DFW CareFlight Bell 407GX s in service
Bell Helicopter announces that four DFW CareFlight Bell 407GX helicopters will soon be in service.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced that CareFlite, a nonprofit corporation providing medical transport across North Texas, is now fielding four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in service and others preparing to enter service later this year.
One Bell 407GX will be based out of Granbury Municipal Airport while the other will operate from Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital.
James Swartz, president and CEO of CareFlite, said: “The Bell 407GX is an ideal aircraft for transporting critical care patients. We chose it because of its proven reliability and performance combined with an advanced avionics suite and factory installed autopilot.”
CareFlight was established in 1979 and is the second oldest in Texas. CareFlite operates six helicopter bases – Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Denton Regional Hospital, the Frisco Fire Department, the Granbury Municipal Airport and Lake Whitney Medical Center.
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Anthony Moreland, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of North American sales, said: “We’re honoured to be a valued partner with CareFlite and look forward to continuing to provide them with the excellent service and safe, reliable, high-performance aircraft they have come to expect from Bell Helicopter.”
The Bell 407GX can accommodate six passengers in a normal seating configuration. In an air ambulance configuration, the helicopter can carry two medical personnel to care for one patient.
The Bell 407GX is fitted with the Garmin G1000H flight deck with includes Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems and more. The helicopter is also equiped with a tail rotor camera.