FORT WORTH, Texas 27 2009.Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its newest light twin engine helicopter, the 429. Bell has also completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification requirements including avionics systems. First deliveries are scheduled to begin this month.
"The 429 is the kind of product that will energize the marketplace," says Bob Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Business Development and Commercial Programs at Bell. "Its design makes it adaptable for different market segments. Powered by two Pratt-Whitney Canada PW207D1 engines, the 429 has a phenomenally smooth ride and a power-to-weight ratio 20 percent greater than any helicopter in its class."
As part of the 429's development, Bell established multiple customer advisory boards that were consulted throughout the design and manufacturing phase to gather input on what they want in a light twin engine helicopter. The result is a helicopter that meets or exceeds every critical design element identified by the customer boards, company officials say.
"We are delivering an aircraft that is absolutely on target for our customers," says Neil Marshall, Bell's 429 program director.
The 429 has 30 percent greater cabin volume than any other competitor in its class, company officials say.