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San Diego Gas & Electric Selects SUBARU BELL 412EPX

March 9, 2022  ByHelicopters Staff


The Subaru Bell 412EPX benefits from a more robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability, increased internal Maximum Gross Weight to 12,200 lbs and mast torque output of +11% at speeds below 60 knots. (Photo: Bell Textron)

San Diego Gas & Electric Company signed a deal for a Subaru Bell 412EPX during the 2022 Heli-Expo. This marks the addition of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) first Bell aircraft to its existing fleet of helicopters.

“With more than 350 Bell 412s in use, high-flying operators continue to rely on the aircraft’s ability to perform and complete some of the most demanding missions, like utility operations,” said Lane Evans, managing director, North America.

SDG&E provides utility service to approximately 3.6 million customers within San Diego County and the southern portion of neighboring Orange County.

“Utility work consisting of heavy workloads such as crew and cargo transport can be extremely challenging. Operating in high elevations, such as the Laguna Mountains, coupled with San Diego’s year-round hot temperatures, adds another layer of complexity to those challenges,” said Jesse Thrush, SDG&E’s Aviation Programs Advisor.

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Certified in 2018, the Subaru Bell 412EPX, possesses an increased maximum internal weight of 12,200 lbs, external weight of 13,000 lbs and up to 5,000 lbs of goods with a cargo hook. The platform enables large cargo and personnel transportation with its ability to carry up to 5,385 lbs.

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