Bell 429 Training Helicopter

Bell 429 Training Helicopter

Introduced in 2012, the Fleet Air Arm operates three Bell 429 helicopters to train aircrew at the naval air station HMAS Albatross, Nowra. Junior aircrew, initially trained on Squirrel helicopters, move to the Bell 429 for further experience. The aim is to give junior navy pilots and aircrew the chance to improve their skills before they start flying MH-60R Seahawk or MRH-90 helicopters.

Manufacturer: Bell Helicopters
Type: multipurpose utility helicopter
Delivered: 3 helicopters, 2012
Length: 12.7 metres
Height: 4.04 metres
Width: 10.97 metres (rotors spread)
Weight: 1,925 kg
Speed: 273 kph
Range: 722 km
Crew: 1 (plus up to 7 passengers)
Engines: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207D1 turboshaft engines