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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bell Helicopter Delivers 429 to Saudi Geological Survey

Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 429 to Saudi Geological Survey (SGS). The aircraft is configured to perform utility roles in the Middle East.


Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Saudi Geological Survey is an earth science organization serving its community to create a healthy environment. The organization places an emphasis on understanding the geologic, economic and engineering factors that affect sustainable management of resources. The recently-delivered aircraft will support geological mapping, mineral exploration and many other sustainable management activities.


Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

“This is the first Bell 429 to be delivered in to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Steve Suttles, vice president and managing director of Bell sales in the Middle East and Africa.

The Bell 429 offers a fully-integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system and WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective-mounted throttle, damage-tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy-attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operation.

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