Bell Helicopter distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Hawker Pacific, is undertaking a demonstration tour in the two countries of a Bell 429 helicopter in emergency medical service (EMS) configuration. The tour is the first time the region has seen the type in EMS configuration and comes as operators in Australia and New Zealand expand and upgrade their fleets in the face of increased demand for their services.
The helicopter is in New Zealand from August 11 to 21, after which it will head to Australia (September 1 to 19), demonstrating to potential buyers and EMS operators.
Hawker Pacific believes the type is ideally suited to the local EMS market, with its large flexible cabin, extra-large 60 inch side doors, handling characteristics and low cost of operation. The 5.78 m3 contiguous cabin can accommodate two patients and two medical crew, one patient and up to three medical crew or a neonatal EMS unit and up to three medical crew.
“The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability, featuring enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members,” says Tony Jones, chief operating officer of Hawker Pacific.
The helicopter also offers exceptional flight performance, he says, pointing to its fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability, as well as reduced maintenance costs.
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