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Tests For Bell 412EPI Helicopter Run Near Everest

The Bell 412EPI, capable of carrying up to 14 passengers, showed off its high altitude capabilities with landings and take offs from 15,200 feet and ground effect hover at almost 18,000 feet density altitude.
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The Bell 412EPI Helicopter Demonstrated High Altitude Capability

Bell Helicopter has announced the completion of a successful demonstration tour throughout Nepal for the Bell 412EPI Helicopter.

The Bell 412EPI, capable of carrying up to 14 passengers, showed off its high altitude capabilities with landings and take offs from 15,200 feet and ground effect hover at almost 18,000 feet density altitude, before flying up to 20,000 feet pressure altitude near the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Bell’s helicopter pilots also demonstrated the 412EPI’s high altitude performance from the Jomsom Airfield in Western Nepal, surrounded by other famous high peaks such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, in a series of demos similar to ones they held last year for the Bell 407GXP.

I’m proud to say another Bell Helicopter product has demonstrated its heightened capability and customer-driven enhancements during a demo tour throughout Nepal,” said Sameer A. Rehman, Bell Helicopter’s Asia Pacific managing director. “The Bell 412EPI received praise for its smooth ride, maneuverability and increased performance in high altitudes proving that our products are built to perform in the highest terrain on the planet.”

First introduced to the market in March of 2013, the four-seat Bell 412EPI Helicopter added a key improvement over its predecessor, the Bell 412EP, with the addition of the Bell BasiX Pro. The Bell BasiX Pro system, a fully integrated glass flight deck, provides pilots with increased situational awareness and safety by giving them critical flight information with just a glance. The 412EPI is powered by the Pratt and Whitney PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines, each able to produce up to 1,800 shp. The 412EPI also features the BLR Strake and FastFin system, which according to Bell company officials, improves the handling, safety, and lift. The helicopter has a useful load of 4,829 pounds, a cabin volume of 220 cubic feet and a 7.7 foot wide door capable of being configured for multiples uses from executive travel to search and rescue, emergency medical services and oil rig service.

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