Bell 429: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Helicopter Guide

A Bell 429 helicopter in flight.

The Bell 429 can be used for airborne law enforcement, search and rescue, offshore, executive and EMS missions. It is a larger cabin version of the Bell 427 helicopter and can accommodate a stretcher and has the option of having rear clamshell doors.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Offshore, Executive, EMS

First delivery: 2009

World fleet: 38 (as May 2011)

Category: Twin Engine


Maximum speed (Vne): 155 kts 287 km/hr

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 150 kts 278 km/hr

Hover ceiling, In-Ground Effect (TOP): 14,132 ft 4,307 m

Hover ceiling, Out-of-Ground Effect (TOP): 11,282 ft 3,439 m

Service ceiling: 20,000 ft 6,096 m

Maximum Range at Long Range Cruise: 407 nm/754 km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff gross weight/Standard Internal gross weight: 7,000 lb 3,175 kg

Empty weight: 4,487 lb 2.035 kg

Useful load, standard: 2,513 lb 1,140 kg

Passengers (crew): Seven (one pilot)