Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 412EPI to Chongqing General Aviation (CQGA). The helicopter is the first certified Bell 412 type aircraft to operate in China and will be used for fire-fighting missions.
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A delivery ceremony was held at Bell Helicopter’s customization and delivery center in Piney Flats, Tenn. on April 22.
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Established in April 2012 by the Chongqing General Aviation Group (CGAG), CQGA’s business scope includes tourism, air ambulance, forestry support, aerial advertising, agriculture support, aerial photography, VIP flights, law enforcement support, firefighting and charters. With a 43,000 sq. ft. CAAC part 145 certified maintenance facility, CQGA offers non-specialized maintenance capabilities for Bell 407 aircraft. The company is working towards becoming a Bell Helicopter Customer Support Facility, with a long-term goal is to be the largest provider of third party helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services in China.
The new Bell 412 EPI was outfitted with a fire-fighting water tank, Bambi bucket, hoist, cargo hook, radar altimeter and search light, and will join CQGA’s fleet of aircraft that also includes two Bell 407GX helicopters.
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