Bell Helicopter has waited a long time for a success to follow its best-selling single-turbine Model 407. The 427 light twin did not have instrument flight rules (IFR) certification, which kept customers away in droves. The follow-on 427i was IFR-certified, but the cabin was not big enough to attract operators, particularly the emergency medical service industry. So in February 2005, a decade after it introduced the 407, Bell launched the Model 429, a new light twin with a larger cabin ...

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