Bell Helicopter Bell 430

Light Utility Helicopter

Bell 430 © Mike Vallentin
Photo ©: Mike Vallentin
The Bell 430 is a twin-engined max. ten-seat light utility helicopter produced by the US-American manufacturer Bell Helicopter Textron, produced in Mirabel, Quebec (Canada).
The Bell 430 is a development of the Bell 230 with stretched fuselage, four-bladed main rotor and more powerful engines. The Bell 430 is available either with retractable wheel landing gear or skid landing gear.
Crew1 / 2
Passengers6 - 8, max. 9
Propulsion2 Turboshaft Engines
Engine ModelAllison 250-C40
Engine Power (each)585 kW785 shp
Speed278 km/h150 kts
  173 mph
Service Ceiling6.096 m20.000 ft
Range500 km270 NM
311 mi.
Empty Weight2.388 kg5.265 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight4.200 kg9.259 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)4/2
Main Rotor Diameter12,80 m41 ft 12 in
Tail Rotor Diameter2,10 m6 ft 11 in
Rotor Disc Area128,7 m1385 ft
Length (Fuselage)13,43 m44 ft 1 in
Length15,29 m50 ft 2 in
Height3,72 (4,03) m12 ft 2 in (13 ft 3 in)
First Flight25.10.1994
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1995-2008
Total Production136
Developed fromBell 230
ICAO CodeB430
FAA TCDSH9SW
Data for (Version)Bell 430