Bell 412EPI gets all-clear for elevated helipads

Bell’s 412EPI helicopter, the newly upgraded version of the 412EP, is now compliant with single pilot Category “A” operations for elevated helipads.

This compiance means “almost no mission or operating environment is beyond reach for the 412EPI”, says Tony Jones, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services Group for Hawker Pacific, Bell Helicopter’s appointed distributor for Australia and New Zealand.

“The new certification further adds to the aircraft’s incredible appeal and capability as a special mission, offshore and emergency medical services (EMS) aircraft,” he adds.

Hawker Pacific is to bring a new 412EPI demonstrator to Australia in August to coincide with the 2013 ASA+FNA Aeromedical Conference to be held in Melbourne on August 28-30. It will be available for demonstration flights.

The 412EPI, unveiled at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, improves on the 412EP with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck – which features four 10.4in high-resolution LCD primary/multi-function flight information display units – and incorporates Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines with the BLR Strake and FastFin System. The aircraft, Bell says, has a 15 percent increase in Shaft Horse Power (SHP), enabling improved performance and single-engine capabilities.

The avionics suite also includes high-resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links.

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