Bell Helicopter

The Bell 430 is an American twin-engine light-medium helicopter built by Bell Helicopter.


Bell 430 Fourty Three

Design and development

While developing the reengined Model 222 as the 230, Bell began preliminary design work on a stretched derivative with a four-bladed main rotor in 1991. The Bell 430 was formally launched in February 1992, with two prototypes modified from Bell 230s. The first of these flew in its new configuration on October 25, 1994, and the second prototype, featuring the full 430 avionics suite, first flew on December 19, 1994.

Production of the Bell 230 ended in August 1995, and 430 production began. The first 430 production aircraft was completed later that year. Canadian certification was awarded on February 23, 1996. Deliveries began in mid-1996.

On January 24, 2008, Bell announced plans to terminate production of its Model 430 after order commitments were fulfilled in 2010.[2] Production ended after 136 helicopters were completed,[3] with the last being delivered in May 2008

The Bell 430 features several significant improvements over the 230, the most significant of these being the new four-blade, bearingless, hingeless, composite main rotor. Although both the 230 and 430 are powered by Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250 turboshaft engines, the 430's engines are 10% more powerful. Other changes include the 1 ft 6 in (46 cm) stretched fuselage, providing for two extra seats, an optional EFIS flight deck, and a choice of either skids or retractable wheeled undercarriage.

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Operational history

The Bell 430 entered service in 1996.[5] In 1998, some 50 Bell 430s were in service with 9,000 flight hours totaled.

On September 3, 1996, Americans Ron Bower and John Williams broke the round-the-world helicopter record with the second Bell 430, flying westwards from the UK with a time of 17 days, 6 hours and 14 minutes.

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Bell 430 Fourty Three

The typical configuration seats ten, including a pilot and co-pilot with eight passengers in the main cabin behind them in three rows of seats. Six- and eight-place executive layouts are offered. In an EMS role it can carry one or two stretcher patients with four or three medical attendants, respectively. Maximum external load capacity is 3,500 lb (1,585 kg)


Bell 430: See below

  • History

    Role Executive/utility helicopter

    National origin United States

    Manufacturer Bell Helicopter Textron

    First flight October 25, 1994



  • Users

    Introduction 1995

    Produced 1996–2008

    Number built 136

    Developed from Bell 222/230



  • General Info

    Passengers 6 - 8, max. 9

    Engine Model Allison 250-C40 Engine Power (each) 585 kW 785 shp

    Speed 278 km/h 150 kts

    Service Ceiling 6.096 m 20.000 ft

    Range 500 km

    Empty Weight 2.388 kg

    max. Takeoff Weight 4.200 kg

    Length (Fuselage) 13,43 m

    Length 15,29 m

    Height 3,72  m


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Bell 430 Fourty Three


The Bell 430 is an American twin-engine light-medium helicopter built by Bell Helicopter. It is a stretched and more powerful development of the Bell 230, which, in turn, was based on the earlier Bell 222.