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Edwards & Associates

Delivers Advanced, Luxurious Bell 407 to Zip Aviation

Edwards & Associates, an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, has delivered to New York City charter and air tour operator Zip Aviation the latest Bell Helicopter 407 with an advanced “glass cockpit” system, a luxurious leather-and-bird’s- eye-maple interior and provi- sions for an in-flight entertain- ment system based on the latest state-of-the-art touch-screen technology. “This is not just a Bell 407,” said Itai Shosani, owner of Zip Aviation. “This is the nicest 407 in the world, and among the first with the Garmin G500H glass cockpit.”

Zip Aviation offers air tours and charters from Manhattan’s heliports at Wall Street and West 30th Street (in a private termi- nal) with an all-Bell fleet using the 206B3 JetRanger, 206L LongRanger and 407. It also offers aerial photography, aerial survey, corporate/VIP trans- port, airport and cruise-line transfer and yacht services. “We really did this comple-

tion and customiza- tion as a team,” said Greg Williams, pres- ident and general manager of Edwards & Associates. “Itai was involved in every aspect of the work, right down to pick- ing the right paint combination for the aircraft exterior.” The 407’s first assignment was to serve as a camera platform to capture the Red Bull Air Race held over New York’s Hudson River June 19-20, 2010.

“After doing this for seven years, we know the Bell 407 is definitely the right piece of equipment,” Shoshani said. “It can operate with full passengers and complete the mission with- out any sensitivity to perform- ance. And the clientele loves the 407’s luxury and comfort.” The aircraft’s Garmin

G500H “glass cockpit” avionics system, optimized for the heli- copter market, includes heli- copter synthetic vision technol- ogy (HSVT™) and XM WX


Satellite Weather with

NEXRAD. The avionics primary flight display shows attitude, airspeed, vertical speed, altitude and course/heading informa- tion, while the multi-function display can present the heli- copter’s current position in relation to terrain, aeronautical chart data, navigation aids, and flight plan routings.

The G500H is integrated with the aircraft’s Garmin GNS 530W navigation/communica- tions radio, which has the capa- bility to navigate using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and

Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signals. The light, single-engine Bell 407 features a metallic-yellow and flat-black livery and an interior with tan-and-black leather seats trimmed with black piping and a diamond-stitch pattern, surrounded by bird’s- eye maple accents.

All of the Zip Aviation 407’s exterior lighting—landing, anti- collision and position lights— use LED units provided by Whelen Engineering.


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