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Bell 429  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Maiden Flight: 2006
Total Production: 344
Unitary Cost: USD$4.0 million
Also Known As: Bell 429WLG and GlobalRanger
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Textron
Parent System: Bell 429
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Maiden Flight: 2006
Total Production: 344
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Description: Bell 429, dubbed GlobalRanger, is a light twin-engine helicopter developed to become the new benchmark in its segment market due to its low maintenance costs and reliability. It builds on the legacy of the OH-58, Bell 407 and Bell 427 helicopters. The aircraft is expected to offer greater range, better ergonomics, lower noise, increased speed, improved altitude and larger cabin than competition by utilizing new technologies developed by Bell Helicopter Textron. This aircraft has been specially targeted to corporate and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) market segments.

Two 429 mock-ups were unveiled in February 2005. The Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopter first production deliveries are due late in 2008 (originally first half of 2007) and the airframe certification with both Transport Canada and the FAA in 2008 (originally second half of 2007). It will accommodate up to eight persons (7 passengers + 1 pilot) or 10 persons in a high density configuration (9+1). In addition to an optional wheeled landing gear will feature a high degree of flexibility to conduct a wide range of missions. The Bell 429 first flight was scheduled for the third quarter of 2006.

Bell 429 Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 7
Performance
Max Range: 650 kilometer (351 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,100 shp (821 kW)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 73 mps (142 KTAS)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3.80 hour (228 minute)
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,950 kilogram (4,299 pound)
Payload: 1,225 kilogram (2,701 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Bell 429 News

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Friday, April 28, 2017FMS: Slovakia To Buy Nine Bell 429 Light Utility Helicopters
Wednesday, April 19, 2017Tata Steel Orders Second Bell 429 Helicopter
Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh
Wednesday, April 12, 2017Beijing Yugao Aviation Group Orders a Bell 429 Helicopter
Tuesday, March 7, 2017Arizona Department of Public Safety Signs Purchase Agreement for Bell 429
Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s
Thursday, January 12, 2017Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429 for Medical Operations
Thursday, February 18, 2016Bell Helicopter Wins Contract with Multi Pacific for Two Bell 429s
PT Carpediem Mandiri Signs Agreement for Two Bell 429s
Tuesday, May 26, 2015Bell Helicopter Announces Sale of the First Bell 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russian Customer

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Bangladesh1
Aircraft ordered by Meghna Group (1)
Brazil1
Aircraft ordered by Helisul Air Taxi (1)
China?
Aircraft ordered by Aerochine Aviation (2); Reignwood Group (2); Beijing Yugao Aviation Group (1)
France1
Aircraft ordered by INAER France/Avincis Group (1)
India?
Aircraft ordered by Tata Steel (2)
Indonesia?
Aircraft ordered by PT SMAC (3); PT. Carpediem Mandiri (2), Indonesia National Police (2)
Japan?
Aircraft ordered by Nakanihon Air Service (2)
Kuwait?
Aircraft ordered by Strong Aviation; Kuwait Ministry of Health (2)
Mexico?
Aircraft ordered by the State of Chihuahua (1)
Nigeria?
Aircraft ordered by Nigeria Police Air Wing (2)
Puerto Rico1
Aircraft ordered by Department of Health (1)
Russia?
Aircraft ordered by CBOSS Corporation; Jet Transfer (1); undisclosed customer (1)
Saudi Arabia2
Aircraft ordered by Wallan Aviation (1); Saudi Geological Survey (1)
Sweden7
Aircraft ordered by Swedish National Police (7)
Trinidad and Tobago4
Aircraft ordered by National Operations Centre, Air Division (4)
Turkey20
Aircraft ordered by the Turkish National Police (15); Turkish General Directorate of Forestry (5)
United Kingdom12
Aircraft ordered by Heli-Charter Ltd (1); Avincis Group (10); Wiltshire Air Ambulance (1)
United States of America?
Aircraft ordered by CALSTAR (4); Rotorcraft Leasing Company (2); Mercy Flight (1); Chevron (2); San Juan Regional Medical Center (1); Delaware State Police (2); NYPD (4); Georgia State Patrol (1); Arizona Department of Public Safety (1)

Grand Total 5124
Propulsion Systems
PW207D1/D2x2
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