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

Helicopter Bell 429

While the managers were attempting to sell the Bell 427 model, the Bell management announced its intention to begin production of the Model2004i helicopter in March, which was supposed to ensure that the aircraft could fly according to the flight rules. But the project was ultimately postponed - in favor of the new helicopter. Model427, which had a new glider, other tail rotor and cockpit. For serial production of these helicopters planned to attract the Japanese "MitsuiBussanAerospace" and the Korean KAI.

Helicopter Bell 429 photo

Helicopter Bell 429 photo

To launch officially the new project "Bell" picked up the international exhibition "HeliExpo2005". The helicopter was demonstrated in two versions - medical evacuation and corporate. The first flight was planned for the beginning of 2006, and certification - at the end of 2007. During the exhibition, KAI and Bell signed an agreement according to which the first copies of the helicopters were to be assembled in February of 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, Eurocopter, initiated a lawsuit against Bell, accusing it of violating the copyrights of the patent on the skid landing gear, but Bell representatives reject all accusations. In June, 2009 was announced that the certification of the model would be completed soon, the company already had pre-orders for 300 helicopters. Starting by the customer - "AirMethodsCorporation", the largest aviation-medical private company.

Helicopter Bell 429 photo booths

Helicopter Bell 429 photo booths

"Bell" takes into account the wishes of customers, and the Model429 is offered in medical-evacuation, corporate and multi-purpose versions, but with improved features and a larger cabin. The company's bosses removed Model427 from production at 2010, replacing it with Model429, which is referred to 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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