HALO-Flight Uses IFR Certified Bell 407GXi to Complete More Medical Rescues Than Before

It’s been over a year since the Federal Aviation Administration certified Bell’s 407GXi for instrumental flight rules, enabling it to fly in cloudy weather using cockpit instruments instead of only relying on visual cues. With this Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) single-engine certified aircraft, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) businesses can maximize their uptime and answer more calls despite unexpected weather obstacles. In the past when fog or cloudy skies might have meant immediate grounding, delaying whatever chances they had to reach patients, now this barrier is not a problem. That’s why HALO-Flight is thrilled to fly our aircraft.

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By selecting the Bell 407GXi, the medical operation has saved $800,000 in expenses and can now reach more patients than before. They’ve also worked with Bell to install the first ballistic windshields in all HALO-Flight aircrafts to prevent catastrophic accidents in the event of a bird strike. In addition to building leading aircraft and tailoring it to fit the customers’ needs, the Bell Training Academy also offers instrument flight rule training to give pilots optimal expertise when navigating instrument flight rule environments. Bell Customer Service Facility, Arrow Aviation, completed the interior for this first single pilot IFR Bell 407GXi for HEMS.

Our Commercial Business always seeks out new, thrilling solutions to support our customers. With missions that save lives and support communities, operations like HALO-Flight push our teams to be the best partners possible.

Learn more about HALO-Flight's operations here.

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 on-demand mobility.

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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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