Bell 412 tows world’s largest banner

Bell Helicopter recently announced that a Bell 412, owned by Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, flew along the shore of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while displaying the world’s largest aerial banner in celebration of UAE’s National Day on December 2.

“This is our 5th year of flying this amazing flag – and it seems to get bigger every year,” said A.J. Baker, vice president of Commercial Business at Falcon Aviation Services.

The banner, featuring the UAE national flag, flew above the Abu Dhabi Corniche. It measured more than 50,000 square feet (4,600 square meters) and was visible up to 12 miles (20 kilometers) away.

The FAS banner was the vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and founder of FAS.

“We are honoured to be a part of celebrating the UAE’s 41st National Day,” said Danny Maldonado, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Bell Helicopter. “The Bell 412 is known as a true workhorse, both rugged and reliable; towing the world’s largest aerial banner is one example of the dozens of missions that the Bell 412 performs around the world, due to its outstanding power and payload carrying capability.”

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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