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Helicopter Emergency Medical Service orders two Bell 429s

July 22, 2014, Fort Worth, Tx. - Bell Helicopter has announced a signed purchase agreement for the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the Middle East.


July 22, 2014
By Carey Fredericks


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The aircraft will be equipped with a fully customized EMS interior
and state-of-the-art avionics. The aircraft will be delivered in 2015
and will support medical rescue missions throughout the region.

“We
are excited to bring the Bell 429 to the Middle East for HEMS
operations,” said Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for
the Middle East and Africa. “In the past few years, EMS operators
throughout the world have seen firsthand that the Bell 429 is the most
modern light-twin helicopter available. In fact, of the nearly 200 Bell
429s operating worldwide, nearly 20 percent of them operate HEMS and
parapublic missions. In recent years, a range of key global customers,
including the Swedish National Police, New York Police Department,
Turkish National Police, Air Zermatt and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, have
all chosen the Bell 429 as the best solution for their mission needs. We
expect to continue to see strong growth as more and more customers see
firsthand the amazing capabilities of this machine in action.”
The
Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with
true two-litter capability, featuring enough cabin space for two medical
attendants and two crew members. 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. Additional
safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant
hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. 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.
“The
advanced situational awareness and performance of the Bell 429 will be
key for operators in the region to complete missions in this region as
safely and effectively as possible,” said David Sale, Middle East
regional sales manager for Bell Helicopter. “The total cost of ownership
of the Bell 429 provides operators with value not only upon purchase,
but also throughout the entire lifecycle of the aircraft. We are looking
forward to increasing our HEMS capabilities throughout the Gulf Coast
countries in the years to come as we continue to build momentum.”


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