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Hawker Pacific Confirms Bell 412EPI Compliance, Australian Demo

  • Hawker Pacific announces Bell 412EPI Helicopter compliance with single pilot, Category A operations for elevated helipads 
  • Australian demonstration of the 412EPI in August 2013 

Hawker Pacific, leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, today confirmed the Bell 412EPI Helicopter, the newly upgraded version of the412EP, is now compliant with single pilot, Category “A” operations for elevated helipads. Hawker Pacific will bring a new 412EPI demonstrator to Australia in August to coincide with the upcoming2013 ASA+FNA Aeromedical Conference in Melbourne. The aircraft will also be available for demonstration flights. 

Manufacturer, Bell Helicopter, unveiled the 412EPI model at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, which improves on the 412EP with the Bell BasiX ProTM fully integrated glass flight deck and incorporates Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T-9 Twin Pac® engines with the BLR Strake and FastFin System. The aircraft has a 15% increase in Shaft Horse Power (SHP), enabling improved performance and exceptional single-engine capabilities. 

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services Group said: “We have just had confirmation from Bell that the 412EPI is now compliant with single pilot,Category A operations for elevated helipads – which means almost no mission or operating environment is beyond reach for the 412EPI. The new certification further adds to the aircraft’s incredible appeal and capability as a special mission, off shore and emergency medical services(EMS) aircraft.” 

“It is timely that we kick-off a regional demonstration tour so soon after its release in the US, and in time for the 25th Scientific Meeting of the Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA) and Flight Nurses Australia (FNA), 28-30th August in Melbourne. Australia represents a solid market for EMS, special mission and utility helicopters, and the 412 is valued by operators and crew alike for its outstanding performance, ease of maintenance and overall reliability. We’re excited to present this aircraft to the local industry so they can see first-hand the significant improvements to this already well respected aircraft.” 

“The Bell 412 has a solid history, with over 4.5million flight hours, and remains the most mission flexible medium helicopter. It is reliable, backed by the Bell Helicopter legionary customer support, and is very competitively priced,” Tony Jones concluded. 

The Bell 412EPI offers a rugged airframe built with safety in mind, as well as upgraded engines that provide 15% more horsepower than the Bell 412EP. The Bell BasiX ProTMsystem features four 10.4” high-resolution LCD primary/multi-function 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 optimised fo, 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.

Hawker Pacific is the appointed distributor for Bell Helicopter products throughout Australia and New Zealand. Follow @Hawker Pacific on Twitter for the latest news and updates from Hawker Pacific.

Notes to Editor:

1. Hawker Pacific is a market leader in integrated civil and military aerospace sales and product support in South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East and is one of the largest independent companies of its type in the region with nearly 600 employees. The company’s Asian operations include established businesses in Singapore, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Hawker Pacific represents some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, including Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter and Diamond Aircraft. Hawker Pacific is also a primary dealer in used aircraft with networks to source, acquire and trade aircraft globally.

Hawker Pacific is also Australia’s premier fixed base operator (FBO) with a network of facilities in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore, Perth, Shanghai and Malaysia. The company’s FBOs offer VIP services and crew facilities, 24/7 on demand aircraft charter from a modern aircraft fleet, flight operations and total aircraft management. 

Hawker Pacific’s product support activities include structural modification and support services to a wide range of fixed wing aircraft and helicopter for corporate, charter, defence and special mission operators throughout the region. Other services include aircraft, component and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, special mission aircraft modifications, design engineering, avionics parts and service, plus the provision of spare parts, exchange rotables and equipment sales. 

Hawker Pacific holds the highest certification levels and accreditations including CASA,EASA and FAA certification, ISO 9001 Bureau Veritas accreditation, plus OEM customer /airworthiness approvals by 26 major global suppliers and civil and military regulatory authorities. These set the company apart from most others operating in the region, giving it a capacity to deliver complex special mission modifications for both civil and military customers. 

The company’s customers include airlines, commuter, corporate, general aviation, helicopter and special mission operators, governments and the military. 

2. Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognised for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

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For more information please contact: 

Tony Jones
Chief Operating Officer – Asia
Mobile: +65 9725 0083
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Web: www.hawkerpacific.com

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David Mair
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