The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) received its 6th and final Bell 407GX on 20 November 2014. The hand-over, the 200th purchase of the helicopter type in North America, was made in Forth Worth, Texas.
The aircraft will be used as part of the six aviation patrol units of the PSP and provide aerial support to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within the state.
The PA State Police have operated Bell helicopters since their first purchase in 1969 when the company delivered two Bell 47s, the first Bell helicopters to be part of an airborne law enforcement team. The unit supports public safety for their police partners and the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Bell 407GX accommodates six passengers and features the fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck, providing flight information on high resolution LCDs. Included are a Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems and more. The Bell 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.
PSP’s entire fleet of new choppers was delivered entirely in the second half of this year. The first arrived in July.
Source: Bell Helicopters