HelicopterBuyer sells Bell 412 for CareFlight

HelicopterBuyer has sold a Bell 412 (S/N: 33019, Reg: VH-XCN) behalf of CareFlight Group from Brisbane, Australia.

The aircraft will be converted from an EMS role to a mountain rescue role before delivery to Heli-Austria.

“We believe the sale of the Bell 412 is a part of a trend we have been seeing as utility operators are looking for medium helicopter alternatives that offer multi-role capability, increased speed, smoother ride, greater external load capability, and better long-term OEM support.” said Mark Clancy, president, HelicopterBuyer, “HelicopterBuyer specialises, in large part, in the Bell 412’s and we expect to see this trend continue.”

“Our buyer has developed creative ways to reduce empty weight and improve lift capacity; increase high/hot performance with the installation of the BLR Fast Fin and Strake; and improve safety with one-engine inoperative (OEI) performance with the installation of PT6T-3DF engines,” added Clancy.

Heli-Austria, developed the PT6T-3DF Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) installation for the early model “classic” Bell 412’s.

“The improvements Heli-Austria has made to lighten the empty weight with strong PT6T-3DF engine margins allow our Bell 412 to outperform the Bell 212 and 205A-1 in many high altitude environments and circumstances.” said Roy Knaus, president, Heli-Austria.

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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