Thursday, February 11, 2010

Singapore Airshow: Bell Debuts New 429 Helo

Defense News


Singapore Airshow: Bell Debuts New 429 Helo

By Wendell Minnick

SINGAPORE - Bell Helicopter Textron's new Bell 429 helicopter made its Asia debut at the Singapore Airshow.

The new light twin-engine, single-pilot helicopter was certified by the Canadian, European and U.S. authorities in mid-2009 and is scheduled to enter service with its first customer this month in the U.S.

"The 429's versatile design and impressive performance make it extremely adept for use by various sectors," including corporate, emergency medical services (EMS), offshore oil and gas support, airborne law enforcement, and search and rescue (SAR) missions, a press release issued by Bell said.

John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell, provided Airshow attendees with extensive briefs on the capabilities of the helicopter.