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Bell 429 explores East African market with NAC

As the independent representative for Bell Helicopters in 13 African countries, NAC’s Helicopter Sales division was an ideal travelling partner for Bell Flight when it took its model 429 helicopter on a recent demo tour through East Africa. The tour offered operators and potential buyers in the region the opportunity to experience the 429 for the first time, up close and on their own turf.

With the help of NAC’s Gary Phillips, Bell Flight showcased the impressive capability of the 429 to government and private helicopter enthusiasts in three East African countries, namely Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

The 429 can comfortably accommodate seven passengers, plus the pilot and boasts a maximum cruising speed of 150 knots, with a range of 411 nautical miles. In addition, the 429 model offers BasixPro software, which makes calculations for the pilot, further enhancing its safety and ease of operation.  

The particular aircraft that took part in the demo tour was equipped with the VVIP interior package, making it ideal for corporate or government customers, but the Bell 429 is also suited to everything from police and HEMS use, to carrying out ocean missions for the Energy industry. To ensure maximum flexibility, the 429 has the option of either wheel or skid landing gear.

The Bell 429 performed incredibly well throughout its demo tour and received highly positive feedback from all of the passengers who flew in it.

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