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Bell-407GXi helicopter delivered to the first client

Dal Kikin
November 15, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) certified the light single-engine Bell-407GXi helicopter, which was first introduced at the end of February at Heli Expo 2018. At the beginning of the year, this aircraft - an improved modification of Bell-407 - was certified by the Department of Transport of Canada.

The first recipient of the new helicopter was the Chilean company Eagle Copters, which already has a significant fleet of Bell helicopters and represents Bell, Robinson and Piper in Chile. The company intends to use the helicopter for corporate purposes.

From its predecessor, the modification differs in the new Garmin G1000H NXi avionics complex, as well as in an upgraded version of the Rolls-Royce M250 engine. The updated Garmin avionics will allow the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless technologies on the helicopter, which will give pilots the opportunity to download flight plans to the helicopter's on-board system directly from their personal mobile devices.

Mr. M. Snyder, a representative of Bell helicopter manufacturing enterprise, is convinced that a more advanced Garmin avionics complex is a new opportunity in terms of using modern wireless data transfer technologies Wi-Fi / Bluetooth. Downloading flight plans, other data through a personal mobile device to the aircraft’s on-board system is no longer a problem.

The new engine for the 407GXi model is equipped with a 2-channel electronic-digital control module. A more sophisticated control system is useful to the pilot if the helicopter, say, is operated at high temperatures, in high-altitude areas. The engineers at Rolls-Royce managed to reduce the specific fuel consumption rate by almost 2 percent, if we draw an analogy with their previous model of the C47B / 8 powerplant (these engines are on 407GXP helicopters).