Bell Helicopter used the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exposition as the backdrop to introduce a version of its 429 with wheeled landing gear. The “429 WLG,” as it has been dubbed, is similar in design and appearance to the legacy 429, which was launched in 2009. The primary difference is the addition of a tricycle-style landing gear similar to those found on the Bell 430 and 222.
Bell 429 WLG at NBAA. Photo by Ernie Stephens
By adding retractable landing gear, the aircraft “is now able to taxi, giving [operators] the freedom of landing in a greater variety of conditions,” said Danny Maldonado, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Bell. “It also slightly increases the aircraft’s cruise speed, thanks to a reduction in drag.”
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