Trinidad and Tobago Buys SAR Bell 412EPI and Four Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter announced on March 4 at HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida, that it has sold one Bell 412EPI configured for search and rescue and four Bell 429s configured for airborne law enforcement to the National Operations Centre, Air Division (NOCAD) in Trinidad and Tobago.

The contract was signed by NOCAD Executive Director Garvin Heerah in a ceremony at HAI. “These two aircraft have continued to impress our customers in Latin America with their smooth performance and multi-mission capabilities and we’re pleased that more and more parapublic agencies are taking notice,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president of Latin American sales. “We’re honoured that the NOCAD chose these reliable aircraft to support their missions in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The aircraft will be used throughout Trinidad and Tobago to provide 24/7 air support for national security and a variety of parapublic missions including disaster relief aid, SAR and medical transportation.

“We needed an aircraft that would meet current mission performance requirements with minimal downtime for changing to various mission roles, yet powerful and reliable to maximize performance capabilities,” said Major Paul Brown, deputy director of NOCAD. “The acquisitions of these state-of-the-art aircraft will offer this increased level of performance and safety that will help us better protect our citizens.” Alan Warnes