Life Flight Network has signed a purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis to add to its existing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft fleet.
Bell Textron describes Life Flight Network as the largest non-profit air medical transport service in the United States with 31 bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. For more than 41 years, Life Flight Network has provided ICU-level care to patients in need of emergency medical transport, and support to hospitals, local police, EMS, fire departments, and emergency responders.
“We are proud to add Bell 429 and Bell 407GXi helicopters to our current fleet. These aircraft will ensure we are there when our communities and patients need us,” said Michael Griffiths, CEO, Life Flight Network.
Bell explains the 429 helicopter is built for rapid response missions, featuring ample cabin space, large clamshell doors and adjustable components to accommodate equipment needs and to keep the crew comfortable.
The Bell 407GXi incorporates new avionics and its Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 dual channel FADEC turbine engines deliver strong hot and high performance, fuel efficiency, and the ability to cruise at 133 kts/246 km/h.
The 407GXi also includes Garmin’s G1000H NXi Integrated Flight Deck, complete with high-definition displays and faster processors for increased brightness and clarity, faster startup and map rendering, as well as connectivity to tablets and smartphones.