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Troopers Get First Bell 429s

Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 12:02 pm

Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn joined the Delaware State Police and Bell Helicopter for the unveiling of its newest aircraft, two Bell 429 twin-engine helicopters configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police Aviation Section. The milestone aircraft will join the Delaware State Police’s current fleet of Bell helicopters and be used throughout the state for a variety of missions with a strong focus on EMS.

“With the addition of the two new Bell 429 helicopters we are again elevating our emergency medical response to a new level. It is critical that we are prepared to better serve our citizens in an emergency when each minute counts. This new aircraft and its technology allows us to get help to those who need it most in a fast and efficient manner,” said Lt. Governor Denn.

The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability, featuring enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. It also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The Bell 429 also features a spacious cabin and extra-large 60-inch side doors, as well as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability certified for single or dual pilot operations.

“We are always looking to provide our community with quality, safe service, and these Bell 429s provides us with that,” said Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., superintendent of the Delaware State Police. “We are very excited to begin performing missions with this state-of-the-art, multi-mission aircraft, and look forward to our continued

relationship with Bell Helicopter.”

– Submitted by James Woznicki

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