Bell Helicopter, August 31, 2011 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced it has received FAA approval for new vision and lighting accessory kits for Bell 407 helicopter models. The Aeronautical Accessories branded, STC certified kits are available for immediate shipment.
The new Aeronautical Accessories vision and lighting kits are available in four configurations designed to improve visibility. The following kits are available:
Preflight Lighting Kit
Courtesy Lighting Kit
Baggage Compartment Lighting Kit
Tail Rotor Camera Kit
The Preflight Lighting Kit is designed to make inspection of the four fluid levels (hydraulic reservoir, oil tank, tail rotor gearbox and transmission) easier during pilot walk around inspection or anytime fluid levels need to be checked. Each light installation contains its own switch and battery, eliminating the need for wire installation and a window is added to the underside of the lower tail rotor gearbox fairing to ease inspection of the tail rotor gearbox fluid level.
Aeronautical Accessories' Courtesy Lighting Kit is activated when doors are opened, allowing safe and convenient lighting of the cabin and landing gear/flight step area for entering and exiting the helicopter. Crew lights include forward landing gear lighting and an interior light which work independently of the passenger lights. Passenger lights include aft landing gear and interface with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) interior lights. Passenger OEM interior lights are on a time delay to allow passengers ample time to buckle up. If any door is left open for an extended amount of time, the lights will automatically turn off to conserve the ship’s battery.
The Baggage Compartment Lighting Kit features an easy solution to illuminating the Bell 407 storage. This light kit mounts to the ceiling of the baggage compartment and is turned on and off with the press of a switch. The Baggage Compartment Light will automatically turn off after if accidentally left on. The light contains its own battery, eliminating the need for additional wire installation.
To improve visibility behind the helicopter, a Tail Rotor Camera Kit is now available. The camera is mounted in the fairing behind the baggage compartment with only a limited portion of the lens exposed. Images from the tail rotor camera are viewable through an existing or new display (not included).
"Aeronautical Accessories has a long history of developing innovative and reliable accessory kits," said Jennifer Lunceford, sales manager for Aeronautical Accessories. "We are proud to continue this tradition with our newest vision and lighting accessories and believe that the latest kits for the Bell 407 offer increased safety and added convenience for both passengers and crew."
About Aeronautical Accessories, Inc.
Aeronautical Accessories, Inc., an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, designs, manufactures, warehouses, and distributes the most advanced helicopter parts and accessories through a worldwide network of over 110 countries. A division of Edwards & Associates, the ISO:9001/AS9100 certified organization has been distributing innovative, quality rotorcraft products since 1979.
About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.