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C-FCCK Bell 412SP c/n 36009 - CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd. "BC AMBULANCE" - Kamloops Airport, BC, Canada - 6 June 2014 lifeliner helicopters

The Bell 412SP is a 15-seat medium lift utility helicopter with a radius of 745 km, powered by a 1800shp PT6T-3BE Turbo Twin-Pac made up of two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3B turboshaft engines linked through a combining gearbox. On 8 September 1978, the Bell Model 412 program was announced as a development of the Bell Model 212 (UH-1N). The helicopter is basically a Bell 212 fitted with a new composite four-blade rotor. The first Bell 412 helicopter was a modified 212 that flew first in August 1979. The certification of the Model 412 followed in January 1981, the first deliveries were done the same month. The helicopter is produced under license in Italy by Augusta as the AB412 and in Indonesia by IPTN as the NBell 412. Bell built the helicopter in Canada for the Canadian Armed Forces as the CH-146 Griffon. The Model 412SP (Special Performance) flew first in 1985 and features increased fuel capacity, higher takeoff weight and more optional seating arrangements. Next to the role as passenger transport the Bell 412 is in use as EMS helicopter with a crew of 2 pilots, a HEMS-crew-member (Paramedic) and an emergency doctor. Over 620 helicopters of the Model 412 are built.

BC Ambulance Bell 412SP C-FCCK was photographed at his base Kamloop Airport in British Colombia, Canada. This 1990-built helicopter is operated on behalf of the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), the sole ambulance service and provider of pre-hospital emergency care in the province of British Columbia. Next to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft, the BCAS operates four dedicated air ambulance helicopters. These helicopters are not owned but chartered. The Bell 412 based in Kamloops is owned and operated by CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd., Kamloops, British Colombia.

On 25 October 1990, the Bell 412SP s/n 36009 was registered first C-FJCI in Canada with Textron Canada Ltd. On 25 November 1990, registration C-FJCI was cancelled as exported to the USA. In the USA the Bell 412SP was registered N6602W; N402MA and finally N568AC. On 7 August 2009, registration N568AC was cancelled as exported to Canada. On 10 August 2009, the Bell 412 SP was registered C-FCCK in Canada with CC Helicopters Ltd, Kamloops, British Colombia. On 9 February 2011, registration C-FCCK was cancelled. On 18 February 2011, Bell 412SP C-FCCK was restored to the register with CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd., Kamloops. On22 January 2014, registration C-FCCK was cancelled and on 16 May 2014, the helicopter was once again restored to the register as C-FCCK with CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd, Kamloops, British Colombia.

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