THE Model 230 helicopter, produced by Bell Helicopter Textron, made its first flight (August 12, 1991) at the company's commercial manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada. The new intermediate twin‐engined helicopter was developed at the Bell plant in Mirabel. Co‐test pilots for the first flight of the Model 230 were Leo Meslin and Dwayne Williams. Also on board for the first flight was Bell engineer Steve Schmidt. Certification of the Model 230 is scheduled for the first quarter of 1992.
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