HALO-Flight is leading the nation with its newest aircraft, the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved, single-engine IFR air medical helicopter.
The single-pilot Bell 407GXi helicopter is the first of its kind and is capable of operating using instruments, rather than traditional visual flight rules, HALO-Flight executive director Tom Klassen said at a preview of the aircraft on Tuesday.
The new helicopter has the same abilities as the organization’s older aircraft, but comes in a smaller size.
“The smaller helicopter can actually fly further, carry more fuel, and carry the same patient load,” Klassen said.
The new helicopter seats a pilot, a nurse and a paramedic, and has room for an extra passenger, such as a parent.
The new aircraft will allow HALO-Flight pilots to navigate all-weather operations and complete critical missions despite low cloud ceilings, Klassen said.