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D-HBEL Bell 407 c/n 53236 - Charterflug Rademacher - Bielefeld airfield in Germany - 22 August 2004 Flugplatz Bielefeld (EDLI)

The Bell 407 is a lightweight seven seat multi-role helicopter with a four blade main rotor and two blade tail rotor, powered by a single turbine engine. Fitted with a Rolls Royce (Allison) model 250-C47B engine with Chandler Evans EC-135 (FADEC) Fuel Control System, the helicopter has a radius of 575 km. Based on the Bell Model 206 series, the Bell 407 concept is a result of the in 1993 started development work for a replacement for the Bell JetRanger and LongRanger. The first Bell 407 helicopter was a Bell 206L3 LongRanger modified to the Bell 407 concept that flew first as N407LR on 21 April 1994. Prototype / pre-production Bell 407 C-GFOS (c/n 52901) flew first on 29 June 1995, followed by C-FORS (c/n 52902) that flew first on 13 July 1995. First production airframe C-FWQY (c/n 53001) flew 10 November 1995. Full rate production started after receiving the Transport Canada certification on 9 February 1996 and FAA certification on 23 February. First customer delivery was at the Heli-Expo, Dallas, in February 1996. The Model 407GX was introduced in 2011. The Bell 407GX has an integrated glass flight deck that provides aircrews essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety. Model 407 s/n 54300 and subsequent are fitted with the Integrated Avionics System Garmin 1000H) and have the commercial designation of 407GX. Bell has delivered over 1100 Bell 407 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Bell 407 helicopters is B407.

The 1998-built Bell Helicopter Textron 407 s/n 53236 was flown first with the temporary test registration N6375S. On 13 October 1998, the helicopter was registered D-HBEL in Germany with Charterflug Rademacher, Stadtlohn. On 22 August 2004, Bell 407 D-HBEL was seen at Bielefeld-Windelsbleiche airfield during the Fly-In 2004. In 2009, the Bell 407 D-HBEL was replaced in service with Charterflug Rademacher by Bell 407 D-HAWR. Bell 407 D-HBEL was transferred to a privat owner and based at Mönchengladbach Airport. On 25 February 2019, registration D-HBEL was cancelled as exported to Canada. On 3 April 2019, the Bell 407 was registered C-GHBA with Eagle Copters, Calgary. On 29 August 2019, registration C-GHBA was cancelled as exported to the USA. On 4 September 2019, the Bell 407 was registered N47KT with Copter Lease LLC Trustee, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

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