Honeywell-Powered Eagle 407HP Makes Medical Breakthrough

AirLife Denver is breaking new ground by converting its Bell 407 helicopter to the Eagle 407HP with Honeywell’s powerful, reliable HTS900 turboshaft engine. This will mark the first use of the Eagle 407HP within the air medical space.

Eagle Copters Ltd. has already converted 18 Bell 407s to the high-performance Eagle 407HP by replacing the standard engine with the HTS900. The Honeywell engine delivers the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. This makes it ideal for missions that require the lifting of heavy loads safely under hot and high flying conditions, like those frequently encountered in Denver.

“Being the first air medical operator to configure to the 407HP is a significant milestone for AirLife, but more importantly for the communities and patients we serve,” said Brian Leonard, Director of Business Development for AirLife Denver.

Part of the HCA-HealthONE system, AirLife Denver provides critical care air and ground transport for eight hospitals, seven freestanding emergency departments and a variety of additional access points in the Denver-metro area.  AirLife is one of the busiest and largest air medical programs in the region, with more than 3,000 transports per year.

Using intellectual property  licensed from Bell Flight, Honeywell and Eagle Copters launched the Eagle 407HP program to improve the performance of existing Bell 407 helicopters by replacing the standard engine with the Honeywell HTS900 engine.

Under the partnership, Honeywell provides the HTS900 engine while Eagle Copters performs the conversion. Eagle received a supplemental type certificate covering the retrofit program in 2014.

Make sure to see newly upgrades Eagle 407HP AirLife Denver helicopter at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), October 22nd to 24th in the Eagle Copters Ltd. booth.

To learn more about this upgrade, contact Eagle Copters Ltd. by email at

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