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Old 30th Apr 2022, 20:05
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Subaru Bell 412EPX

Hello

I found on internet this new helicopter from Bell! Is this already in production and flying?

Is this a new version of Bell412 EPI or?
If somebody has some about it?

Tx
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Old 30th Apr 2022, 20:32
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Originally Posted by Haligali View Post
Is this a new version of Bell412 EPI or?
It's a different variant to the 412EP. The EPi and EPX are marketing names. The EPX was developed with Suburu/Fuji Heavy Industries for a Japanese military competition.
If somebody has some about it?

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Old 30th Apr 2022, 20:36
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Is this helicopter EASA certified?
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Old 30th Apr 2022, 21:32
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Originally Posted by Haligali View Post
Is this helicopter EASA certified?
I don't know. But you can look below to see if it has been added to the EASA TCDS. It is FAA certified.
https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-...e-certificates
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Originally Posted by Haligali View Post
Hello

I found on internet this new helicopter from Bell! Is this already in production and flying?

Is this a new version of Bell412 EPI or?
If somebody has some about it?

Tx
was the JGSDF UH-X winner - Bell 412EPX for the armed forces and the civil version. Saw the first one at Heli Expo 2020. (my pics)

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It has been 'around' for some three years. It was launched as a civil project at the Singapore Helicopter Show in 2019 as a mock up and at the Singapore Air Show in 2020 as the flying article. It also appeared at the 2020 Heli-Expo but it seems got lost in covid but now causing a stir now we are coming out the other side with orders pending in the USA.

Main plus point is that it has a better gearbox than the original (the Subaru bit).
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Originally Posted by PANews View Post
Main plus point is that it has a better gearbox than the original (the Subaru bit).
I thought it was just a different surface coating used on the gears that enabled an increase in usable power? Could easily be wrong though.
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Old 3rd May 2022, 08:03
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Garmin cockpit, run dry MGB , New composite pilots doors and panels , reduction in basic weight and increase in Max weight, 150 ordered by Japanese Govt , replace Huey , 212, 412 and S-76 in Mil an Govt organisations.
Nice machine , good truck, may not have the appeal of something like a 139 but won't fall apart every 2500 hrs.
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EPX spec sheets:
https://www.bellflight.com/-/media/s...ifications.pdf
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From the spec sheets provided by wrench those are astrometric screens. I've used them in the 429 and they are far superior and much more reliable than the Rogerson kraptos in the EPI.
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Originally Posted by Evil Twin View Post
From the spec sheets provided by wrench those are astrometric screens. I've used them in the 429 and they are far superior and much more reliable than the Rogerson kraptos in the EPI.
Bell have dumped RK junk and gone full Garmin on 505, 407, 429 and 412, all interchangeable between aircraft and coming up with converter kit to fit Garmin into machines with RK stuff.
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Originally Posted by Blackhawk9 View Post
Bell have dumped RK junk and gone full Garmin on 505, 407, 429 and 412, all interchangeable between aircraft and coming up with converter kit to fit Garmin into machines with RK stuff.
mate you sure itís Garmin? I know for sure the the 429 is astrometric (sp) and they were looking at a retro fit solution for RK on the 412 Epi.

The EPI is a pretty good avionics fit and 4 axis autopilot is pretty well done but RK screwed the pooch with high cost and poor reliability
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Bye bye, RK; hello Astronautics!

Bell finally got rid of RK, which had been a royal pain in the butt for too many years, with poor design & reliability.

Astronautics is now used in both the 412 & 429 for PFDs.

Astronautics

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Yeah... they're astronautics on the 429 and 412 Astronautics. The 505 and 407 use G100NXi displays and the 525 uses the G5000.
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Sorry yes , Astronautics for PFD's, Garman for Nav/Comms, 429/412 , full Garmin 505/407
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JGSDF UH-2 flies for first time

And the Japanese UH-X which was won by Subaru / Bell to supply Bell 412EPX mil version to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force replacing their UH-1J Hueys , their UH-2 flies for first time .



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Parapublic orders

So today San Bernandino County Sheriff Department joins

https://news.bellflight.com/en-US/21...HV-gp9lrGNwQF4

NYPD Aviation Unit

https://news.bellflight.com/en-US/21...ru-bell-412epx

Ventura County Sheriff Dept

https://news.bellflight.com/en-US/21...#39;s%20Office.

possibly San Diego Sheriff Dept

https://fireaviation.com/2022/04/29/...px-helicopter/

San Diego Gas & Electric

https://news.bellflight.com/en-US/21...ru-bell-412epx

And last year Japan NAtional Police Dept got their first one

https://www.subaru.co.jp/press/news-en/2021_05_20_9832/



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Salt River Project also already ordered one.

SDG&E has been delivered but over at Hangar One getting mods done.
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