China approves gross weight increase on Bell 429
Bell Helicopter announced that China has approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 at Airshow China 2012. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) approval makes China the twelfth country to endorse the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada’s certification.
“The approval of the Bell 429 gross weight increase in China allows Bell Helicopter to better serve the multi-mission needs of our customers in China,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Our customers need to get the most out of our helicopters in their everyday operations and this decision will allow them to better perform vital missions safely and efficiently.”
Transport Canada approved operation of the Bell 429 at 3,400 kg (7,500 lbs) in January 2012. The increased gross weight of the Bell 429 was driven by customer requirements for an increased load, which dramatically enhances the aircraft’s capabilities.
The Bell 429 increased gross weight has been approved by a total of twelve countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam – to date.
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