The Bell 407 GXi is one of three machines that were contracted for in 2019, and has been outfitted with all the latest avionics, lights and cameras by Bell’s plant in Prague, Czech Republic.
The helicopter has been fitted with a day and night optoelectronic Trakka TC-300, system operator's position, image recorder, moving digital map system, wireless image transmission to terrestrial receivers, and a remote-controlled Trakka A800 searchlight. The system enables detection, identification and tracking of vehicles, at the same time estimating and providing their speed, which, together with the transmission system, enables not only the recording of offenses, but also the intervention of ground patrols with verified data, enhancing the safety of first responders.
Digital avionics are led by Garmin’s G1000NCi Integrated Flight Deck, and power comes courtesy of a Rolls-Royce FADEC (full authority digital control) engine.
The next generation
The Bell 407 is based on the Bell 206, already operated by the Polish police, with the most important features being a larger cabin, four-bladed rotor and new drive unit.
In June, Bell announced the launch of a new program for buyers of Bell commercial aircraft, including the Bell 505, Bell 407GXi, Bell 429, and SUBARU Bell 412EPX. Under the program, Bell will include a one-year subscription to Garmin® OnePak™ database bundles and the Garmin Pilot™ app as part of each new aircraft purchase. Database Concierge, the wireless transfer of aviation database information, alleviates the burden of database management by using a mobile device running Garmin Pilot to automatically transfer databases to the aircraft avionics.