The enhancements are now available for new commercial aircraft and retrofittable across legacy commercial aircraft and can be seen at Bell’s booth (1231). They are as follows:
Bell 505 Jet Ranger X: The Garmin G1000H NXi Flight Deck is now standard equipment for 2020 production aircraft or available for retrofit on existing Bell 505s, delivering enhanced situational awareness and reduced pilot workload.
Bell 407GXi: Following FAA certification for single-pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Bell Autopilot – 3rd Axis, the Bell 407GXi's new IFR capability, allows all-weather operations while continuing to provide multi-mission capabilities reliably and effectively.
Bell is growing our aftermarket service offerings and global presence
Bell is the first OEM to certify a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for a light single-engine aircraft. HUMS monitoring covers drive system, engine, rotors, and it provides estimates of remaining useful life to help bring predictability to maintenance needs.
The Precise Flight Pulselite system will now be included as standard equipment on all new Bell 407GXi aircraft. When enabled, the Pulselite system alternately pulses the landing and taxi lights to enhance the visibility of the aircraft to traffic and birds. It has a direct impact on reducing the number of bird strikes and is available by Bell as an aftermarket installation.
Bell 429 and Bell SUBARU 412EPX: All Bell Subaru Bell 412EPX and Bell 429 aircraft now feature the second-generation BasilXPro avionic suites produced by Astronautics. The new Avionics come with several enhancements, most notably being nearly three pounds lighter per display unit, lower power consumption, expanded route mapping with five levels of declutter and a two-second power-up time.
A new executive interior option is also available for the Bell 429.
Bell 525 Relentless: the first production-representative Bell 525, fitted with an oil-and-gas interior will make its first Heli-Expo debut.
Susan Griffin, Executive Vice-President, Commercial Business, commented on the enhancements: “Bell is committed to incorporating the latest technologies into our products to further improve the performance, cost of operations and support the lifecycle of aircraft. Ensuring we have the newest developments on board is core to our business and we are proud to offer newly certified solutions this year across our current product line. As we continue to invest in new technologies, Bell is growing our aftermarket service offerings and global presence.”