• Bell 412EPI EMS helicopter. (Bell Helicopters)
    Bell 412EPI EMS helicopter. (Bell Helicopters)

Hawker Pacific has confirmed the Bell 412EPI Helicopter, the newly upgraded version of the 412EP, is now compliant with single pilot, Category “A” operations for elevated helipads.

Bell Helicopter unveiled the 412EPI model at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, which improves on the 412EP with the Bell BasiX ProTM fully integrated glass flight deck and Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines. The aircraft has a 15% increase in shaft horse power (SHP).

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services Group said: “We have just had confirmation from Bell that the 412EPI is now compliant with single pilot, Category A operations for elevated helipads – which means almost no mission or operating environment is beyond reach for the 412EPI. The new certification further adds to the aircraft’s incredible appeal and capability as a special mission, off shore and emergency medical services (EMS) aircraft.”

“It is timely that we kick-off a regional demonstration tour so soon after its release in the US, and in time for the 25th Scientific Meeting of the Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA) and Flight Nurses Australia (FNA) in Melbourne. Australia represents a solid market for EMS, special mission and utility helicopters, and the 412 is valued by operators and crew alike for its outstanding performance, ease of maintenance and overall reliability.

"We’re excited to present this aircraft to the local industry so they can see first-hand the significant improvements to this already well respected aircraft.”

The Bell BasiX ProTM avionic system features four 10.4” high-resolution LCD primary/multi-function display units in an easy-to-scan layout. The system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of twin-engine helicopters and is optimized for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations. The avionics suite also includes high-resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links.

The ASA+FNA conference runs from August 28-30 and Hawker Pacific will have a 412EPI on hand for demonstration flights.

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