The new Bell 429 of the Nigeria Police Air Wing
PHOTO CREDIT: SUPERSPOTTER
25 February, 2013
(additional reporting by “AVIATION IN NIGERIA”)
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first two validated Bell 429s to the African continent, one to the Nigeria Police Air Wing (NPAW) and another to the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Chosen for its large cabin size, avionics and EASA-approved maintenance programme, the Bell 429s will be used by NPAW for general law enforcement, surveillance and force projection; and by
NEMA for disaster relief and humanitarian support missions.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) recently validated the Bell 429 Helicopter for operation in Nigeria and endorsed the gross weight increase to 3402kg. Nigeria is the fifteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada’s certification. The additional 227kg of fuel and/or payload allows operators to take advantage of the aircraft’s full capabilities.
“Nigeria’s validation of the 429 and its endorsement of the gross weight increase are very exciting for us as the country continues to expand its aviation services and infrastructure,” said Danny
Maldonado, Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Bell Helicopter.
“As the most populous country in Africa, and its leading producer of oil, there is increasing demand for reliable rotorcraft in the oil and gas, utility, corporate and military sectors. The performance boost of the 429’s increased gross weight will allow customers across all segments to fully utilise the capabilities of the aircraft to carry more fuel and equipment,” he added.
Nigeria’s online aviation magazine of record, “AVIATION IN NIGERIA” reports indicate that the Bell 429 which was delivered to the Police Air Wing is the first of an expected haul of five 429s earmarked for delivery to the Police Air Wing.
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