Bell Helicopter Textron
Communication Site Manager
Tel: (450) 971-6500
| Fax: (450) 437-2006
12,800 rue de l'Avenir
Mirabel, QC, J7J 1R4
Bell Helicopter is the world’s leading producer of rotary-wing aircraft. The Mirabel facility currently manufactures the commercial helicopter lines of Bell Helicopter. The plant is located just north of Montreal in Mirabel, Quebec; it sits on 152 acres of land and houses nearly 900 employees. Bell Helicopter opened its Mirabel manufacturing operations in 1986 and has since produced over 4,850 helicopters for delivery worldwide. Our state-of-the-art facility measures over 660,000 square feet.
Our staff is responsible for the design, manufacturing, flight testing and after-market support for Bell Helicopter’s commercial helicopters. Furthermore, our basic philosophy of attracting enthusiastic, energetic candidates, hiring locally and training extensively has made us an employer of choice. This has resulted in a versatile workforce that is producing helicopters reputed as an industry leader for safe and reliable aircraft. Implementing advanced technology through precise engineering and high quality manufacturing has placed Bell Helicopter among the leaders in Canada’s aerospace community.
Bell Helicopter currently produces a mix of light and medium-sized commercial products. The Bell 206L4 and Bell 407 serve the light single engine category, while the upgraded Bell 407GXP has an additional 50 lbs (22.5 kg) of carrying capability, coupled with the new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that promotes performance improvement and boosts power and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the new, short light single helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X assembly and delivery is based in the Mirabel facility. The Bell 505 is on track toward certification in 2016 and will be the most cost-competitive, capable, light helicopter in its class.
The Bell 412 remains the medium-class workhorse of our fleet and the Bell 412EPI features the same avionics upgrades featured on the Bell 407GXP. The light, twin-engine Bell 429 is the 21st century standard for light twins and is in service today with customers around the world—across all market segments. The Bell 525 Relentless is the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter. It conducted a successful first flight in July 2015, and assembly and delivery will be based in Amarillo.
Bell Helicopter’s commitment to the commercial market is underscored by the ongoing development and support provided at our Mirabel facility. Bell Helicopter has been recognized with the top ranking in Professional Pilot Magazine’s product support survey for 22 consecutive years. Our industry leading service and support has also been recognized by AIN and Rotor & Wing.
The Canadian Forces Griffon Helicopter fleet is also supported by Bell Helicopter as part of the current “Optimized Weapon Systems Management” contract. Our Calgary Supply Center provides component repair and overhaul and spares support to all squadrons. The government programs team is also involved in major modifications and support projects, which helps the Canadian Forces to best utilize the aircraft. We are also in the midst of modernizing the Canadian Coast Guard’s rotorcraft fleet with new 429s and 412 EPIs. And that’s just a small sample of more than 1,000 Bell Helicopters flying throughout Canada.