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Bell 430
Bell 430 HB-ZCH
1999 Bell 430
HB-ZCH (sn 49060)
Owner: Scintilla AG, Switzerland
Photo taken May 2004
Grenchen Airport - Switzerland
Photo Copyright
Marcel Siegenthaler

The Bell 430 is a twin-engined light-medium helicopter built by Bell Helicopter Textron. It is a stretched and more powerful development of the Bell 230, which, in turn, was based on the earlier Bell 222.


While developing the reengined Model 222 as the 230, Bell began preliminary design work on a stretched derivative with a four-bladed main rotor in 1991. The Bell 430 was formally launched in February 1992, with two prototypes being modified from Bell 230s. The first of these flew in its new configuration on October 25, 1994, and the second prototype, featuring the full 430 avionics suite, first flew on December 19, 1994.

Production of the Bell 230 wound up in August 1995, with the first 430 production aircraft being completed that year. Canadian certification was awarded on February 23, 1996, and the first deliveries began in the middle of that year.

Between August 17 and September 3 1996, Americans Ron Bower and John Williams broke the round-the-world helicopter record with a Bell 430, flying westwards from England.

On January 24, 2008, Bell announced plans to terminate production of its Model 430 after current order commitments are fulfilled in 2010.


The Bell 430 features several significant improvements over the 230, the most significant of these being the new four-blade, bearingless, hingeless, composite main rotor. Although both the 230 and 430 are powered by Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250 turboshaft engines, the 430's engines are 10% more powerful. Other changes include the 1 ft 6 in (46 cm) stretched fuselage, providing for two extra seats, an optional EFIS flight deck, and a choice of either skids or retractable wheeled undercarriage.

The typical configuration seats ten, including a pilot and co-pilot with eight passengers in the main cabin behind them in three rows of seats. Six- and eight-place executive layouts are offered. In an EMS role it can carry one or two stretcher patients with four or three medical attendants, respectively. Maximum external load capacity is 3,500 lb (1,585 kg).


Dominican Republic
- Dominican Republic Air Force

United States
- University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight

Former Operators

- Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy VIP Transport-Crashed on 2009-09-02

Bell 230 vs Bell 430
Model 230 430
Announced 1990 1991
First Flight 1991-08-12 1994-10-25
Certified 1992-03 1996-02-23
Delivered 1992-11 1996
Seats 2 (pilot & copilot) + 5–6 passengers 2 + 6–8
Height 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m) 12 ft 3 in (3.73 m)
Fuselage length 42 ft 3 in (12.88 m) 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Rotor diameter 42 ft (12.80 m)
Length overall 50 ft 3 in (15.32 m)
Engine (2x) Allison 250C30G2 Rolls-Royce 250-C40B
Power (2x) 700 hp (520 kW) 783 hp (584 kW)
Max speed 140 kt (161 mph, 260 km/h) 140 kt (161 mph, 260 km/h)
Climb rate ~1,600 ft/min (8.13 m/s) n/a
Service ceiling 15,500 ft (4,724 m) 14,600 ft (4,450 m)
Hover ceiling 12,400 ft (3,780 m) 11,350 ft (3,459 m)
Fuel Capacity 188+ US gal (710+ L) 188+ US gal (710+ L)
Range 378 nmi (434 mi, 700 km) 324 nmi (372 mi, 600 km)
Empty Weight 5,097 lb (2,312 kg) 5,305 lb (2,406 kg)
Maximum Take-off Weight 8,400 lb (3,810 kg) 9,300 lb (4,218 kg)
Serial Numbers 23001 – 23038 49001 – 49123+


On September 2, 2009, an Andhra Govt. Bell 430 carrying Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and his party from Andhra Pradesh, southern India, went missing over a local stretch of forest. The charred wreckage was found the next morning, crashed on a hilltop in the Nallamala Hills.

A crash involving another Bell 430 had occurred on August 3, 2008 in Andhra Pradesh near Venkatpuram. This helicopter belonging to Ran Air collided with a hill under bad weather conditions.

Last updated December 19, 2009
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