20-Dec-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
Bell took one of their demonstrator aircraft to the Dubai airshow, and started a demo tour from there on.Â The helicopter entered UK airspace at Manston on Friday and is understood to be carrying out a demo flight for one specific potential customer in the Oxford area.
Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the aircraft will be commencing a wider UK tour in mid-January, and another source suggests it is based with Premiair at Blackbushe from now until that tour is completed.
The aircraft involved is N10984, a dark blue 429 with white and red stripes – see photo.Â No 429s have been sold to the UK market to date as far as we are aware, although Bell did bring an aircraft two weeks prior to the Farnborough air show in 2010 and carried out demos then as well.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com