Bell delivers seven Bell 407GXi helicopters to Australia in past 12 months
Bell Textron Inc. has delivered seven Bell 407GXi helicopters to Australian clients operating in various segments during the past 12 months.
Five Bell 407 GXis were delivered to Nautilus Aviation for tourism and utility flights. The other two were sent to an Australian utility company and a corporate customer respectively. There are now more than 20 Bell 407 helicopters operating in Australia.
According to the manufacturer: “Bell proves its mature production and sustainment support capability with more than 1,600 Bell 407s globally, logging 6m flight hours across the fleet and actively performing flight training as well as military, tourism and para-public missions.”
Operating across a number of bases in Northern Australia, Nautilus Aviation flies a mixed fleet of helicopters including, in addition to Bell aircraft, Airbus H125 and H130 and Robinson models.
The helicopter model is equipped with the Garmin G1000H NXi Flight Deck. This is said to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilot workload by delivering easy-to-read information.
Meanwhile, the Bell 407GXi 3-axis autopilot received certification from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. The autopilot decreases pilot workload and helps in the event of pilots flying inadvertently Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).