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OO-SAM Bell 407 c/n 53752 - De Tabakshoeve - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 20 May 2009 more at Groningen Airport Eelde

The Bell 407 is a lightweight seven seat multi-role helicopter with a four blade main rotor and two blade tail rotor, powered by a single turbine engine. Fitted with a Rolls Royce (Allison) model 250-C47B engine with Chandler Evans EC-135 (FADEC) Fuel Control System, the helicopter has a radius of 575 km. Based on the Bell Model 206 series, the Bell 407 concept is a result of the in 1993 started development work for a replacement for the Bell JetRanger and LongRanger. The first Bell 407 helicopter was a Bell 206L3 LongRanger modified to the Bell 407 concept that flew first as N407LR on 21 April 1994. Prototype / pre-production Bell 407 C-GFOS (c/n 52901) flew first on 29 June 1995, followed by C-FORS (c/n 52902) that flew first on 13 July 1995. First production airframe C-FWQY (c/n 53001) flew 10 November 1995. Full rate production started after receiving the Transport Canada certification on 9 February 1996 and FAA certification on 23 February. First customer delivery was at the Heli-Expo, Dallas, in February 1996. The Model 407GX was introduced in 2011. The Bell 407GX has an integrated glass flight deck that provides aircrews essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety. Model 407 s/n 54300 and subsequent are fitted with the Integrated Avionics System Garmin 1000H) and have the commercial designation of 407GX. Bell has delivered over 1100 Bell 407 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Bell 407 helicopters is B407.

The 2007-built Bell Helicopter Textron 407 c/n 53752 used the temporary test registrations C-FMQW and  N40466 before it was registered OO-SAM in Belgium with De Tabakshoeve N.V. in Zonnebeke on 18 October 2007. Bell 407 OO-SAM visited Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands on 20 May 2009, in company with Bell 407 OO-EMP. Registration OO-SAM was cancelled as exported to Russia on 16 January 2012.

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