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Bell 407GX. Photo courtesy Bell Helicopter.

Bell delivers first 407GX helicopter with enhanced safety features to India

Bell Helicopter, has made the first delivery to an Indian customer of the Bell 407GX. SpanAir, the country’s leading air charter company which specialises in customized travel options, is the proud recipient.

Built on the proven and well respected 407 platform the 407GX features the first integrated Garmin G1000H™ flight deck which provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and increased safety. The flight deck’s high resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display information, including Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System (HTAWS), Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology™, Traffic Information Systems and more. The 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.

As Capt. S.K. Mallik of Spanair explains the helicopter has specific safety features to avoid CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) accidents. A CFIT accident resulted in the death of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Bell 407HX helicopter. Photo courtesy Bell Helicopter.
Bell 407HX helicopter. Photo courtesy Bell Helicopter.

SpanAir is a long standing customer of Bell. Its first aircraft was a Bell 407, in 1996; one year after SpanAir was established. Since then, the company has also added a Bell 429.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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