Jan. 13th, 2011

Bell Helicopter 407: The Sports Car of Commercial Helicopters

Luxury Aircraft: The high-flying Bell 407 is known as the "sports car of helicopters" with its high performance capabilities and spaciously appointed cabin. It is not only a luxury to fly the 407, it is also very functional and diversified. This extraordinary helicopter also can be configured to handle numerous tasks and payloads fluidly.

Powered by the Rolls-Royce M250-C47B turboshaft engine, the 407 has a takeoff gross weight of 5,000 pounds and a hover ceiling, while hauling that same weight, of more than 10,000 feet. The Bell 407 has a maximum cursing speed of 153 mumps and a maximum range of approximately 380 miles.

There is a cabin for the pilot and copilot, and a rear cabin that consists of five overstuffed-style seats with individual seat belts and single-strap shoulder harnesses. While the standard seats are all fabric, all leather seats or leather and fiber seats are optional. The carpet in the cabin is 100 percent wool cut pile. Additional soundproofing also is available, which results in only adding nine pounds of weight to the aircraft.

In May 2010, Bell announced an offering to owners of the 407. They could receive an upgrade that would result in the ability to increase their useful load by more than 400 pounds or to increase their hovering ceiling more than 3,000 feet at no additional cost.

Bell 407 helicopters are in service in more than 51 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.

Source: Bell Helicopter
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