November 10, 2017 – Bell Helicopter has announced that Mercy Flight Inc has signed an agreement for the purchase of three additional Bell 429 helicopters to add to the Mercy fleet.
“Mercy Flight and Bell Helicopter have shared a rich history since they started their business more than 35 years ago using a Bell 206 Jet Ranger,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North America. “Today, Mercy Flight remains one of the few non-profit providers of air and ground medical transport services and we are proud to continue to support their mission.”
Mercy Flight, which was established in 1981 has completed over 27,000 patient transports over the last thirty-six years. Mercy Flight provides twenty-four-hour care servicing all of Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas.
“Mercy Flight’s decision to upgrade their existing fleet to all Bell 429’s reflects both the tremendous capabilities of the aircraft and the unrivaled support Bell Helicopter is known for,” said Ron Orndoff, regional sales manager, North America. “Its fleet of four aircraft will bring the total to 21 Bell 429s operating in the Northeast U.S., representing every mission segment.”
The Bell 429 is popular with Mercy Flight due in part to the model being the only light twin helicopter in the market with true two litter capability. Apart from the ability to transport two patients, there is enough cabin space in the 429 to support two medical attendants along with two flight crew members. The 429 also features a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system, a well rated SBAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability. The 429 was also the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process which resulted in reduced maintenance cost for operators. The spacious cabin of the 429 also features 60-inch sliding doors as well as having IFR capability certified for single or dual pilot operations.
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