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03-06-2008 10:09 PM  10 years agoPost 1
bcopters500

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How about a Vario version?

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03-06-2008 10:13 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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Man, that thing is beautiful!

I saw the prototype mock-up at Bell School last year, very cool!

Gaui Greatness X7, X5, NX4, X3

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03-06-2008 11:36 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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so when u commin 2 dfw to give me a ride lol... nice copter, you should fly that thing to southern rotary classic lol

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03-07-2008 12:53 AM  10 years agoPost 4
bcopters500

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Bell 429
It has lots of ROOM Alot! Like it goes all the way to the rear aft. Most likely Corporate and EMS. Very quiet! Can you upload movies at this web site? Have some vids of it flying!
I like the little Brother 427, Very Aerodymic looking!

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03-26-2008 11:37 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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It's such a beautiful heli!

If you can do it, I can do it better...and inverted :o)

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03-26-2008 11:59 PM  10 years agoPost 6
MAVRICK

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Hay can I have a ride huh huh huh bbbuuuddddyyy pweeezzzz

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03-29-2008 01:54 AM  10 years agoPost 7
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the 429 is definately a nice machine. Its cool seeing the strain gauges and equipment still installed on the machine. Im sure that in about a year or so, you will see that machine sitting at Alliance Airport in Ft Worth at the Bell training academy. That seems to be where most of the prototypes wind up resting at.

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04-15-2008 11:13 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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I am at Bell helicopter right now going through the 427 ground school. they said that the 429 should be ready the end of the year.

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04-16-2008 12:58 AM  10 years agoPost 9
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pretty impressive facility they have there. I spent 2 weeks there going through the 206L field maintenance course and learned a bit while I was there. I was hoping to get into the 407 sim at some point, but it was down for work. They did let me play in the el cheapo sim, which was quite entertaining for someone with no rating. It was a good time all around.

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04-17-2008 05:47 PM  10 years agoPost 10
torque

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they have all the sims up and running now. they don't have the 429 sim in yet. my company is thinking about getting a 429 but wish they would just keep the 427. i personally don't like the looks of the 429. bell's maintenace program is impressive.

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04-18-2008 02:15 PM  10 years agoPost 11
torque

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well yesterday while looking around at Bell, i found a full scale mockup of a 429. i was wrong. that machine looks great. there is lots of room in side. nice spacious cocpit. it had fairing on the landing gear instead of just the plain tubes. the heli was set up in a medivac configuration. very nice.

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04-19-2008 04:52 PM  10 years agoPost 12
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Yeah its not too bad. The first couple of times I saw pictures I thought the front reminded me of a BK117 or EC 145, but the tail is completely different. The mock up is pretty nice and I think it will do well in the EMS sector. There is quite a bit of room inside there, making is better suited for EMS than really any previous models bell had put out. It should definately give EC a run for its money. The 427 was a good looking ship too, but they screwed the pooch when they didnt make the cabin large enough to accept a stretcher and limited the configuration capabilities of it. The one at school was the first one I really got to see up close and climb around on. While it looks a lot like the 407, they really changed the way the cabin and fuse was structured and the transmission in that thing is huge (compared to a 206 or 407 trans anyway). Its sad to see its downfall so soon, along with the 430 and the 206B. I didnt think they would ever halt production on the Jetranger... .suprise suprise.

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04-19-2008 07:34 PM  10 years agoPost 13
torque

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theotherstlrep,

i got in behind the 429 and checked out the clam shell doors. Bell is going to have to raise the aircraft so the ems people can get under the tail boom well enought to slide the cot up and it. i flew an EC-135 and it had fair space under the tail boom to the ground and they still complained, the 429 is alot shorter. i liked the cockpit. it was nice and big. the one Bell, instructor and i were talking about how stubby the tail boom is compaired to the total aircraft. any how it is nice.

your right about the nice beefy transmission in the 427 compaired to the 407. the 427 flies great with only one engine.

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04-20-2008 12:01 AM  10 years agoPost 14
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yeah, I know what you mean about the height and length of the tailboom. I noticed that myself when I was there and saw the machine, it is fairly low to the ground. Im not sure what they are going to do about that. It may just wind up being a quark of the aircraft that EMS crews are going to have to deal with. Sure they will complain, but then no matter what the aircraft is, they will always find something to complain about.

It will be interesting to see how it does once it hits the market. My boss has one on order, but I doubt we will ever take delivery of it. (he makes a pretty penny buying production slots early on and then selling them close to the delivery dates) Its just not something we can utilize. We are strictly and ENG vendor and I cant think of a single station out there thats willing to pay for a medium twin. A light twin MAYBE, but doubtful. The NBC station in NY purchased an EC 135 and touted its safety and reliabilty due to having two engines... Within 6 months of having the ship, it made an unscheduled landing in a river when I believe it was the driveshaft came apart on it. So much for the twin engine safety argument. Anyhow, we actually have that contract now and they are flying a brand new (well, it was brand new when they got it) 206L4 and seem to be doing well with it. 206s, 407s and the Astars are the ships for our market. We havent been dealing with the Astars long, but I have a feeling thats the next round of schooling I will be attending, American Eurocopter AS350 field maintenance course. Oh joy.

Eric Chandler

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04-20-2008 12:15 AM  10 years agoPost 15
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i know the ec-135 would not fly away with one engine, the 427 will. it is transmission limited. the 429 with have an up graded tranny. so it will have even more power. i also have time in a A-star, I DON'T LIKE. they do have nice power and make a nice observation platform. yes i saw the boys at bell turning wrenches, they were hard at it.

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