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Bell 407

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Overview

The Bell 407 is a four-blade, single-engine, civil utility helicopter. A derivative of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger, it is wider with a larger cabin window area. It has a four-blade rotor with a composite hub and tailboom.

Bell began the development programme in 1993, and used a LongRanger as the 407 demonstrator, modified with moulded fairings to represent the 407's wider fuselage.

A concept demonstrator was first flown on 21 April, 1994 and the programme was revealed at Heli-Expo in January 1995. Two prototypes took their first flights on 29 June and 13 July that year, and the first production airframe flew on 10 November.

The 407 is powered by a Rolls-Royce M250-C47 turboshaft that increased the MTOW and improved hot/high performance.

Transport Canada certificated the 407 on 9 February, 1996 and the FAA some two weeks later. Full production began in 1996 at Bell’s Mirabel plant in Quebec; the first customer delivery was also made that year.

The 407 GX is the Garmin G1000H-equipped version. Announced and debuted on 6 March, 2011 it is offered in corporate, HEMS, offshore transport and parapublic configurations. FAA certification was issued on 10 October, 2011, then came Transport Canada and, shortly after, EASA on 28 November, 2011. The first delivery went to Mexico on 12 February, 2012.

The 407 GXP is an upgrade of the GX with greater MTOW, additional avionics functions and a R-R M250-C47B/8 power plant. It was announced on 3 March, 2015.

Bell established an assembly agreement with the Ural Plant of Civil Aviation at Ekaterinburg, Russia in May 2015. It did the same with the Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development Group and Xian Helicopter for the GXP in China at the end of 2016.

The 407 GXi is a further development of the GX with Garmin G1000H NXi avionics and a dual-channel FADEC Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4. The prototype was converted from the 407 GXP and production started on 24 April, 2017. It was announced on 26 February, 2018 having been certified by Transport Canada. FAAA validation followed on 9 October, 2018 and the first delivery was made to Chile on 29 October.

