Bell Helicopter once again draws on Aero Design Ltd. to assist in the development and upgrade of an external cargo basket for the Bell 429.
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada – January 3 2014 - Aero Design Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has once again entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter to update the existing Bell 429 Helicopter Cargo Basket and Step installation for inclusion of serial numbers 57081 and subsequent. The initial offering of the Aero Design - Bell 429 Cargo Basket Assembly received Canadian certification (STC SH12-58) on 16 November 2012 followed by EASA approval (STC 10043360)on 25 January 2013 and US FAA certification (STC SR03317NY) on 24 September 2013.
Following the Bell 429 performance enhancement program implemented by Bell Helicopter at the request of its customer base, modifications to the airframe attachments and basket mounting position required changes to the mount fittings and basket. By all accounts the early version of the cargo basket and step was a great success and the next generation promises to continue to expand on the capabilities of the aircraft to customers of both Bell Helicopter and Aero Design. Aero Design President Jason Rekve says previous experiences between the two manufacturers have been “very positive” and stated, “The added value that Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand provides in terms of marketing and distribution gives Aero Design an outstanding outlet to the global market.”
About Aero Design
Aero Design Ltd. is the STC holder and Transport Canada approved manufacturer of high quality, light weight helicopter cargo baskets, steps and accessories, the Aero Design replacement Cyclic Friction for the Bell 206 and Bell 407 and Rappel Mount and Cargo Deployment System for the Bell 205, Bell 212 and Bell 412.
About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at http://www.textron.com/.