Mercy Flight's Bell 429. Photo courtesy of Bell
Bell delivered three Bell 429s to Buffalo, New York-based Mercy Flight Inc. for emergency medical service (EMS) operations.
Founded in 1981, Mercy is a nonprofit provider of air and ground medical transport servicing western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
The nonprofit announced its intention to purchase the three additional helicopters in November 2017. The 429s join the service's existing fleet of one Bell 429. The 429s will replace four MBB/Kawasaki BK 117s.
The twin-engine 429 can carry two litters and provides enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. It has a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) navigation and instrument flight rules (IFR) capability.
“The Bell 429 is an incredible platform, and we are proud to add three additional aircraft to our current fleet as we strive to continue our mission of saving lives and improving outcomes for many more years to come,” said Doug Baker, president of Mercy Flight. “The core of our business is crew and patient safety, and the Bell 429 has proven performance and reliability in demanding situations.”