Bell introduces upgrade programme for the Bell 412EPI helicopter

Bell Helicopter announces an upgrade programme to increase the operational flexibility of the Bell 412EPI.
Bell 412EPI flying

Bell 412EPI flying

Bell Helicopter has introduced an upgrade programme that will focus on further testing and improvements of the Bell 412EPI’s Category A certification to provide increased operational flexibility for CAT A Part B procedures with respect to elevated heliports as well as the use of circular and rectangular elevated heliports.

Danny Maldonado, executive vice president for sales and marketing at Bell Helicopter, said: “The Bell 412 is already the backbone of mission-critical helicopter operations around the world, which is why we are working closely with our customers to make sure we best meet their constantly evolving needs.”

“The Bell 412 fleet has already logged more than 4.5 million flight hours while consistently demonstrating its reliability in challenging environments, but these upgrades will give our customers the increased operational flexibility and expanded mission capabilities needed to take on even more demanding missions in the future,” Maldonado added.

The Bell 412EPI upgrade programme will commence in November 2013 with the first completion scheduled for first quarter 2014. The first deliveries of the upgraded helicopter will begin in 2014.

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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