Bell Helicopter scores at this weeks Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida, USA The American rotary wing manufacturer has been filling up its book of both orders and likely orders. Probably the most impressive deal of all is the sale of 200 Bell 407GXPs for HEMS service, to which we dedicated a separate article.
Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
SECO International signed a letter of intent for 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The Japanese company will use the choppers for passenger transport, sightseeing, aerial photography, and TV broadcasting. Founded in 1983, SECO International of Nagoya operates a fleet of light helicopters. SECO also manages private owners’ aircraft with full operational support at its facility at Nagoya Airport.
The Bell 505, which first flew 10 November 2014, is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter. It has a fully flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors. Pilot workload is further reduced by the Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). The Bell 505 features a high inertia rotor system delivering better than before auto rotation capabilities.
Italy-based Elicompany ordered the first Bell 407GX to operate in Italy. Elicompany was established in 1979 and offers services such as corporate charter, power line inspection, pipeline patrol, mapping, aerial filming, and flight training. This is the first Bell helicopter purchased by the Italian company.
The Bell 407GX can accommodate six passengers. The aircraft also features the fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck, with high resolution LCDs that display information, including the Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology and Traffic Information System. The Bell 407GX also features a tail rotor camera.
Qiqihar Kun Feng General Aviation Co. purchases two Bell 407GXs, with the Chinese agricultural holding company signing a letter of intent to buy five Bell 505s.
Trinidad and Tobago Air Division
The National Operations Centre, Air Division (NOCAD), in Trinidad and Tobago ordered four Bell 429s in the Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) configuration and a Bell 412EPI configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) tasks. The aircraft will be used throughout Trinidad and Tobago to provide 24/7 air support for national security and a variety of paramilitary missions including disaster relief aid, SAR and medical transportation.
The Bell 429 features extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations. First introduced in March 2013, the Bell 412EPI improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety. Hold on to your seat for some technical “mambo-jumbo”: the system is optimized for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations. The avionics suite also includes high resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links. The new Bell 412EPI is powered by Pratt and Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines.
New Bell 525
Waypoint Leasing expressed its intent to acquire 20 Bell 525 Relentless, planning to use the rotary wing for its services that include missions for the oi and gas industry, emergency medical service, search and rescue, firefighting and governmental support. The Irish lesser’s existing fleet of more than 90 aircraft includes Bell 407s and Bell 412s.
The Bell 525 is the world’s first Western-made fly-by-wire commercial helicopter. It has a touch screen flight deck, the Garmin G5000H. The first flight of this new machine is scheduled for Spring 2015.
Source: Bell Helicopter
Featured image (top): The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X during its maiden flight in November 2014 (Image © Bell Textron)