- 01 Mar 2023
- Mike Chase
- Helicopter Comparisons
The Bell 412 EP is an upgraded version of the original Bell 412. Performance is enhanced through upgraded engines on the Bell 412 EP, which continues to offer the blend of power and capacity that operators have come to associate with the family.
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The Bell 412 EP costs between $2.6m for a 1994 model and $9.6m for a 2016 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. The value of individual aircraft depends on several factors, including maintenance condition, the time on the engines and airframe, status of the Life Limited Components, and the proximity of the next overhaul, for example. With so many aircraft specific factors, prices for aircraft differ – even between models built in the same year.
There are a range of options that compete in the Bell 412 EP’s market segment, such as the Leonardo AW139, which can accommodate up to 15 passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshaft engines.
The Bell 412 EP offers the high passenger-carrying capacity of its predecessor, but with modernized engines and other upgrades that set it apart. As a result, almost two-thirds of all Bell 412 models shipped to date have been Bell 412 EPs.
The Bell 412 EPI replaced the Bell 412 EP on the production line, and is the most modern version of the aircraft. While the 363nm range is the same, the Bell 412 EPI is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6T-9 Twin-Pac engines, which enable improved hot and high performance. This 412 EPI model also has a glass cockpit, with a Bell BasiX Pro Integrated Avionics System integrating a Garmin GTN-750 NAV/COM/WAAS GPS and other features.
Bell 412 EP Turbine Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The original Bell 412 was launched in 1981, with almost 900 models produced in the intervening decades across its various iterations. Specifically, 610 of those were Bell 412 EP models, according to JETNET.
The aircraft appeals to VIP and corporate customers who require the ability to transport relatively large groups, with capacity for 13 passengers and two crew members. The Bell 412EP has a range of 363nm. It was produced between 1994 and 2013 when it was replaced by the upgraded Bell 412 EPI (more details below).
What features does the Bell 412 EP offer?
The Bell 412EP brought a number of advances, including an increase on the range that was offered by the original 412 model. This largely owed to its enhanced Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3DF engines.
What came before and after the Bell 412 EP?
The Bell 412 family was derived from the older Bell 212 model, which carved out particular appeal in the energy sector and was manufactured between 1968 and 1998.
The most modern variant of the 412 today is the Bell 412 EPI. Bell has also worked with Subaru to produce the Subaru Bell 412 EPX, a civilian version of a military aircraft that the two companies collaborated on.
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