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Manufacturing data
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News from Business Air News
Major US EMS operator takes five Bells from ITC
April 26, 2024
The lease of five Bell 407s will further strengthen the services and capabilities of Med-Trans in Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Helipool adds Bell 407 for inventory and pleasure
April 19, 2024
Helipool owner Daniel Hofer is very pleased to have acquired a Bell 407. An unusual type in Switzerland, the aircraft will be predominantly used for leisure flights and is unlikely to complete too many hours.
Louisiana police ink deal for two Bells
March 28, 2024
The Louisiana State Police Air Support Unit plans to utilise its new Bell 407GXis to expand its public safety mission portfolio.
February 26, 2024Philippines operators purchase customised Bells
February 26, 2024Bangladesh and Taiwan gain first commercial Bell 407GXis
January 31, 2024Elicompany repositions fleet through two new bases
December 5, 2023Bell sells three to Poland's JB Investments
November 26, 2023San Diego County Sheriff welcomes two helicopters
November 6, 2023Life Flight Network grows air ambulance fleet
August 13, 2023Bell 407 pair expected to work like a Charm
August 4, 2023Elite Jets broadens its Part 145 certificate
July 31, 2023Contracts aplenty for California's CNC Technologies
July 10, 2023Black Life cuts ribbon on Hot Springs medical base
July 1, 2023Nautilus receives final Bell 407GXi from order of five
June 19, 2023Guardian Flight opens medical base in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
June 16, 2023AeroCare spreads wings through western US
June 11, 2023Garmin GI 275 for B407 and R66 receives FAA nod
June 7, 2023Sancak commits to first Bell 407GXi in Turkey
April 24, 2023GRDA boosts 407GXi with camera, searchlight and mapping
April 17, 2023Native Air expands Arizona air medical services
April 17, 2023OK base gives McAlester improved emergency access
April 11, 2023Autopilot for Bell 407GXi is certified in the UK
March 24, 2023AvPanels takes on 5G-tolerant radar altimeters
March 18, 2023St. John's selects B407GXi for vast mission portfolio
March 13, 2023Ginger Aviation not shy about Bell 407GXi purchase
March 13, 2023Kolporter CAMO to be handled by Heli-One
March 13, 2023Leonardos and Bells join Caverton and Global
March 7, 2023Zeus says Bell 407GXi will be a valuable addition
March 7, 2023Polish National Police cements position as top Bell operator
February 21, 2023OCSO pleased to receive Bell 407 from AeroBrigham
February 13, 2023Bell sends 407GXis across US for air ambulance ops
January 9, 2023Native Air opens base in Yavapai County
November 29, 2022Native Air expands with base in Navajo County
November 10, 2022Israel base is a country first for the Bell 407GXi
October 10, 2022Latest Bell brings lower maintenance costs for Nebraska ambulance
September 12, 2022FAA STC authorises Southeast to install 407 operator station
August 16, 2022Two Bells will go to Bangladeshi Meghna
August 16, 2022Michigan Police gain Garmin upgrade on Bell 407
August 14, 2022Bell 407GXi pair will support Volusia law enforcement
August 2, 2022Wysong completes Clayton County PD Bell 407GXi
July 18, 2022Life Flight will add four 407GXis for airmed
June 20, 2022CareFlite adds Bell 407GXi to air ambulance fleet
March 14, 2022SmartTech purchase brings Bell 407GXi to Czech Republic
March 14, 2022Nautilus orders five Bell 407GXi for tourism
January 19, 2022Bell 407 will support Mercy Flights on Pacific US
December 8, 2021Dallas police gifted Bell 407
November 19, 2021Ukrainian customers place five Bell orders
November 15, 2021A dozen Bells to expand the scope of Life Flight Network
November 15, 2021Bell 407GXIs fit the bill for Global Medical Response
November 11, 2021Classic Air Medical expands southwestern services with additional 407GXi
October 11, 2021Guardian welcomes the latest addition to Williston
September 28, 2021Ukrainian Bell 407GXi undertakes long-haul delivery flight
August 4, 2021Centaurium's B407GXi is ideal as an air taxi and demonstrator
May 14, 2021Guernsey grants type acceptance to the Bell 407
April 19, 2021Shin-Nihon continues Bell legacy in Japan
February 22, 2021Mixed fleet Foresight MX will serve TVA well
January 18, 2021QuantiFLY offers superior FDM to Bell customers
December 14, 2020Virginia State Police's B407GXi has all mod cons
December 14, 2020Chippenham Hospital welcomes Med-Trans Bell 407
November 29, 2020Kids Kare helicopter to support critically ill youngsters
October 27, 2020Polish police opt for Bell 407GXi trio
October 25, 2020Haiti Air Ambulance to deploy Bell 407 for HEMS
October 18, 2020HALO-Flight 407GXi to bring saintly service to south Texas
October 6, 2020Bell gives endorsement to AMC Intercopter
September 21, 2020Bell unveils first two European AMCs
September 5, 2020Survival Flight calls on AeroBrigham for B407s
August 24, 2020Bell gets Sirius about satellite weather
August 24, 2020Helicopter Express pleased with Wysong's Eagle conversion
July 27, 2020Municipal made up with B407 Foresight HUMS
June 26, 2020Bell chimes in with virtual pilot training
June 9, 2020Bell includes OnePak subscription with commercial purchases
April 6, 2020Onboard prepares Bell 206L and 407 cargo kits
February 25, 2020GMR to raise the training bar with Frasca FTD pair
February 23, 2020Garmin touchscreen navigator upgrade is approved
February 5, 2020Canada paves the way for Max-Viz on the B407
February 3, 2020Bell chimes in with tech development
February 2, 2020HALO expects angelic performance from IFR Bell
February 2, 2020TVA solidifies fleet with four Bell rotorcraft
January 7, 2020Life Flight Network opts for Frasca B407 device
January 3, 2020Helicopter Institute orders Frasca simulator
November 17, 2019Municipal Enterprises to debut Bell 407GXi in Canada
November 11, 2019Midwest AeroCare boosts range and night missions
November 10, 2019Life Flight bolsters HEMS fleet with eight Bells
September 8, 2019Garmin-equipped Bell 407GXi achieves IFR certification
August 3, 2019Bird strikes prevention becomes standard on Bell 407s
July 14, 2019Shin-Nihon invests in B407GXis for power patrol
June 4, 2019Perspectives: Moulay puts faith in latest Bell models
March 25, 2019Bell 407GXi trio to join the police in Poland
March 12, 2019Shaanxi takes delivery of China's first 407GXi
February 26, 2019GPMS signs exclusive distribution agreement with Bell for HMS
February 18, 2019The starting Bell rings for 407GXi in China
January 15, 2019GPMS gains STC certification for Foresight MX on 407GX
October 30, 2018Bell 407GXi certified by FAA and first delivery completed
March 12, 2018Bell launches 407GXi
September 1, 2017Caverton signs for eight oil and gas 407GXPs
November 10, 2016Bell 407GXP offers potential retail tenants comfort and an unobstructed bird's-eye view
November 9, 2016Bell 407GXP has encouraging start in Africa with fourth delivery
September 22, 2016Rhino911 introduces B407GT to stop poachers in their tracks
June 29, 2016Genel Havacilik signs up for JSSI Rolls-Royce cover
April 4, 2016Top Flight chooses B407GXP for sightseeing trips
November 26, 2015Couple receives Germany's first vip B407GXP
July 7, 2015BBM receives first armoured Bell 407
July 7, 2015Saran will be first to fly 407GXP in Europe
March 13, 2015Elicompany signs for first Italian 407GX
March 11, 2015Bell introduces extra payload 407GXP
February 12, 2015Cape Town rotary charter on offer from ExecuJet
November 6, 2014Uralhelicom adds to rotary portfolio with pair of 407GXs
September 10, 2014Me & my aircraft: Single engine helicopters – Single helis are adaptable and robust, with twin benefits at lower cost
June 9, 2014King's Casino is holding an ace with Czech debutant 407GX
October 10, 2013Alpinlift first in Switzerland to receive Bell 407GX
September 12, 2013Baggage space is at a premium but Bell 407 is an able performer for Superior Air
April 17, 2013Heli-Drive orders five Bells as Russia's second distributor
December 10, 2012ExecuJet Africa teams up to add helicopters to its charter fleet
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