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Bell 412

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Overview

This multirole medium lift utility helicopter was developed by Bell in the late 1970s. Two 212s were converted as development aircraft with upgraded P&W PT6T-3B Turbo Twin-Pac engines, consisting of two PT6 turboshafts linked through a combining gearbox, driving a smaller diameter four-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.

Safety features include a rupture-resistant fuel system; jettisonable crew doors; sturdy construction and bulkheads for roll-over protection; wire strike protection on the nose; dual redundant electrical, hydraulic and fuel systems; dual digital flight control; and a rugged high-reliability twin pack engine.

A first flight was completed in August 1979 and FAR Part 29 VFR approval was given on 9 January, 1981 - an extension of the Bell 212 certificate of 30 October, 1970. Deliveries commenced the same month (Jan ’81), with production switching to Bell’s Canada plant in February 1989.

The 412SP was a marketing designation for a special performance version with increased fuel capacity, higher take off weight and more optional seating arrangements. It has one 1,400 shp take off rated PT6T-3BF engine. This aircraft was superseded by the 412HP in early 1991, that had improved transmission giving better OGE hover.

The enhanced performance 412EP has a PT6T-3DF engine and a dual digital automatic flight control system with optional EFIS displays. It features BLR Strake and FastFin upgrades for improved hover performance, and fixed tricycle landing gear is optional. FAA certification was achieved on 23 June, 1994.

A three-phase block upgrade programme was introduced for the 4122EP, for which an STC was issued on 27 May, 2010. This was added as standard from new production in mid 2011. It increased tail rotor effectiveness and higher crosswind tolerance in hover in certain conditions.

In September, 2013 EASA approval was given for BLR Aerospace FastFin in September 2013.

The 412EPI was announced at Heli-Expo 2013 on 4 March, 2013. Converted from the EP, it is equipped with a dual digital automatic flight control system. The first unit was delivered for offshore oilfield support in the UAE in November 2013. FAA type certification came on 8 December, 2014 followed by EASA on 1 February, 2016.

The Subaru Bell 412EPX is an upgraded version of the 412 EPI, developed in 2015 to meet the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force’s requirement for a UH-1J replacement; a civil version preceded the military version. It is produced at Utsunimiya on Honshu island.

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Manufacturing data
For detailed information about the manufacture of this aircraft, please consult our sister publication Airframer: Bell 412EP
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News from Business Air News
Bell achieves certification for BasiX-Pro retrofit kit
March 26, 2024
In an effort to increase reliability, situational awareness and decreased pilot workload, the BasiX-Pro kit delivers the latest integrated flight deck, high-resolution displays as well as engine data and flight operation recording.
Blackcomb hooked by Onboard for Canadian launch
March 2, 2024
Blackcomb Helicopters is going to be the Canadian launch customer for the forthcoming medium Bell HEC dual cargo hook system from Onboard Systems.
Abu Dhabi Aviation signs CSF agreement with Bell
February 28, 2024
As an authorised Bell customer service facility, ADA will provide service for Bell 212, 412 and the Subaru Bell 412EPX commercial aircraft. It will also support a regional demo tour of the Subaru Bell 412EPX.
February 28, 2024California Sheriff Depts bolster fleets with Subaru Bell 412EPXs
February 19, 2024Transwest receives FAA tick for vertical reference mission equipment
November 26, 2023San Diego County Sheriff welcomes two helicopters
November 14, 2023US Park Police celebrates half a century flying Bells
November 12, 2023Alpine Aerotech gains STCs for Bell stowage compartment
November 2, 2023Japan prefectures place orders for Subaru Bells
September 16, 2023Boeing gets go ahead as Bell 212 and 412 USM supplier
April 3, 2023Milestone signs off a dozen rotorcraft destined for global ops
March 27, 2023Engine protection bolstered with Aerometals' filter
March 20, 2023Whole host of businesses sign with Rotortrade
January 16, 2023TCCA certifies Boost PCDS for transport category rotorcraft
November 29, 2022$6 million helicopter lands in Coffs Harbour
November 10, 2022GHS entrusts entrol with Bell 412 FTD manufacture
October 1, 2022Croatian ministry inks two Bell deal
September 19, 2022Bell 412 EPi added to Virginia's police fleet
August 19, 2022Subaru Bell 412EPX brings emergency capability to San Bernardino
August 2, 2022NYPD selects the Subaru Bell 412EPX
June 26, 2022Subaru awarded Japan-based Bell 412EPX contracts
May 29, 2022Alpine Aerotech receives STC for traffic systems in Bell 212/412
May 8, 2022Alpine Aerotech expands ADS-B STC
April 7, 2022HeliTSA launches Bell 212 and 412 training
March 28, 2022BAR orders Bell 412EPi for Uganda missions
March 14, 2022Three Subaru Bell 412EPXs selected for North American ops
February 14, 2022Ultimate Heli supports discovery of Shackleton’s Endurance
December 16, 2021Jet Aviation delivers three Bell 412 overhauls
August 20, 2021STCs for Bells are granted to Alpine Aerotech
June 2, 2021Bell 412EPX to patrol for national police agency of Japan
May 10, 2021FAA and TCCA certify Alpine GTX transponders
April 11, 2021Pathfinder first to implement Foresight MX on Bell 212/412
April 11, 2021KAflex drive shaft to boost Alpine's operations
January 15, 2021EASA gets behind Alpine's Bell STCs
January 11, 2021Ultimate Heli works within guidelines to reach Antarctica
November 2, 2020Babcock extends provision to remote Australian regions
October 18, 2020Babcock extends contract to serve South Australia
October 18, 2020Astronics Max-Viz receives FAA and TCCA certificates
July 25, 2020Astronautics gains STC for RoadRunner EFI aboard Bells
June 9, 2020Bell includes OnePak subscription with commercial purchases
May 17, 2020GHS and Flymed team up for INFECT service
May 17, 2020Alpine plays it cool with Bell TCCA certificate
April 12, 2020NSW put fire service fleet in Coulson's hands
February 17, 2020Maintenance made easier by Bell and P&W
February 3, 2020Bell chimes in with tech development
February 3, 2020Santa Barbara fire department selects RoadRunner EFIs
November 10, 2019US operators put faith in Becker transponders
October 12, 2019Rotary sim sales agreement spans Europe and Australia
September 28, 2019Dart's rappel kit to support US forestry service
August 5, 2019FAA certifies Onboard Systems' Bell cargo hook kits
July 29, 2019R&O up and running for Dart in Amsterdam
June 24, 2019Japan's police agency places first 412EPX order
June 18, 2019Philippine presidential 412HPs gain night lighting
March 25, 2019Nagano firefighters set to receive Bell for disaster relief
December 13, 2017Bell increases support in UAE with ADA approval
November 1, 2017FAASA to fight fire with two Bell 412s
April 26, 2016Abu Dhabi Aviation's Bell fleet surpasses one million hours
July 8, 2015European debutant 412EPI is destined for Czech police service
May 28, 2015HPE B412 simulator is certified by CAA in Italy
August 10, 2014Inaer entrusted with Bell 412 for Spanish island ops
June 9, 2014ME & MY AIRCRAFT–Twin helicopters: Twins can be costly, yet their capability in EMEA rarely disappoints
May 7, 2014Firefighter HPE invests in standalone Bell sim
April 3, 2014PAS strengthens hot and high performance with pair of Bells
October 10, 2013FastFin 412 handles flawlessly for Heli Austria
February 11, 2013Bell 412 tows largest banner
June 11, 2012Me & my aircraft: Lower maintenance and greater payload are top of twin helicopter operators' wish lists
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