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The 429 has a weight problem — but is Bell bothered?

from By Jeremy Parkin

Bell's twin-engined 429 is seeing greater success than any previous light twin the Texas-based manufacturer has ever produced, already eclipsing each of the 222, 230, 427 and 430 models in sheer airframe numbers. Yet, a big divide continues to be seen in its marketplace. The 429 was built around a set of regulations from the FAA that provide minimum specification and performance requirements to gain certification for rotorcraft with a gross weight of up to 7,000 pounds. Bell, however, wants to be able to fly the helicopter at 7,500 pounds. more

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