Bell unveils 429WLG at NBAA

The Bell 429WLG has wheeled landing gear.
Bell 429WLG prototype showing wheeled landing gear

Bell 429WLG prototype showing wheeled landing gear

Bell Helicopter reports first order for the Bell 429WLG from Argentinian company Rio Iruya. The aircraft is modified version of the Bell 429, featuring wheeled landing gear in place of traditional skids.

The move to offer a landing gear option comes after requests from customers, according to Danny Maldonado, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Bell Helicopters. “We have listened to several customers who have needed the maneuverability of this option for their missions,” he says.

“The development of the wheeled landing gear will benefit me tremendously while maneuvering through the airports of my city, Buenos Aires, where in many cases helicopters and airplanes share the same landing platform,” says Sebastian Eskenazi, president and CEO of Rio Iruya.

The Argentinian company, which will use the aircraft for corporate and VIP transport, signed the firm order at the NBAA in Las Vegas this week.

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: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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