Helibacon's Bell 212 Helicopter

HeliBacon’s Bell 212 helicopter is the optimal choice for our Texas Helicopter Hog Hunting expeditions and Aerial Machine Gun Experience! With FAA Transport Category certification, the twin engine 212 is a monster in the skies. Reliable – Redundant – Robust – the 212 has it all. With supreme handling, a top cruising speed of 150 mph, extreme level of reliability and an open cabin, our 212 is sure to position you and your crew for the most memorable experience offered in Texas!

HeliBacon’s Bell 212 Helicopter

HeliBacon is proud to fly a Bell 212 HP, a transport category twin engine utility aircraft. In addition to twin PT-6 turbine engines, the Bell 212 features a huge array of fully redundant systems. One of the original roles of 212 helicopters was offshore transport to drilling rigs and platforms. Bell designed the 212 with the highest degree of safety in mind. Over 60 countries have adopted 212 variants for national defense forces. In the 1980s US Marines HMX-1 Presidential Unit at Quantico, Virginia flew Bell 212 VH-1N models to transport President Ronald Reagan. Today 212 helicopters are used in high altitude, mountainous terrain for firefighting and other remote utility work. HeliBacon’s 212 is an HP (high performance) model, capable of flight on a single-engine. When flying low over the treetops, twin engines maximize safety. HeliBacon’s 212 is the largest and most robust aircraft operated by any hog hunting company.

General Bell 212 characteristics

  • Crew: 2-4 (minimum 1 pilot, 2 pilots for IFR, pilot and crew chief for gunship mode)
  • Capacity: 15 people in transport configuration, 6 shooters in gunship configuration
  • Seat Weight Limit: No individual seat weight limit
  • Maximum Gross weight: 11,200 lbs (5,080 kg)
  • Empty weight: 6,500 lbs (2,948 kg)
  • Maximum Payload: 4,700 lbs (2,131 kg)
  • Maximum External Load: 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg)
  • Length: 57 ft 1.68 in (17.43 m)
  • Width: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 5 in (4.09 m)
  • Fuel capacity: 220 US gallons (279 l) or 1,450 lbs
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3B turboshaft, 1,800 shp (1,342 kW)
  • Main rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.64 m)
  • Tail rotor Diameter: 8 ft 6 in (2.6 m)


  • Cruise speed: 100 knots (115 mph, 186 km/h)
  • Maximum speed: 130 knots (150 mph, 241 km/h)
  • Range: 237 nmi (273 mi, 439 km)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,096 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,745 ft/min (532 m/min)
  • Fuel Consumption: 110 US gallons (416 l) 732 lbs per hour
  • HeliBacon’s 212 is an HP (high performance) model with FAA transport category certification

Installed Equipment

  • Bell 212 HP configuration
  • Garmin GWX onboard weather radar
  • BLR Strake and Fastfin
  • Honeywell Sperry Autopilot
  • Dual Garmin GTN 750 Digital Displays
  • Axnes Wireless Intercom
  • Aeronautical Accessories flight steps
  • Alpine Aerotech Bear Paws
  • Aeronautical Accessories WSPS wire strike kit
  • Alpine Aerotech Carbon Fiber Floor Boards
  • Dart High Landing Gear
  • FAA certified passenger harness
  • M134 Minigun power system and pilot controlled master arm switch


HeliBacon utilizes full-time, in-house maintenance staff with decades of Bell medium helicopter experience and official factory training and certifications from Bell and Pratt & Whitney. Having in-house maintenance allows HeliBacon to conduct thorough daily inspections after each flight. With in-house parts stores HeliBacon can address any issue immediately. This ensures the highest degree of safety and attention to detail while also providing maximum uptime for aircraft utilization. HeliBacon’s maintenance department has vast experience with Quality Assurance Management, Component Shop Management, Production Management and Transport Canada and USA FAA Regulations. Our maintenance team loves what they do and takes tremendous pride in the quality of care shown to the aircraft. When you fly with HeliBacon you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. We take quality aircraft maintenance very seriously and you should too!