13-Aug-2012 Source: Bell
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that National Airways Corporation, a Bell Helicopter independent representative, delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Africa. The 407GX will be operated by a private customer in a corporate capacity.
â€œThe technology found on the Bell 407GX is unique in the helicopter industry,â€ said Gary Phillips, executive directorÂ ofÂ Helicopter SalesÂ for National Airways Corporation. â€œThe Bell 407 was already an industry leading helicopter offering superior performance, exceptional passenger comfort and enhanced safety characteristics. The 407GXâ€™s next-generation cockpit, combined with the aircraftâ€™s rugged airframe,Â has madeÂ it the first choice for those who place their highest value requirements on safety and performance.â€
Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the Garmin G1000HTMÂ integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market.Â The glass flight deck provides pilots essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, making the 407GX an ideal aircraft for flying in challenging, diverse environments, such as the arid deserts and mountainous terrain of Africa.
“The delivery of the first 407GX to Africa is a testament to the commitment we have made to our customers in every corner of the world to provide innovative product solutions and seamless customer support,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. â€œWe look forward to expanding in this region to meet the critical mission needs of operators in Africa,â€ added Maldonado.
The 407GX includesÂ a variety ofÂ operational featuresÂ suchÂ as a choice of maximum internal gross weights, high main rotor clearance (8ft), excellent hover performance, powerful FADEC-controlled engine, comfortable seating for seven and optional Quiet Cruise kit. Blade fold capability, cargo hook andÂ a host of OEM kits and customizing offerings make this aircraft ready for a variety of missions.
The Bell 407GX is backed by Bell Helicopterâ€™s #1 ranked Customer Support and Services. Bell Helicopter offers a global support network with a variety of product and service offerings including maintenance, repair and overhaul, blade repair, customizing, spare parts and forty-five customer support engineers around the globe.