Bell 407: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Helicopter Guide

A Bell 407 helicopter being used for an off-shore mission.

The Bell 407 is a derivative of the Bell 206L4 LongRanger and Bell has since launched the newest civil variant the Bell 407GX. In December 2014,  Transport Canada has certified the Eagle 407HP, which has a Honeywell HTS900 turbine engine instead of the Rolls-Royce C47 turbine fitted in the original Bell 407. Canadian company Eagle Copters are responsible for the modification and expects the FAA and other aviation authorities to validate the change over the next few months.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Offshore, VIP, Corporate, EMS, air ambulance

First delivery: 1996

World fleet:  over 1,000

Category: Single Engine Turbine

List price: $2.54m (2009 list price)


Maximum speed (Vne): 140 kts 259 km/hr

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 133 kts 246 km/hr

Single engine service ceiling: 18,690 ft 5,698 m

Maximum Range: 330 nm/611 km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff gross weight: 6,000 lb 2,722 kg

Empty weight: 2,668 lb 1,210 kg

Useful load, standard: 2,332 lb 1,058 kg

Passengers (crew): Six (one pilot)