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Bell delivers first two 407GXS to Pennsylvania State Police

July 23, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

July 23, 2014, Fort Worth, Tx. - Bell Helicopter has announced the delivery of the first two of six Bell 407GX helicopters to the Pennsylvania State Police. They will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol and will serve citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

“We operate six aviation patrol units across the state and provide
aerial support to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies
within the Commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner
Frank Noonan. “It is very important that we have modern, reliable and
mission-ready helicopters to patrol and serve the citizens of the
The fleet routinely patrols the
entire coverage area; however, specific patrol units are strategically
situated so that response time anywhere with the patrol zone is minimal.
new components on each ship will enable the Pennsylvania State Police
flight crews to more rapidly and effectively pinpoint exact ground
locations from the air as well as provide for interoperable radio
communications with ground-based first responders, which operate on a
multitude of radio frequencies. The new capabilities also provide real
time situational awareness to incident commanders and first responders
during times of critical incidents or disasters. These systems will aid
in public information and warning, operational coordination,
intelligence and information sharing, criminal activity interdiction and
disruption, screening, search and detection
are honored to have the Pennsylvania State Police as one of our law
enforcement customers, and we give our sincere thanks for their ongoing
trust in Bell Helicopter products,” said Anthony Moreland, managing
director of North American sales at Bell Helicopter. “The Bell 407 has
proven its law enforcement capabilities throughout the world and we know
it will serve the Commonwealth well.”
Helicopter has supported the Pennsylvania State Police since 1969 when
it delivered two Bell 47s, the first Bell helicopters to be part of an
airborne law enforcement team. Since then, Bell Helicopter has strived
to provide innovative product solutions and the best customer support
and service to maintain its valued, long-standing relationship with the
Pennsylvania State Police. Bell Helicopter has approximately 450
aircraft serving law enforcement needs in the United States, with
customers including the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Los Angeles
Police Department and New York State Police.
Bell 407GX delivers power and speed with a smooth, quiet ride and a
spacious cabin that accommodates six passengers. The aircraft also
features the fully-integrated Garmin G1000H flight deck, providing
critical flight information at a glance for greater situational
awareness and increased safety. The Bell 407GX flight deck's high
resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display
information, including Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System,
Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems and
more. The 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a
clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.


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