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Bell provides 429 product performance update

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week gave a 429 program update that provided the most recent performance data accumulated during the on-going flight test program.  

"As we work our way through all the required test points established in our flight test program, we continue to be pleased with what the data is telling us. Without exception we are exceeding every preliminary performance goal we set going into the program," said Neil Marshall, director of program management for the 429.  

The 429's maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (Vh) has improved from 142 to 147 knots with skid gear. Maximum range at Vh has increased from 312nm (578km) to 332nm (615km), Virc (long range cruise) range has increased from 350nm (648km) to 364nm (674km) and maximum endurance from 3.8 to 4 hours. The 429's HIGE has grown from 11,000 ft (3353 m) to 14,200 ft (4328 m) and HOGE from 9,300 ft (2835m) to 11,300 ft (3444 m).  

"The aircraft is proving to have excellent ride quality and the lowest take-off and approach noise level of its class," added Marshall. "It has outstanding Cat "A" performance and exceptional center of gravity envelope."  

Standard specifications show the cabin volume has grown from 200 cu ft (5.7 kg) to 204 cu ft (5.8 Kg) while empty weight has increased by 60 lbs, reducing the useful load from 2700 lb to 2640 lb.  

 

Press release issued by Bell Helicopter Textron (Canada) on February 22, 2009

 

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