Bell Textron Canada Develops Crew Barrier for Customers

Bell Textron Canada Limited (Bell) is proud to work with the Government of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to further protect servicemen and women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Canadian Armed Forces ramp up operations ahead of peak flooding season, the Mirabel-based company is rapidly bringing to market isolation systems for the CH-146 Griffon aircraft --the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest helicopter fleet. 

Within days, the Bell team and our Canadian partner Alpine Aerotech were able to streamline an innovative system to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to pilots without compromising the operational use of resources. The system takes only a few minutes to install, providing the speed and agility required in times of crisis.

While this system is optimized for Bell 205 / 212 and Bell 412 aircraft, similar isolation systems will soon be available for other models, including Bell 206 and Bell 407.


To further ensure the health and safety of RCAF crew members, Bell also quickly deployed Health Canada-approved disinfectant solutions, distributed them to Canadian Armed Forces tactical units, and obtained approval for their use on the CH-146 Griffon, in cooperation with the Department of National Defence.  

Through its strategy of combining management (contracting, procurement), engineering (integration), logistics and maintenance services into a single program, Bell plays an important role in supporting the national efforts of the Government of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.


Alors que les Forces armées canadiennes intensifient les opérations en vue de la saison des inondations, l’entreprise basée à Mirabel met rapidement sur le marché des systèmes d’isolation pour l’appareil CH-146 Griffon, qui équipe la plus grande flotte d’hélicoptères de l’Aviation royale canadienne.

L’équipe Bell en collaboration avec leur partenaire canadien Alpine Aerotech, ont facilité en quelques jours seulement la mise en service d’un système novateur pour répondre à un besoin prioritaire pour minimiser le risque de transmission du virus aux pilotes sans compromettre l’emploi opérationnel des ressources. S’installant en quelques minutes seulement, ce système permettra une agilité et une rapidité d’exécution nécessaires en période de crise.

Optimisés pour les appareils Bell 205 / 212 et Bell 412, des systèmes d’isolation similaires seront prochainement disponibles pour d’autres modèles, dont les Bell 206 et Bell 407.


Afin de veiller à la santé et la sécurité des membres d’équipage des Forces armées canadiennes, Bell a également déployé rapidement des solutions désinfectantes approuvées par Santé Canada, pour en faire la distribution aux unités tactiques des Forces armées canadiennes et d’en faire approuver son utilisation sur le CH-146 Griffon, en coopération avec le Ministère de la défense nationale.  

Grâce à sa stratégie regroupant les services de gestion (contrats, approvisionnent), d’ingénierie (intégration), de logistique et de maintenance en un seul programme, Bell joue un rôle important dans son soutien aux efforts nationaux du Gouvernement du Canada et des Forces armées canadiennes. Bell Textron Canada limitée (Bell) est fière de travailler avec le Gouvernement du Canada et les Forces armées canadiennes afin de protéger davantage les militaires dans la lutte contre la pandémie COVID-19.


About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit:

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