5000 Bell Helicopters build in Montreal-Mirabel, Canada



Today, 12 December 2017, The Canadian facility of Bell Helicopter Textron, located in Mirabel celebrated the completion of its 5,000 aircraft !

The lucky airframe is C-FTRN c/n 54711,  a Bell 407GXP, that will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd., which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year.


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5000 Bell Helicopters from Mirabel

Notar News

This month a new MD Explorer took to the skies again, operated by Cox Air Care – Air Methods.

This airframe with tailnumber N9201U has been operating with the United States Coast Guard as a part of their HITRON 10 program during 1999. In 2001 it has flown around the world. From 2002 untill 2005 it has been leased to the Dutch National Police. From 2005 untill 2015 the airframe has been stored. In 2015 it returned to MD helicopters in Mesa, Arizona.

After an extensive MD900 to MD902 upgrade program, including new Pratt & Whitney PW207E engines, the airframe was restored to flying condition on 29 September 2017 with tailnumber N902CH.

A truly remarkable airframe: MD Explorer 900-00042.

In October 2017, two former Yorkshire Air Ambulance MD Explorer airframes have been sold to Heli Delta BV, a Dutch company. The whereabouts of both airframes is currently unknown.

MD Explorer 900-00080

MD Explorer 900-00089

Several MD Explorers in Rendorseg livery have been reported operating from Staverton, Gloucester.

Most likely the Hungarian National Police has bought another batch of five pre-owned MD Explorer helicopters. They are former United Kingdom Police airframes.

Known airframes involved are:

MD Explorer 900-00057

MD Explorer 900-00104

The first 800.

The Eurocopter 145 production pages have been updated.

Showing the first 800 units produced at the Eurocopter Germany Donauworth facility.

The last 100 units have been listed here: AeroBoek Eurocopter 145 Production

Some airframe details are not yet known. Any assistance with filling the gaps is very much appreciated.

Contact details AeroBoek Webmaster

Around the Globe in a Bell 429 Global Ranger

Around the Globe in a Bell 429 Global Ranger

A Canadian team, Bob Dengler and his son Steven Dengler, is starting today, on the first of July 2017, with a circumnavigation flight around the Globe in a Bell 429 C150GO under the title of C150GO to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada once it began self-governing on the 1st of July 1867.

Use Spidertracks to follow the helicopter real-time: Track the C150GO helicopter

Or visit the project website at: https://www.c150go.ca

We wish them a safe journey !

Bell 429 news update



Bell 429 during demo flight.

Exactly one year ago,  a pair of Bell 429 helicopters was captured during a demo flight.

During that day, on 11 May 2016,  nobody could have guessed that within a year both helicopters # 143 OM-ATR, and # 202 OM-BYM would have been destroyed, killing 6 occupants, and severely injuring two. This is quite remarkable. Although the circumstances of the accidents are very different, both helicopters have a lot in common. An accident investigation report of the first crash on 7 September 2016 has not yet been published.

Approximately 300 Bell 429 Global Rangers are currently operating around the globe.

This was the fifth Bell 429 that was destroyed during a crash landing. The other airframes involved are:

  1. #046, XC-VVE on 15 August 2015.
  2. #197, RA-01617 on 1 January 2016.
  3. #143, OM-ATR on 7 September 2016.
  4. #249, N598PB on 15 February 2017.
  5. #202, OM-BYM on 10 May 2017.