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Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 430

The Bell 430 was developed and initially marketed as a corporate shuttle. Its sleek lines were attractive to corporate executives and flight departments. Today the 430 can be found performing a number of missions including EMS, Law enforcement, off-shore oil support, law enforcement, homeland security.

The Bell 430 is a stretched version of the Bell 230. Among the many improvements in the 430 the most obvious is a four bladed hingeless, bearingless, main rotor which reduces moving parts thus reducing maintenance demands. The fuselage is stretched, the 430 has more powerful Rolls Royce engines, with the option of a glass cockpit, and the choice of skids or wheels for landing gear. The 430 also offers energy absorbing crew seats, rupture resistant fuel cells, and self sealing break away fuel fittings. It also incorporates the latest in instrumenttechnologies with a Rogerson Kratos IIDS and Honeywell EFIS.

The Bell 430 is powered by two FADEC (full authority digital engine control) equipped, Rolls Royce 250-C40B turbo shaft engines rated at 780 SHP (shaft horsepower) each. The fuel tank is located in the sponsons. The interior of the Bell 430 is different depending on what mission the helicopter is intended to perform. In all versions, the cockpit is equipped with a Honeywell Automatic Flight Control System. A Rogerson-Kratos glass cockpit and GPS navigation system are available as options.

For EMS missions the Bell 430 has enough space for two litters, plus an additional 4 seats for medical personnel. It can be installed with a larger litter door. The 430 comes with a retractable searchlight and theres space for additional medical equipment in a storage area. For law enforcement missions the Bell can be equipped with up to 11 seats though most operators vie for a mix of seats and cargo space. An optional sliding door is available but the standard wide opening doors allow for easy loading of people and equipment. The Bell 430 is also available with an external cargo hook rated at 3500 lbs.

The corporate layout has a number of different base configurations including six, eight or ten seats in either standard or club (seats facing each other) configurations. As with most corporate aircraft the interior can be done in a number of ways and will include options that the owner desires. Some of these options could be satellite phones, deep stitch lather seats, carpeting, cabinets, privacy screens, tables etc.

The helicopter can be flown by one or two pilots. If its a one pilot operation than the extra seat in the cockpit can be used for a passenger. The maximum cruising speed is 160 mph. The Bell 430 has a maximum range of 350 miles.

The 430 had its first flight in October, 1994 and went into full scale production in 1996. In September 1996, Ron Bower and John Williams set an around-the-world speed record of 17 days, 6 hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds in their Model 430 aircraft. On January 24, 2008, Bell announced plans to terminate production of its Model 430 after current order commitments are fulfilled in 2010. Production ended after 136 helicopters were completed, with the last being delivered in May 2008.

Max Gross Weight 9300 lb 4218 kg
Useful Load
    Internal 3975 lb 1803 kg
    Max External 2800 lb 1270 kg
Max Cruise Speed with
    Skid Gear 139 kn 258 km/h
    Wheel Gear 143 kn 265 km/h
Maximum Range with
    Skid Gear 353 nm 654 km
    Wheel Gear 275 nm 510 km

Safety Features

  • Composite hub & rotor system
  • Rollover prevention wings
  • High OEI ratings:
    • 940 SHP 30 second OEI
    • 880 SHP 2 minute OEI
    • 835 SHP 30 minute OEI
    • 808 SHP continuous OEI
  • Optional external popout life raft
  • Shoulder harness for all seats
  • Energy attenuating seats for crew (optional passenger seats)
  • Tail rotor guard
  • Glass windshields with wipers standard
  • Integrated Instrument Display (IIDS)
  • Collective mounted throttles
  • Optional particle separator
  • Rollover bulkheads
  • Rupture resistant fuel system with self sealing breakaway fittings
  • Torque stick shaker
  • Popout cabin windows
  • FADEC – 30 second ratings exceedance monitoring



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