Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

Europe’s first Bell 407GX arrives in Belgium

3-May-2012 Source: HeliHub.com

Air Technology Belgium has handled the import of Europe’s first Bell 407GX on behalf of its owner, Jan Construct NV.  The helicopter will be operated by HeliPlus (in similar ownership to Jan Construct) and based at their facility at Spiere Heliport near Warcoing.  The company currently operates two Bell 407s, a Eurocopter EC120 and a Bell JetRanger 3.  HeliHub.com contacted Heliplus for comment, particularly asking whether the new 407GX will replace one of their existing 407, but the company had not replied at the time we went to press.

The particular aircraft is serial 54315 and registered OO-EMT

The 407GX is a version of the Bell 407 launched in March 2011 and is equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000H Integrated Flight Deck. The Garmin G1000H glass flight deck provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety. The advanced cockpit features, as standard, two 10.4” high-resolution LCD displays with an intuitive, easy to scan layout and an integrated avionics system that presents flight instrumentation, position, navigation, communication, and identification information. Integrated safety attributes include Traffic Information System (TIS), HSVT Synthetic Vision Technology, “Highway in the Sky”, moving NAV map,  Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System (HTAWS) and range ring. There are also engine and crew alerting systems including power situation indicator (PSI) and fuel flow, and automatic power assurance check. The advanced suite also features critical flight parameter storage on a SD card for post flight analysis.

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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