Bell Helicopter delivers first Bell 429 to NYPD
The New York Police Department has received its first Bell 429 helicopter.
Bell Helicopter announces the delivery of the first Bell 429 to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
The aircraft will be one of four new Bell 429s that will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol in New York City and surrounding jurisdictions.
The Bell 429 was delivered in mid-July and the milestone was celebrated by representatives from the NYPD and Bell Helicopter on 29 July during a special delivery ceremony at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY.
Once the deliveries and trade-ins are complete, the new Bell 429s will operate alongside two Bell 412EPs for a variety of missions, ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and combating terrorism. Delivery of the NYPD’s remaining Bell 429 aircraft is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Deputy Inspector James Coan, commanding officer of the NYPD aviation unit, said: “We are extremely happy with our choice of the Bell 429 twin-engine light helicopter. Thanks to the partnership between Bell Helicopter and Helinet Technologies, this aircraft provides us with perhaps the most advanced law enforcement sensor suite available at this time.”
Bell Helicopter has been a part of the NYPD since 1948 when it delivered a Bell 47, the first Bell helicopter to be used as part of an airborne law enforcement team.
Anthony Moreland, managing director of North American sales at Bell Helicopter, said: “Since we introduced the Bell 429, we have seen the global law enforcement community embrace the unique capabilities of this aircraft for their missions.”
“We look forward to completing our final deliveries in the coming months and then seeing how the NYPD will use these helicopters to best serve the people of New York City,” Moreland added.
The Bell 429 has more cabin space than any other light twin helicopter, with flat flooring and seating for seven passengers and one flight crew.