Bell nabs 429, 412 EPI deal with Trinidad and Tobago
March 5, 2015 By Bell Helicopter
March 5, 2015, Orlando, Fla. - Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of four Bell 429s configured for Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) and one Bell 412EPI configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) to the National Operations Centre, Air Division (NOCAD) in Trinidad and Tobago.
The contract was signed by NOCAD Executive Director Garvin Heerah in a formal signing ceremony at HAI.
“These two aircraft have continued to impress our customers in Latin America with their smooth performance and multi-mission capabilities and we’re pleased that more and more parapublic agencies are taking notice,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president of Latin American sales. “We’re honoured that the NOCAD chose these reliable aircraft to support their missions in Trinidad and Tobago.”
The aircraft will be used throughout Trinidad and Tobago to provide 24/7 air support for national security and a variety of parapublic missions including disaster relief aid, SAR and medical transportation.
“We needed an aircraft that would meet current mission performance requirements with minimal downtime for changing to various mission roles, yet powerful and reliable to maximize performance capabilities,” said Major Paul Brown, deputy director of NOCAD. “The acquisitions of these state-of-the-art aircraft will offer this increased level of performance and safety that will help us better protect our citizens.”
“When we made the decision to purchase these aircraft, we were all in agreement the Bell 429 and 412EPI were absolutely the right fit for our operations,” continued Major Brown.
The Bell 429 offers the latest technology by providing the best combination of speed, payload, range, and cabin size, coupled with the latest safety improvements. The Bell 429 also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The Bell 429 also features a spacious cabin and extra large 60 inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations.