Scott’s – Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) announced that Vertical Aviation LLC of Scottsdale, Ariz., has agreed to purchase two 47GT-6 helicopters and also signed up to become an SB47 dealer and customer service facility for the United States Southwest region.
The 47GT-6 helicopter was announced by SB47 at the start of the Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be powered by the RR300 engine, will be developed as a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) modification to the 47G-3B-2A type design, and will enter production in 2016. The STC will also include a new, modern instrument panel similar to that currently being developed by SB47 for use on the piston driven fleet of Bell 47 helicopters still in service. Use of the 47G-3B-2A platform takes advantage of the 3,200-pound maximum gross weight with external load that model was originally certificated for. The helicopter will also incorporate other improvements including composite main rotor blades, LED exterior lighting and new interiors, plus SB47 hopes to drive down operating cost to market leading numbers through the use of modern drive train technologies.
Vertical Aviation is a Federal Aviation Regulations Part 135 charter operator based out of Scottsdale, Ariz. The company is also a FAR 145 Approved Repair Station and a Rolls-Royce Approved Repair Facility. SB47 president and owner Scott Churchill stated, “SB47 is very excited to be associated with Vertical Aviation, given their credentials and especially their RR300 repair and overhaul capabilities."