HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi


Anaheim, CA (Jan. 29, 2020) Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today Halo Flight has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) kit to add to its existing Bell aircraft fleet.

“We are excited to announce that HALO-Flight added the first Bell 407GXi HEMS operator with IFR flight capabilities to its fleet. This will give our customer more of an advantage in the air during tough weather conditions,” said Doug Schoen, Managing Director, North America. “Bell is proud to support HALO-Flight and the important missions they fly. We look forward to working together for many years.”

HALO-Flight, a nonprofit charitable organization, began air ambulance services in 1987. It provides emergency medical transport for critically ill and injured persons requiring immediate medical attention within the South Texas service area and by transfer to trauma centers outside the Coastal Bend. Citizens and local hospitals rely on HALO-Flight to transport patients by helicopter throughout the region. The company already operates three Bell 407’s and a Bell 429 for air ambulance services.

The Bell 407GXi IFR is designed to enable HALO-Flight to have more flights and save more lives in a cost-effective way. An IFR certified aircraft will give the company advantages in the air ambulance market. These new capabilities allow all-weather operations while continuing to provide multi-mission capability safely, reliably, and effectively.

“We are proud to add an IFR configured Bell 407GXi helicopter to our current fleet. This aircraft will be extremely beneficial for our EMS missions and allow us to reach our patients in all-weather conditions.” said Tom Klassen, Executive Director, HALO-Flight. “Bell provides us with safe, quality, and reliable aircraft which helps us be the connection between a patient and the treatment they need.”

The Bell 407GXi’s Garmin G1000H NXi Flight Deck enhances situational awareness and reduces pilot workload by delivering easy-to-read information at a glance. The aircraft offers the lowest direct operating costs of any IFR-capable helicopter produced today.

Arrow Aviation will be installing Helifab’s articulated EMS litter installation which provides litter restraint for transportation of ambulatory person and articulates to either a 45° or 90° loading position. It is certified for taxi, takeoff, and landing with backrest inclined 30°, a Lexan Patient/Pilot Guard, Aft radio audio panel mount and cargo track equipment mount provisions. Other features include:

  • Helifab’s medical oxygen system provides that up to 115 cu. ft. of gaseous oxygen storage
  • A single pump medical vacuum with two in-cabin outlet ports medical air system
  • Over patient oxygen port outlet enclosure, with IV hangers
  • 500-watt 115V AC inverter with two AC outlets
  • Two twin port USB chargers in cabin
  • A 120V shore power system with external shore power access door

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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