Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.

Front page

Bell 429 achieves certification

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. First deliveries are scheduled to begin this month.  

"This is an outstanding helicopter and one that is really resonating with our customers," said Dick Millman, president and CEO of Bell.  "I am extremely proud of the Bell team for the work they have done to create the 429 and I believe this is just the start of many great things we will see coming out of Bell Helicopter in the years to come."  

"The 429 is the kind of product that will energize the marketplace," said Bob Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Business Development and Commercial Programs.  "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 greater than 20 percent – better 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.  

"We are delivering an aircraft that is absolutely on target for our customers," said Neil Marshall, Bell's 429 program director.  "We felt it was critical to deliver on our promise and I'm proud to say we didn't compromise."   

With 30 percent greater cabin volume than any other competitor in its class, Bell is confident that the 429 will be well received by the market.  In fact, since Bell first announced the 429, over 300 letters of intent have been received making the 429 the most anticipated new helicopter launched in recent history.  Over the next several months Bell will be working with its customers to convert these letters of intent into firm binding orders.  

"My organization will be ready from day one with the kind of support, spares and services that the vertical lift industry has come to expect from Bell Helicopter," said Danny Maldonado, senior vice president of Customer Support and Chief Services Officer for Bell.  

Bell is known throughout the industry as the premier provider of customer support and service and has developed pilot and maintenance training courses for the 429 to ensure its smooth introduction into the operating community.     

Press release issued by Bell Helicopter Textron (Canada) on July 1, 2009


 Contact details from our directory:
Pratt & Whitney Canada Turboshaft Engines, Turboprop Engines, Auxiliary Power Units, Turbofan Engines, Compressors, Engine Parts
Bell Helicopter Textron (Canada) Airframer


 Related aircraft programs:
Bell 429 GlobalRanger


 Related directory sectors:

Enhanced listings:

Beckwood Press
Your single source for aerospace forming equipment. Manufacturer of Triform Sheet hydroforming presses.

United Performance Metals
A global distributor and processor of titanium products for over 40 years, and a leading supplier to the aerospace industry

Samuel, Son & Co.
Looking for a quality metals supplier? Samuel can provide Aircraft Quality metals that meet Commercial and Military specifications

The leading provider of heat treatment services worldwide. Bodycote offers high quality, reliable and cost-effective services to manufacturers whatever their size or market sector.

MW Industries, Inc
Design and manufacture springs, fasteners and related products for aerospace including: engine components, flight controls, propulsion, landing gear, interiors, avionics, and space exploration vehicles.

See our advertising tariff.


Monthly page limit exceeded. Please buy a subscription.

© Copyright of Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2016. Terms & Conditions of reading.