Bell Textron has delivered an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Bell 429 to the Chinese national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
The Bell 429 is the first dedicated ENG configured helicopter in China as well as the first ENG configured Bell 429 to operate in North Asia.
“It’s a great milestone for Bell to collaborate with the Chinese TV station like CCTV,” said Jacinto Monge, Managing Director of North Asia for Bell. “We appreciate the support we have received from the media community all over the world.”
Reignwood, an independent representative of Bell in China, will incorporate aerial photography systems to the helicopter before it is officially put into services. CCTV authorised Reignwood’s subsidiary, Reignwood Star, to operate the new Bell 429.
Reaching the scene of the news first
“The Bell 429 is an extraordinary helicopter designed for multiple missions, and it will help CCTV reach the scene of news first, which means a lot for media,” said Cao Wei, General Manager and Chief Pilot of Reignwood Star. “We believe CCTV made the best choice.”
Helicopters have been widely used by television broadcasters worldwide since they were first introduced to the industry in the 1950s. The Bell 429 is a twin engine helicopter with the largest cabin in its class, providing room and a smooth ride for TV presenters to do their jobs. The Bell 429 is operating in 42 countries around the world.
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