11-May-2016 Source: HeliHub.com
Bell Helicopter last demonstrated the Bell 412’s capability in 2013 in the region and since then has attracted a number of customers including the Philippine Department of National Defense and the Government of Uttar Pradesh in India. There are currently more than 150 Bell 412 variants operating throughout Asia Pacific across a range of mission segments including VIP, energy, and general utility – proving the operational versatility of the aircraft.
Apart from saying it has departed Singapore, Bell have not (oddly) not provided details of where the demo tour is going, instead trying to encourage those interested to follow the journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and are encouraging people to post photos with the tags #Bell412EPi #DemoTour as well as tagging the location!
The Bell 412EPI improves the Bell 412 platform with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck, providing critical flight information at-a-glance for greater situational awareness and safety. The Bell BasiX Pro system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of twin-engine helicopters and is optimized for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations. The avionics suite also includes high resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links. The Bell 412EPI features the BLR Strake and FastFin system, which modifies the tailboom to optimize airflow and improve handling, safety and lift. Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines are also installed, providing 15% more horsepower than the standard Bell 412.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com