Bell 429 receives Chinese airworthiness certificate

Bell 429Bell Helicopter announced
that it has received its airworthiness certificate from the Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) for the Bell
429. The certification follows the first complete assembly and successful
flight testing of a 429 at a CAAC 145 service facility.

“We are very excited to
see the first operational and serviceable Bell
429 in China.
This is an important milestone for the Bell
429 and for Bell Helicopter as we continue to expand our presence in the Asia
Pacific region,” said Eric Cardinali, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice
president of customer support and services.”

“We constantly strive
to provide solutions to our operators’ growing training needs,” added
Cardinali. “Part of that solution is gaining regulatory approvals in order
to provide our customers access to the breadth of training programs provided by
the Bell Training Academy.”

Kingwing General Aviation
Company, a CAAC 145 service facility, completed the first reassembly and flight
testing of a Bell 429 in China. With the CAAC approval of
two Kingwing pilots’ Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) 429 flight
training, Kingwing signed a memorandum of agreement to perform demonstrations
of the aircraft at Airshow China
in November.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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