Report Bell 210 in General Helicopter Operations Posted September 4, 2007 Aggroeitch -----the Bell 210 and everything about it were aimed at securing a US Army contract to replace their present stock of 'moth-balled' Hueys. At one American Air Base near my location there are over 2,400 Hueys and none with A/F times exceeding 3000 hrs. That is but one location in the US and they are all secured for further use in 'skrinkwrap' and protected in other ways. Perhaps the MoT could explain how it is that over 13 of Canadian Registered 204's/05's are of military background and were only considered "Civilian' because they flew for a 'supposedly' large airline in the Far East of Vietnam War days. They came into their possession because their first acquistion was made possible by the USMC being ordered to give them to their new owners. Some of those a/c are flying in Canada now as you read this and have for eons.......ALL known about by our 'friends' in Ottawa and Bell Helicopter Textron. All are easily identified by 'miking' the forward bulkhead by the pedals and a difference in thickness of .060 with their civilian cousins will be duly noted. If Bell was going to stop production of the 214 because Iran or someone else was producing them, then they should have stopped producing the 205 and the 212. There are at present over 1,500 MORE 205's in the world than Bell Helicopter or Augusta Bell in Italy EVER produced and a large amount of SINGLE hydraulic 212's exist as well. Great reading in this thread, all of it. Cap, miking of the foreward bulkhead by the pedals? Could you expand on this? I'm not sure I know what this means. Also "There are at present over 1,500 MORE 205's in the world than Bell Helicopter or Augusta Bell in Italy EVER produced and a large amount of SINGLE hydraulic 212's exist as well." Is this to say that these 'extra' 205's were built from the ground up? Or they were converted from UH-1's into 205's (from something like a stockpiling of above mentioned mothballes shrinkwrapped Hueys)?