October 10, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The newest model of the Bell 407, the 407GX, has received FAA certification following its introduction in February and certification by Transport Canada earlier this year. It has a Garmin G1000H glass flight deck and is claimed to be the only helicopter model so equipped.
In addition to most features found on the G1000, the G1000H has synthetic vision and terrain avoidance specially designed for helicopters.
Bell has received more than 60 orders, with the first expected to deliver later this year.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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