Nonprofit helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operator CareFlite has placed an order for four Bell 407GX helicopters. CareFlite also flies AgustaWestland AW109s and Bell 222s, in addition to a fixed-wing service using a King Air 90.
Interior view of the Garmin G1000H panel on the Bell 407GX. Photos courtesy of Bell
The 407GX, which carries up to six passengers, comes with Garmin G1000H avionics, helicopter synthetic vision technology, terrain avoidance/H-TAWS, traffic information and other “safety performance” systems that are crucial for air medical providers, according to Danny Maldonado, executive vice president of commercial sales and marketing.
Exterior view of the Bell 407GX.
Established in 1979, CareFlite provides HEMS coverage for a 150-mile radius surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth – including the cities of Waco and Wichita Falls – from northeastern Texas to south central Oklahoma. The Grand Prairie-based air medical unit’s five bases are at Harris Fort Worth Hospital (TE30), Dallas Medical Center (XS97), Denton Regional Hospital (TX50/TS58), Frisco Fire Department and Granbury Municipal Airport (GDJ). Bell plans to deliver the helicopters during 2013.
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