
One of the most popular series of light turbine helicopters ever produced, the Bell 206 JetRanger entered the market in 1967. Easy to fly and maintain, the aircraft soon entered widespread service around the globe. Designed in response to customers' needs, the Bell 206 LongRanger was introduced in 1975, further broadening the aircraft's mission versatility. Outstanding payload capability, range, endurance and economic operating costs have established the 206L-4 as the trusted performer by owners and operators the world over.
Built upon combat-proven technologies and civilian mission experience, the Bell 407 seamlessly blends innovative design and rugged utility. Based in part on the 206L LongRanger cabin size; combined with the combat tested flight dynamics of the Bell OH-58D, the 407 is the first Bell aircraft with an all-composite main rotor assembly. Since its introduction in 1995, over 1,000 Bell 407s have been delivered, making it one of the most sought-after helicopters in today's market.
The Bell 412 delivers rugged military-grade components and exceptional utility to operators worldwide. Tracing its lineage to the Bell UH-1, the Bell 205 and the twin-engine Bell 212, the 4-bladed Bell 412 employs higher cruise speeds and lower noise signatures than its predecessors. Since its entry into service in 1981, advancements in technology have yielded 412 upgrades with greater performance and endurance, making the Bell 412 one of the most mission-ready medium twin helicopters available.
Merging 60 years of development expertise and the latest technological innovations, the Bell 429 is the world's most advanced light-twin helicopter. With customer feedback serving as the foundation for initial design studies, the 429 has raised industry standards in terms of safety, maintainability, performance and design. The 429's highly flexible cabin space can be customized to individual customer requirements, making it perfect for any mission application.
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