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Picture 407
General
Manufacturer Bell
Type 407
Introduced 2/9/1996
In production? Yes
Units produced 1000
Price US $ 2,500,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 41.4 ft
Length 34.7 ft
Height 10.2 ft
Width 0 ft
   
   
Description

The Bell 407 is derived from the 206L3 Longranger and is a civil, light-weight, single-turbine helicopter. The 407 is intended to be the successor to the very popular 206 Longranger, and serves a similar utility market with segments in other areas such as corporate transport, air ambulance services, and offshore.

In January 1995, Bell announced the 407 program at the Heli-Expo. Certification took place in February 1996.

The 407 uses a four-bladed rotor head with composite blades, which were taken from the military 406 (OH-58D) design and has no life limits. Except for being a little wider, the fuselage is rather similar to the 206L. However, the tail boom is constructed entirely from carbon fibre composites.

Bell has sold more than a thousand 407s worldwide. Accordingly, including from a commercial perspective, it is a true replacement for the much appreciated 206L.

In 2006, Bell introduced the 417, which was a slightly improved 407. However, it did not sell, because of the lack of the differentiators that really mattered (in the main, only a few minor performance improvements were realised). Indeed, just one year later, Bell withdrew the model from the market.

Bell also developed a twin-engine variant, called the 427. This model was introduced in 2000, and its development took place in close cooperation with Samsung Aerospace Industries. Although more successful than the 417, Bell decided to cancel the program in 2008 in favour of the 429 as its new flagship model for the civil twin-engine market.

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Design features
  • Soft-in-plane design rotor with composite hub
  • Carbon fiber composite tailboom
  • Glass cockpit
  • Enlarged vertical stabilisers
Description

The Bell 407 is derived from the 206L3 Longranger and is a civil, light-weight, single-turbine helicopter. The 407 is intended to be the successor to the very popular 206 Longranger, and serves a similar utility market with segments in other areas such as corporate transport, air ambulance services, and offshore.

In January 1995, Bell announced the 407 program at the Heli-Expo. Certification took place in February 1996.

The 407 uses a four-bladed rotor head with composite blades, which were taken from the military 406 (OH-58D) design and has no life limits. Except for being a little wider, the fuselage is rather similar to the 206L. However, the tail boom is constructed entirely from carbon fibre composites.

Bell has sold more than a thousand 407s worldwide. Accordingly, including from a commercial perspective, it is a true replacement for the much appreciated 206L.

In 2006, Bell introduced the 417, which was a slightly improved 407. However, it did not sell, because of the lack of the differentiators that really mattered (in the main, only a few minor performance improvements were realised). Indeed, just one year later, Bell withdrew the model from the market.

Bell also developed a twin-engine variant, called the 427. This model was introduced in 2000, and its development took place in close cooperation with Samsung Aerospace Industries. Although more successful than the 417, Bell decided to cancel the program in 2008 in favour of the 429 as its new flagship model for the civil twin-engine market.

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Design features:
  • Soft-in-plane design rotor with composite hub
  • Carbon fiber composite tailboom
  • Glass cockpit
  • Enlarged vertical stabilisers
Performance
Persons 7
Max. Range 342 mi
Cruise Speed 135 mph
Max. Speed 161 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1940 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 5400 ft
Service Ceiling 20000 ft
Gross Weight 5249 lb
Empty Weigt 2597 lb
Useful Load 2652 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 128 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Turbine
Engine Code Rolls-Royce 250-C47B
Horse Power 675
Rotorhead 4 blades, elastomeric bearings.
Number of rotorblades 4
Rotor Diameter 35 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 2
Tailrotor Diameter 5.4 ft
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