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US regulator approves Bell 407GXi

Bell has secured US validation for the 407GXi, and in late October handed over the first example of the upgraded light-single to Chilean operator Eagle Copters, which will use the rotorcraft for corporate transportation missions.

The Textron-owned company unveiled the 407GXi at the Heli-Expo convention in February, having already secured Canadian certification the previous month for the six-seat type. It is the fourth iteration of the 407 since it was introduced in 1996.

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The 407GXi features an upgraded Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 engine with a dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system – the first application for this class of helicopter – and a Garmin G1000H NXi integrated, digital flightdeck.

Bell says of the 1,465 examples of the 407-series in service today, 533 aircraft are used for corporate transportation, 339 in a utility application, 241 for helicopter emergency medical services, 240 in a law enforcement/parapublic role and 112 in support of the energy sector.

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