Bell, a Textron Company
BAN's World GazetteerTexas
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJSO) has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi aircraft. The Bell 407GXi will join its Aviation Operations Unit to serve the citizens of St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding counties.
“St. Johns County has selected to replace its Bell OH58 aircraft with the latest advancement of the Bell 407 platform, the Bell 407GXi,” says Lane Evans, Bell MD for North America. “The new avionics and upgraded engine will deliver increased readiness and reliability that is critical to the vast mission portfolio of St. Johns County Sheriff's Aviation Operations Unit.”
Dating back to 1821, SJSO has served with excellence to protect and serve St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach as well as neighbouring communities in northeastern Florida including Ponte Vedra, Hastings, Switzerland, Crescent Beach, Tocoi, Bakersville, Picolatta, Orangedale, Fruit Cove, Summer Haven and Vilano Beach. Robert A. Hardwick was elected as the 28th St. Johns County Sheriff taking office in November 2021.
Bell has proven its mature production and sustainment support capability with more than 1,600 Bell 407s globally, logging six million flight hours across the fleet and actively performing flight training as well as military and para-public missions. The 407GXi's Garmin G1000H NXi flight deck enhances situational awareness and reduces pilot workload by delivering easy-to-read information at a glance. The Bell 407GXi's optional IFR capability will allow all-weather operations while continuing to provide multi-mission capability safely, reliably and effectively.