Venezuela validates heavier Bell 429

                      Bell 429

Bell Helicopter announced that the Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) has validated the Bell 429 helicopter to operate in Venezuela.

Additionally INAC has endorsed the operation of the Bell 429 at the increased gross weight of 3402 kg (7,500 lbs.). This approval, based on Transport Canada’s certification, makes Venezuela the thirteenth country to endorse the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429.

“Venezuela’s validation is an important milestone for the Bell 429. We’re excited to offer customers in Venezuela a superior product that can meet their challenging mission demands,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “From the Caribbean coast line to the Amazon Basin and across the Andes Mountains, the performance boost of the increased gross weight will allow customers to fully utilize the capabilities of the Bell 429 to carry more fuel and vital equipment.”

To date, The Bell 429 increased gross weight has been approved by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.

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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