Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Adds Two Bell 407GXis
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the signed purchase agreement for two Bell 407GXi helicopters to be delivered to Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, Air One. This will make a total of five Bell 407 aircraft to serve in multi-mission special operations in the unit's fleet.
“Air One relies on high-performing and reliable aircraft around the clock,” says Lane Evans, managing director, North America. “In addition to other performance enhancements, the Bell 407GXi delivers better hot-and-high performance and increased higher precision navigation, both critical to Air One’s mission portfolio.”
Operated out of DeLand Municipal Airport in Orlando, FL, Air One operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to support the sheriff’s office’s aerial operations, including law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), fire suppression and monitoring, and special missions, such as SWAT team fast-rope insertions.
“For more than 20 years, Air One has relied on the Bell 407 to complete life-saving missions in Volusia and other neighboring counties,” says Captain Richard Fortin, Special Services Law Enforcement Operations Division, Volusia Sheriff’s Office. “The Bell 407GXi was Air One’s choice aircraft when looking at growing our fleet and expanding our mission efficiency.”
The Bell 407GXi is outfitted with the new Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 dual-channel FADEC turbine engine, delivering exceptional hot-and-high performance, fuel efficiency and the ability to cruise at 133 knots/246 kilometers per hour. Garmin’s G1000H NXi Integrated Flight Deck, complete with high-definition displays and faster processors, offers increased brightness and clarity, faster startup and map rendering, as well as connectivity to tablets and smartphones.