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Hawker Pacific Secures Interest In Bell's New Short Light Single Helicopter

Bell Helicopter's new Short Light Single (SLS) helicopter product is already proving immensely popular in the region, with Hawker Pacific – the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East – pleased to report strong forward interest in Australia and New Zealand, well before the helicopter becomes available in the market.

The brand new product sees Bell’s return to the SLS engine market and has been designed based on input from a customer advisory council. According to Bell, the design focus has been on costs and useful load, which Hawker Pacific says has contributed to its overwhelming reception. The five-seat entry-level helicopter is expected to complete its first flight in 2014 with certification to follow shortly after.

Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific’s Senior Vice President, Aircraft Sales Group said: “There just isn’t another aircraft in the world that is so well-suited to our requirements here, which is why we are extremely excited about its arrival, and so are our customers. While the customer base for light single helicopters is spread right across the globe, there is a healthy appetite in Australia/New Zealand, and with the price point just right, the market is understandably excited.”

“It’s evident that Bell has really listened to what the market wants and needs, and that the aircraft is a culmination of serious research and development efforts to come up with the right product, at the right price, at the right time. Our team on the ground is anticipating that interest will ramp up as further details are released by Bell prior to the first flight.” 

“The SLS represents an exhilarating future for helicopters, and Bell is leading the technological evolution to make that future a reality. In addition to the new SLS aircraft, Bell continues to make announcements of model improvements and additions to their range. It’s exciting times and we are proud to represent Bell Helicopter in Australia and New Zealand. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship as we support their products and expand our operations across the region.” 

The new Bell SLS helicopter will be powered by a Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC), this will offer the benchmark for performance and power. With its forward facing seats, superb visibility and a fully integrated glass flight-deck for improved safety, this aircraft is destined to be a class leader.

Additional safety enhancing design features will reduce pilot workload, improve situational awareness and deliver superior auto rotation capabilities. The combination of capabilities, performance characteristics and value will be backed by Bell Helicopter's industry-leading service and support. The new helicopter is expected to achieve first flight in 2014. Bell Helicopter will continue to release key information about the product and suppliers throughout its development.

Hawker Pacific is now taking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to reserve delivery positions of the new SLS helicopter. For more information, please contact Mathew Hardy on +61 (0) 404 886 810 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hawker Pacific is the appointed distributor for Bell Helicopter products throughout Australia and New Zealand. 

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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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