Helicopter Bell 429
Helicopter Bell 429. Photo. Story. Characteristics.

Helicopter Bell 429



While managers have attempted to sell a model of the Bell 427, leadership "Bell" announced its intention to begin March 2004 edition Model427i helicopter, which was supposed to allow the flight in instrument flight rules. But the project, eventually postponed - in favor of a new helicopter. Model429, which had a new glider, the other the tail rotor and the cockpit. For serial production of these helicopters planned to attract Japanese "MitsuiBussanAerospace" and the Korean KAI.


Helicopter Bell 429 photo

Helicopter Bell 429 photo

To start a new project officially "Bell" picked up the international exhibition "HeliExpo2005". The helicopter shown in two versions - medical evacuation and corporate. The first flight planned for early 2006, and certification - at the end of 2007. The exhibition KAI and "Bell" signed an agreement according to which the first copies of the helicopters needed to collect in February 2006.


Helicopter Bell 429 photo salon

Helicopter Bell 429 photo salon

The first prototype has already 429 February Model27 lifted into the air, but followed the test is very delayed and the following prototype flew only 27.08.2007.
In May 2009 company "Eurocopter" initiated a lawsuit to "Bell", accusing it of copyright infringement, enshrined patent on the design of skid landing gear, but the representatives of the "Bell" denies the charges. In June 2009 was stated that the certification model completed in the near future, the company uzheest 300 pre-orders for helicopters. Start the client - "AirMethodsCorporation", the largest aviation and medical private company.


Helicopter Bell 429 photo booths

Helicopter Bell 429 photo booths

"Bell" takes into account the wishes of customers, and Model429 offered in medical evacuation, corporate and multi-purpose versions, but with improved performance and greater cabin volume. The administration of the company lifted Model427 production in 2010, replacing it with Model429, which is indicated in some sources as GlobalRanger.

Features helicopter Bell 429:


  • Crew: 1-2

  • Cruising speed: 263km / hour

  • The greatest number of passengers: 6-7

  • Length: 13 m

  • Wingspan: 11 m

  • Range: 722 km

  • Maximum speed: 287 km / h

  • Weight: 1 925 kg

  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & WhitneyCanadaPW207D1 turboshaft, 2h625l.s (466,06kVt) 2h710 hp takeoff power

  • Cruising speed: 273 km / h

  • Ceiling: 5698m

  • Cost: 5 000 000-5 000 000 USD


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