Newfoundland Helicopters gets first Canadian Bell 407GX
May 2, 2012 By Carey Fredericks
May 2, 2012, Clarenville, N.L. - Newfoundland Helicopters has taken delivery of the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Canada.
"We have a long and rich history with Newfoundland Helicopters and we’re excited to share this landmark day with them,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell’s executive vice president of commercial sales and marketing. “The 407GX is assembled at Mirabel, Canada, so it is particularly gratifying to see it take flight in Canada with Newfoundland."
Jim Brown, president and owner of Newfoundland Helicopters, said: “The Bell 407GX becomes our new flagship helicopter. It provides us with unparalleled flexibility and will expand our already versatile range of service offerings within the mining, forestry, tourism, hydro and fire-fighting industries.”
The delivery to Newfoundland Helicopters marks Bell Helicopter’s 21st 407GX delivery since the Bell 407GX was introduced 14 months ago at the 2011 HELI EXPO annual convention.
Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000HTM integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market.
The Bell 407GX's integrated glass flight deck provides aircrews essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety.
“Bell Helicopter has made significant investments in our R&D and manufacturing capabilities over the last five years,” said Maldonado. “The 407GX is a prime example of that investment.”