LAS VEGAS, 5 March 2013. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT), introduced the Bell 412EPI, an upgrade incorporating the Bell BasiX Pro integrated glass flight deck and the Bell 412EP platform.
The new Bell 412EPI is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines and the BLR Strake and FastFin System, designed to improve performance by as much as 1,410 pounds of payload capacity.
“We’ve added value through increased performance and situational awareness to this already reliable aircraft,” according to Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter executive vice president, sales and marketing. “The benefits of these flight deck upgrades have been proven onboard the Bell 429 and now we can offer Bell 412 customers coupled WAAS approach capability, a Power Situation Indicator, on screen performance calculations and a touch screen GPS interface provided by the Garmin GTN-750. The Bell 412EPI is a workhorse for everything from law enforcement to oil and gas transport, ideal for any mission requiring power and performance.”
The Bell 412EPI offers a rugged airframe built with safety in mind, as well as upgraded engines that provide 15 percent more horsepower than the Bell 412EP. The Bell BasiX Pro system features four 10.4-inch, high-resolution LCD primary/multifunction display units for vital flight information 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.