Bell 505 fleet passes 100,000 hours
Bell’s entry level helicopter – the 505 JetRanger X – now has over 100,000 hours of experience. As production approaches the 400 mark at their production line in Mirabel in Canada, the worldwide fleet is now flying in 59 countries, including 15 in RotorTechUK’s home country.
“Since its entry into service, the Bell 505 continues to impress global operators for its unparalleled performance and capabilities,” said Lane Evans, director, Bell 505 Sales and Support. “This significant achievement further demonstrates our customers’ admiration for the platform and its versatility as it enhances private, utility, training and public safety flights.”
The Bell 505 combines the latest avionics and engine control technology with a large open cabin that provides panoramic views for all passengers. A fully integrated Garmin G1000H NXi avionics suite and dual channel FADEC controlled Safran Arrius 2R engine provide pilots of all skill level with maximized situational awareness and workload reduction to fly successfully in a multitude of scenarios. Combined with its cabin versatility and impressive performance, the 505 is relied on for missions ranging from private owners to public safety and training entities around the globe.
Fabrice Condamine, Arriel & Arrius Programs Vice President at Safran Helicopter Engines said, “We are very proud to see the Bell 505 with our Arrius 2R engine now widely established in the light helicopter landscape. Delivering a best-in-class engine solution, on time, continues to be a top priority for us. We are delighted with the progress of our relationship with Bell.”
Look out for the Bell 505 at RotorTechUK on 16-18 June at Cotswold Airport