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Aircraft Feature:

Bell 407 corporate helicopter

The Bell 407 is a modern generation, 6 passenger, single engined corporate/utility helicopter that is proving itself as one of the most practical and versatile general charter helicopters in Australia.

The aircraft is derived from the enormously popular B206 Jet Ranger and B206L Long Ranger series helicopters. The first production Bell 407 entered service in early 1996.

The Bell 407 features a powerful jet turbine engine, 4 blade rotor system, FADEC engine control and computerised monitoring, and safety-enhanced cabin design.


The Bell 407 is powered by a Rolls Royce (Allison) 250-C47 turboshaft engine which provides sufficient power increases (830shp) to improve performance at higher weights, hotter temperatures, and higher altitudes. A rupture-resistant fuel system is installed to provided added safety.

Rotor System

The 4-bladed, all composite main rotor system is installed with a soft-mount pylon isolation system providing quiet and smooth flight characteristics, as well as maximum performance. This rotor system was originally designed for the US military OH-58D Kiowa helicopter.

Digital Engine Control

A key safety feature in the Bell 407 is its Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) management system. The system electronically monitors and controls all engine parameters, ensuring efficient operation as well a monitoring and digitally recording any exceedance of normal limitations.

Cabin Layout

The Bell 407 features a 6 passenger cabin with club seating for 5 passengers in the rear cabin (two rearward and three forward-facing). Compared to the it's Long Ranger predecessor, the Bell 407's cabin is 8 inches wider and features 35% larger windows, giving passengers a noticeably spacious interior. The aircraft is air-conditioned and incorporates a bleed-air heater for cool-weather comfort.

The cabin has been designed with carbon-fibre side body panels with close-tolerance fit carbon fibre doors that feature easy opening and closing.

The baggage compartment has a capacity of 0.45 cubic metres.


The Bell 407 is widely used thoughout the world by aeromedical services, police units, and has also been chosen by the US army as its replacement armed reconnaissance helicopter. In Australia, the aircraft is particularly popular for general, government and corporate charter, medical/emergency retrieval and aerial lifting (up to 1200kg).

Key Advantages

Bell 407 Helicopter Charter

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Number of passengers 6
Crew 1
Maximum Altitude 10,000 ft
Cruising Speed 130 kts (240 km/hr)
Performance Very Good
Luggage Storage Good
Climate Control Yes
Payload up to 1000 kg
Additional Features Club seating, Air Conditioning, 4 Blade rotor system,Electronic Engine Control
Restrictions Day and fair weather/visual charter operations only


Feature written by Glen Somerville, Charter Manager, Altitude Aviation.

Copyright©2008 Altitude Aviation Pty Ltd.

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