Bell Helicopter has transferred the type certificate for its first commercial product, the Model 47
, to Scott's Helicopter Services
, a Bell service facility in Le Sueur, Minnesota. From now on, it's to be called the "Scott's-Bell 47".
That's going to take a bit of used to. Designed by Arthur Young, the Bell 47 was the first helicopter to be certificated for civilian use, in August 1946. More than 5,600 Model 47s were produced, and like the Bell 206 that followed the aircraft became iconic, with its bubble canopy, saddle fuel tanks and welded-tube tailboom.Photo: via Wikipedia
Scott's will take over commercial spares support, technical support and continuing airworthiness responsibility in the first quarter of next year. Other companies have done this - Bombadier selling the type certificates for out-of-production de Havilland Canada aircraft to Viking Air, which has put the DHC-6 Twin Otter back in production.
Bell says the Model 47 "today remains an extremely viable aircraft", especially in pilot training and agricultural spraying.