This website uses cookies
More information
Business Air News Bulletin
Business Air News Bulletin
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

HALO-Flight 407GXi to bring saintly service to south Texas
Bell's IFR-certified B407GXi comes with more than six million proven global flight hours, enabling HALO-Flight to navigate all-weather operations and complete critical missions despite low cloud ceilings in many incidents.
The HALO-Flight Bell 407GXi features a bold blue livery.

South Texas air medical service HALO-Flight has taken delivery of a Bell 407GXi, its first FAA-approved, single engine, single pilot IFR air medical helicopter.

The operator's latest aircraft is also Bell's first 407 IFR aircraft capable of operating off instruments as opposed to the more traditional VFR design. Bell's IFR-certified platform comes with more than six million proven global flight hours enabling HALO-Flight to navigate all-weather operations and complete critical missions despite low cloud ceilings in many incidents.

“The most sophisticated helicopter technology in the world is now available for South Texans whose lives may depend on air ambulance transport,” notes Tom Klassen, HALO-Flight executive director. “This aircraft features the Garmin G1000H NXi avionics system for enhanced pilot awareness, three axis autopilot, redundant electrical system and enhanced FADEC engine control. Wireless connectivity allows our pilots to quickly sync flight plans from portable EFB devices to decrease launch times. The Bell 407GXi's proven reliability, outstanding payload and economic operating cost now combined with the capability to operate IFR is a transformative change for the air medical industry.”

To assist the pilot in inadvertent weather situations, the first NTSB recommended HeliSAS two axis auto pilot was installed in HALO-Flight's legacy aircraft. Working with its partners at Bell, the first ballistic windshields were installed in all HALO-Flight aircraft as soon as they were available to prevent a catastrophic accident in the event of a bird strike.

The operator's newest aircraft ensures this next-generation of technology will give it enhanced capabilities to serve seriously injured and ill patients in this area and accommodate interfacility transfers to higher levels of care.

Other News
 
Nautilus' Bell 407GXis reach 3,000 successful flight hours
June 14, 2024
Five 407GXis came onto the fleet to support tourism and utility flights in northern Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef region. The fleet has been called upon to perform SAR ops in the Northern Territory as well.
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.
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.